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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.

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 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., Ohio

DEAR READER: I love it! Perfect, and hot chocolate is delicious all year-round! 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.

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

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

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

DEAR READER: Enjoy your reward.

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

[email protected]

Weekend on 05/30/2019

Print Headline: Helpful Hints

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