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Share your deals & questions 1/18

Posted January 18, 2016

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Found a deal today? Here's the place to share it.

Have a question that doesn't fit into any of the other threads? Here's the place to ask it.

I hope you have a fabulously frugal day! As I always say, it's your money, spend it wisely!


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  • Nanee Lion Jan 19, 2016

    This is a recipe from an old cookbook my church made years ago. It is his favorite but it never rises as high as my other pound cakes. Just want it to look pretty as well as good. Boy is it good! Had a piece for breakfast and everyone loved it last night but it was not pretty. The recipe that I used the baking soda in was a Paula Deen recipe and it looks beautiful. Since I have to slice it to serve our home delivery food on Wednesday, no one will know how pretty it is.

    thanks for all your comments and suggestions.

  • Kathy S. Jan 18, 2016

    Both banana breads look fabulous. Neither look any different from the other.

  • Kathy S. Jan 18, 2016

    NANEE LION, I had the same question a little while ago when making banana bread. I had a large bunch of bananas that were way overripe so decided to make bb. Made one cake pan with baking powder and ran out. Thought I had another can, but after making up next batch found out I was out. DD told me I can sub out for 1/3 baking soda. I looked it up online and it said 1/4 of the baking soda. It needs acid to interact with. So it would be 1/4t for every teaspoon of baking powder + acid (I used acv) Here is a link I found for it.

  • luvstoQ Jan 18, 2016

    NANEE LION, you can exchange them, but baking soda is much stronger, so it takes about 3 times the baking powder to equal the baking soda. That's why your cake with the baking soda rose higher. I would rather use which ever one it calls for, and not substitute, if possible - would just do it in an 'extreme' pinch!

  • raesmom1612 Jan 18, 2016

    Trader joes has a cashew recall for possible salmonella....

  • jdouglas13 Jan 18, 2016

    Nanee Lion, not sure if this is too late, but baking soda and baking powder are definitely NOT interchangeable. Was it the cake with the streusel that your husband liked? You may be able to add it to the higher rising cake recipe. Do you have a link to the recipe that we can look at?

  • clnh4405 Jan 18, 2016

    A neighbor of mine just posted on our neighborhood listserv that the Walmart on MLK Boulevard in Durham that is closing has everything 25% off and that they still had a lot of stuff left.

  • Nanee Lion Jan 18, 2016

    Question for bakers: Is baking soda and baking powder interchangeable in recipes? I baked two different recipes of pound cakes yesterday, one with baking soda and one with baking powder. They both required sour cream. The one with baking soda rose up so much higher and prettier than the one with baking powder. However, the one with the baking powder required that you pour half the cake mix in and then add nuts, cinnamon & brown sugar, then add the rest of the cake mix on top. My husband loves this cake and it's his birthday! Just makes me sad that it does not rise up as pretty as other pound cakes I make.
    Thanks for your helpl!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 18, 2016

    Dr D - it is so sad for all the employees losing jobs. I hope they are able to transfer many of them to other stores. Thanks for the clearance info. I am still waiting to hear back about any kind of official or store-wide clearance.

  • Dr D Jan 18, 2016

    Stopped in at the MLK WM yesterday and found myself very sad, not because I'm a big WM fan, but on behalf of all the employees who just learned that in less than 2 weeks their store would close on Jan 28. CS closed last week, and the bakery is closed; many of the bakery items, and specialty items in the coolers near the bakery had large yellow clearance price stickers indicating those items were now 50% off. I purchased several things that I normally would not buy, but would try at the discounted price. Crunchmasters cr_ckers were $1.34 and I used a $1 coupon (didn't know they had a White Cheddar flavor!) but that was my only bargain find, and these still cost more than the recent HT SD price of $.24 after coupon. Many of the shelves in the pharmacy area were empty; I'm guessing they are packing up items to transfer to other stores. I didn't notice clearance pricing anywhere other than in the front specialty area.