No-Shopping November Day Thirty

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 mind eating leftovers for days, or their favorite foods being changed, or even some of their regular foods being gone. I consider that a success.

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.

Today  we enjoyed more Thanksgiving leftovers. Seriously! Even though we had other food available, the family wanted the Thanksgiving food leftovers! I was happy to oblige as it was easy and readily available, but it means we don’t have enough to can. Well, that’s OK, we can do another turkey at another time and preserve that. It was a fitting way to end No-Shopping November, everyone happy, satisfied and we thank G-d for getting us through.

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Baked whole wheat potato knishes

Baked whole wheat potato knishes


Day Thirty

Made whole wheat dough for knishes
Used leftover mashed potatoes for knish filling
Baked knishes


Whole wheat pumpkin cranberry baked waffles

Turkey sandwiches on homemade whole wheat bread

Baked potato knishes
Turkey soup with matzah balls


Because this doesn’t end our journey, it was more of an introduction into it, Day Thirty is the doorway to the next phase of our adventure. I am relieved that we CAN shop now, actually, very relieved, but our shopping will be much different than before our son’s injury and surgery. I am looking forward to the challenges of holiday gift giving, plus holiday food, plus replenishing our stocks, plus, just eating! And I give G-d all the glory for making it possible! Yes, I’m still nervous and not sure how it’s going to happen, how we’ll have enough to cover everything, but I am leaning on and trusting G-d to give us the wisdom and provision to choose the right things to buy and not buy what we don’t need. He is teaching us to be diligent shoppers.

Now on to Diligent Shopping December! I hope you’ll join me!

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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.