Trixie Tuesdays: How to Make an Ice Cube Necklace

With the heat soaring into and past the 90’s and 100’s I thought this fun little how to for an ice cube necklace might be a nice how to everyone of all ages might enjoy. It also isn’t a bad conversation starter or a great way to wow your pals.

Let’s start out by stating we are not talking about the singer Ice cube.

We are talking about the cubes that come out of your freezer.

Items you will need:


  • A necklace length piece of string
  • A glass of ice
  • Salt
  • Tablecloth or placemat

How to:

Remove four or five cubes from the glass.

Put them close together on tablecloth or placemat

Wet the string by dipping it into your glass and lay it across the cubes

Sprinkle the salt liberally all over the cubes and string.

Wait ten seconds or so then lift the string by its ends and tada the ice cubes will hang from it.

Ask a willing pal or put it on your own neck to COOL IT! 🙂


So why does this trick work? Water freezes at 32 degrees but when you sprinkle salt on them, it lowers the freezing point and then the ice melts. The melting water washes away some of the salt, the water freezes and the salt binds them.

This is a kewl trick but unless you walk around with a string in your purse it’s not so impromptu. The book says it can be done with a long shoe lace from a mans shoe. What they don’t say is you get the man to give you his show lace and then I was wondering, would you really want it?

Enjoy your way to cool down with this kewl tip.

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

(Info from 211 Things a Clever Girl Can Do)




Sunday Recipie: Guest Blog Katie “Miss Kitty” Dolan -Slow Cooker Enchiladas


Slow Cooker Enchiladas

Serves 4-6


1/2 yellow onion

2 bell pepper, diced small(any color)

1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen corn

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspooncumin1 teaspoon salt

3 cups cheese, shredded and divided – we like monterey jack

2 ½ 16-ounce jars of your favorite salsa

12 6”-8” tortillas, flour or corn

Optional: 1 pound meat – chicken, pork, hamburger, or shredded beef


In a medium bowl, mix together the onion, pepper, black beans, corn, spices, meat (if using), and just 1/2 cup of the cheese. Pour about a cup of salsa (half a jar) into the bottom of the slow cooker and spread it around evenly.

Scoop about 1/3 cup into one of the tortillas, roll it up, and nestle it into the bottom of the crock pot. Repeat with the half of the remaining filling, rolling tortillas until the entire bottom of of the crock pot is filled. Spread another cup of salsa over this layer and sprinkle it with another 1/2 cup of cheese.

Continue with the remaining filling and tortillas to create a second layer. Top with another cup of salsa, but reserve the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese for later. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2-4 hours. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, sprinkle the leftover cheese over the top and let it melt.

Serve the enchiladas with the remaining salsa. Leftovers will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.


These turned out fabulous!! My name is Mrs. Kitty and I am a Army spouse and pinup model.  I enjoy cooking in my spare time J.  If I had a Trisha Trixie Designs apron to use while cooking this it would definitely have to be like one of the super awesome full ones that she made for a client very pinup like J


Catherine “Katie” Dolan


Throwback Thursday: Skipping Games

Do you remember those days when you used to skip, hop and jump your way through a day? With everyone’s kids starting school again it reminded me of the old days where that was the only thing I did throughout a day.  In addition to those fun skipping games were the sayings that went with them. Did you also know there were certain names for the skipping games or jump rope games?

My favorite was

Not last night but the night before
24 robbers came a knocking at my door
I ask them what the want, and this is what they said.
Spanish dancers do the splits, the kicks
they turn around, touch the ground
Spanish dancers please come back, back, back
(doing what the rhyme says)
Then count till you screw up

or this one…

Cinderella, dressed in yella, went upstairs to kiss a fella, made a mistake, kissed a snake, how many doctors did it take?

(count after doctors as far as you can)

How do these skipping games work (Do you remember)?

  • Under the moon or front door: Running into a revolving rope rises away from the skipper once it touches the ground
  • Over the moon or back door: Running into a rope that rises toward the skipper
  • Rope Rotation Speed Terms: Sale=Slow, Mustard=Medium, Vinegar=Fast, Pepper=Very Fast
  • Keep the kettle boiling: Skippers (Jumpers) line up to jump into the rope, which maintains a steady rhythm. The rope should never be “empty”

But my all time favorite was the Double Jump. I grew up in California and though we lived in Orange county, my mother’s side of the family all originally from the south, lived in Los Angeles County, mostly in Gardena, Torrance, or Van Nuys.  Because of the ethnic difference in where they lived there were many varieties of race and color living there and I was exposed to many of them. To me they were just people. They were my weekend pals, my friends I played with and hung out with on weekends and during the summer.

Because of this ethic difference however, in Orange County no one liked to Double Jump Rope or even knew how. By friends from the block my cousins and grandmother lived on taught me. I learned the best way to play Double Dutch Jump Rope and it became my all time favorite skipping/jumping game of all!

A style of jump-rope, where two ropes are moved counter to one another. One person stands on each end of the whirling rope-complex, and a third person jumps in the middle of them.

Double dutch requires significantly more concentration than standard jump roping

Here is the How To of Double Dutch if you want to see if you and your kids can recreate this fun event

Other places to find Skipping info and Phrases

I leave you with this ear worm that has been in my head since I deicded to do this post…

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickle onion on a sesame seed bun!

(DSMISNOTBORING) Re-Post- 5 Years: What a Long Grammatically Challenged Trip It’s Been

5 Years: What a Long Grammatically Challenged Trip It’s Been (via Des Moines is NOT Boring)

Well, I find it completely ironic and unplanned that as I start writing this celebratory post about our last 5 years I’m listening to an Oasis song “Champagne Supernova,” which I believe was created back about the time I kicked off this little…

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Trixie Tuesdays: How to tell a pal: YOU STINK

During recent events in my home a guest was, how do you, quite odoriferous. Being a lady I didn’t want to be mean or rude and just come right out and blurt to her : YOU STINK but how does one go about mentioning the unmentionables to people?

When I am at a loss for what to do or for some sage advice I turn to my handy dandy little guidebook…

211 Things a Clever Girl can Do by Bunty Cutler (There is also a book for boys too 211 a Clever Boy can Do by Tom Cutler)

So here are some tips if you have to tell your pal…Peeeeyewww…

(Disclaimer that I find the majority of the items from this book humorous not real…)

  • Make an occasional comment like “What is that curious scent”
  • Open a window near her
  • Leave deodorant in the ladies room or at her desk or room
  • Buy strongly scented flowers and give them to her/him
  • Offer occasional spritz of air freshener in her direction and ask if she likes the fragrance
  • Introduce a policy that stipulates clean clothes and individual responsibility for personal hygiene
  • Ping her email anonymously letting her know
  • Or see what you are made of and tell her straight up, but please tell her in private, don’t make a scene and try as you can to BE KIND as you can because there could be other mental, emotional or medical reasons why they are having those issues
  • But if you have no luck, she’s a bitch to you, or tells you where to stick it…if fighting back is your savor, leave her a bag of sardines. Or you could hose her down with the fire extinguisher  … if all else fails you will feel better

As I said in the disclaimer,  I do find most of these funny and humorous but there were SOME decent tips.

If you have anything further that you want to add I would love to hear your comments or suggestions.

Until Next Time,

XOXO Trisha Trixie

Fabulous Friday: Guest Blog: Bold & Fabulous at Home


Be Bold & Fabulous at Home

After Trisha Trixie shared her Vintage Kitchen Dreams with our community last week, we here at Drake Homes, simply had to respond!

As a Des Moines home builder and with the “be brave, be bold, be fearless, be fabulous” tagline that Trisha Trixie rocks around here, we’re here to share some thoughts on how these positive and individualizing characteristics can be applied at home.

As we shared in our recent Beautiful Living article, living in Des Moines is a treat.  One great aspect of living here in Iowa is the wonderfully low cost of living.  In many cases, extra income allows people to more often consider new home construction in Des Moines.  With new construction, there are so many unique things one can implement into the home of their dreams.  Whether it’s Trisha Trixie’s vintage kitchen ideas, an entertainment mecca for all your friends, or something in between, it’s always fun hearing people’s new home building ideas.

With that in mind, here are a few bold and fabulous features from a variety of new homes we’ve built recently.  Paint colors, flooring, and custom features can all make a house your home, so we hope they inspire some fun ideas for you!

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Like what you see?  Well, you’re in luck.  Drake Homes have plenty more where that came from!  Connect with them on Houzz, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more bold and fabulous home design inspiration.  Cheers!

Kitchens by Drake Homes

Living Rooms by Drake Homes

Basements by Drake Homes




Ben McDougal is the Marketing Director at Drake Homes.

As one of the finest home builders in Des Moines, Drake Homes provides new home construction and a variety of beautiful floor plans for families all around Des Moines.  Please visit for additional details and check out the Drake Homes Portfolio for more great home design ideas!

Sunday Recipe: Bisquick Box Waffles

Sometimes it is just easier to follow the box recipe and add your own flare at the end.

Here is me follow the Bisquick Heart Smart box recipe and adding my own touches.


I use my Pampered Chef MeasureAll aka (the Plooper because when you use it the sound it makes goes ploop)


I like to use Olive Oil


Adding oil


Adding Organic Valley milk
But I use 1/3 c water as well and milk and an egg


For this I use a basic fork to stir it up. This doesn’t hurt my arthritis because its a thin mixture


I like to use the bowl that  has the pour spout when making waffles. This bowl has measure lines but I don’t use those as I forget what is in the bowl when I do.

Mix it up scrape the sides and pour into waffle area being careful to fill the trays but not over pour


Great waffles. Moist because of the olive oil. If you want crunchy use regular oil.


Add strawberries and blueberries for the “yum effect”

And there u go. Yummy waffles.

Until next time,

Fabulous Friday: Be Fabulous E-Course and the Fun &Fabulous Fashion Show Launch Day

Woo hoo! Sound the horns and toot the bells! Today is such a FABULOUS remarkable day!

Today not ONLY do my tickets for my Fun and Fabulous Fashion Show go LIVE on TIKLY today but today ALSO is the launch of my new Beta version of my Be Fabulous E-Course Campaign!


If you would like to get in while the door is still open I have TWO spots left and then NO MORE! (Ok if you ask real nice I might let you in) Currently I will be giving links to the worksheets, videos etc all through the FB Group for now. If I figure something else out or if you have an idea, please oh please let me know, wouldn’t you?

To get in the FABULOUS tickets for my fashion show you can buy there here…


If you are unable to attend but would like to help donate please send donations, Subject Fashion Show, to my


I am still open to sponsors, gift bags/baskets, in kind donations, barters, trades and advertising cross promotions (I promote you or your biz, you promote my Fashion show and my biz), and anything else you are willing to give up to help make this a great show and allow me the ability to help donate funds to the Junior League of Des Moines.

I am super uber thankful to the supporters and advertisers i do have and those offering donations and trades.

As well I am every grateful to those who support me, help me and stand behind me in this dream, goal, and quest.

I know my goal is not an easy one for those to be of support for but I am so very thankful for thsoe who have, do and will continue be my cheerleaders, rocks and support!

Until next time,

I hope YOU have a Fabulous Friday!