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Diligent Shopping December Day One

Happy December 1st!

It’s December! Halleluyah! A new month filled with hope possibilities, holidays, faith, family, food and fun! We just finished No-Shopping November, where we did not shop at ALL (except for a turkey) and ate completely from food storage. You can read all the posts here, last posts are listed at the top. I have the […]

No-Shopping November Day Thirty

Baked whole wheat potato knishes

Here we are, Day Thirty. At the beginning, this No-Shopping November seemed a daunting task and a long one. Happily, it turned out to be neither. Yes, there were some ups and downs, but for the most part the family handled it well, were supportive and appreciative and stuck by the rules (NO shopping!). They didn’t […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Nine

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Day Twenty-Nine! Can you believe it? I can’t. It’s gone by so fast! We’re still in the throes of Thanksgiving food and it looks like we’re going to eat it all, rather than canning it, which is fine with me Getting ready for son’s surgery, I have a lot to do, so enjoying the simplicity […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Eight

Our dog Lady checking out the broth

The day after Thanksgiving is our Day Twenty-Eight. We have LOTS of leftovers and everyone wants to eat the leftovers. So, not much going on today, since yesterday was so busy. Today is chill-down day for all of us. I have turkey stock in the roaster, still gently cooking. I made our customary matzah balls […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Seven

Cooked, spiced and dehydrated garbanzo beans

Day Twenty-Seven, Thanksgiving Day! A festive, homey, family-filled feast all from storage (except the turkey). We all enjoyed the meal and the fellowship and for the the first time in many, many years, I did not go overboard making food and we did not go overboard eating too much. It wasn’t about what we had this […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Six

Dehydrated carrots

WOW! Day Twenty-Six and we’re still all alive, we didn’t starve and according to my hubby and kids, it’s not been bad at all, hardly noticeable. I consider this a success. However, being a realist, I understand that one month does not tell the whole story and since we used many items from storage, unless […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Five

Homemade whole wheat crust, sauce, beef and smoked mozzarella pizza

Here we are at Day Twenty-Five! This is amazing to me. Our son and I had some time together today and I asked him what he misses the most during the No-Shopping November, and to my surprise (and delight) he replied sincerely that he hasn’t missed anything. He said the meals were great and he didn’t feel […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Four

Love that produce!

We bought our turkey!! Day Twenty-Four. Walking through Earth Fare, down the aisles, back to the meat department, passing by all the gorgeous fresh, organic produce and foods we’d love to have… I had to fight temptation to stay with No-Shopping November. Seriously. At that moment, I didn’t care about the mortgage or utilities or […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Three

Baked falafel patty

Day Twenty-Three. It’s the beginning of a VERY busy week around here, I suspect for you as well. Thanksgiving week with days packed with things to do to get ready for family, food, fellowship and of course, faith and thankfulness. Our son will be seeing the surgeon and getting the plan and date for surgery […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Two

GF BOOK

Day Twenty-two and counting. I’m not as desperate for this to be over as I thought I would be at this point. I’m still finding this effort to be creative and stimulating to me. I cannot say my family feels the same, but they have definitely been supportive and helpful. No whining, no complaining and […]