THURS­DAY TIPS

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* If you are serv­ing hot rolls on a buf­fet, line the bas­ket with alu­minum foil be­fore you line it with a towel. The foil will help re­flect heat, keep­ing the rolls warmer longer.

* Me­tal skew­ers are great for a bar­be­cue, but the tip also can be used to cre­ate fancy de­signs on an iced cake, just like a pen­cil.

* “If you get stuck in the snow, try us­ing your car mats to get a lit­tle trac­tion. Keep some kitty lit­ter or sand in the trunk too just in case you run into trou­ble.”

— D.C. in Michi­gan

* “Run­ning the heater is ex­pen­sive, es­pe­cially when there’s only one per­son in a house. I find that I can get by with a much cooler over­all tem­per­a­ture by us­ing my space heater for about 15 min­utes in the bath­room and loung­ing on the couch and in bed with my elec­tric blan­ket. Those two things cut down on the need to have the house toasty warm, and truly keep my heat­ing bill in check.”

— B.J. in Penn­syl­va­nia

* A pot of mulling spices on the stove­top will both fill your house with a lovely hol­i­day smell and add a re­spectable amount of hu­mid­ity. Sim­ply keep a watch on the ket­tle or pot, and add wa­ter as nec­es­sary.

* “Here’s a cloth­ing tip on a very cold day: To­day’s run­ning tights are fan­tas­tic un­der pants as a liner. They are warm, wick­ing and cut a flat­ter­ing sil­hou­ette as well. Much bet­ter than old-fash­ioned ther­mals.” — M.E.

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