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


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.


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


  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,


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~

Be Fab TT Flower

Be Fabulous! Always!

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Be Fabulous! ~Trisha Trixie


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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Ron the CAr Guy KCWI

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.


“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.”

The two pans I have are these ones listed below

The other item you will need is a cooling rack

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


  • 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


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


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

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

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

Fly Lady Fridays: H2Oh?

Today for Fly Lady Friday with summer fast approaching I want to remind you as Fly Lady has to drink your water.


I have SUCH a hard time with this. I hate tap water, I won’t drink FARM water and bottle water can be so expensive. I was buying those Vitamin Waters called Dragon Fruit or Power C but bottle after bottle it concerned me how much I was spending as well as the waste I am accumulating from bottles. Yes I DO recycle but still.


When I was at the Healthy Living Expo a month or so back I bought a tall metal drink holder. Not only are these great for hot beverages but they are even better for cold ones.


If you put some cold water in there and put it in the fridge for the next day it is nice and cold. But if I forget, I just add some ice cubes and let it sit while I get ready for my day and then I add some filtered refrigerator water.  My man bought me some water enhancer and I like those. There are a variety to choose from


I also like to add some Reconstitued Lemon or Limne Juice.


Most know these as the little fake Lemon or Lime looking thingy

It is cheaper and you can add what you like to your water. Plus Lemon or Lime aid your digestion AND because of that help in weight maintenance if desired.

I know some use those powder packets and I recently tried the Hibiscus one from Strabucks brand and REALLY liked it

No matter what you choose to help you out, just please as the summer heat rises remember to take water or a bottle with you that you can fill. Take one of these little things to make your water drinkable if needed.

One last thing to beat the heat for me, besides some AGUA is a hat. So drink your water and wear your hat!

Until next time,

Xoxo ~Trisha Trixie

What Not Wednesday: Bottle Carriers

Yesterday I was in a funk so I decided to clean.

A great durable apron to clean in is one of my Pastel Perfection Aprons

Pastel Perfection $35

Pastel Perfection $35

My cute little Turquoise shoes with bows and buttons

Turquoise Shoes $35

Turquoise Shoes $35

And some cute little SeaHorse earrings to feel a bit of the outside while being in


I thought while I was dolling myself up to feel pretty while cleaning I would toss on some

Avon Mark Juice Gems Juicy, Snow Peach Lip Gloss

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I like to RePurpose and ReUse items to help keep things organized.



Just take any case from a 4 or 6 pack from bottles, soda, beer, etc and keep them in a bag or box until you need them. If you like you can cover them, but I go through so many of the Millstream Soda boxes I just leave them and then if one gets ruined I just use another.

I love this idea and it makes organizing super fun!

Until next time,

XoXO Trisha Trixiw


Mad Men: BBQ Sauce Base

With summer fast approaching, I thought I might provide you with a base for creating your own secret BBQ sauce recipe.  This base provides a thing tomato base that you can add nearly anything to.


  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


In a sauce pan saute the garlic and onion with the olive oil.  Cook until you can nearly see through it.  Add lemon juice, salt and pepper, paprika, mustard, and Tabasco. Mix these up really well.  Over medium heat simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Reduce the heat to low and add tomato sauce and vinegar.  Simmer for an additional 15 minutes.  From this point you can add whatever you like.

For Sweet Sauces

  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • or Molasses

For Spicy Sauces

  • Chilles
  • Cayenne
  • or hot sauces

Really you can let your imagination go wild.  I have seen people use chocolate, coffee and many other crazy ingredients in their BBQ Sauce.  What might your secret ingredient be?

BBQ on the grill in Style

Now that your sauce is ready you are ready to grill. Don’t forget to check out Trisha Trixie Designs for your fashion needs.




Fathers Day Guest Blog : Cirmes Tonsorial


Hesitantly, he opened his eyes after lying back in an indescribably warm and comforting darkness that he wasn’t quite ready to see come to an end. The old man’s hands removed the hot towel from his face and began to massage it with a stiff brush while something that smelled like his father’s dopp kit began to envelope his senses. He would come to long for that smell for years to follow. The man’s long, bony fingers that were once shaky and unsteady, took rapid, steady strokes of a gleaming and dangerously sharp blade, tracing the curves of his face. This was little Will’s first shave. No, he wasn’t old enough to actually need a shave. In fact, he was only nine years old, but he sure felt like a man that was ready to conquer the world. His father brought him to their small town’s favorite barber. The same barber that his own father took him to around the same age. Will had excited conversations simultaneously with the barber and his father about what he was going to do this summer. He informed them that he made it his mission to make the BEST lemonade stand the neighborhood had to offer, and savvy as ever, he’d mark it a penny less than all the other boys, sure to win over ALL of the customers, even the little girls that carried dolls as if they were actual babies and swore they hated boys. If he could earn five dollars by the end of summer, his pops would let him buy “that doggie in the window”. No, it wasn’t the one with the waggly tail. Much like Will, it was the scrawny one that walked a little funny and had to fight extra hard to get his fair share of food…but little Will knew that this was the one for him and that they’d go on exciting adventures together. “Martin”, he informed the barber and his father that the pup’s name would be, would be able to play fetch, roll over, and get the newspaper without leaving bite marks or disturbing the crate full of milk on the front step. But most of all, Martin and Will would be best friends, inseparable and they would go on endless travels together all summer long. That day wasn’t really about a shave. It was about building a bond between a father and his son. A rite of passage from boyhood to manhood. Will didn’t know then how much that day would shape who he would become…A future entrepreneur with a fine ability to make the right choices in life, I have no doubt.

My own memory of myself and my father, interestingly enough, happened in my ninth year as well. I was riding my bike that my dad had attached a really cool megaphone that had a siren on it, perfect for annoying my mom and all the other parents on our street. In my mind, it had circus stripes and a lion’s head just like Pee-Wee had, but it was actually just black and cheaply made. I had just wrapped up my summer’s first expedition and I admit that I went a little further than I was really allowed to. Who could really blame me? I had just finished a book about TINY aliens that you could find in mounds of dirt, and I just knew that if took my bike to the mounds of dirt just a little further than I was supposed to be, I would make the first discovery and my dad would be so proud that he wouldn’t really care that I broke the rules. Unfortunately, when you’re a nine year old boy on a mission to change the world, you forget piddly little things like getting home in time to eat the yucky vegetables that your mom and dad would undoubtedly force you to eat. Well, at least if you wanted ice cream before bedtime. So, of course, I had to race home, and as I sped down the hill to get home on time, the megaphone fell from the handlebar of my bike, throwing me off just two houses from where I lived and of course, breaking my new toy. My dad was in front of our house, cleaning the bugshield on his new motorcycle, and looking back now, I think maybe he noticed a connection. Surely, this close to dinner, he should have been inside as well, but he was playing with his new toy later than he should have been. I limped my bike up to him, tears streaming down my scraped cheeks, and told him that I broke my new toy. I was so afraid I would get in big trouble. I was, after all, an Army brat, and Strict was my father’s middle name. With one pinched tightly shut and the other not making direct contact, I waited to hear what my fate was going to be. He just laughed….a laugh that I can still hear today, and in fact, brings a tear to my eye right now. “Andy,” he said calmly, as he crouched to my level, “It’s just a toy. As long as you’re ok, I’m ok.” Before my shocked little mind could really absorb what had just fallen from his lips, he exclaimed, “Hey! What do you say we take a ride to the lake on my motorcycle. Just you and me?”. Needless to say, it took no time for me to run my bike into its home in the garage and fly back to my dad, asking if I could hold on tightly to him, because I was a little afraid, but oh so excited. We rode through the lake, slowly, taking our time. If you asked me, I’d swear that we were gone for hours, from sunup to sundown, but I’m sure it was closer to a half hour or so. The cicadas were singing, fireflies were coming out and dancing in the trees, and I was alone with my dad. We didn’t have a lot of those moments, but this one is as vivid to me as the day I was married. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that we hit a speed bump, falling sideways, and narrowly escaping the loss of a limb or two.

My dad passed away that summer. This Father’s Day I catch myself daydreaming about that ride. Whether it’s a father and son bonding in the family barber shop, a dad taking his son for an impromptu ride through the park, or a son giving his father an unbearably hideous tie that his father would wear proudly for every Father’s Day to come, we all have these moments where even a smell can transport us back to the days when our innocence was intact and the most important thing in the world to us was how we were going to spend our summers.

As the owner and creator of an old-fashioned men’s grooming line, I was asked to be a guest blogger and talk a bit about Father’s Day, my product line, and I guess, just to generally ramble on about what I felt appropriate. It is an honor to share a glimpse and remind all dads and sons out there that it’s not about the gift, it’s not even about the event, it’s about time. Moments when we reach out to each other and share something special are the moments that carve our memories. Whether it’s with an old fashioned straight razor taking the corners of our jawlines at lighting speeds or a silver cruiser taking it’s time through the winding roads of a nearby park, it isn’t the tool we select to carve those memories, but rather simply, the heart within us that tells us to hold onto them. This Father’s Day, dads hug your sons extra tight. Sons, appreciate your fathers for who they are to you. We don’t all have them and it’s not always a charming Norman Rockwell painting. Life is flying past at neckbreaking speeds, but oh how beautiful it all is.

By Andrew Fuller

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Saturday Special:ComicCon in Iowa??

Yes, but just a small one so they are calling it…


Last year I was at an Artist Booth more for my Art.

That’s me , the blonde behind the table.


But as I have evolved, this year I will have a mixture of Art and wares for all you Dames and Gents.

Pins for Dads and Men

Superhero Grab Bags for $5
SuperHero themed Vanity Scarfs for $10
Superhero Bows and Hair  Fascinators and Clips
SuperHero Earrings
Superhero Half Aprons
Large/Full Mens Aprons with SuperHero or Villian Theme
And Of course…ART…Trisha Trixie Apron Pin Up Art

So, get outta your jammies, put down your coffee and come on out to the MiniCon

1 day con/show that is smaller than the Comic Book I-CON but just as fun! Comic book vendors and other related merchandise as well as an Artist Area full of Iowa talent doing sketches and selling their projects! The cost is only $2 per person and kids 10 and under get in free with paid adult.

3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona, Iowa 50009
See ya there!
Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Throwback Thursday: Vintage ComicCon

This Upcoming Saturday Trisha Trixie will be at miniCon Comic Con here in Des Moines Iowa. This made me wonder if I could find any images to share with you today of some older ComicCons and what they were like. The ComicCon Planners are encouraging cosplay so I thought I would start there and see where it evolves.

Here are some fun images I think you might fall off your seat in laughter about. The first one is truly funny!

These are some I found from Vintage Everyday from a 1980 ComicCon…

(Totally love the wallpaper btw)

Chad Spilkers dad perhaps? LOL

and of course, gotta have the sexy on

Some dress in Vintage Looking costumes

Vintage Trekkies

This Con looks more like an Old persons con to me, but hey at least they are there to support

Types of retro things you used to find at cons (these are all hoarded by the collectors now I think) 🙂

Retro or Vintage comics nowadays are RARE and very hard to find. If you do find any they are worth a pretty penny but as I was talking to a friend she said the Comic shop wanted her to go have them certified before he would buy them.

If you are looking for that special comic though, ComicCons are the pace to go because lots of vendors bring those specialty items to the shows.


Here is Dale Messick from Brenda Starr at a Comic Con I thought you all might like

Dale Messick

I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me on the ComicCon side of things. Remember if you dress Cosplay this weekend you get in FREE!

Stop by my booth, say hi, get a free signed MEME card from me

Hope to see you there! Can’t wait!

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Flylady Friday: For the Kids and Father’s day ideas

I have lots of friends with kiddos out of school for the summer.  I think that Flylady has some really unique ways to get the kids involved in clean up.  She sends out daily assignments for the kids and they are really fun.

June 13th challenge went as follows

Hi Kids!
Today I want you to open up the doors of your closet and check to see if you have any clothes that have fallen off of the hangers and havebecome jumbled up on the floor of the closet.Set a timer or ask a grown up to set a timer for 5 minutes and see how much you can hang back up. If you can’t reach the rod to hang these things back up, ask a taller person to give you some hangers, you then hang the clothes on the hangers, and ask that tall person to help you hang them up. If you need to set the timer again, then do so for another 5 minutes. If you find some things that no longer fit or you do not use, put those in a bag and give them to Mom or Dad to bless someone else with.

Remember less stuff to clean and put away means more time to play.

Have fun!

I know that getting kiddos to clean is always a challenge, but we just have to find clever ways to make cleaning fun.  Timers and choices allow for lots of fun!

A friend of mine is a foster mother and her home is full of little boys.  Sometimes this can make her cleaning job more difficult.  So, she gives them a “helper” task.

The littlest one is three and she gives him a norwex microfiber cloth and lets him clean anything, but the TV that he chooses.  He loves being a helper and the norwex magic really does help her home stay clean.  There are no chemicals and he really can’t hurt a thing.  What could be better?  The walls became amazingly clean as this little guy got right to work.

Father’s Day

We at TrishaTrixie Designs have not forgotten dad.  Feel free to stop by our site to find lots of great ideas for dad.

Does dad like to clean?  My dad always enjoyed cleaning his car and making it shine.  Norwex has some fun products for dad.  The dust mitt works great for dusting of the inside of the car and the leather cleaner will do wonders for cleaning up leather seats in your car!

No matter what you decide we hope you have a Happy Father’s Day!

What not Wednesday: Finding your Inspiration


I am a big fan on living by a motto.  It helps you keep on track.  My inspiration in life came from my grandmother.  See, I have always been known as a people pleasing perfectionist.  I’d never speak my mind, but my grandmother said to me,

“Nothing and nobody is perfect.  Who wants to be nothing and nobody?” 

When I find myself in a rut or overstressed, I just stop and repeat this motto to myself.

There are many other quotes that inspire my life.  As many of my friends and family know I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. I love this quote by her

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” 

I am the kind of girl who loves to enjoy the beauty in the world, but sometimes I forget to listen to the good internal voices.  There are so many bad voices in the world.  However, I have a metaphor for all the bad things in the world.  This is an activity I do with teenage girls, but I actively use it in my own life.

Paint yourself a cup

  1. On a styrofoam cup, draw 4 items that you are proud of.  Examples; accomplishments, goals, family, friends, strengths or etc.
  2. I have everyone talk about their drawings.
  3. Then I tell the world that most people walk around holding out their cups.  I say, “Look how easy it is for me to put something in your cup'” and I pretend to drop an item there and I say something like, “You are very strong.”
  4. Then I stop and say, “What if I go to put something bad in your cup?  What do you do then?”  Responses vary as people are different.  I’ve gotten responses like, “I’d slap their hand, turn my cup upside down or just let it happen.”
  5. I propose that people hold their cups close like a football.  Then, they get to decide what goes inside.  If someone is having a bad day and says, “You aren’t good enough, ” I can stop and think and decide that this is their issue and not mine.  Their negativity does not belong in my cup.

This is a metaphor for life of course and I don’t literally hold a cup, but when people talk to me I decide if I want what they are offering me in m cup.  If not, I choose not to take it.  This may end some relationships as people don’t always respond well to your carefree attitude.  However, it is best to choose your own image.

I used to think
Trisha Trixie lives the motto

Be Fabulous! 

Let good forces guide you my friend.  Today, I am off as I too have been inspired by the Summer of Color and Trisha Trixie’s latest creation.

summer citron


So, I’m off to create!  Check back later for my creation.  🙂


Vanity and Glamour: Who Loves Patrick? We do! We do!

Vanity and Glamour: Who loves Patrick? We do! We do! (via

Everywhere I go I seem to run into to someone who knows about Mr. Patrick Boltinghouse and his quaint little shop Vanity and Glamour. I can be in West Des Moines, East Des Moines, Sherman Hill, Windsor Heights, It seem like no matter where I go, I make one little mention and tada someone says “I…

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Sunday Dinner: Seven Layer Taco Dip

Seven Layer Taco Dip

This week we are talking about all things outdoors.  When you are going to a picnic you need to have a quick, fun dish to bring along.  This is my handy dandy suggestion.


Attire Suggestion

Well, Trisha Trixie Designs are not just for the kitchen.  I’d like to recommend a few of her aprons that look like dresses.  Throw these over the top of your capris and see the smiles that will ensue.


  • 1 Package of taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) can of refried beans
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of softened cream cheese.
  • 1 (16 ounce) container of sour cream
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar of salsa
  • 1 large tomato, chop it into small cube shapes
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 small head of lettuce shredded.
  • 1 (6 ounce) can of sliced black olives (Be sure to drain them)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the refried beans and taco seasoning meat. Take this mixture and put it on the bottom of your pan (I use one that is 9 x 9 but this is up to you)
  2. Mix the sour cream and cream cheese into a medium bowl.  Spread over your refried beans.
  3. Add a layer of salsa to the pan.
  4. Add a layer of tomatoes to the pan.
  5. Add a layer of green peppers to the pan
  6. Add a layer of lettuce to the pan.
  7. Top with Cheddar cheese and black olives.
  8. Put in the refrigerator and cover for 30 minutes or longer.
  9. Serve with chips


Tip: I have made these in individual serving cups for special occasions.  This lets everyone have a little cup to enjoy their dip from.


Happy socializing!


Saturday Special: Campfire Memories

Some of my greatest childhood memories are of sitting around the campfire.  Every summer my grandmother would load up the RV and we would drive to Little Wall Lake blaring Willie Nelson all the way.  This was a week long trip of camping.  My grandma was defiantly a nature lover.  She knew about survival and she was keen on sharing these ideas with myself and my cousin.  Starting a fire was an adventure with my grandmother, well everything was an adventure with my grandmother.

First: We would clean out the fire pit.  Some other campers usually had left it a mess.  We made sure the stones were in a  circular shape and that all the debris was removed.

Second: We would look for a big dead tree and cut it into logs.

One log is isolated on a white background  Stock Photo - 9426755

Third: We would look for kindling. This is little dried branches and leaves.

Forth: We used sticks to build a little teepee shape
Fifth: We did not rub two sticks together.  However, we didn’t use a match either.  We did use a magnesium fire starter similar to one sold at Harbor freight.
And then we had a fire
You can always do a little BBQ on the grill.  TrishaTrixie is going to be selling lots of aprons for men at the upcoming comicon.  Wouldn’t BBQ be fun in one of these aprons?
Scooby Snack Makin' Apron $35

Scooby Snack Makin’ Apron $35

We use to read excerpts from scary stories by Roald Dahl  around the campfire.

“Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come. There was a slow smiling air about her, and about everything she did. The drop of a head as she bent over her sewing was curiously tranquil. Her skin -for this was her sixth month with child-had acquired a wonderful translucent quality, the mouth was soft, and the eyes, with their new placid look, seemed larger darker than before. When the clock said ten minutes to five, she began to listen, and a few moments later, punctually as always, she heard the tires on the gravel outside, and the car door slamming, the footsteps passing the window, the key turning in the lock. She laid aside her sewing, stood up, and went forward to kiss him as he came in.” From Lamb to Slaughter

What did you enjoy doing around the camp fire?

Throwback Thursday: Rainy Day Ideas

What do you do on those Rainy Days?

For me today I got a late start. My brain thinks it is a barometer so it likes to give me a not so wonderful migraine to let me know bad weather is coming. But once I am able to function again I like to do lots of little things. I know many of you are SAHM , Stay at Home Mommies and some of you are WAHM, Work at Home Mommies and have little ones to do things with.

I saw this cute little Rainy Day Fabric and thought it would be cute to make a rainy day apron for on just these occasions


I saw a few ideas I thought were pretty cute. I think you can figure them out pretty easy.


Whatever you decide to do, don’t just do this….

Cuz if you do some of the other above…you will have better results and you will be like this..


Until next time,



Trisha Trixie

Wednesday What Not: Edible plants in nature

I was speaking with a lady at work about dandelions.  She did not understand why we worked so hard in the United States to rid our yards of the dandelions.  I couldn’t understand why she was so attached to what I considered a weed.  She then told me that she had survived on dandelions while hiding from the enemies in Bosnia.

Then, I remembered that my grandmother made a dandelion soup.  Oddly enough she had lived through the depression and I wonder if her obstacles had led to the creation of this soup.  I’m not sure that I even remember eating the soup.  Oddly enough there are lots of recipes online for dandelion soup.

Greenfield Village Dandelion Soup. Photo by JanuaryBride

So, I began to wonder what other natural plants are safe to eat and the important things to know in order to not get ill from eating these plants.  The polk county conservation page had 10 rules to follow when eating edible plants;

  • Always be 110% sure to clearly identify the plant you are picking.
  • Select only healthy plants.
  • Choose the young green leaves of edible plants. Many leaves develop a chemical called “tannin” and become bitter with age.
  • Apply the rule of 10: harvest only one plant for every 10 you leave behind. Removing a few leaves, petals, fruits or seeds from several plants is better than taking all you need from one plant.
  • Harvest only what you will need for your recipe.
  • Harvest only the edible parts of a plant that are ripe. Out of season edibles can be very bitter.
  • Dismiss all rules of harvesting which begin with a sentence like “All blue berries are edible…” There are no across-the board rules.
  • If one plant in a botanical family is edible, it does not mean that all plants in the family are edible.
  • Sometimes, only a special part of a plant is edible. The rest may be indigestible or even poisonous.
  • Be knowledgeable about the area you’ve selected for harvesting. Is it part of a park? You’ll want to know if herbicides or pesticides have been used there.

So, what are some edible plants?

Some recommended by School of Self are;

Wild Foods Menu:

Acorn, Cactus, Carob, dandelion, epazote, lambsquarter, mallow, miners lettuce, Mustard, Nasturtium and Sowthistle.

Now, I was not sure what some of these items were or how I might use them.  However, this page was very helpful.  For Example, this is the advice on preparing acorns;

I bring all the acorns home from collecting, and dry them in the oven at pilot light temperatures or very low heat. This is just to dry them and kill off bugs.

When I get around to it, I crack the shells off, and then I soak the shelled acorns in water. Generally, I soak the acorns for a few days to about two weeks, changing the water at least twice a day.

When the acorns are no longer bitter, I grind them while wet through a meat grinder.

The coarse meal is then placed in cookie pans to dry in the sun or oven.

When dry, I store in large jars in the cupboard. (I still can’t figure out how the freezer fits into all this).

The meal is then used in place of wheat flour in recipes, or half and half in various recipes.

There are, also, many books on this subject.  If I might, I’d like to recommend the Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants

I think this might be a fun activity to do with the kiddos!  Happy nature hunting.