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Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~ Be Wise, Be Frugal, Share Your Blessings

17 May

” I may be frugal, cut coupons, and shop the sales, but you know what I do with my savings? I share.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.” 

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


I am the queen of coupons, the sister of sales, the babe of bargains. Do I need to be thrifty? I’m pretty comfortable, but I’ve always appreciated a bargain. Take yesterday for instance. Well, you don’t have to take the day, just the concept. I was out for my morning walk when I heard my cell phone go … “Bing.” No one texts me during the day. I thought great, another solicitor telling me that because I recently stayed at a Marriott Hotel or some casino resort, that I won some kind of prize. Wrong Toni…that’s the EX and his girlfriend. I get those annoying robo calls all the time. I wish there was a person on the other end. I’d give them the right number. 

But this time, it was my McDonald’s app telling me that because the Texas Rangers hit a homerun or something like that, that I could get a free double cheeseburger that day only. Guess what I had for lunch? Yep!

Lunch! A whopping $1.08. Score!

Afterwards, I walked over to Albertson’s…now Tom Thumb and checked out the bargains. Avocados were only 48 cents, yes, really. All kinds of other great bargains. Frosted Flakes, 99 cents for a big box, strawberries 99 cents, and canned corn and diced tomatoes, I think 39 or 49 cents. There were limits on how many you could get, but I took full advantage.

I took some of these to my senior friend Miss Eleanor. She doesn’t get out to the store very often, so when I find a great bargain, I pick up fresh fruit and veggies and stop by for a short visit.

Then, last week when I went over the the Little Free Pantry in front of HUGS on the square to drop some things off, the shelves were pretty bare. So, I stopped over there today with the Frosted  Flakes and a bunch of canned goods. I was happy to see the shelves had a few more items today. I like the motto…Take what you need, leave what you can…

I only spent around $28 at the store, but it was enough for me, and enough to share with a friend and others in need. And besides, I had a free double cheeseburger, so I wasn’t that hungry.

It has been my experience that when you share your blessings with others, you are blessed tenfold. It’s true.

When I walked back to my car, guess what was there waiting for me right next to the driver’s side door! A lucky penny from heaven.

Tuesday:) Take What You Need, Leave What You Can

10 May

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. 

~Saint Augustine


I had lunch with my friend Zelda yesterday at Snug on the Square. We walked around the square, and I remembered that I had a bag of canned goods to drop off at the Little Free Pantry. Being a frugal savvy sale shopper, when I find a great bargain on canned good, etc. I always pick up extra for the food pantry, or when Boy Scouts or churches are collecting, or for the Little Free Pantry. 

The Little Free Pantry is located outside of Hugs Café, 224 E. Virginia St., McKinney. Local residents can drop-off nonperishable items, including peanut butter, toilet paper, paper towels, deodorant, ready-made meals, canned meats, canned goods, sealed boxed goods, baby products, diapers, formula, cereal, cleaning products, toiletries and more. Those in need can stop by and pick out whatever they could use, all anonymously, no forms or formalities. 

As you can see, the pamtry is a little empty. When you have been blessed, it’s always good to share your blessings with others. The blessings are returned ten-fold. 

Tuesday:) Toni’s Taking Brownies To Those Handsome Firemen

25 Jan

Firefighting — one of the few professions left that still makes house calls. ~Author Unknown


You know how your Facebook page comes up with memory photos from years gone by? Well, the other day, this photo popped up. It was a McKinney firefighter calendar that I had purchased in 2011. I was promoting the sale of the calendar. It was just to support a worthy charitable cause, of course. 

Well, it reminded me that I hadn’t made cookies or brownies for my local fire stations lately. So, I made a couple batches of brownies to share with our guys and girls in blue. Then, I always share with friends and neighbors too. If you’re going to bake, bake big, I always say.


Everyone says I make the best brownies. My secret is, I sprinkle about a cup or more of semi sweet chocolate chips on top of the batter and/or I top with mini marshmallows, mix a bit and sprinkle with chips. 

I stopped at Station #2, and Captain Turner answered the knock at the back door. The truck bay doors were open, so I just went in the back way. I’m a regular visitor. The Captain smiled and asked, “What’s the occasion?” I responded, “Just want to say thanks for all you guys do.”

Then, off to Station #5. 

Here’s the neat part. Firefighter Eddington answered the door, said thank you and asked, “Aren’t you the lady that brings us Christmas ornaments and cookies all the time?” I assured him that I was, and apologized for not being by this Christmas. I told him that I was in Chicago visiting my new granddaughter. (Dang! I forgot to take my pictures of the baby. Next time.) A good excuse to come back again soon.

I really appreciate our fire fighters and police officers. It takes a very special type of person to be willing to sacrifice their life for a stranger. If a few cookies or brownies can say thank you and bring a smile to their faces, it’s more than worth the small effort.

Here’s one of my silly brownie mix faces to make you smile. 

Wednesday:) When You Care, You Share

1 Dec

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” 

― Brian Tracy


While I was focused on my food frenzy of making turkey soup, stew, and turkey salad, I also baked some brownies. As always, I shared with friends. Today, I invited my neighbor Diane over for lunch. Guess what we had? Right! Turkey soup with a surprise desser of a warm brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce. Yum! 

After lunch, I went for a walk. It was a bit chilly, but the sun was shining and the trees were starting to turn. When I got back to my front door, I noticed that my single solitary knockout rose bush was still gorgeous, still blooming.

Knowing that these beautiful blooms will not last much longer, I decided to share some roses with friends. I gave a few to the neighbor’s next door, then I decided to cut all the pretty ones to share with my friends at our church group and a few for the ladies in the choir, who meet at the same time.

I devised a way to keep the roses in water with a recycled yogurt container. I made an X on the lid to put the flowers in water without spilling. 

I individually wrapped the smaller ones in a baggie for the choir ladies.

I also took some brownies for my support group and took some mini pot pies for one of my friends who is unable to cook right now. 

All these gestures were greatly appreciated. The roses were a gift of nature. It didn’t cost anything but a little time to cut and wrap and share. When I cook and bake, it doesn’t take that much more effort to make a little more and share. 

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” 

― Brian Tracy

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tasty Tip of the Day

2 Aug

“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich


If you know me, you know that I love a good sale, I love to cook, and I love to share. Now, you combine all those things and…wow…that’s a great day.

I went to Sprouts after church on Sunday. Little baby watermelons were only $1, mangos were 3 for $1, red bell peppers 2 for $1, cherries on sale $1.98 a lb. I bought a bunch of stuff, because I planned on sharing. I wrote about that Sunday. Now, what did I do with it all?

Yesterday, I met Karen and Miss Eleanor for lunch. I had a small bag for Miss Eleanor, a watermelon, a mango, a pepper, and some cherries. She uses a walker and doesn’t get out to the store much. It felt good to share my wonderful sales.

Today, I decided to do some cooking. I sauteed the peppers, onions, and some mushrooms in olive oil in a big skillet.

In order to share my culinary skills, I boiled a pound of bow tie pasta, added the veggies, and threw in some spinach and Parmesan cheese. I prepared a big pot of the mixture, and had a big bowl for lunch.

I made enough to share with my neighbor Kathy, and still have some left for the rest of the week.

Super sales, scrumptious cooking, and sharing…these are a few of my favorite things.

I hope Miss Kathy across the street enjoys this. She really hates to cook and loves it  when I share. She always says, “Toni, you can NEVER move away.” I don’t plan on it, Kathy!

Sunday Sermon:) Does Money Make You Rich? Nope!

31 Jul

Money may be a good servant, but for sure it is a bad master” 

― Corrado Ghinamo


“Women who marry for money and Men who marry for beauty are equally robbed in the end.” 

― Harmon Okinyo

(Just had to throw this one in for all those who will be robbed in the end.)


Scorching Sunday here in McKinney. It was fun greeting before Mass this morning, as everyone was rushing in to get out of the heat and into the air conditioning…except….Father announced that we were going to speed up the services because only one out of the three air conditioning units was working. We sang fewer songs, had a shorter homily, and said the Lord’s Prayer, lickety split. 

We have the most adorable families that attend Mass every Sunday, especially the babies.

The Gospel was the one about the parable of the rich man who stored up all his grain and wealth, thinking he could hold onto it for his future. My take on it…if you don’t share your blessings, and talents,mand wealth with others, you could die tomorrow and you never made a difference in anyone’s life. Money doesn’t do you any good when you’re dead. 

Gospel LK 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,

“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” 

He replied to him,

“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” 

Then he said to the crowd,

“Take care to guard against all greed,

for though one may be rich,

one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Then he told them a parable. 

“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. 

He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,

for I do not have space to store my harvest?’

And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:

I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. 

There I shall store all my grain and other goods

and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,

you have so many good things stored up for many years,

rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’

But God said to him,

‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;

and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’

Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves

but are not rich in what matters to God.”


After Mass, I went to Sprouts and picked up some fruit and vegetables, walnuts, and oooooh, some dark chocolate covered cashews and pecans. I was all out. The little watermelons were on sale for $1, mangos were 3 for $1, and red peppers were  50 cents ea. I bought a bunch of stuff to share with friends who don’t get out to the store. I like to share the wealth…but I ain’t sharin’ my chocolate! Well, maybe if you ask me nicely.

Which reminds me, I’m hungry. Where are those cashews?

Tuesday:) Telling Tales and Sharing Dreams 

4 May

You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.
~Erin Morgenstern


I enjoy writing every day, sesrching for something interesting, clever, beautiful or heartwarming to share. In the course of blogging every day, you become friends and followers of other writers with fascinating stories. I know I’ll probably never meet any of these wonderful writers, but I feel we have become friends, as we have opened up our lives, our stories, and our hearts to one another. 

This morning, I started reading a short story that really moved me. The words flowed like a gentle stream, and the story was heartwarming. So much so, that I decided to share this story instead of boring you with my mundane life today.

A story by Kim


The Bible camp lay down a long dirt road that left our car brown by the time we arrived. We had packed for the week and waited in line, luggage in tow for our cabinet assignments. The scent of the horses was down wind from where we stood but we could hear them neighing and […]

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