Hints From Heloise: Go peanut-free

October 30, 2013

Dear Heloise: I am an emergency-room nurse. I would like to inform all of your readers to buy ALL PEANUT-FREE TREATS to offer at Halloween or at any party given in your home, church function or other gathering for adults and children. There is no shortage of peanut-free food products, and it is the only way to be 100 percent sure that you do not cause a death.

Remember when you were a kid? Children returned home from trick-or-treating and it was common to “trade” treats with siblings or neighbor children. Hundreds of people die from food allergies per year, and many are from peanut products. -- Maggie M. in Ohio

Thank you for a very important reminder! Parents, watch out, especially if your child has peanut allergies. -- Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

HOLIDAY PANCAKES

Dear Heloise: One of my favorite things to do for my kids is make different-colored pancakes. For Halloween, I mix red and yellow coloring to make them pumpkin-colored pancakes. Not only do they get into the holiday spirit, but this adds variation to our morning routine.

At Christmas, the kids really enjoy red and green mini pancakes! -- Jenny L. in Indiana

STORAGE SOLUTION

Dear Heloise: With leftovers, I use only the rectangular storage containers. When they are all the same shape, it is easier to arrange and stack the containers. This makes the storage space in my fridge more efficient. -- T.C. in Oklahoma

HARD-BOILED EGGS

Dear Heloise: I just read your hint on distinguishing hard-boiled eggs from raw ones by adding food coloring to the water. Did you know that can be determined by just spinning the egg? A hard-boiled egg will spin fast. A raw one, slowly. Try it. -- Ursula in Lincoln, Calif.

Yep! However, it’s fun to have colored eggs in the refrigerator. -- Heloise

NO PARSLEY

Dear Heloise: Here is a hint for celery leaves: I use them in place of fresh parsley. You can add the chopped leaves to homemade salsa or soups and stews. -- Samantha Q. in New York

WATER BOTTLE

Dear Heloise: A long-neck wine bottle is just right for watering hanging baskets. -- John P. in Indiana

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

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