No-Shopping November Day Twenty

Day Twenty. I had the baking bug today. Do you ever get the urge to bake? I do. I love baking and especially baking with my daughter. I asked her what she wanted to bake and she replied “cookies.” So, cookies it was. Big, soft, chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. We used up the organic vegetable shortening and non-dairy butter (to keep the cookies dairy-free) and also used powdered eggs instead of fresh. We used my homemade vanilla extract and home-milled whole wheat flour. We used up the last of the sucanat and switched to evaporated cane sugar. And they were yummy.

Speaking of eggs, as I wrote yesterday, our friend asked if we wanted 2 dozen fresh eggs (which of course we did), so for a treat, I made scrambled eggs and whole-grain toast for breakfast. We hadn’t been able to have scrambled eggs (a favorite of my family) since we began No-Shopping November since we were saving eggs for other uses. The family loved having scrambled eggs, even though it was a bit frivolous, I felt it was time for a little “normalcy” since I’ve been changing up so much of the favorites.

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.


Oatmeal whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

Oatmeal whole wheat chocolate chip cookies


Day Twenty

Health / Beauty
Our daughter uses nasal irrigation daily and while the little packets of powder to add to the warm water to make a saline solution are convenient, it is much more cost effective to make it at home. Nasal irrigation solution (dry mix): 1/2 cup Real Salt, 1/4 cup baking soda. Place ingredients in a lidded container. Use 1/4 teaspoon dry mix to 8 ounces warm distilled or previously boiled water. (Do not use tap or well water!)


Scrambled eggs
Toast and butter
Almond milk cocoa

Cookies and almond milk

Beef veggie soup
Whole wheat rolls


As we get closer to the end zone, I find myself making up my list of what we should purchase when we are able. I notice that I am now more careful and prioritzing, since we’ll be lowering our food budget to pay on son’s medical bills and some regular items have been taken off completely – such as neti mix packets, our favorite brand of organic corn chips (at $5.75 a bag for 22 ounces, that’s a treat, not a necessary food). I’m also seeking to replace the items we’re using from our food storage and the ones we depending on for making our own foods and supplies. I’m also switching to ghee made from grass-fed butter and dropping non-dairy butter and shortening. I will compare prices and see if it’s cost effective to purchase grass-fed butter and make my own ghee, since we’re in this for the long-haul.

As always, your feedback is appreciated!





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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.