Q: I have been hunting Happy Home butter-and-nut flavoring for a long time. This flavoring turns the cake batter a golden color and has a delicious flavor. Makes beautiful pound cakes. I live in Buford, but am willing to travel miles to get this flavoring. Thanks for helping! — Jewell Powell, email
A: Jewell, I found this vivid red-orange imitation flavoring sold through a church, beauty salon and a produce store, but the most unusual place I located it was at JP’s Fashions, 1173 E. Main St., Royston, 706-245-8793. This clothing store is about an hour away from you, so I’m glad you’re willing to drive. JP’s stocks a wide variety of Happy Home flavorings, and you can buy a 7-ounce bottle of the butter-and-nut for $3. And if you ever find yourself in a baking frenzy, the flavoring also is available through www.southernflavoring.com, where a gallon of Happy Home will set you back $19, not including shipping.
Q: I have attempted to locate L’Oreal Le Kohl smooth eyeliner pencil in Cafe, but cannot find it online or anywhere else. I’ve tried other eyeliner pencils, including L’Oreal products, but none of them work like this one. Hopefully, you can help me. Thank you. — Diana Schuyler, Canton
A: Even on websites that sell overstocked and discontinued cosmetics, this L’Oreal eyeliner pencil has pretty much disappeared. However, there are a few left at amazon.com. They come two per pack and sell at a premium — each pack costs $29.85. Your best bet might be to grab what you can, then hope that you find another you like as well before you run out. I’ve been buying and stashing my favorite lipstick color for years because I know it’s only a matter of time before it hits the discontinued pile. When that happens, I’ll be prepared.
Q: There was a time when I could find kraut juice. I enjoyed it mixed with V8 juice. I no longer can find it. Please help. — Joan Cobb, Stockbridge
A: Joan, while you’re mixing your kraut juice with V8, other folks are using the fermented cabbage beverage as a health benefit that runs the gamut from treating canker sores to aiding in digestion. However, the French have them all beat. They’re now using sauerkraut juice, once thought of as a waste product, to power a local water treatment plant. It seems that the kraut juice is used to produce bio gas. Locally, you can pick up 14-ounce cans of Frank’s kraut juice for $2.36 each at Ingles, 3701 Walt Stephens Road, Stockbridge, 770-507-1230. You’ll find it on the top shelf of aisle 3, just above the sauerkraut.
Q: Can you recommend an air freshener or deodorizer spray that can fit in a pocket or purse? This would be very handy when visiting the facilities at work or in stores. I’ve been using spray perfumes but that is an expensive air freshening method. Thank you. — Yvette Nurse, email
A: Yvette, I absolutely understand that you wouldn’t want your pricey perfume to disappear into thin air. Instead of simply making the air you breath more fragrant, you might take comfort in knowing that you can disinfectant your surroundings as well — for pennies. Lysol disinfectant spray to go comes in a 1-ounce spray that you can easily take with you just about anywhere. You’ll find it near the checkout stands for $2.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond, 1 Buckhead Loop Road, Atlanta, 404-869-0457.