Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

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Flannel & Pine Cone Garland 

Most of the supplies needed for this Flannel & Pinecone Garland can be found right at your fingertips! We went to the local park to gather all the pinecones along with a few other supplies for another craft. Since my husband didn’t have any old flannels that I liked I headed to the Goodwill and picked some up. I bought the sunflowers at the dollar tree and while I was there I found that they also sell raffia and twine. I would use the raffia, but I would advise against the twine, as I don’t think it will be long enough or strong enough. You can head to your local Walmart to pick up a nice strong twine. I believe mine said 2 ply on the pack.

Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

 Materials needed:

  • Twine
  • old flannel shirts ( If you don’t have any, check a local thrift store!)
  • Pine Cones
  • 2 cheap bundles of sunflowers ( I bought mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • wire cutters
  • Brown Textured Spray Paint
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • scissors

How to:

Step 1: The first thing you want to do, which I did not photograph, is to bake the bugs out of the pine cones. Put the pine cones on an old cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet lined with foil. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and bake pine cones for 20 minutes. You will LOVE the way they make the house smell… like fall!

Step 2: Cut the flannel shirts into strips. The quickest way to do this is to make a small cut at the bottom then use your hands to tear the cut all the way to the top of the shirt. Keep doing this till you have a nice stack of flannel strips.

 

 

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Step 3: To begin making the garland wrap twine around the pine cone a few times and secure with a knot and some hot glue. Next, begin adding flannel strips and wrapping pine cones. I like to do 4 flannels, rotating colors, and then a pine cone. Secure pine cones with glue, this will keep them from unraveling and falling on the ground when you hang it.

*I’m not really sure where my head was when I was photographing this post… it seems I’ve missed capturing some of the most important steps! If you are having trouble understanding these steps please refer to my youtube channel for a full video of this DIY. flanel pine cone garland 4

Step 4: Once your garland reaches the desired length, cut the twine and secure with another knot and more glue. I then spray painted the dollar tree sunflowers with a light layer of multi-color texture spray I purchased at Walmart. You want to use a dark brown multi color to achieve a more rustic/primitive look. A good friend taught me how to do this and I have been using this technique ever since!

*I later added some raffia to this garland. You can make this with or without the raffia, it’s really up to you!

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Pumpkin Cake

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If you have been following me for a while, you may already know that of my love for all things fall! I literally love EVERYTHING about this season! Comfy sweatshirts, beautifully arranged mums sitting on porches, and especially pumpkin! Every year I get excited for the announcement that Dunkin Donuts is finally serving their pumpkin flavored coffees! Just give me this pumpkin cake and some Dunkin Donuts pumpkin flavored coffee and I’ll be a happy camper! A few weeks ago I was hungry for pumpkin cake and decided to turn one of my favorite recipes, White Mountain Cake, into a pumpkin cake recipe! The recipe for White Mountain Cake came from an old family friend who went home to be with Jesus years ago. It seemed fitting to turn this cake with great memories attached to it into a cake for my one of my favorite seasons… though I love Christmas, too!

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With the texture of a pumpkin roll, and spiced just right, this cake screams fall! This cake is very moist. When mixing the cake, be sure to not over mix, or it will end up a little on the sticky side. I loved making this cake because it does not require any icing. Tons of whipped cream is all it needs… and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon! Now, if you wanted to make some icing for it, I’m sure you can find something delicious on the internet. I think a cream cheese icing would pair nicely with this cake.
I definitely plan on spending my weekend chowing down on this yummy cake with a nice, hot cup of coffee!


Wooden Pumpkins





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Wooden Pumpkins 

These wooden pumpkins are a cute way to dress up your home for fall at a fairly low cost. I am going to give measurements for these but feel free to make them whatever size you’d like! This is a perfect craft to use up those old scraps of wood laying around in the garage!

Materials List:

  • 1x6x6 Board
  • 1 shim ( for the stem)
  • chop saw ( If you do not have one of these your local home improvement stores may cut the wood for you)
  • Sander & Sandpaper
  • Spray paint ( Orange, green, & black)
  • stain – Here’s what I like to use:

  • Old rags
  • gloves
  • Small nails
  • 2 2-inch screws
  • 1 3-inch screw
  • Hammer
  • Raffia ( You can find this at the Dollar Tree!)

Step 1:  Cut the boards and Shim to the sizes below

Tall pumpkin –  17 inches

short pumpkin – 11 3/4 inches

Base – 8 inches

stems – 2 1/4 inch

 

You can use my measurements or you can just use your own.

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Step 2: Paint the boards the following colors & allow to dry:

Stems- Green

Pumpkins – Orange

Base – Black

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Step 3: Sand all the pieces of painted wood. I like to sand the corners extra good so it looks rustic once stained.

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Step 4: Apply the stain. I like to use 2 rags, one for applying the stain, and one to wipe it off. Make sure to wear gloves while doing this or your hands will be stained for a good week or so. Allow stain to dry.

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Step 5: Using a drill put 2 screws in the back of the larger pumpkin to hold the pumpkins together. When doing this I like to put one screw in and even things up before adding the second screw.

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Step 6: Predrill and use a larger screw to attach the base.

Here’s an easy way to do this: When attaching the base, I like to push my screw into the wood to mark where I need to predrill. I then take my drill and predrill through the base. Next, with the drill bit through the base, I attach it to the bottom of the pumpkin and continue pre-drilling. This helps to keep things lined up nice.

Step 7: Nail on stems & raffia bow. I like to pre-drill so the shim doesn’t split.

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Cream Cheese,Garlic, & Veggie Bagel Spread

 Bagel Spread




Cream Cheese, Garlic, & Veggie Bagel Spread 
My sister and I love going to Lewisburg, PA when we get the chance. Lewisburg is home to Bucknell University, so it’s a cute little college town! One of our favorite places to visit is a little bagel shop. This bagel shop makes the most amazing bagel spreads. They have everything from sweet Oreo cookie spread to a more savory vegetable spread. I recently tried the vegetable spread and fell in love! I knew I needed to recreate the recipe and that’s exactly what I did! In my opinion, it’s even better than the bagel shop. Not only is it delicious, but it has a super yummy superfood blend in it. That totally cancels out the fatty cream cheese and carb-filled bagels, right? So, not only does this taste good, but it’s sort of good for you due to the superfood blend.
This spread has become a staple in our home. My husband has been asking me to make it constantly. Thankfully, it’s super easy to make so I don’t mind. And, if I’m being honest, I’ve been craving it just as much as he has! Plus, I like that I can make a batch of it at the beginning of the week and have breakfast all week for everyone. At this point, we might have to buy some stock in a bagel company. It’s so good that we’ve been eating it for both breakfast and late night snacks! I will warn you though – this cream cheese will give you some wicked breath! You might need to brush your teeth directly afterward! The other downside to this recipe is that since it’s so amazing, my husband is constantly toasting bagels. That means that he’s also messing with the toaster dial! There are two things that are totally non-negotiable in a marriage – no touching the toaster dial, and no touching the thermostat! That may have even been in my wedding vows! Just kidding!
I hope that you enjoy this delicious blend of cream cheeses, superfood, and garlic!


Cement Candy Corn Yard Ornaments


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Cement Candy Corn Yard Ornaments 




These Cement candy corns are fun to make and will be a great addition to your fall decor. Because they are made out of cement they are durable enough to use both inside and outside. I have made 4 of these and plan on using mine randomly outside in amongst my flowers.

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Materials needed:

  • Cement ( I like to use a fast setting underlayment, It’s a little more expensive but I like that it sets within minutes of pouring.)
  • cheap plastic bowl
  • cheap wooden spoon
  • water
  • Traffic cones from the dollar tree
  • cooking spray
  • paper towel
  • sandpaper
  • paint ( white, orange, and yellow)
  • paint brush
  • tape
  • cup

How to:
Step 1: Add cement to a cheap plastic bowl. Then slowly add water and mix until the cement is a slushy-like consistency.

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Step 2: Flip traffic cone upside down into a cup to keep stable. Spray the inside of the traffic cone very well with cooking spray.

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Step 3: Pour cement into a traffic cone until even with the top. Using a paper towel dab off any excess cement. Allow drying overnight. As soon as you are finished pouring the cement, rinse bowl and spoon right away, unless you plan to throw them away. And whatever you do, DO NOT rinse in an indoor sink or down any drains. Rinse outside using a hose only… Unless you want a visit from the plumber.

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Step 4: When the traffic cone is dry push edges of the traffic cone down to help release cement from traffic cone. Flip upside down and give a few taps till the cement pops out. You will have something that looks like this:

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Step 5: Use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down any rough edges on the bottom of the traffic cone.

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Step 6: Tape top and bottom of the traffic cone and begin to paint. Once the paint is dry you are all finished.

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Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake

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Memories of Nana 

When my Nana passed away, she left me all of her recipes. These ranged from cookbooks to handwritten cards with notes on the back which are so exciting to read. These recipes are very special to me. I love that when I open them, they still smell like her house. It makes me feel like even though she has passed, she’s still with me in the kitchen. Every time I open the recipes I can still see my Nana walking around the kitchen in her Clark’s slippers. There are so many things that I still remember about her. The way she’d wave her neatly manicured hands in church, the sparkles in her diamonds, the way she smelled, and how she would softly kiss me on the cheek when she’d see me wearing her pink Mary Kay lipstick. I miss her dearly and am glad that I can still feel close to her when looking through the recipes she’s passed down to me.

 Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake 
This lemon blueberry crumb cake recipe was an amazing find! So many of my Nana’s recipes are good, but this one is absolutely amazing. Of course, as with most recipes I find, I had to put my own twist on it. The original recipe was just a lemon cake. I added the blueberry and the crumb topping which took this recipe over the top! I mean, who doesn’t love a good crumb topping? When I was a kid, I used to sneak into the kitchen and make myself a little bowl of crumb topping. My mom still doesn’t know I used to do that!
Nothing says summer like the delicious combination of Blueberry and Lemon. I also like that this makes a smaller pan. There’s less for me to stuff my face with! But if you’re planning on taking this cake to a get-together, I’d recommend making 2 or 3 cakes and cutting into smaller pieces.
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Feta & Balsamic Steak Tacos




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Feta & Balsamic Steak Taco

I really should be cleaning right now, but instead, I am dreaming up new ideas for taco recipes. At this point, the scent of tacos may be ingrained into the walls of my home. Perhaps that is why I wake up in the middle of the night craving tacos? The scent is so powerful that I think I am waking up to a delicious taco meal. Sadly, that has yet to happen. However, when I’m not dreaming of tacos, I am testing out and photographing new taco recipes.

One of the creations I made were these amazing Feta & Balsamic Steak Tacos. My family may be tired of eating so many tacos this month, but this recipe is such a unique deviation from normal tacos, that I don’t think they quite minded. I’ve given up on my husband being a taco fan, but since my son’s taste buds are still developing, I’m holding out hope that he’ll be a taco super-fan like me!

 I could honestly eat about 10 of these tacos without even thinking about it. I did add in some spring mix lettuce, so that make’s it healthy, right? This recipe is so easy to make! If you’re looking for a light recipe that packs a lot of flavor into each bite, this is it. I used shaved beef, however, steakums would be a good substitute. The cream cheese and honey spread balances out the acidity from the balsamic and the drizzle of lemon adds another delightful layer of refreshing goodness. I added some chili powder to the shell to take the shell from plain jane to WOW!

 Speaking of the shell, that was the hardest part of the recipe. Getting the shell to fry and shape just right was a little difficult. I did find this taco press on Amazon that should alleviate those issues. It definitely looks like a worthy investment, especially if you’re a taco addict like me!
If I were you, I’d run, not walk, to your nearest grocery store and scoop up the ingredient to add this perfect Feta and Balsamic Steak Taco recipe to your weekend meal plan. 





Bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder




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Bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder 

This bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder is fairly easy to make and will look adorable in the yard. And, as long as you have some of the materials on hand, this project should be somewhat inexpensive. Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!  =)

The Drilling Process 

I went through the drilling process twice so I could find the easiest method for you. A few cracked pots and many striped drill blades later and I believe I found it! The key to drilling through the clay quickly seems to be a wet clay pot and a glass and tile drill bit. Now you will have to use the spade blade for the bottom of the clay pot and the bit for the middle of the bottom clay saucer.

Materials:

  • 1 Clay Pot ( This didn’t have a size labeled but it measures about 5 inches in diameter and about 4 inches in length)
  • 4-inch Clay Saucer
  • 8-inch Clay Saucer
  • Glass Globe ( You can find these with the fake flowers at Walmart, I’ve also seen them at the dollar tree. Make sure this fits on the clay pot correctly before buying.)
  • 1 Wooden Dresser Knob (These come 2 in a pack at Lowes)
  • Safety glasses
  • 1-inch spade blade
  • 1/8-inch Drill Bit
  • 1/2-inch Glass & Tile  Drill Bit
  •  4 Feet of thin Wire ( I bought mine at Lowes and had them cut it to size.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Appropriate wire camps (This will depend on the size of the wire)
  • Red Spray Paint
  • A bucket or something you can soak clay pots in ( I just soaked mine in the bathtub, it needs to be cleaned anyway. ;p)
  • Bird Seed
  • heavy duty glue (Gorilla Glue will work nicely)

How to:

Step One: Soak clay pot and saucers in water for a few hours and begin to drill holes. Soaking the pots and saucer will allow the clay to soften making it easier to drill through.

  • Use a 1/8-inch drill bit to drill a hole in the middle of both saucers and wooden knob
  • Use 1-inch spade blade to drill the hole in the middle of the bottom of the clay pot.
  • Use 1/2-inch glass & Tile blade to drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the glass globe. Also, use Glass & Tile bit to drill 4 holes around the rim of the saucer where the bird seed will come out.

*I ruined so many blades trying to figure out how to drill the seed holes around the rim of the pot. I finally decided to use a drill bit that is made for glass and tile, this worked wonderfully! As long as the clay pot has soaked in water for a few hours the glass bit will drill right through!

( Don’t mind my helper. He’s selfish and seems to think everything is about him =p )

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Step Two: Spray paint clay pot, saucers, and knob red.

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Step 3: Double the wire to form a loop at the top. Attach wire clamp to secure the wire in place; use pliers to squeeze shut.

(After I took the photo I realized my wire clamp got stuck in the knob hole.)

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Step 4: Continue feeding the wire through the drilled holes until it comes out the bottom.Bubble gum bird feeder 4

Step 5: Attach a second wire clamp on the bottom to hold everything.

*After putting this together I realized I bought the wrong type of wire clamp because the clamp slipped right through the hole. They have different types and I’m sure if you ask someone at your local hardware store they’d be more then happy to help! I used a rubber band and some heavy duty glue to secure it for now.Bubble gum bird feeder 7

Step 6: I then used a heavy duty glue to secure the wooden knob to the top saucer. This will act as a lid and make it easy to take the lid on and off when filling seed. I also glued the glass globe to the clay pot, this just kept it from being so wobbly. I did NOT glue the clay pot to the bottom saucer. I wanted easy access in case bird seed would get stuck in the pot.

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Step 7: The only thing left to do is to fill the bird feeder with seeds and enjoy watching the birds munch on their new snack!

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Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos




Smoky Ranchero Tacos

Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos

If you are like me and love tacos, then you should add these Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos to your grocery list this week. You are going to love how simple they are to make. I have been munching on these all week and I’m still not over them. Of course, you know I have been crushing on all kinds of tacos this month. If you caught me last week you witnessed my Honey Battered Chicken Tacos, weren’t they delish?! It’s hard to believe we are half way through taco month…

I have to admit, I’m going to be kind of sad when taco month is over. I’ve been having too much fun listening to Ricky Martin and eating tacos. I’m pretty sure my neighbor has overheard me singing Livin’ La Vida Loca in the shower a time or two this month. I’m certain she’s used to it by now. I think I broke her in back at Christmas time by singing Dean Marin’s it’s a Marshmallow world at the top of my lungs. I bring her food so I think that should make up for all the singing, at least that’s how I justify it.

It’s not her fault she moved in next to a fruitcake like me. I tried to be on my best behavior for a month or so, but eventually, the real me came out. Now I’m running around the yard swatting wasps with my new tennis racket bug zapper in my pajamas and she doesn’t even bat an eyelash. I guess it’s the norm now, “oh, that’s just Emily”. Hey, to each his own, am I right?

For more awesome recipes from Burlap Kitchen click here: Biscuit Dough Pizza SticksLasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast, Best Roast Beef Sandwich Ever.





Bird Seed Wreath




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Bird Seed Wreath

You are going to love how easy this DIY Bird Seed Wreath is to make! Not only is it easy but it’s also an inexpensive way to spruce up the backyard. I just put my wreath out today so the birds are still a little wary of it. As soon as they get comfortable with it I will be sure to post more pictures.

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Materials:

  • 1 – 8 Inch grapevine wreath 
  • A few sprigs of fake flowers ( Bright red & pink seem to attract hummingbirds!)
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Wooden Tag ( you can get these in the craft section at Walmart for .98¢)
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
  • wire cutters ( for the fake flowers)
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed

Instructions: 

Step 1: Cut a few sprigs of flowers and wire them to one side of the wreath using floral wire.

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Step 2: Paint wooden tag as desired and tie it onto the wreath using ribbon.

How to achieve this Wooden Tag look:

  1. spray paint teal
  2. Using a white marker, write Bird Seed 5¢ OR use a Circuit to create this look or a design of your own.
  3. Use a light grit sandpaper to rough the edges
  4. Dip the edge of an old rag in stain and quickly wipe on and off the tag.

 

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Step 3: Tie a piece of ribbon around the wreath so it can hang. Bird seed wreath 4

Step 4: Use a knife or spoon to spread peanut butter on one side of the wreath. I found that a spoon works the best. Next, pour the birdseed over the peanut butter. The best way to do this is to put the bird seed in a cheap foil pie pan and sprinkle it on the wreath. This keeps all the mess in the pie pan and makes for an easy cleanup!

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And it’s as simple as that! Enjoy watching the birds nibble away at their new treat!

 

 

 

 




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