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This year has just been a huge roller coaster of emotions, everything just seemed to happen at once, which has resulted in quite a few teary moments plusmany happy ones too. A follower on Instagram recently noticed that I have been a bit ‘quiet’, which was lovely of her to check in. I have been […]

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  • Michelle B

    Hi Katrina. As someone who has followed you for years, I have always marvelled at your devotion to your family in amongst running such a great blog/website/business. I love how honest you have always been about the challenges you have faced to show the rest of us that even the most Organised Housewife is not perfect ;) You sound like you are making some important adjustments for the benefit of your mental health and your family. Good for you – as always you are a shining example to us all. Us devoted followers aren’t going anywhere and no doubt this change of pace will give you more stories/hints/tips to share with us. Have a wonderful break over Easter.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Michelle. Until the lovely follower on instagram said something, I didn’t realise I was quiet on the blog, and looking at it I was, no posts on instagram and no real conversation on facebook. I was just concentrating on my to-do list, head down, bum up as I say. I think it’s really important to keep it real and share I am not always 100% on top of it all.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Evans

    Hi, I think a lot of us empathise with you. When my eldest started Gr 5 last year at a boys school, the first term was very much panic stations. Everything was so different, and that was just for me! These kids went from boys to young men in one massive step and it was a bit hard to handle.

    I recently had a mum at school comment on how calm and collected I always seemed to be even after 2 drop offs in the mornings, I hastily assured her that like a duck, my legs were kicking as hard as anyone else’s under the water!!

    Everything does work itself out eventually and generally for the better. Sometimes we just have to stop, rethink and recharge so enjoy your holiday break.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kids can be so resiliant, and exactly as you say it was just me and my over thinking and then everything else just made it all very hard. Can’t wait for the holidays, hope you enjoy them too!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    Thank you for sharing. I have had the whole roller coaster this term too for various reasons, and then I get anxious about being anxious! I love how you found a “resolution” to your problems, and reading through, I see how practical and logical they are. Sometimes when caught up in the moment I can’t see through to these oh so easy solutions. On the weekend I had a break through and think I am over it all now… it still puzzles me that these things affect me so much when I am normally so relaxed. But it does. And it helps to know it happens to others too (although I wouldn’t wish it on anyone of course)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it’s funny how such little things can affect us, I too was surprised of how I reacted, but talking to my friend was my breakthrough. I hope it settles for you soon. xReplyCancel

  • Different reasons for the dips but 2015 has very much been a RollerCoaster for me too. In fact including today when I just resigned from my job to avoid a bad situation. Ah! Life is what it throws at us & all any of us can do is our honest best. I’m nervous about what is ahead but my spirit is lighter already.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      the huge positive out of this Vanessa is you know your limits and gave yourself the power to get yourself out of that situation, go you!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat, how I feel for you. I have been going through very similar to yourself, with 2 of our children starting high school this year. We just seem to be so busy, there is little or no time for the things I used to do. Not that I am a big socialiser, but the occasional catch up with friends is so important to us Mums. We just have so much to talk about, to share and to be sure we are normal! I am so pleased to hear you are feeling better. xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      absolutely Nicole, we have found with the kids school work our afternoons and evenings are out to catch up with any family and friends, Netball from 10am on a Saturday and we are exhausted from being in the sun all day, then comes Sunday and we just want to chill. But I agree the socialising is so important.ReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat, what a rollercoaster of emotions! I am so riding along on the same ride with you… albeit for different reasons. I thought this year would be different. I’m not sure why? But I was filled with so much hope and enthusiasm when the calendar flipped over to 2015. But now? I’m struggling. I’m stressed, overwhelmed and feeling a bit shit. I know this will pass. I’ll get back on track again, but in the meantime I’ve just got to cut myself some slack and keep doing the best I can. Which is exactly what you’re doing too – you’re best. Big hugs to you, lovely. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh lovely lady I’m right there with you, I was so ready for 2015, my birthday is a few days before the new year this was the day it started to go down hill, I was sick, which cancelled all my birthday and new year celebations, I was sick for a further week, then website decided to play up and it just kept going. I want a do over!! Can’t wait to catch up, see you soon and have a good chat!! I hope that things start to improve for you, your right, you need to look after you a little, cut yourself some slack! xxReplyCancel

  • Kat, I’m glad you’re feeling more like yourself again :) I go through low patches and it’s always a relief when I see it lifting xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Rah xxReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Moore

    Look after you. You can only be there for your kids if you are nutured too. Thanks for sharing, it’s good to know we all have time when we feel overwhelmed. Good to know we love and are loved. Best wishes.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Bell

    Kat, how brave are you! To recognize you’re feeling a bit flat and then to make such positive changes is awesome. Then to share your experience… you are a gift to all of us. Life can be be tough – I always refer to it as a roller coaster, but if you have more up times than down I reckon you’re doing ok, and I am sure you’re going to be ok! Hugs xxReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Hello Katrina, I just wanted to thank you for your refreshing honesty and willingness to share your troubles. I am sure all of us empathise, I am having a bit of a rough patch myself at the moment after missing out on a job I really hoped I would get, and it is reassuring to see that someone such as yourself, with all your hallmarks of success (blog, design, parenting, creative projects etc) can still be thrown off course by life’s issues as much as the rest of us, yet feel free to admit this and continue to work towards solutions. I hope you have a great Easter and find the time you need to reconnect with what is important to you.ReplyCancel

  • Sorry things have been so tough for you! Thanks for sharing and being honest. xReplyCancel

Can’t say anything more about this Toblerone Cheesecake recipe than YUM! Chocolate, cream cheese and topped with toblerone, YUM! For a regular recipe, you can’t go past the original Toblerone Cheesecakerecipe from Philadelphia.com.au. Ingredients: 1 cup plain chocolate biscuit crumbs 80g butter, melted 1/4 cup ground almonds 500g block PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1/2 cup […]

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  • Vonni

    Hi Katrina. I no longer receive your daily emails. Are you not doing those anymore? They stopped around a week ago.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Vonni, Hmm that is strange! Ok if you could please click on your last daily email you received and then click through to the blog it should recogonise that you still would like to see the daily emails and hopefully it will start working again for you.ReplyCancel

  • Oh stop!! I am drooling right now. Cheesecake is one of my all-time favourite desserts… and don’t even get me started on how much I love Toblerone! Cant wait to try your recipe out. :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh it is so addictive, Lucy!.:) It is really hard to stop at one piece Lol xReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan family friendly recipe Ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner

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  • I need to get inspiration from meal plans like this I think. Lately I have been serving up the same dinners and I need to change it up a bit. I’m trying to add more veggies at night too. I’ve never made a wonton soup because I’ve always thought wontons were too hard to make but you make them sound easy so I may just have to give them a go. Have a great week Kat. xReplyCancel

    • Bec, i am so lost if i don’t meal plan LOL It does become hard trying to think what to cook everynight.
      The wantons really are easy and yummy.:) Hope you have a great week too xReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for linking up the biscuits. I would be lost without meal planning too, I’m going to give the ricotta fritters and the wanton soup a try over the holidays. thanks again. xReplyCancel

  • Vicki, the ricotta fritters are really good! So much flavour.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I’m planning on defrosting the freezer this week before we go away for the holidays. As such all my meals are “freezer finds” this week :)

    Sunday DD14’s Birthday Dinner Celebration at local restaurant

    Monday Sweet N Sour Meatballs with rice. This is an “OrganisedReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I’m planning on defrosting the freezer this week before we go away for the holidays. As such all my meals are “freezer finds” this week :) Week’s like this are great as I just have to make the sides / vegetables and I have much less washing up to do !

    Sunday DD14’s Birthday Dinner Celebration at local restaurant

    Monday Sweet N Sour Meatballs with rice. This is an “Organised Housewife’s” recipe which I made up as a double batch a couple of weeks ago. Fussy Master 10 can have frozen fish fillets.

    Tuesday Honey Mustard Chicken (from Freezer) with Rice

    Wednesday Beef Stroganoff (from Freezer) with Pasta & veggies

    Thursday Coconut Curry Sausages with Mashed Potatoes & Veggies

    Friday Dad’s Surprise – we are flying down to VIC for the first week of the Easter Holidays to stay with my husband who works there.

    Saturday Depends what’s in Dad’s pantry LOL….

    Baking Lemon Coconut Slice ( this is actually a no-bake slice which was super easy. I made it yesterday for DD14 to take to school for a shared lunch)

    Easter Cupcakes – DS10 is in his last year at primary school and so the last year of bringing cupcakes in to share on his birthday. I’m going to make little cupcakes with icing piped to resemble a nest and each nest will contain some mini easter eggs and a little fluffy chicken.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Those Ricotta fritters look yummy. I made something similar years ago that also had spinach in them.
    My Plan:
    Sat – Thai Chicken Kebabs, stir-fry Veg & Rice
    Sun – Porcupine Meatballs, mash & Veg
    Mon – Spanakopita & salad
    Tues – Nachos
    Wed – Pizza
    Thurs – BBQ Pork & Noddle Soup
    Fri – Tuna Mornay Pie
    Baking – Banana Cake and Ricotta Hotcakes(pikelets)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i love the sound of your meal plan Kylie.:) Delicious!ReplyCancel

Create beautiful moments and memories spending time with your kids doing som fun easter crafts. There are so many cute Easter craft ideas floating around the web at the moment, hope you enjoy some I have shared.

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This post is sponsored byColes We celebrate Easter with extended family, each bringing along some food, morning tea, salad and/or dessert and my Dad usually cooks a huge salmon on the BBQ. I’m usually asked to bring something sweet. Last year Miss 12madea Triple Chocolate Cheesecake from My Kitchen Rules, it was absolutely delicious and […]

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  • SmittenKitten

    Great cake, I have made a few variations before, a good tip is to plan ahead and buy your chocolate in the weeks before when they come on sale. Buying it all in one go can be quite surprising!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is a good idea, the cakes too can last in the fridge for 2 weeks or so.ReplyCancel

  • WOW!! This is so easy and yet it looks like you’ve spent hours making it. I love the Coles magazine – I’m always grabbing it for easy dinner ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There is some really delicous meal ideas in the magazine this month Lucy, I’ve got the chicken pie tagged to make soon!ReplyCancel

  • You are one special lady! I might not get to liking or sharing your contents but I do love your suggestions and recipes. I am in the 70+ year age group and pass on your wonderful hints to my daughters when I think they have the time to participate.
    Keep up the fantastic work.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much, Kay! It is so lovely to hear.:) And i just love hearing feedback from my readers xReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    I love the Easter kit Kat cake. I’m always looking for fun and easy projects to make with my 5 year old daughter. This cake will make the perfect mommy daughter project to add to our Easter this year!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness, I don’t think I can choose between the cheesecake, kit kat cake and snickers cake! Too much yum!ReplyCancel

  • I cannot thank you enough, I’ve been wondering what to serve for dessert on Easter Sunday, and just like that you’ve saved me!! xxReplyCancel

  • Megan McCormick

    Great cake idea! My favourite Good Friday is soup (spicy lentil, pumpkin or creamy vegetable) with crusty bread for lunch. For dinner I always make a pasta feast – veggie lasagne, spinach & ricotta cannelloni plus baked gnocchi with napoletana sauce. One of my favourite cooking days of the year and even the most staunch meat eaters we know love the spread. Delish!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Clark

    What a great idea – definitely have these ingredients on my shopping list….do you mind me asking where did you get the floral eggs and the little ceramic rabbit…they are so cute.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Amanda, I got these a few years ago from Bed Bath and Table, I went there a few weeks ago and they have ones if not the same but very similar in their current easter range :)ReplyCancel

  • Omigosh Kat, you are so clever. What a great looking cake! I love it. No way you can burn this cake!! :)ReplyCancel

My Miss 12 made these Easter Cupcake Nests last year, shereallyloves baking and creating. This is an easy Easter cupcake that the kids will enjoy making… and eating!! I have found some more clever decorative easter cupckaeideas which I have shared below. It’s as simple as making some chocolate cupcakes and icing, Miss 12 used […]

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  • KC

    Can you please removing the RSS truncating from your feed. I liked being able to read your blog in my feed reader; I’m mostly just skipping over your posts now.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi KC, I’m so sorry for the time being I need to change it to RSS, I will reassess it in the next month, I am sorry for the inconvenience.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, thank you so much for featuring my Malteser Bunny Cupcakes. Gosh you’ve chosen so many cute ones! I think I need to try the marshmallow ear ones next. Wow your daughter is going to be the next Masterchef – she did such a great job on her cupcakes!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you, Lucy!.:) Yes she just loves to bake.:)
      The malteser bunny cupcakes are just adorable! I couldn’t resist them.:) xReplyCancel

  • I just want to eat them all! Not only do they look cute, but yummy too!! Thanks for sharing them. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Nicole! They are all so cute!.:) xReplyCancel

  • peggy

    have u tried a packet of dried noodles mixed with peanut butter (optional) and chocolate for chocolate nests
    the kids love ‘emReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan family friendly recipe Ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner

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  • I think that grilled chicken salad and cinnamon tea cake will be on my meal planner very soon! I cooked a big lamb roast yesterday which will hopefully last for the next couple of daysReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I must say, Lauren that the grilled chicken salad is so light and refreshing. It is one of my favourites.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Our meal plan this week:

    Sunday Tacos
    Monday Slow cooked roast lamb, veggies & mashed potatoes
    TuesdayReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Our meal plan this week:

    Sunday Tacos
    Monday Slow cooked roast lamb, veggies & mashed potatoes
    Tuesday Honey Mustard Chicken with rice & green beans
    Wednesday Pork with Plum & Ginger Sauce & Fried Rice
    Thursday Pepper & Peanut Chicken with Rice
    Friday Pizza
    Saturday Spaghetti Bolognese & Salad

    Baking Banana & Choc Chip Muffins
    Oatmeal Slice with Ginger Icing

    DH is working away and so I let the three younger kids each suggest one meal so that they have input to the process – they seem more inclined to eat dinner when they’ve had a bit of input !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW Julie!!! I absolutely love your meal plan!! I am curious with your Pepper and Peanut Chicken?? Sounds very nice.:)ReplyCancel

      • Julia K

        Hey Kat,
        Will send you the recipe so you can check it out. It is originally from one of the Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks back from the late 80s / early 90s but I have made it MANY times over the years and it is DD13s FAVOURITE meal.
        Julia
        xReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Yum! Thank you so much, Julie.:)ReplyCancel

  • JULI

    Monday – Porcupine Meatballs, Mash and Veges
    Tuesday – Macaroni Cheese with Bacon & Hidden Cauliflower
    Wednesday – One Pot Creamy Spaghetti Bolognese
    Thursday – I haven’t decided
    Friday – Tacos and Salad
    Saturday – Hotdogs and Homemade Chips
    Sunday – Roast Chicken and VegetablesReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yummy meal plan! I love porcupine meatballs! Thank you, you have just given me a great idea for a meal for this week! It has been so long since i have made them.:)ReplyCancel