Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.
Before heading to Cincinnati this week to tour and experiment in P&G’s Tide Research & Development site, I wanted to make sure Hubs had a few sweet treats to keep him going while I was away. Searching the cupboards, I still had a ton of leftovers from holiday baking – things like graham cracker crumbs, coconut and chocolate chips. Add a couple more ingredients and boom! You have these classic no-bake peanut butter bars. Since I returned to an empty pan (okay okay, they were half gone before I left), I
assume know first hand that they were awesome.
Peanut Butter Bars
- 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
- 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 1/3 cups icing sugar
- 1/2 cup flaked or shredded coconut (optional)
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 more tbsp of peanut butter
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the large amount of peanut butter, icing sugar, melted butter, coconut and graham crumbs. Mix together well and press firmly and evenly into the bottom of a 9×13 pan, which has been sprayed with non-stick spray and lined with parchment.
In the microwave, or on the stovetop, slowly melt together the peanut butter and chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the bars – an offset spatula works perfectly for this.
Put in the fridge for an hour to set and then cut into bars. Voila! No-bake goodness.
Now. If you are like me, you probably have melted chocolate on more than the peanut butter bars by the time you are through. I’ve been ashamed in the past about my laundry skills… so much so it’s a job that Hubs has taken over for the most part.
No more, baby.
My laundry game is strong. Like many things in life, it all comes down to reading the instructions- and going straight to the horse’s mouth for answers doesn’t hurt either. Myself, along with three fellow P&G Moms headed to Cincinnati this week to find out all about HE technology, busted some myths and picked the brains of the team that actually formulated the Tide products we use today and came home excited to do laundry (right there tells you how cool this trip was).
Here are the most memorable bits I picked up during my visit:
1. The HE logo that we see today was introduced by P&G in the late 90’s. They didn’t trademark the logo and allowed other manufacturers to use it. Unfortunately, this has led to the logo being used on other brand’s detergents that are really no different than their original formulas – yeah, for real. That’s not cool.
2. The problem above has led to the myths that abound about HE washing machines – especially the one that says to use less detergent in them. This is false! If anything, you should be using more detergent – what used to be an 8lb load of laundry has turned into 16 to even 20 lb loads! Are your clothes a bit dingy? This is no doubt why.
3. The myth above started when people’s new HE washers were taking forever to finish loads and just not working well. This is due to SUDS. Standard (old-fashioned, for lack of a better term) detergent makes a lot of suds. For HE washers to rinse away all these suds, it can take another 20 minutes or so and it has to use so much water that it pretty well negates any water savings – probably one of the reasons you purchased your new HE washer! Tide HE Turbo has been formulated with ‘Smart Suds’ so that when the wash cycle is done, the suds almost completely dissipate within seconds.
Even better, watch me give Ms. Professional up there a run for her money and do a similar test:
Save your applause.
4. The new HE Turbo Clean logo will be protected and you will KNOW when you buy it that it’s formulated to make your HE washer work as it was designed – even on quick cycle due to its fast-acting ingredients. Don’t yet have an HE washer? No worries, you can still use HE Turbo, just use the right amount for your load size.
5. Dosing is SO IMPORTANT! No matter whether you use liquid or pods, you need to use the right amount. Whether you are an over-doser like me, or like the majority of users, use too little – it’s going to show in your clothes. With increasing load sizes comes a need for increased detergent, it only makes sense. Tide and Downy products are making the dosing easier, with new caps that feature bars instead of lines. If your current bottle doesn’t have this, your next one probably will. (If you want to make sure you are using the right amounts now, you can always call the # on the back of the bottle and ask to have a new cap sent out to you.)
6. Fabric Softener should be used even if you use dryer sheets. Maybe it’s just me, but I grew up thinking that it was a one or the other type deal. This is another myth. Fabric Softener is basically to your clothes and linens what conditioner is to your hair. It helps the fibres stay strong and lay flat, which reduces things like fading and pilling. It can even keep your clothes in better shape, keeping their original fit longer and even prevent some shrinkage.
7. The Downy/Bounce combo makes the ‘pet hair situation’ not as much of a situation. If you have a cat or dog, you know what I mean- especially if you wear black pants. Hardly any pet hair will stick your pants, and what does can be easily removed with a quick wipe – no more masking tape.
8. For the love of Pete, wash your jeans!
9. Science is FUN!
10. Being a #PGmom is even more fun! Thanks so much for having us and letting us run amuck in lab coats taking selfies and making messes.
I’m off to do laundry.
Like a boss.