Archive | October, 2017

Friday:) Fun Facebook Fotos

21 Oct

” I like to look at my Facebook memories each morning. It reminds me how much fun I had all those years.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I was tickled pink when I opened my Facebook page today. 

Seven years ago today, former Mayor Brian Loughmiller, Probie the Dalmatian, and the “TOTS.” Me, Lynne, Sherry and Karen. McKinney and firefighters supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. 

Eight yeas ago, my dear friend Miss Della, doing a wonderful painting demo for the seniors Towne Creek.

A fun Halloween baking idea.

A few of my handpainted Christmas ornaments over the years.

The years may go by quickly, but the memories don’t fade if you have photos to remind you. Having fun? Snap a photo.

“Oh snap!”  

Throw Back Thursday:) Nostalgia

20 Oct

“The more I think about the past, the more I realize how quickly it passed me by.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I love being domestic. I love to bake, and cook, and clean. OK! I lied about the cleaning. Nobody likes to clean. When I took out my old harvest gold General Electric mixer, I paused a minute. My mother gave me that mixer in 1975. The bowl that I was pouring the lemon cake mix into was the original brown Pyrex set from the same era. Sitting on the counter was the smallest of the nesting Pyrex casseroles, white with corn flower blue. Oh, and that’s the original measuring cup.  All these items are over forty years old. All wedding gifts and still in perfect working order and condition. They get used all the time. 

I had to laugh. The mixer lasted longer than the marriage. I can laugh about it now! If something is made well and taken care of, it will last a lifetime. See the correlation?

Just because something is old and not so pretty anymore, it shouldn’t be thrown away or replaced. It has been dependable all these years. It should be cherished. I look at my old things and I smile. I’m not throwing these things away, and I hope they out live me, and someone else can cherish them when I’m gone.

Now, back to my baking…

Wednesday:) What Would I Do If I Knew How to Sew?

19 Oct

Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.

~ Jewel

I never learned how to sew, thread a needle, or mend. Forgiveness isn’t always in my sewing basket either.
~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I always envied people who knew how to sew. My mother was and still is an excellent seamstress and creative sewer. Both my older sisters could look at a dress or blouse or anything made of fabric, and just whip it up on an old Singer sewing machine in no time. Personally, I can spend 45 minutes trying to figure out, with manual in hand, how to thread the needle. And don’t even get me started with the bobbin thingy down below that secret trap door metal plate. What’s that all about?

Anyway, I saw this cool picture of a fabric flower made with old denim. If you know how to  sew, I bet you can make this. Give it a try. And if you do, can you send me one please? 

I probably could get as far as cut and tear, but they lost me at sew along fold and stitch.

I wonder if I could use a glue gun? 

Thank you to for the inspiration.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tasty Tip of theDay

18 Oct

Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed… I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself.

~Delia Smith************

Sunday after church, I stopped at Sprouts and picked up some vegetables. What kind you ask? Whatever is on sale. I only get sale items. Somehow, when vegetables and fruit are on sale, they just taste better. Oh wait, I did buy two lemons that were regular price, but they were 2 for $1. That’s not too bad.
So, here’s my tip. I throw all afore mentioned vegetables I a big roasting pan, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and tons of garlic powder.(You can never have too much garlic, and fresh wasn’t on sale, so I used powder.) I douse the top with olive oil and bake it in a 400 degree oven till the cows come home. I don’t follow recipies either. Till starting to brown. Then I sprinkle with some grated Parmesan cheese, and bake a little more.

Carrots, onion, zucchini, celery, and my very favorite…eggplant. Oh, celery…throw the leaves in too.

This was so yummy, I got a belly ache from eating so much. Enough for several days.

If you are so inclined, you could boil up some pasta of your choice, and make a fantastic vegetable pasta dish with this.

Montage Monday:) A Week In Peek

17 Oct

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ― Ansel Adams


I am content with silence…

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

16 Oct

“The ornaments of your home are the people who smile upon entering time and time again.” ― Maralee McKee


A cool drizzly morning, but the rain held off, and the sun tried to sneak out behind the clouds hovering over the new church structure.

Today’s Gospel was the parable of the King inviting guests to the wedding feast for his son.

My take on it…when we are given the honor to be chosen guests, as into the kingdom of heaven, we need to be appreciative and honor the host. We are all invited to the feast, if we ignore the invitation, refuse to attend or show disrespect, there will be consequences. There are many others who are happy to be invited and enjoy the feast.


After Mass, a quick stop at Sprouts to get some fruit and vegetables. I got several eggplant. I love eggplant. Here’s how I fixed it for dinner.

The trick is breading properly. I learned a few years back that I was doing it wrong. The same goes for chicken, chops, whatever. First dredge in flour, second into egg wash, last into bread crumbs mixed with a little Parmesan cheese. I was doing the egg wash first all those years..NO…the flour is first and helps the egg wash stick. Clever.

Then, I sprayed parchment paper a little and baked at 375  (I used to pan fry in butter-yummy but not so healthy) Time? Until  I was done talking on the phone with my son. I don’t follow recipies or baking times. 

Very tasty. I think I’ll have a couple more when I’m done posting here. 

Happy Sunday!

Saturday:) Sometimes You Wake Up Like…

15 Oct

Every day, I like to wake up and remind myself to be grateful of the simple things.

~ Miranda Kerr


Every morning, I wake up with a smile on my face, just happy to be alive. My blessings are many. My mind and spirit are very young at heart. 

This is how I feel when I wake up every morning… Life is a beautiful fairy tale.

Then, this is how I actually feel when my feet hit the floor… Reality sets in and the old bones and aches and pains speak out. A young spirit imprisoned in an old body. 

Old age isn’t fun, but it beats the alternative. 

Enjoy each day while you can. 

Friday:) From Sunrise to Sunset

14 Oct

“A sunset will color your dreams.And a sunrise will color your smile.

It’s all God asks.” 

― Anthony T. Hincks


(A picture’s worth a thousand words. Two pictures tell an entire story.)

To color my smile.

To color my dreams.

Happy Friday…

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

13 Oct

Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony.
~ (Guillaume Apollinaire)


This morning, the Art Club of McKinney met at the Heard Craig Carriage House. We were greeted at the door by the lovely gardens and manicured landscape.

The club meets the third Thursday of each month, August through May. The Art Club of McKinney is the oldest art club in the great state of Texas.

After our initial meeting and minutes, we take a short break for a yummy brunch provided by volunteer members.

After the break, voting on artist of the month, and raffle drawing, a fabulous guest speaker and artists shares an informative demonstration. Today’s guest was the multi-talented award winning, Michael Holter. His demo was an impressionistic oil painting that he guided step by step techniques.

Another great monthly meeting. Friends, artists, learning and sharing.

Wednesday:) Waiting and Wandering and Wasting Time

12 Oct

Nobody likes wasting time, but time isn’t wasted if you are learning, observing, and enjoying the journey.

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Another wonderful day of waiting at the Social Security Office. I arrived right when they opened at 9am, along with another fifty or more unsuspecting suspects. By the time I got to the kiosk to get my number, there were no more chairs available. So, I found a wall to lean on and I stood, and I stood, and I stood.

During my 2 1/2 hours of standing, shifting, and various yoga positions, I observed and chatted with other wall leaners. Actually, we whispered, because the overzealous security guard kept shushing us and barking orders.

The good news is, it was only a 2 1/2 hour wait and after 3 1/2 hours last week, I’m finally signed up for Medicare. YAY!!!! I’m officially OLD.

Off to celebrate with lunch at the Pantry and visiting friends on the Square. Check this out…

Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes smothered in country gravy, and fried okra. I was in a cholesterol coma of joy. A doggie bag was required.

I stopped at a few shops and visited with some friends.

Sweet Spot Bakery. Miss Kathy knows and prepares Mr. Guy’s order before he even gets up to the counter.

The gals at The Last Gallery.

I love passing by the old-time barber shop, complete with barber pole out front.

It was a good day of wasting time and wandering around the Square.