Repurpose old candles!

candleHave you ever noticed that when you finish burning a candle there is always wax left at the bottom?  Well here is a great way to get all the bang for your buck out of your candles!




waxWhen your candle burns out, let the wax dry and then place the candle in the freezer.  Within 3-4 hours the candle will freeze enough that the leftover wax will release from the candle jar (it might need a little tap or assistance from a knife or other small object).

You can then use this wax in your wax burner!  Ingenious!  

More State Fair Fun!

ms_caramel_cornState Fair season continues!  So, in honor of that we will continue the State Fair food recipes!  Not all great State Fair food is on a stick, so this week we are featuring Caramel Corn that you can make right at home from our Now That’s Cookin cookbook.  Click here for the recipe!

What is your favorite fair food?

Cookbook Club: Bread Sticks!

MS_cookbook_club_logo_finalHave you picked up your copy of this month’s cookbook?  If not, don’t worry, we still have them in stock!  This week we made the recipe for bread sticks, but as always, we decided to give them a twist by stuffing them with mozzarella!  Can you say YUM.  We love all the traditional recipes this cookbook provides, and we know you will too!

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Corn Dogs!

ms_corn_dogIt’s State Fair season, and with State Fairs come food on a stick!  The Machine Shed has served up everything from Chocolate Covered Bacon on a Stick, to the Fry Dog on a Stick, and this year at the Mississippi Valley Fair we are even serving Meatloaf on a Stick!

You can make one of the most well known recipes on a stick at home, a corn dog.  Click here for Machine Shed’s very own recipe from our Now That’s Cookin cookbook.

Cookbook Club-Blueberry Muffins

367_MS_Cookbook_Club_Eblast batterThis week we chose to make Blueberry Muffins from The Old Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook.  The great thing about muffins is that you can add a variety of ingredients to a traditional recipe to give a new added flavor!  We used the recipe from the cookbook, but added vanilla vanillaextract for an extra sweetness!  You can add variety to your muffins by adding nuts, other types of fruit, or different spices like cinnamon.

Don’t forget we will also have giveaways at the end of each month. To enter, simply share a picture with us with muffinsyou and your cookbook on our Facebook page as you cook along with us each month! Don’t have a Facebook? That’s ok, send the picture to and we will post it for you!


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