It’s time for me to construct the family weekly meal plan and as social media would lead me to believe, today is blue Monday.

First thing this morning the boiler was as dead as a dodo. PANIC. After a few minutes of both Mr Vista and I standing there, pressing buttons and scratching our heads we realised something vital… the washing powder box had the pressed the boiler switch on the wall to off.


We may be dummies but the point that I’m making is this: things aren’t always as bad as they first seem. When faced with certain peril, stop. Take a deep breath and like the kids of ‘Bear Hunt’ figure out a way to go through it. There is always a way – sometime it is as simple as turning the switch to on.

It’s blue Monday. It’s wet. The toddlerΒ has a snotty nose and we’re skint. But I will SMILE. We have a lot to be grateful for. Read more

Poor Mans Risotto: Slimming World Friendly

It’s getting towards the end of the month again, and I find myself looking to see what is lurking in my kitchen to make my family weekly meal plan rather than choosing from the recipe books before I shop.

By doing this I can cut both my food bill and my kitchen waste in half. Obvious, right? But it doesn’t always seem to be when money isn’t an issue on the 1st of the month…

I went wild in Costco just before Christmas and as a result we still have over 100 portions of plainΒ white, long grain rice in the cupboard… Because of this we’ll be eating a lot of rice for next week or so to cut down on the grocery bill… so with this plan in mind I needed to find a few tasty variations of rice recipes that are Slimming World friendly. Read more