Friday Flight Plan: Crash and burn

So, this week the flight plan had to do with organizing and cleaning the living room.  Well, this has been a crazy week for me.  It was the last week of school and we began to demo out the kitchen.

So, cleaning up my living room was less of a priority than it might have been on another occasion.  At this point, this is the state of my house.

However, I did incorporate more of the daily routines into my schedule.  The evening before each day I began to plan out my day; getting my clothes ready, having my keys organized and just getting all of my work stuff together prior to going to bed.  I was able to get my boyfriend to “fluff” the bed and he continues to do this.  Daily, I do a load of laundry and this has really kept my work load and stress down.

The bedroom and the kitchen have remained clean and organized and this really has helped with our demolitiion work.  It is nice to be able to find and locate everything that I need and not have to run around the house looking for items.

I know I need to drink more water and this is a goal of FlyLady for June.  Make sure to check out her site for more ideas that will work for you.

One amazing product that I think everyone needs to try is the Enviro Cloth by Norwex.  My boyfriend used this cloth to clean a sticky chemical mess we found under our sink with the cloth.  First, the chemical mess was no match to the enviro cloth and then the cloth claim amazingly clean by just running it under the sink.  These clothes work without soap and work better than harsh chemicals.  Don’t believe me? Watch this video.

I do not feel bad about not getting much cleaning or organizing done this week.  It is all “baby” steps.  However, I did try to keep the philosophy in mind and donated many items that I found in my cabinets that I knew that I would never use again.  Keep the mindset.

What did you do to try to find balance, this week?

Throwback Thursday: Pantyhose Peeps

I remember going to my aunt’s house when I was younger and watching her sew together balls of pantyhose.  I used to think she was crazy and always wondered what she was doing. Then all of a sudden they emerged into these pantyhose people.

This one isn’t hers, but I don’t have any images of hers. These are a rendiotion of what hers looked like though. She mostly did them for christmas and with the heat bursting outside, I thought this might cool you all down a bit and get your mind off it as well.

I saw this book online for how to make them and I think if you looked around you could find it.

Here is a how to link I foundonline

http://www.ehow.com/how_8741259_make-pantyhose-make-peoples-faces.html

I am sure you could find others…enjoy bringing back this past time and as I was reminded, Waste not want not! 🙂

Until Next Time,

XoXo~Trisha Trixie

What not Wednesday: Schools Out Crafts about?

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What is better than making a balloon float on air?  The directions are all included on the Spoonful website.

Does your child like to paint?  There are many canvas studios that offer children’s painting.  This is a fun way for your child to invent on a canvas.  A local business called Social Canvas offers this service, but check your local area for all the selections.

I saw some youngsters doing this and they seemed to really find a sense of accomplishment.  You will be amazed at how much it relaxes your child too!

Maybe you don’t have time to set up a huge crafting project, but the little ones need something to do.  Well, the DLTK’s website offers many printable coloring, crafting, and activities for you little ones to complete.  This site is well worth its weight in gold!

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Why not make a chicken paper plate craft?

Remember that projects keep the little ones busy.  Make the summers memorable.

Don’t forget your little one might enjoy to craft in some of our lovely apron designs just for kiddos.  Check them out at our etsy store.  Custom orders are always welcome.

Sunday night dinner: Milk Fed Turnips

Milk Fed Turnips

Basic Ingredients:
3 Large Turnips: Peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
3 1/2 Cups Milk
1 Stick Butter

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So, this is a great recipe because you can infinitely vary it to your
hearts content. Turnips have such a flat flavor that you can make
it taste any way you want with the addition of spices. This dish can
be any part of a meal, from a main course to dessert, the only limit
is your imagination.

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So, take your turnips and put them in a medium size pan and add the
milk. You can add seasonings now, for our meal I’m adding Thyme.
Heat it all up to simmering, slowly and while stirring often or you
will burn the milk into the pan, which is no fun to clean.

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While this is cooking cut up your butter into small pieces unless
it is already soft.

Simmer 20 minutes or until the turnips are easily pierced by a fork.
Once they reach that stage, drain them, keeping the liquid and remove
any stems or debris from your seasoning, if your using fresh like I
was. Put the turnips into either a large bowl for hand mashing, or
your favorite kitchen appliance to be puree’d.

Mash or puree the turnips to the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes
and then add in the butter and any other seasoning you may want. I
put in two crushed cloves of garlic at this point, we were having
these with pork chops and they went perfectly. Mix all that together
and you are almost done, if you want to be.

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Now, this is the beginning consistency. You can leave it like this,
but if your going for more of a stew consistency you can also add up
to 2 cups of the reserved cooking liquid back in and continue to
puree or mash until you get the consistency your looking for. I
suggest you go slow the first time, until you know what you want.

That’s it, enjoy.

Saturday Special: Gardening in a vintage way

Gardening in a Vintage way

I take many of my gardening ideas from my grandmother.  When I dig in the dirt, I still hear her voice.  I guess the garden is the place that I go to be near her.  I am thankful for all that she has taught me and hope that I might be able to share her passion with you.  I don’t guarantee results, but this is the way we have always done it!

First of all, you can garden any place.  I started pot gardening in my first apartment.

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This is a tomato plant and it already has yellow flowers and a tiny tomato.  All signs that this is a healthy plant.
Second, gardening has to be fun.  Wear cute cloves and a pretty apron!  If you are going to do it, do it in style.  Find many cute items now available at our etsy shop!
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Now, you’ll want to keep the critters out.  My grandma never used harsh chemicals and neither do I.  I like to pull weeds, but I do use organic preen.  Also, to keep out the bunnies and other varmints I plant green onions and Zinnias.  I never eat the onions and they come back year after year on there own.
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When we plant lettuce, we dig a small trowel and place the seeds inside.  After the seeds go in, we brush the dirt over the seeds.  Use plenty, some will wash away!
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Beans are fun to plant.  It always makes me think of jack and the bean stalk.  It is truly amazing that little beans become plants.  We dig little holes and then fill them in.
We, usually, plant two rows of beans.  The idea of planting three is the hope that one bean will make it to maturity.
Our garden also has peppers, pumpkins and a few herbs.  What do you like in your garden?  Have other helpful gardening trick or tips?  We’d love to hear them.

Throwback Thursday: Interesting Nature Facts

Dragonflies

Dragonflies fly up to 20 miles per hour!  They also hover and fly backwards.  They are great for gardening, as they devour insects.

Shade Trees

Planting two to three shade trees in your yard can save you $100 to $250 a year in energy costs.

Onion

Ancient Egyptian laborers ate onions to give them strength while building the pyramids.  Onions were used, in the past, to treat infertility, impotence, headaches, hair loss and muscle aches.  Perhaps, we should be eating more onions?

 

Crickets

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Did you know that you can tell the temperature outside based on the sound of the cricket?  Really!  I learned this from my grandmother.  Count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and add that number to 37.  This will be the approximate temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Night Blooming Plants

My grandmother bought a night blooming plant this year.  I wondered what the real purpose of these plants was.  Not only are they beautiful, but the attract night flying pollinators.  This helps your plants to grow stronger!

What are some fun nature facts that you know?  Please comment on the site, we’d love to hear them.

Wednesday What Not; reusing the plant to have the flower and gardening tips and tricks!

What to do with the plants loved ones gift you?  

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This is beautiful and I have convinced my babe to buy me plants, rather than cut flowers so that I can create a beautiful flower bed.

That beautiful plant above will eventually become

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However, it’s beauty is not over.

Gardening Apparel Suggestions

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Just think of how you can make gardening look good!

1. The Jean Apron by Trisha Trixie Designs has cute embellishments and pockets to hold your gardening tools.

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2.  Don’t forget your little helper.  This Trisha Trixie design is for your little one.  Won’t you match so sweetly?

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Directions

1.  Take your pot outside and put in the garage.  The plant will dry out along with the flower and leaves.

2. Pull off the leaves and flowers, leaving only the bulbs behind.  Keep them in a container.

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3.  As Spring approaches, the bulbs will start to sprout.

4. Dig a shallow hole with your shovel.

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5. Place your bulb with the green size up in a grouping of three or four.

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6.  Cover up the bulbs with dirt.

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7.  Wait for your bulbs to grow.  They may not grow fully this year, but just wait for next year!

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Through the years, I have never purchased bulbs.  However, you can see how replanting gifts has developed my flower garden!  Easy, simple and lasts forever.  These dears will come up year after year!

Extra Tips and Tricks for your food gardens!

1. Plant marigolds, onions or Zinnias on the border of your garden to keep out rodents.  (My grandma told me this and it always works)

2. Plan your cucumbers on father’s day.  They will grow in abundance.

3. The best organic gardening starts with the soil.  Adding top soil to the top of your garden will do wonders.

4.  Use Preen Organic to keep the bugs away.  You can purchase it at any hardware/gardening store.

 

Try it Tuesday: Garden Party lighting

Gardening Party Light

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So, this is try it Tuesday and I look for other ideas to try.  I’m no designer like Trisha Trixie.  The directions were to stick some tissue paper in a jar, put on a lid, and a flameless candle and you would have a masterpiece.  If you couldn’t do it, they have them available on easy.  Psh…the directions were bad, but I can help you and I’ve added some beautiful additions.

Attire Suggestions

Trisha Trixie had come up with a reversible apron that is meant for keeping beauty supplies.  However, I think it will be great for holding crafting supplies.  Today, I introduce the cutest little barbie apron around.  Oh, this girl loves her some Barbies.  I’ll have to let you in on my Barbie collection some day!

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Supply List Per garden light

  • A canning jar (I use the clear one from the craft store, just so as not to distract from my design)
  • A flameless candle
  • One sheet of tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • And something long to push your tissue around (I used a long handled lighter)

Directions

  1. Cut the tissue paper in half
  2. Measure around the jar and cut with a little room for overlap.
  3. Curl up the tissue and stick it in the jar.  Measure the depth of the jar.
  4. Pull out the tissue and cut so the tissue isn’t sticking out of the jar.light(1-4)
  5. Roll up the tissue slightly and put it inside the jar.
  6. Push the tissue around at the top and spread it out.  The edges of tissue should overlap a little.
  7. Use the long item to slightly push in the edges.
  8. Make the tissue even on all sides

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9. Tape the edges

10. Put in the flameless candle

11.  Cut a square of tissue to go over the top.  Do not put the seal back on, but put the ring on.  Cut around the edges to give it a pretty flare.

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Ready for your garden party!

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Mad Men Monday: Kabobs on the Grill

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Kabobs on the Grill 

These are the ingredients I used

1 1/2 Lb Sirloin Steak

2 Green Peppers

2 Yellow Onions (Vidalia are best)

1 Package Whole Mushrooms

1 to 2 Cups Marinade

Preparing

 

The first thing you want to do is cube the steak into pieces about an inch on the side.  Give each cube a good poke a fork and stick the whole thing in a zip lock baggie.  I haven’t listed a specific marinade, I used a teriyaki but you can use whatever you like.  A couple popular choices include barbque sauce or salad dressing, its really all about your tastes.  Get as much air as you can out of the bag and put it in the  fridge for at least two hours, overnight is better.

When your ready to cook, clean and cube your green peppers, getting rid of all the seeds, was the mushrooms and cut the onions in half, quartering each half so you have eight good chunks of onion to work with.  Drain the meat in a strainer, this will make it much easier to work with, get your skewers ready then walk away from the whole thing.

This is a great time to get your grill started.  I used charcoal with wood chips for a smoke flavor, but this recipe will work with any grill you want to put it on.  If you are used to charcoal and have never tried to add smoke, my advice is to get some wood you like, apple is our favorite,  you can get chips just about anywhere, and once your coal is going gray, put the chips in with it.  The wood may blacken but it wont burn completely  and you can get a few good uses out of it this way.

Back to the kabobs, now comes the fun messy part, putting them together.  The drier your meat the easier it will be, so you may want to pat it with paper towels before you get started.  I went pepper, meat, mushroom, onion, pepper, meat, pepper, mushroom.  I suggest you play with it and find out what you like best.  The pieces nearest the middle will cook the most, so take that into consideration.

By the time I had everything put together the grill was nice and hot and ready to go.  I put all the kabobs on together and cooked them for 7 minutes on a side, turning them twice.  This gave us a good medium steak and cooked all the vegetables well through.

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This is a great recipe, especially for people with differing tastes, cause you can grill anything  you can get to stay on the skewer.  I had garlic cloves I had added to mine, which is an experience I suggest anyone try.  You’ll know if the garlic is cooked because it spreads like butter.  So have fun with this, try anything you can imagine, that’s what cooking’s really all about.

Sunday Night Dinner: Stuffed Peppers

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Stuffed Peppers

This is one of our favorite dishes around here.  It takes some time to cook, but is well worth the wait.

Apparel Suggestions

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All availabe Through Trisha Trixie Designs.  Check out our new etsy page!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 green peppers
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning (we prefer sicilian blend bread dipping seasoning found at local grocery stores or online)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook the rice as directed by the package
  3. Brown the hamburger in a pan.
  4. Cut off the tops of the green peppers and remove the seeds.  Rinse well.
  5. On a baking dish, lay a piece of foil.  Lay peppers bottom down.  If they will not stand upright, cut the very bottom edges off.
  6. In a bowl mix; hamberger, cooked rice, 1 can of tomato sauce, Worcestershire sause, garlic powder, onion poweder and salt and pepper.
  7. Spoon an equal amount of this mixture into the green peppers.
  8. In a seperate bowl mix together the remaining tomato sauce and Italian Seasoning in the bowl.
  9. Pour about three tablespoons of this mixture over the stuffed peppers.  You will have some mixture left for basting.
  10. Bake for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes until the peppers are tender.

Saturday Morning Special: Pick a Pucker from a Picker

Try saying that three times fast! LOL

Thursday was my birthday (as you know by now) and I spent it by chasing down where I would be able to find Mike Wolfe from American Pickers. After I traversed to Ankeny, Iowa and stood in line there at Fareway only to be told he would not get to everyone, I detoured our to the last stop of the day and ended up first in line.

He signed a birthday greeting for me, we discussed goats, I gave him a few tear out sheets in frames and some old mirrors that maybe he and Frank could do something with, as well as an Apron for Mike’s wife and some accessories for Franks Girlfriend.

To top it off, I got a sweet pucker from the picker himself and a signed birthday greeting.

As I woke, on Friday I heard news that…I was ON the news..see for yourself here

Mike was in town promoting American Vintage Hard Iced Tea and the brand couldn’t suit the man any better as well as this little vintage as half and half is now my new favorite!

It was a fun day and so greet to meet a NEW American Icon!

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Flylady Friday: Baby Steps

So, this weeks challenge was to clean the bathroom and a guest room(the one where you throw all your clutter)

First things first, you really need to sign up for the flylady emails.  Daily tips and tricks are going to fly your way.  I only took the time to read the emails written by Kelly.  Those from her viewers are about how well the program and products she offers (the purple rags and drain clogger are sure to be mine soon) work may be more beneficial as I continue to work the program.  However, my focus is just to do what I can and try not to whine.  Flylady says that saying, “I don’t have the time,” is the same as whining and we must get rid of this “stink in’ thinkin'”  So, I take the time to read the “flight plan” emails.

On Mondays, FlyLady offers a weekly plan;

This week we are in the bathroom and another room. The other room will be our Guest Room/ area! This means whatever room that you have that is your dumping ground. For most people it would be the guest room/area.

Bathroom:

Clear off the Hotspots that have gathered on the back of the tub and the
bathroom sink tops.

Guest/Extra Room

Grab a bag and do a 27 fling boogie of things to throw away. The things that
are obvious trash. We are not doing anything other than getting rid of things
to toss. Set your timer for 15 minutes and do as many 27 flings as you can!
Have fun with these missions!

 

 

I couldn’t do all of her flight plan tips, but I tried a few.  But, I do have clutter.

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1. I took 15 minutes and through away product, cleaning supplies and empty bottles.  I was amazed that I filled a garbage sack.  So heavy the man had to take it out!

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2. Then, I was inspired to reorganize.  My boyfriend said, “Everything is put away and not on the counters, but I can find it.”  That made me smile.

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3.  I then cleaned all the back spots of my tub, sink and toilet.  Not in the same day and I did it in 15 minute increments.  I mean who doesn’t have 15 minutes?

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Impressively, It has stayed fairly clean.  🙂

So, the guest room.  In my house, we call it the dog room.  It is the room where we throw everything.  The man keeps his clothes there and dirty stuff and junk piles up.  I’m sorry it is the room I keep the door closed on for a reason.  I wasn’t willing to take pictures during the process, but in 15 minute increments I did get it clean!

1. I went in and picked up the garbage.

2.  I picked up anything that should have a home in another place in the house.  Yes, including the laundry.  I even washed several loads of his clothes!  (I think the boy might like my new Flylady trial!)

3. I wiped furniture down, swept and made the bed.  All in just 15 minute increments throughout the week.

With little tricks and trips throughout the week I was able to make a big difference.

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And look I added a hamper to room to help us maintain organization!

My cousin asked to come stay this weekend and I didn’t have to turn him down, because I was embarrassed of the space.  But as you can see, he will have to share the dog room!

For next week I am going to try to maintain a morning and evening routine.  There are a few things I can’t complete such as making the bed every morning or unloading the dishwasher as my man sleeps much later than I do.  He might be agitated if I make the bed with him in it!  But I think a routine will benefit me.

Fly on ladies and have a great week!

Throwback Thursday: My Birthdays

I thought I would share some throwback birthdays with you from me.

Last year I had a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Party because I turned 42. It was such a blast. I dressed up as SteamPunk Trillian and a load of my friends came out and we went to Billy Joes’ and sang! So much fun.

The year before that I was volunteering at The Center and a few people bought me a cake and we celebrated there

A few years earlier when I live in Omaha I joined my friend Tami for a SMILE party. We looked at things JUST FOR LADIES if you know what I mean… then we went out to the casino and went dancing and met some kewl people…like Elvis!

For my 40th birthday I was at SpringCon then and that is when I bought my Birthday Diva sash. I walked all around SpringCon and got a sketch from nearly every vendor. It took me all day but it was worth it!

And then this was me this year!

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Crazy and silly as ever!

Looking back I see many people who have come and gone in my life, many who are still here, and love from many. I feel very blessed to have people in my life that enjoy being with me and enjoy sharing in my excitement and love for life!

Thank you to all who have and are wishing me Happy Birthday on Facebook, Twitter, email etc!

It means a lot to me that you care!

Until next time,

XOXO~Trisha Trixie

Wednesday What Not: Birthday Traditions

We are celebrating the birthday week of TrishaTrixie.

I thought it would be fun to reflect on some birthday traditions.

Cake

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There are many theories as to why we have the birthday cake!

  • The greeks were thought to take cakes to the gods at the beginning of a full moon and a birthday represents one full moon!
  • In Germany, it was a tradition to make bread in the shape of the baby Jesus’s swaddling clothes.

But why do they put candles on the cake?

  • Again, this looks at ancient Greek times.  When the cakes were brought to the God’s they were lit with candles to look like the moon.
  • The German’s were the first to use small candles on their cakes, as they were good candle makers.
  • Candles were used in the center of cakes to represent the “light of life”
  • Some cultures believed that the smoke from the candles would send your wishes up to heaven.

The Birthday Party

A party is usually had so that treats can be shared and presents can be given.  However, this was not always the case.

  • The earliest parties were planned because people thought that evil spirits would visit them on their birthdays.  Friends and family stuck close so they could keep the spirits away.
  • Later, they became traditions where people would come together and celebrate the life of the person having a birthday.

Birthday Luck

A good luck birthstone, good luck flower and good luck color have been assigned to each month of the year.

Wrapping Gifts

A tradition that we hold is the custom of wrapping gifts.

Check out this video on how to wrap a perfect gift.

Try it Tuesday: Personalized Picture Jar

In honor of TrishaTrixie’s Birthday I tried my hand at this personalized gift.  Who wouldn’t want a memory of you?  

Personalized Picture Jar

Attire Suggestions

I am designing this for the bright and cheery TrishaTrixie and so I must dress for fun.  All of these styles are available through our store!

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Needed Supplies

  • A jar large enough to fit a 4 x 6 photo
  • A 4×6 photo
  • Enough vegetable oil to fill the jar.
  • Some decoration to go behind the picture and beads (if you’d like) to go in front of the picture.
  • A scrap piece of fabric to cover the top of your jar.

Directions

1. Put the photo inside the jar.  You may have to cut it down a bit to fit.

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2. Place your beads in front of the photo or whatever else you might want there.

3. Place an ornamental item behind the picture.  I chose a plastic flower that I thought would hold up to vegetable oil.

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4. Fill up the jar with vegetable oil.

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5. Cut a square of fabric larger than the lid.

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6. Cut the fabric so that it just barely peaks out from the lid, as you want the picture to be visible.

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7.  You have the perfect gift from the heart to share!

Mad Men Monday: My Birthday Week

Not all birthday come with song and dance like Megan singing for Don’s birthday

But I am lucky enough that “GENERALLY” when I throw a party or have a Birthday celebration, my friends DO tend to come around

We end up doing exactly as they do on Mad Men and end up talking about business

But I try to have some fun. One of my most favorite things to do is SING! I took 10 years of vocal instruction, as well as dance, ballet etc, but singing was my main love. I always have loved to sing. EVen when I was little and we had nothing to do like they do now. No Xboxes, or video games, we had ourselves and I liked to go sit out on the swing and sing. I was in a band, I managed a band, I sang back up for a band, and I have had the grand opportunity to sing a few solos for places.

I will be honoring MY birthday this week (Thursday) May 16th, by going out with friends the night before and belting out a few tunes

I don’t know if I will be strutting my stuff like Megan here, but it is a high possiblity because I am a kook and love to be silly

Sing I am on the fact of MEgan singing, here is little fun fact for you

This is NOT actually how a NORMAL birthday would have gone in those days, but hey since we are talking about TV shows and not real life it all makes sense right?

So, for me, since I live in Movie Tvland in my head, anyway, making up for the birthday I did NOT have I somehow started a tradition once I was an adult.

BIRTHDAY WEEK

I like to do something everyday of the week to honor my birthday, honor the fact I am still alive (if you know my life you were know that IS something to be proud of), and honor life in general and to just live it and have a blast.

Monday: Tonight, We are celebrating with Monday Margaritas

Tuesday: Lunch with my sister

Wednesday: Karoake at Billy Joe’s Pictur Show

Thursday: My birthday and my man and I will have a nice dinner

Friday: Star Trek night

Saturday: a few local events and shopping around town

Sunday: Birthday Brunch at an old fashioned diner 5 & Diner in Pleasant Hill

I can’t wait for this week and can’t wait to have a blast!

I only have one request…and it is below…lol

Ok, a Princess? I mean I DO plan on wearing a TUTU this week!

HAHA, ok ok, enough about me… for now 🙂

I hope we all have a great week and if you can come enjoy the week with me, even better!

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Sunday Night Dinner: Brown sugar Chicken

Brown Sugar Chicken

Hopefully, mom does not have to cook today. However, this is a simple dish to prepare. I’m sure dad could handle it, if it makes you hungry!

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This was such a yummy dish!

Apparel Suggestions

As this is an easy meal, I thought some fun picnic gear would be great! You can take this dish out on the patio and enjoy the summer (finally) weather. All items below can be purchased through TrishaTrixie designs.

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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • three tablespoons of brown sugar
  • two teaspoons of olive oil
  • two teaspoons of minced garlic

Directions

  1. Turn the stove on medium and place the skillet over the burner. Let warm up for a few minutes.
  2. Turn the oven to 500 degrees (Yes, 500)
  3. Add the oil to the pan.
  4. Add the minced garlic.
  5. Stir the garlic and let it brown to soften it up.
  6. Take the skillet away from the heat.
  7. Mix in the brown sugar and stir.
  8. Put foil on a baking sheet. Place your chicken on top of the foil.chicken2
  9. Put the brown sugar/garlic mixture on top of the chicken.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes.
  11. Place on a plate with all the fixings

 

Saturday (Night) Special: Tribute to my Mother

For some in the know, the adventures I lived with my mother were not like most people.

My father passed when I was young and though I lived with my mother off and on during their divorce years, after my father passed I lived with her full time. Leaving Iowa in a beat up old Chevy Rambler was only the beginning of the great adventures life with mother would be like.

From, working in diners along highway 40 as we traveled to California, to seeing my mother risk her own life to save another…my mother is a gem of a woman and taught me the ways of life that were not always easy, but made me a better, stronger woman today!

I was unable to keep this glory to myself  and felt the need to tell the story of my life with my mother so I wrote a book. Yes, I wrote a book I said. My mother and I have a few little anecdotes and sayings that are ours. We also share foods and smells and stories and the one things will always bring me back to thoughts and feelings for my mother are the taste, smell and sound of Corn Tortillas… so thusly my book is named

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The Days of Corn Tortillas Buy the Book or Read online HERE

Here is a little excerpt from the book

“I was standing at the stove making corn tortillas. Experts have said scents and smells can bring you back to moments and memories you may not even know you had and maybe some you do.

 As the aroma of butter and toasted corn tortillas wafted through the air my mind wandered back to the days spent with my mother in Lawndale, California.

Mom worked three jobs to make ends meet for us to survive and to earn money for things. I received Social Security Benefits because of my father’s death, but she was an amazing mother and never spent my money unless she absolutely had to for rent or food. She made sure my money was mine.

We learned how to recover our food costs and tortillas were easy to come by since we lived in an area surrounded by Latinos. We either bought them cheap or a neighbor made them and often would give us extra.

Mom has her back to me. The fridge is to the left, the stove in the center, and the table is by the window with the sun shining behind me. I can picture her now…”

This is my Mother Mary

She is a very unique woman.

We had our hard time

we had our good times too

She can make you crazy and yet you love her at the same time.

She is a bit of Jekyl and bit teddy bear ish Hyde

You never know which of those you will get

She was there for me when no one else was

and I was there for her

We love each other THIS MUCH

and more and more and more

I love mother with all myheart

She is someone you want to be near to

When you met her you walk away glad

People on the street  love my mother

I feel lucky when she has room for me 🙂

Please take the time to honor your mother’s this weekend. Is it a Hallmark holiday, yes I agree it is and yet, perhaps we needed a holiday to remind us of our mothers. My own children however, do not remember me on any day, not even mother’s day. When they do, I nearly fall out of my chair. I was married for ten years to my second husband and had a step daughter and sadly I was not recognized then but once when she brought me a necklace…and I will never forget that day.It meat the world to me.

Step moms, real moms, adopted moms, and moms who we honor like our moms deserve a hello once in awhile.

Take this weekend to honor them and show them you care. A little gesture, goes a long way.

Until Next time~Trisha Trixie

Saturday Special: Last Minute Ideas for Mother’s Day

Procrastination?  Yes, we have all been there and help is on the way.  

Hallmark has an amazing new product that you can do with the little ones called magic prints.  The products range from $9.95 to $24.95.  They are sure to melt any mother’s or grandmother’s heart.

Just Like You Magnet  Girl Double Frame with Sentiment

Of course TrishaTrixie designs has lovely jewelry designed for the fashionista in mom.  The products range from $10.00 to $20.00.

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Better Homes and Gardens has some great DIY projects for the kids to complete.  My personal favorite is the pen/pencil holder.  Who else is always looking for a pen?

Mother's Day Pencil Holder and Frame

Does your mom like to bake, craft, garden or just look gorgeous?  Check out these fun, vintage inspired aprons!

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Martha Stewart might not be the perfect ideal housewife anymore, but she has some great ideas!  Why not make mom a nice meal for Mother’s day?  This heart-shaped egg toast is sure to get a smile out of mom!

Heart-Shaped Egg in the Hole

What woman doesn’t love shoes?  There are so many various possibilities.  Does mom like comfy, flat or a nice heel?  Why not spoil her and shop now!

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Is mom eco-friendly?  Does she do what she can to save the world?  Then check out these repurposed items for mom.  The photo cubes would be so cute on a desk!

Photo: Tara Dennis

Does mom like scarfs to brighten up her outfit?  The choices are unlimited and usually reasonable in this category.  Shop for mom!

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We hope we were able to provide you with some last minute ideas.  At TrishaTrixie designs we would like to stop and thank all of the women in the world who take time to care for our future.  We are all blessed to have you as a part of our community!

FlyLady Fridays: Getting started on the declutter

How many times do you open a closet, a drawer or a back room and say, “I need to reorganize?”  Well, it happens to me almost daily  

I’ve had girlfriends ask me for help, because they think I must be organized because my house looks neat and put together, but I don’t let them into the closets!  

Does your junk drawer look like this?  

I’m going to begin to try to fix these messes in my home and the first suggestion from the FlyLady is to join her email.  So, I’d recommend that you do the same.  I’m going to read the newsletters and continue to highlight suggestions on how to implement some “baby steps” to organize myself.

To begin with I thought it would be good to start with the

FlyLady’s 11 Commandments 

1. Keep your sink shiny and clean

2. Get dressed every morning, even if you don’t feel like it. Don’t forget your lace-up shoes.  Don’t forget your Trishatrixie designs!

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3. Do your morning and before-bedtime routine everyday.

4. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by the computer.

5. Pick up after yourself. If you get it out, put it away.

(So you don’t end up looking overwhelmed)

6. Don’t try to do two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME.

7. Don’t pull out more than you can put back in one hour.

8. Do something for yourself everyday, maybe every morning and night.
9. Work as fast as you can to get the job done. This will give you more time to play later.
10.  Smile even when you don’t feel like it. It is contagious. Make your mind up to be happy, and you will be.
11. Don’t forget to laugh everyday. Pamper yourself; you deserve it!
Check back for more helpful hints. I’ll include my trials and you might even get to see my messy closet!  Have a great weekend.