Dear Heloise: I was cleaning out closets and realized I have dozens of those TOTE BAGS that you receive as a free gift when you purchase cosmetics at a department store.
I had made a meal for the family of a friend who was in the hospital. I realized I could use these sturdy bags to transport meals, and the recipient also would get a beautiful tote bag. -- Tina Schwarz, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Two hints in one! Love it. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: We love bacon at our house but don’t eat it often. I used to throw a lot away because it would go bad.
Now when I buy bacon, I put a layer of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Then I lay single bacon slices across the cookie sheet (being careful that they don’t overlap). I put another layer of wax paper and continue until all of the bacon is on the cookie sheet.
I cover the last layer of bacon with wax paper and put it in the freezer. About a day later, the bacon goes into a gallon zippered bag and is returned to the freezer. This makes every slice separate. I can use one slice to put in green beans, or as many as I want, and have no waste. -- Dorothy N., Tyler, Tex.
Dear Readers: Richard Behringer of Hill City, S.D., sent in a photo of his black, mixed-breed dog, Cerberus, sporting a bright-red bandana and nifty goggles while riding in the sidecar of Richard’s motorcycle. He says, “Cerberus likes to ride in the sidecar, no matter the weather!” To see Cerberus riding in the motorcycle sidecar, visit my Web site at www.Heloise.com and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise
MEDICATION IN AN EMERGENCY
Dear Heloise: I read you every day in The (Canton, Ohio) Repository. I keep medications in a plastic craft case with a handle at all times. This way, it is ready to go in case of a tornado warning, family emergency, etc.
I even keep my vitamins and pain relievers in there — everything I may take on a daily basis. It struck me how easy this is after watching the news reports on tornadoes. It might take at least a week to get a new prescription. -- Paula W., Alliance, Ohio
Paula, this is a very good hint, especially if a person lives in an area that is prone to natural disasters. Don’t forget your pets, too! -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Be careful what you put on your social-media site, especially if you are looking for a job. Employers are looking at these sites to see what a potential employee has posted. -- Heloise
HANDY COFFEE FILTERS
Dear Heloise: Coffee filters are great for cleaning windows, mirrors and just about anything. My hint is not to use a lot of window cleaner when washing the windows. -- A Reader, via e-mail