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Saturday:) Sometimes You Have to Follow Your Heart

21 Oct

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” 

― Jalaluddin Rumi

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 I have to use my navigation app pretty much anytime I go anywhere more than five miles from home. Did I mention I’m directionally impaired? Yep. So, when Siri guided me through traffic on 380, coerced me through the Denton bypass, and onto I35 north, I relaxed when she said, “Continue on I35 for 212 miles. 

As I got comfortable behind the wheel, turned Siri off, cranked up my CD of Joe’s wedding songs, and cruised along in the slower right lane, I got behind a truck going around 70 mikes an hour (slow for Oklahoma). When I got closer, I smiled and said, “Ah, now I can follow my heart.”


I cruised north following a Hobby Lobby truck. It made me smile, but also reminded me that when I get back home that I need to work on painting my Christmas ornaments. My craft room upstairs would rival a Hobby Lobby warehouse. Thanks Hobby Lobby truck driver for leading the way.

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

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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

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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

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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 betweenthelines.blogspot.com 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

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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

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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.

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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!