A place for diabetic-friendly recipes

Dear Heloise: Women’s magazines have recipes that are full of sugars, carbohydrates and fats. They need to come up with recipes that are DIABETIC-FRIENDLY.

Approximately 1.4 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Please, we need recipes that won’t make these statistics worse! – Myra E., Ingram, Texas

Myra, I think magazines should consider printing some diabetic-friendly recipes. Check out your local grocery store’s magazine rack, and I think you’ll find many different magazines targeting living with diabetes.

Or consider visiting the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org. Go to the tab labeled “Food and Fitness” and type in “Holiday Recipes” to get some “sweet” recipes. At this site, you can get recipes, hints and education, all for free! – Heloise

Traveling with fragrances

Dear Heloise: Here’s a travel hint that works for me: I love wearing a little perfume, but it’s not practical to pack perfume bottles in luggage when traveling. Instead, I save the pages from my magazines that include samples of perfume. They lie flat, don’t leak, won’t break, and I get to sample new fragrances! – K.H., Roseville, Calif.

Baking soda to the rescue

Dear Heloise: I have suntan lotion (zinc oxide) on the black interior of my car. Nothing will remove it – not even vinegar. I hope you have an answer. – Donna B., Poland, Ohio

Well, Donna, without specifics as to the type of material we’re dealing with, it’s difficult to say. Assuming it’s cloth, I’d recommend sprinkling it with baking soda. Leave it on for at least 24 hours, then vacuum. Baking soda is so versatile that it should be a household staple. That’s why I created a pamphlet full of amazing ways to use it. To get a copy of Heloise’s Baking Soda Hints and Recipes, send $5 and a stamped (68 cents), self-addressed, business-size envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. You also can order on my website, www.Heloise.com. I think you’ll be amazed at the versatility and usability of baking soda. It’s just one of those powders you should have close by when cooking, cleaning or deodorizing! – Heloise

Craft hint

Dear Heloise: As I’m decorating my house, I tend to buy a lot of items from flea markets and yard sales to fix up and make my own. I use aerosol paints and removers, but most days it’s too windy to do so without getting it everywhere. My solution is to use cardboard boxes to block the wind by putting the item inside to spray. Works like a charm!

I have a large one for bigger items, such as chairs, tables and bookshelves, and smaller ones for frames, vases, lamps and the like. When done, I fold them up and store in my shed till the next project. – Jaime W., Fayetteville, N.C.