Dear Readers: In a challenge between a food processor and a blender, who would win? Let’s take a look.

Blenders are tall, often with a glass blending container that has hash marks for measuring, and with fixed blades. They are designed mostly to mix liquids, to puree fruits for smoothies and to blend ice cream with milk for milkshakes. A blender’s motor is weaker, but it should be able to crush ice.

Food processors are shorter and stout, usually plastic, and have blades you can change out, depending on the task you want to perform. The motor on a food processor is more powerful, to chop nuts, meats, dried fruits, etc. You don’t need liquid in a food processor; you do in a blender.

Grab your wallet: You’ll spend more for a food processor than a typical blender. — Heloise

P.S. An immersion blender is a handheld mixing tool that you actually put into a mixing bowl or even a pot of soup on the stove. 


Dear Heloise: I enjoy your column in the Dayton Daily News, and I am 92 years old! I drink hot chocolate in the mornings, and I always get the water too hot. One day, I put in an ice cube, and holy moly, it was ready to drink! Can you use this suggestion? — Marian H., Dayton, Ohio

Marian, I love it! Perfect, and hot chocolate is delicious all year-round! I have compiled a collection of my favorite flavored coffees and teas in a handy pamphlet. Would you like to receive one? It’s easy! Send a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, long envelope, along with $3, to: Heloise/Coffees and Teas, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can order it online at Do you remember when coffee was just regular and decaf? I don’t either! Freeze coffee in ice cube trays and use it to cool your hot coffees. — Heloise 


Dear Heloise: I would love if manufacturers would put the color “navy” or “black” on clothing tags. I often get dressed and realize that what I thought was black was actually navy, and vice versa. — Susan H., via email

This can be a problem for shoes, too! One black shoe and one blue shoe is not a cute look! — Heloise


Dear Heloise: I’d been buying online every few weeks or months and paying with a credit card.

At the end of last year, I decided to stop buying online so I could go on a cruise this year. I made a resolution and am sticking to it!

Now, I’d rather get in the car, go to the store and pay in cash, and I can afford the cruise. — Virginia in California

Enjoy your reward! — Heloise


Dear Readers: When you have a spare minute, check out the new Peruse some classic hints, check out some of my books and pamphlets, and pop in on our Pet Pal! — Heloise 


Dear Heloise: We watch our pennies and look for ways to save. We buy large refills of hand soap, dish soap and window cleaner, and refill smaller containers for use. 

A 90-ounce refill of dish soap costs just a little more than a 10-ounce bottle and is good for nine refills. 

Regular hand soap can be used in the new foam dispensers by refilling with a mix of soap and water. — J.C.S., North Palm Beach, Fla.


Dear Heloise: Various substitutes for wrapping paper:

1. Calendar pages, which come in so many sizes and are colorful.

2. Larger packages can be wrapped in posters. Some card shops/bookstores give away posters that haven’t been sold.

3. Large packages can be wrapped in bulletin board paper, which comes in beautiful colors. There’s usually a bin of remnants. This paper is found in art supply shops, school supply stores, bookstores that cater to teachers, etc. Looks amazing with ribbon.

All of these use quality paper and in most cases are recycled! — An Avid Reader in Murray, Ky.


Dear Heloise: I bought a magnetic closure for my necklaces; it’s easier to get them on and off. 

The manufacturer suggests to not pull the magnets apart straightaway. Rather, open the magnets at an angle, like I’m cracking an egg. This lessens the wear on the magnets. — Julie W., Tyler, Texas


Dear Readers: Have you used a tongue scraper? It may not be a bad idea. Cleaning your tongue as part of oral hygiene can clean out hiding places that hold onto food, germs and bacteria. 

Overscraping can be bad; a once-a-day scrape is plenty. There are commercial tongue scrapers available; ask your dentist for more information. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: Should I ask my underage children’s permission to post pictures of them on my social media? — Dan in New York

Dan, yes. You should do that with anyone’s picture you post on social media. — Heloise

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or fax it to 210-HELOISE, or e-mail it to She can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in her column.

© 2019 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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