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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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.

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 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!

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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!

Wednesday What not: The vintage mother

So with the wold of Mad Men blowing across our nation, what man doesn’t want his own Betty?

I’d love to be able to stay home and participate in the activities of the 1950s, but what did a stay at home mother really do?

Top Ten in the life of a 1950s mother

10. Taking care of the home.

9. Grocery Shopping

8. Crafting

7. Sewing

6. Baking

5. Socializing with friends

4. Volunteering through social clubs

3.  Taking care of children

2 Making sure the house stayed together.

1.  Staying beautiful for her husband!

What do you do that reminds you of the vintage mother?  Funny thing at my house we have a dishwasher, however I’d rather wash the dishes by hand.  Something about it just calms my nerves.

Also, I love to put on a little apron and imagine myself back in time.  Didn’t things seem so much simpler?

Perhaps, your mother deserves to feel like a goddess in her home while crafting, baking, sewing or whatever her heart desires.  Don’t forget that trishatrixie designs has a huge selection of aprons and apron accessories.

Red White and Blue How Cute R U

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Green and Gorgeous Half Apron

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Try it Tuesday: Charm Bracelet for Mom or yourself!

Charm Bracelet

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This is a relatively simple task.  The hardest part is picking out the perfect beads, charms and accessories to complete you beautiful project.

Attire Suggestions

The floral rosy cuteness half-apron is great for fun tasks.  Pair it with a sporty shoe and #1 mom earrings to really get your inspirational juices going.  All of these items were made by Trisha Trixie Designs.

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Supplies

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1. Half circle bracelet where the end bead unscrews

2. Glass beads, silver beads and charms of your choice.  As many or as few as you desire is fine.

Directions

1.  Unscrew the end off the bracelet.

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2.  Set your beads up in the order you would like to place them on.

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3.  Screw the end back on and you have a beautiful charm bracelet.

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The bracelet cost me around $25 to make.  This may seem pricey, but it is no where near as expensive as the charm bracelets purchased at your local retailer.  If you search around, you can usually find deals on these bracelets.  Beads, charms and etc easily come off the bracelet making the charms changeable.  This would make a great, personal Mother’s Day Gift.