Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about spray-bottle nozzles:
“Why do the makers of spray bottles put the directions (“off,” ‘’on,” “spray” and “stream”) on the spray nozzle the same color as the nozzle? You cannot read the directions — you can’t see them. You have to try all the sides to get the spray you want. It is so frustrating.” -- E.P. in Pennsylvania
You are right! The reason is that it would cost more to manufacture the bottle. But here is a Heloise hint: Mark the “on” with bright-red nail polish. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Other uses for toothpicks:
* Use to clean stuck food out of a colander.
* Place in nail holes when painting to keep the places marked.
* Use to devein shrimp.
* Mark the start of a roll of tape.
* Use to punch a reset button on electronic equipment.
FAVORITE TV SHOWS
Dear Heloise: I am invested in watching a couple of my favorite television shows. When they go on break, I worry that I will miss the first episode of the next season. I write on my calendar when the show is going to start again so I don’t miss an episode. -- W.V. in Connecticut
I’m with you! I’ve programmed some of my favorites (“Mad Men” and “Suits”) to record so I won’t miss them. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I lost my copy of your recipe for sweetened condensed milk. Could you please reprint it? -- A Longtime Reader in Virginia
I would be happy to reprint this easy recipe for you. You will need:
1 cup powdered milk
1/3 cup boiling water
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons butter
Mix the ingredients in a blender on low for a minute or two. Gradually increase the speed until it’s smooth. Take a small amount and rub it between your fingers. You should NOT be able to feel any sugar granules. This recipe makes enough to equal about a can of store-bought, but it will not be the same consistency. This is just one of the recipes I have in my Seasonings, Sauces and Substitutes pamphlet, and they can all be yours. To order, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/SSS, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Run out of creamer? Use a teaspoon or two of ice cream in your morning coffee instead. -- Heloise
STAY IN BED
Dear Heloise: I caught my daughter trying to climb over the edge of her crib the other day. My friend had an easy solution: If the back of the crib is taller than the front, just turn it around. How simple! -- Ann in Florida
Dear Heloise: I have collected many tablecloths through the years. However, some of my favorites are too large for the table I have now. I gather some of the fabric at intervals and slide napkin rings onto it. The tablecloth fits, and it gives the table a special look. -- A Reader in Illinois
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