Hints From Heloise: Frazzled by the nozzle

May 6, 2013

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about spray-bottle nozzles:

“Why do the makers of spray bottles put the directions (“off,” ‘’on,” “spray” and “stream”) on the spray nozzle the same color as the nozzle? You cannot read the directions — you can’t see them. You have to try all the sides to get the spray you want. It is so frustrating.” -- E.P. in Pennsylvania

You are right! The reason is that it would cost more to manufacture the bottle. But here is a Heloise hint: Mark the “on” with bright-red nail polish. -- Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Other uses for toothpicks:

* Use to clean stuck food out of a colander.

* Place in nail holes when painting to keep the places marked.

* Use to devein shrimp.

* Mark the start of a roll of tape.

* Use to punch a reset button on electronic equipment.

-- Heloise

FAVORITE TV SHOWS

Dear Heloise: I am invested in watching a couple of my favorite television shows. When they go on break, I worry that I will miss the first episode of the next season. I write on my calendar when the show is going to start again so I don’t miss an episode. -- W.V. in Connecticut

I’m with you! I’ve programmed some of my favorites (“Mad Men” and “Suits”) to record so I won’t miss them. -- Heloise

CONDENSED MILK

Dear Heloise: I lost my copy of your recipe for sweetened condensed milk. Could you please reprint it? -- A Longtime Reader in Virginia

I would be happy to reprint this easy recipe for you. You will need:

1 cup powdered milk

1/3 cup boiling water

2/3 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons butter

Mix the ingredients in a blender on low for a minute or two. Gradually increase the speed until it’s smooth. Take a small amount and rub it between your fingers. You should NOT be able to feel any sugar granules. This recipe makes enough to equal about a can of store-bought, but it will not be the same consistency. This is just one of the recipes I have in my Seasonings, Sauces and Substitutes pamphlet, and they can all be yours. To order, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/SSS, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Run out of creamer? Use a teaspoon or two of ice cream in your morning coffee instead. -- Heloise

STAY IN BED

Dear Heloise: I caught my daughter trying to climb over the edge of her crib the other day. My friend had an easy solution: If the back of the crib is taller than the front, just turn it around. How simple! -- Ann in Florida

TABLECLOTH TAILORING

Dear Heloise: I have collected many tablecloths through the years. However, some of my favorites are too large for the table I have now. I gather some of the fabric at intervals and slide napkin rings onto it. The tablecloth fits, and it gives the table a special look. -- A Reader in Illinois

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.

, King Features Syndicate

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