Tag Archives: tasty tip of the day

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tasty Tip of the Day

7 Sep

“Everything is better dipped in chocolate. Well, maybe not a car bumper, but you get the idea.”

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I purchased some fresh strawberries today. I thought they would go well mixed with my watermelon, blueberries, and fresh peaches. I’ve been trying to eat healthier. You noticed the “trying” part. I have been eating oatmeal for breakfast, salads for lunch, vegan tacos for dinner… most of the time, and not all in the same day. There are occasional lapses, and that’s OK.

For some reason, these strawberries were calling out…”DIP ME IN CHOCOLATE!”

So, I did! One must answer the call. I just nuked a big handful of semisweet chocolate chips drizzled with just a tiny bit of oil for 1 minute in the microwave. I stirred it up until the chips were all melted. I had washed the strawberries and dried them first. Water and chocolate don’t mix well. Then dip.
This makes a lovely dessert or snack for someone special ❤️, a party, or just for yourself. YOU ARE VERY SPECIAL , TOO!

Well, you know what I’m having for dinner tonight. 🤦‍♀️

Tuesday:)Toni’s Tasty Tip for Today~ Mini Cherry Cupcakes

22 Jan

“It’s not enough to just share my tasty treats, I have to share the tips and tricks so you can make them too.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Last week, I made a zillion mini cupcakes that I shared with a lot of folks, and people always ask me for my secret recipe. I have a standard response for when they ask, “Did you make that from scratch?” I always reply, “Of course! I scratch open the box, and go from there.” Then I’m asked what boxed mix do you prefer, and I am very picky about that. I prefer that the cake or brownie mix be on sale. I refuse to pay full price.

My favorite mini cupcakes are made easier by using several ginormous pans that hold 4 dozen and two dozen at a time. If you’re baking a lot, it’s worth the investment and goes a lot faster. I use the mini cupcake paper liners, and I can scoot those little devils in and out of there, right quick.

The secret surprise filling is what amazes first time recipients. I put 1/2 batter (about a tablespoon) into the liner, place one cherry on top, I use canned cherry pie filling so it has some goo, and bake. The Cherry usually gets covered over in baking. Another tip, if you use those dark teflon pans, reduce to 325*. I’ve burned a lot at 350.

I usually make homemade chocolate frosting (from scratch), but I didn’t have any milk, not a drop. So, I decided to make cherry frosting, using the extra pie filling goo for the liquid. 1 package cream cheese and two sticks butter softened, 1 pound confectioners sugar and cherry pie filling goo as needed. (I don’t measure.)

Now, here’s another great tip. I HATE cleaning up those huge cupcake pans. They don’t fit in my sink and the rims get all crusty and gooey. Once, in the summer, I got a huge plastic bin and soaked them outside over night. But, it’s been really cold there. So, I discovered that if I placed a sopping wet dish towel over the tins and let soak a few hours, the crusty part cleans up in a snap.

Then, I just get a soapy scrubber and go round and round right quick in each cup and rinse. TA-DA! Ready for another day. Like this weekend…yikes…more baking on the horizon for the St. Gabriel’s women’s CRHP retreat on Saturday. Another tip…I just leave all that stuff out on the counter. Just gonna use it again.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tasty Tip of the Day

16 Oct

“If your food is colorful and beautiful, it’s going to taste wonderful, too.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I’m not a super big bagel fan, but I saw these yummy looking asiago cheese bagels with jalepeños the other day at Tom Thumb, and they were…yes, you guessed it…on sale.

I’m not a vegetarian, but I probably wouldn’t have a problem with it because I’m not a huge meat eater. But, I could never be a vegan. Me NEED cheese and ice cream! So, most of my meals are meatless, but there’s always cheese around somewhere.

For three days in a row, I’ve had a toasted bagel with a little melted cheese, avocado, tomato and spinach. Today, I ran out of tomato, so I put some thinly sliced cucumber. YUM!

Remember last week when I bought all those avocados on sale? I’ve been eating one every day, either on my bagel or in a salad. And spinach… I could eat baby spinach every day too. Hmm…I think I do.

Then, when I prepare my delicious, nutritious and yummy bagel sandwich, I always make sure it looks pretty too. Isn’t that pretty?

I drizzle a little ranch dressing that I dilute with apple cider vinegar for a little tang. Voila! A colorful, beautiful, tasty quick, easy, nutritious and inexpensive meal.

So, that’s my tip. Enjoy preparing your food, enjoy eating your food. And enjoy your life.