Dear Readers: If you’re a fan of a cold glass of iced tea and are looking for some ways to jazz up your next glass, here are a few hints for you:

* Use frozen strawberries instead of ice cubes.

* Add a sprig of mint to your drink.

* Try orange or lime slices in place of lemon for a different flavor twist.

* Add a teaspoon of powdered lemonade mix for a zingy, lemony taste.

* I throw a small handful of cinnamon candies into the teapot when I brew tea.

Wondering how to store your tea? Keep loose tea and tea bags in a dark, cool, dry place, away from strong odors. Do not refrigerate. Coffee, however, can be stored for a long time in the refrigerator. For more tea hints and a bunch of flavored coffee recipes, order my Heloise’s Flavored Coffees and Teas pamphlet by sending $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Coffee, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Another great tea hint? Don’t pour out leftover brewed tea. Freeze it in an ice-cube tray, and add the cubes to your next glass. The tea won’t get watered down! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: After a particularly frustrating day with two small children, I picked up my jacket and car keys to go to the fabric store. My son asked, “Mommy, where are you going?” My answer: “Crazy.” His answer: “Are you taking the car?” My frustration left immediately! -- Helen in Bella Vista, Ark.

How precious and hysterical at the same time! When I was small, I’d hear my mother say, “Let me put on my lips” before going out. I thought she went into the bathroom and literally put on lips! -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Cynthia B. e-mailed a picture of her two “wonderdogs,” Piper, a beagle, and BeBe, a mini schnauzer. BeBe is napping on top of the doghouse! I wonder how she got up there? Piper is lying on the porch. To see Piper and BeBe, visit and click on “Pets” on the left-hand side of the page. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I came home from having dinner out with my husband and was still in my high-heeled shoes. I went to retrieve something from a high shelf in the kitchen cabinet and realized I could easily reach it.

I’m only 5 feet tall, but if I need to reach something, I can put on my heels. I enjoy your column in the (Tupelo) Daily Journal. -- Laurie in Tupelo, Miss.


Dear Heloise: I use hanging planters for hanging birdbaths. I put a plastic cake or pie container in, fill with water, change daily and watch the birds swim, drink and bathe in the safety of the trees. Neighborhood cats and other predators cannot reach them. -- Nancy in New Hampshire

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

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