The Planning Frenzy and The Important Question


  A little while ago, we did a survey here on VM, and we asked you a million and one questions. The ones I was mostly interested in were the ones about content - what do you come here for? One day I will show you the results (I had 200 respondents, blew my mind!) because I find them utterly fascinating. It seems most of you come for the … [Read more...]

Just Ace: Fairtrade Chocolate, Christmas, Shithead Comments, and My Kids Trying to Strangle Each Other


With apologies to Grinspoon... October went by so damn fast, I got whiplash. How is it nearly November? What even happened? While I've no idea what's gone on, I do know there was awesome things in it. October, you pretty good. I am addicted to Costco chocolate chips. I read this post at The Art of Simple, and I KNOW I should buy fair-trade, … [Read more...]

The Quick Lunch: Pasta Aglio e Olio

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    Aglio e Olio - otherwise known as garlic and oil, otherwise known as YUM. Y'all I am getting so much better with branching out and making a decent lunch. I am the slackest human ever, if there's no leftovers to reheat, chances are I'm not going to eat much of anything. A bit of this, some crap, a handful of chips. I'm so … [Read more...]

What I Buy at Costco


I make no secret of my love for Costco. I mean seriously - a 2 kilo jar of jalapenos, what's not to love?! I'm often asked what I get when I go there, so I thought I'd write a little list of what I buy at Costco, and what I hear other people get that sounds pretty good! It's so cheap, I feel weird buying the same thing at a regular store when I … [Read more...]

15 Ideas to Make Halloween Easy, Delicious, and Fun!

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I love any excuse for a food or craft theme, and now that the girls are a little bit older, they really can get into the spirit of things. A ghost sandwich? They love it! So while they're still little and I haven't had any sleep since 1972, we're keeping things simple. Parents in the same boat, here are some simple but cool ideas to get you into … [Read more...]

Chipotle Lentil Rice Tacos


This is a sponsored post for SunRice. “I wonder how many lentils I’ve ever eaten in all my life?” I’ll always fondly remember this humble pulse as the staple diet of my favourite 80s pals The Young Ones. Neil the hippie was forever trying to make their student dollar stretch by eating boring health food everyone hated, like lentils and … [Read more...]

Taking Stock

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Joining in with Meet Me at Mike’s, not stealing broth. Making : Nada Cooking : Risotto, lots of pasta, banana pikelets, apple pie, chocolate custard, and soup. Drinking : more herbal tea Reading : Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine, and The Wind in the Willows to the kids. Wanting : To never have to vacuum carpeted stairs again as … [Read more...]