Recipe Sunday : 4th of July Independence Whip it Good Cake

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I love to make all sorts of Holiday things and this cake is no exception. Super fun and a great and EAsy way to show your 4th of July Spirit.

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 1 – 9×13 inch cake
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package White cake mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced

Directions

  1. Prepare cake according to package directions and bake in a 9×13 inch pan. Cool completely.
  2. ** YOUR CHOICE** For added fun poke holes in cake after it cools and make up a liquid Jello Mixture Red or Blue and let set to room temp. Then pour over cake
  3. Otherwise just Frost cake with whipped topping. Place blueberries in a square in the corner, and arrange sliced strawberries as stripes to make an American flag. Chill until serving.
  4. Boy some sparklers and insert into cake right before serving, Light and have a Sparkling Cake for your guests!

If you want some inspirational Trisha Trixie Items to wear, here are some items that might inspire you….

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Stay tuned for more 4th of July, Independence discussion and items this week!!

Until next time,

XoXo

Trisha Trixie

Fabulous Friday!

I know we were doing FlyLady Fridays before but things are gonna be a changing a bit again. With growth comes change! 🙂

Instead , today in honor of my Be Fabulous Campaign we are going to have a Fabulous Friday!

Here are some of the Fabulous Quotes I have done so far! Have a FABULOUS FRIDAY~

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Be Fabulous! Always!

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Be Fabulous! ~Trisha Trixie

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Throwback Thursday: A Great Day!

This Throwback Thursday is a bit different as a wonderful DIFFERENT thing happened to me today!

I was completely jazzed and honored to be on A Great Day with KCWI Des Moines! The show was Jam packed, lots of amazing guests and bands and more!

I had an opportunity to shout out the stores that carry Trisha Trixie Designs which are Green Goods for the Home and Cheryl’s Borrowed Occasions as well as mention Goodsmiths the local online store that is like but so much better than Etsy.

Jason Parkin came over to where Jackie and I were and talked to us while I showed Jackie how to make Fascinators.

Then after I left Ron the Car Guy even put my Pocket Squares in his pocket too!

I had just such a fun time and hope to be able to be on there again sometime!

 

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A Great Day DM Feature June 27 2013

Thanks for this FABULOUS opportunity and I hope you all have remember to BE FABULOUS!

Trixie Tuesdays: Online Networking Hints, Tips and Tricks

I am going to try out a new blog day. When I had my web and social media business I used to have Trixie Tuesdays and I think it went rather well. I figured I would give it a go over here on my new blog and talk about things I would like to share.

For today’s Trixie Tuesdays I want to talk to you about Online Networking.

For starters: Ladders

I use these Social Media Ladders and Promote my Pages on Linked In and so far they have gone rather well for me.

I don’t want link to any certain one because I think many of them work and they each have their unique qualities.

In FB Search “Promote” or “Ladder” and see what you find. I generally go for the ones with the highest count number and link my page there, like the pages above where I commented and then comment “Liked all pages above”. When I receive a message on my page from someone who says they stopped by from a specific ladder I return the like.

For Linkedin I am a part of a variety of Groups that pertain to what I do, Vintage, Aprons, PinUp, Modeling, and Local Networking Groups.  On many of them they ask that you don’t over promote but generally have one discussion that states “Add you FB or Webpage here”. I take a gander at the pages listed before me, connect with others and like the pages I can.

On Twitter, I receive an email that says “Other profiles like ____” and it is someone I already follow. Now I follow a wide variety so depending on who it is telling me, decides whether or not I take the time to click on the link and follow them. If I have the time, I might do a shout out to them saying hi or “New Follow from @TrishaTrixie” and give them my handle back.

On Instagram, I look at what others are liking and maybe double tap a picture someone else liked and if I like the profile enough, I might follow it.  I sometimes Search for items like mine and find followers that way too.

What I want to impress is that this should NOT be hours of activity. This should be 5 or 10 minutes of your day.

When I tell people how I get more followers and contacts etc they says they do the same thing, but it “takes so long”.

I set a 5 minute timer and then allot this time for Online Networking.  When the timer is up, I am done. You do not need to spend hours doing these things. I take turns on what Social Media I spend doing this on. One day FB, One day LI, the next day Twitter and so on.

I also gain followers by Hashtagging or Mentioning. Hashtagging is when you add the number sign in front of something you want to call attention to. YES it works on Facebook too and is NOT just for Twitter anymore. For example #TrishaTrixie will show me any hits on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook that I or others have tagged. When someone wants to mention me they use the @TrishaTrixie and I see a mention on all Social Media.

This is not only great for tracking myself, by I SFS (which I JUST found out this week means Shout for Shout). I might tag or Shout out someone or a business and then if they shout back it is a SFS. It’s the “you scratch mine Ill scratch yours ” theory.

All of these have immensely helped me gain followers and comments and YES interaction. But one last thing about interaction is that you need to be asking for it. You can’t just post and post. Ask questions, ask for feedback, do polls whatever it takes to hear what others are saying. The more you engage, I feel the better relationship you end up having with your followers.

Well, there you go. There are some Trixie Tips for you for what works for me. I was a Web and Social Media Specialist for years and these are also things I would tell my clients. Now, of course that doesn’t mean it works for everyone, but many times

“What’s good for the Goose is Good for the Gander”

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Monday Manifesto

A few summer”s ago I started doing Manifesto’s. I learned from Ali Edwards about this at the time. I have manifestos for all sorts of things but my favorite Manifesto is my Summer one. Perhaps it is because each year it grows and changes, it allows me to see what did I do last year and what will I carry to this summer.

The manifesto is in a way a TO DO list. This is something I make to post where I can see it and remind me to enjoy the summer and not stay stuck behind a computer.

The first one I did I wrote down on paper, collaged it and then posted it up.

The second one I did was on Word, then I changed the fonts and colors of the text, added a border and then printed it and posted it.

I liked both ways and you may choose one or the other.

Making a manifesto is a great thing to do with kids as well as for yourself.

Give the kids a bunch of markers or crayons and ask them to write down all the things they want to do this summer. Have them choose different colors for each item on the list, add stickers or draw on them with butterfly’s or bugs and then post them on the fridge or the wall for them and you to see.

If you have more than one child in your home or in your preschool, maybe make a box and cut the ideas up and pick one or two out a week. Or perhaps you can do both. Have them each do a manifesto for themselves and then make a box or list of ideas for the group as a whole.

Here is more info on my other Manifestos from my Art Page: The Art of Trisha Trixie

Google Summer Manifesto and you will find tons and TONS of others who do these same types of Manifestos as I do. There are many ways to do it and many ways to be creative.

 

My Summer Manifesto 2013

Summer Manifesto 2013

 Spend time outside,Go to the lake, Go on a hike, Play badminton, Go to an outdoor movie or make an outdoor movie in my backyard,  Participate in Miracles Workshop, Do Summer of Color, Go to Farmer’s Market, , Buy Hammock, Get a glider swing, Have Summer Sunday’s, Sleep late on Sundays, Go to Outdoor Concert, Go to a Ball Game, Take lots of Pictures, Make “Refrigerator Pickles”,Have a Car Wash Day, Make BBQ Cob Corn, Dance in the Rain, Blow Bubbles, Make Pitchers of Chai Tea for easy enjoyment, Enjoy Sunrises and Sunsets, Enjoy time with Kitty cats, Play Hobby Games,  Journal,  Giggle…a lot, Enjoy the Show, Be Fabulous!

Flashback to the PAST: DMINB Article by Trisha Trixie

Flashback : A blast to the Past (Valley Junction Walkabouts) (via Des Moines is NOT Boring)

One day as I was walking around in Valley Junction I came up a quaint and cute little store that opened not too long ago. There was a retro kitchen table and chairs in the window and an old High Stool seat I remembered my family owning one similar yet green. The High Stool in our house was where…

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Sunday Recipes: Willams Sonoma Recipie Delectable Treat

I love Williams Sonoma. That and Pottery Barn are the two mall stores I like to visit in conjunction with each other.

The tools and fun toys for the kitchen, those are what brings people in the store. But did you know they also have food items, recipes and how to’s? Yep!

That is how I got hooked into buying not ONE but TWO Madeline Pans.

Now you are sitting there wondering…what is a Madeleine.

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“These little sponge cakes, immortalized by Marcel Proust in Remembrance of Things Past, are at their most memorable when eaten as Proust himself liked them, fresh from the oven, still warm and a little crisp on the outside. As madeleines tend to dry out quickly, home-baked ones are best. Madeleine pans were among the first baking pans that Chuck Williams brought to America in the late 1950s, and they were the most popular items for a year or two in the Williams Sonoma store. If you use a black nonstick madeleine pan, decrease the oven temperature by 25°F or shorten the baking time by a few minutes. You can find orange flower water imported from France in specialty-food shops.”

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/madeleines.html?cm_src=RECIPESEARCH

The two pans I have are these ones listed below

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/702084/?cm_src=RECIPE

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/gobel-nonstick-madeleine-plaque-pan/?cm_src=AutoRel

The other item you will need is a cooling rack

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/602862/?cm_src=RECIPE

Here is the Williams Sonoma Recipe (I also add a tad of Tahitian vanilla to mine which can be bought at Trader Joes)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. orange flower water
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) softened unsalted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Directions:

Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400°F. Generously butter the molds of a 12-place madeleine pan.Sift together the flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the egg, granulated sugar and orange flower water on medium speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture has quadrupled in volume and is very thick, about 10 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold in the flour mixture and then the butter. Spoon the batter into the prepared molds, filling each one about three-fourths full.Bake until the madeleines are light brown around the edges and on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately remove the madeleines from the pan to a wire rack. Using a sifter or fine-mesh sieve, dust with confectioners’ sugar. Serve warm.

Makes 12 madeleines.
Adapted from Celebrating the Pleasures of Cooking, by Chuck Williams (Time-Life Books, 1997).

Mostly you find them next to the counter in a Starbucks. But for 3 regular size Madeleines are around $2. You might think oh not bad but if you ever have read Think and Grow Rich by Bach you know that little $2 extra you are spending could add up to things you desire more in your future. For the price of making them at home the out put is nearly a dozen for the same $2. Plus the fact that you get nice homemade Madeleines not store bought and they allow you to utilize your kitchen craft and baking apron.

For baking or a Bakery, I have a few options…

One is for front of the house Bakery that uses this sort of apron for show, greeting customers, but not practical use as the ruffles are organza. This would be great for a Bakery, a Caterer who needs one for Tradeshows or events or when delivering items to clients.

Complete Apron for AHA Front.Complete Apron for AHA Back

The other Apron I have is a sturdy Country Apron, made of cotton and could go through anything. The fabric choices can be CUSTOMIZED in any way you desire. Each Trixie FULL apron is generally known for a few things common as you will see…

  • A Sweetheart neckline
  • Box Pleats or ruffles at neckline
  • Long neckties for any necklangth
  • Wide waistband
  • Long ties to either wrap around or for extra length in back
  • Two/Three ruffles at the base of bottom of skirt
  • Angled pockets for ease of use
  • They look so cute you know not know it is an Apron

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Or if you prefer a half apron, Both of these would be nice sturdy alternatives 🙂

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I like to be comfortable in the kitchen but also want to look Fabulous for when my man is around or comes home.

Even if I have my hair in a ponytail and not a lot of makeup on the two pieces of makeup that I like to have on are Lipstick and mascara.

On Sundays I tend to go more simple so I generally wear Burt’s  Bee’s Tinted Lip Balms

It smooths my lips yet gives me a hint of color

http://www.burtsbees.com/natural-products/lip-color/tinted-lip-balm.html?cm_mmc=PPC-_-Google-_-Lips-_-tinted%20lip%20balms

For the Mascara I use a wide variety but I started out with a Sephora mascara. It is high quality for a reasonable price and YES it is MUCH better than a storebrand item

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Outrageous Volume Mascara

http://www.sephora.com/sephora-collection

No matter whether you make in sweats or skivvies, a Trisha Trixie Apron or not, once you bite into these delectable treats you will feel fabulous! I know I do. Enjoy baking this Sunday is you choose.

Until next time,

Trisha Trixie

PS. If you have any recipes, BBQ or ideas you would like to share on the Trisha Trixie Blog just fill out the contact form and let me know what you are thinking. I am looking for Ideas, Recipes or people who are interested in Guest Blogging at any time about what you do and how it would go together with the Trisha Trixie Brand

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