Dear Heloise: When you get to the bottom of chips or salty snack containers, you have a lot of crumbs and small broken pieces. Crush everything together and store in an airtight container. You can use this when you need to bread shrimp or chicken tenders. You’ll have food with a nice, tasty and crisp coating on the outside.
Don’t toss out the inner bag that comes with a box of cereal. These bags that once stored cereal can be reused to store food for the freezer. But be sure to recycle the cereal box. — Ann in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
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EGGS AND SNAILS
Dear Heloise: To rid your garden of snails, try this natural remedy. Save your eggshells and allow them to dry. Crush them into smaller pieces and then spread them around your plants. Snails don’t like the rough texture of the shells and go away. — Carolyn S., Santa Ana, California
Carolyn, there is also the “beer” method. You take a pie plate and bury it up to the edge of the pie plate, then pour beer into the bowl section of the plate. The snails gravitate toward beer and crawl into the plate where the alcohol kills them. — Heloise
Dear Heloise: Never toss out your coffee grounds. Save them and sprinkle them around plants such as azaleas or any other acid-loving plant. You also can add coffee to a bucket of water and water your azaleas to give them that extra acid boost.
I like to use leftover coffee in hot chocolate to make a cup of hot mocha. I also freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays for when I’m in the mood for iced coffee. — Jackie S., Lewisburg, Tennessee
Jackie, I’ve used coffee grounds in my flower beds for several years and love the results! — Heloise
Dear Heloise: My mother used to use your recipe for bath salts, and she loved the results. She has since passed on, but she took that recipe with her. Would you reprint it for all of us who enjoy a nice, long, hot bath? — Lois A., Casper, Wyoming
Lois, I get so many requests for this recipe for bath salts because it makes such a wonderful gift for the holidays and is fairly inexpensive to make.
You will need:
3 tablespoons glycerin (found at most drugstores)
Perfume, cologne or essential oil of your choice
3 cups Epsom salts
Mix the glycerin, fragrance and several drops of food coloring in a large glass or metal bowl (plastic might stain). Next add the Epsom salts a little at a time, mixing constantly until the color is evenly distributed. You can add a little more perfume and color if the salts aren’t fragrant or colorful enough. Store in a pretty jar with a tight-fitting lid. To use these bath salts, add about 1/2 cup to your bath water. — Heloise
Dear Readers: If you enjoy gardening, April is usually a good time to get the ground ready to plant seeds and bulbs. Clear away leaves, twigs and any other debris. Decide where you want to plant things and create your own garden design. — Heloise
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