Tara E. in New York: I agree! Readers, do your homework before you bring a bird home.
Dear Héloïse, I always reserve pasta water after boiling the pasta. It helps thicken sauces without adding extra calories and fat.
Dear readers: Meet Dodge. He’s Leigh B.’s lab mix (from Ohio), and he looks set to “get out of Dodge”, so to speak – the cold and snow of January!
To see our other companions, visit Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the Week”.
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Dear Héloïse, We have always had trouble getting rinse aid into our dishwasher. Much of it would escape from the container as it was difficult to aim the bottle.
My wife had the brilliant idea of using a plastic bottle with a tapered, tapered tip. She had an old bottle of hair dye. It had a very narrow tip, so I cut it a bit with wire snips.
We put the rinse aid in there and it works wonderfully – no more wasted liquid!
Dear readers: When washing your hands, remember to wash the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails as much as possible. Turn off the water when washing and rinse thoroughly.
Dear Héloïse, Thrown masks can enter oceans and strangle wildlife. Cut elastic bands before discarding them.
– Kevin G. in California
Dear Héloïse, I enjoy your articles everyday in my Little Rock, Arkansas newspaper. Regarding your article in our December 15 article on parking lot security, you mentioned that you have to get in the car, put on your seat belt and leave.
It reminded me of something that I always tell people.
I used to run cooking classes for a group of women a few years ago, and during one of our conversations I asked the class, “What’s the first thing you should to do when you get in your car? ” Of course, they all said, “Fasten your seat belt”.
I said, “NO, close your door.”
Dear Héloïse, The most fun we ever had over Christmas was making take out bags and everyone picked one at random. We’ve filled every bag of silly (and not-so-silly) dollar store things.
Then the fun started when people took the gifts out of their bags and tried to exchange them for someone else’s gifts. I still smile when I remember it.
– Connie, North Port, Florida.
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