I’m in big trouble today. We picked up the food co-op order this afternoon. I don’t know why they don’t put more descriptions on the items in their catalog. How was I supposed to know that the Soft Baked Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies are nut and gluten free made in a dedicated bakery, no trans fat, no artificial anything, made with sorghum flour. A case of those. Oh, well, they went down OK with a big swig of coffee, and I’ll have a good coffee break supply in for the summer, seeings as nobody else will probably eat them.

If something is labeled Chow Mein Noodles, wouldn’t you expect the normal crunchy brown Chow Mein Noodles like you buy at Wal-Mart and serve with your Oriental Chicken Salad? How is it I got some kind of uncooked noodles, sort of like spaghetti. A case of that. I’m giving it to Helena to put in her hope chest.

Nathan wanted some kind of hot cereal he could cook up easily in the morning, so I bought him something called Scottish Porridge Oats — new in the catalog and the description sounded really different and tasty. It turns out to be plain old rolled oats in a fancy (and expensive) container. A case of those. Add on top of that a 25# bag of rolled oats which we needed.

How does this sound to you: Ryvita Fruit Crunch whole grain crispbread with fruit, oats and honey. It’s a very dry tasteless cracker with a raisin or two thrown in. A case of those.

Harvey likes beef jerky so I thought I’d get a good supply in. Turkey Jerky was on sale and I bought a case. In this case, a case wasn’t a case — but a small envelope filled with 10 smaller envelopes of small pieces of something raised without antibiotics and free range. After all, Shelton’s Turkey Jerky is the stuff that serious snacks are made of! Five ounces of meat in all. I don’t think I want to look and see what that cost me.

OK, now I’m mad. I just opened the Sesmark Sesame Thins Cheddar, all natural ingredients. They must have gone way, way, way back into nature to make these. Sorry, but I had to eat one of my Soft Baked Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies, nut and gluten free made in a dedicated bakery, no trans fat, no artificial anything, made with sorghum flour to get the taste of that cracker out of my mouth. And I’m not a picky eater. A case of those.

The 25# bag of salt was good.



  1. Kim @ In Our Write Minds

    I’m laughing that “you might as well laugh as cry” kind of laugh. What a shame, Laurie!

    Do you know anyone who is on a gluten-free diet? Maybe you could donate some of those fabulous brownie cookies to a good cause.

  2. Kimberly Kovach

    Just a hint-don’t ever buy a case of something you haven’t tried. 😉

  3. Ruthie

    I know several people who are on gluten free diets who would love those! 🙂 Too bad you aren’t closer. What a shame that your order turned out like that. Can’t return any of it???

  4. Kendra Fletcher

    Oh, man, Laurie! Thanks for the much-needed laugh this afternoon 😀

  5. Susannah

    Ha! I have had those kinds of order before too…and usually on the month that the ice cream gets crossed off my list. Well, it’s a gamble sometimes… I think I actually recognize a couple of those products! LOL!

  6. Kelly

    your blog post made me laugh out loud! What a funny story…thanks for the giggle. I’m going to read this to my husband, whether he wants me to or not! (lol)

  7. Roberta

    Well, you’re adventurous for trying new things! 🙂
    If you bought the kind of chow mein noodles I am thinking of, I made some chicken chow mein…chicken, onion, carrots, celery, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, noodles…plus the crunchy noodles on top. And it was really delicious!

  8. Sarah Shackelford

    Ha! You made me laugh out loud. I once thought I had ordered a little bottle of basil from food co-op. I must of been in a hurry when placing the order because I received an enormous quantity and still, 5 years later, have a couple cups left in my freezer.

  9. Anna

    Oh, Laurie, I love you to pieces! Thanks for a funny start to my day!

  10. Anna

    And question: Is Nathan home? If so we need to have him over!

  11. Becca

    Laurie, I can so relate to being the one to eat all the not-so-appetizing food because no one else will. I refuse to let anything go to waste! 😉 God bless you – I’m sure you’re adding a couple extra years to your life with all the healthy eating. LoL

    Praying for your family,

  12. Lisa

    This was funny! I actually like Ryvita crackers, but you have to have the taste for them. They are very dry. Good with applesauce, though. Or soup. But maybe not if they have raisins in them!

    I never buy a case of anything unless I have tried it. Though I’m surprised that the GF brownies didn’t say they were GF–you would think that they would want to attract the GF people that would want to buy something like that.

    In fact, I wish I knew the ingredients… my son is GF and a bunch-of-other-things free, and it’s next to impossible to find anything pre-made that he can eat…


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