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It's the Story of My Life... 
May 15, 2012 3:47 pm 
Updated: May 23, 2012 8:09 am

It has happened time and time again.  I fall in love and then it is gone.  They usually don't even say goodbye.  They just vanish, no warning, no goodbye.  No note.  Just gone.    

I must be jinxed.


Today, it happened again. 

I fell in love last year - I don't usually allow myself to have these feelings but I threw caution to the wind.  I introduced my friends to my new love.  They loved him too - who would have known that he would be so flighty and would treat me this way?  

Today, just a mere 6 months later, I was jilted.  

Cardini's Raspberry Pomegranate dressing was missing from the shelf.  Where did I find him? Flirting with the other outcasts on the clearance rack!  How sad to see him go the same direction as Knorr Fine Herb mix.

Then there are the cheaters!  The ones that used to be 6 oz and are now only 4oz.   The pretty boxes & bags that held so much promise now pale in comparison.  I don't like cheaters!

Of course there have been the fly by nights - they call themselves 'seasonal'.  They leave, with a promise to return but how often have I waited a year or more to never see them return?   

Oh, my poor broken heart!    

May 15, 2012 3:55 pm
LOL! Good one! I hate those cheaters, too!
May 15, 2012 3:58 pm
It's kind of like not being able to find your favorite undergarment or lip gloss. Amen! Good one, Baking Nana!
May 15, 2012 4:28 pm
Oh Cindy! Those cheaters! Coffee - Tuna and let's not discuss the prices of these gems! It drives me crazy!
May 15, 2012 4:29 pm
I love shopping the end aisles for the seasonal items. I stock up for the year, just in case they don't return. Usually they don't. But one good thing has come of it. I purchase these items and find copycat recipes and learn to make them myself. So if they don't return I'm okay because I have spent time trying different recipes and getting that item just right. Of course, it doesn't always happen but I try. In the meantime, my condolences my dear.
May 15, 2012 4:39 pm
Marianne - shopping for undergarments & makeup is worse than buying a car! The old type I want is never around anymore and then I am stuck with a salesperson who tries to convince my that what they have to offer is BETTER! Nothing like walking out of a store with a tiny bag for a couple of hundred dollars.
May 15, 2012 4:42 pm
Rosebud - thanks for your condolences.... this dressing could be re-created but honestly I would rather not have to experiment with my friends and family. It is really nice to have an all natural no MSG product on the shelf. Darn! Jilted again!
May 15, 2012 4:45 pm
I can totally sympathize. Schwans used to have a vege stick that was wonderful and a fudgesicle that was to die for. Of course,,they didn't survive the cut and the driver tried to get me to try "the other thing", but to no avail I would not succumb to those pretenders.
May 15, 2012 4:49 pm
BN...Oh how I can relate to your poor broken heart....I thought it was just me....first time I can remember was when I was 12 and we could no longer get my favourite cereal in Canada ...."cracklin oat bran" by the way....I thought It tasted like mini oatmeal cookies and I would have been forever loyal and true....but then one day....gone....since then that feeling of disappointment has hit me time and the cheaters...they're another story...seems like these days there are way too many cheaters.....smaller packaging with bigger prices....Great blog BN....wish I could recommend a replacement for your loss.....:)
May 15, 2012 4:51 pm
ibbz - I have, on a time or two fallen prey to the 'pretenders' Phooey! How dare they play with us that way!
May 15, 2012 4:51 pm
Oh! It hurts, doesn't it? Growing up military, and then marrying military, there have been many many times in my life when the object of my affection has proved impossible to locate. Sure, I can find some product worthy of a short-term romance to take it's place, but I feel no real lasting love. It saddens me, but I move on. Those cheaters though!! They should bare a scarlet C! It angers me to see the price go up and the amount of food I'm actually purchasing go down. :-/ Fabulous blog, BN. I look forward to your next. :-)
May 15, 2012 4:54 pm
Nice blog...I'm in the same feeling as you, my parents got all my sisters and I a Nescafe Gusto coffee maker, I use it soo much compared to my Keurig...I love my Keurig, but I love the instant cappacino that the Gusto makes. Went to get more at Walmart and now 1 flavor and the rest have been discontinued from the store...UGH.
May 15, 2012 4:54 pm
It’s a cold cruel world out there, and all live in fear of being eaten. The shelf can be a lonely place if you’re not a shaker and mover. So many beauties competing for attention, and all willing to jump into the hands of any one grabbing them. Many are unfairly discriminated against and doomed by being relegated to the lowest shelf. The best shelf space is reserved for the popular ones who have been had the most, and so the taker goes with certainty rather than risk a nightmare by trying an unknown. Sometimes I’m saddened by a bottom dweller, and decide to game the system. I’ll take half a dozen, and move them to new locations. Now she is blocking the beauty who has been moved behind her, and the onlooker feels it must be a safe bet since every shelf has this beauty occupying space. Sometimes she’s taken to another aisle to flaunt her wares. The stock seems to be going quick, and time for this mover to be reordered. They may even think she is a real money maker, and debut her in a prime spot. It may be to late too save poor Mr. Cardini from entering a dead end clearance basket. Within a week of Mr. C being gone, he’ll be a faded memory as another lad captures your heart . . . there’s never an end to this soap opera. Let your heart rest easy, as Mr. C, born in 1924, was sauve and debonair, and lived a good life pleasing many damsels in distress. BN - - enjoyed your quick wit.
May 15, 2012 4:54 pm
ellie - I mourn your loss! It has happen to me as a child as well. I don't watch a lot of TV but if I do find a show I like, you can guarantee it will be cancelled - same with radio hosts - one day your are tuning into your favorite show and it isn't on any more. :(
May 15, 2012 5:03 pm
Story of my life! Just when you find something you really, really like (and you KNOW the size, model number, etc that you need to just walk in and buy it without having to try it on), they stop making it! Every. Single. Time! Bra, shoes, make-up, universal pot and pan lids, ice cream flavors(= ~sigh!~ I thought it was just me.
May 15, 2012 5:07 pm
We LOVE Kraft Grated American Cheese. Like the parm in the green can - but in a blue can. We put it on popcorn. It comes and goes. (It's been gone for a while. My man-child will take the cheese packet out of Kraft macaroni and cheese boxes for popcorn, then eat the pasta with tomato sauce - so he can have his cheesy popcorn fix.) Years ago, I found it at Big Lots (might have been Pic'N'Save), and bought a couple. I was devastated when I couldn't find it at the grocery store any more - and Big Lots was out, too! I learned my lesson! If you see something you LOVE on the discount shelf, or at Big Lots, buy as much as you can (or as much as you can use before it goes bad), because you might not ever see it again )=
May 15, 2012 5:10 pm
MelissaLovesCoffee - Living around the country and the world often leaves you with the pretenders. I lived with that for years living overseas. What I would have given for REAL Mayonnaise! I actually made "friends" with a couple of American servicemen - they thought I was interested in their spiffy uniforms - no - I was really interested in their ability to get real Mayonnaise at the commissary! Although the jar is smaller than I remember it Real mayo remains the same. :)
May 15, 2012 5:10 pm
Boy, I guess that is why I torture myself with making most things. Dear Store Gods, please, don't take Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce away. I will be lost indeed!
May 15, 2012 5:13 pm
mis7up - I feel your pain! Oh the injustice of it all! Have you checked WalMart online? If they have it, buy a bunch! So sad to see our friends go by the wayside. :(
May 15, 2012 5:13 pm
Bn, Great blog as usual. Youngest ds is still asking about pillsbury waffles, they disappeared from freezer section years ago. He just asked about them when we were at store on Sunday. Have you seen size and price of ice cream these days. Ugh
May 15, 2012 5:14 pm
Oh I hate when I get jilted :( Just happened with one of my favorite dressings as well. I was so sad. Sniff. They should at least put a warning on the label that its going to disappear from our shelves! Great Blog Baking Nana :)
May 15, 2012 5:14 pm
The same company that manufactures your beloved dressing also manufactures DW's favorite light Italian. When we couldn't find it in the store - now get this - we found out that El Pollo Loco served the dressing. The local El Pollo Loco would sell it to us by the case. Now they no longer carry it! I give up.
May 15, 2012 5:17 pm
ConkyJoe - You are right - you have to be a Mover and Shaker to get the shelf space. $3.99 Mr. C has a hard time competing with always of sale - eye level, Mr. Kraft. Then there are those bottom shelf goddesses - you never know about those - top dollar. doesn't always buy you the best product. Mr. Cardini has a whole new line of dressings - I guess the salad folks have to keep up with the Jones too!
May 15, 2012 5:22 pm
Hi Xray - I can honestly say that I have never seen Kraft Grated American Cheese -in a blue can! I agree, if you find it at the Dollar Store or Big Lots - know it is on it's way out! Grab as much as you can handle. I love your son's solution though. I think it is time to check out the Dollar store shelves!
May 15, 2012 5:25 pm
Cat - I do make so many things from scratch but honestly - this was a great dressing! Some times I just don't need to mess with a dressing. As for Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce - have no fear - Mr lives on the front and center shelf. Mr Ray is indeed living the good life!
May 15, 2012 5:27 pm
My sentiments exactly! Great blog, BN! I thought it was just me that noticed the salad dressing container shrinking! I can't locally get Knorr's Leek Soup to make Cindy's Clam Chowder, so when I take my dtr to college I always stop at Wegman's and pick up a few packs, just for the soup!
May 15, 2012 5:27 pm
I fell in love with a Tangy Tomato Bacon salad dressing. It was quite an affair we had. Delicious on salads of course, but then we got a little raunchy and dabbled in marinades. Oh my, how I long for it. I also was quite taken with these chicken parm sandwiches I used to get from Market Day. I loved them, perfect for lunch at work. When I saw them in the clearance section, I quickly shot off an e-mail to inquire if it was true...the response caused a piece of my heart to break. The worst was when I was a child and my area was chosen to be a test market for a new Gold Rush ice cream bar. These turned into a family obsession, and we all deeply mourned when they didn't "make" it. Great blog BN...but now I am sad :(
May 15, 2012 5:28 pm
DeniseY - I don't remember the Pillsbury waffles - I suppose Eggos won out. :( As for ice cream, what ever happened to a quart? I don't buy it often but when I do I am overwhelmed by the 'latest and greatest' flavors - I had a hard time finding Vanilla Bean! Come on now!
May 15, 2012 5:30 pm
rae - Honestly - if I had know this was in trouble I would have bought a case, like bd.weld! That would have boosted sales! Well, shoot - lesson learned - jilted again!
May 15, 2012 5:33 pm
bd.weld - That is SO unfair! To tease you like that - to make you think you are safe and secure with your dressing by the case and then to rip the rug right out from under you! That is a cheap shot!
May 15, 2012 5:35 pm
My mom too has a past filled with longing for the things that got away, and she has always told me if I find something I truly, truly love, to buy at least two in case it gets the axe. I once found a pair of boots that I adore- I love the look, the fit...stylish comfortable! Perfection. Mom encouraged me to buy a second pair and put them away for when my first pair wore out, so I did. Sure enough, the boots were discontinued. But in an ironic twist of fate, I am still wearing the original pair 14 years later, and they still look and feel brand new! Lol! I will be wearing these things well into my 80's at this rate!!!!
May 15, 2012 5:36 pm
SueC - I had to go to three stores to find the Leek soup mix - whew.... I found it at Ralph's. The Fine Herb disappeared many years ago and along with it one of the best pot roasts I have ever eaten. So sad how they can play with our hearts like this.....
May 15, 2012 5:45 pm
Puck - Life is filled with losses - some great some small - I guess the moral of the story is too appreciate those things we love today - everyday, while we have them....salad dressings included. You never know when the love affair will be over.
May 15, 2012 5:51 pm
Puck - I have a pair of red shoes I love! I have funky feet but these suit me - they are going strong but I have to say, I wish I had taken your mother's advice! They are not available any more - I guess not enough people had funky feet like me. Still, I cherish them and I hope I am still walking in them when I am 80!
May 15, 2012 6:31 pm
Hmm... I can't think of a particular brand of anything that I would miss the way some of you do... I flit from brand to brand. Does that make me brand promiscuous?
May 15, 2012 6:33 pm
But You Can still find a can of spam first introduced in 1937.
May 15, 2012 6:33 pm
Aw. . .*passes Baking Nana a tissue* I'm sorry for your loss. I do know what you're talking about. . .and I hate when that happens!! I'm reluctant to start another love affair, after all these years, knowing just how fickle they can be! :)
May 15, 2012 6:39 pm
Marie C - This was such a short term affair. You would think I would know better. You have learned your lesson - Why not play the field? I suppose I should or could but it doesn't feel quite right.....
May 15, 2012 6:41 pm
LS - thanks for the tissue - I will now begin the rationing of the final bottle..... these things take time to heal......
May 15, 2012 6:43 pm
King Sparta - I am not sure why Spam has survived..... maybe the Hawaiians? Spam certainly does hold a record for longevity!
May 15, 2012 7:13 pm
The rationing is beginning to sound like an episode from Seinfeld with Elaine Bennett.
May 15, 2012 7:14 pm
Maria C - LOL - I know what episode you refer to! Too funny!
May 15, 2012 7:38 pm
In my younger days there were so many things that found my favor and then disappeared. I recently found many of them at Cracker Barrel but, as my luck proves it's consistancy, my tasters will reject! Now, the only solace I can get from them is to have a screaming fit in the store as I kick myself in the...
May 15, 2012 7:44 pm
Mike, there are ladies present,,,control yourself please! We totally understand. Having a screaming fit is understandably fun and sometimes you get a free meal, but really,,
May 15, 2012 7:48 pm
I seem to get my heart broken regularly at Costco. I find something I LOVE, only to have it NEVER return again. Not sure how they buy their merchandise, but I am afraid to ever again buy anything when I see it there for the first time. sigh..... great blog!
May 15, 2012 7:51 pm
May 15, 2012 8:45 pm
Mike - I have never been to Cracker Barrel - I often hear about the rolls etc... but they don't seem to be something that I would fall in love with. I haven't tried the screaming fit but when the very polite checker asked me "Did you find everything you need?" He was more than a little surprised to hear me say, "NO!"
May 15, 2012 8:51 pm
chris k - Costco is a killer of love affairs for sure. I have come to terms with Costco for the most part - you never know what you can get next week - I merely dance with Costco's products - no long term affairs there.
May 15, 2012 9:31 pm
Elaine can have mine - I'm allergic (= [In reference to Marie C's Seinfeld comment]
May 15, 2012 9:40 pm
LOL - Barb - I hope you didn't stock up!
May 15, 2012 9:55 pm
Lol good one Nana!! Sorry bout those yummy loves that Go the way of the Doto bird. Maybe you'll find an even Better love on the shelf next time!!
May 15, 2012 10:51 pm
I don't remember - but I DO remember the last time I used the item in question - holy mole, O.M.Garsh! Talk about itchy!
May 15, 2012 10:51 pm
lol! Sorry! tmi (=
May 16, 2012 3:46 am
Great blog BN! It's so sad when our loved ones leave us in the lurch. Kind of getting jilted at the church.
May 16, 2012 5:01 am
Cyclone popsicles for me! Gosh those things were good. Sometimes I get teased and the ice cream bar case at a convenience store will have a Cyclone pictured with other treats on the outside of the case, but... no Cyclones to be found inside :( I've also lately found myself looking for and not finding the fun shaped Kraft Dinner (blue box mac and cheese). When I was a kid there were always different shapes to be found, usually Flintstone characters, Smurfs, etc. I haven't seen anything but regular pasta shape in YEARS. I can live without the shapes of course since it tasted the same as regular macaroni, I just kinda miss them. (Speaking of mac and cheese, ms. xraybarb - bulk stores often have "mac and cheese sauce" powder to buy in bulk!)
May 16, 2012 5:31 am
Baking Nana- I loved reading your blog. I felt jilted when Pepsi no longer came in a glass bottle. I know I can get Pepsi in a bottle manufactured in Mexico, but it is just not the same.
May 16, 2012 6:17 am
Baking Nana, have you tried contacting the actual company? Maybe they just stopped distributing the dressing in your area. Its possible that they could ship you 1/2 a dozen jars. I have successfully tried that in the past. good Luck, I know how you feel.
May 16, 2012 6:21 am
Good morning Patty Cakes - I have had a lot of one night stands with bottled dressings. Those feelings of remorse the next morning are almost too much to bare.
May 16, 2012 6:23 am
Oh Barb! Talk about betrayal!
May 16, 2012 6:35 am
I was told by an employee at Costco that if an item has a * next to the price the item will not be restocked.
May 16, 2012 6:45 am
Oh, Baking Nana, I feel your pain! I fell in love with Paul Newman's Fat Free Raspberry Pecan (Walnut?) Dressing, but can't find it anywhere around here now. I've checked every grocery store within 25 miles of me. None of the other brands come even close in flavor.
May 16, 2012 7:25 am
Magnolia Blossom - I am really hoping this is merely a misunderstanding - a small rejection at just one store - maybe Mr. C will have a change of heart.
May 16, 2012 7:33 am
Pain felt for sure! Cheaters are really getting on my nerves too! Laundry soap I used years ago was discontinued at Walmart. Had to switch to a brand I did NOT like, then another, and another. Finally found YOUR laundry soap and it is better than anything else I've ever tried (thanks again!). Maybe there will be something better in the future for your dressing. FIL was given a peanut butter egg at Easter and he wanted more. After looking at 3 stores I had to tell him we have to wait until next Easter when I'll stock up for him. Nice blog.
May 16, 2012 7:42 am
Alex, talk about Mac & Cheese impostors & pretenders! They abound but none of them seem to be able to hold a candle to that blue box. I fell prey to their attractive price ONCE and only ONCE. There was a threat of violence and mutiny if I were it ever get caught cheating with those posers again!
May 16, 2012 7:59 am
What a great blog! I've been on a personal hunt for Crisco Olive Oil spray which comes and goes in my local stores and when I find it, I bring home as many as I can. Lately, two stores have seen fit to carry the butter-flavored and the regular, but no olive oil Makes me crazy. And don't get me started on the Large size of Zip-n-Steam cooking bags!
May 16, 2012 8:05 am
Lela's mention of Pepsi made me remember Vanilla Coke!! I really miss it :( I hear it's still availabe in many places in the US... I'm going to have to make a trip and smuggle some over the border :P
May 16, 2012 8:06 am
Lela - Those glass bottles were the best I'm remembering Bubble Up in the tall green bottles. Oh gosh they were good.
May 16, 2012 8:06 am
Haha! I love this blog! I hate when that happens with products though. It is frustrating. :/
May 16, 2012 8:16 am
LMAO! Darm cheating ingredients. I have found a few dressings/dips that have disappeared from the shelves. Makes me want to collect and hoard the ones I like but I know their shelf life would come to a bitter end. I have also noticed that good, concentrated cleaners that work well seem to suddenly get diluted or just plain missing. I think this is one of the reasons I love to figure out how to make my own. This way I can still get the main ingredients and whip up a dressing, dip, or cleaner. The guy in my local hardware store gave me a chuckle when I found he stocked carbolic soap. My gramma's bathroom always smelled of the soap and it was a great cleaner. I stocked up, he said he would continue to carry it, but I was not taking any chances. Same thing happened at my local health food store-I found huge bags of real citric acid for CHEAP. The small bottles at the drug store are very expensive but I could buy bulk bags at the health food store, and I did!
May 16, 2012 8:29 am
what about clothes? I had to order Carheart pants from the states because we can no longer find a 38" inseem for RNGrampa. I phoned and complained to the company that though these pants are comfy, wear well and can stand the test of time through washing every week that they now have many construction workers and oil field workers wandering around looking like they are ready for flash floods. WTH, men are not getting any shorter and boys are all towering over me and they will not stock long pants anymore.
May 16, 2012 8:39 am
AGREED! Original Barbeque Lays Potato chips (discontinued around 95), the "extra Kraft cheese" in the shaker container for macnchees and the origional scents of Lever 2000 soap are my three most missed. Great blog! :)
May 16, 2012 9:52 am
Good to know bd.weld. How poetic ... That a soon to be ex would be designated this way.
May 16, 2012 9:56 am
Paula, it may be a conspiracy of the raspberry dressings. There might be enough evidence for an investigation.
May 16, 2012 10:03 am
Lucky noodle. You are very welcome. I love that detergent too. Let's just see if I can recreat Mr. C's dressing .... I will let you know. As for the elusive Easter candy, always check the clearance racks, there time with us each year is limited. Is there a way to make them?
May 16, 2012 10:21 am
RNG The frustration of being a tall person! NBPapa has the same issue .... He has been jilted more than once. The worst of cheaters has to be toilet paper! Sadly it isn't something I can make or choose to boycot They got us by the .......
May 16, 2012 11:25 am
I find shopping at Trader Joe's very chancy. There have been several items I found there, fell in love with and "POUF" gone, never to be heard from again. The cheaters just make me see red! If it isn't something I have to have, i.e. coffee or tuna, I refuse to buy the smaller packages.
May 16, 2012 12:03 pm
Oh the memories anyone remember these? When I went to school in the 1960's my mom would include a Mini salt and shaker from morton's salt
May 16, 2012 2:48 pm
Alex, many times you can order drinks, like a vanilla Coke, at restaurants. (Kinda like ordering a Shirley Temple.) My son used to frequently order a vanilla root beer. Hmmmm - then I figured you could make your own, so I did a search here, and came up empty /=
May 16, 2012 2:49 pm
ALEX! Here you go (= Please tell me you have the Torani flavored syrups on your side of the border!
May 16, 2012 2:59 pm
My mother and her friends drank Tab. It was pretty much the first diet drink - and though it was awful, they became used to it, and even liked it. When aspartame came on the scene, Tab changed it's recipe. Mom would grab up any Tab that she could find with saccharine in it. She had a Close Encounters pyramid thing of Tab in her garage. Her friends teased her about her Tab obsession. Until they could no longer find Tab made with saccharine. Then they whined and pouted . . . Mom used to give her friends a six pack of Tab for their birthdays (= Eventually her supply ran out. Tab got hard to find at all, and when I found it, I grabbed it for her. The clerks would ring me up, asking, "We carry that?" I'm not sure it's around anymore. She stopped drinking it a few years ago. (I think when she started avoiding caffeine.) About the time it became an "energy drink."
May 16, 2012 6:55 pm
BSM - TJ's has been an on and off again love affair - Two Buck Chuck remains a steady date but there are other things that are the fly by night variety. I carefully guard my heart strings with Mr. Joe.
May 16, 2012 6:57 pm
King Sparta - I remember those and had not thought about them for years. :( Another friend gone.....
May 16, 2012 7:00 pm
Barb, TAB!!! Oh my gosh I almost forgot about TAB. Your mother was a loyal fan, as was my brother. Although I do believe my bro gave up the TAB habit long before your Mother.
May 16, 2012 7:24 pm
thunder - I shot off an email to the company today.....let's see what they say. In the mean time I am plotting and planning to hit all the stores I know carry this product...
May 16, 2012 7:46 pm
I think the word "addiction" fits (=
May 16, 2012 8:00 pm
or Commitment - Loyalty....No, addiction probably fits best.
May 16, 2012 9:57 pm
Great Blog BN. I know just what you mean, things come into my life and then disappear just as fast. Although I am more than happy to find soem bargains in the clearance aisle!
May 17, 2012 4:29 am
OMG...LOL at first that really got me!
May 17, 2012 4:37 am
Try Amazon, if you don't mind buying a case.
May 17, 2012 5:38 am
apple.strudel - The clearance racks do indeed hold some gems but I know better than to loose my heart to those deals. They fall into 'here today - gone tomorrow' category.
May 17, 2012 5:39 am
CookandBakeGirl - good morning. I hope it made you laugh! You should have seen NBPapa's face when I first read it to him!
May 17, 2012 5:41 am
Thanks Bibi - If I can't find it at my other markets I will order it for sure.
May 17, 2012 7:11 am
LOL, Good 1 Nana!!! lov it!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 17, 2012 8:58 am
Thanks Chocolate! Glad you enjoyed it.
May 17, 2012 7:24 pm
Where did my Santiago Asagio cheese go..
May 17, 2012 8:42 pm
Oh Meat Legs.....Mr. Santiago is probably cavorting with his cousins in never - never land. My condolences.
May 18, 2012 5:04 am
BN, I'm confused. Can you not purchase this dressing any more? Has the company quit making it? Don't you just hate it when that happens? Getting off the subject of dressing, I found a good carpet cleaner and I guess the company quit making it. It's been almost 7 years ago and now I can not remember what the cleaner was called. I know it was a smaller bottle and the company never made larger size. I even forgot the company that made it. It really worked too. Maybe it found a new companion as well???
May 18, 2012 5:14 am
I think I would have had a little more trouble trying to hold 11 or 12 bags of 4lb sugar than I did the 9 bags of 5lb sugar. I hate the smaller sizes being foisted upon us today.
May 18, 2012 8:19 am
The shrinking packages just irks the heck out of me...we recycle our plastic containers for all sorts of things and have noticed how many different brands have eliminated an ounce just in the past year. Instead of 16oz. they are now 15oz. containers.
May 18, 2012 10:10 am to the rescue! They have it...AND although you have to get it by the case, shipping for items over 25.00 is FREE! No, I'm not advertising but so many times when something has disappeared from my local area, I find it there! The items weren't discontinued by the manufacturer, the store manager chose to do a "reset" and eliminated the item(s) from the ordering list. Go forth and ENJOY!
May 18, 2012 12:11 pm
After reading this sad tale, I ran down to my local Trader Joes and bought a case of my favorite muscat orange vinegar ;)
May 19, 2012 5:38 pm
Holy Cow! This just happened to me. Do you remember me telling you about "Yogurt Cheese" Baking Nana? Well, when FINALLY went grocery shopping after 3 weeks of being gone, I went to our BRAND NEW Walmart to get some. The deli lady told me they had discontinued it. WHAT???? This store's only been opened for 3 months. How can that happen? I'm heartsick!
May 20, 2012 7:17 pm
Oh where did Camay soap go?
May 21, 2012 7:53 am
Good morning! Sorry to have not responded I have been partying in Vegas with the AR crew. Candice, I can't believe your cheese is gone, that just stinks.
May 21, 2012 3:43 pm
Amazon has both the blue can of M&C cheese powder and one case left of the Crisco Olive oil spray. ;)
May 21, 2012 6:46 pm
BARB! Did you see this!!!! The Blue Can is on Amazon!!!!! Thanks Redcwolf! Isn't the internet amazing!
May 21, 2012 6:47 pm
mauigirl - I should head to TJ's just on your recommendation. Maybe after I recover from my weekend in Vegas. :)
May 21, 2012 8:49 pm
coloradocookie - See there is another one I haven't seen. Check Amazon for Camay - maybe?
May 21, 2012 10:01 pm
[Shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! Don't tell Marianne! (I may buy her a present!)]
May 22, 2012 9:05 am
Baking Nana, post script to my post above: someone saw it and e-mailed me. They told me I can buy different kinds of "yogurt cheese" at Trader Joe's. (tip for anyone else who is Lactose intolerant) Guess where I'm headed today?
May 22, 2012 1:35 pm
Oh, good!!! I can get some for the next time I want to feed you my Dirty Diapers! ~whew!~
May 22, 2012 1:35 pm
LOL! That sentence just sounded SO wrong!
May 23, 2012 8:09 am
That is good to know Candice! Barb, that did sound a bit odd! LOL
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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site.
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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