Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:12:00 EDTDear Heloise: What do I do with PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES that are expired?
Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:42:01 EDTTerra-Cotta Care Dear Readers: TERRA-COTTA POTS for spring flowers may need a little tender, loving care.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 01:37:00 EDTFOR RELEASE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011 Reading a Good Recipe
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:04:01 EDTDear Heloise: For anyone getting ready to move, a way to REDUCE PACKING COSTS is to go to the local newspaper and ask for "end roll paper." It is the end of the rolls used for printing the newspaper.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 01:22:01 ESTDear Heloise:
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:30:01 ESTGood morning, Heloise: I often buy MEAT in a quantity that will provide five or six meals. I bring it home, separate, vacuum-seal, label and store it in the freezer.
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 20:19:02 ESTDeploying a Binder Dear Heloise: My husband has just begun his second deployment. I was trying to think of a way for him to keep up on what our three kids are doing. I bought a large three-ring binder and will put inside all the things THE KIDS ARE DOING or want to send him: report cards, rewards...
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:16:01 ESTSequence Goes Down the Drain Dear Readers: For many years, we have printed the tried-and-true Heloise SINK-FRESHENING HINT of using baking soda and white or apple-cider vinegar. This mixture will bubble, fizz and freshen the drain. It WON'T, however, clear a clog from the drain.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:42:00 ESTBeing Too Social? Dear Heloise: With SOCIAL-NETWORK USAGE on the rise, here are some privacy hints to keep in mind:
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:35:00 ESTBox Talk Dear Heloise: I'm responding to a previous column about MAILING HINTS and wanted to add a comment. Please have your readers be careful when using cereal or cracker boxes for mailing or shipping. I have owned a private mail and shipping center for more than 23 years, and there are some...
Sat, 26 Feb 2011 17:03:00 ESTSome Dogs Bite Dear Readers: Friendly dogs are just that, and unfriendly dogs can bite! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4 million dog bites are reported annually. Many of these bites require medical care or even reconstructive surgery. Sadly, children 5 to 9...
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:32:01 ESTA Picture of Success Dear Readers: Here are some hints on how to take the best pictures you can:
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:07:00 ESTA Year's Worth of Bills Dear Heloise: A friend of mine told me I need to keep old utility bills for a year. Is that necessary?
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 20:34:00 ESTFat Fido? Dear Readers: Is your DOG OVERWEIGHT? It can lead to joint pain, diabetes and other health issues, just as in humans.
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:34:00 ESTCan Dry Ice Be Stored? Dear Heloise: I would like to know how to keep DRY ICE on hand, just in case we lose electricity. I have had dry ice before, and it evaporates in the freezer. Is there a way to store dry ice for a long period of time, like six months or so? Thanks for any help. -- Teri, via...
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:01:00 ESTDear Heloise: My husband takes a daily nap on the couch in the living room. The TV remote can be on the couch, under the couch or cushions - or on the table by his chair, on the floor, etc. You get the picture.
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:59:00 ESTDear Heloise: I was wondering if it is OK to HEAT A SANDWICH THAT HAS MAYONNAISE on it. My husband and I have an ongoing debate about this. -- Susan Toadvine in Katy, Texas
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:37:00 ESTDear Readers: Can you list what is IN YOUR WALLET right now? Is your Social Security card in there?
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:32:03 ESTDear Readers: It is important to make a good impression when APPLYING FOR A JOB in person or through your rsum. Potential employers may look at your rsum for only 15-20 seconds; it is the first, and many times the only, impression! Here are some hints for composing a resume if you are just enteri...
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:18:01 ESTA Collection of Pet Collars Dear Readers: A PET COLLAR is a collar, right? Nope, not all collars are the same.
Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:18:00 ESTMore on Renting Cars Dear Readers: We have gotten a lot of e-mails and letters in response to the recent RENTAL-CAR HINTS. Here are a few additional hints that you may find useful when renting your next car:
Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:41:01 ESTDear Heloise: I took some ENAMEL OR PORCELAIN off my sink. I think I must have knocked it hard with my cast-iron skillet; otherwise, I don't know how I did it. Anyway, the black gouge looked unsightly. I took some correction fluid, the kind you use for mistakes when typing, and covered the gouge....
Tue, 08 Feb 2011 18:10:01 ESTDear Heloise: I make the simplest DESSERT, and everyone loves it - chocolate caramel pecan pretzel bites. I take caramel-filled chocolate candy and place it on a square pretzel. Then I put a whole pecan on top of the candy. I preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cook them for about 4 minutes. When...
Mon, 07 Feb 2011 11:53:01 ESTDear Heloise: Recently, some TOAST CAUGHT FIRE in our toaster oven. My husband came from the other end of our home, and I told him to get the box of baking soda from the freezer door.
Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:05:00 ESTDear Readers: Some say most mini-schnauzers LOOK ALIKE, but do they? Our Cabernet (Cabbie for short) is a silver-haired sweetheart with big, brown eyes. If you have a dog that looks like Cabbie, send in a photo, and we will pick a handful to post on my Web site. So, take a look at www.Heloise.com...
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:50:00 ESTTowel Troubles Dear Heloise: For years, our family has RUINED TOWELS in the washer. They come out with spots, as if we spilled bleach on them. I wash in cold water, add detergent and include no fabric softener and no dryer sheets. I use a liquid detergent at all times. We cannot figure out what h...
Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:40:00 ESTDear Heloise: I e-mailed you about a FEE I was charged, without my realizing it, to use an online service. Here is the follow-up:
Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:24:03 EST'Permission to Treat' Letter Dear Heloise: Regarding the column about pet sitters: One important item is the "PERMISSION TO TREAT." If you are using a sitting service, you need to write a letter stating that the person doing the sitting has the right to authorize treatment (medical treatment --...
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:00:01 ESTCruising Through Some Hints Dear Readers: A CRUISE can be a fun way for the family to visit many different places. Here are some hints for packing for a cruise:
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:45:00 ESTPRETTY PEWTER Dear Heloise: Can you please tell me how to CLEAN/RESTORE PEWTER? I have a nut tray that I would like to use. Thanks. -- Georgette, via e-mail Pewter is beautiful and can last a long time. First, is the item valuable? Do not try anything on your own that could cause damage. The Pewt...
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:13:00 ESTDear Readers: Did you know that you can SUBSTITUTE cocoa and one other ingredient for baking chocolate?
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:30:00 ESTDear Heloise: Do you or your readers know of a good way to CLEAN BRUSHES AND COMBS?
Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:06:00 ESTDog, Meet Cat Dear Heloise: How do you safely INTRODUCE A CAT AND A DOG? My daughter's cat will be with us for a year, since my daughter is leaving for the Middle East soon (military duty). Our dog is 13 and has been around cats, but the kitty has always been an "only child."
Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:24:01 ESTDear Heloise: Once when I was traveling, I was holding the baby and watching the luggage, and the 3-year-old ran away.
Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:08:01 ESTDear Readers: It's that time of year to think about recycling the HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY AND THANK-YOU CARDS.
Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:41:01 ESTA Broiling Issue Dear Heloise: Did you know that new ranges no longer include a BROILER PAN? My husband just bought me a new stainless-steel range with all the bells and whistles, but no broiler pan.
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:40:01 ESTDear Readers: Recently, one of my assistants was shopping for a sofa. She was greeted at the door by a SALES ASSOCIATE, asked specifically what she was looking for, walked right over to two sofa choices, then asked which one she liked. From that point on, the sales associate would not leave Laura...
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:12:00 ESTDear Heloise: I read in The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger your column about REUSING EMPTY DETERGENT BOTTLES. As a manager for the New Jersey Poison Center, I have seen many disasters when people repurpose or reuse containers to store chemicals. All chemicals should be left in their original child-re...
Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:51:01 ESTDear Readers: Winter and COLD WEATHER mean outside pets need extra care. Here are some hints to keep in mind:
Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:15:01 ESTRunaway Sheets Dear Heloise: During a recent weeklong stay at a motel, we were troubled by BOTTOM SHEETS that would not stay tucked in. Consequently, the mattress pad would shift around also, and we would be sleeping on the bare mattress by morning. After the first couple of nights, we secured th...
Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:27:00 ESTDear Readers: With winter here, it's a perfect time to use your SLOW COOKER for some delicious comfort food and to save on your food budget!
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:17:01 ESTDear Heloise: Something that I think needs attention: COMPUTERS! I think they are great and provide a good service. But companies need to know that not everyone has a computer -- seniors like me, and people who can't afford them.
Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:44:00 ESTDear Readers: Through the years, my readers have come up with many creative and fun uses for WINE-BOTTLE CORKS.
Sat, 08 Jan 2011 17:45:00 ESTDear Heloise: When I adopted my dog Dusty from the animal shelter, he was pretty scrawny. Since then, he has thrived and is now a bit overweight. I have to cut back on his treats and food. My vet suggested CARROTS.
Fri, 07 Jan 2011 19:57:00 ESTDear Heloise: I've come up with some simple hints for STORING LUGGAGE.
Thu, 06 Jan 2011 20:49:00 ESTDear Heloise: When I put an APPOINTMENT on my calendar, I always include the name and telephone number of the person, company, doctor, etc. If I have to cancel or contact the person, the number is right there. Or if my family needs to contact me in case of an emergency, they can look at my calend...
Mon, 03 Jan 2011 17:22:00 ESTDear Readers: How about starting this new year by cleaning out some CLOSETS AND DRAWERS? Gather up all the unused toiletries you have collected (hotel and gift samples). You can make baskets with unopened personal-care products, along with anything else that someone could use. Many of us have sto...
Sat, 01 Jan 2011 19:02:00 ESTDear Readers: Have you ever watched a cat playing with CATNIP?
Thu, 30 Dec 2010 20:10:01 ESTHINTS FROM HELOISE BY HELOISE Picture Not So Perfect
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:20:00 ESTDear Heloise: I always have too much LEFTOVER EGGNOG, and I don't want to throw it away. Do you have any suggestion for how eggnog can be used in recipes? I hate to be wasteful! -- A Reader, via e-mail
Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:49:01 ESTDear Heloise: My mom and I love to shop for HOLIDAY CARDS at 50 percent off after-holiday sales.
Sat, 25 Dec 2010 17:11:00 ESTDear Readers: POINSETTIAS are bright, beautiful red, white or pink holiday plants, but are they harmful to pets? Well, they can cause stomach upset and diarrhea, but that's about it. Yes, the myth continues. Poinsettias are not deadly, but they should be kept from animals and small children anyway.
Fri, 24 Dec 2010 23:43:00 ESTDear Heloise: I keep reading tips from people about how to know which FOODS IN THE FRIDGE need to be eaten soon, etc. It's a whole lot easier at my house. We just eat leftovers every Friday. Whatever has been in the fridge all week gets eaten when we have "smorgasbord" day!
Wed, 22 Dec 2010 19:52:01 ESTDear Heloise: I had some yellow stains on the arms of a white, long-sleeved cotton shirt and I found a good way to remove them. I used hydrogen peroxide and some cotton balls first, but that only got the stains off one sleeve (the stains on the other sleeve were a little worse). I mixed one part ...
Wed, 22 Dec 2010 01:49:01 ESTDear Heloise: Please print the Heloise HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE recipe again.
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 01:21:00 ESTDear Heloise: I have a question about TIPPING IN A RESTAURANT. Do we tip a percentage of the full bill (including tax), or do we tip the percentage before the tax is calculated?
Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Readers: Sometimes it's better to LEAVE YOUR PET AT HOME if you are taking a lengthy trip.
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 20:04:02 ESTDear Readers: When SELLING YOUR HOME in today's market, it's very important to have your house in perfect condition when showing it to a prospective buyer.
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:44:00 ESTRental Results Dear Readers: RENTING A CAR can be an easy process, but if you're not careful, it can result in an unpleasant and expensive experience. Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind: -- When you rent a car, auto experts say to fill up the gas tank before you return it. Otherwise, you...
Wed, 15 Dec 2010 04:10:00 ESTRolling in the Dough Dear Readers: Do you love to MAKE YOUR OWN BREAD? Here are a couple of hints to help your baking come out of the oven the best it can be! -- Always use fresh yeast. If it isn't fresh, the bread probably won't rise. -- Store opened items, such as baking powder, baking soda and...
Tue, 14 Dec 2010 01:54:00 ESTDear Readers: Do you know what would happen if your PURSE OR WALLET got stolen or you lost it?
Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTCards Today, Boxes Tomorrow Dear Heloise: I select the prettiest cards from USED GREETING CARDS to make gift tags and little gift boxes. Use regular scissors or scalloped-edge pinking shears to make the tags. Also, I take the fronts of nice cards to make little gift boxes, perfect for gifts of ea...
Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: My daughter has a problem with CATS GETTING ON HER TABLE and countertops.
Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: When we travel and stay in a hotel room more than one night, I take small, plastic ZIP TIES with me.
Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:19:01 ESTDear Heloise: My father has accumulated electric blankets through the years, and some of them don't work anymore. He would like to know how to safely remove the electric cord inside the blanket. He remembers seeing it in your column. Could you reprint it?
Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTStain-Removal Plan Dear Heloise: Years ago, when my children were babies, I handed down many clothes that had the STAINS FROM FORMULA removed by a method you recommended. Any advice where I can find that formula? I know it had dishwasher detergent in it, but I can't remember the other ingredients...
Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: How can I deodorize/sanitize my WOODEN CUTTING BOARD?
Tue, 07 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTText or Drive, but Not Both Dear Heloise: I have a suggestion for reducing TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS from talking on the phone or texting: don't. This is so obvious that no one should have to be warned. On a recent car trip with a friend who was driving, she received calls from two friends and a sister w...
Fri, 03 Dec 2010 20:20:01 ESTDon't Stress Your Fish Dear Heloise: I am writing in reference to a previous hint about BEAUTIFYING AN AQUARIUM with a mirror on the back of the tank or bowl looking in on the fish. While this is a fine suggestion for most types of "friendly fish," it's not a great idea for solitary or aggressive...
Fri, 03 Dec 2010 00:26:00 ESTNo More Regis! Dear Heloise: I was sad to find out that one of my FAVORITE SHOWS, "Live With Regis and Kelly," would no longer be broadcast in San Antonio. I was pretty depressed about not being able to watch the show anymore, so I went to the show's website and went through the chitchat from all...
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: I love to cook with FRESH ONION AND GARLIC on Sundays.
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:16:01 ESTDear Heloise: Is there some way to clean the inside of the dishwasher without using the pricey cleaners available at the grocery store? Thank you.
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: I recently had my retirement and 80th birthday celebration.
Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Readers: A previous column asked for your HICCUP FIXES. Wow! What a response!
Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: As the proud owners of four DACHSHUNDS, we are aware that their extended backbones create a tendency for back problems, which can affect the quality of the lives of many "doxies."
Fri, 26 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: I have a few suggestions on how to make MOVING a little easier.
Thu, 25 Nov 2010 16:42:01 ESTFOR RELEASE FRIDAY, NOV. 26, 2010 HINTS FROM HELOISE
Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: Keep a binder book current with the MEDICAL INFORMATION about the person for whom you are a medical caregiver (could be a family member or a client).
Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: Is there some way to clean the inside of the DISHWASHER without using the pricey cleaners available at the grocery store?
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:23:01 ESTFOR RELEASE WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010 HELOISE'S KITCHENEERING
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTExit Strategy Dear Heloise: During the past month, when I'm leaving the grocery store, I have encountered people waiting outside the exit door ASKING FOR MONEY. I used to keep my change in my hand as I left the store. After being hounded by many people for money, I now make sure I put my change i...
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: I have several FASHION WATCHES that I wear only occasionally.
Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Readers: If you have older dogs that may get stressed by CAR RIDES going to the vet or groomer, you might want to look into using a mobile dog-grooming service.
Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Readers: The AIRPORT seems to be another home away from home these days! Recently, I was in 10 airports and on seven planes in three and a half days!
Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: For years, I have been reusing my empty LIQUID CLOTHES DETERGENTS WITH SPOUTS.
Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Readers: Do you love your kitchen? Do you have enough COUNTER SPACE?
Tue, 16 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Readers: If you have a fireplace and use it a lot, here are two hints for you:
Tue, 16 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: Thanks so much for the kind words about LIBRARIES, and especially the San Antonio Public Library, in which I have a special interest!
Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Readers: Here is a LETTER OF THOUGHT from the Heloise Files that was printed many years ago.
Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Readers: OVERWEIGHT CATS may look cute and roly-poly, but that extra fat can be dangerous.
Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Readers: If you have a FIREPLACE and use it a lot, here are two hints for you:
Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: When I got married, my jeweler told me about a GREAT WAY TO CLEAN DIAMONDS, some gems and gold jewelry.
Wed, 10 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: I read the hint (from a reader -- Heloise) about carrying a plastic bag to use for LEFTOVERS into a restaurant instead of using the carryout containers.
Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Readers: World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14 and is the perfect way to raise awareness about diabetes, its causes, prevention and management.
Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTDear Heloise: Regarding sending a CHILD ALONE ON A TRIP by commercial airline: Please be sure the adult on the receiving end knows the name the child will be using when traveling.
Sat, 06 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDTA Guide to Guide Dogs Dear Readers: Most of us who are animal lovers probably want to reach out and PET A GUIDE DOG, but please don't if it is in work mode -- unless you get permission from the dog's owner. Here are a few hints about guide dogs: - When the dog is in a harness, the dog is working ...
Fri, 05 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDTDear Readers: With the holiday season around the corner, here are a few tips for LADDER SAFETY when decorating your house or doing repair work.
Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDTDear Heloise: We have so many CHARGERS for so many electronic devices in our household.
Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDTDear Heloise: Have you ever tried to find a house number at night, or even in the daytime? It can be frustrating. This hint can save lives: It is important for people to have their house numbers painted on the curb. If an ambulance must come fast or if the police are called, time could be wasted...