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col King Features Syndicate Dear Heloise: I wanted to caution your readers about a problem with sparkly shirts. I am a former certified nursing assistant and worked in an elder-care facility. The sparkles that come off of some of the scrubs that are worn

Dear Heloise: A while back, you asked for ideas of what to do with old pictures. My daughter came across some old family albums, and a light went on. She transferred the old images onto quilt blocks and sewed me the most priceless quilt as a Christmas gift. Five generations of my family (from both sides) are represented in the quilt. It is really a wonderful work of art. -- Nancy Burrell, West Rutland, Vt.

Dear Heloise: My granddaughter is 7 years old. She had a pretty nasty boo-boo on her knee, so we cleaned it up and put a couple of adhesive bandages on it. The next day, she was holding ice on it. I couldn't figure out what she was doing until she informed me that this makes the bandage come off without hurting. I tried it, and it works. -- A Reader, via e-mail

Dear Readers: Football season is in full swing, and it's finally cool enough in my beloved South Texas to think about making a big pot of soup. One of my favorites, Chicken Tortilla Soup (from Merry Clark, editorial director of Heloise Inc.), is easy to make, and you won't have to spend too much time in the kitchen. Also, if you have leftover turkey, you can use it instead of chicken.

You'll need:

12 corn tortillas

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1/2 cup olive oil

2 onions, chopped

1/2 cup tomato puree

4 quarts rich chicken stock

2 cups cooked chicken, diced

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

Dash of cayenne pepper and Parmesan cheese

Cut tortillas into strips and fry in oil until crisp like tortilla chips, remove and drain on paper towels.

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Saute onion in olive oil and add the tomato puree and stock. Add chicken, cilantro and tortillas. Cook over medium heat for about an hour. Top each serving with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and Parmesan cheese. Serves 12.

Dear Heloise: I use tongs when cooking, but they are unruly in a drawer. Slipping rubber bands from broccoli over the tips tames these renegades!

Also, I use unflavored oatmeal to "stretch" as well as moisten hamburgers. The regular or quick-cooking kind is fine. A bonus is that the oatmeal adds extra fiber to our diet. -- Wilma Heberling, Selma, Texas

Dear Heloise: I keep potatoes, onions and garlic in a large clay pot on the floor of my pantry. The products need to be taken out of bags and wrappings so they can breathe. I place furniture felt tabs on the bottom of the pot so I can slide it out easily without scratching the floor.

The clay pot keeps potatoes from going mushy. This also works for yams and sweet potatoes. -- Tarja Brockington, Kernersville, N.C.

Dear Heloise: When I clean my automatic-drip coffeepot with vinegar, I save the vinegar plus rinse water and pour them into my outdoor city trash container to help eliminate odor. I let it sit a while and then turn the container over to pour it out. -- Joyce McCasland, Little Rock, Ark.

Just don't pour it on the lawn -- it might kill the grass! -- Heloise

Heloise shares household tips from readers. Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise.com.

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