Dear Heloise: You most likely have heard this before. I was pre-measuring everything for a RECIPE and was looking for a small cup or bowl to hold the vanilla and the 1 tablespoon of milk that the recipe called for. I killed two birds with one stone.

I used a child’s medicine cup. It has highly readable measurements and will sit upright while preparing everything else. Still learning something new every day at 53! -- Liz, via e-mail

A super recycle and reuse hint! And it’s good to continue to learn, regardless of age! -- Heloise



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San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

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Dear Heloise: To ensure that my suitcase is within the airline’s posted weight limits, I weigh my suitcase before leaving for the airport. First I weigh myself on my bathroom scale, and then I weigh myself holding my suitcase. The difference between the two measurements is the weight of the bag. -- Lorraine, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: How many years did I make applesauce, apple pies, etc., and throw away the peels? Now, after thoroughly washing the apples, I set the peelings aside and stew them, maybe with a little sugar and cinnamon. What a tasty treat, and good for me, I’m sure. I love your column, which I read in the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal. -- Arlyce in Matador, Tex.


Dear Heloise: When I needed to transfer a small amount of paint from a gallon bucket, I used a hand pump from a lotion bottle (washed out, of course) and filled baby-food jars for lots of people to work on a mural.

Also, some lipsticks stay on great, but are drying to your lips. Put that color on first, then put on another color that is moisturizing but doesn’t stay on long. Usually you will have lasting color. -- LaMerle in Buckholts, Tex.


Dear Heloise: My mother lives in a memory-care lodge. I was getting things ready to take her a special meal, but wasn’t sure about the best way to take the gravy.

I noticed my commuter coffee mug, and put the gravy in that. It was just the right size, it was spillproof, plus it kept the gravy warm during the whole meal! -- Phyllis L., via e-mail


Dear Heloise: I have a very difficult time opening anything anymore. Cereal-box inserts are almost impossible; deodorants, I have to use a pair of pliers to turn the stupid wheel on the bottom. One company that makes canned fruit has put a pull tab on top of the can. Again, I need pliers or my husband’s help opening it. -- Oldie but Goodie in Wisconsin


Dear Heloise: Here’s a little hint that will help those people still using a hand snow shovel. Apply a light coating of lubricating spray oil on the top and bottom of the blade, metal or plastic. The snow will fall off with little or no effort by the user. -- John D., Lewis Center, Ohio

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