Hints from Heloise: Just roll with it at the hospital

Dear Heloise >> When you accompany someone to the hospital for an outpatient procedure, the patient needs to bring certain things, such as an iPad, their phone, and any paperwork that is required. I usually need my purse, phone, sweater, etc. The hospital will hold onto the patient’s clothes, shoes, or anything else during the surgery/procedure.

However, during the procedure, you will have to leave the holding area and move to the waiting room, and that’s a bunch of stuff to tote around. So, I brought a small rolling suitcase last time, and it was great! Even the nurses thought it was a good idea. It rolls easily onto the elevator and escalator.

Love your hints!

-- Cathy Cutrer, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Dear Heloise >> In the future, I hope you add a recommendation about soups for a vegetarian. I like soup and frequently cannot find a vegetarian soup on the menu. While gazpacho can be a vegetarian soup, it often has a chicken broth. Thank you, from a regular reader of your column (and your mom’s in the past).

-- Judith, via email

Dear Heloise >> Many people have two cans in their kitchens, one for trash and one for recycling. Some neighborhoods require that you place your recyclables unbagged into the street bin. When I empty my recyclables from the kitchen can to the street bin, I place the used “recycle” bag in my kitchen trash can. This way, it gets used a second time and goes out as the next bag of trash.

If the recycled bags are too dirty to use again for the trash, this means the recyclables are not being properly prepared for the bin.

Love reading you right here in San Antonio.

-- Gayle Kinnally, via email

Dear Heloise >> Prevent moldy bread just by using your hands: Hold the loaf on opposite sides near the open end that points down. Squeeze slightly to allow the desired slices to fall out. Close with a few twists. Lay the loaf down, turning the twist under. Bread now keeps for weeks.

Here’s another hint: Buy a package of your favorite unpasteurized yogurt, eat it, then pour milk in the empty container, which will have a little leftover yogurt. Stir thoroughly, then cover. Next, heat a container of water on the oven to a normal body temperature and add it to the container. You should have yogurt overnight. If not, reheat. This can be repeated many times with the same container.

-- Bill Herron, via email

Dear Heloise >> Recently, there was a hint from Pat, in Michigan, about transporting cupcakes. My suggestion is to place each cupcake in a 3-inch-tall clear plastic beverage glass. I’ve often covered each with plastic wrap, in case they were to be consumed later.

The Heloise column never gets old. I read you daily in the Press-Enterprise.

-- Marcy Menifee, in California

Send a great hint to: Heloise@Heloise.com.

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