About Me


Thank you for stopping by The Burlap Kitchen! This website started as a clean eating blog and has transformed into a place for me to share with you, three of my passions, food, fitness and needle craft.

My name is Nikki Johnston and I am the “chef”/fitness coach/yarn addict behind the recipes, fitness tips, and yarn creations you can find on this site. Here is a little bit about me. I spent the last 7 years as a Military Police Officer and Human Resources Specialist in the U.S. Army. Last year, I traded my rucksack for a backpack and am now a full time Mathematics Major at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.


I can’t take all the credit. There are three people who have been instrumental in the running of both the website and Etsy Shop.

First is my husband, Mike. He splits his time between being a Soldier, recipe taste tester and blocking board builder.

Second, my best friend, Chris. He is the master of the 1s and 0s, and the brains behind everything technology related. Without him, this website wouldn’t exist (I am not technologically inclined). He keeps the website running, created my logo and helps me edit photos. Without him, this website would still be a sketch in a notebook.

Lastly, my Mom, Diane. She is my BIGGEST supporter, promoter, and product packager. She has selflessly given me hours of her time to wrap and package orders, so they look great for our customers.

If there is anything you would like to see on the website, or have a recipe you would like for me to turn into a clean meal, just let me know! I hope you enjoy browsing the website and Etsy Shop and thanks again for stopping by!

From Chris: As the resident nerd here at The Burlap Kitchen, I also wanted to take the opportunity to welcome you all to the site we’ve worked so hard on! I hope you enjoy the recipes, fitness tips, and crafts! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you experience any issues with, or have suggestions for, the site!