It’s DAY 10 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge… and we want waffles.

This morning my oldest daughter, Jada, had a hard time finding anything she wanted to eat for breakfast. She didn’t want oatmeal. She didn’t want eggs. She didn’t want a bagel or toast. Nothing sounded good to her.

So I asked, “If you could have anything right now, what would you have?” She thought for a minute, then answered, “Waffles.”

I used to have an electric waffle iron. I hadn’t used it in forever so it was packed away the last time I purged our home. I thought I’d stuck it in a storage box out in the workshop, but after about 30 minutes of looking for it I concluded that it may have been donated away.

We do often buy a couple boxes of frozen waffles for breakfast once a week. It would be nice to have waffles right about now.

I took a little time to look around online at waffle iron options so that I can put one on my birthday list for next month. I’m thinking a stovetop waffle iron would be the best choice since it would work on the wood stove if we lost power.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Lunch was delicious tomato and basil sandwiches on flatbread. I actually had two. They were so refreshing after spending time working out in the garden!

The kids opted for Wowbutter and raspberry jelly sandwiches, fresh yellow pepper slices, herb crackers and muscadines. (We have a peanut butter allergy so we use alternative nut butters.)

Here’s my recipe for seedless raspberry jelly, if you’re interested.

For Dinner tonight I made Mexican Picadillo. I tried taking a photo for you but there was just no way to make it look appetizing. As my grandfather (who has Alzheimer’s) says sometimes, “Looks like it’s already been eaten!”

Picadillo might not look great, but it really is tasty. If I’d had time I would have made tortillas to go with it. That would have been even better.

This evening though, we discovered that it’s much tastier when you actually use real ground beef. No real surprise there. We normally love this recipe, but with the Taco TVP substituted in for ground beef… well, it was still good, but our taste buds are a little spoiled still. Everybody ate, but nobody went back for more.


Here’s the breakdown of Day 10’s challenge meals:

Thrive scrambled egg mix
Bagels and honey

Tomato and basil on flatbread w/ mayo
Wowbutter and homemade raspberry jelly sandwiches
Crackers, yellow bell pepper slices, muscadines

Tortilla chips
Thrive banana slices
Thrive Applesauce

Picadillo- potatoes from the garden, bell pepper, Thrive chopped onions, Thrive taco TVP, tomatoes, garlic, Thrive cilantro, vegetable broth

Thrive Fudge Brownie Mix ( I used this ’cause it’s just add water and didn’t require butter. Yay!)


Can you think of any food prep gadgets that you might wish you had in a long term power outage? Do you have cookware that can be used over a fire or wood stove?