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5 Top Tips For Great Photos Of Your Kids

This is a guest post by Louise Glendon from Click.Love.Grow Kids are hard enough to pin down and photograph at all, let alone together, cooperative, happy, and looking in the vague direction of our lens! And that’s without considering composition, light, exposure and everything else that makes a photograph a good photograph! Even if you bribe them […]

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Raw Chocolate & Coffee Bites

Recently I have been watching the food I have been snacking on.  I still have a few more kilo’s to lose to reach my goal so I am making sure I have something reasonably healthy in my fridge to satisfy my 4pm sweet craving. I am so excited to share with you this Raw Chocolate & […]

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  • Amanda White

    Made the choc coffee bites this afternoon…great healthy snack Katrina.
    Am thinking the mixture could also work great made into balls (might have to chill mixture in fridge first) and rolled in coconut.
    Thanks for sharing :-) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh yum Amanda that sounds so good, great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina, I made this today – it’s till in the fridge waiting to cut up.

    I worked out the nutrition value if anyone is interested
    - if cut into 20 pieces (each piece ~21g)

    386kJ, 92 calories, 2g protein, 5.3g fat, 0.5g sat fat, 8.2g carbs, 7.6g sugar, 15mg sodium.

    Thanks for the recipe – looking forward to trying it!

    Lindsey
    Accredited Practising DietitianReplyCancel

  • Bettina

    If I left out the coffe, would I need to make my other changes to the recipe, do you think?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      No Bettina, they would taste just as good!ReplyCancel

  • Barbie Roos.

    Wow.ThanksReplyCancel

  • Ok, these look delicious (drooling) and easy. Need to shop for ingredients and will be making shortly! Hope they turn out as great as these.ReplyCancel

5 Muffin Recipes

Recently I shared on facebook some of my favourite freezeable lunchbox treats and was asked how I freeze them.  I freeze just about everything I bake, I use an air-tight container and place the food items straight into the containers unwrapped, they don’t dry out or get freezer burn.  When packing the kids lunches I […]

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  • This little yellow house

    Can you come and cook for me! Not that my thighs need more food, but it looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Adlington

    My daughter used to complain that sandwiches made from frozen, thawed bread were soggy. I put a piece of paper towel in with them to absorb excess moisture and bingo – no more complaints. I do this for other frozen treats now, too. ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    For those whose kids attend nut-free schools, careful with the type of baked goods you send.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Leah, some schools are nut freeReplyCancel

Checklist for meal planning a party

This is a guest post by Briohny, from Plan Eat Play Hosting a party can be a nerve racking adventure. One thing people will always comment on is the food; good or bad, every guest will have a lasting memory, and opinion. My dad reminded me of this when he asked me if I could host […]

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  • Lucy McLane

    This is so comprehensive, I am planning a huge 50th birthday party soon and this will be so very helpful thankyou!ReplyCancel

    • Looks like you’ll be all ready to go Lucy. Just remember to have a drink for yourself and your efforts!ReplyCancel

Kids in the Kitchen – the mixer test

This post is sponsored by Sunbeam Planetary Mixmaster™ I remember as a child I loved visiting my Nan and cooking with her.  It was such a lovely way to spend time together and I believe it’s what helped to create our bond that I will forever cherish.  Since my kids were tiny tots they always helped me in […]

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  • Kylie Dale Lawrence

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been thinking of upgrading my Sunbeam and this looks like a goer. I just have a couple of questions ( I know I could look them up on the website but I prefer a ‘user’ answer)… what capacity is the bowl and can you put stainless steel in the microwave? Thanks again :)
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  • Wendy

    I have been trying to determine what is the best mixer to buy my daughter as a wedding gift, they all seem the same. Thanks kat for you genuine honesty.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Glad I could help, I’m in the same dilemma trying to work out what the best food dehydrator is.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Jmz Arzamendi

    Awesome!… You make me feel fancy for cooking todayReplyCancel

  • Irene

    Ooh Kat, I feel your pain, I have arthritis too and find doing many things with my fingers very hard. I can’t iron and cooking has become non existant lately because it’s so painful. I’m really happy to hear about this mixer and how you recommend it’s good for your arthritis hands. I miss cooking so I’m going to get one of these and find recipes that I can use in it. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Irene, I’m so sorry your fingers are playing up on you too. Yes the bowl is so light and the stand itself is easy to pick up but stays very stable on the bench, it will be great for you!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Jane

    My grandma had one of these and she raved about it all the time. Thanks for the review Kat, I love prettyness of the other one too but practicality is what I need these days with my tribe of 4.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Mandy they do have a red and black version too. I have the stainless steel which matches all the large appliances in the kitchen. I’m am truly loving this machine, have used the timer a few times as I just can’t stand still and wait for things to mix, I usually walk away and do things.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy McLane

    Great write up Kat, your daughter is growing up so quickly, can I ask where did you get her top from, I love how bright it its!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve never owned a stand mixer, but I really want one!

    I’ve been trying to decide if I should spend up big, spend moderately, or go cheap…. but I really like the idea that this one is light and easy to move around and it’s a huge plus to see your daughter using it as my twins are suddenly very keen to ‘cook on my own!’ (they are coming up to 11!)

    Thanks for the great review!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kate, you said what??? And you cook so much, ooh you will love this mixer, it’s is really child friendly, the bowl is light, easy to lock into the mixer and the attachments are easy to take on and off.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    It really annoys me when I see americanisms in Australian writing… It’s not cookies and math, it’s biscuits and maths!!
    Yummy looking chocolate cake????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Your right Kelly, a friend of mine keeps pulling it up but it’s just how I’ve always called them…. it’s watching the TV probably.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    It really annoys me when I see americanisms in Australian writing… It’s not cookies and math, it’s biscuits and maths!!
    Yummy looking chocolate cake :) ReplyCancel

  • Georgie

    Can your daughter share get icing recipe too?
    ThanksReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    I find I use my Thermomix just as much for baking and icing as I do for green smoothies, pureeing, steaming, cooking and anything!
    It also whips cream nicely. Our mix master is one of the only appliances we kept when we received our Thermie, but even now we question why as hardly ever gets used.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I guess each to their own, I really I just like baking the traditional way, annoys me having to clean the batter away from the blades.ReplyCancel

Gold Coast Mumpreneurs & Secret Bloggers Business eCourse

As you all know I live on the glorious and most beautiful Gold Coast.  I have lived here all my life and don’t ever imagine moving away.  So you can imagine my excitement when I was interviewed about being a successful Gold Coast Mumpreneur, you can read the article here and watch the video for some tips […]

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  • Melanie

    Kat you truly are an inspiration. I started following your blog shortly after you first started and have been a quiet reader all this time, but I just want to say thank you. You just don’t realise how much impact you have on my life. Your simple ‘mum and everyday’ tips is what I need. You are not unrealistic and you are very relatable, your daily tasks make cleaning the house not such a big job as I do all my normal vacuum the carpets and wash the floors then your tasks just fit in between when you tell me to do them. Thank you Kat and I am so glad to see that your local people have recognised your efforts.ReplyCancel

  • I want to be a blogger

    I have wanted to start a blog for some time but just don’t know where to start, I’ll look into the course, will be just what I need to push myself to start. As you say Kat – the secret to getting ahead is getting started. Thank you for the push.ReplyCancel

The Organised Housewife’s guide to: hard boiling an egg

When my friends and I got into a conversation about how to hard boil an egg, everyone had their own methods including some interesting sounding contraptions. I thought I’d share with you some tips and how I hard boil my eggs. Tips: Use an egg at room temperature, this stops the shell from cracking Start […]

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  • Angela Woodall

    Your post today about boiling eggs is very timely for me. I’ve been trialling a few different ways of boiling eggs, but still don’t seem to have cracked it. My problem is that a day or two later when peeling them they don’t want to come away. In fact, after my last experiment the shell cracked and crumbled under our fingers making it even more difficult to peel it off. Your steps seems very similar to ones I have tried. I have heard of putting vinegar in the water and wonder if this might be the solution, but is there a taste in the cooked egg?ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Lewis

    Vinegar will not flavor the eggs. I boil mine, drain and then “bounce” them around in the pan, cracking the shells and THEN cover with cold water, the shells peel right off after the eggs cool, haven’t had a failure yet :D ReplyCancel

  • Julia Knock

    I have also heard that the fresher the egg – the harder it is to peel. We have chickens and if I am making hard boiled eggs – I try and use the oldest eggs rather than ones that have just been laid. Funnily enough, my “girls” have not been laying much lately ( this happens in the colder weather ) so I asked hubby to buy a carton of eggs the other day as I have been using a few for back to school baking. I decided to make mashed egg sandwiches for my daughters’ lunches today so I boiled up some eggs last night before going to bed. I ran some cold water into the saucepan to cool them and just left them in the pot overnight. When I peed them this morning – the shells came away beautifully. Now I’m wondering – was it that they just cooled in the water or were those store bought eggs a bit old ?ReplyCancel

  • Sue Craddock

    I know this has nothing to do with eggs, but I need help . I’ve got a recipe that calls for 2 packages (20sheets)of graham crackers i’m going to use honey tiny teddy”s but how much is the big question???? please can someone helpReplyCancel

  • Fiona Tonizzo

    and some vinegar in the waterReplyCancel

  • Caroline Zunic

    In my thermie!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I didn’t consider this when I bought it, but one of the things I love my Thermomix for is boiling eggs. I’ve spent years trying to perfect the art- and my Thermie, boom, perfect everytime.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Must admit, I haven’t boiled an egg in there yet. How do you do it?ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Smith

    I have always had a hard time getting the perfect hard boiled egg with timing and what not but I tried your technique today and it was great. Perfect egg and so easy, im converted to your method!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Pepper

    I’ve been cooking eggs this way for years as it saves on fuel. However, if you like a ‘ coddled ‘ egg with a soft or runny yolk, only leave the egg in the hot water for 5 minutes. It’s delicious with soya sauce and Aromat. If you put a lid on the pan it boils quicker.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Lol, my “technique” for boiling eggs is:
    1. Put eggs in pot and cover with cold water
    2. Place on heat
    3. Go do something else while waiting for water to boil
    4. Completely forget about the eggs, then panic when I do remember them
    5. Remove from heat and run under cold water
    6. Peel and marvel at the fact they’re perfectly hard boiledReplyCancel

  • Slolea

    After boiling your eggs drain and put them in a pan with a lid. Cover the eggs with ice cold water put lost of ice in water. Leave in water for 10 minutes. Drain water leaving an in charge on bottom of pot. Then cover the pan and shake the eggs like bumper cars they practically peel them selves.ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    I think I remember reading somewhere to add 1 teaspoon of either vinegar or bi carb soda to the water – makes for easy peelingReplyCancel

How to survive the fussy toddler who won’t eat ANYTHING

This is a guest post by Wendy Blume from Vegie Smugglers Got a toddler who is refusing to eat everything? Relax, you’re not alone! This is a common stage, tied closely with their wider developmental issues. And in the same way you’re introducing new disciplinary tactics, it’s time to introduce some new kitchen tactics to […]

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  • Keri

    Can you please advise if the muffins are suitable for freezing (after they’ve been cooked)? Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Scott

    I agree with meatballs being a lifesaver! I make “baked bean” nuggets which are chicken mince, chick peas (which my two think are baked beans which they love!), shredded veges and shredded cheese. Roll together and bake in the oven. Can also freeze them so there is always a supply for care lunches and the nights that hubby and I want something different that the kids wont eat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      they sound so good and healthy Sam, will have to give them a go!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiptoe & Co

    Great tips here for fussy little ones!ReplyCancel

  • Great tips here for fussy little ones! They can be such little monkeys ;) ReplyCancel

{RECIPE} Banana Butterscotch Trifle

Ooh my, this trifle was absolutely delicious.  It was hard to get a good photograph, because when served and spooned into a bowl it’s just a big blog, but wow blob or not the custard, butterscotch and cream all mixed together with the banana and cake tastes so good. My brother popped around when I made […]

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  • Donna Copen McKinnis

    yum! we are at the big Grandfather games in North Carolina. look forward to trying this once home. Ta. ReplyCancel

  • Marina

    Hi, got a bit stuck with your banana butterscotch trifle recipe. It doesnt state or imply whether the custard is 500g of straight custard powder? This seemed like a lot, so I thougdistinguish have supposed to say 500ml.

    I did a bit of internet searching and found a similar recipe using a 500g carton (premade) which is what I went with. thats an error aswell as cartons onlt come in mls so hard to distinguish which product it’s referring to.

    regards,

    MarinaReplyCancel

Lunchbox ideas for the kids

Schools back next week here in Queensland.  Soon I will be creating my shopping list for our weekly shop which will include lunch box food.  Over the past week I have been stocking the freezer with some biscuits and muffins, they are always good to have on hand. Below I have shared with you some […]

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  • Andrea Marmasch Fawcett

    Do you have a recipe for choc chip banana bread somewhere. I thought I saw it but can’t find it nowReplyCancel

  • The Dad Network

    I don’t know about the kids.. I think I need some ideas for my packed lunches! ThanksReplyCancel

Storage ideas for your home

Creating solutions for cluttered and messy areas can become a little overwhelming.  It’s hard to see beyond the ‘stuff’ to work out what the best solution may be.  Below are some ideas I have shared over the years, they will help you organise lego, the pantry, jewellery, shoes and the kiddies toys. 40+ Awesome lego storage ideas […]

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  • These are lovely!

    Just to throw in another one (although not as impressive as the above :p):

    I have a piece of ribbon, well actually two of them, attached to my wall that I use to put all of my clips on, like so: http://i.imgur.com/fI3ouBE.jpg

    I’ve done this for years, and it’s so convenient! Makes it easy to find the one I want, and I can easily pull it off and stick it back on as needed.

    I also usually have a bunch of bobby pins and general barrettes on it as well.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love this idea Savannah, I was thinking of doing something for the clips I have been using in my hair to tie back my mini fringe as it grows back…. thanks for sharing your picture :) ReplyCancel

  • I have a number of areas that are challenging me at the moment:

    * My pantry has become overwhelming.
    * My wardrobe needs to be sorted and cleaned out.
    * The wardrobe in the front entry way has always been a shambles within 5 seconds of reorganising it (it has not shelves?!?!)

    It’s kind of become easier to ignore these areas than deal with them. And I don’t really know what to do with them, so that doesn’t help either.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Are you able to slide in some make-shift shelves Tracey to help organise the space?ReplyCancel

  • Midia

    I’am a full time working mum from home, my husband also workings from home and we have a 4 year old. I work with up to 5 children a day ages between 0-5. I’m finding it really hard to stay organised I find that I stress out and over work to a point where I’m in pain I have found myself cleaning at 12am. It’s really starting to get to me after 5 years of being unorganised and messy. An ideas that could help??ReplyCancel