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Dear Heloise: I was making a family recipe, and it called for light brown sugar. I didn't have any, so I used the dark brown I had on hand, and my recipe did not taste as good as it usually does. I thought light and dark brown sugars were interchangeable. What went wrong? -- Jennifer A., Modesto, California

 

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Dear Heloise: My husband and I do a lot of international traveling. To be prepared for tips for our baggage handlers, bellhops, etc., we save our one dollar bills at least one month in advance. The majority of countries accept the American dollar. This way we are prepared for tips. -- Maria M., Hamburg, Pennsylvania

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Dear Heloise: I don't know how I do it, but every time I try to cook a new recipe, I manage to make a mess of it. I either overcook it or undercook the item. What am I doing wrong in the kitchen that makes my cooking semi-revolting!? -- Jane Y., Henderson, Tennessee

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Dear Heloise: When we have company over, we often have finger foods and dipping sauces. Instead of buying fancy little dishes for the dipping sauces, I reuse yogurt and pudding containers. I remove any paper labels they have on them, wash them and reuse them. When they have seen enough use and need to be replaced, I just toss them in the recycle bin for pickup by the city. -- Jean T., Derby, Connecticut

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Dear Heloise: When we have company over, we often have finger foods and dipping sauces. Instead of buying fancy little dishes for the dipping sauces, I reuse yogurt and pudding containers. I remove any paper labels they have on them, wash them and reuse them. When they have seen enough use and need to be replaced, I just toss them in the recycle bin for pickup by the city. -- Jean T., Derby, Connecticut

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Dear Heloise: Many times I've received a gift in a nice strong box, and I hate to toss it out in the recycle bin, so I save it. When the holidays roll around, I reuse those boxes to wrap gifts. If they have writing on them, I spray paint the boxes on all sides, sometimes adding glitter and other decorations.