Dulce de Leche

DULCEWe wrapped up dairy month yesterday, but we couldn’t resist one last recipe starring milk!

Dulce de leche is a caramel spread native to South America and can be used as just about anything – ice cream topping, cookie or cake filling, coffee sweetener, toast spread, and fruit dip are just some of the options.  Bonus: It’s super easy to make, and perfect for all the 4th of July celebrations this weekend!




Dulce de Leche

  • 1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • large cooking pot


  1. Remove label from can.
  2. Place can (unopened, still sealed) on its in the pot, and cover completely with water.
  3. Put pot with water and can over medium-high heat, until the water reaches a rolling boil.  At that point, reduce to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for 1.5 – 3 hours, depending on how dark and thick you want your spread.  Add water to make sure the can is fully summered at all times.  The dulce de leche in the above picture has been simmered for 1.5 hours, and its consistency is similar to that of a thick pudding.  A longer simmer will result in consistencies from peanut butter to fudge.

Now that you’ve made it, here are some recipes that use your delicious dulce de leche! Dulce de Leche Recipes


Barn Wood Welcome Sign

MS Blog Welcome Sign

Brighten up your outdoor or indoor space with this DIY barn wood welcome sign! It is sure to give a little extra character to any area you display it in.


  • Barn wood approximately 2ft wide x 1ft tall (If you don’t have a piece of barn wood no worries, use wood from a pallet or a wood from a hardware store)
  • Stain (We used Rust-Oleum wood stain cognac oil-based, but any shade or brand will work)
  • Paint- any color (We used a Valspar tester paint purchased at Lowes. They are only $3, come in hundreds of colors, and dry quickly!
  • Old rag to stain the board with
  • Thin paint brush
  • Charcoal stick
  • “Welcome” printable
  • Masking tape
  • Mason Jar
  • Wire
  • Drill
  • Pen
  • Brackets
  • Silk flowers


  1. Cut wood
  2. Attach a bracket to the back of the board to hang it from once completed
  3. Put a coat of stain on the board, let dry fully- you may want to do multiple coat if your board is not very aged to start
  4. Print MS Welcome Printable (Click to Print)
  5. Cut off excess paper above and below “Welcome”
  6. Using a medium amount of pressure, rub the stick of charcoal over the back of the welcome sign
  7. Position welcome where you would like on the board, tape to the board with the charcoal side down
  8. Using a pen, trace around the outside of the letters in “Welcome”
  9. Remove the paper, fill in the letters with paint
  10. Place the mason jar where you would like it on the board, make a mark on each side of the neck
  11. Drill a small hole on each of the dots
  12. Attach the mason jar to the board using wire, fasten wire together in back
  13. Place silk flowers in the jar


Mason Jar Tiki Torch

MS- Mason Jar Tiki Torch

Every summer it seems like we spend our outdoor time battling with mosquitoes! Well, this quick mason jar craft is sure to solve this never ending problem, there are just a few simple steps between you and an itch-free summer.


Mason Jar (any size will work)

Tiki Wick

Citronella Torch Fuel


Masking Tape


1. Place a small piece of masking tape in the center of the mason jar’s lid to keep the drill bit from slipping

2. Using a 1/4 drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the masking tape

3. Repeat step 2 using a 3/8 drill bit

4. Remove the masking tape and put the tiki wick through the hole

5. Position the wick 1/2 an inch from the bottom of the jar

6. Cut the top of the wick to about 2 inches

7. Fill the jar 3/4 of the way with citronella torch fuel

8. Light your mason jar tiki torch and enjoy a bug-free summer



Fresh from the Machine Shed Gardens!

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Coffee Beans!

New ImageLooking 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?

Apple Pie Baked in an Apple

675 MS Blog Apple Pie Baked in Apple

DIY: Fabric Artwork


Need some new artwork but don’t want to spend a lot of money?  Try this DIY farbric artwork.

You will need:



Pillow stuffing or cloth battingback

Staple gun and staples


Cut the fabric so that it is large enough to fold over the sides of the canvas.  Cover the canvas in the pillow stuffing and lay the fabric over top.  Fold the sides of the fabric over and staple to the back of the canvas, make sure to pull it tightly to get a smooth finish.


Wine Cork Art


What is your favorite kind of wine?  There are so many different varieties these days it’s sometime hard for me to settle on a favorite.  On my quest to discover the best bottle out there, I have come up with quite a collection of wine corks.  

There are so many unique craft items you can make using wine corks.  I decided to use a shadow box to make an art piece to hang in my kitchen.  It was a lot of fun, and so simple! 

heartStart by deciding what pattern you want to create.  I made a heart, but I have seen a lot of neat designs on Pinterest.  Plenty of inspiration there!  I used the wine corks stained in red to make the heart, and used the opposite clean side of the cork for the border.  Simply lay out your design and hot glue the corks to cardboard or any other sturdy material.  I finished mine off by placing it in a shadow box.  

If you want to make wine cork art and don’t have enough corks, you can purchase them at craft stores and online.  Be sure to tell us how your wine cork art project went!





DIY: Mason Jar Flower Tops

Something about Mason Jars just feels easy going and we really love them.  If you’ve been collecting mason jars over the years you might be wondering what to do with them.  Try a Mason Jar Flower Top.  They turn out adorable!


How to Make a Pin Cushion

We love to use supplies we already have and turn them into something adorable and functional.

Here’s how to make a Mason Jar Pin Cushion!  If you love it please pin it and share it!!


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