Easter is on it’s way, which means it is time to get your home ready for the holiday! We have found the perfect project from Design Mom to brighten your home – Salt Dough East Egg Ornaments. These dough ornaments can be used for the all your Easter holidays to come!
Salt Dough Easter Eggs – Supply List
- Batch of salt dough
- Rolling pin
- Egg cookie cuter
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Spray or acrylic paint
- Paint pens, optional
- Clear coat sealer, optional
- Twine or ribbon
Recipe for Salt Dough:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Stir together all three ingredients until a dough forms. Kneading the dough a couple times can help make it smoother.
Roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick and cut out egg shapes.
Place the cut-outs on the parchment covered baking sheets. Remember to make a hole so you can hang the ornaments — a straw works perfectly!
Bake at 250F for 2 hours.
Directions for Salt Dough Easter Eggs
Once the shapes are adequately baked, dried and then thoroughly cooled, it is time to paint. Spray paint is faster and easier, but acrylics work just as well.
Allow the paint to thoroughly dry. Use paint pens to add polka dots or lines of decorations to the eggs. Optional: To further protect the color and design, add a clear coat sealer.
Loop twine or ribbon through the holes and hang.
Hooray! Your Salt Dough Easter Eggs are finished. It’s feeling more spring like already!
This week marked the first official day of spring and the Machine Shed Gift Shop has just what you need to start your own garden! We are now selling Grow Garden by Backyard Safari Company – where you can “grow happiness in small places.” Each kit comes with everything you will need to grow your plants!
Egg carton kit includes:
- 6 packages of different seeds
- Starter Soil
- Wooden Plant Steaks
- Growing instructions
- Transplanting instructions
- 100% Recycled Fiber Egg Carton Planter
For other gardening tips and tricks, check out Machine Shed’s Gardening Pinterest board!
Cooking for St. Patrick’s day couldn’t get any easier than with this delicious Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe from The Dish. This flavorful recipe is simple and easy to make! If you don’t feel like cooking, stop in at the Machine Shed this Friday for our tasty Corned Beef and Cabbage – it’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday!
Ingredients: Serves 8
|4 large carrots, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces
|10 baby red potato, quartered
|1 onion, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
|4 cup water,
|1 (4 pound) corned beef brisket, with spice packet
|6 ounces of beer
|1⁄2 head cabbage, coarsely chopped
- Place carrots, potatoes and onion into the bottom of a slow cooker.
- Pour in water and put the brisket on top of the vegetables.
- Pour beer over the brisket.
- Sprinkle the spices from the packet, cover and set the cooker on High.
- Cook the brisket for about 8 hours. An hour before serving, stir in cabbage and cook for 1 more hour.
Spring is in the air at the Machine Shed Gift Shop! With the beautiful weather we have been having recently, we have gotten in the mood to start on our spring decorating early. Make sure to stop in any of our Machine Shed locations to check out these fabulous finds!
Just in time for Lent, we found this delicious recipe from Baker By Nature for Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce. If you love seafood – this recipe is quick, easy and will have you craving it for next time!
If you don’t feel like cooking, we have you covered! Stop into the Machine Shed for our Fish Fry Friday! We serve all you care to eat fried or broiled cod, as well as other great seafood selections!
Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce
Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success:
- Due to the delicate nature of cod, I highly suggest using a non-stick pan or skillet when making this recipe. If the cod sticks, it will likely break apart when you try to flip it, which isn’t a huge deal (it still tastes delicious) but try to avoid it if you can.
- I haven’t tried this recipe with frozen cod, but I imagine it would work as long as it’s thawed first. I suggest reading the package instructions before trying it with this recipe.
- If possible, purchase thicker fillets of cod, since the thin tail is very delicate and flakes easily.
- When it comes to choosing your white wine, I suggest using one that is crisp and dry, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.
- Cod cooks very fast, so be sure not to over cook it. It really only needs 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
- You will have plenty of pan sauce leftover, so I suggest serving this recipe with rice, quinoa, or even mashed potatoes.
- For the White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 large cloves (or 3 smaller cloves) garlic, finely minced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (more to taste)
- For the Cod:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 and 1/2 pounds fresh cod, cut into 4 fillets (or four 6 ounce fillets)
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).
- For the White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce:
- Heat oil in a large non-stick saute pan over medium heat. Add crushed red pepper flakes and garlic and saute for 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they’re soft and blistering, but still hold their shape, about 12 minutes. Add in the white wine, stir, and allow the mixture to come to a light simmer. Stir in the basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the sauce into a bowl and set aside until needed.
- For the Cod:
- Heat oil in a large non-stick saute pan over medium heat. Season both sides of cod with salt and pepper. Place cod in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip the cod over and place the pan in the oven to continue cooking for another 5 minutes, or until it’s cooked through.
- Pour the white wine tomato basil sauce over the cod and serve at once.
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we thought it would be a great idea to make a festive candle to go with the green holiday decorations. In the candle we made, we did several layers of different shades of green – but you could use the same concept with other holidays or just make it one solid color!
What you will need:
-Soy wax chips
-Wax col squares or candle dye
-Mason jar or a glass votive of your choice
-Microwavable measuring cups
1. Begin prepping your glass jar by standing the candle wick in the center and securing it into place by using a clothespin. To do this, slide the clothespin over the wick and rest it on the sides of the glass. Make sure your wick is taller than the container so that it does not get covered with the liquid wax.
2. Place the soy wax chips into your microwaveable measuring cup. Use enough wax so that it fills the desired layer height in your candle container when melted. Microwave the wax 1 minute and stir with a craft stick. Add 3 blocks of the green wax or 6 drops of liquid candle dye. If the wax is not fully melted, continue to microwave it at 30-second intervals until it is completely melted. Add a couple drops of your favorite fragrance oil. Caution: Be careful while handling the measuring cup and wax as they will be very hot.
3. Pour the melted wax into your container. Make sure to avoid pouring it on the side of the glass or directly on the wick. If you get it on the side of the glass, let it cool for a few moments and then scrape it off.
4. Wait for this first layer of the candle to completely cool before starting the next layer. To avoid mixing the colors, wipe the excess wax from the measuring cup with a paper towel while the wax is still warm or use a separate measuring cup for each color. Place the same amount of soy wax chips in the measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute. Stir with a craft stick and add 1-2 blocks of the green wax or 3-4 drops of the liquid candle dye. Continue to microwave the wax at 30-second intervals until it is completely melted. Add a couple more drops of the fragrance oil.
5. Wait 1 minute for the colored wax to slightly cool. Then pour the melted wax on top of your first layer. Again, avoid pouring it on the side of the glass or directly on the wick. Wait for this second layer of the candle to completely cool before starting the next layer. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for your next layers. Once your final layer is completely dry, remove the clothespin and trim the wick to about one-quarter inch using scissors. Enjoy!
In 1978 we opened our first Machine Shed Restaurant on the outskirts of Davenport, Iowa. Today, we currently have 6 Machine Shed locations across the Midwest and we still live by our commitment to honor the American Farmer. We not only value our guests and our patrons over the years, but we think the world of our employees as well.
So we are calling all Shed Heads – we want to hear from you! Although everyone will always be considered party of the Machine Shed family, we are curious to find out where everybody has ended up over the years.
Let us know by commenting below with the Machine Shed location you used to work at, as well as what you are currently doing or where you have turned up.
Valentines Day will be here before you know it and we tried our hand at making some simple breakfast recipes that you can make for your loved ones! If you aren’t familiar with the kitchen and need some help – don’t worry! Stop in at the Machine Shed and let us cook for you and your loved one.
Heart of Bacon
1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Lay a long piece of tin foil on a cookie sheet for easy clean up
3. Cut the bacon into 5 inch strips
4. Lay the bacon in a heart shape on the cookie sheet. Make sure to pinch the corners.
5. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until done.
Heart Shaped French Toast Stuffed with Nutella, Strawberries and Whipped cream:
- 3 large eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Thick sliced bread
- Strawberries, stemmed and sliced
- Whipped Cream
1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla and nutmeg until well-mixed. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter, a sharp paring knife or kitchen shearers to cut a heart shape out of each piece of bread.
2. Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat. Dip each piece of heart-shaped bread into the egg mixture so the liquid soaks into the bread. Cook the bread for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side until golden. Remove to a plate and repeat the process until all the bread is cooked.
3. Spread nutella on one slice of cooked bread, then top with sliced strawberries and whipped cream. Repeat with another layer of bread, strawberries, whipped cream and then a final piece of French toast. Dollop a bit of whipped cream on top and serve immediately.
Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls:
- Store bought cinnamon rolls
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Carefully unroll the dough and shape into a heart. Pinch in the middle and fold over the pinch to make point.
- Place in a pan or cookie sheet. Bake for slightly less time than recommended since they will cook faster with smaller rolls.
- Frost with the provided frosting and then add the sprinkles.
For other great recipes and decorations ideas for the holiday, check out our Machine Shed Valentine’s Day Pinterest board!
It is almost game time and we have some great ideas to throw a touchdown Super Bowl party! Whether you are cheering on the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots (or just there for the party) – make sure to check out our Pinterest board for delicious recipes and festive decorations ideas!
Don’t have time to cook before the big game? The Machine Shed has plenty of catering items to help you with your next tailgate or party!
Make your own framed button heart for Valentine’s Day! It is the perfect gift to give to a loved one, or keep it for yourself and use it as decoration for the holiday! This project is cute, quick and easy to do!
Supplies you will need:
- Frame without glass
- Burlap or desired fabric
- Buttons in the color of your choice
- Ribbon or twine (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Begin by detaching the frame backing. You will then cut a large enough piece of the burlap so that it will wrap around the backing. Hot glue the burlap to the other side.
- Once the burlap is glued, secure the backing back onto the frame with the hot glue gun.
- Next, pick out the buttons you will like to use and lay them down onto the burlap to create an outline of a heart. Once you have the outline of the heart, start gluing the buttons on one by one.
- Continue gluing in buttons within the heart. After you have filled a large portion of the heart, start overlapping to fill in spaces with smaller buttons.
- Once your button heart is complete, you can accessorize it by adding a bow at the top with your twine or ribbon.