The State Department also advises people traveling in a foreign country to travel light, and to leave valuables and items that can’t be replaced at home. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I thought that my son would never learn to read. Then an older boy gave him some comic books, and just like a miracle, he started reading. I had the same problem with his younger brother. My husband bought a book about one of the superheroes. It was just like we flipped a switch — he started reading.
I had always read to my children and tried to encourage them, but it was comic books that did the trick. -- Ellen B., Lady Lake, Fla.
Dear Heloise: I like to buy bacon in 1-pound packages when it is on sale, and I use it mostly for seasoning dishes. Since I rarely need a whole package, here’s what I do: Using kitchen shears, I cut across the entire slab into preferred sizes, usually 1-inch sections. I then slip the amount I want (on the cardboard backing) into freezer bags and freeze.
If you want to save freezer bags, place two sections back-to-back in a bag. Simply pull a bag out of the freezer and throw the bacon into the skillet or pot. It thaws very quickly. -- Celeste H., Barclay, Tex.
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Dear Heloise: A friend recently broke her ankle and had to wear a “boot.” It rubbed on her foot and the incision, and, of course, was uncomfortable. She decided to slip a sanitary napkin in there, and it acted as a buffer. She also used a cloth diaper one day, which worked just as well. -- J.M. in Texas
Dear Heloise: While making breakfast, I came up with a new hint! I accidentally overbaked the biscuits a little, so I immediately wrapped them in a damp tea towel and placed them inside a bowl in the microwave (for 30 seconds on medium power -- Heloise). They came out very moist! -- Jolynne G., Anaheim, Calif.
Dear Heloise: Here is a hint about using clothing different ways. I am starting to organize and rearrange a lot of my garments in my closet by color. I have started rediscovering forgotten items that help create new outfits. -- Anna in Virginia
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