Looking for an easy way to make your house smell great during the holidays? Try leaving coffee beans out in decorative jars to not only deoderize, but leave your house with a warming aroma. We put ours in a mason jar with a festive bow, but you can put them in any type of container!
What other smells warm up your house for the holidays?
This week The Machine Shed Restaurant is excited to announce the release of our new drink menus. We are so excited, that we decided to share a recipe for one of our classic drinks that put Machine Shed on the map. Our Bacon Bloody Mary was featured on the tv series “United States of Bacon” and is a crowd pleaser daily at The Machine Shed.
Click here to get the recipe for our Machine Shed Bacon Bloody Mary!
Stop into the Machine Shed to try some of our new drinks, now featuring Red Truck Wines and Templeton Rye Whiskey.
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 cups milk
- whipped cream
In a small saucepan heat milk and whisk in cocoa powder. Add in pumpkin, confectioners sugar, and pumpkin spice. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Portion into cups and top with whipped cream, marshmallows, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Our famous Machine Shed Cinnamon Rolls are always a big hit. This Thanksgiving surprise your family with a new twist, substitute the buttercream frosting with an easy to make PUMPKIN frosting. Can you say delicious?
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 cups confectioners sugar
½ cup pumpkin
Beat together ingredients, adding just enough milk as needed for a smooth, creamy consistency.
On Thanksgiving Day just about every kitchen in America is full of food and family for a full day. Give yourself more time to spend with family by making as much of your meal ahead of time. Here are some make-ahead tips:
- Make pie dough and cakes ahead of time, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in freezer bags. If you are making them enough ahead of time freeze them, or refrigerate if it is only a couple days ahead.
- Make your sauce, stocks, or gravy ahead of time and store in air tight jars or containers.
- Cook items like potatoes ahead of time, freeze them on a baking sheet in a single layer so that they do not stick together. Once frozen completely transfer to a plastic container of freezer bag.
- Bread for stuffing can be cut the day before, store it in a paper bag.
- Have your turkey seasoned and in the pan the night before. In the morning all you have to do is put it in the oven.
- Chop all your vegetables the day before and store in plastic containers of plastic bags.
Share your make-ahead tips with us, we would love to hear what you do to simplify your Thanksgiving meal.
Looking for a new pie to make this holiday season? Try Machine Shed’s very own recipe for Coconut Cream Pie.
Need some help with your holiday appetizers and desserts? We are giving away an Oodle Tip to one lucky winner. The Oodle Tip can be used to decorate cakes, cupcakes, fill deviled eggs, or stuffed pastas. Share with us what you would use your Oodle Tip for and we will draw one winner at random on Monday, November 18. Find helpful kitchenware items like this at our Machine Shed Gift Shop all year long.
Looking for a delicious way to use your leftover chili? Nothing says comfort food like a bowl of chili mac!
Use your favorite chili recipe, or try the Pork Chili Express recipe in our Fall Harvest eBook.
Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
1 pound pasta
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups shredded cheddar
1 cup shredded pepperjack
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
optional toppings: jalapenos and cilantro
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. In a pot melt butter and whisk in flour to create a roux.
3. Add milk once roux has cooked for about 1-2 minutes.
4. Once the milk has heated, turn down the heat and add the cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
5. Add your cooked noodles to the cheese sauce and mix together.
6. Serve your Mac and Cheese topped with chili and any other additional toppings you would like.
When we think of fall one thing that comes to mind is a great bonfire. What’s better than a great bonfire? A bonfire with Gourmet S’mores! Swap out your chocolate and your graham crackers for a taste bud satisfying combination.
Graham Cracker Substitutes:
Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Cup
Gourmet Chocolate Bar ( We reccomend Hammond’s, in flavors like: Red Velvet Cake, Double Truffle, Dark Chocolate Caramel Mocha, and Pigs and Tater. You can find these and more at the Machine Shed)
What will your Gourmet S’mores combination be?