Dear Readers: A tasty CUP OF COFFEE is a nice way to start a day. I usually fix a large mug of “real” coffee, but when in a hurry, I grab instant.

How many ounces of water are there in a “cup” of coffee? Eight should be the answer. But instant and brewed use 6 ounces as the measurement for a cup. So, if the coffee is weak, it may not be your fault.

Also, note this when measuring ground coffee to make a full pot. If brewed coffee is not strong enough for you, add a little instant for that extra flavor. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: My family likes stuffed peppers. I have found that a great way to prepare them is by using a muffin pan. I stand the peppers up in the individual wells so they are easier to fill and don’t fall over. I don’t lose any filling, and I can bake them as they sit upright in the pan. Easy! -- Angela D. in Texas


Dear Heloise: Whenever I would go to mix cinnamon and sugar, I couldn’t find a funnel to help put it into the spice shaker with a tiny hole that I have. Here is what I did. I mixed up a little batch of the sugar and cinnamon in a paper coffee filter. Once mixed, I bundled up the filter and placed it over the hole in the shaker. Poking a little hole in the bottom of the filter (Heloise here: Poke the hole from the top going through the filter), I watched the mixture trickle down into the hole.

This was so easy that I still won’t buy a funnel. Besides, what fun is life if you insist on doing things the easy way all the time? -- J.D., via e-mail


Dear Heloise: Much of the bacon you buy comes with a hard plastic backing under the bacon slices. I keep a couple of these (Heloise here: be sure to thoroughly clean) to use as a cutting board when cutting a small amount of vegetables, etc. They are easy to clean and use while protecting your countertop. -- Arthur, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: My kids like to use chocolate syrup on ice cream, to dip fruit in, etc. When there is just a little bit left, I pour some milk into the chocolate container and swish it around a couple of times to make a “free” glass of chocolate milk. Yummy! -- Betty E., Midland, Tex.


Dear Heloise: I was mixing up a batch of scones that required kneading, and the recipe cautioned that the dough would be sticky. So, I put my hands in two reclosable sandwich bags while I kneaded the dough. This allowed me to periodically pull my hands out and handle other chores. Then, when I was finished, I easily cleaned the sticky dough off the bags with a rubber scraper. -- Kathleen W. in Alabama

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