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Hints From Heloise: Beware the tipping point

Dear Heloise: I have a hint to add to your hints regarding preventing TVs from toppling on small children. This same danger applies to AQUARIUMS! Never let small children near an aquarium without close-by adult supervision! Unfortunately, my small niece ran excitedly to my aquarium, grabbed the top edge and pulled it over onto herself. Broken glass, water and fish went everywhere! Thankfully, she was uninjured, other than being terribly frightened. -- Patsy S., via e-mail

Oh my! I’m so glad your niece is all right! Readers, please take note of this important information. It just may save a young child from serious injury! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Do you have a recipe for a low-calorie salad dressing? -- A Reader in Wyoming

I do have a recipe! It is simple to make. Here is what you need:

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

1/4 cup skim or low-fat milk

1 teaspoon wine or apple-cider vinegar

Herbs and salt and pepper to taste

Mix the ingredients together in a blender for one minute or so, and you’ll have an easy, made-at-home, low-calorie dressing for all your salads. There are a lot of uses for vinegar in the kitchen. I have put all of my favorites that will help save you money in a multipage pamphlet. To order, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. To make a tangy cucumber snack, soak cucumbers in apple-cider vinegar and water for 10-15 minutes. Great with a salad. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: My family and I have a large get-together during the holidays where we exchange presents. With so many people, and the gift wrap flying, the presents often get mixed up in the process. I have found it helpful to write on the present itself who it is for and who it is from. I write it somewhere small and out of the way, like the bottom. This helps get the presents to the right person at the end of the night. -- Sean in Texas


Dear Heloise: I have two dogs that I take for a walk around my neighborhood every night. To help us be more visible to traffic, I purchased red blinking lights at a pet store for about $5 each. The other day, I found children’s blinking necklaces. I bought a couple and found that they work just as well as the more-expensive ones from the pet store. -- Lisa P., Somersworth, N.H.

Love it, and I bet the dogs think they are pretty cool! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I repainted my outdoor chairs, and I was thinking of things to put under them so I wouldn’t leave a mess. My husband suggested that I use the plastic shower-curtain liner. We needed a new liner anyway, but saved the old one for painting in the future. -- Megan N. in Dallas

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

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