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Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day

22 Jan

“I found the best way to be productive is to balance a little fun with a little work.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


As you may already know, I am a master of procrastination. I swore that I would start out the new year with trying to get organized and be more productive. Instead, I’ve been running around going to dances, parties, lunches, movies, and having way too much fun.

So, after all my birthday celebrations, which lasted about three weeks, I decided to balance a little fun with a little organizing. This week, I took all the hundreds of teeny tiny plastic containers and dozens of large Tupperware type containers out of the cabinet and get those organized. It was an all day event. I didn’t really toss too many things, but just getting them organized saved a lot of space.

The next day, I was able to have fun and go and have a craft day with the girls. Balance.

Today, I organized the junk drawer with all those pesky rubber bands, pens, scissors, notepads, etc. Then, worked upstairs in my “crap room” for about an hour.

Then, I stopped over at Fire Station 9 and took them some of my homemade three bean/corn salsa and chips. Afterwards, I went and picked up Jerry on our way to Loretta’s place for dinner with the gang. A little work, a little fun.

So, I’m starting to be more productive now. A couple of hours of chores and organizing, balanced with four or five hours of fun with friends. Now, that’s how it should be done. “All work and no play….”

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~Pineapple Vodka

27 Feb

“Be creative while inventing ideas, but be disciplined while implementing them.”

― Amit Kalantri


I love fresh pineapple, but not so fond of all the work involved in cutting and trimming, not to mention all the waste. I also heard that fresh pineapple was better than cough medicine for helping a bad cough. It’s loaded with vitamin C, helps digestion, loaded with fiber, may reduce allergy symptoms, and much more.

Well, pineapples were on sale, so I bought two. I wasn’t sure how to cut it up efficiently, so I asked some friends at the senior center who bring fresh pineapples for the pot luck every Monday how they cut them. Once I cut off the bottom and the four sides, the center portion and thick core was intact. But, so much waste.

Light bulb moment… that inedible core still has a lot of flavor, so I could use it to infuse flavor into water or juice. Better yet, I could infuse it in some vodka. Then, there would be very little waste. Brilliant…and delicious.

I had enough delicious fresh pineapple for several days, and now I have a couple of mason jars with pineapple vodka. This will be yummy with orange juice on the rocks.

Here are some pineapple facts…but remember…too much of anything is not a good thing.

Nutrition facts

Here are the nutrition facts for raw pineapple, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food labeling through the National Labeling and Education Act:

Serving size: 1 cup chunks (165 g)

Amount per Serving (%DV*)

*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Calories 82

Calories from Fat 0

Amt per Serving


Total Fat 0g


Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 2mg


Potassium 120mg


Total Carbohydrate 15g


  Dietary Fiber 2g


   Sugars 11g


Protein 1g

Vitamin A


Vitamin C






The nutritional profile for canned pineapple is different from raw pineapple. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, canned pineapple in light syrup has 131 calories per cup and 31.88 grams of sugar. It also contains fewer vitamins and minerals. If you do opt for canned pineapple, try to get it with no added sugar or look for a variety that is canned in fruit juice instead of syrup.

Health benefits

Immune system support

Pineapple contains all of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, according to the FDA. Vitamin C is a primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damage, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. This makes vitamin C a helpful fighter against problems such as heart disease and joint pain.

Bone strength

Pineapple may help you keep standing tall and strong. The fruit contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. One 1994 study suggested that manganese, along with other trace minerals, may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. 

Eye health

“Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains,” Flores said. 


Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping you regular and in keeping your intestines healthy, according to the Mayo Clinic. But unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, possibly helping digestion, according to the American Cancer Society.

Anti-Inflammatory benefits

“Due to a complex mixture of substances that can be extracted from the core of the pineapple, well known as bromelain, pineapples can help reduce severe inflammation … and can reduce tumor growth,” Flores said. A variety of studies have indicated that bromelain may be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, though more research is needed. 

Excessive inflammation is often associated with cancer, and according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, bromelain and other proteolytic enzymes have been shown to increase the survival rates of animals with various tumors. There is not yet, however, clinical evidence to show that such results will happen in humans. 

Blood clot reduction

Flores noted that because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers and others at risk for blood clots.

Common cold and sinus inflammation

In addition to having lots of vitamin C, pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. So if your cold has you coughing, try some pineapple chunks. Those with allergies may want to consider incorporating pineapple into their diets more regularly to reduce sinus mucus.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~ Honey

6 Feb

“Never deviate from the right way and you will improve.”

― Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You


I happen to love honey. Who doesn’t? I put it in my tea every day, in my plain Greek yogurt, and in lots of recipes. But, honey has so many other uses and benefits that you may not know about. Everyone loves honey.

My personal perplexion-(I think I made that word up. Spellcheck didn’t like it) was, I was perplexed about how to get my honey out of the plastic jar once it started crystallizing. You aren’t supposed to microwave or boil plastic containers, so now what? Why do they put it in plastic?

I decided that a pre-emotive strike was the best strategy. One day, I looked at my plastic honey container and it was just barely starting to crystallize. Oh no! I was going to transfer it when I first bought it, and I forgot. So, I got out a glass canning jar and squeezed out as much honey into the glass jar as I could. There was a little left, clinging to the sides, so I put the plastic container in a container of warm water…not hot or boiling…just warm. Then, I scooped out as much as I could with a tall iced tea spoon. I pretty much got it all out, and now I can use a spoon in the wide mouth jar to get out my honey when it thickens. Honey lasts forever, Well, almost.

While excavating Egypt’s famous pyramids, archaeologists have found pots of honey in an ancient tomb. The honey, dating back approximately 3,000 years, is the world’s oldest sample – and still perfectly edible.Nov 23, 2015

Don’t microwave raw honey to decrystallize it. … You may be tempted to immerse your entire honey jar in boiling water, but that will destroy beneficial enzymes and other properties found only in raw honey. Don’t heat honey in a plastic bottle. Don’t take the risk that you‘ll melt plastic into your honey.Jan 19, 2018

How to Decrystallize Raw Honey | Asheville Bee Charmer

Here are some other cool ways to use honey besides in your tea.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day and A Taste of Home

5 Sep

“A Pizza Slice a day keeps Sadness Away.”

― Jet Paacal


A very nice Tuesday. It wasn’t a scorching day, but rather comfortable, cool, and overcast this morning. Zumba at 8:30 am at the YMCA and then a long walk when I got home. While I started out on my walk, enthralled by the glorious day, I found a rusty nail in a neighbor’s driveway. I need to save a stranger from a flat tire. I thought, there’s no trash to throw this away for miles, but I can’t just leave it here or throw it in the grass. I’ll just carry it in my hand as a reminder.

Tip of the day… keep a reminder close by, close to your heart, an object that symbolizes something special. The nail I carried around with me reminded me of the nails on a cross. Someone who gave His life for us. He suffered for our sins, and He said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” That’s why it’s important to look out for your neighbor. It may sound hokey, but that’s how I think. As I continued my walk, I picked up newspapers in driveways that had two or three strewn on the sidewalk and street. I carefully placed them by the front door behind a bush or pillar. I had just seen a video from a burglar who said how he targeted houses to rob. One thing he looked for was more than one newspaper in the driveway, a possible sign that people were not home or on a vacation.

We need to look out for one another. Not just your family, friends, and neighbors, but even strangers.

The afternoon flew into evening. I made plans to have dinner with my good friend Linda Grossman (World’s Greatest Realtor-blatant plug). Linda and I have our Chicago ties, so we decided to go to Rosati’s for pizza. Ah… they have wonderful deep dish pizza, almost as good as Chicago pizza…almost. It was great and I ate too much. Yum! Look at this!

A reminder of home. This reminder will be in my heart and on my hips for quite a while. Well worth the price.