“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”
Hello, sweet friend…
Originally I planned for this week’s post to be about the transformation of our upstairs guest room into a multi-purpose craft/guest room…
However something made me change my mind…
and I will save that story for another time…
Today I will share about the new friends I just made literally.
Recently I came across the cutest Gnomes…and thought…golly gee…I think I can make those!
So after gathering up a few items…
I got to work…
SUPPLIES FOR NO SEW GNOMES MADE WITH SOCKS:
Plain, old sock to hold rice
Sock for body
Stuffing for bulk in body
Faux fur for beard
Hot glue gun / hot glue
Foam ball for nose
Stickers, buttons, ribbons for embellishments
Put 1-3 cups of rice into the white sock (make it bigger or smaller according to your preference).
Pounce the sock so that all rice falls down.
1. FILL PLAIN SOCK WITH RICE POLY-FILL
2. INSERT SMALL FOAM BALL & FORM NOSE…ON OUTSIDE WRAP SMALL RUBBER BAND
3. CLOSE TOP OF SOCK WITH RUBBER BAND
(cover plain sock with complementary sock…heel on back)
(freehand drawing the beard works just fine…You can’t make a mistake and definitely don’t overthink this. Simply measure from one side to the other of the sock and the length and depending on how wide and high you want the beard is where you cut it. For the beard in half and cut a small V at the top for the new nose. Glue the beard onto the body.
5. MAKE THE HAT
(using another complimentary sock cover top of body…heel in back)
After you spend an afternoon making gnomes you might be hungry. This cottage pie also known as Shepard’s pie is so easy to throw together and the ultimate comfort food!
Ground beef (I use plant based)
Salt and pepper
Frozen mixed vegetables
We like 1/4 – 1/2 cup parmesan cheese on top
a 9×13″ baking dish
First add the ground beef into a pan with diced onions and cook over medium high heat. Break up and take off the burner once meat is no longer pink.
Get mashed potatoes cooked and prepared at this time so they’re ready.
Stir in your frozen vegetables with your meat. You can do this right in the pan or in a bowl.
Pour this mixture into your casserole dish and spread out evenly across the pan.
I like to taste a bite of it now and see if I want to season with salt a bit more now.🥰
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Spoon on prepared mashed potatoes and bake. make sure to smooth it on the top of your beef mixture so it’s the same thickness across the dish.