I’m Jonna

Sometimes I’m serious . . .

Most of the time, I’m seriously happy.

 I’m thrilled you’re here!

Please pull up a chair and stay a while.

You probably haven’t heard the name Jonna before.
It’s like the name Jon, with a na on the end.

I was named after my sweet Dad – Jon.

A little bit about me:
I love a clean, clutter free house.
I love to tickle the ivory’s on my Grand.
My stress relievers are baking & playing the piano.
I am not a chef or a professional cook . . . I simply pretend.
I am a happy wife of almost 42 years, mom to 4 gorgeous girls, nana to 13  . . . who cooks.


left to right: Brandi, Shannon, me, Danielle, Chantri

You will not find difficult and time consuming recipes. You will find impressive recipes made simple.

 WHY THE NAME  . . . Get Off Your Butt and BAKE

Growing up, I learned to cook with my sweet Mom. She was busy raising 6 kids and often left the cookie jar task to me. As long as I would clean up the mess, she gave me free reign in her kitchen. I learned to make meals, but my true passion was creating desserts & other delectable sweets.

My 3 pesky brothers, could empty the cookie jar as fast as I could fill it. It seemed they were always taunting me . . . “Get Off Your Butt and Bake something!”

It was only logical, to bring this name to life on my baking blog.

I  urge you to stop buying and start baking again. It’s fun and relaxing and gives you a sense of purpose.

Mouth watering pictures, step by step narration and tutorials, will keep you yearning and learning for more.


The images appearing on Get off your butt and Bake  are photographed by me unless otherwise noted.  If you would like to use any of images, please credit it with a link back to Get off your butt and Bake. For print usage, please seek my permission. For any images not belonging to me, please contact the owner of that image (as I have done) and seek their permission. Additionally, if there is a photo you would like to pin that is is not a Get off your butt and Bake original, please use the provided link and pin from the original source.


Please contact me:  jonnalwarnke@gmail.com.  I would love to work with you!

Thanks for stopping by. Please drop me a note now and then, so that I can visit you.

Happy Baking,


  • Jeannie - 05/15/2012 - 11:58 am

    Love this site.ReplyCancel

    • Karen Louder - 03/09/2014 - 4:10 pm

      Just found you! Love, love, LOVE your cheesy potatoes recipe. Made it yesterday for a baby shower and many people are requesting the recipe! I am passing along your information. Thanks for this recipe and I’ll be diving into the others over the next few weeks! Thank you again and stay on your feet and keep baking because these recipes are yummy looking!ReplyCancel

    • Karen Louder - 03/09/2014 - 4:10 pm

      Just found you! Love, love, LOVE your cheesy potatoes recipe. Made it yesterday for a baby shower and many people are requesting the recipe! I am passing along your information. Thanks for this recipe and I’ll be diving into the others over the next few weeks!ReplyCancel

      • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 03/09/2014 - 4:56 pm

        Hi Karen,

        I appreciate your comment so very much! It’s always very nice to hear that this blog is helpful in some crazy way.

        Thanks again,

  • Alessandra - 05/21/2012 - 6:18 pm

    i just love your blog! you have so manny amazing recopies! i made a comment of you on my blog! maybe you would like to come and check it out some time!
    this is my blog: http://atasteofeuropa.blogspot.com.au/ReplyCancel

  • Pam Cunningham - 09/12/2012 - 3:07 pm

    Hello Jonna, I love your web site!..my daughter turned me on to it. I love that all the recipes are easy and delish 🙂 I do have one personal question..your bio sats that we’ve been married for 33 years but your photo looks like a women who is only about that age. You look fantastic…and a grandmother of 9?! What are you eating and can I have some 🙂 Keep the great recipes comingReplyCancel

  • dana ross - 10/09/2012 - 2:28 pm

    Hi Jonna! I was looking though my friend Melanie Talhani’s pictures on f/b and saw your recipe for Orange Rolls.This has been a long time favorite in my home. Your photo and recipe look divine I cannot wait to try them. Mmmm…Thank you, DanaReplyCancel

  • Holly - 10/10/2012 - 7:51 pm

    Hi Jonna,

    I just stumbled upon your website and am in love with all the ideas and photos!!!! I am printing pages non-stop! I am very excited to start baking with my daughter who is getting more and more into the kitchen – she’s already flipping through the dessert section choosing what she would like to make! Thanks for the inspirationReplyCancel

  • Patsy - 10/19/2012 - 8:08 pm

    Hello Joanna:

    I want to make the puff pastry pigs in blankets for a Christmas progressive party and I am to host the appetizers. I will need to make about 60 of them and would like to know if I am going to make them ahead of time should I bake them before I freeze them and then just heat and will they still be flaky and crispy or should I just bake all of them the day that I want to serve them and then just briefly warm them?

    Thanks for any suggestions you can give.


    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 10/20/2012 - 9:50 am

      Hi Patsy,

      I would make them in advance, and freeze them – UNBAKED!
      The day of your party, thaw them but make sure that the puff pastry is still VERY COLD and firm….then bake them. Yum.


  • Crystal - 10/26/2012 - 3:14 pm

    Quick question, the cream cheese frosting and the marshmellow frosting, I haven’t tried it yet but can you pipe it or is it more of a spread onto the cupcake kind of thing?ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 10/26/2012 - 6:50 pm

      Hi Crystal,

      Both recipes are easily piped onto cupcakes….and look pretty.
      Make sure that you beat, beat, beat, beat the marshmallow frosting, and then it will hold stiff peaks.
      You can also take your torch and make it a beautiful toasted Marshmallow frosting!


  • Jill Breen - 10/27/2012 - 5:49 pm

    I just made your pretzel bites w cheese sauce for an Oktoberfest party….they are wonderful!!! Thanks so much!! The only change I make was I added about half a bottle of Oktoberfest beer into the cheese sauce to give it that malty taste. I will be visiting your site often! And I found it on pinterest. Thanks! JillReplyCancel

  • Daniel Gill - 10/30/2012 - 8:12 pm

    I found this website searching for some springboard inspiration and am astounded by your recipes! These are some of the most entertaining, elegant, simple and delicious recipes I’ve ever found. This has further affirmed my decision to go into professional culiation, and I hope one day to use some of these smashing successes in my own pursuits. Thank you and keep the brilliance coming!


  • Shelby - 11/18/2012 - 9:01 pm

    I literally found this site about an hour ago and am already impressed! I am a picky eater, but most of these recipes are ones that i’d like to try. Definitely will keep coming back. 🙂 Thanks a ton for the work you put in to simply help us all enjoy our meals! Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - 11/26/2012 - 5:38 pm

    Love your blog and I have been following you on Pinterest.
    Thanks for sharing it helps me to get off my butt and bake as well.ReplyCancel

  • Jonna - 11/28/2012 - 7:45 am

    I saw your cheesy enchilada casserole on pintrest and was on your site. Then I saw Meet Jonna. That is my name, spelt the exact same way! I always say it’s Donna with a J. My dad and brother are both Jon. You have a cute site, I’ll be giving several of these recipes a try. JonnaReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 11/28/2012 - 9:35 am

      Hi there Jonna,

      We sure don’t see that name very often….do we!
      My Dads name is also Jon. I also have a brother with the first name Jon.
      I guess it’s not hard to tell who we were named after!
      Only my friends say my name correctly….but I answer to anything.
      Thanks for making my day.


  • Stephanie Williams - 11/28/2012 - 1:19 pm

    AWESOME BLOG!! GREAT RECIPES!! Keep it comin! I’m betting you’ll be the next Pioneer Woman! (don’t tell, but I think your recipes are better!!) :~)

  • Betsy - 12/06/2012 - 12:15 pm

    Hi Jonna,
    I tried your Chicken Broccoli Supreme recipe for a monthly dinner I bring to a homeless shelter. I added rice and some herbs, but it is such a great recipe I have made it several times for my family and everyone asks for the recipe every time! Thanks for sharing…can’t wait to try more of your recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Jonna - 12/15/2012 - 5:59 am

    Hi Jonna! I came across your sight and had to say hi because my name is Jonna also! I loved how you told people to say “our” name at the introduction. No one ever says my name right haha I’m looking forward to making some of your great looking food! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 12/15/2012 - 9:57 am

      Hi Jonna,

      Wow….you have a great name. Is your Dad’s name Jon?
      I was named after my Dad (Jon)

      Thanks for the sweet note,

  • Nancy - 12/25/2012 - 2:19 pm

    Hi Jonna – I just read your Christmas sweets and holiday decor post. Just wanted to say that yes, you are very blessed 🙂

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I look forward to many more wonderful posts from you.

    Nancy (from snowy – yes, SNOWY – Southlake, TX)ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - 12/29/2012 - 5:54 pm

    Just a little note to Jonna. I named my 23 year old daughter Jonna and we pronounce it (just like Donna only with a “J”) such a beautiful name You are blessedReplyCancel

  • Jessica M. - 01/17/2013 - 5:25 pm

    I just made the cinnamon sugar pretzel bites! At first I didn’t know if I would b able to (I’m not the greatest in the kitchen ) 🙂 but I followed the recipe n they came out PERFECT! N the glaze is amazing wit them! Love this website!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - 01/18/2013 - 8:07 pm

    Hi Jonna,

    Great site ! Found you through Pinterest. I am confused about one thing though. Where is the Rhodes roll recipe for the pretzel bites? I can’t seem to find it on your site.
    Thank you, and I look forward to trying lots of your recipes.


    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 01/20/2013 - 1:49 pm

      Hi Kristen,

      You won’t find a recipe for Rhodes rolls. Rhodes is the brand name. It is pre-made dough, that comes in balls. It’s in the freezer
      section of the grocery stores. You can buy bags of these little frozen balls of bread dough. You simply let the balls of dough thaw, and then you can make a million different things with it.
      I blog for Rhodes, and have to use their products…..it’s quite wonderful, when you are pressed for time.
      The dough is very good.

      Good luck….I hope you are able to find it.


  • helga Slavens - 01/23/2013 - 11:09 pm

    Hi Joanna,
    I found you through Pinterest and I love all your recipes.
    I have one Question. What do I have to do,to get my rolls so shiney.I’m not lucky at all.I’ve tried with melted Butter but they don’t look like yours.Helppppppppp

  • dispack - 01/31/2013 - 4:56 pm

    sooo glad I found your blog today! I mad the K. Hepburn brownies, mmmm
    where in Idaho do you live???? I was born and raised in the eastern side and now live on the western side of Idaho.ReplyCancel

  • Arlene - 02/21/2013 - 1:22 pm

    I happened upon your blog the other day looking for a teriyaki chicken rice bowl recipe and voila – yours was the one I picked and was NOT disappointed. I had to laugh and share your blog name with my husband of 26 years who also laughed especially when I told him where you got your name – “That’s awesome” was his reply. Thanks for re-inspiring me to get off my butt and bake. I needed a kick!ReplyCancel

  • LaChina - 06/30/2013 - 4:02 pm

    Fantastic site! Everything looks so pretty and tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Mike Baker - 04/14/2014 - 7:35 am

    I’m an avid cook and baker myself, so I really enjoy your blog. But I have to comment on your claim that you’ve been married for 34 years. Based on your photos, that would mean you were betrothed at birth! I hope you and your husband don’t mind me saying this, but you not only look much younger than your years, but you are also one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 04/14/2014 - 2:57 pm

      Hi Mike,

      Well . . . Thank you!
      That is one of the nicest comments I’ve ever received. At my age, that is a very nice thing to hear.

      Thanks again,

      • Mike Baker - 04/18/2014 - 9:53 pm

        I’m glad you took no offence to my compliment. These days it’s hard to say something nice to a woman without fearing a sexual harassment lawsuit! lol

        Anyway, I had a question about your recipe for the Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Almond Bundt Cake. It calls for 3 cups of flour, but doesn’t specify what type of flour. Based on my experience, I’m pretty sure it’s all-purpose flour, but I thought I’d double check with you. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannine Grubb - 05/10/2014 - 2:11 pm

    Thank You Jonna for your Applesauce Cookies. I Finished Cancer treatment and so enjoy reading your web site. My husband as a surprise made your cookies. They were heavenly. He is not a baker but they came out great. Thank you from him too! JeannineReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 05/13/2014 - 4:52 pm

      Hi Jeannine,

      I’m so sorry for all you have gone through. I do hope that brighter days are in store for you!
      You are in my thoughts & prayers.


  • deborah cline - 01/03/2015 - 10:07 am

    Hi, Jonna,

    I just accessed your web site via a Google search for slow cooker/crock-pot barbecue chicken. I found the perfect one on your page, and I plan to make it today. I do not have the peach marmalade, which you list as optional, and because it’s a very wet, rainy day in Central Arkansas, I will not be getting out to get it. However, next time I’ll be sure to add that special ingredient. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015! Deborah from Little Rock, ArkansasReplyCancel

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