Hints From Heloise: Downsizing food content

October 21, 2012

Dear Heloise: My pet peeve with manufacturers is the way they keep CUTTING DOWN on the number of pounds or ounces in a product. For instance, my macaroni-salad recipe calls for an 8-ounce box of macaroni, yet the boxes now come in 7-ounce size. I find myself doing a lot of guessing and measuring when trying to adapt the old recipes to the new package amounts. -- Faith in Nebraska

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

FOR HIS SAFETY

Dear Heloise: I need your help with my husband, who suffered a brain injury in an accident several years ago. I spend a large amount of my day looking for things that my husband swears he didn’t touch. I can’t leave him alone too long for fear of what I will come home to.

I just want to be able to keep important papers, my personal things and cleaning products in a place where he doesn’t have access. I can’t afford a safe or anything. Do you have any ideas? Keep in mind that he is very strong physically. -- Jan in North Carolina

Jan, I am so sorry for your husband’s accident and the trouble you are having. You can try a small filing cabinet, footlocker or even a small, inexpensive safe, all of which can be locked. Have friends and family keep an eye out at garage sales or secondhand stores. You may be able to find a large safe at a reasonable price.

With any of these options, try tucking it away somewhere that isn’t too noticeable. If it is out of sight, he may not even bother with it. Try at the bottom of a closet, the end of the bed with a throw over it, or if you have a second bedroom that you do not use often, stick it in there. Hope this helps solve your problem. -- Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Other things to use as trick-or-treat bags:

* Pillowcases

* Reusable fabric shopping bags

* Wicker or hanging basket with a handle

* Plastic chalk bucket

* Fast-food kids-meal container.

-- Heloise

CAMPING TUB

Dear Heloise: I love to go camping. I got tired of always having to pack and then unload. I bought a big plastic tub that now holds all my camping gear. I put everything in it that I need for a camping trip: an old pot and pan, matches, rope, toilet paper, batteries, camping shovel, etc. Then all I have to do is throw it, my tent and the cooler with food in the back of my truck, and I am ready to go. -- A Reader in Colorado

SWEET SURPRISES

Dear Heloise: My co-workers and I always leave treats for each other on our desks. Nothing big -- a piece of our favorite candy or a cute notepad, just little things we find. It is such a nice surprise to walk in and find a little something on our desks. It brightens the whole day. -- A Reader in Vermont

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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