Heloise

Dear Heloise: Over the past 30 years, I’ve lived in eight different houses. Some had big kitchens and some had small ones, but no matter the size, I found that the fewer items on my counter, the cleaner it looked. When visitors dropped in, they often commented on how clean my kitchen looked, but that was due mainly to not having a mixer, condiments, knickknacks and more sitting out. It also made the kitchen look bigger, as well as clean. So, if you want a tidy kitchen, get rid of or hide your clutter.

 — Geena in

Rhode Island

Pumpkin bread

Dear Heloise: Please reprint your pumpkin bread recipe. I want to make some large batches to give out as Christmas gifts to some of my friends.

 — Ella M., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Ella, this is one of my favorite treats and is so easy to make. You’ll need:

1 2/3 cups flour

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup salad oil

1 cup canned pumpkin

Sift together dry ingredients. Add nuts and mix well. Set aside. Combine remaining ingredients and add to the dry ingredients. Mix just enough to blend. Pour into a 9-by-5-by-3-inch greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 F for 60-75 minutes.

If you like this recipe, you’ll find it in my Heloise’s Baking Soda Hints and Recipes pamphlet, filled with cleaning hints using this versatile, inexpensive product. To get a copy, send $5, along with a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, long envelope, to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can order it online at www.Heloise.com. If you think the Pumpkin Bread is good, just wait until you try the Carrot Cake recipe, which is also in this six-page pamphlet.

— Heloise

Easy potato salad

Dear Heloise: My family loves potato salad all year long, so I found a way to make it faster than I used to. I cut the potatoes into small cubes, then boil them rather than boiling the whole potato. The cubes take much less time to cook, saving energy. After they finish cooking, I rinse with cold water, mix with the other ingredients, and I have potato salad in 30 minutes.

 — Taylor K., Lewistown, Pennsylvania

Send a money-saving or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com

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