Eric, I hear and am there too. One of the great pleasures of cooking is to satisfy others appetites. Cooking only for myself, yes, I have days where I'm gung-ho... but more and more frequently I look at pre-made. And for someone who suddenly discovered "from scratch" in so many categories - I'm already rolling over in my grave at some of the things I do.
Yes, tried the "sugar" thing... all it did was make it taste too sweet and still acidic. Only heard of the baking soda thing after I stopped making tomato sauces.