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Heloise: Recycle holiday cards into postcards

LEFTOVER RIPE FRUIT

I resurrect leftover very ripe fruit by freezing it in small freezer bags and using it for fruit smoothies. I select some fruit, add yogurt or cottage cheese, the liquid of my choice and blend for a great breakfast on the go. - Nancy in Ohio

TARTAR-SAUCE SLAW

We always include slaw and tartar sauce at our family fish fries. Recently, we tossed the two together and came out with an exceptional tartar-sauce slaw that works well with our Texas fish tacos down on the Gulf of Mexico. - Bobbi and Joe Schott, Castroville, Texas

SLICING APPLES

After peeling 10 pounds of apples for pie, I had the chore of slicing them. I walked into my pantry and noticed my french-fry maker. I thought I'd try that, and I sliced all the apples in no time. Saved a lot of time and hassle. - Julia, via e-mail

VINYL TILES

You offered a suggestion to use vinyl tiles under the sink. When I moved into my new house, we used them in the cupboards as well. Easy to clean, and I do not have to change shelf paper ever. - Marynell in Maryland

GREETING CARDS

When I get a card, I cut off the left side, which isn't written on. I can use it as a postcard. That way, I save paper and money on stationery. - Naomi, via e-mail

GARAGE-SALE SHOPPING

When shopping at garage sales, consider buying the clothing there in order to purchase the fabrics. Garments in good condition made of velvet, silk or pure wool can contain enough material to complete a craft or a pillow, and can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of fabric off the bolt. - Jane in Texas

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