HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COMICS & PUZZLES - HELOISE Send a money- or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com

DEAR HELOISE: Your mother had a recipe for a cheese spread whose pri­mary in­gre­di­ent is cream cheese. Un­for­tu­nately, I can’t re­mem­ber its name. Please re­print it for me and oth­ers.

— Marnie W., Florida DEAR READER: Marnie, yes, that would be the Olive Nut Dip or Sand­wich Spread, and here it is:

Heloise’s Olive Nut Dip or Sand­wich Spread 8 ounces cream cheese,

soft­ened

½ cup real may­on­naise

½ cup pecans, chopped

1 cup sliced olives (the jar will say “salad olives” and is filled with bits and pieces of olives and pimien­tos) 2 ta­ble­spoons juice from the

olive jar

Dash of pep­per but no salt Mix all in­gre­di­ents well and re­frig­er­ate for an hour or so.

DEAR HELOISE: If you are frus­trated by not get­ting the cock­tail-shrimp tail meat out of the shell, here is a so­lu­tion: Grab the tail as you do when dip­ping the shrimp in the cock­tail sauce, but in­stead of try­ing to bite and pull the shrimp tail from the shell, squeeze the shell at the end of the shrimp body, and out it comes.

— Ed Y., Villa Park, Calif.

DEAR HELOISE: I worry about my chil­dren (I have three, all un­der 10 years of age) eat­ing too much junk food. Any sug­ges­tions on how to get them to eat fresh fruit, or any­thing that’s health­ier?

— Abby V., Mis­sis­sippi DEAR READER: First, don’t buy any of the items you con­sider junk food. If it’s not within easy reach, if it’s out of sight at home, your chil­dren likely won’t eat it.

Maybe go­ing “cold turkey” isn’t for you, so try set­ting lim­its. For ex­am­ple: If they fin­ish their home­work or clean their room, they can have one scoop of ice cream. Make them work for it.

Find health­ier al­ter­na­tives. Ar­range ba­nana slices on a plate with some straw­ber­ries, or give each child a lunch-size bag of baby car­rots.

Keep them busy. Get your kids into ac­tiv­i­ties that make them get up and move. Go for walks in a park, bike rides, hikes or swim­ming.

Make sure they get enough sleep. When peo­ple are tired, they of­ten will reach for an un­healthy snack to keep them go­ing.

All too of­ten we in­dulge in mind­less snack­ing while watch­ing TV. Don’t let your kids form that habit.

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