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Hints From Heloise: Water wasters

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about watering while raining:

“I get so frustrated when I see sprinklers going while it is raining outside. It is such a waste of water. I understand that some businesses and apartment complexes have them automatically set, but there should be some way to bypass it for the day if it is raining. Here in Texas, we have to conserve so often, we shouldn’t waste it! -- A Reader in Texas”

I hear you loud and clear! Save water today so there will be some later on. It’s a precious resource! -- Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Here are other uses for extra pillowcases:

* Place over couch cushions to protect them from stains.

* Use to store extra sheet sets or seasonal clothes.

* As a small laundry bag.

* Put in a pet’s favorite spot to collect hair.

* Carry in a diaper bag for dirty clothes.

-- Heloise

PUMPKIN BREAD RECIPE

Dear Heloise: Could you please reprint your recipe for Heloise’s Pumpkin Bread? I would love to make it for the holidays. -- Sandy in Wisconsin

Happy to oblige, Sandy! This is a great recipe that I’ve made for a long time. My original recipe has NO baking powder listed, and it turns out okay, but maybe a little on the heavy side. So, I’ve added it in here for you. Here it is:

1 2/3 cups flour

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup salad oil

1 cup canned pumpkin

Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the nuts and mix well. Put that mixture aside. Mix the wet ingredients together and add to the dry mixture. Stir just enough to blend. Don’t overmix! Grease and flour a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake at 350 F for 60-75 minutes. Want to know what you can use your leftover baking soda for around the house? Order my pamphlet Heloise’s Baking Soda Hints and Recipes. Just send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Need baking powder and don’t have any? Mix 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar for a baking-powder substitute. -- Heloise

BOX-TOP HINT

Dear Heloise: I have a hint regarding the “Box Tops for Education” that you mentioned in your column. I have a young child who is not yet school age, but I still save the box tops. I figured out what year my child will be attending school and look at the expiration date. I keep them in two different bags: one for those that won’t expire before he goes to school, and those that I pass along to friends with kids in school. I have a nice collection that I’m eventually going to give to my child’s school. -- Sean in San Antonio

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

, King Features Syndicate

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