COL Dry lemonade mix works fine for coffeecake

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Dear Heloise: I was recently out of sugar when making a coffeecake for my husband, so I used the same amount of a dry lemonade mix that I had on hand in our "hurricane kit."

It turned out great, and no icing or brown sugar was needed for a topping. -- Madlyn Blom, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Dear Heloise: To use up all of the toothpaste left in the tube, first squeeze all the paste out and then cut off the tip of the tube.

There is still plenty of toothpaste inside the tube and the tip. This way, you can use all the paste until the last drop. -- Eugenia Korfanty, Dallas


Dear Heloise: Long ago, I took my children's baby mobiles apart and hung them on the Christmas tree each year. Now my children are grown, and I have given the mobile ornaments to them to hang on their trees as a start of a family tradition. -- Pat Dalton, Via Fax

Dear Heloise: Recently, I needed to replace my old vinyl miniblinds and decided to try metal ones with the clip-on valances. It always bugs me to have to throw away all of the extra slats. I discovered that I can store three or four blind slats behind the valance slats. I like having that little safety margin if for some reason I need to replace one. -- Karen Stein, Via E-mail

Dear Heloise: I've done this for years, since I live alone. I buy a loaf of bread, separate it by slices and put two slices each in small, plastic freezer bags.

Then I put these bags in the original bread wrapper and freeze. I remove one bag (two slices) as I need a sandwich or toast, and the rest stays frozen -- I don't have to throw old bread out. -- Dolores E., Daytona Beach, Fla.

DEAR HELOISE: Awhile back, there was a recipe for a seasoning made with garlic powder, salt and pepper to be used on meats, etc. I have lost the amounts; can you help me? -- F.J., via e-mail

This recipe is a reader favorite.

Combine the following:

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper


1 teaspoon of dried parsley flakes (ground well)

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of chili powder

2 teaspoons of paprika

1 tablespoon of celery seed (ground well)

2 tablespoons of onion powder

1 cup of salt (salt substitute for salt-restricted diets)

Mix well and put into a jar or container with a tightfitting lid (a clean, recycled spice container with a shaker top makes a great dispenser).


Dear Heloise: To keep cookies as fresh as the day they were baked, whether for shipping or just eating at home, pack them with a slice of bread.

The bread keeps the cookies moist. I send cookies this way all the time, and they arrive very fresh. -- P.K.G., Bellaire, Texas

Dear Heloise: I order my knitting yarn through a catalog company. The company sends me 9-inch samples of the yarn to give me an idea of the color and texture. I hate to throw away those gorgeous samples. I put them in a zipper-type bag to keep them tangle-free and use them in various ways: to tie plant branches to stakes, tie a bow around my suitcase handle and tie a bow around a bag of baked goods for pretty presentation. -- Kusum Joshi, Gaithersburg, Md.

Dear Heloise: To get the most juice from a lemon, put it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds, then roll it with your palm on the counter. Now squeeze it -- this really works. -- Eileen S., New York

Dear Heloise: I have found that a cigar box is handy for a multitude of things. Here are some of my ideas: keep craft supplies in it, keep thread bobbins in it, use as a button box and use to store crochet hooks, tapestry needles, etc. -- Barb P., Schertz, Texas

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