Toilet Paper Roll Penguins




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Toilet Paper Roll Penguins 

What you will need to get started:

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The How To:

Step 1: Place the black sock over the toilet paper tube. You may have to cut the ends as needed. Tuck the ends inside the toilet paper roll and secure with a few small dabs of glue. christmas-penguin-2

Step 2: Put the hat on. To do this cut off the ribbed end of the sock. Place the sock over the top of the toilet paper roll. Fold the bottom up a little to give the effect of a beanie. Pull the rest of the sock up and tie a bow using a thread from the burlap or twine. Trim the hat above the bow to your liking. Embellish with a small snowflake, button, or rusty jingle bell.christmas-penguin-3

Step 3: For the Belly cut a small triangle out of the burlap and cut the top corner off. You may want to put your scarf on quick just to see how much of the corner to cut. Glue the burlap belly on making sure the fat side is at the bottom like in the photo below.

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Step 4: Put the scarf on. Just wrap it around and tie a knot in it making sure the knot is slightly to the right or left side, which ever you prefer. For the scarf we used an old tea towel. We made a small cut into the tea towel then ripped it the rest of the way to give it a frayed look.christmas-penguin-5

Step 5: The Face-

The eyes– Glue two little beads on for the eyes. An easy way to do this is to slip the bead on the end of a toothpick and put a tiny dab of glue on it. Then use the toothpick to stick the eyes where you want them. Once the eye ball is in place gently pull the toothpick out.

The nose– Color the tip of a toothpick with an orange marker. Snip the tip of the toothpick off with scissors and glue the nose ( orange tip) on the penguin.

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How cute are they? Theses are great gifts to give to teachers and neighbors along with some cookies, of course 😉 Check out my easy recipe for Double Chocolate Cake Box Cookies, a plate of these would compliment this gift perfectly!

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Peppermint Fluff Layered Dessert




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Peppermint Fluff Layered Dessert 

 I know it has been quit some time since my last post but I’m hoping this Peppermint Fluff Layered Dessert will make up for my absents. I have been working pretty hard over the past few weeks with the help of two new team members, my mom and my good friend Tiff. My mom has been helping in the creative/DIY department, my friend Tiff has been helping with cooking and comic relief. I am beyond blessed to have these two ladies helping me out the past few weeks. I’m excited to see what BurlapKitchen.com will be able to accomplish now! So stay tuned! We have lots of amazing recipe’s and super cute Christmas DIY’S coming your way! I’d also advise you to save those empty toilet paper rolls.. just a hint 😉

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Above, I told you how I’m hoping my Peppermint Fluff Layered Dessert will make up for my absents and I think it will. This dessert is so easy your kids could do it, seriously, its THAT easy. I think some call this sort of dessert a lasagna but when I think lasagna I think loads of cheese and red sauce. Not layers of chocolate pudding and fluffy peppermint cream, which is exactly what this Peppermint Fluff Layered Dessert is. This dessert is layers of chocolate graham crackers, chocolate pudding, and peppermint fluff, it is just as beautiful as it is delicious. I already have requests to make this for our Christmas Eve party. 😉

* I suggest making this dessert in a clear glass 13 X 9 cake pan so all the beautiful layers are visible. In the photo mine is in a metal cake pan because I left my glass cake pan at my moms house.

Here are some more delicious recipes for the Holidays – Christmas Cranberry Butter Bars– Life is Poppin’ , 13 Christmas Desserts that are 5 ingredients of less – BurlapKitchen





DIY Chalkboard Log Slice




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DIY Chalkboard Log Slice 

DIY Chalkboard log slice’s are probably one of the easiest DIY Projects around. If you have log slices. I didn’t but I did halve a Pap, with a chainsaw, with an unlimited amount of fire wood in the field. When you are a good cook it’s easy to bribe people into doing things they don’t want to do like cutting log slices in exchange for an apple pie ;).

What you will need: 





The How To:

Step one:Find a sweet Pap to cut some log slices. Remember to bribe him with an apple pie ;).

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Pap bring up my load of Log slices:

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Step Two: Paint the log slice(s) with chalkboard paint in the middle leaving a rim. Leaving a rim makes them look more natural and rustic in my opinion.

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Step Three: Once the paint is completely dry you can write on it with chalk. I like to write different saying for each season. You will have to use a damp cloth to get the chalk off when you switch out the writing. P.s. Don’t laugh at my sad attempt to draw a leaf.. I am not an artist. LOL.



DIY Tomato Stake Fall Tree




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DIY Tomato Stake Fall Tree

I have been seeing these around everywhere lately and decided to try making one of my own. They are really easy to make and look so stinking cute! I wish I would have made one last year! I want to mention that in the photo above I made a mistake, I should have wrapped the lights on and THEN the Burlap ribbon. You can see how it looks a little funny with the lights going around the burlap.. Oops! Also, it will probably look a lot cuter once those mums beside it bloom 😉

What you will need: 

The how to: 

Step One– First you will need a tomato stake. This is an old one I got from my pap.

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Step Two – Tie a knot around the base of the tomato stake with one end of the leaf garland.

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Step Three – Twist the leaf garland around the tomato stake tying new ones as needed, I used 8. You can use as many or as little as you like, I like a lot of leaves on mine.

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Step Four – Start at the base of the tomato stake and wrap the lights around the tree. Make sure to start with the end that plugs into the wall.

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Step Five – Next, Starting at the base of the tomato stake wrap the burlap ribbon around it. The ribbon I bought had wire in it and was easy to bend around the base to stay in place. If you don’t have ribbon with wire in it then I suggest using some wire or twine to secure the ribbon.

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Step Six: Next, tie a bow and use a piece of twine or wire to secure it to the top. I do not know how to make these bows so I had my mom make one for me. This is actually her tree, I made mine a few days ago.

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Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake




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Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake

Listen, I’ll be honest with you, I am terrible at coming up with names for my recipes. I just call them as I see them. When I started this blog all I knew was that I could cook, I didn’t realize that there were so many different elements to blogging. Along with cooking I also had to learn photography & improve my semi non existing writing skills. So bare with me as I learn. I am currently reading a book by Anne Lamott called Bird By Bird. I will warn you there is some foul language in the book. I am not finished with the book yet but basically she is showing me how to break down my writing into one category at a time and quit the other voice’s in my head so I can deal with one voice at a time. In one particular part of the book she asks you to close your eyes and imagine all those voice in your head are mice. She then says to to put each mouse (voice) in a separate jar so you can sort through the voices one by one. I know that sounds confusing but it actually does help, a lot!

Ok, that’s enough about my writing skills. Lets talk about this Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake! So this recipe basically came to be out of pure laziness. My husband said he wanted a meatloaf and every time I think meatloaf I think scalloped potatoes as a side. In my mind they go together like Peanut butter and Jelly, like coffee and mornings, like me and burlap. You get it. I had everything ready to go, the potatoes laid out, hamburg thawed, oven preheated. But then I got lazy, really lazy. I thought, forget it. I wasn’t in the mood to make all that but now I was now craving scalloped potatoes and my husband still wanted something with ground beef. So I thought to myself, I know, I’ll just throw the ground beef in with the potatoes. Perfect, right? wrong. To feel good about myself as both a wife and a mother I knew I had to add a veggie. I thought about making a veggie on the side but that would mean another dirty dish and I just wasn’t having it. I found a bag of peas in the freezer tossed them in and called it a day.





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