Peanut butter balls can be time consuming to make. You have to roll the peanut butter and dip it into the melted chocolate. Your hands can cramp before you're done. Luckily, you can get the same delicious flavor by making peanut butter bars instead.


We make peanut butter bars instead of peanut butter balls.

2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups (12 ounces) milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Have ready a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Mix confectioners' sugar, graham crackers, peanut butter and butter in medium bowl until well blended. Scrape into ungreased baking pan and press into even layer. Spread melted chocolate over top. Refrigerate at least 2 hours until chocolate is firm. Let stand 10 to 20 minutes at room temperature before cutting into bars. Freezes well. -- Michele, e-mail


Go to a sewing shop like JoAnn's or Hancock Fabrics, in the section where they have accessories for making underthings, you will find underarm pads. You pin or Velcro them into your underarm area and they absorb the sweat. You then just wash them out in the sink or next wash load. -- S.G.G, New Mexico


I use Palmolive dish soap to treat stains. It works like a charm even if the clothes have gone through the dryer! The only stuff I find doesn't work are those "green" dish soaps. -- Elizabeth, e-mail


I like to use clothespins to put up strings of Christmas lights on the house. They work a lot better than the plastic clips you buy that break in the cold. It gives them a use in the winter when our clothesline is out of commission. I also like to paint them green or other cool colors. -- J. Grieve, e-mail


I like to use old socks for mittens for my littlest child. Who cares if you lose one, because they are just old socks, but they seem to actually stay on her hands better than mittens anyway. -- Taylor, e-mail

You can also use them as deodorizers too. Just fill with baking soda, tie up the top and throw it in a closet or drawer. One word of warning about the pet toys though--when we were training our puppy, our obedience class teacher warned us not to give her toys that looked and felt like articles we wanted her to stay away from. In other words, if you don't want your puppy to chew your socks, don't give her stuffed socks as toys. -- Elizabeth, e-mail


I make mine in the microwave in two minutes. To make cream of chicken soup, which many chicken casseroles calls for, combine one cup of milk, one teaspoon chicken broth granules, and two tablespoons of flour in a bowl. Microwave 1 minute and then stir briskly with a wire whip. Microwave again for 1 minute and stir again. If you want a creamier soup add 1/3 cup instant dry milk granules in the beginning. Cream of tomato soup is a little tricky, but all other vegetable cream soups are just as easy, like cream of celery. First cook the vegetable in the microwave, add the milk and flour and cook as above. -- Pat, e-mail

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