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4 Quick And Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers From Trader Joe’s


With Thanksgiving around the corner, we over here at Beijos have been giving you a ton of ideas, DIYs, tips, tablescapes; you name it to achieve the best turkey day possible. We showed you a yummy cocktail, how to make a pretty fall flower arrangement for your table, and today it’s all about the appetizers. No matter how much you prepare, it always seems your just rushing to get those served as your guests are arriving. There is no guilt in getting a little help, are you with me?! This year, I’m getting some help from one of my favorite grocery stores, Trader Joes. You can’t go wrong with anything from there. TJ’s is the ultimate best friend for Thanksgiving. 

Last Sunday, I used my “mommy” alone time and headed to Trader Joes.  I picked up my favorite tea from Starbies, and I was off with the mission to find five appetizers that would be fast and easy, but of course pretty, pretty, pretty! I’m sure you all know, but you have got to get to Trader Joe’s early, it just gets crazy there past 10 am. Grabbed my cart and hit the aisles. When doing anything food wise for Thanksgiving, I like to use what’s in the season for Fall. Essential Thanksgiving food like butternut squash, cranberries, pears, pomegranates, herbs like sage and thyme. 

Enough jibber jabber, let’s get to it!

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography

4 Quick And Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers From Trader Joe’s

Pastry Bites With Pears And Rosemary


I N G R E D I E N T S

Trader Joe’s Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese + Caramelized Onion
Bag of Trader Joe’s Fresh Cranberries
Rosemary Sprigs

D I R E C T I O N S

Follow the directions on the back of the Pastry Bite Box. Cook as instructed. Before putting in the oven, add a fresh cranberry on top. Once out of the oven, allow to cool and place a fresh sprig of rosemary on top. Serve right away.

Butternut Squash Ravioli With Roasted Butternut Squash Slices And Olive Oil Laced Micro Greens


I N G R E D I E N T S

Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Triangoli Ravioli
Trader Joe’s Bag of Butternut Squash
Micro Greens
Sage
Salt + Pepper
Olive Oil 

D I R E C T I O N S

Cook the ravioli as instructed. Roast some butternut squash with salt and pepper while the ravioli cooks. Sprinkle with salt + pepper. Cut into thin slices. Once cooled, place thinly sliced butternut squash onto the ravioli. Dress the micro greens with a little bit of olive oil and salt + pepper. Place dressed micro greens on top of ravioli. Finally, place sage on top and drizzel with olive oil and small sprinkle of salt. Serve right away. 

Beet Chips With Goat Cheese And Rasberry


I N G R E D I E N T S

Trader Joe’s Beet Chips (found in the chip aisle)
Goat Cheese
Fresh Raspberries
Thyme

D I R E C T I O N S

Spoon goat cheese onto the beet chip. Place fresh raspberry on top. Garnish with fresh sprigs of thyme.

Toast With Brie, Pear, Candied Pecan, and Drizzled Honey


I N G R E D I E N T S

Trader Joe’s Baguette Crisps 
Brie
Pomegranates
Pear, Thinly Sliced
Trader Joe’s Candied Pecans
Honey
Thyme

D I R E C T I O N S

Place a square slice of brie on top of your toast. Thinly slice pears and stack on the brie. Place candied pecan and garnish with thyme and pomegranates. Right before serving, drizzle honey on top. 

There you have it! 

5 easy and yummy appetizers that your guests will love!

Happy Friday!

xx

Abby 

 

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By on November 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Fall in Love – A Fall Inspired Dining Event with Colette’s Catering

When a friend like Colette’s Catering reaches out to you for a dinner of a lifetime, you say yes!!  We had the opportunity to design and style a Fall inspired dining event with Colette’s Catering a few weeks ago.  It was an amazing night with great food and friends to kick off the Fall season.  Designing a Fall tablescape is always fun, but this night was just magic.

                         We worked with some of our favorite vendors and some new friends to bring this night to life.  Our venue, Cooks Chapel at the Anaheim Packing house, is gorgeous already so it didn’t need much to make it pretty.  The feel had to reflect the delicious menu Colette’s created inspired by the Autumn season.  For the colors we went classic Fall with burgundy, copper and amber, nice warm tones reminiscent of the season.

Keep scrolling to see all the pretty and fun, we are also featured today on Inspired By This!

Photos by Eva Marie Photo

Our dear friend Courtney from Poppy Jack, who I basically can’t survive without, did all the pretty details for the evening.  Form the invite, to the signage, this girl does it all!  She makes each event I do with her better.  And she’s sure fun to have a few drinks with at an event!

Guests were greeted with delicious cocktails and yummy bites.  There was a beautiful lounge set up by Adore Folklore to cozy up in and chat.  It was a great way to connect with other vendors during the busy Fall wedding and event season!

The tables were set in front of the chef’s station, where they prepared delicious dishes while we watched!  Urban Gardener did the gorgeous floral arrangements that ran the length of the tables and through-out the space.   Here is a little bit from Sarah Kuhlberg, the creative director of Colette’s Catering.  She also shares the amazing menu they served, don’t get too jealous or drool on the screen…

At Colette’s Catering & Events, we really try to focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Our Executive Chef Colleen Zielinski produces new menus every season for our clients, so we wanted to do something different to showcase our new autumn menu. A pop-up dinner came to mind and what a better way to really focus on the food and try something we haven’t done before. This dinner had to be at a special location, so we chose one of our favorite venues; Cooks Chapel in Anaheim’s Packing District. Of course, we had to reach out to our ever-so-talented friends of Beijos Events, to design the dinner and set the look and feel for the event. 

 We had a little over 50 dinner guests that included influencers, wedding vendors, media and friends. We served signature cocktails (the Vanilla Pear was a huge hit!), tray passed

hors d’ oeuvres, a small plate to kick off the seated dinner, followed by a family style meal with a beautifully plated dessert. It was such a special evening and one that none for us will ever forget.

Here’s the Menu:

HORS D’ OEUVRES- TRAY PASSED

 Duck Confit, Kataifi, Fig Compote, Thyme Sweet Potato Biscuit, Pomegranate Pulled Pork, Aged Cheddar, Pickled Red Onion Lobster, Forbidden Rice, Coconut, Basil Cheddar Soup, Mini Pretzel Bread Bowl | Mini Lager Shot

 SMALL PLATE – SERVED AT THE ‘CHEF WINDOW’

 Butternut Squash Pasta, Brown Butter Beurre Monte, Apples, Bacon, Caramelized Squash, Sage

 SIT DOWN DINNER

 First Course

 Burrata Fig Salad, Frisee, Red Oak Lettuce, Fresh Fig, Burrata, Basil, Truffle Vinaigrette

 Second Course

 Pan Roasted Petite Tender, Cranberry Demi, Spiced Sweet Potato Puree, Shaved Brussels Sprouts Grilled Pork Tomahawk, Aged Cheddar Polenta, Pancetta, Sage Pickled Apple Slaw, Bourbon Jus Cauliflower, Brown Butter, Marcona Almonds, Petite Herb Salad, Anchovy Crumb

 Third Course

 Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Cinnamon Sugar, Figs, Dark Chocolate Ganache

 BAR MENU

 Signature Cocktails

Vanilla Pear Cocktail | Pear Vodka, Pear Juice, Vanilla Bean, Sparkling Water Maple Whiskey Cocktail | Whiskey, Maple Syrup, Orange Bitters 

Dinner Service

 Wine & Beer Selections One Hope Wines + Bootlegger’s Brewery & Anaheim Brewery

Not gonna lie, I had two servings of the Butternut Squash Ravioli… It was UNREAL!!!

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek into this beautiful night!

xx

Jacquelyn

Vendors Host/Catering – Colette’s Catering Styling/Design – Beijos Events Venue – Cook’s Chapel Photographer – Eva Marie Photography Rentals – Adore Folklore Florals – Urban Gardener  Calligraphy/Signage/Invite – Poppy Jack Shop

 

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By on November 6, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, Uncategorized

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Baked Salted Caramel Apple Cider Donuts



Ok, so its Friday and its Fall. And it’s also raining here today, so it officially feels like Fall now. But! To make it a million times better, how about some delish baked salted caramel apple cider donuts?! 

Totally! 

You are probably thinking, that sounds amazing but sounds like a lot of work? Nope! Totes easy! You are basically making cupcakes but in a doughnut pan instead. These bad boys won’t stay on the plate long; they lasted maybe a couple of hours in my house. These babies are baked, not fried, so they are healthy for you right?


Yup, I’m going with that! 

These essential fall donuts are incredibly moist, fluffy, and taste like fall itself. Plus that salted caramel. YUMMY.

I N G R E D I E N T S 

2 cups all-purpose flour
two teaspoons baking powder
one teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup canola oil
1/4 cup apple butter
3/4 cup apple cider
two teaspoons vanilla extract

C I D E R  C A R A M E L 

2 cups apple cider   
1/4 cup salted butter at room temperature  
1 cup brown sugar 
3/4 cup cream

D I R E C T I O N S

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 6-cup doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray or lightly grease with butter.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In another medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, canola oil, apple butter, apple cider and vanilla until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until the batter is smooth. 

Next, spoon the batter into the doughnut molds, filling to just below the top of each mold, 1/8 to 1/4-inch from the top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly golden brown around the edges. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Slide a thin spatula around the edges of the doughnuts to help loosen them out. Then place on a cooling rack and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before glazing. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Let’s make some caramel, shall we!? 

Pour the apple cider into a medium sauce pot and bring to a boil, boil for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the cider has reduced to about 1/3 cup and is thick and syrupy. Reduce the heat and add the brown sugar, butter, and heavy cream. Bring back to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes or until the caramel has thickened and is dark in color. Remove from the heat. Set aside to cool slightly. Dip or drizzle the doughnuts in the caramel. If the caramel thickens too much, just place over low heat and add a splash of cream to thin the caramel.

Finally, dip or drizzle the doughnuts in the caramel. If it seems like the caramel has thickened too much, just place over low heat and add a splash of cream to thin the caramel.

Doesn’t a warm salted caramel apple cider donut and a fuzzy bathrobe in front of a fireplace sound amazing this morning? 

xx

Abby

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By on November 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Beer Tasting with the Hubby at Fieldworks Brewery

To keep a marriage solid and healthy, it needs to be worked on, and the best way to do that is date your hubby! You gotta keep that spark alive, right?! These days, that seems nearly impossible with our schedules. Between traveling, and all the kid’s activities, where do you find the time? Plus, moving away and losing all our sitters, how the heck are we gonna do this!? What did we do to ourselves!! A day date is what we were able to work out. I wanted to do something that would excite my husband, and beer tasting would give me major wifey points. Luckily for me, there are a ton of craft brewery places around our new stomping grounds. I discovered Fieldworks Brewery on Instagram and fell in love with this fun hip place. 

Photos by Liz Zimbelman

Being spontaneous and skipping out on work creates this fun, romantic, and impulsive time spent together, kinda like it was before kids. I mean don’t make a habit of it, but once in awhile is totally doable. We headed to Midtown to see what kind of trouble we could get ourselves into. I immediately fell in love with Fieldworks Brewery. I mean cmon just look at that wall! Then, I discovered they had a tropical pale ale called Island Time, and I was sold! If I was gonna drink any kind of beer, this would be the place to do it at. 

Fieldwork Brewing Company is a craft brewery founded in Berkeley, CA with a focus on exceptional, honest beer-making. Fieldwork brews are served in Berkeley, Napa, Sacramento and San Mateo Taprooms, and at the finest craft beer-focused establishments in northern California.  If you are in the Northern California area, you will definitely want to stop by one of their taprooms, check out all their beers here.

We had the best time chatting with each other, tasting some new flavors, and getting to spend some alone time without being interrupted every 10 seconds. We made a promise to each other, to try to do this at least once a month.

Now, back to reality…

xx

Abby

 

 

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By on September 21, 2017 in BEIJOS DOES SACRAMENTO, SPOTLIGHT, Uncategorized

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Create Your Own Paradise Breakfast

 


Now, what would tropical week over here at Beijos be without some yummy food? When I get to go on vacation. Pause. Sorry, I just sat here for what seemed like 10 minutes trying to figure out when the last time I went on vacation. Eeks! Looks like that is in order soon! But when I do, my souvenir is indulging in all the food I can get my hands on. So in the mean time, I whipped up a little tropical breakfast by the pool to crave my indulgences. Plus, it’s keeping summer going since I’m in full denial of fall approaching. 

Photos by Candiss Koenitzer


This little setup is perfect for brunch with your besties or just a Saturday morning with the fam. Create your own paradise instead of day dreaming about it, and you can do it in no time!

I’m letting you in an on a little sneak peek here guys! Check out the blanket… this guy will be a part of our collab with Gunn & Swain coming soon! 

When I had this idea to do a tropical breakfast, so many breakfast items came to mind. Do I go with the popular acai or dragon bowl? No, cause I kinda already did that last year with my tropical papaya bowls. Or what about tropical chia seed pudding that I have seen all over Pinterest? No… maybe I will try that another time. I wanted something with pancakes and fruit. I got it! Mini flat cakes it is! This is a take on all the pretty avocado toasts you see but with mini pancakes and tropical fruit. And of course, you always need a big platter of tropical fruit! 

I got a little tropical with my place setting with custom palm frond placemats by Meghann Miniello. Add your tropical playlist to the mix and you are ready to party in paradise but in the comfort of your own home! 

Let’s face it. The tropics can be in style all year long, you don’t need to wait till its warm outside to bring out some paradise. With summer ending, I’m actually wanting more tropical in my house to keep those vibes occurring all year long. Shop my favorites below!

Happy Friday!

xx

Abby

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By on September 1, 2017 in BRUNCH, EATS, ENTERTAINING, PICNIC, SUMMER, TABLESCAPES, Uncategorized

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