HINTS FROM HELOISE

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DEAR READ­ERS: One of my fa­vorite things about the hol­i­day sea­son is the won­der­ful fun of rich fra­grances that fill my home. I make my own po­man­der balls for or­na­ments for the tree, or to hang in a closet or a guest bath­room.

Here’s how to make them:

Stick rows of whole cloves in an or­ange or ap­ple. Af­ter each piece of fruit is com­pletely cov­ered with cloves, al­low it to dry in a cool place for as long as pos­si­ble.

Af­ter the fruit has dried com­pletely, make a mix­ture of 1 part or­ris root (avail­able in drug­stores) and 1 part mixed spices, such as cin­na­mon, all­spice and nut­meg.

Coat the fruit with the spices and leave for two weeks. Shake off ex­cess spice, and tie each fruit with rib­bon, mak­ing a loop at the top for a hanger. The fra­grance is phe­nom­e­nal! I hope they will en­rich your home as well.

— Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: The GPS for my car asked for my home ad­dress. In­stead, I put the ad­dress of a dough­nut shop down the street into my GPS sys­tem. This way, I’m pro­tected if a thief steals my car and garage opener, be­cause he won’t be able to ac­cess my home or know where I live.

— Lisa T., Lub­bock, Texas

DEAR HELOISE: A while ago, Mag­gie J. in Or­lando of­fered tips on what to pack for a cruise. She men­tioned tak­ing an ex­ten­sion cord and a power strip. Please let your read­ers know that some cruise lines do not al­low th­ese two items. This is for ev­ery­one’s safety. Con­tact the cruise line to find out what’s al­lowed and what is not.

— Carol S., Day­ton, Ohio SEND A GREAT HINT TO: Heloise

P.O. Box 795001

San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001 Fax: 1 (210) HELOISE

Email: Heloise@Heloise.com DEAR HELOISE: Help! Ev­ery time I make po­tato salad, the next day it is wa­tery.

— Bar­bara F., via email BAR­BARA, cut up your po­ta­toes be­fore cook­ing them, and let them com­pletely cool off af­ter­ward be­fore adding dress­ing. Hot po­ta­toes give off steam and con­trib­ute to the wa­tery prob­lems. You also might con­sider us­ing rus­set po­ta­toes, as they tend to be drier. Don’t use a “light” may­on­naise, be­cause it usu­ally is thin­ner. — Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: My mother gave me a cast iron skil­let that has rust spots on it. How can I clean it?

— Gwen­dolyn in Arkansas GWEN­DOLYN, the best method for clean­ing a rusty cast iron skil­let is to use a non­metal­lic scrub­ber to re­move the rust, then wash af­ter­ward with a mild soap, mak­ing sure to rinse well and dry with a clean towel. Re­sea­son the skil­let by coat­ing it (in­side and out) with an un­salted veg­etable short­en­ing. Place the greased skil­let up­side down on a foil-cov­ered bak­ing sheet and bake at 350 de­grees for 1 hour. Let cool, then re­move ex­cess grease with a pa­per towel.

— Heloise Copy­right 2018

King Fea­tures Syn­di­cate Inc.

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