No-Shopping November Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen. A busy day filled with calls to doctors for our son, but alas, we couldn’t get him seen. Husband and daughter had to go to town, so son and I kicked back in my bed and enjoyed a movie and lunch together. Just like when he was little, snuggled up in bed with yummy homemade food and a good movie.

If you missed the previous posts in this series, you can catch up here. The oldest posts are on the bottom, newest on top. You’ll find all the recipes for No-Shopping November on this page.

We have 4 eggs left and I’m guarding them carefully, so I used the Honeyville powdered eggs in my baking this morning. They worked great. We have less than 1/2 gallon of olive oil left, which is what I usually bake with, so I’m using my stored coconut oil, again, with wonderful results. This morning I made whole wheat and oat baked wafflles with strawberries and raisins (little bits left over to use up), powdered eggs and coconut oil.They came out delicious and light! We are running low on our 2 kinds of unrefined sugar, sucanat (brown) and, so we will use what we have depending on the food or drink: honey, sorghum molasses, stevia, rice syrup, white or brown sugar.

Let’s discuss paper products. Not everyone includes these in their food budget, but I do, and as such we are not buying any during our No-Shopping November. No toilet paper, napkins, feminine care. My husband and I have discussed washed toilet cloths, but both of us would rather not go that route unless there were no other option. I usually order a case of TP every month via Amazon’s Subscribe and Save and it comes to the door. Couldn’t be easier! As for napkins and feminine needs, we do have backups when we run out, but we do try to have enough on hand because the family doesn’t care for the washables. I guess we will get used to them when we have to use them regularly! This has truly changed my usage though, I find I am using less of the disposable items because I know they won’t be replaced soon. I would like all of us to be more conservative in how we use these products.

Food Fatigue is a term for growing tired of eating the same thing over and over, and some people believe food fatigue can cause a drop in appetite, especially the young and elderly. This may be true for some people who prefer a few food every day, but in our family, we don’t mind having the same food for days (as you can tell by our menu). In addition, with food sensitivities and restrictions, there are foods we simply cannot have in our family and our menu may seem limited to some people. Now, you may say that you couldn’t or wouldn’t choose to eat the way we do, the same foods for several days at a time, and similar or same foods every week, but, honestly, we enjoy it, (comfort food!) so please don’t judge! Each family may do things differently. We have to each find what works best for our individual family preferences and needs. What works for one, may not work for another, and as the saying goes, “Your mileage may vary.”

Day Seventeen

Baked whole wheat and oat waffles (using powdered eggs, homemade almond milk, coconut oil, strawberries and raisins.
Removed almond pulp crackers from dehydrator. They were just OK, even with seasonings. I’ll work on them some more for better texture.
Froze chicken meat
Removed grass-fed ground beef from freezer
Made Ginger Ale
Added water to the maple syrup to stretch it


Baked waffles with maple syrup

Homemade Pizza
Green beans
Matzah ball soup


Almond pulp crackers

Almond pulp crackers


I’m pretty pleased with how things are going thus far. The challenges have been handled and the family is getting used to the idea and it’s sinking in. They are being very good-natured about not having what they are used to and some of their favorite recipes tasting a bit different using some alternative ingredients. I’m thanking G-d for His grace for all He has done to get us through this and He continues every day.



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About Vickilynn Parnes

A student of health and nutrition for 40+ years, Vickilynn Parnes has over 30 years of actual hands-on experience reviewing and personally using different tools of the homemaking vocation, focusing on the areas of health and nutrition. Vickilynn is a magazine columnist, product reviewer, cookbook author and radio talk show host, as well as being full-time mom to 5 children.