Hints From Heloise: Bountiful buckeyes

February 29, 2012

Dear Readers: Wow, the recent column about BUCKEYE NUTS was a hit! Here are just a few letters received:

* Carol J. in Hazleton, Pa., wrote: “I’ve been reading your column for years, but have never written until now. I lived in the Sierra Foothills for a while, where buckeyes are wild and plentiful. I baked them in the microwave after putting a hole in the top and bottom with a nail. When they were cool and dry, I put my drapery cord through and tied a knot. They were wonderful drapery-cord pulls, and felt so good in my hand.”

* Donna E., via e-mail, said: “Did you bring back some very nice memories and answer an age-old question! Buckeyes are for luck! My father’s mother always kept one in her jewelry box, and it always seemed ‘polished.’ Every time anyone opened the box, they invariably picked up the buckeye nut and rubbed it, thus polishing it with the oil on their fingers. My parents also kept one in our adhesive-strip box (remember the old, metal ones?). Thanks for featuring it in your column!”

* Elinor A. in Red Oak, Iowa, wrote: “We lived in Iowa when I was growing up, and there was a big buckeye tree in the front yard. It was the only one in town. Every summer, hordes of young boys would gather under the tree to pick up the ripe buckeyes. At my 40-year high-school reunion, one of my classmates approached me and, with a smile, handed me two brown-and-tan buckeyes. He had kept them for at least 50 years.”

Readers, these are only three of the many letters I received. I thought you would enjoy them as much as I did. -- Hugs, Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

CHOCOLATE DIPPING

Dear Heloise: This past holiday, I made chocolate-covered pretzels. The biggest problem was figuring out how to dip the pretzels and remove them without making a huge mess. I used my potato masher. I would put a couple of large pretzels on the masher and then dip it in the chocolate. I removed them and set them on a sheet of foil. Worked great! -- Annie F., via e-mail

COOKIE DECORATING

Dear Heloise: My granddaughter and I were baking sugar cookies. To keep the mess to a minimum, I would place the cookie cutter over each cookie before she sprinkled it with colored sugar. Most of the sugar stayed within the cutout, and I didn’t have sugar to clean up. Then we baked the cookies, which were delicious! -- Frankie C., Conway, Ark.

STORING LETTUCE

Dear Heloise: Lettuce tends to get mushy quickly, but I have a solution: paper towels. In a container with a lid, fold a paper towel and place it in the container. Then place your lettuce on top, put on the lid and place it in the fridge. Keeps it just as fresh as the day I put it in the container. -- Ann M., via e-mail

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.

2012, King Features Syndicate

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