Dear Heloise: I have inherited RECIPE FILE BOXES from my mother, both grandmothers and a great-aunt. All contain recipe cards from the original owners, friends and relatives. I can no longer be certain who the authors are.
I suggest that readers sit down with relatives and discuss who wrote the recipe card and anything interesting. It will be a wonderful gift for the next generation! -- Diane, via e-mail
How right! I have some treasured recipe cards and slips of paper, etc., from my mother, the original Heloise, and her mother, Amelia Bowles, both identical twins! They have their handwritten notes on them. If you want to see them (and try the recipe for Matzo Meal Pancakes, or my grandmother’s Favorite Gelatin Salad), please visit my Web site, www.Heloise.com. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: We were invited to a birthday party for a family friend. The invitation read “No Gifts Please.” Of course, there are always a few who bring gifts and embarrass those who did not.
I solved the problem by enclosing in her card a handmade gift certificate for “Dinner With the Renningers.” The honoree named the place and time. She asked if I would make a home-cooked meal for her. We had a wonderful time one on one talking about the “good old days.”
Last month, we were invited to a “No Gifts Please” 50th wedding anniversary party. I enclosed a “gift certificate,” and we enjoyed dinner at their favorite restaurant. We talked about how they met and the different places they had lived prior to meeting us. -- Charlotte Renninger in Newton Hamilton, Pa.
Brilliant! And no one but the recipient is the wiser. This sure beats an oddball gift or another scented candle. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Shirley Alexander sent a photo of her 5-year-old rescue cat, Fluffy, lying quite comfortably on the bathroom rug. Shirley says, “My cat waits for me when I’m showering and then helps me dry off after I shower.” To see this helpful cat, visit www.Heloise.com and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read your column in the Charlotte Sun here in Port Charlotte, Fla., and in Good Housekeeping magazine.
I have a hint for those of us who get prescriptions through the mail. We always have to put a lot of information on each prescription.
I put the information on my computer and print out as many labels as needed. I just stick the labels on the backs of the scripts and I’m done! Saves me time and ensures that my handwriting is not misread. -- Darlene P., Port Charlotte, Fla.
Dear Heloise: If using a sticky note for a small reminder, write at the bottom. Then when the reminder is completed, you can cut it off and use it again. -- Mark in Waco, Tex.