Monday, March 11, 2013

Trader Joe's: The Good, the Wicked

A good brownie makes a glass of cold milk taste like heaven. Trader Joe's Truffle Brownie Mix is an excellent product for getting yourself to nirvana; the instructions call for a stick of melted butter, so what can go wrong? I enjoy baking from scratch but, when it comes to brownies, I usually want need them fast, so I use mixes.

I decided to take a short break from chocolate. It's Lent, after all.  So I bought a box of TJ's Blondie Bar Mix, a cross between brownies and chocolate chip cookies. (Yeah, there's chocolate in them... go ahead and excommunicate me, and see if I care.)

I'm pleased to report that Blondie Bars are another worthwhile way to use up a stick of butter. While they are flatter and more crumbly than brownies, they are equally rich. I found myself adding more chocolate chips for no understandable reason, and I'll probably do it again.

While Trader Joe's makes good mixes (I recommend their cornbread, too), I wish they'd do some work on their bathroom tissue. They could start by sending it to reform school. I bought my first two six-packs in the past month or two, after years of buying different brands at Shaw's. I've never seen anything like them. They are self-destructive, sneaky, and peripatetic — not qualities I'm seeking in bathroom tissue.

I have proof: while I was in the living room this morning, the spare roll we keep on the windowsill stormed its way into a corner of the bedroom. Here's where I found it, looking much the worse for wear and tear, either because it's terribly neurotic or because some brave, responsible cat tried a little too hard to awaken it to its sense of duty:

I guess it really, really wanted to see itself in the mirror but first it had to scatter bits of itself all over the bedroom floor.

I worry about the cats' safety with these creepy, self-centered renegades on the loose. I should switch brands.

1 comment:

  1. I think Duchess Poppy may have visited Possum while you were at Trader Joes. We are about to have an intervention to get her into TP Anonymous.

    Sorry about that....


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