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Montage Monday: A Week in a Busy Peek

6 Dec

“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”

— John Boswell


Another busy week, even busier than usual. With the holidays approaching, it’s a good time to concentrate on what’s really important in life. Count your blessings. Those are the only things that really count.

A week in a peek….

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

5 Dec

“Grateful souls focus on the happiness and abundance present in their lives and this in turn attracts more abundance and joy towards them.”~Stephen Richards.


A VERY cold and blustery morning here in Northbrook, Illinois. He temp was only in the 20’s. 😳 My son and I got up very early so we could get over to St. Norbert’s Catholic Church for 7:30 am Mass. There was a lot planned for the last rest of the day.

St. Norbert Parish was established in 1953, and it’s a beautiful old traditional style church. Of course, I had to get a photo op with Father Ismael Garcia Sainz. I even tried out some of my rusty Spanish on him. He pretended to understand, 🤦‍♀️

Today’s Gospel was pretty long, so I just shortened it, getting to the main jist of it….

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths

I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

~My take on it… John the Baptist was preaching and preparing the people for the coming of the Savior. He felt unworthy, but he foretold the coming of the Lord, and that we should be prepared for the final judgement.


After Mass we stopped at the the store and picked up a few things. Later, the girls and I worked on art and craft projects. In the afternoon, we went to Target so the girls could pick out their own birthday presents from Grandma. We came back and had to immediately open and play with presents, followed by a sock fight. The little socks barely weighed an ounce and made soft landings on all victims. It was hilarious.

It’s been a busy day, and Grandma is exhausted, jet lagged, sleep deprived and just plain old OLD. Wouldn’t change a thing. ❤️❤️

Saturday: So, Where in the World is Miss Toni

4 Dec

“I wouldn’t change my grandchildren for the world, but I wish I could change the world for my grandchildren.”~Unknown


Can you guess where I am? Kinda like where’s Waldo, but where’s Miss Toni?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here ya go!

Visiting the grandchildren!

Happy Saturday, my friends. I’ll weep you posted.

Friday:) Fun Friends and My Firefighters

3 Dec

“I believe that it is a mandatory Law of the Universe that on Fridays, you have to do something a little fun.”

~Hanna Rhoades


I always enjoy stopping off at my local fire stations with my cookies around the holidays, but my favorite part is bringing them one of my hand-painted ornaments for their Christmas tree.

Station #5. I’ve been taking them my special hand-painted ornaments since 2004. They should have a fine collection by now.
Station #9 is my usual drop off of goodies during the year because they are just down the street from me. Paramedic Curry was very appreciative. He gave me a hug and said, “Sometimes I come on shift and ask if Miss Toni’s been by today?” They enjoy my baking. That made my day.
My theme this year is the sunflower in honor of the Ukraine 🇺🇦. I was very limited on how many I painted. They were very labor intensive, having to paint each layer twice for viscosity. Then, I painted each box on four sides. But, I was pleased with the final product. I’m sure they will look great on their Christmas trees,
Then, this evening, Sid and I went to the holiday country dance at the senior center. A very fun day.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Thankful Thursday:) Holiday Celebration with the Girls

1 Dec

“The holidays are always a special time with family and friends. I have been blessed with the best of both.”

“You know what is even better than the gift of awesome girlfriends? Answer: Awesome girlfriends bearing gifts.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today, we celebrated our belated birthday for Sherry and our annual Christmas celebration with the TOTS. (Table of Talent Sisters) Lynne was out of town, but missed.

We met at a Tender Smokehouse in Celina, and the waiter was smart to put us back in the back corner because we make a mess and make a lot of noise.

So many awesome gifts, great food, and wonderful longtime friendships.

“The holidays are always a special time with family and friends. I have been blessed to have the best of both.”

Happy Thankful Thursday, my friends.

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

30 Nov

“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” ~ Barbara Johnson


Now, that’s my idea of a balanced diet! 🤦‍♀️🍪

I’ve been waiting ALL day for some workmen to show up and it’s already 4pm, and it will be getting dark soon. They are supposed to seal up any gaps or entry points on my roof to stop unwanted critters from coming in. Hopefully they’ll get here soon.

So, while I was waiting all day, I went up to my studio/crap room and cleaned off the entire table that was covered with brushes, paints glitter, glues, and tons of stuff I just throw on there week after week. It’s all cleaned off. “It’s a Christmas miracle.”

Then, I decided to work on my Christmas cookies. I need to get baking before I visit the family in Chicago. My favorite all time, most delicious cookies in the entire world are my “Better than Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.” I cut out the recipe from a newspaper maybe 30, maybe years ago, and I would never use a different recipe. of course, I always doctor it up here and there.

The secret ingredient that makes these so chewy and crisp is the ground oatmeal. Oh, and some Kraft caramel dots add a little more awesomeness.


2 c. butter

2 c. sugar

2 c. brown sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

4 c. flour

5 c. oatmeal (grind 3 c. Leave 2)

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

24 oz. chocolate chips

18 oz. chopped Snickers or Hershey or favorite candy. 

(Optional- chopped nuts)

Mix butter and sugars and eggs and vanilla in really big bowl. Blend in dry ingredients. Mix b

I always double this recipe because I have a lot of folks that enjoy my cookies. I actually have to mix up the moist part butter/sugars, divide that in half because the 8 cups of flour and 10 cups of oatmeal don’t fit in my Kitchen Aide mixer.🤦‍♀️ Then, it all goes into my huge Tupperware bowl.

I already baked 4 or 5 dozen cookies and have enough to make a zillion more. BUT, I usually make some rolls of dough to freeze and save for baking on a cold wintry day.

“Nothin’ says Lovin’ like Somethin’ from the oven.” 🍪

Let me know if you try this recipe. It’s the best!

Tuesday:Toni, Helene and Linda Visit Holy Family School

30 Nov

“When you’re in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back.”

Paul Stanley


Instead of our traditional $2 Taco Tuesday, Helene and I gathered up our stash of snacks and goodies that we’ve been collecting all month for Holy Family School. Linda joined us for our visit. We go about once a month or to share our “giving back” gifts for the kiddos. Then, we treat ourselves to the best French fries in the great state of Texas over at One and Only Burger, just down the road from the school.

Linda, Helene, Miss Sondra, and yours truly. Miss Sondra always gives us a big hug and thank you for our thoughtfulness.
I had a lot of cereal , juice, and other goodies to donate.
Helene had a lot of snacks, cereal, and 8 pounds of bananas.

After our drop off, chatting, and hugs, we went over to One and Only Burger. Woa! So good.

It was a very rewarding day. The weather was sunny and in the upper 70’s. I think this was the last beautiful warm day for a long time. I’m glad we got out to enjoy it,

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

28 Nov

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we try to get through another week. Happy Monday.”

~ Me


Here’s another week in another peek. Crazy how time flies… Life is good!

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

28 Nov

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


After days of gray and gloom and rain, we finally have a lovely sunny Sunday. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. No sock monkey hat for church this morning. I left for St. Gabriel a little early today so I could greet my friends on the Château bus. I guess I was really early because when I got to the parking lot, there was only one other car there. 😳 I actually had to think twice. “Is today Sunday?” A few minutes later, the “usual crowd shuffled in.” I took a quick picture, enjoying the fact that it was warm and sunny. Not a cloud in the sky.

The first Sunday in Advent.

Todays Gospel was the story of Jesus letting us know that we need to be vigilant and always prepared for the Second Coming…


Mt 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

My take on it… plain and simple, if you lead a good life, are honest, kind, and love the Lord and your neighbor, you are always prepared. No worries. Are you prepared?


After Mass, we stopped at McD. Then Helene and I went to Tom Thumb for a few sales. Bananas 29c a pound, limit 4 pounds each. Woa! We are going to add that 8 pounds to our stash of goodies to take to Holy Family School.

It was a beautiful afternoon and evening, so I was able to get out for a nice evening walk. It had been raining for days. A long walk was just what the doctor ordered.

A beautiful sunset.

Then, a bunch of phone calls with friends and family to finish up my day.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Some Sorting Out of the Cookie Cabinets

27 Nov

“Always do an inventory before you start a project. Sometimes you already have all you need hiding away.”



What does one do on a dreary drizzly gloomy gray day? First of all, you clean up your mess from the night before. After my Towne Creek arts and crafts and cooking marathon on Friday, I just left everything sitting on the floor until this morning. I was exhausted, After putting things away, I decided that today would be a good day to organize and inventory my baking supply cabinet. I need to get my holiday cookie baking started this week.

When I just glanced in the cabinet before going to the store, I deduced that all I needed was some brown sugar. I have plenty of flour, oats, sugar, etc.

When I got home, I was going to put the brown sugar away, but everything was so messy that I decided to organize the cabinet. Woa! I had a lot more than I expected hiding in there. I probably have 25 or more bags of chocolate and caramel chips. And 6 or 7 bags of marshmallows, lots of powdered sugar and flour. I also have about 20 boxes of brownie mixes, too. But, those are in the pantry. I go through those like crazy. The pantry, that’s another scary overflowing place. I won’t even go there.

So, it’s a good idea to inventory your things every now and then. I’ll let you know when I start my cookie baking marathon. My recipe for Better than Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chip Cookies is the best ever.

Now, don’t even get me started on my arts and crafts studio upstairs. That is another story. That would be a nightmare!

Happy Saturday., my friends.