Get Your Garden Ready for Spring!

The sun is shining and birds are chirping! We all know what that means- Spring has sprung! Check out our Pinterest board for ideas on how to get your garden ready for Spring planting!

Follow Machine Shed Restaurant’s board Prepping Your Garden on Pinterest.

Overnight Bacon Casserole

Overnight Bacon Casserole



  • 6 EGGS
  • 1 1/2 CUPS MILK


  1. Cut strips of bacon crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat until crisp; blot with paper towels. Discard accumulated bacon fat.
  2. Remove crusts from bread, and reserve for another use. Cut bread slices into cubes; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs, stir in milk, cheese and mustard. Gently stir bacon and bread cubes into egg mixture; spoon into buttered 8-inch square baking dish. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until knife inserted midway between center and outer edge comes out clean.

Serves 6

Recipe courtesy of our friends at the National Pork Board 

Make your Mother’s Day!

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Stop into any of our Machine Shed Restaurants to register to win! While you are there, check out our menu for Mother’s Day Brunch!

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Welcome FarmHer to the Machine Shed Family!


Have you heard of FarmHer? If not – you have to check them out! FarmHer celebrates women in agriculture.

“Women have always been an important but mostly unseen aspect of agriculture. In recent years, women are rising to the forefront of agriculture in so many ways; as owner/operators, landowners, workers, mentors and much more.

FarmHer was founded in 2013 to begin to change the image of agriculture – to include women in that image through photographs and stories. It quickly became clear that women in agriculture not only appreciated FarmHer, but they needed it. And they asked for more. Today, FarmHer has grown into not just a gallery of images that are changing the way people perceive a farmer, but also into an online community built just for women in agriculture. This community is a place where this imperative group of women can experience stories about others like them. A place where they can connect with and learn from others in a safe and positive environment. A place where women rise to the forefront of agriculture.”
FarmHer Website

Help us support FarmHer and their mission by purchasing some of their merchandise, sold in the Machine Shed Gift Shops!

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Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds

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  • 2 lbs Sweet Potato Rounds (Washed)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • Cholula Sauce
  • Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese
  • 3 Green Onions, Chopped (both the white and green parts)
  • Sour cream


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees

2. Mix all the dry spices together.

3. Cut the sweet potatoes in to 1/4 inch slices.  Place the slices in a large bowl and mix with the olive oil to coat well.  Then, mix in the dry spices and coat thoroughly.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake 10 minutes on one side, then remove from oven and flip rounds to the other side and continue to bake for another 10 minutes until soft.

4. Remove from oven and add a dot of Cholula Sauce (or more depending on how spicy you want them).  Top each round with the shredded cheese and wait for the cheese to melt.

5. To serve, place rounds on a platter.  Add a dollop of sour cream and garnish with sliced green onions.

Easter Centerpieces!

FullSizeRenderNeed a last minute centerpiece for your Easter table? We picked up an over-sized mason jar vase from the Machine Shed Gift Shop and made this in under five minutes!

  • Fill the jar 3/4 full with water
  • Add carrots, let leaves drape over the top
  • Arrange flowers in between carrots
  • Weave the carrot leaves in between the stems

It’s as easy as that! Happy Easter from your Machine Shed Family.



The Machine Shed Gift Shop is full of Spring and Easter merchandise — you have to check it out! Want to win this awesome Mud Pie Deviled Egg Tray? Tell us about your favorite food to eat at Easter in the comments section! Winner will be chosen on Monday so we can ship you your tray before Easter!

Make your own Deviled Eggs with this recipe, and pick up some festive Mud Pie dishware to serve your Easter meal in at home!

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1-1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/4 cup finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (1 oz.)
2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives OR green onion tops


  1. CUT eggs lengthwise in half. REMOVE yolks to medium bowl.RESERVE 24 white halves. Finely CHOP remaining 4 white halves.
  2. MASH yolks with fork. ADD mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice and pepper; mix well. ADD chopped egg whites, bacon, cheese and chives; mix well.
  3. SPOON 1 heaping tbsp. yolk mixture into each reserved egg white half.REFRIGERATE, covered, to blend flavors.
  4. Easy 12-Minute Method for Hard-Boiled Eggs: Place eggs in a saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.  Heat over high heat just to boiling. Remove from burner. Cover pan. Let eggs stand in hot water for about 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra large). Drain. Shock the eggs in a bowl of ice water to cool them immediately. Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling.

Recipe courtesy of the Egg Experts- The American Egg Board!

Spicy Beef Sausage & Grits



  • Cajun-Style Beef Sausage (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup grits
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
Toppings (optional):
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, chopped green bell pepper


  1. Prepare Cajun-Style Beef Sausage.  Remove from skillet; keep warm.
  2. Prepare grits according to package instructions.
  3. Stir cheese and beef crumbles into grits.  Heat mixture 6 to 8 minutes.  Serve in bowl and garnish with additional cheese, green onions or pepper, if desired.

Cajun-Style Beef Sausage:  Combine 1 pound Ground beef (93% lean or leaner), 1 tablespoon liquid smoke, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.  To prepare crumbles, heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add beef mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles, stirring occasionally.

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Easter Traditions!

Easter is only two short weeks away, how does your family celebrate Easter? At the Machine Shed it is a tradition every year for us to have an Easter Buffet, including customer breakfast and brunch favorites. Share your Easter Traditions with us, and join us for Easter at one of our Machine Shed locations!

Follow Machine Shed Restaurant’s board Easter on Pinterest.

Interested in joining us for Easter? Check out the menus here:



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Peanut Butter Banana Bread Pudding












  • 3 cups day-old bread cubes (1-inch) (about 3 slices)
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced (1 to 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips (6 oz.)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Combine bread, bananas and chips in greased 9-inch square baking dish; toss to mix.
  2. Beat eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla in medium bowl until blended. Pour over bread mixture.
  3. Bake in center of 350°F oven until knife inserted near center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm or refrigerate until cold.

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