The Sounds of Silence Hamburger Soup

It’s so hard to find time to cook when you are busy creating. Lol But, since we got an Instant Pot (ours is Faberware, but essentially the same) we have been doing more. And soup weather is here….and cooking is even easier.

I’m sharing this recipe I found on Pinterest because it is so good, and even I could make it. It is not an IP recipe, it is a stovetop one. I just used the IP and made a few fun and good for you modifications.

I call it “The Sounds of Silence” hamburger soup. 😂 You will see why.

This recipe already called for Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, (Did you just sing that?) so I added a tsp. of Parsley, too. 😂😂 I also added canned corn and green beans. I did drain most of the liquid only because I was running out of room in my Instant Pot. I cooked on the soup setting for 20 min. This is a on the stove recipe, though, so you don’t need an IP. I also used those little yellow potatoes. Didn’t peel. Just cleaned and cut up. Also used already shredded carrots and already cut up onions. Who has time to DIY those boring tasks. Lol

Freeze the leftovers in solo cups covered with Saran Wrap. When ready to eat, cut away the solo cup, dump in a bowl and microwave.

I think the Simon and Garfunkel spices make this soup different with a great flavor. Enjoy and have fun creating!

Gnomes in Winter

Gnomes are so popular this year I thought I would make a winter one (that can be displayed all season) in honor of Danny’s Scandinavian heritage.

First, a little history lesson. A Scandinavian gnome is a mythical creature of folklore that likes to live near homes and protects them and the children living there from misfortune. It is known as a Tomte or Nisse. We associate them with the winter solstice or the Christmas season.

The ones we are seeing everywhere we look are just too cute. I forgot to take pics as I worked on this little guy, but it isn’t too hard to visualize how I made him.

This gnome stands about 12″ high.


* 1 plastic glass – this glass is 2/$1 at Dollar Tree

* Wide mouth pint canning jar lid and insert

* A scrap of knee high or pantyhose and a bit of fiberfill or wooden ball or anything that would make a nose. I used pantyhose (Dollar Tree) and fiberfill for this one.

* 2 socks from Dollar Tree – update: these are adult socks!

* Cotton mop head – I found this one attached to the mop for around $4 at Dollar General. Will be enough to make several gnomes and the handle unscrews and can be used for something else.

* Pair of booties – these are Christmas Ornament found at Walmart. Too cute!

Steps for putting the gnome together. Sorry I forgot pics.

1. Hot glued the canning lid insert to the lid. Then hot glued the top of the glass to the lid. It was a perfect fit! The reason I did this was to give it more surface area when gluing to booties.

2. The glass becomes the body. Turn the glass upside down and hot glue the canning lid and insert to the top of the booties.

3. Cover the glass and boot tops with one of the socks and arrange to your liking. I spot glued on the top and on the sides a little just to keep the sock from slipping.

4. I cute a piece of pantyhose and stuffed it with a bit of fiberfill. I shaped it into a round nose.

5. I tried the other sock (the hat) on to see where I wanted to place the nose, then glued the nose onto the sock covered glass right below the edge of the hat. I removed the hat for the next step.

6. I cut the mop head strands from the mop and glued them very close together all around the edge of the top part of the upside down glass making sure I glued strands above and below the nose so close the ends don’t show. I then gave the strands a haircut.

7. I put the hat back on and shaped it the way I wanted, spot gluing it to stay in place.

8. I made a little Pom Pom for the end of the hat.

And there is my little gnome. I think Zi will call him “Tommy the Tomte”. ❄️💙

Bed Spring Magic

I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had the last couple of days making bed spring decor to put in my booth. This one is, by far, my favorite.

The springs I used for this one were pretty rusty so I sealed all that yummy rust in with Varathane Polyurethane Satin Finish.

The jingle bells started out gold. But I used my magic rust paint formula. I used equal parts Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style Paint “River Bottom Dirt” and “Old Tin Barn” and added some cinnamon. That’s it! That’s my secret formula. Pretty cool, right? I then painted the bells with two coats and then sprinkled cinnamon on them.

To display, we cut a 4×4 post into 3 blocks – 1″, 3″, and 5″ and painted them with Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style Paint “Coal Shovel”.

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Here’s some more pics. Enjoy!

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Painting a Vintage Collectible Syroco, Inc. Mirror

If you’ve never painted one of these mirrors or any of this type of molded plastic, you really should. It is amazing how they turn out. It is like they take on a life of their own and they decide how they will turn out.

This one decided to be absolutely spectacular. By the way, it is available and we will ship.

I thought I would share how I got this look.


This is a vintage Syroco, Inc. mirror, made in the USA. This one started out gold and is made of the molded plastic type material so popular back in the 70s and 80s. You would see these mirrors and other items a lot at Home Interior parties.


The final result is white with some liquid gold leaf highlighting. But the magic came when I sprayed it with my secret shimmer. The steps I took are below:

1) Remove mirror, prep

2) Paint dark gray. I used our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “Gray Goose”.

3) Lightly distress – I distressed because I was going to have gold highlights on top and wanted to see a little gold showing down inside also.

4) Heavy dry brush of white I used our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style “January” – allow some of the dark gray to continue showing

5) Lightly dry brush liquid gold leaf (I used the Plaid brand I found on Amazon) on flower areas and very light across much of the top. Be sure to seal gold leaf or it will tarnish.

6) Spray with can spray – Varathane Polyurethane

7) Spray with Modge Podge spray – Pearl Glaze (My Secret Shimmer)

And, that’s where the magic happened! (Enlarge the pic for a closer look.)

This beautiful mirror now has a new life and should be good for at least another 50 years! 🙂