Dear Sara:

Morning is too busy here to cook, so I am looking for breakfast items I can make ahead of time, warm up in the microwave if necessary and eat on the go. -- Brenda, email

Dear Brenda:

You can make breakfast burritos, pancakes (spread peanut butter on them and roll them up), waffles, French toast, oatmeal or English muffin breakfast sandwiches ahead of time. Have foods such as fruit, yogurt and granola handy. Bake up muffins or quick breads, package fresh fruit in freezer storage bags and make quick and easy smoothies to go. Try string cheese and crackers, hardboiled eggs, a bagel or croissant with spread (peanut butter or preserves).
Here's a recipe for breakfast cookies:
3 mashed bananas
1/3 cup applesauce (flavored or plain)
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Drop spoonfuls onto parchment-lined cookie sheets or Silpat. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Makes 20 soft cookies.

Dear Sara:

After reading your column, I checked Lowe's and Wal-Mart in the Glendale and Peoria, Ariz. area. They did not have Super Grip, nor had they ever heard of it. -- V. Dahl, email

Dear V. Dahl:

You can use the product locator at to find retailers in your area that should carry it. Lowe's is listed as a special-order retailer, which means you can order it through Lowe's and have it shipped to the store for purchase. You can order it online through at (Note: For those readers who aren't familiar with this product, it's an aerosol used on throw rugs to prevent skidding.)

Dear Sara:

I have a frustrating problem and am hoping you can assist me with a solution. My refrigerator door handle and freezer handle have yellowed. I have tried gasoline, abrasives and many other products that promise to clean the handle, but to no avail. Do you have a solution? -- Ru, Florida

Dear Ru:

The handles often yellow with age. Some handles turn yellow from the oil in your hands; with others, there is a plastic cover over the handles that yellows with age. You can call the manufacturer to purchase replacement handles, or if your handles have plastic covers, find out if the manufacturer sells replacement plastic covers so you wouldn't have to replace the entire handle. As for cleaning the old ones, try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or Soft Scrub and some elbow grease. You might even consider painting the handles with a spray paint made for plastic, such as Krylon Fusion.

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