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Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

8 Nov

“When the going gets tough, the tough bake brownies. That pretty much cures anything.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


My friend, Miss Pat, posted on Facebook last week that Kroger had brownie mixes on sale, with store card for… wait for it… 79cents a box. Be still my heart. She also posted that everyone better get to the store before Toni buys them all. Hmm? Why would she say such a thing?

Funny, as I’m writing this, I have two more batches in the oven. Hold on. I’ll go take a picture…. I’m back…

I’m going to take some for my church group tonight at 7. They’ll still be warm. It’s after 6 already. Then, I’ll have some for tomorrow’s karaoke potluck at the VFW.

I think I’ve gone through 8 boxes in the past week. Every time I bake for an event, I bake an extra batch for my firemen at Station 9. I asked them yesterday if they were getting tired of my brownies yet. They said, “NO MAM!We gobble them up and we don’t leave any for the next shift.” Aw, high praises. I also asked them if they’d save my container, and that I’d swap it out for a new one with more brownies or cookies. I go through a lot of containers too. They were happy to oblige.

Now, you see why I was so excited about the sale. I didn’t buy all of them on the shelf. But, I did take all the dark fudge chocolate boxes, leaving the milk chocolate ones for the less discerning bakers.

That should last me till Christmas…I hope.

Tuesday:) Take A Little Time To Share

25 Jul

“When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.”

~Howard Schultz


I never run out of reasons to extol the praises of our wonderful community here in McKinney. A couple of weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook that the little food pantry box in front of The Art House had been very low on donations. The box relies on friends and neighbors dropping off food and supplies for those in need. It works on the honor system. “Take what you need. Give what you can.”

When I go shopping, I always keep an eye out for some good sales or specials. Usually canned goods are a good value, and they hold up well in all kinds of weather. When I arrived, the little box was pretty low. I try and stop by with a few things whenever I’m over by the Square. I have been blessed with more than enough in my pantry, so why not share with those not as fortunate.

My meager contribution wasn’t much, but hopefully it helped out a little. I even remembered to take some extra plastic bags to carry items home.

If you happen to be in the area and have a few food items to share, I know it will be greatly appreciated.

If many people share just a little, well, that adds up to a lot.

Wednesday :) When You Share, You Show You Care

29 Mar

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”

L.M. Montgomery,


There is something surreal or sad or unreal about going through dozens of boxes, closets full of clothes, and hundreds of photos and thousands of treasures that you have to decide what to do with. Going through Mom’s things was tough. We’re still not done, but getting close.

I think what made the process most tedious was, we tried to find a good home for the special things, mostly because of all the memories that went along with each item. Mom had so many friends, especially here where she lived.

These past few days, I walked around dropping off little mementos on the front shelf in front of her friend’s doors. Everyone knew where it came from because Mom always did the same.

Yesterday, I saw a group of Mom’s friends sitting by the activity room after dinner. I went upstairs and found a variety of necklaces to share with them. As it turned out, the color selections were perfect. I had a purple necklace for the lady in purple, brown for brown, etc. I put a necklace on each lovely lady, and they beamed, each appreciative be of the kind gesture.

They said to make sure to come and visit them whenever I’m back in town. I just may do that.

Still a lot to do. Back to work….

Friday:) Friends, Firemen, and a Few of My Other Peeps

10 Mar

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

Roy T. Bennett


Friday’s are always fun. Today, I took the dog for a long walk, went to Zumba, and met some friends for an impromptu lunch. The neat part is, I thought I was meeting just one friend, but she texted a couple other girls, and they were free, so they surprised me. Fun!

I had stopped at Fire Station 5 on the way to lunch, but they were all out on a call. Fortunately, they were back after lunch. I was up to my usual crazy baking frenzy, so I thought I’d share my cupcakes and brownies with my local fire fighters. They always appreciate a visit from Miss Toni.

A few Peeps for my special peeps.

When I got home, another long walk with Bella. Then, I dropped her off back home, then walked a few blocks to Mr. Larry’s and Miss Sandy’s. Yep, they were sitting in the garage. Time for a Blue Moon beer and some neighborhood gossip.

It was starting to get dark, so I scurried home, with just enough time to visit a couple more neighbors with my famous Peep cupcakes.

Enough sharing for today. It’s Black Russian Friday.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

5 Mar

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

Mother Teresa


A cloudy, murky, misty Sunday morning. But,the gloom disappears the minute I get to the door of St. Gabriel’s. I was met by smiles and hugs from Mary and Jerry, already greeting at the door. Then, saying good morning to hundreds of people, hugs, laughter, high-fives from little guys. It doesn’t get better than that. A great way to start my day.

I always have a Matchbox car for Liam, and a little toy or trinket for Avery. Today, I had a little blue knitted purse for her. I totally forgot to put a lucky coin inside, so I caught her after Mass and gave her a shiny quarter. She was thrilled. You would have thought I gave her a million dollars. So cute!

I just love sharing little treasures with the children. At one time, they were little strangers. Today, they are like family. These gifts are small inexpensive gestures, smiles and hugs cost nothing, but all these things mean so much to others. They mean even more to me. I have found that the more I share, the more I am blessed. I love it!

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

Mother Teresa

The Gospel today was about the Samaritan woman at the well. She didn’t think she was worthy to draw water from the well for Jesus when he asked for water, but He told her that He was offering a different water. Eternal life.

My take on it… God doesn’t discriminate gender, color, region, or faith. All are welcome to share, to learn, to grow and believe.

It was a good Sunday. I grabbed my umbrella and took a long walk. Even the rain couldn’t dampen my spirits.

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.