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Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’, Miss Toni? Apple Cinnamon Roll Bake

26 May

“Here’s another one of my detailed recipes… Grab stuff out of the fridge and pantry and bake it . You’re Welcome!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I made this dessert quite a few days ago, but I didn’t get a chance to share it till now. Or did I? I don’t remember. Old age and sugar overload.

I had 2 cans of cinnamon rolls in the fridge. Last time I bought some, I forgot they were hidden under stuff. They got old and tossed. Not this time. I had these from and center. I had a can of apple pie filling in the pantry, and a few apples in the fridge that were just sittin’. I always have brown sugar, and I had some leftover almond crunch cereal that I smooshed up with a rolling pin.
I layered the bottom of a parchment paper lined pan and smooshed the rolls with my fist until it made a uniform crust.
I spread the can of apple pie filling on top, and thinly sliced my apples.
I put the crunched up cereal in a bowl with a stick of butter and a big handful of brown sugar and “forked it” until it made a crumbly topping that I could sprinkle on top.
I baked it at 350°, but here’s the thing, I put a cookie sheet on top so it would be covered and bake those raw apples and melt that sugar/butter topping. How long you ask? 🤷🏻‍♀️ I dunno? I checked after about 1/2 an hour, then left it in some more. I guess and estimate everything. I took the cookie sheet off a while and let it Brown. When it was bubbly and awesome looking, I took it out. I drizzled on the icing stuff that came in the tube of rolls.

This looks pretty good, but I had mine with a scoop of caramel praline ice cream while it was still warm. 🤦‍♀️

I gave most of the rest away, except for a small portion that I shoved in the freezer. Maybe I jammed it in the freezer? There’s no room in the freezer. 🤦‍♀️

Give this easy no-recipe recipe a try. It feeds approximately a whole bunch of people. (don’t forget the ice cream.)

Friday:) Favorite Photo, Fun Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes, Friends and Other Stuff

24 Apr

“Friday seems to roll in just a few minutes past Monday. How does that happen?”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Ah, this morning my Facebook memory popped up with one of my all time favorite photos. Look how precious. I have a big 8×10 of this hanging on my bedroom wall. It makes me smile every day.

Then this morning, my doorbell rang. The mail lady, Miss Stephanie, left a package at my front door. My awesome friend Debbie sent me a gift. You know what the occasion was? No occasion! She just saw this, thought of me and had to send it to me all the way from Chicago. Thanks Debbie! You are AMAZING too.

She knows I’m not perfect, BUT she knows I am …AMAZING!

Remember how I made all that peanut butter cheesecake filling the other day. Well, I made a whole bunch of mini cheesecakes to share with friends.

A chocolate sandwich cookie, a dollop of filling using a mini scoop, and topped with a mini Nutter Butter cookie bite. I still have enough to make a few more dozen. (Remember, I’m an over achiever,)

What does one do on a stormy Friday night? Cheers, my friends. (Did you notice the kitchen towel by the stove? It reads, “I love Jesus, but I drink a little.” )

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

14 Jan

“Art, music, and dance are good for a happy soul, it sometimes you need something for a happy tummy.“

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Do yo ever start a project for one reason and end up getting carried away? Well, the other day, I bought some milk. I usually don’t buy real milk, just almond milk. But, it was on sale for 77cents a half gallon. Gotta buy it, right? So, I figured that I would make some pudding. Pudding is kinda boring, so I decided to make some Black Forest cupcakes with chocolate pudding and cherry pie filling in the middle.

With the extra pudding, I made chocolate frosting, using cream cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and butter. I ate one of the finished products and it was pretty darn good. The problem was, I made a dozen and had 11 left over, so how do I package the rest to give them away?

When I removed the paper, the bottoms were kinda moist from all the pudding and cherries, and how would I get the frosting on top and not smoosh it? That would be messy. Put on my thinking cap.

Light bulb 💡 moment. I decided to make upside-down Black Forrest cupcakes. I put 3 heaping tablespoons of frosting on the bottom of a plastic cup, and put the cupcake on top. Now, just eat with a spoon. (I hope it worked. I didn’t save any for myself.)

Now, how to package them. I used those fold over plastic sandwich bags, cut the little fold over flap, and pulled up the sides. A twist tie, and a little curling ribbon, Voila!

Sometimes I improvise, get creative, and just AMAZE myself because I am so…. AMAZING.

I kinda like that… upside down cupcakes. Less messy, more fun.

Wednesday:)What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni.

24 Dec

“It wouldn’t be Christmas without some baking, brownies and chocolate for sharing.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I wasn’t going to bake this Crazy Covid Christmas, but it just wouldn’t feel like the holidays. Here ya go…

Here’s my un-recipe. I don’t measure, just eye ball it. Works every time.
Here’s what’s left. I already gave away three containers.

Merry Crazy Covid Chocolate Christmas.

Friday From My Kitchen:) Another Baking Frenzy

17 Oct

“Some people say they are addicted to sugar. I’m addicted to making and baking and sharing the sugar. Does that make me a “sugar pusher?”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, she’s at it again. I had a big bowl of lemon cream cheese frosting left over from last week, so I had to use that up, right? So I made more mini lemon cheese cakes. But, cream cheese was on sale at Kroger this week, and not everyone likes lemon, so I decided to make a batch of my infamous mini no-bake peanut butter pies.

Please don’t ask for the recipe. I don’t use no stinkin’ recipe. I don’t even measure the sugar anymore. I just eye ball it. Haven’t had any complaints yet.

I think I ate two of these and gave the rest away. I don’t make them to eat them, I just need to make and bake and give them away. OH NO! I am a “sugar pusher.” I wonder if there’s a support group for that? S.P.A. Sugar Pushers Anonymous.

It was a fantastic fun Friday. The air was cool and crisp, and the sky was crystal blue. I didn’t catch the sunset for a photo because I was on the phone. But, even better, I got to FaceTime with my adorable granddaughters.

A perfect ending to a perfect day, Black Russian Friday. Cheers, my friends.

Saturday:) Well, She’s At It Again…Baking Frenzy

4 Oct

” I had these eggs I needed to use up, and some cream cheese and sugar that’s just been sitting there, not to mention a shelf of brownie mixes and marshmallows that have been neglected. Better get baking.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Because I haven’t been able to bake for my firemen, I have all these baking supplies and sundries that need to get used up. Today was a good baking day. I really liked those mini lemon cheesecakes I made last week, so I made some of those again. Then, I decided the eggs were sitting and lonely in the fridge for too long, so maybe some brownies with marshmallows were in order, too.

Not to worry, I gave most of it all away. I don’t need a purpose to bake, baking is the purpose. My friend Bonita was moving today, so she got a tray. My friends Bob and Joni were having a party, they got a tray. Neighbor’s and friends got some too. Even the mail lady. My friends and neighbors don’t seem to mind. My compulsion is usually appreciated.

Happy Saturday, my friends. (I have a few left. Come on over.)

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni? Mini Lemon Cheesecakes

23 Sep

“I have been possessed by the ghosts of Betty Crocker, Mrs. Butterworth, and Julia Child all rolled into one. Lord, help me.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another cool and dreary day, so that means… stay in your pajamas, clean out the closet, spend countless hours on Facebook and bake something. I made some lemony cream cheesey cool whip stuff the other day and wasn’t that pleased with the results. So today, I decided to modify the concoction with my haphazard “what’s in the pantry” method of baking. I was going to make cupcakes, but decided on mini cheesecakes. No rhyme or reason.

I looked at the recipe inside the cream cheese, added a couple of eggs to two boxes of the cream cheese, a 1/2 cup of sugar and a little vanilla. I put a lemon cookie at the bottom of a paper lined muffin pan, and baked them.

While they were baking, I took my leftover lemony stuff, added another cream cheese, a can of Betty Crocker lemon frosting (thus the possession) and powdered sugar. (How much? What was left in the bag) I made some lemon pudding too, just used 1/2 the milk instead 2 cups. Then I just mixed that all up and added more sugar as needed. Crazy. I’m still not sure what I added.

I used my handy-dandy Wilton frosting tube and added the lemony-cheesey-pudding to frost. Oh yes, the frosting looked kinda thin, so I added a stick of melted butter and more powdered sugar, so it will set up better when refrigerated. (I hope)

I’m not sure how they taste yet. But, I’ll ask the neighbors later. They look good.

Happy “What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni Wednesday.”

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

28 May

“Some people are talented creative cooks and bakers. Me, I just slap stuff together and delicious concoctions are created.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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If you know me well, you know I don’t follow recipes. I just kinda fly by the seat of my pants. Well, the other day, I had some left over brownies. ** How is that humanly possible, you ask? Left over brownies? Well, I’m still not able to take goodies over to my favorite fire stations, and I still have that inner burning desire to bake every now and then. You see the dilemma.

I also had some left over peanut butter no bake pie filling in the fridge, so I decided to combine the great flavors.

RECIPE-KINDA:

Leftover brownies (from a mix)

Leftover peanut butter pie filling: 1 cream cheese, 1cup powdered sugar, 1 container cool whip, around 1/2 cup peanut butter.

Melted chocolate chips with a tiny vegetable oil (just a few drops)

Taste better refrigerated.

Oh boy, those were good. I still had a little peanut butter filling left, so I put a scoop on top of an Oreo cookie, to make a few mini pies. Oh yes, I also melted some chocolate chips to swirl on the top for extra chocolates goodness.

I, of course, sampled a few, then dispersed the rest to friends and neighbors who were gracious enough to take them off my hands. Thank goodness for friends!

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni

13 Feb

“Baking makes me happy, and sharing my baking makes me even happier. It’s a win-win.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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What a dreary bleak rainy day. You know what always cheers me up? Cooking and baking. Unfortunately, I never learned the art of portion control. Fortunately, for friends and neighbors, I never learned the art of portion control.

Today, I was baking mini cupcakes. Not just a batch, but massive quantities of mini cupcakes. I offered to bake for our Art Club meeting in the morning, and I made extra in preparation for my senior art group Friday, and to share with friends.

I probably made over a hundred yellow cake/cherry and just as many chocolate.

Then, a little dab of cherry frosting and a heart shaped conversation candy to finish off the decoration.

I’m going to be a busy girl.

Saturday:) Some Shakin’ and Bakin’

8 Sep

“By doing what you love and finding how to serve, you add a very special joy to life.”

― Abhishek Kumar

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Yesterday, I talked about the fun and fabulous art show at The Cove featuring Kim Guthrie and Jennifer McCrary. But, what I didn’t mention was last week, Kim called me and asked me if I’d do her a huge favor and bake some of my cute mini cupcakes for her show. Most all my artist friends know that I’m famous for my brownies and mini cupcakes, because I bring them to our monthly McKinney Creative Community meetings. So, I was honored that she wanted to serve my cupcakes.

The theme of the art show was florals and succulents, so Kim requested pale frostings instead of my regular chocolate. I had seen this cool concept on Pinterest of layering three or four different colors of frosting on plastic then rolling it up, twisting into a tube shape and putting it in the piping bag. So, I thought I’d try it. Yikes! It took a little finessing and fussing and changing tubes and bags before I figured it out.

Not as easy as it looked on Pinterest. My plastic frosting tube was too big for my dispenser, so I had to finesse it into a pastry bag, and I had a heck of a time finding the right parts. 🤦‍♀️ But, it turned out ok. Tip: Don’t experiment with a new baking process two hours before you’re supposed to drop them off.

The chocolate cupcakes I frosted in different pastel colors.

They looked very nice on the refreshment table that Kim and Jennifer set up.

So, that’s what’s been bakin’ this weekend. Now for the shakin’ part, last night, Helene and I went over to the dance at the senior center. That was fun. Today, I slept in after staying up too late doing lots of nothin’. This afternoon, I went over to visit my dear friend Jerry, who just got home from several weeks at the hospital and rehab. He was asleep when I arrived, so I went back later in the evening.

At 6 pm, I met some of the girls at Braum’s for dinner and ice cream. We just giggle and laugh and tell outrageously hilarious stories. I really should record these sessions. We could have our own sit-com. Instead of the Golden Girls, we could be the Silver Girls. There’s an idea! (You can tell my arm isn’t long enough for a good selfie, but you get the idea.)

Another fine Saturday with friends, and a wonderful weekend sharing and caring. Life is good.