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Pretty Little Deviled Eggs Recipe

Today, I’m chatting about one of my favorite appetizers. The pretty little deviled egg. Ever since I was little, I have been obsessed with deviled eggs. They are probably, no they are definitely my favorite appetizer. A little picky on the choices of what kind, but always down to try new ones, although no crab ones. Can’t do it. When it comes time for Easter Sunday, I know that I’m going to be munching on ALOT of deviled eggs. My family has figured out to make extra cause I usually inhale four right as I walk into my aunt’s house on Easter Sunday. The past couple years, I have been playing around with deviled egg recipes to create my ultimate favorite deviled egg. It has to have three things to be the best for this deviled egg lover. One, it has to be yummy, obvi! Two, there has to be some crunch to it, no one likes a soggy, mushy egg. Finally, it has to be one pretty little-deviled egg! You remember our feature a couple of days ago on the Easter tablescape right? Well, you might have seen those babies make an appearance. Today, I’m giving you all the details so you can make it this Sunday! Or any day. Is there a national deviled egg day? Hmm….

Photos by Erin Milink

Pretty Little Deviled Egg

Ingredients

1 dozen large eggs
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons (or more) prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons sweet pickle juice from jar of sweet pickles
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
24 fresh parsley leaves
Pink food coloring
cayenne or paprika pepper
pickled red onion for garnish
chia or sesame seeds for garnish

Directions

Place eggs in large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Cover pan; bring to boil. Remove pan from heat and let stand covered for 10 minutes. Drain. Let eggs stand in cold water until cold, about 30 minutes.

Peel eggs; halve lengthwise. Transfer yolks to the processor. Trim a small slice off the bottom of the egg white halves; place on tray, cavity side up. This allows the egg dish to not dance around the plate. Process yolks until smooth. Add mayonnaise, three tablespoons horseradish, pickle juice, pepper, and salt to yolks; process until smooth. Adjust seasonings, adding more horseradish if desired. Add several drops of pink food coloring to give you that pretty pink color. Add more if desired to achieve your perfect pink tone. Can be made one day ahead. Cover whites and filling separately and chill. Transfer filling to pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch plain tip. Pipe filling into cavities of egg whites. Garnish with chives, parsley, chia and sesame seeds, and pickled red onion. Dust with a little bit of cayenne or paprika pepper. 






Sunday can’t come soon enough to enjoy these bad boys. Maybe I need to do a test run tonight just to see if they need any tweaking? 

Happy Friday! 

xx

Abby

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By on April 14, 2017 in EASTER, EATS, FOOD, Uncategorized

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A Sprinkle for Baby Grady James

We have a little special treat for you today. A 90’s rap song inspired sprinkle I threw for a very dear friend. Yes, ha ha we threw a sprinkle based off E40’s, Sprinkle Me hit. The 90’s are in right?!?  Just kidding. My friend Stephanie was expecting her second boy, and we wanted to shower her with lots of love and donuts. She wanted something small and intimate, and not over the top. When throwing a sprinkle for a friend, I think it is only fitting to include some of their favorite things. She is a lover of donuts and really good food. So that’s exactly what she got! Let’s dive right in shall we…

 Being the hostess, I wanted to make sure that the food was on its A-game. So the only logical decision was to taste test multiple dishes at various restaurants. Hard job but someone’s gotta do it. The fried chicken and waffles with honey mustard syrup was the winner at the Blue Door in Saratoga. Its a cute little restaurant in the San Jose area. They had the perfect patio outside to host this sprinkle. Now, I couldn’t just show up with some confetti and call it day. What kind of host would I be? The nursery for Grady James is going to be a black and white theme. We carried that into the decor of the sprinkle. Along with the black and white theme, we thought it would be cute to have sprinkles be a part of the fun. This is where E40 comes in, but we will chat about that in a bit. The lady of the hour is also a HUGE fan of donuts, so of course we had those as the dessert for the brunch. I have been seeing these donut walls all over Pinterest and had to have one. With the handy help from my dad and the penmanship from Meghann Miniello, the donut wall was achieved. Christine Cater came and did her magic and created a beautiful floral garland that just put the donut wall on a whole new level. That lady is crazy talented.

 

It is really easy to make! Here is how we did it. I went to Home Depot and got a large sheet of plywood. We drilled holes in the bottom portion and placed wooden dowels thru the back side. There you go! The best part the wooden dowels can come out, which makes it very handy for storage. Never know when you are going to need a donut wall again. Place a couple yummy donuts on each dowel in an order that is attractive to the eye. With the theme being black and white, I used glazed, chocolate, coconut, and maple. We couldn’t forget some sprinkled donuts as well. 

The guests were seated all together in a family style table. Down the middle of the table were these beautiful multi-shaped geometric terrariums that Christine filled with proteas and other florals. I loved the simplicity; it created such a fun look. I’m definitely going to be doing this look for summer. How fun would that be for your outdoor table? I found some similar ones at Cost Plus. They even have little ones you can hang! See them here. Among the terrariums, were beautiful boho protea arrangments. Even though it was a baby boy sprinkle, we still had to include lots of pinks. Having a white plate on white table cloth was not gonna work for me. I brought in round fiber chargers that I purchased at Cost Plus. They are all out of the round ones, but you can find some square ones still, or you can even do a natural wood charger as well. On top of the plates, I used a fun black and white triangle geo embroidered napkin. Cost Plus was my best friend for this sprinkle. The Roc Shop created sprinkled colored inspired cocktail stir sticks that each guest had at their place setting. Cute little favor as well! 

Also included was custom confetti from The Confetti Bar that was sprinkled on top of the table. The confetti consisted of a mix of fun colors, the baby’s name, his initials, and actual cake sprinkles. So cute!

 

A wooden sign that Meghann Miniello created for us, that added an extra touch of comical fun to the mix. Yes, this is where E40 comes in. The majority of the guests were family members, so it made for a great icebreaker to explain to them who E40 was and why we used a rap lyric for a baby sprinkle decor. 

It was a beautiful day to shower a beautiful lady we love so much! Grady James was born last Friday, and I can’t wait to snuggle with him again soon! 

xx

Abby

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By on March 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Beijos Best

With the 1st week of Spring under our belt, we got a bad case of spring fever! The start of warm weather, al fresco dinners outside, lots of pretty spring dresses, and weekends spent exploring our favorite California spots. Each season we set out to make a #beijostodolist of the fun things we want to accomplish this coming season. I like to do the same for myself and my family. Things I want to do with the littles and the hubby or simple things like trying this citrus salad recipe I saw this week. This week I started this list, and I’m excited to try to accomplish some of these… 


I’m all about rattan and I am digging this Latigo 3-pc. Rattan Patio Set from Target!



Alfresco Dinners Outside

Dinners outside are one of my favorite things to do when the weather is warm, which is a lot here in sunny California. With all this rain, I’m getting cabin fever, and I need some sun ASAP! My family and I will usually eat outside every day if it is warm. Since we are also moving, I have been gathering ideas for our outdoor eating space, and all those al fresco dinners we will have.

 Spring Arrangments

Farmers Market is always on the weekend schedule during Spring. It’s my favorite time of the year for flowers. I started this tradition with my daughter that every Sunday we would go to the farmers market and pick out flowers and fresh fruit for the week. I love some of these ideas to create with her. Or try to create! Ha!


Eat!

I’m always on Pinterest looking for new recipes to try! With the 1st week of spring here, I found a lot and some inspiration for dining outside. 

Who wants to come over and dine al fresco? I’m ready! 

 Happy Sunday Friends!

xx

Abby

 

 

 

 

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By on March 26, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, Uncategorized

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Spotlight: Obsessed With Essentials

This past holiday season I decided to take the plunge into the ever popular essential oils.  I have seen this little revolution happen all around me for the past 5 years and little by little it peaked my interest.  I never bought into it though until I started seeing for myself the incredible benefits that can be had from using these all natural resources.  Some of these stories include avoiding sickness altogether, most commonly the cold and flu virus, headaches, anxiety, allergies, receiving natural boosts energy, getting a good nights sleep and the list goes on!!  You mean I don’t have to medicate myself with over the counter drugs constantly when one of my family members or myself is experiencing these common ailments??  All natural did you say???  Ok I want to know more….and although I felt late in the game when I finally invested in this fabulous phenomenon, I felt the need to share all the knowledge that was at my fingertips.  This was all too good since we live in a world where we are constantly striving to use only the best to promote health and wellness for our loved ones.  It’s what it’s all about right??

All photos by the lovely Megan Welker

So like I said this past holiday season, I told the hubby I wanted some oils to jumpstart my collection.  He was all for it, so I went the guru herself.  She is a dear friend of ours here at Beijos and we recently visited her lovely home so she could educate us a little.  It’s the wonderful Melody Brandon, who also co- owns the ever popular  and yummy Sweet & Saucy Shop!! How does she have time for this being a bakery owner, a mama and investing her time into her newest passion with these essential oils?? Who knows…she’s what we call a super mom!! You need to follow her instagram feed over on Life on Loma to see this super mama in action.  Anyway, here is what she has to say…

How and when did you discover your connection with essential oils?
I started looking for more natural health solutions when I got pregnant with my daughter Blake about 5 years ago and started having to question why things like why best friend “Excedrin” weren’t allowed haha.  I always had grown up in a home that used modern medicine for everything and wasn’t really aware of all the side effects that it can have on you, so when it came time to prepare for having my own little one I quickly realized how helpless I felt and started to research natural health options.  I had never heard the words “essentials oils” until I was 28 years old and when I saw my sister in law using them on her kids and singing their praises I knew it was something I needed to look into more.  I found out that actually SO many people were using them and I made the jump and got my first kit with Doterra for a Christmas present and have been obsessed ever since!
 
 
How has this obsession affected your life and your family?
It has been the biggest blessing ever.  I rarely, if ever, have to go to the doctors office, pay co pays, worry about what to do when my kids are feeling sick, etc.  My son who is 2.5 years old has never even had to be on any type of over the counter medication…definitely a huge time and money saver!  They not only have helped with physical health issues but are amazing for mental health too.  I am a busy mom with two businesses and absolutely love using them daily for hormonal support, stress, energy, etc.  Helping my friends and family use essential oils has been such a joy too and now that I share my passion on my personal Instagram account I have even got to connect with people in other countries!  Getting a text, call or email from someone saying their children finally slept through the night, their allergies actually went away, they haven’t had the domino effect of sickness every month in their family, and on and on really does make me so happy to share my passion and love of essential oils with not only my family, but others as well!
 
 
Tell us more about these cute little roller bottles you make?
Well since I have an addiction for anything gold and I hadn’t found anything that I loved look wise for roller bottles and labels that didn’t break the bank I decided to make them myself.  I had Tina Yang from @missmultee custom write them, then get them printed at a local sign shop and then I adhere all of them myself…can we say labor of love haha.  I love spoiling anyone who wants to join this oil journey with me so they always get some for free and then can conveniently have them in their purse or bag so they can use their oils throughout the day.
 
 
Give a the recipe for a common blend…
One of my favorite daily perfume blends that not only smells amazing but is also great for anxiety, stress and mood is Balance and Wild Orange. It is so refreshing as well since all citrus oils smell so yummy! I do 10-20 of each oil in a 10 ml roller bottle and then fill up with fractionated coconut oil.  I apply it to my wrists, back of the neck, temples or behind the ears!  I also place these oils on diffuser jewelry when I wear them!   
 

 
What is your most used blend?
One of my most used blends is my “sanity” blend aka my “hotmess blend” for when I feel stressed out and am losing it!
It is 5-7 drops of these 6 oils…
Console
Serenity
Balance
Clary Sage
Peace
Peppermint
 
 
What is your advice to the essential oil beginner?
I say the most important thing is to be plugged into a essential oil community that can help you learn, answer your questions at 12am when you are freaking out over what to do for a fever, and offer you lots of continuing education so that you actually use your essential oils and don’t let them sit in a box in your cupboard!  That is my I love our private Facebook group, Obsessed with Essentials, because I found that having a support group was the main thing lacking for the essential oil community at large and it really is the deal breaker in your essential oil journey I feel like!
 
 
What is the best kept secret about this oil revolution?
That there really is an oil for EVERYTHING!  No joke…from bug bites, to panic attacks, fevers, immune support or just a replacement for that toxic candle in your home, essential oils really are so versatile and once you start, you really can’t stop!  As far as a specific oil that is most underrated I would have to agree with my girlfriends Jesi Haack and Carissa Jowett and say that Vetiver oil is AMAZING and they wish they had known about it earlier!  The smell is so unique and earthy and both of them are addicted to diffusing it.  It is also the top oil for ADHD, great for anxiety, mood, and sleep among other things.
 
 
What is your favorite blend?
I absolutely love the “Anthro blend” for diffusing during the day in my house instead of candle. It is White Fir, Citrus Bliss, and Grapefruit! 
 
 
Can you believe all of this amazing information???  Well it’s only a snippet so if you want to more and get plugged in with an essential oil community or watch a intro to essential oils webinar you can email Melody at obsessedwithessentials@gmail.com
 

So we can’t share this amazing info with out telling you about some other amazing things like making an all natural face toner!!

Recipe for a 10ml spray bottle:
1 tsp witch hazel
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar 
1/4 tsp rose water
2 drops Rosemary EO
2 drops Lavender EO
 
 
Or making some amazing all natural bath salts…
 
 
Aaaaannnndddd last but not least…. a GIVEAWAY!!  Yes go to our instagram to learn how to win this…
a set of 4 roller bottles with custom labels that you can put your own essential oil blends in.  Melody will let you choose the words you want from her list
Make sure you are following us @beijosevents, Megan Welker @meganwelker and Melody Brandon @lifeonloma to win!!
 
 
Hey we hope if you didn’t already know that we educated you a bit from Melody’s plethora of knowledge here and enticed you to be thirsty for more like us!! Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY, the winner will be announced this Saturday (11th) night!!  Good Luck :)
Xx Leah
 
 

 

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By on March 7, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS TIPS, GIVEAWAY, HEALTHY, LIFESTYLE, SPOTLIGHT, Uncategorized

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Beijos Best

This week we ran into an old friend of ours- the sun. Yay! I can’t wait to soak up all the sunshine.  This week’s Beijos Best is all about you guessed it- Spring! From pastel-colored tops to warm weather accessories and spring beauty products, this week’s Beijos Best is bursting with pretty spring products we are itching to use this coming spring. So if you’re looking to start transitioning your closet for the upcoming season, and updating your beauty game then scroll on down…

Amuse Society Sheer Bliss Dress in Black Sands

Off the shoulder tops and dresses is all the rage right now, and I love it. I have started collecting some of these beauties, and can’t wait to start to wear them.

I love the color combination as we are transitioning from winter to spring. Wear it now with a denim jacket and booties, and once it gets warm trade in those booties for some fun nude sandals.

 Late Night Love Bodysuit is a fun boho off-the-shoulder bodysuit featuring a lightweight, semi-sheer fabrication. Perfect flirty top for a date night out or even a girls night out!

I’m obsessed with anything olive green right now, and this Blue Life Aphrodite Maxi Dress is a goody!

Transitioning from winter to spring, you gotta get yourself some new denim. I recently saw these GRLFRND Karolina High-Rise Skinny Jeans, and I want them NOW. I love the light denim color and vintage vibe to pair with pastel colored tops.

I got this Cult Gaia handbag for Christmas, and it is everything! If you do one thing for spring, you have to get this. It goes with everything!

When it comes to makeup, I like to keep my routine pretty minimum. This Illuminate highlighter palette from Sephora is a perfect palette for that sun kissed glow and pink cheeks that I love so much. All in one spot is a winner in my book.

Lastly, the last thing I updated for spring is my shoe collection. Being a mama, I live in my sneakers and t-shirts. These Puma Exotic Skin Platform Sneakers will be getting good use soon. Once the rain is gone, I’m gonna be wearing these guys everyday all day. Pair with your favorite denim jeans or joggers with a t-shirt and you have yourself the mom spring uniform.

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xx

Abby

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By on February 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

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