Two Events Down!

I just finished one of the busiest weekends I have ever worked.

Gearing up for the Mom's Night Out

Gearing up for the Mom’s Night Out

I had the privilege to work with the Westfield Galleria Mall in Roseville and Kidaround Magazine to put together a “Mom’s Night Out Event”. It was incredibly fun. We had around 300 women come out to the mall to party! We had local wineries and breweries serving drinks to all the guests, we had massage envy giving moms chair massages, Rubino’s Ristorante provided wonderful appetizers, the Melting Pot had desserts for the women, and we had great beauty bars where women could try out make-up, accessories, etc. We also had some local moms modeling the latest fashions, a fun photo booth, a live DJ, and swag bags for every mom that came in. It really was a great night! I am so glad I got to be a part of it. We also raised $3,000.00 at the event through admission and raffle prizes for our charity, Bright Pink. I want to thank all of the vendors that I worked with. I also encourage all of you to check out the Bright Pink website so you can learn more about breast and ovarian cancer and how it will affect you. They even have a link that lets you find out what your risk factor is for breast or ovarian cancer. Check out a their website here:
A BIG thank you to the following vendors who I worked with personally:
Kids Park
Rubino’s Ristorante
Cante ao Vinho Winery
Davis Dean Cellars
Monk’s Cellar
Moniz Family Winery
Paza Winery
Rancho Roble Winery

Photo Credit: Sharon Hoyt Photography

I also got to participate in an awesome event called the Art of Freedom put on by Made for Them ( benefiting the Grace Network (
It was a great event where you could come to a private estate, enjoy a catered lunch, learn how to make some beautiful art, and shop for adorable clothes. We also had great silent auction items. This event was for a great cause. Sacramento is a big hub for sex trafficking. Please visit the Grace Network website and Made for Them website to learn more about sex trafficking and how you can help the cause.

Photos from my iphone during set-up. Wish I had better photos

Easter is Coming

Easter is coming. It is always a humble and sobering holiday for me. A reminder of God’s love for his people. A reminder of Jesus’ death and resurrection. A reminder of the sanctity of life and death.
I am blessed to have both sides of the family and two beautiful children to celebrate with this year. We are keeping things low key this year with an early church service, a simple lunch and dinner, and a Easter egg hunt for the kids at my parents house. I am deciding now what traditions I want to have with my kids now that they are getting older. My mom always made us cute little Easter baskets that we had to search for around the house. Here is a really cute idea I came across. An Easter egg hunt with a scripture and a symbol in each egg telling the story of Christs’ death and resurrection. Its called the Resurrection Egg. I think this would be a great tradition to incorporate into the family festivities. Check it out and tell me what you think:



Also, here are some yummy recipes if you are looking to try something new or delicious!


One of my favorites is

Paula Deen’s French Toast Bake!

Make sure you prep this the night before


  • 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Praline Topping, recipe follows
  • Maple syrup
  • Praline Topping:
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.
Praline Topping:

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole.

If you are looking for something with less calories check this out

Artichoke-Scrambled Eggs Benedict

Roasted artichoke bottoms stand in for English muffins in this quick yet elegant supper. Substitute roasted mushrooms for the pancetta for a vegetarian option. Serve with roasted new potatoes or a tossed salad.


  • 8 canned artichoke bottoms, (1 1/2 cans), rinsed (see Shopping Tip)
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, divided, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 1/3 cup chopped pancetta
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss artichoke bottoms with 2 teaspoons oil and 2 teaspoons oregano. Place them top-side down on half of a large baking sheet. Spread pancetta in an even layer on the other half. Roast until the artichokes are just beginning to brown and the pancetta is crispy, 12 to 14 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice and water in a small bowl until smooth. Beat eggs and egg whites in a large bowl.
  4. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the eggs and cook, folding and stirring frequently with a heatproof rubber spatula until almost set, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and fold in cream cheese, the remaining 1 teaspoon oregano and salt.
  5. To serve, divide the artichoke bottoms among 4 plates. Top each artichoke with equal portions scrambled egg, crispy pancetta and creamy lemon sauce. Garnish with oregano sprigs, if desired.


And one last recipe that is one of my favorites year round.

Roasted Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

  • 2 spray(s) cooking spray   
  •   2 pound(s) uncooked Brussels sprouts, trimmed   
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, extra-virgin   
  • 2 1/4 tsp kosher salt, divided   
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground   
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar   
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup   


Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.

Slice Brussels sprouts in half, if large; place on prepared baking sheet. Add oil, 2 teaspoons salt and pepper; toss well to coat. Roast, stirring and rotating pan halfway through cooking, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine vinegar, maple syrup and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan; set over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring frequently, until thick and syrupy, about 3 minutes.

Spoon Brussels sprouts into a serving dish; drizzle with syrup mixture just before serving.




Santa Clause is Coming to Town!

Christmas is right around the corner and I can hardly believe it.  This is our first Christmas together as a family of four. Macy was born right after Christmas on January 3rd. I remember being so anxious last Christmas, waiting for her arrival. I can hardly believe she is going to be 1!!!! This has been a crazy, busy, and full year for us. I am looking forward to spending this year with my husbands entire family and my entire family for the first time EVER!  Everyone finally lives near us and we get to spend the holidays together as a big family. I am so blessed!

I have been trying to learn how to eat healthier and fill my mind with traditional nourishing recipes and I love this blog that I follow I have gained weight while growing and nursing my babies and now its about time that I start paying attention to what I am eating and I start getting more active! I know with the holidays here it seems like the worst time to try and eat better, especially with all the goodies that are being shared, but I think it is a great time to be aware of what I am eating and letting my kids eat.

The Nourished Kitchen blog has some really interesting detailed and nourishing recipes. I wanted to share a few with you that I am using this year.  These are good options for yummy treats that still have great ingredients and are not packed with sugar!  ENJOY!

These chewy molasses cookies have great ingredients and are tasty. I just made them for a cookie exchange and my kids loved them:

molasses cookies

This golden milk drink is delicious and perfect for a cold day!  It can be hard to find turmeric but it is worth finding!  Move over, Starbucks, this is my new favorite drink:


I had never heard of roasting grapes but I LOVE grapes and cant wait to try this recipe:


I have made this custard many times for my babies. It is a delicious nourishing food that even little babies can eat:


And I am going to attempt to make this beautiful rich and velvety grain-free and gluten-free yule log for Christmas day. Wish me luck.A


Let me know if you try any of these out and like them!

Merry Christmas!!

*all photos from


Kidaround Magazine Sept/Oct Issue Is Out!

I really am excited to be working with Kidaround Magazine now. Kidaround is a free bi-monthly publication. I love everyone I am working with and I am so excited about the future of the magazine…some cool partnerships and changes are in the works!  This newest issue is themed Farm to Family and there are some gorgeous pictures and articles on feeding your family well. They also have added a little bio on me along with everyone else helping with the magazine. My official title is Advertising and Sponsorship Executive. If you would like to advertise in this gorgeous one-of-a-kind magazine, let me know. Here is a link to the online magazine. If you want a hard copy, let me know. Enjoy!


Noonday Collection

Tomorrow I am hosting a trunk show for Noonday.  Every piece you purchase helps #changelives providing no-interest loans, scholarship programs, emergency assistance, & money toward adoptions in 10 countries all over the world. They will be unveiling their new fall line. Roll out is August 7th!  You can also purchase online 

I am excited!



trunk show

Busy Season of Life

It has been a very busy season for me. On top of being busy with my 21 month old son and my 6 month old daughter, moving to a new house, and hosting my best friend and her kids for 6 weeks, but I have also been busy with Cherry Kissed Events Business!


I had a fabulous graduation party I was hired for at the end of June. It was a beautiful backyard gathering and I truly enjoyed helping transform their backyard into an oasis. I know it was a fabulous party.  After decorating everything, I wanted to stay and enjoy it!  Of course, I forgot to take any photos. I only got this one photo of the dessert table and the flower arrangements that I did and everything looked so much cuter in person…bummer!

grad photo flowers


I also have partnered with Shoulder to Shoulder in Del Paso Heights.

Shoulder To Shoulder’s Vision is to equip urban fatherless young men for life, enabling them to become well-balanced, mature men in their family and community, breaking the cycle of fatherlessness…one life at a time.

I helped them with a luncheon at the end of June and now we are gearing up for their Igniting Hope Gala in October.


Tomorrow I am helping with a Fundraiser for the Keaton Raphael Memorial

I used to work for them many years ago and I was so happy to be helping them once again. We are having a fundraising event at Funderland Amusement Park tomorrow night.

Come from 5-8pm and enjoy $5 wristbands for unlimited rides and $2 meals (hot dog, drink, & chips). We will also be raffling off some awesome toys for $1 a raffle ticket. I also heard that Else the Snowqueen will be coming out to visit. Don’t miss out!

KRM            Funderland


The other big thing on my plate is I am now working for Kidaround magazine! I will be helping with advertising, sponsorships, and events! I am so excited to partner with them. They are a beautiful magazine that is focused on local moms and helping them be the best moms they can be! Now that is something I can stand behind.

Check out their latest issue here:

and their website here:



I am so excited about all that is going on with my business. I know I have greatly neglected my blog and website but I hope to get back into the swing of things.

Thanks for understanding my busy life!





Out with the old, In with the new!

As part of my “spring cleaning” list, I needed to switch my website over from Squarespace to WordPress (for many reasons). The transfer is now complete. So, if you notice any kinks or something I should change, please let me know. I will keep working on updating and improving my site as I find time.

What is on your “spring cleaning” list this year? We have decided we will be moving next month! So, I not only need to clean but I need to go through my whole house. I swore that I would never move unprepared again. Last move, I was very pregnant and I literally did not pack one box before moving day. We had a ton of friends come over and they packed boxes as we moved  them over. I am sure our friends were very irritated with us, and I had no idea what items were put where. It took a long time to get organized at the new house.   Wish me luck this time. Do you have any tips on moving for me?

Another thing on my “spring cleaning” list is to use many of the foods up in my pantry. I like to try new seasonal foods and get creative with our food. Something I was recently turned on to by my friend, Christy, that I am totally loving, is WildTree products

wildtree1 wildtree

They are organic seasonings, dressings,  and mixes that make cooking so much easier. As a mom of two young babies, I sometimes struggle with the motivation to cook or host parties. But, I recently had a party and it made many of the appetizers super yummy and easy. And the last few nights, dinner has been so simple. I follow the instructions on the packet and in 30 minutes or less I have a yummy dinner that I did not have to think much about.  I am VERY picky about the food I fed my family and most season packets at the store have added crap! sugar, msg, gmo ingredients, and more. I have been making a lot of my own seasoning mixes the last year. But, with Wildtree, I read the ingredients and I feel good about what I am feeding my family. In the last week made their dill dressing, used their coleslaw mix, made mocha mousse, made easy sangria, and made an Asian and Mexican themed dinner. I am a happy mama! They also have freezer meal workshops and a bunch of other stuff I am learning about. If you would like to order any Wildtree products, let me know, and I will get you in touch with Christy.

Ok, enough about that. Please leave me a note about your packing tips and wish me luck!

Here is the family at Easter! My kids are the best.

Macy, 3 months, Ben, 18 months

Macy, 3 months, Ben, 18 months

It’s 2014 & February Already??? Goodbye Christmas, Hello Easter!

Since the last time I blogged I had a baby! Macy Jane Burley was born on January 3rd weighing 9lbs 3oz and measuring at 20 1/2 inches. I was so happy with my labor.  But, it definitely makes life a lot more busy. Now I have a 1 1/2 year old and a 7 week old.  I don’t know if I will ever find time to clean my house again. :O


I also had the priviledge of completing the Stand Up & Dance Disco event for Stand Up Placer (formally Peace for Families Even though it was pouring rain, people showed up dressed in their Disco best. We had great food from Capital City Catering, a great dessert auction, a silent auction, an awesome DJ from Extreme Productions and lots of dancing. Enjoy some pics from the event. They are not awesome because most of them are from my camera but you get the idea.

Next on my plate is a Bowl-a-thon for Shoulder to Shoulder (, a fundraiser for the Keaton Raphael Memorial (, and a few events are in the works for Funderland Amusement Park ( including their Easter event.

I know that Easter and Spring is right around the corner. Are you looking for some inspiration?  I have barely had a chance to think about it (though I am excited for Macy’s first Easter).But, I do have a pinterest board you can check out for some ideas.




Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Christmas is almost here and I have been keeping myself very busy. On top of expecting my baby girl around New Years Day, I have joined a professional Christmas caroling group. My first gig is at a mall tomorrow. I am also scheduled to sing at my church the 22nd and the Christmas Eve service. And my son is 14 months old right now and he keeps me very busy all day long. It is getting harder and harder to carry him around with my huge belly!  I have decided not to decorate my house this year to save myself all the stress but I have my mom hosting Christmas this year and I will live through her tree and decorations.

I am also busy planning a big Disco themed fundraiser for Stand Up Placer. You can learn more about them here: and more about the event here:

I am very excited to partner with such an awesome non-proft and I know the evening is going to be tons of fun.

Now back to Christmas, I have a few baking “parties” this week and I was doing research on recipes and other Christmas inspiration.  Money is tight this year so I was also looking into DIY gifts.  I already made 3 adorable stockings for some family members.  I have a few more gifts I will be making on Monday.  Check out all the ideas I found on my pinterest board:

If I dont post again before Christmas, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. I might have a new baby soon and I might not be able to post again until after the New Year!


Thanksgiving is such a fun time of year!

I love Thanksgiving. I love having friends and family over and eating food that I dont normally eat. I love the chill in the air and the color of the leaves. It’s such a nice comforting time of the year. I found 2 great recipes this year that have a little twist and they are amazing. A pumpkin, apple, sweet potatoe casserole and a pecan pumpkin pie. I have already made both…and the pie I have made twice! It was a big hit.  This is also the first time I cooked my own pumpkins and made my own puree and I think it really made both dishes taste fresh.

I hope you have fun baking this year. Please enjoy!

The Blue Goose Sweet Potato Apple Casserole



2 cups sweet potato, cubed, (2 large potatoes)

1 16 oz. can of pumpkin

1 c. brown sugar sugar

1 1/2 cups of plain or apple cinnamon applesauce

1 to 2 cups of apples peeled and sliced

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

teaspoon nutmeg, (to taste)

1 teaspoon cinnamon (to taste)


1 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup chopped toasted almonds


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Put sweet

potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over

medium high heat until tender; drain and mash. If you’re in a

hurry and I generally am rushing to get most things done, poke

potatoes with a fork in a few places, wrap them in a paper towel

and microwave them for about 4-8 minutes. Turning once. Then

peel and mash. In a large bowl, mix together the sweet

potatoes, pumpkin, applesauce, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, butter,

and vanilla extract. Stir together. Put half of the mixture in a

9×13 inch baking dish. Layer the apples on top of the mixture.

Layer the remaining mixture over the apples. In medium bowl,

mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture

is coarse. Stir in the almonds. Sprinkle the mixture over the top.

Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is

lightly brown. Makes about 12 servings. Not as sweet and a bit

“better for you” than the traditional.


Pumpkin-Pecan Pie with Bourbon Butter Sauce

Pie Crust
1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C butter (1 stick)
3 to 4 Tbs cold water

Pumpkin Filling
1 C cooked pumpkin purée
1/4 C firmly packed light brown sugar
2 Tbs sugar
1 large egg, beaten until frothy
1 Tbs heavy cream
1 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground allspice, and nutmeg

Pecan Syrup
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C dark corn syrup
2 small eggs
1 1/2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground cinnamon
3/4 C pecan pieces

Whiskey Butter Sauce
4 Tbs unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
1/3 C sugar
1 large egg
1/2 Tbs very hot water
1/4 C heavy cream
1/4 C bourbon whiskey

Pie Crust: Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and incorporate with your fingertips until the mixture resembles very coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle the water over the flour mixture in tablespoon increments, stirring continuously with a fork. Form the dough into a ball and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Pumpkin Filling: Combine all the ingredients thoroughly in a medium bowl; set aside. Pecan Syrup: Combine all the ingredients thoroughly in a medium bowl; set aside. Assembly: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease an 8-inch springform cake pan. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to 3/16 inch. Very lightly flour the top of the dough and fold it into quarters. Carefully place the dough in the greased cake pan. Press firmly in place and trim the edges. Chill for 15 minutes. Spoon the Pumpkin Filling into the pan, spreading evenly to distribute. Gently pour the Pecan Syrup on top. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Cool and serve with Whiskey Butter Sauce. Whiskey Butter Sauce: Melt the butter in the top of a double boiler set over gently simmering water. Beat the sugar and egg in a small bowl until blended. Stir the egg mixture into the butter. Add the hot water and stir until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes. Remove from the double boiler and let cool to room temperature. Stir in the cream and whiskey.



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