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Toni’s Extrovert Diaries:) T.E.D. Talk/ Bake Tips~ Day 12: A Dozen Days

5 Apr

“Believe me, it doesn’t always get better with time. Sometimes it just gets longer and more depressing. Wine helps!”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I didn’t get moving until way in the afternoon. Nowhere to go, nothing I needed to do. A few phone calls were made to friends and family, and I did make a plan to FaceTime Messenger with some friends at 5 pm, so I had something to look forward to. We chatted and laughed and told funny stories. Oh, and some of us had an adult beverage on hand to toast our friendship and shelter in place incarceration. (Note to self- two glasses of wine is way too much, or not enough.)

I wanted to share my tips for making yummy brownies and keeping them moist for days. But, also I wanted to share how I repurpose all those empty brownie and cake mix boxes for craft projects. You’re welcome. (Crafters/artists don’t throw anything away.)

If you watch the video, yes, I had a couple of glasses of wine to encourage my creativity. 🤦‍♀️

Happy Saturday, my friends. ❤️👩🏻‍🎨🍷

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

11 Oct

“I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.”

~Maya Angelou


Many of you already know that I’m better known as the Brownie Queen of McKinney. People always ask me for my secret recipe, and I always swear them to secrecy. (Not really) When someone asks me if I make them from scratch, I say, “Of course. I scratch open the box of brownie mix.” When they ask what kind, I always say, “It has to be on sale. When you bake as much as I do, brownie mix better be on sale. I always buy at least ten boxes at a time.”

I never thought there was a big difference in mixes, but I recently made a huge discovery. There is a difference. I have a preference.

On Sunday, I made two batches of brownies for the church picnic using the Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate mix on the right. SORRY BETTY! Your mix is not as dark and rich. The result is more cake-like and less chewy. And, I oughta know. I am an expert. It was just OK.

So, on Monday, the next day, when I needed to make another two batches of brownies, some for the senior center potluck and some for Creative Community and some for the firemen, I decided to use one box of Betty Crocker and one of Duncan Hines. As I poured them into the large bowl, I could see the difference in color. Duncan won out. That is my usual brand anyway. Duncan Hines gets a thumbs up, Betty Crocker, sorry, thumbs down.

So, my secret is, if you’re stuck with several boxes of mediocre mixes, just combine it with a really yummy mix. Yes, you have to use two boxes and make twice as much, but that just gives you more to share with neighbors, friends, and cute firemen.

Also remember to make a funny face before you mix. Oh, and add mini marshmallows in the batter and top with chocolate chips. Yum!

Mix, make, bake and share.

Thursday:) This Is Just How I Roll

23 Jun

“Life is full of confusion. Confusion of love, passion, and romance. Confusion of family and friends. Confusion with life itself. What path we take, what turns we make. How we roll our dice.”

~Matthew Underwood*********************

I thought I’d share one of my favorite tips for not wasting leftover birthday cake, or cupcakes, or regular iced cakes. After Mom’s birthday party, there were a lot of leftovers. I took a couple of trays of my homemade goodies to the local Fire Station, but we still had half of the store bought birthday cake. The second day, cakes start drying out, and I’m not a super fan of leftover store bought cakes.

No one else wanted any more cake, so as not to waste it, I did my famous mush up the cake, frosting and all, and knead until the consistency of smooth clay. Then, I roll them  into small cake balls. Waste not, want not.

It’s really messy, but really fun. The cake had bright pink flowers and piping with white frosting, so the resulting cake balls were made with yellow cake and pink frosting. They turned out kinda peachy or salmon color. (Yellow and pink make peach-art lesson) I put them on a baking sheet and popped in the freezer.

Then, a few hours later, I put them in small freezer bags. Now, if Mom wants a little treat, or a friend stops by, she can take one or two or a bunch out of the freezer. They’re even yummy frozen.