HELOISE Make summer picnics special with marshmallows

Dear Readers: Summer is the time for picnics and campouts. So, we thought we would talk about marshmallows. No family outing is complete without roasting marshmallows. So read on for some marshmallow facts.
Did you know that more than 90 million pounds of marshmallows are bought each year? They are a snack and can also be used in a multitude of recipes.
Marshmallows can be bought in small and large sizes, as well as in different shapes and flavors. Colored marshmallows really add a festive touch to fruit salads.
Here are some hints to keep in mind when using marshmallows:
UIt is easy to keep marshmallows fresh and unstuck. Put them in a freezer-safe plastic bag or a plastic container with a tightfitting lid and store them in the freezer until needed.
UPour a small amount of confectioners' sugar or cornstarch into a bag of stuck-together marshmallows and shake it so that the sugar coats the marshmallows. Most of the marshmallows will separate, but you might need to work on the stubborn ones. Once coated, the marshmallows shouldn't be sticky anymore.
UMarshmallows too dry? Don't fret -- place a slice or two of bread or a piece of apple in a self-sealing container along with some of the marshmallows. This should help re-plump them.
UOne large marshmallow equals 10 small ones; you can also cut large marshmallows into small pieces to use.
UWhen making marshmallow-and-cereal treats, spray the spoon and mixing bowl with some nonstick vegetable spray, and the mixture will be easier to handle.
UPlace a small marshmallow in the bottom of an ice-cream cone to keep drips at bay.
UHere's something to make roasted marshmallows extra special: Poke a chocolate candy inside the marshmallow for an added surprise.
UKeep a container of baby towelettes nearby to wipe hands after roasting marshmallows, as they can be a sticky treat. Heloise
Dear Heloise: People who are watching their cholesterol know that eating oatmeal helps. However, it is sometimes difficult to eat enough to make a difference. Try this: In a large cereal bowl, stir 1 cup of dry, uncooked oats into 8 ounces of your favorite flavor of yogurt. Eat immediately. It is also a delicious, nutritious breakfast that "sticks to your ribs," keeping you full until lunchtime! Patricia L. Branch, Frisco, Texas
We tried this in our office, and we love it! A new breakfast nibble or a quick, healthy snack. Heloise
Dear Heloise: I maintain a shopping list of products, including the store at which I prefer to buy that item at the best price. This list helps a lot, because I don't waste travel time trying to buy the item in a store that doesn't carry it. Also, this record makes sure that I save money. Summer from Scottsdale, Ariz.
XSend a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, or you can fax it to (210) HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.
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