2013-12-31 / Columns

Hints From Heloise

ST. JUDE’S

Dear Heloise: Please remind people when sending greeting cards not to write on the back of the front panel. You can then remove the backs and mail the card fronts to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, 100 St. Jude’s St., Boulder City, NV 89005. – Bettie S. in Texas

Thanks for the reminder for my readers not to write on the front panel, and to save cards (just the fronts, please) for such a good cause!

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is a wonderful organization that I have written about often. For more than 30 years, it has taken care of abused, abandoned and neglected children. The old, donated card fronts are glued to pre-folded stock paper and signed by the child who made it. The recycled cards are available for purchase at the online store at www.stjudesranch.org. The card project helps the kids earn some spending money and teaches them good work skills.

Visit the web site or call 877- 977-7572. Save your cards for St. Jude’s and maybe send a dollar or two with the card fronts. – Heloise

HANDS-FREE

Dear Heloise: I bought a small, cross-body zipper-top purse specifically for shopping and taking on vacation. It enables me to keep my hands free and keep the purse close to me and away from thieves. – Callie T., via email

TOMATO SOUP

Dear Heloise: I love tomatoes and buy many at a time. If I have some that are about to go bad, instead of throwing them away, I make them into soup. Saves money by not wasting, and makes a delicious meal. – A Reader, via email

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Dear Readers: With all the post-holiday sales, many head out to the stores and the mall. Here are some hints to keep you safe:

*Park as close to a store entrance or elevator as possible.

*Look around, and be aware of your surroundings. Look for people just sitting in cars “watching” everyone else, or cars just circling.

*Park near light poles.

*Do not return to your car to place items in the trunk and then head back into the store. You might think this is safe, but there are people who watch, then break into your trunk! If you do put things in the trunk, try to move to another parking spot so it looks like you are leaving.

*Don’t take your whole wallet. Try to pare down, and take only a few credit cards that you will need. Pickpockets love women with a BIG purse stuffed full of things. An easy target for sure.

– Heloise

HANDY ADDRESS

Dear Heloise: Sometimes I can’t even read my own handwriting. So I have developed a habit of carrying name and address labels with me (in my purse). I use them for gifts, weddings, funerals, forms at the doctor’s office, etc. It saves writing the same information, and it helps other people who might not be able to read my handwriting. – Judy in Milwaukee

FROSTING CONTAINERS

Dear Heloise: I reuse empty frosting containers to store cupcake wrappers. I label the outside of the container with the theme of the cupcake wrappers inside (for example, Christmas, Halloween, birthday, etc.). – Kathleen M. in New Jersey

STUCK PHOTOGRAPHS

Dear Heloise: When I moved three years ago, I discovered that many of my photographs were all smashed together and inseparable. I tried to “tear” a couple apart and unfortunately completely ruined them. Do you have the solution? – Nancy A. in Houston

Nancy, I don’t know if I have the “solution,” but I have a few hints to try. First, you can try freezing them. Just place the photographs in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for a few days. This might dry them enough to allow you to gently peel them apart.

Second, depending on the photos, you may be able to get them apart by soaking them in warm (not hot) water. Try with only a few first to be sure that this doesn’t harm them. Let them “swim” for a minute or two, then see if you can gently separate them (be careful not to damage). If you can’t, let them soak for a few more minutes and repeat. When they are apart, lay them on paper towels faceup to dry.

Another suggestion is to trim down the photos, if possible, to remove the areas that are stuck together. – Heloise

ROASTING CHICKEN

Dear Heloise: Instead of buying a special roasting vertical pan for whole chickens, I simply use my fluted cake pan. I spray the pan with cooking oil, then sit the chicken upright in the pan, with the centerpiece of the pan resting inside the chicken and holding it. The juices collect in the ring of the pan, and the chicken roasts beautifully. – Nicole L. in Indiana

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279- 5000, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise@ Heloise.com. I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.

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