MEAL PLANNING MONDAY: W/C 16/1/2017

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.

Ahem.

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 toddler has a snotty nose and we’re skint. But I will SMILE. We have a lot to be grateful for. Read more

How To Make Your Own Christmas Day Stock FOR FREE

If you are in the habit of having a roast every Sunday like we are, then it would be SO easy to make your own stock to use on Christmas day. Not only would it cut down your waste and cost you nothing but a little longer on the hob, but it’ll be tastier by miles – How To Make Your Own Christmas Day Stock.

If you are on a low-fat diet plan (or Slimming World like me) you should remember this has more fat in it than making gravy from hot water and stock cubes. Read more

10 Things You NEED TO KNOW About Southport Flower Show

It’s been a week and a half since we moved into our new home and with all of the sunshine we have been treated with recently we are using our new garden (we had a little yard before) like another room of our house.

10 Things You NEED TO KNOW About Southport Flower Show written by katie haydock for life on vista street

I’ve always wanted to try to live semi-sustainably and now that I have land I have already been planning ahead. I have all of my ideas so now I just need to see if they were feasible and how much they are going to set me back. 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 plain 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

Tricks to Reduce Your Grocery Bill

This January is the first one in a very long time that although we’re still on a budget we won’t have to panic about where next meal is coming from.

Tricks to Reduce Your Grocery Bill blog post for life on vista street by katie haydock

Last year – I had only just gone back to work after being off for twelve months on maternity leave, we’d just had Christmas on one wage and it was that horrible six week month. We had just enough money to pay our bills and keep our heads above water but there was no extra money in the budget to put petrol in the car or food in the fridge. We were walking any journeys with a short distance making sure the fuel we had in the car could get us to work and back and buying none perishables wherever possible for the best prices we could. Read more