French Toast Bites


Christmas Meals

French Toast Bites 

For the past 4 years we have hosted Christmas dinner at our house. My family comes early Christmas morning and the house is instantly filled with laughter as we sip our coffee and open gifts . Normally, for breakfast, we just indulge in left over cookies and pie from the previous nights Christmas eve party. This is remarkably satisfying but I have always wanted to make Christmas breakfast for everyone to enjoy. Something they would look forward to Christmas morning. I want the house to smell like Christmas when they walk in.

Keep it Simple

Whatever I choose to make has to be something quick and easy considering I also have to prepare my turkey for Christmas Dinner. Thankfully, I found this recipe for cinnamon toast balls and have slightly adapted it into what I like to call French toast Bites. French toast bites are baked and it frees up my stove top so there is no need to hover over the stove watching them. Let’s face it, Christmas is for spending time with family not in front of a hot stove.




To make your own French toast bites follow these simple step by step instructions. (Recipe Below instructions)

First butter one side of the sandwich bread: 

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Sprinkle each bread slice generously with cinnamon sugar mixture: You can buy this already made or make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to 1/2 cup of sugar.

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 Pull corners together and smush into a ball:

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Dip into egg wash and drain excess with fork: 

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 Place French Toast Bites on a greased cookie sheet: 

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If you make this recipe or any other recipe from BurlapKitchen.com I would love to hear from ya! Just send a message via face book or email me @ Burlapkitchen@yahoo dot com.





2 Ingredient Creme Drop Fudge

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2 Ingredient Creme Drop Fudge




If making good fudge is a dream come true that seems out of reach then this 2 Ingredient Creme Drop Fudge recipe is for you! All that’s required is 2 ingredients and one minute of your time. I found this in a large stack of handwritten recipes I inherited from my Nana. And what perfect timing with Christmas only two weeks away! I can pick up a bag of creme drops for around two bucks and I almost always have a jar of peanut butter in the pantry.That’s all you need to make this delicious 2 ingredient creme drop fudge. If you want to dress it up a little you can add a handful of your favorite crushed nuts but it’s really up to you. Just throw the peanut butter and creme drops together in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1 minute. And it’s really that easy! I have already made about 4 batches of this Creme Drop Fudge and I know I will be making many more.

This recipe is definitely a keeper and I am so glad I found it. It’s nice having recipes like this on hand for when company comes unexpected. Especially with Christmas fast approaching us. People are always stopping in unexpected this time of year and I can’t think of a better way to embrace this then with a yummy batch of this creme drop fudge and warm cup of coffee. This Creme Drop Fudge is so good your guests will never believe you when you tell them how easy it is to make. Maybe that can just be our little secret, I won’t tell if you won’t 😉




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Click here for more of Nana’s recipes – Orange Chiffon Cake (Recipe from 1948) , Nana’s Chocolate Pound Cake ( A family favorite!)

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





Homemade Crescent Rolls




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Homemade Crescent Rolls 

I grew up eating these Homemade Crescent Rolls every year on the Holidays. My mom would make them for our Christmas eve party. I remember going to bed excited for all the Christmas festivities to begin while the smell of yeast lingered in the air. Oh how they left such a lovely scent. Even now, to this day, when I smell them baking it takes me back to my childhood slopping every last bit of my mash potatoes and gravy up with one of these delicious homemade crescent rolls.

Forming the Crescents: 

I am going to show you how to shape these Homemade Crescent Rolls. I tend to be more of a visual person myself, sometimes it is just easier to see whats going on no matter how clear the directions are.

Step One: Once the dough is formed and has rose to double its size, cut the dough in half. Use your hands to form each half into a circle then use your rolling pin to continue forming the circle. You should have to circles of dough that looks like this:


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Step Two: Next use a pizza cutter to make 8 wedges. You will end up with 16 wedges all together, 8 on each circle of dough. It should look like this:

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Step Three: To form the crescents you want to start with the fat side and gently roll towards the thin side. Once you have rolled all your crescents place them on a slightly greased air bake pan (they work the best so the bottoms don’t burn) and give them a little bend. Cover and allow to rise for 15 minutes. They should look like this:

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Pumpkin Pie Frappe




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Pumpkin Pie Frappe

Pumpkin season starts next month and I am Kicking it off with my Pumpkin Pie Frappe. My sister and I are pumpkin fanatics. We patiently wait all summer long for pumpkin season to come rolling in and when it does we are usually the first ones in line for some sort of pumpkin treat. Usually we start our long awaited pumpkin season out with a pumpkin coffee and a pumpkin muffin from Dunkin Donuts. I’m actually drooling now as I am typing this. I think they will start serving all their pumpkin treats the first week of September. I can’t wait!

Sugar spice and everything nice is the name of the game with this recipe. Pumpkin and vanilla ice cream add sweetness and a pinch of cloves for the spice. It tastes just like my moms homemade pumpkin pie. It is basically fall in a cup and the perfect treat for September when you have fall fever but it is still hot outside. I made these Pumpkin Pie Frappes a few weeks ago for my family and received rave reviews. My sister and I slurped this fall treat down like there was no tomorrow. I actually drank one before I went to their house.. and the day before. Hey! Quality control, right? =P  I am blessed to have such an amazing family that is always willing to test all my crazy recipe inventions, both the good and the bad. They give me lots of constructive criticism which I have always been grateful for. They are my biggest fans and I can always count on them for support.

If you try my Pumpkin Pie Frappes or any other recipes you see on BurlapKitchen.com I would love to hear back from you! You can leave a comment right here on this post or contact me via any of the following social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram. And, as always, thanks for stopping by! =)





Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake

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Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake 

(This is a recipe my mother found in an old church cookbook when I was a child and she has been using it ever since)

If you are a fan of whoopie pies, like me, but not a fan of making them, then you are going to love this recipe. This Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake is so easy to make and only bakes for about 15 minutes. The hardest part about making one of these cakes is flipping the one cake on top of the other. You have to wait until both cakes are cooled then spread the icing on one cake and flip the other cake evenly on top. It can be a little tricky! I usually say a prayer before doing this. It’s my whoopie pie cake prayer 😉

As a child, I remember my mom making this Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake often, it was a family favorite. She told me that she wrote the recipe down from an old church cookbook years ago, so we are uncertain who this recipe belongs to. I remember her taking this chocolate whoopie pie cake to picnics and family gatherings and she almost always came home with an empty pan.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe for Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake as much as my family and I do. If you decide to make this Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake I would love to hear back from you! You can leave a comment here on the blog or message me through social media. I am currently on these outlets:  Facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram.

For more delicious cake recipes from Burlap Kitchen check these out: Orange Chiffon Cake ( recipe from the 1940’s), Nana’s Chocolate Pound Cake, Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake, Strawberry Crunch Cake Pound Cake,.





Peppermint Iced Tea Slushies

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Peppermint Iced Tea Slushies

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I am the annoying friend that is constantly making facebook posts about how many Fridays are left until Christmas day ( 24 by the way 😉 ) So when July came rolling in I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon with an amazing Christmas in July recipe. Recently, my family and I took a trip to Knoebels Amusement Park, and while there, I indulged in an iced tea slushie. I had them before, but for some reason, on that particular day, it tasted amazing! Maybe it was the heat or maybe it had just been freshly brewed, either way, it left my tastebuds wanting more. I knew I had to recreate this slushie using my own iced tea recipe and luckily I found an unopened box of leftover candy canes in my pantry. I served these Peppermint Iced Tea Slushies at my fourth of July gathering and they were a huge hit! Everyone loved them! This year, after Christmas, when the candy canes go on sale, I will be stocking up for next summer.

I want to make a note that you could certainly use peppermint schnapps in this recipe. Because I am not a heavy drinker I am uncertain on how much peppermint schnapps should be used per drink. However, I do not think it would be difficult to figure out. If you decide to make this an alcoholic drink I would love to hear how much schnapps you used and how it turned out.





40 Strawberry Recipes




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40 Strawberry Recipes to try this Summer!

 Here are 40 fun Strawberry Recipes to get you through this summer!

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1. Strawberry Sundae Yogurt Pops – Two Healthy Kitchens

2. Stuffed French Toast Breakfast Casserole w/ Strawberries & Cream topping – Two Healthy Kitchens

3. Strawberry Pound Cake – Couponing for 4

4. Strawberry Shortcake Pie – Beauty through Imperfection

5. Strawberries and Cream Shake – Simplee Thrifty

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6. Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Mascarpone Frosting – Living Sweet Moments

7. Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats – Living Sweet Moments

8. Southern Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea – Cincy Shopper

9. Strawberry Sauce – Cincy Shopper

10. Strawberry Shortcake pops – Life is Poppin’

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11. Fresh Strawberries and Creme Crepes – The Good Hearted Woman

12. Strawberry Shortcake Macaroons – A Few Short Cuts

13. Strawberry Shortcake Cookies – A Few Short Cuts

14. Strawberry Pancakes w/ Cream Cheese Glaze – Thrifty Jinxy

15. Strawberry Lemonade Pie – The Harris Teeter Deals

Strawberry Final 4

16. Frozen Mint Strawberry Pies – Creative Southern Home

17. Strawberry Roll – Creative Southern Home

18. Strawberry Apple Smoothie – Ann’s Entitled Life

19. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats – Organize Yourself Skinny

20. Strawberry Orange Ginger Fizz – The Calculated Whisk

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21. Mocha Ricotta Pie w/ Strawberries – The Calculated Whisk

22. Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam – Real Life at Home

23. No Bake Strawberry Cheese Cake – Real Life at Home

24. Strawberry Nutella French Toast – Kitchen Sanctuary

25. Strawberry Oatmeal Bars – Saving Dollars & Sense

Strawberry Final 6

26. Strawberry Salsa w/ Hatch Chiles – Farm Fresh Feasts

27. Strawberry Brown Sugar & Sour Cream Whole Grain Muffins – Farm Fresh Feasts

28. Strawberries and Cream Smoothie – “Cents” able Momma

29. Simple Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie – Eat. Thrive. Glow.

30. Oatmeal Cream Pie Kabobs – This Momma Loves

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31. Strawberry Fluff Salad – Daily Leisure

32. Strawberry Mint & Lemon Sparkling Water – Budget Savy Diva

33. 4 Ingredient Chilled Strawberry Soup – Thrifty T’s Treasures

34. Strawberry Bread – Chaos is Bliss

35. Strawberry Lemonade Recipe – Thrifty NW Mom

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36. Strawberry Blueberry Crumb Muffins – The Shady Lane

37. Strawberry Mocha Granola – Strength & Sunshine

38. Strawberry Poke Cake – The Baking Beauty

39. Amazing Strawberry Sorbet recipe – Andrea’s Notes

40. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Muffins – Andrea’s Notes



Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe

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Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe 

My Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe is the perfect recipe for all your summer gatherings. My mom makes this a lot in the summer and I can see why! It only takes about 5 minutes to whip up and is also budget friendly. Plus the only dishes you will dirty is the bowl you use, a knife, and a spoon, so the clean up is a breeze. Who wants to be standing in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove and a sink full of dishes in the summer anyways? Not me, that’s for sure!

Ingredients:

2 –  ( 29 oz) Cans Fruit Cocktail

2 – ( 15 oz) cans mandarin oranges

1 –  jar Maraschino Cherries

1 –  ( 15.5 oz) container strawberries with syrup ( or sugar), Thawed

2 –  Ripe Bananas

Directions: 

Pour all ingredients ( entire cans, juice and all) , except bananas, in a large serving bowl and gently mix. When ready to serve, slice bananas and add them to the fruit salad. Store in the Refridgerator.

*If you can not find Strawberries with syrup or sugar – Buy a bag of frozen strawberries and sprinkle them with sugar and let them thaw in the fridge overnight. They should make their own syrup that way.

Click her for another great recipe from my Mom – Moms Macaroni Salad





Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill

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Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill

When it comes to cooking on the Grill the struggle is REAL especially when it comes to meat. It seems I am either over-cooking it or undercooking it and, of course, you can’t serve under-cooked meat so it then goes back on the grill until I have achieved the polar opposite, a burnt slab of meat. So this year I have decided enough is enough and went to the pro, my brother. This guy can  seriously cook anything on the grill. His burgers alone are #drool worthy. So this year I am going to find out all of  his secrets starting with his Chicken on the Grill. In this particular recipe, my brother used chicken leg quarters but he has also used this method of cooking on legs & thighs and chicken breasts. The cooking times will vary depending on what cut of chicken you decide to use.

Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill  

Ingredients:

8-10 Chicken quarters

1 – stick Butter

2 (1/2) – 3 – Cups Vinegar

Garlic Powder to taste

salt & Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Turn grill to high (or 500 degrees), once it reaches 500 degrees clean it off good with grill brush. Once the grill is cleaned turn the heat down to 350 degrees ( medium high). On the stovetop in a small/medium sized sauce pan, on medium heat, add butter, vinegar, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Cook till butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Once grill has reached the correct temperature of 350 degrees place raw chicken halves on the grill and baste them with vinegar & butter mixture. Close the lid to the grill and cook chicken for 1 to 1(1/2) hours or until chicken has reached a safe temperature of 170-F (77-C) degrees, basting every 15 minutes.




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