Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

Friendship Celebration Cake

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cakeThis is a wonderful long time favorite Heloise reader idea for sharing at family gathering. If you are celebrating a big anniversary, everyone one can participate in bringing a part of this Friendship Celebration Cake.

1. When you send out the invitation this kind of special family event, ask each guest/family to bake a small square of their favorite cake (you can include the specific size you want). And they can decorate it as a tribute to the family member being feted at the party.
2. When guests arrive, take each piece and put it together to create a big celebratory patchwork cake!

Photo Stuck to Glass in a Frame?

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framesOh no! When you see a favorite family photo adhered to the glass, this can be a tough thing to remove. First, before you try to unstick it, take a picture of the photo through the glass or scan it, if possible. You then will at least have a copy, just in case. Here are the steps to take to attempt to get it out without damaging the photo:

1. Place the frame and photograph (or just glass and picture) into a plastic freezer bag (but don’t let it touch anything) and put it into the freezer for a day or so, but do not close it shut, leave the bag open to allow the moisture to evaporate. Then you should be able to carefully and very slowly lift the picture from the glass.
2. Do not try this with one-of-kind or antique photos; instead contact a photo conservator or restorer.
3. To prevent this from happening, when you frame a photo, it should be matted, so the picture won’t touch the glass.

Buying Hi-Tech Devices

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technologyBuying computers, smart phones, readers, gaming equipment is expensive and so is repairing them. To make them last longer, it’s important to clean and care for them regularly, but we also know that accidents do happen. Heloise here with how to protect that costly equipment.

Think about getting computer or laptop insurance, along with phone insurance through your phone carrier. Some policies might offer replacement coverage, but read the fine print very carefully to find out if it covers accidental damage. Then, double-check your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to see if guaranteed accidental damage coverage or loss is included.

Save Money Dry-Cleaning

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dry cleaningIf dry-cleaning all of your garments has become too expensive for your budget, here are some Heloise alternative hints you can take to clean and freshen your clothing at home in lieu of taking them to a cleaner:

1. Buy and use a home cleaning kit to FRESHEN, which will also remove light stains or odors.
2. Steam a dry-clean garment, when it only needs to be pressed or is slightly wrinkled.
3. Hang clothing in the bathroom, when it’s steamy, to remove wrinkles and freshen. A traveler’s trick from way back!
4. Let garments “AIR OUT” before putting back into the closet. You can hang them outside or near a window to remove many odors.

Burned Pot or Pan?

posted by eolsen

pots pansIt just happens when you cook. Food gets burned onto the base of the cooking pot and it looks and smells terrible. It also can be hard to remove without damaging the surface of the pot. Here is a Heloise safe and cheap way to get rid of the gunk.

Baking Soda to the rescue! Just add 3 tablespoons of baking soda in enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Then, simmer this on the stove until you see the crud starting to come up off the bottom. Remove the water and use some elbow grease to scrub off what remains. Bonus? The pot will shine again.

Baking soda is one of my absolute favorite handy products. It’s an essential and environmentally (plus kid and pet) safe product to have at home. Inside of shoes stinky? Sprinkle baking soda inside to absorb the bad odors. Click here for more baking soda hints at my Website: www.Heloise.com.

Football Party? Popcorn in Your Colors!

posted by eolsen

popcornIf you are having a gang over to watch football, here’s a colorful and cheap recipe to feed a big group. Popcorn is always a big hit and this recipe is different and tasty.


Tri-Color Festive Popcorn
24 cups popped popcorn
3/4 cup butter or margarine
9 tablespoons light corn syrup
11/4 cups packed light brown or granulated sugar
3 packages (4-serving size) of cherry, lemon or lime gelatin


1. Put 8 cups of popcorn in a large bowl. Heat 1/4 cup butter or margarine and 3 tablespoons of corn syrup in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 package of gelatin. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour syrup over popcorn right away and toss to coat.

2. Spread the coated popcorn on a shallow foil-lined baking sheet in one layer and bake for about 10 minutes, but watch it very carefully to ensure it will not burn. Let cool, remove from sheet and break into small pieces.
3. Repeat this twice again and use a different gelatin flavor. Make layers using half of each color in two large bowls. Glass bowls will make it look festive!

Recycling Coffee Grounds

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coffee groundsInstead of throwing out used coffee grounds they can be reused in a variety of ways around the house. Here are several Heloise Hints to recycle them:

1. Spread the dried coffee grounds over flower beds on acid-liking plants, such s rhododendrons and azaleas.
2. Pour coffee grounds into a margarine tub, poke holes in the lid, and put into your refrigerator to help absorb smells.
3. Store the grounds in a can near the kitchen sink. When you chop garlic or peel onions or handle fish, your hands will stink. Rub the coffee grounds over them to eliminate the odor and rinse away.

Identity Theft? What to Do?

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credit cardWith all of the current news about credit card information being stolen, if you discover that you are a victim of identity theft and that somebody else may be using your cards, here are the steps you should take ASAP:

1. Call your local police to file a report. Make extra copies because you need this to show to merchants and creditors.
2. Contact credit-reporting companies—Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. They should place fraud alerts on your accounts.
3. To cover all bases, contact all your credit card companies, banks, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Social Security Administration.
4. Call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT hotline. You can download a useful theft affidavit.

Vinegar for Beauty and Health

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vinegarWhile we think of vinegar as a useful product for cleaning around the house, but it is so versatile and safe, that it is amazingly helpful in a million other ways:

1. To clean icky hairbrushes: First, clean off hair, and then soak the brushes for 30 minutes in half vinegar and half water. Rinse well, and air dry.

2. To lessen insect stings and itches: Soak a cotton ball or tissue in white vinegar and put over the areas where you have been bitten an insect or stung by a wasp.

3. To get shinier hair: Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of water and pour through your hair. It will remove soap film and your hair will look better.


Vinegar is a cheap, safe and multi-use household product you should always have handy.To lessen sunburn, pour apple-cider vinegar onto a soft cloth and dab over burned areas. For more Heloise money saving vinegar hints, click here to find them on my Website: www.Heloise.com

Baby-Formula Stains Be Gone!

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baby fomulaIt’s inevitable that adorable babies gurgle and spit up baby formula all over clothing and other things! Here are my favorite Heloise Hints to get these tough-to-remove stains out:

1. Attack the stain immediately, because, if not, it can become difficult to remove or even permanent.

2. Soak the article of clothing in cold water for 5-10 minutes first, then rub liquid laundry detergent into the stained area. You also can spritz the stain with an enzyme pre-soak or pre-wash spray.

3. Wash as normal; don’t put in the dryer. Air dry, and recheck the stain.

4. If the stain lingers, sponge it with a dry-cleaning fluid and wash again.

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