2014 Ties Conference

Posted by Trish Morris | Posted on 8:43 AM


Once again, we are lucky enough to be able to attend the Annual Minnesota Ties Conference!   This is a premier educational technology conference held annually in Minneapolis Minnesota.   For more information go to TIES Conference site.

Below is the schedule. As you can see there is a lot going on! Very difficult to choose which sessions to attend, they are all so incredibly useful! The conference starts December 26th, so please click on the arrow to advance today's date.

The 52 Week Money Challenge - I'm in!!!

Posted by Trish Morris | Posted on 10:45 AM


I very seldom get in at the ground floor of anything.  New products, competitions - you name it, I seem to miss the launch of the boat and have to swim my way out to the middle of the bay to climb aboard.

Not so this year.  This year is different. I am going to start at the beginning and NOT have to play catchup.  What am I doing?

I am going to do the 52 Week Money Challenge - or in my case, the Twice a Month Money Challenge.    

It is a simple idea.  One, I am sure,  that has been around for quite a while.   But something I've not consciously thought about trying.   So, I am getting in on the ground floor.  The first week of January!  How 'bout them apples??!!!   



I have my jar.    But I am seriously thinking about asking one of my friends who does amazing vinyl signs to make me one of these.    Is this just awesome?!!   It made me smile, and maybe - just maybe, it will have me looking forward to putting in my moolah every other week.  

So, I got to thinking.  If I am doing this, why not see if my husband would like to have his own challenge?  I would get him his own jar!  :-)

He could put his deposit in weekly.

 At the end of the year, we would have $2,760 for a variety of things.  Pay off those credit cards from Christmas, buy something we have been wanting, or could just go ahead and get a bigger jar and continue on into the next year!! 

Hmmm....  could that be possible?

What??? Another Vendor Show!!! YES!

Posted by Trish Morris | Posted on 6:07 PM


Yeppers!  The last show was a great success, and this one promises to be even better!  We have MORE vendors, a wide variety of products, a great fundraiser for the BCBC Youth Sports Scholarships!!!  

October 26th from 9 am - 4 pm!  Parker Community Center in Belmond Iowa!

Vendors - here is the contract! Please download, fill out and return to the address indicated in the top paragraph! If you have any questions, please let me know!

BCBC October 26th Vendor Show Forms by Trish Morris

Busy Bee Keeper and End of School Year!

Posted by Trish Morris | Posted on 8:44 PM


Wow.. super busy!   This time of year is typically my busy time working at the school.  As Technology Director, this time of year I am upgrading, cleaning out, and updating computers, our SIS and a lot of other tech related items to get them ready for the new school year!

So, since I was so busy, and obviously have a lot of time on my hands I decided to join my husband in another business venture.  What is it say you?  


Yes, Wildtree.

What is Wildtree you ask?

Check it out. NO GMO's, Certified Organic, Gluten Free items, recipes galore, and Freezer Meal Workshops!  Not only do you get to buy great, good for you, products, we also teach you how to create fabulous meals your whole family will love!! 

Orange Chicken & Lo Mein

Go to our other blog, Once Upon a Wildtree, to find out more.  I promise you, it will be awesome... 

Also - to see all the products go to our official Wildtree site.   

I am also still doing Tupperware parties and vendor shows.. (my first love), and really - I need containers to put all of this yumminess in don't I?  

I am working on combining the two.. Tupperware has some nice cookware, and microwave cookware.. 

Truly a WIN/WIN!!!


Tupperware Stack Cooker $65 During Birthday MONTH!!!

Posted by Trish Morris | Posted on 7:07 AM


The Tupperware Stack Cooker is ON SALE for ONLY $65 for the FULL set!

The stack cooker is much more than a 'cake maker'.   Although the recipes below are very tempting 'eh?

I have come home from work and had forgotten to take meat out of the freezer, or just plain didn't plan what we would be having for dinner (or supper, depending on your part of the country).    My Tupperware Stack Cooker has saved my behind many times!   

Below there are over 30 Recipes to bake a cake in your Microwave with the Stack Cooker.   I will be adding, in another post, more recipes for lunch & dinner to try.   And to think, within 30 minutes or less, you can have a full meal on the table!

Want to have a dessert in 15 minutes or less? Don't want to heat up your kitchen during the 100 + degree temps we have been having lately?

Check out the recipes below!

My favorite?

Why, it is Death by Chocolate!  And Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Reeses Cake, Snicker's Cake... well, you get the idea.

And, the Stack Cooker doesn't JUST make cake!


Blueberry French Toast Cassarole
8 slices of white bread
3 large eggs
1½ cups whole milk
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tbsp. Simple Indulgence™ Cinnamon-Vanilla Seasoning Blend
pinch of kosher salt
½ cup of blueberries
Cooking Instructions
Slice bread diagonally into large triangles. Set aside.
Crack eggs into the TupperWave® Stack Cooker 3-Qt./3 L Casserole.
Add milk, syrup, Cinnamon-Vanilla Seasoning Blend, and salt.
Whisk together until combined.
Fold in the blueberries.
Add the slices of bread and press the bread down into the liquid with your fingers. Make sure all of the bread
has been submerged in the custard before proceeding.
Place cover over Casserole and microwave at 50 percent power for 12 minutes, or until the casserole has risen. Let rest for five minutes.
Serve with additional maple syrup and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Death By Chocolate I
1 Chocolate Cake Mix
2-12 oz containers of Cool Whip
2 large Instant Chocolate Puddings
4 Heath Bars

Mix cake in the Mix n stor pitcher plus using directions on package. Pour into the 3 qt Tupperware casserole with
the cone in. Microwave cake for 10 minutes on high, turn after 5 min.(oven wattage varies so experiment with time)
Let cake cool 10 min before turning out. Mix pudding in the mix n stor pitcher plus, using directions on package.
Layer in Thatsa Bowl: ½ of cake crumbled, 1 box of pudding, 1 container of Cool Whip, 2 Heath Bars, chopped.
Repeat layers. Seal Bowl and refrigerate. Use ice cream scoop to scoop out of Thatsa Bowl to serve. Great with Ice Cream

Death By Chocolate II
1 Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
1 Cup Milk
2 Eggs
1 Bag Chocolate Chips

Mix all ingredients together except the chips in the Mix 'N Store. Place the chocolate chips in the bottom of the 3 quart TUPPERWAVE casserole dish with the cone. Pour the cake mixture on top of the chips, microwave on high for 13 minutes. Rotate one time if not using a carousel.

Pineapple Angel Delight

1 Angel Food Cake Mix (one-step)
1 Medium Can Crushed Pineapple

Combine cake mix (dry) and crushed pineapple. Pour into TUPPERWAVE 3 Qt. with cone. Cook on high for 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Invert onto serving dish and let cool before serving.

So Simple Chocolate Cake
1 Chocolate Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1 can cherry pie filling

Mix ingredients in Mix-N-Store plus pitcher then pour into 3qt. Tupperwave dish with cone in place. Let stand for 0 minutes. Microwave 12 minutes on high, turning 1/4 turn every 4 minutes.

1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup sour cream
Melt chocolate chips in 3/4qt. Tupperwave cover, then stir in sour cream. Drizzle over cake.

Easy Cake
1 Pkg. Cake Mix - Any Flavor
1 Can Pie Filling - Any Flavor
3 Eggs

Mix dry cake mix, pie filling and 3 eggs. Pour into 3 Qt. TUPPERWAVE with cone. Microwave on 80% power for 18 minutes. Cool and invert onto cake taker/dish.

German Chocolate Cake

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix (made as directed)
1 Can Coconut Pecan Icing

Spread icing in the bottom, sides and up the cone of the 3 Qt. TUPPERWAVE casserole. Pour prepared cake mix from the Mix 'N Store on top of the icing. Microwave on high for 11 minutes. Let stand a few minutes and invert onto cake taker.

Easy Layer Cake
Cake Mix of Choice
Frosting of Choice

Mix cake mix according to package directions. Pour half of the batter into the 3 Qt. TUPPERWAVE Casserole and the other half in the 1-3/4 Qt. TUPPERWAVE Casserole. Microwave one at a time 4-5 minutes on high power.

Layers are ready to frost...can use Gourmet Decorator with the cakes inverted onto the cake taker using the Eggceptional Server as a pedestal base.

Turtle Cake
1 Pkg. Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Cup Water
3 Whole Eggs
1 Cup Chopped Pecans
1 Jar Caramel Ice Cream Topping

Place pecans around the cone in the TUPPERWAVE 3 Qt. casserole. Mix together the cake mix, sour cream, water and eggs. Pour cake mixture on top of pecans. Then top the cake mixture with 2/3 cup of caramel topping. Do not let the caramel touch the sides. Microwave on medium for 9 minutes.
Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
½ Cup Butter
½ Cup Brown Sugar
1 Large Can Crushed or Sliced Pineapple
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
2 Eggs

Melt butter in 3 Qt. TUPPERWAVE Casserole. Put in cone and spread brown sugar around the cone. Drain pineapple and save the juice. Place the pineapple in casserole around cone. Mix together cake mix, pineapple juice and eggs. Pour over brown sugar/pineapple mixture. Microwave for 9 minutes on high. Cool and invert.

Easy Dessert Recipe (in the 1 3/4 qt. casserole)
Place in casserole in the following order:
1 16 oz. can crushed pineapple
1 ½ C. mini marshmallows
½ box yellow cake mix
¼ C. margarine or butter melted
½ C. shredded coconut
½ C. pecans

Microwave on high for about 12 min. Serve warm or cool; plain or with whipped topping.

Reese's Cake
1 box choc cake mix
16 oz sour cream
3 eggs

Mix all together, very sticky but it works. Take mini-reeses peanut butter cups and cut into ½'s. Put ½ batter in 3 qt w/cone. Put as many Reese 1/2 's as you can around cone but don't touch the cone or the sides. Put rest of cake mix. Let set 5 minutes. Microwave on high for 12 minutes. Let set a bit before you invert it. ENJOY!!

Snicker Cake
28 caramels
1(15oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 Table. Butter
1 (18oz) pkg chocolate cake mix
1 c. water
3 eggs
1 c. pecans, finely chopped

Combine caramels, milk, and 1 table. Butter in 1 3/4 casserole. Microwave for 4 minutes at 100% power, stirring once. Combine in the MIX N STORE the cake mix, water, eggs, and remaining 1 Table butter. Beat well. With cone in place spread half the batter in the 3 qt. Casserole. Top with caramel mixture and sprinkle with pecans. Spread remaining batter then microwave 8-10 minutes at 100% power. Rotate half way through. Cool 10-12 min.  Turn out onto the CAKE TAKER.

Strawberry Delight Cake
1 Box strawberry cake mix
3 eggs slightly beaten
1 can strawberry pie filling

Mix together just until cake mix is all moistened evenly. Pour batter into pan and let set 5 minutes. Place in microwave on high for 12 minutes (works best on a turntable, or turn ¼ turn every 3 minutes). Remove from pan after cooling for 5 minutes. (Try this with Cherry cake mix and cherry pie filling…pineapple cake mix and pineapple pie filling…spice cake mix and apple pie filling…banana cake mix and 2 cups mashed rip bananas (add nuts if desired.)

Monkey Bread
3 Cans 10-count Biscuits
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Stick Margarine
½ - 1 Cup Chopped Nuts (optional)

Cut biscuits into quarters & place in Thatsa Bowl. Mix 1 cup sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Pour over biscuits. Seal bowl and shake until well coated. Place cone in 3 qt. TUPPERWAVE casserole and place biscuits around cone. Melt margarine and ½ cup brown sugar. Mix well and pour over biscuits. Cover and microwave on high 7-10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Invert on tray & serve, pulling apart in sections.

Pumpkin Bread Cake
1 - 16 oz can solid pack pumpkin
1 small can evaporated milk (5 oz)
3 eggs ¼ tsp ground cloves
½ cup sugar
½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ to 1 cup chopped nuts

LIGHTLY HAND MIX ONLY JUST UNTIL MOIST! (DO NOT USE MIXER OR BEAT BY HAND) Spoon evenly in 3 qt Tupperwave with cone insert. Be sure all air bubbles are popped. Microwave on high for 14 minutes (rotate ¼ turn every 3 ½ minutes) Bread is done when sides pull away from pan and top is mostly dry. Twist cone to loosen before inverting onto servicing dish. Remove from pan in 5 minutes.

Graham Streusel Coffee Cake
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pkg(9oz) (1 layer size like Jiffy) yellow cake mix prepared according to box directions
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped nuts(optional)

1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp. milk

Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar, nuts and cinnamon in small round 2 ½ cup Rock ‘N Serve; heat on medium for 1-2 minutes in microwave. Stir to blend. Spread half of this topping mixture on bottom of 3 qt. Tupperwave casserole with cone. Prepare cake mix according to directions. Pour half of cake batter on top of topping mixture. Pour remaining topping mixture on top of cake batter. Pour remaining cake batter on top of topping mixture.

Cook on medium (50%) for 6 minutes. Cook on high for an additional 3-5 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and invert on serving platter. Combine powdered sugar and milk to make glaze and drizzle over coffee cake. Enjoy!

Cherry Chocolate Cake *
Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Can cherry pie filling
3 eggs

Top with fudge frosting, whipped topping, grated chocolate, or more cherry pie filling.

Luscious Lemon *
Lemon or White Cake mix
1 can Lemon pie filling
3 eggs

Top with a lemon glaze and whipped topping

Pumpkin Carmel *
Spice Cake mix
1 can solid pumpkin
3 eggs
½ tsp. Cinnamon, optional

Drizzle with carmel ice cream topping and top with whipped topping! A sprinkle of
cinnamon sugar is nice too.

Raging Red Rasberry *
White or chocolate cake mix
1 can raspberry pie filling
3 eggs

topped with whipped topping and grated chocolate (white or reg.) and nuts

Apple Cinnamon Spice *
Spice Cake Mix
1 can apple pie filling
3 eggs

drizzle with carmel. Top with ice cream or whipped topping.

Banana Banana *
Banana Cake Mix
3 eggs
1 Can banana cream pie filling or
14oz. mashed bananas

Glaze with powdered sugar glaze and chopped walnuts

Carmel Apple *
Carmel or butter peacan cake mix
1 can apple pie filling
3 eggs

top with cinnamon ice cream

Fantastic, Quick Chocolate Cake * -
(4 ingredients)
Chocolate cake mix
16 oz sour cream
3 eggs

½ cup chocolate chips Sprinkle with powdered sugar
(For a really fancy final touch, fill center with strawberries!)

*With the above recipes - follow these instructions.
Mix eggs and pie filling in Tupperware bowl. Add cake mix and blend well. Pour batter into 3 qt. Tupperwave with cone and microwave on high for 8-13 minutes (depending on the watts in your mw - if you have a higher wattage you will cook it for less time, ie: 1000 or more watts = 8 minutes cooking time). Let cake cool and invert onto a plate or tray or cake taker, and top with icing or whatever recipe calls for.

Cherry or Blueberry Upside Down Cake
1 Box White Cake Mix
1 Cup Water
3 Tbsp. Margarine
1 Can Cherry or Blueberry Pie Filling
3 Eggs
¼ Cup Oil
1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar

Melt margarine at 30% power for approximately 2 minutes in bottom of 3QT. TupperWave casserole dish with cone inserted. Mix brown sugar into melted margarine. Spread ½ can of pie filling over brown sugar mixture. Combine cake mix, eggs, water and oil. Pour ½ of the batter over the pie filling mixture. Bake 7 minutes on 100% power. Rotate twice if there is no turntable. Spread the other ½ of the pie filling over the baked cake. Pour remainder of the batter over the pie filling. Cook an additional 7 minutes at 100% power, rotating as necessary. Let stand about 4 minutes and check for doneness. If necessary, place cake back in microwave for 30 seconds intervals until done. Cool cake 5 minutes before inverting on cake

Microwave Chocolate Turtle Cheese Cake - Yields 12 Servings
4 Tbsp Margarine
1 tsp Vanilla
16 oz Cream cheese
14 oz Caramel candies (36 Brachs)
2 Tbsp Milk ½ cup Evaporated milk
½ cup Sugar 12 Pecan halves
1 c Pecan pieces
1 ¼ c Graham cracker crumbs
2 Eggs
1 cup Chocolate chips, divided

Put margarine in the 3 qt. casserole dish. Microwave on HIGH 40 seconds, until melted. Stir in crumbs and pat on bottom of pan. Put caramels in the 1 ½ qt. casserole with evaporated milk. Microwave on HIGH 2-3 minutes, until melted. Pour on crust and press pecan pieces into it. Refrigerate and clean your 1 ½ qt casserole out for use again.

Put cream cheese in the 1 ½ casserole dish with ½ cup chocolate chips. Microwave on 50%(Medium) for 3-3 1/2 minutes, until cheese is softened and chips are melted. Add sugar and vanilla; blend till thoroughly combined. Add egg and blend. Pour on top of caramel layer in cake pan. Rotating twice during baking, microwave on 70% (MDMHIGH) 10-11 minutes, until center still juggles slightly. Cool and refrigerate. Clean 1 ½ qt. casserole again.

Combine remaining chips and 2 tablespoons milk in the 1 ½ qt. casserole. Microwave on HIGH 1-2 minutes, until chips are melted. Stir until smooth and spread on top of cheesecake. Top with pecan halves. NOTE: Assembled cheesecake can be baked in a 350F pre-heated conventional oven for 40 minutes.

Apple Fudge Brownies
½ cup butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
¼ tsp baking soda
2 squares (1 oz each) unsweetened chocolate
½ cup applesauce
½ tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped apple (small apple should do)

Set power select on High. In 3 qt Tupperwave casserole, heat butter and chocolate 1 - 2 minutes or until melted. Stir in sugar, applesauce, eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour, baking powder and soda; stir in apple. Set power select at medium. Heat 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes, cool uncovered, 10 minutes. Store, covered, until ready to serve. Yield: 16 brownies.

Microwave Lemon Chiffon Pie Recipe - Yields 8 Servings
1 Envelope unflavored gelatin
½ tsp Salt
1 - 6 oz Can frozen lemonade concentrate, undiluted
½ c Sugar
1 - 16 oz Can sliced peaches, undrained
1 cup Icy cold evaporated milk, -whipped
1 - 10" graham cracker crust

In a 1 ½ -quart Tupperwave casserole dish, mix gelatin, sugar and salt. Drain liquid from peaches into a glass measuring cup and add enough water to peach liquid to make ¾ cup. Add liquid mixture to gelatin mixture.

Heat gelatin mixture in microwave 3 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved. Stir every 45 seconds. Add undiluted lemonade concentrate to hot gelatin mixture. Chill in refrigerator until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon.

While lemonade mixture is chilling, whip chilled evaporated milk until stiff peaks from. Fold whipped evaporated milk into chilled gelatin mixture. Poor all into the crust and chill until ready to serve. Top with sliced peaches if desired.

Microwave Coffee Cake
1 ½ c. Bisquick
½ c. milk
2 Tbsp. cooking oil
¼ c. sugar
¼ c. chopped nuts
1 egg

1/3 c. Bisquick
2 Tbsp. butter
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

In TW bowl, mix Bisquick and sugar. Add milk, egg and oil; beat by hand mixing well. In separate TW bowl, blend Bisquick, sugar, cinnamon and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over coffee cake before you cook. Grease 3 qt casserole and cone. Cook on High for 5 to 7 minutes. Rotate every 1 minute and 35 seconds.

Frosting: Blend 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk in Quick Shake; drizzle over coffee cake while still

2 cups flour
1/2 cup margarine
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup orange juice
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 eggs

Combine flour, sugar and margarine until mixture is like cornmeal. Combine 1 cup of crumb mixture with cinnamon; reserve for topping. Add baking powder to remaining mixture; blend well. Beat eggs with orange juice. Mix lightly into crumb mixture. Pour into lightly greased 1 ¾ Tupperwave casserole with cone. Sprinkle top with cinnamon crumbs. Bake in microwave, full power, for 4 minutes. Turn half way around. Bake another 4 minutes. Serve warm or cool.

Stack Cooker Strawberry Mousse
1 pint fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
2 Tbsp. milk
1 container (12 oz) extra-creamy-style frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 or 2 drops red food coloring, optional
Mint sprigs for garnish, optional
1 pkg. (6 oz.) white chocolate baking pieces

Reserve some small berries for garnish. Coarsely chop remaining berries and set aside. In a TupperWave 3-Qt. Casserole, place baking pieces and milk. Microwave on Medium-High (70% power) 1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes until beginning to melt. Using an E-Series Whisk, stir well to combine. Let cool slightly then add chopped strawberries and mix well. If desired, reserve about ½ cup whipped topping to use as garnish. Using a Double-Sided Spatula, fold remaining topping, and if desired, food coloring into strawberry mixture. Divide mixture evenly into Impressions Dessert Cups. Chill until ready to serve. To serve, if desired, garnish each with about 1 Tbsp. of the reserved whipped topping, a reserved berry and a mint sprig. Makes 4 servings. http://my2.tupperware.com/tup-html/T/trishmorris-welcome.html

BCBC Home & Small Business Flier

Posted by Trish Morris | Posted on 7:54 PM


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No POP for you!

Posted by Trish Morris | Posted on 7:55 PM


I quit smoking a little over a year ago.

Best decision I have ever made.. feel so much better, plus a little richer, although I am not overly positive about that.

What does that have to do in relationship to the title of this post? It is very much related in a linear way.

You see, when I quit, I did gain weight - which I expected. I was more concerned with beating that one habit and then once I was comfy with that, attend to my other issues - one most importantly is my weight. I decided to cut down, and then stop drinking soda pop. This was not as difficult as not smoking, but wasn't easy either. Pop, I believe, contributed to my weight gain - which in all honestly I truly didn't need to have happen since I was already overweight. Since I still needed to drink something.. I traded one bad habit (pop) for a good habit (water flavored with lemons, limes, or oranges) I wanted to start drinking more water.

Not as easy as some may think.

But I did find a way that water drinking became easy and more convenient to take with me where ever I went. I started with one of the small 16 oz. Tupperware Eco Water bottle. What I liked about the bottle, is the lid screws on. I didn't have to worry about leaks, or wonder how many ounces of water I drank during the day.. I just knew that I needed/wanted to drink 4 - 6 bottles a day.

Then Tupperware came out with the big 32 ounce Eco Water Bottle with a flip top lid. At first I was intimidated. It is large, huge, doesn't fit into a standard vehicle cup holder, but it did in mine... so, I took it for a test run.

Drink two of these bad boys a day and I have met my goal. Easy Peasy!

So, I combo the smalls and the bigs - I don't remember the last time I had a pop. Cutting down on the caffeine too.

Now, it can be just as easy for you all as it is for me! Check this out! Tupperware has a ONE WEEK special on the Eco Water Bottles! 50% OFF!!! And just in time for spring, summer, picnics, travel season. You name it, these will be so convenient for you! And at 1/2 price a GREAT DEAL!!!

Let me know before March 22nd if you would like to order a set or two! I know I am.. will be great Easter gifts for the grandkids!!!