Coffee Cake and Powdered Butter. DAYS 18-20 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge

DAYS 18-20 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge have passed, and my cupboards are looking more bare than ever!

I’m feeling good about seeing all of the stuff in my kitchen cabinets slowly disappearing. They were full of foods that have been in there for a very long time, and really needed to be eaten or thrown away.

I’m looking forward to restocking with freshly purchased goods. And with fresh eyes as to what we actually eat and what we should avoid buying.

I had about a cup of organic chia seeds left in a bag I’d purchased earlier in the year, so I blended them up with some milk and homemade maple syrup and stuck them in the fridge to eat for breakfast on the morning of day 18.

Chia seeds are supposed to be really good for you. The kids ate the pudding, but it wasn’t their favorite. Except for little Elias who gobble down two bowls.

There was still chia seed pudding leftover from breakfast, so I used it the next day in our smoothies.

Chia seed pudding smoothies? Is that a thing?!

Oh yes my friends.

With the pudding I blended in the last of our frozen strawberries and one frozen banana, adding a little milk to help it blend better. The smoothies turned out delicious, and we were able to use up every bit of the leftover chia pudding. Awesome.

cherry coffee cake

For breakfast on day 19 I used my very last jar of home canned cherry pie filling to make Cherry Swirl Coffee Cake. I had just enough powdered sugar squirreled away to pull off a light drizzling of glaze over top. It turned out super good.

I ran completely out of butter today, and was forced to crack open a can of butter powder. To mix it up you just add a little bit of water and blend to the consistency you want. I added a few drops of olive oil for a little more flavor.

It turned out surprisingly good! Creamy, like a spreadable butter. The flavor was nice. I tossed pasta in it, and spread some on toasted bread. You can also bake with it. I definitely need to get more. The only downside is that it has a 5 year shelf life so it would need to be used every few years and replaced with a new can.

This challenge has got me wondering how long we could go without buying toiletries. Do I have enough toiletries to last for a month? A few months? A year?

I know there are things I need to stock up on. I don’t have any extra toilet paper at all because I planned on using the Family Cloth in a long term event. I should probably have a big pack of tp as backup for short term emergencies, like when we get snowed in for a week in the wintertime. It would make life easier to just have regular toilet paper.

I have the ingredients to make a lot of soap if I need to: Red Crown Lye, coconut oil, olive oil, an inexpensive stick blender, goggles, etc. I could make a shampoo bar that would be good head-to-toe.

I bought a bunch of toothbrushes at the dollar store a while back, but it’s about time to restock our supply.

I wonder though, would it be possible to live indefinitely without buying another hygiene product from the store? If the pioneers did it, why couldn’t we?

I definitely think it would be possible. But there would be a steep learning curve and an adjustment period for sure.

That would be another challenge for another day!


Here’s the breakdown of Days 18-20 challenge meals:

Chia Seed Pudding
Cherry Coffee Cake
Eggs and leftover coffee cake

Almond butter and jelly sandwiches
Chia seed strawberry banana smoothies
Thrive yogurt bites

Tacos- Thrive Taco TVP, lettuce, tomato, Thrive freeze dried cheese
Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
Leftover tuna pasta

Venison stew (made from leftovers from last night’s meal)
Homemade challah and butter
Tuna pasta– 2 cans tuna, 1 can tomatoes, onion, garlic, penne pasta, fresh basil, parmesan cheese
Toasted and buttered cheesy bread slices
Lentil soup and bread

Thrive Brownies


What do you think… would you have what it takes to live without buying toiletries for a while?

6 thoughts on “Coffee Cake and Powdered Butter. DAYS 18-20 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge”

  1. Having the skills and supplies on hand to make homemade toiletries is a great idea! You could make creams, lotions, lotion bars, balms, bar soaps, liquid soaps, scrubs, tooth cleaning powder, facial toner, makeup, etc. There are lots of great recipes online. Also, there are good books available on the subject such as those by Stephanie Tourles, Donna Maria [the talented lady who taught me how to make creams and lotions 😉 ], Susan Miller Cavitch, Catherine Failor, Sandy Maine, etc. More information can also be found at the website for the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild – One thing to consider though, is that it would be a good idea (even if you plan to eventually make your own soaps and toiletries in a long-term emergency situation) to have at least a few weeks of ready-made toiletries, soaps, and toilet tissue to use at first. You would likely be terribly busy, and very tired, during the first few weeks of an emergency and would have little time or energy to spend on making such items or on washing out lots of toilet cloths. Plus, depending on the type of soap you decided to make, it could take several weeks for the soap to cure enough to be safe to use. If space is a problem for toilet tissue storage, there are several tips online as to how to efficiently store lots of toilet tissue in a small space.

  2. I’ve been behind on my feed reader, and just read through your whole month so far. Very interesting, thanks so much for doing this! I go shopping less than average (having four kids and another on the way helps with that), but I think a month would push me into using stuff up a bit more, and into running out of some things. I’m taking some notes of things I’m sure I should stock more of. Looking forward to the rest!

  3. I have so enjoyed reading your adventure, and it has made me think quite a bit about things that I should have in stock. I would never have thought to keep 6 months worth of supplements, that was eye opening!
    I am writing up a list of things I need to buy and keep in stock

  4. When I was a single mom raising three girls, I would purchase a year’s worth of toiletries when I would get my tax return every year. I had everything for the year except TP as I didn’t have enough room to store it. It sure was nice not to have to worry about it until the next tax return as money was really tight.

  5. I was actually wondering how the toiletry situation was going for you:) Your challenge has definitely made me more aware of what we need that I don’t really think about in an emergency situation. I just made some fabric “paper towels” two days ago, not that we use a lot of paper towels but I want to have something in place now. I think my next project is handkerchiefs to replace tissues:) we’ll see how everyone reacts to that, lol! I am learning so much from this!


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