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Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’, Miss Toni?

14 Oct

“Cooking and baking is just a chore for some, but for me, it’s an amazing and fun creative outlet.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I just love to cook and bake. You don’t hear that very often, but it’s true for me. The other day, I roasted a huge batch of veggies. I used it in soups, tacos, frittatas, and ate some just right out of the pan.Who doesn’t love veggies? (Cut and chop once, eat for days.)

That was a LOT of chopping.

Another favorite snack is my homemade “Texas Caviar” bean salsa. (Black eyed peas, roasted corn, black beans, and diced tomatoes.) The secret ingredient is a touch of Bernard’s Jalapeño Habañero Salsa. Just a touch because it’s REALLY caliente. Then, Salsa verde tortilla chips. Oh don’t forget some candy bars. This little snack went over to my friend Sherry’s house on Sunday.
Don’t forget my famous brownies. The mini marshmallows in the batter and chocolate chips on top make them awesome.

Right now, I’m having my left over veggies with cream of mushroom soup, topped with Pepper Jack cheese and crumbled salsa verde tortilla chips.

Time to eat. Happy Wednesday!

Saturday:) Some Silly Grandma Tips and Tricks

25 Jul

“When you are a mom, you have to be sensible, vigilant and on call 24/7. When you’re a grandma, you can be silly, decadent and goofy because you get to send the grandkids home and take a nap.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Tip #1- When the grandkids are little, they eat, drink and snack constantly. So, to make snacking healthy, make it fun.

Peanut butter bread with a runny face. Just add a few banana slices and raisins.

Tip #2-Almost any food that is messy for little hands can be put on a stick.

Strawberry on a stick and frozen banana on a stick. Plus, the frozen banana is refreshing in the summer and takes longer to eat.

Tip #3- If you want completely edible fruit on a stick for smaller items, use the small pretzel sticks, and you don’t worry about a wooden stick for small pieces of fruit like pineapple, apple, cantaloupe or vegetables, or cheese.

Apple chunks on a pretzel stick. Just make a small X incision with a knife and poke in the pretzel. Fun! This would work great for grown ups too. Imagine a fruit or veggie platter with pretzel sticks instead of toothpicks.

Tip #4- Baking with the grandkids is always fun and special. Make it even “funner “ by making a funny face with the eggs, oil, mini marshmallows for teeth, and chocolate chips for eyes in brownie mix or cake mix. For other types of cakes you can use peach or apple slices for a mouth, cherry pie filling eyes, etc, The marshmallow teeth just melt away and get yummy in the baking process.

Look at that adorable smile! Actually, both smiles. (Don’t do what I did. We were so busy making a funny face, I forgot to add the two other eggs. We used two boxes of mix and needed 4 eggs. Thank goodness I remembered before baking. I started pouring the mixture in the parchment lined pan and it seemed way too thick Duh! It was missing 2 more eggs. Scraped back into the bowl and added the other eggs. Good save!)

Tip #5- Fun baking and eating isn’t just for the little ones. I like to make chocolate covered frozen bananas and dipped strawberries for me and my friends sometimes. If the kids aren’t allowed chocolate, consume all the evidence while they are asleep.

Put bananas on a stick on waxed paper, freeze, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with a few drops of vegetable oil in the microwave 30 sec. at a time, dip or spread on frozen bananas. Keep frozen until eating.
Use the rest of the melted chocolate on the strawberries. Yum!

Top #6- Last but not least… after all that baking, eating sugar, and horsing around, Grandma needs to take a nap. 😴

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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!