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Easter Dessert – Chocolate Ripple Cake

This Easter Dessert is so very easy to make and those that eat it wouldn’t realise it only took you minutes to make!

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  • Natkatlark

    Yum! Chocolate Ripple Cake was one of our most frequent birthday cake requests as kids.ReplyCancel


    A friend of mine made an ‘adult’ version of this; using Griffins Chocolate Chippy Bikkies and dunking them in a liqueur before spreading cream on them!ReplyCancel

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  • […] Easter link- my girls are always on the lookout for a great desert for Easter lunch at my parents- This is this […]ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Back in the dinner party days this was an easy and cheats desert.

    Dip Gingernuts in sherry put together with cream, lay flat cover

    with more cream and hunks of Chocolate Flakes, add a bowl of

    Rasberries, sooo good.ReplyCancel

    • Victoria

      The ginger nut in sherry sound so good going to try that for sure!!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Very yummy indeed, Victoria.:)ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    My mum used to make a similar one with the cookies dipped in coffee before laying flat and covering with cream. Several layers and cover the edges before chilling. I like the way yours are stacked though, looks good when it’s cut!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sounds lovely dipped in coffee!.:)ReplyCancel

Easter Bunny Bait

This is an old post I wanted to reshare as I have just updated it with a few new photos which I took last Easter.  This Easter Dessert has been a wonderful hit over the years, it’s so very easy to make and those that eat it wouldn’t realise it only took you minutes to […]

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  • Amanda

    How long in advance could this be made?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Amanda, You could make it a week before hand. I’m making some more this weekend, just keep it in the fridge in an air tight container.ReplyCancel

    • Amanda

      White choc would not melt! Just clumped & started burning one lot onto of water bath on stove (I didn’t get any water in bowl Im sure) & one lot in microwave? Any ideas what I’m doing wrong????ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Thank you! I wasn’t sure how the popcorn would go once coated I’ll be making some this weekend too!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Hi! I’m popping my own popcorn so how much is in the bag you use?? Just so I know how much to pop to match with other ingredients, thanks :-)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Lisa, the bag of popcorn i used was 120gReplyCancel

Homemade Hot Cross Buns Recipes

Hot cross buns, scones, scrolls and more. Loads of homemade hot cross bun recipes, from healthy, paleo to naughty with chocolate.

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  • Oh thank you so much for including my hot cross buns (although I feel like a bit of a fake because I have a bag of Bakers Delight hot cross buns in my cupboard at the moment!!!). xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Have you tried their salted caramel hot cross buns, they are good, although, would love more dollops of caramel in them!!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you very much for including my Mars Bar Hot Cross Buns – I’m loving the look of the Sticky Date and Chai ones!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My pleasure, Lauren! The Chai ones sound so good, don’t they.:)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for including my sticky date and chai buns lovely! I do adore a good spiced hot cross bun any day of the year ;DReplyCancel

Kids Easter Bonnet Ideas

Fun and creative kids easter bonnet ideas for both boys and girls – I’ve put together a great selection of ideas for you including step by step tutorials.

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  • Sadly our kids new school doesn’t do an easter hat parade :-( I am going to miss it, but agitate for them to start one next year :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My kids school didn’t do them last year either and I was so disappointed as I found it so much fun when I was younger. No word about it at the new school, but then again, my youngest is in Grade 5 so perhaps she maybe too old :(ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina, what a great round-up of Easter bonnets. Soooo cute! Can’t wait for our parade on Thurs. Thanks also for including my Easter hat tutorials on Bondville. So lovely of you. Steph xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My pleasure Steph x
      Ooh i hope all the kiddies have fun on Thursday.:)ReplyCancel

Win a special valentines gift for yourself

Gifts Australia is one of Australia’s largest online gift stores offering a large variety of gifts for all ages and occasions. Encompassing The Hamper Emporium and Everything But Flowers, they are one of Australia’s leading gift networks. They have a great range of quality gift ideas ranging from gourmet hampers and sight-seeing tours to handbags and fashion accessories […]

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  • Beth

    My mother-in-law passed away after a long fight with cancer in October. While she was in the hospital she gave me her wedding ring and band, which I wear on a chain around my neck. It is a daily reminder to me of the wonderful times we had together and to continue talking about her to my three children so that they never forget her. I think the gift is so special though as I am merely holding on to them for my eldest daughter. When she turns 18 they will be gifted to her. It really is the gift that will keep on giving.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beth, that really is very special xReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Although it’s a bit of a cliche, the best gift I have is the gift of allowing myself to go first sometimes. To take some time out for me, to exercise, to have a bath, to sit down for a few minutes and have a cup of coffee. By letting myself come first, I allow myself to be a better mother, wife, friend and person… and everyone benefits from that.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lisa i could not agree more with you! I think it is extremely important that we allow that time for ourselves!.:)ReplyCancel

  • petra chaplin

    my most precious gift is the gift of my husband whom i appreciate every day!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    My most precious gift is my husband who looks after me.We have been married 40 year’s have had lots of downs and some ups mainly our daughters, and Granddaughter’s. But he is a great bloke.ReplyCancel

  • My most precious gift has to be my engagement ring. My husband choose the diamond, then shopped through Brisbane’s top jewellers to find the right one to make it for me. He even had the jeweller refine the design three times before he gave it to me and had little hearts stamped on the side of the claws. They are only just visible – so no one but me (and now you) know they exist, but it always reminds me how much I am loved by him!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My husband is not a big valetine beleiver so his first valentines with me was very cute..and special.. he bought me these roses which he thought were real(were fake he thought he got a good deal) and a picture of himself as a young boy in a beautiful silver frame. I thought
    What the.. he said he never done valetines before and wanted to make it special showing me roses for long lasting love and picture that he would love me from our young days to old.. we married and now have two boys …. he bought me real flowers about 2 years ago and all the card said was these are real i checked… he is a big lug but he is my big lug xxReplyCancel

  • Louise

    My most treasured gift has been my children and my husband giving me some me time do as as I please.
    I love and appreciate him for thisReplyCancel

  • Brenda kapsley

    my husband helping give us the gift of our daughter who is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Elliott

    The most precious gift was a ring mum left me, I wear it all the time, it reminds me of her and her words to me, be the best you can be.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Moulton

    My parents gave me pearls and a gold plated watch for my 21st! these were especially precious to me, because my parents were not affluent at all, and they would have had these on lay by for several months to pay for them,
    I have now lost both of my parents but I still have my pearls and watch some 44yrs later xxReplyCancel

  • Gail Watkins

    My most treasured gift was a Christmas present from my mother-in-law many years ago. She gave me a Cook’s Organizer- a hold all for your recipes. What made it extra special was that she hand wrote all her signature recipes, and included recipes from her mother and close friends. I have now put recipes (handwritten) from my mother and grandmother and included my signature recipes. This volume will be passed on to my daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Faye

    My darling hubby is a Pastrychef and for every occasion that’s important to me over the past 15 years he has created a cake! He knows me inside and out and thinks hard about my likes and dislikes which I guess is what gift giving is all about. Although I don’t have them to keep the memory and tastes are vibrant and still as freshly baked as the day he made them in my mind.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Doyle

    The most precious gift I’ve been given is my only child, my beautiful daughter. I had almost given up hope of ever experiencing pregnancy & motherhood when this surprise package was gifted to me. And it is a gift that keeps on giving ??ReplyCancel

  • Clair

    My most precious gift I’ve been given is from my kids… when they both got up early and drew me a picture and gave it to me. True love right there. Made my day.ReplyCancel

  • Mascha Blommerde

    My most loved and treasured gifts are my friends! It’s a gift that keeps on giving… They give me love, affection, support, happiness, wonderful memories, adventures, help and much much more! No other gift would ever be able to top that! :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Tappin

    My most precious gift is a charm bracelet given to me by my bestie a few years a go. Every member of my family and my closest friends has given me a charm so I carry them with me everywhere.ReplyCancel

  • Lily Cunningham

    My son bought me a statue dragon that sits on a crystal ball that lights up. It’s symbolic because I am born the year of the dragon. It is a thoughtful gift and I treasure it.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    A “3 ring charm” that came from a charm bracelet that my dad gave my mother for her 21st birthday.

    3 rings an engagement, wedding and eternity ring. The only finger the rings fitted was my little sisters who passed away when she was six. That was 24 years ago and I still wear them on a chain around my neck.ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary

    The gift I treasure the most is a pair of earrings. My mother had a pair of my father’s gold cufflinks made into the most beautiful earrings for me just after he passed away. I always feel I have him still with me when I wear them, and sometimes I swear I can hear him still advising me…just a whisper in my ear. I love them.ReplyCancel

  • Suanne Sykes

    An emerald cross pendant necklace and an engagement ring from my Mother for my 30th Birthday. They were given to my Mum from my Father but they never married and both went their separate ways. It’s most special to me because the year before my Dad had passed away.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Suanne, that is lovely. I love emeralds too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    My best gift is surely the fact that after 4 years of infertility treatment I was finally able to get pregnant and have my daughter. The best gift life has given to me so far!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW that is a lovely story, Angela! So very special xReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I would have to say my most loved and treasured gift are my two children. With a two year struggle to have our first baby and then our daughter to just pop along, I could not love and treasure these two human beings anymore than life itself.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is lovely, Jodie.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Best gift ever was a cushion my daughter bought with her own spending money at her school fete. It says “I love my mum”. It is just precious.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is really cute, Rachael.:) I do love those stalls they have at the school.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Westacott

    When we moved to our new home, my mother gave my two old wooden chairs that my grandmother had actually bought on her honeymoon.
    Hubby is a joiner, so he sanded them back and fixed up the wobbly legs before reprainting them.
    We now use them every night for family dinners, and the kids love to use them (those two seats are everyone’s favourites!) when they’re drawing etc at the kitchen table.
    Best present ever! So useful, so loved and bring back great memories of my own childhood and Grandma & Grandpa. Love them!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is really lovely, Gemma.:) Very specialReplyCancel

      • Gemma Westacott Blair

        Thanks Katrina :) I just love them. They’re just chairs, but mean so much more!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    The best gift ever hands down was my daughter.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is just lovely, Emily.:) I so hear what you are saying xReplyCancel

  • Veronica Whelan

    My favourite gift sits all chipped and stained on the shelf beside all the nice shiny coffee cups. I use it everyday, and every time I do it makes me smile. It’s a simple coffee cup given to me for mothers day by my son, back when he was in year 1. It says ‘A mother is the friend that you never outgrow’. I love that he thinks of me as a friend as well as a parent.ReplyCancel

  • Diana

    The Russian Blue kitten the ‘then’ love of my life gave me for my 21st Birthday. She was loved, treasured, adored and cherished, as was he, until he broke my heart, then Bounty was by my side to cuddle and purrr away the tears and help mend my broken heart. In my mind he was loving me through her, even though not around any more.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky

    Most loved and treasured gift is the ‘gift of life’ being physical, mental and social health as without these barebones of life, we have nothingReplyCancel

  • Jodie Cole

    Our daughter is my most treasured gift. She is 8 and such an amazing human being. Daily I am in awe that we made her!ReplyCancel

  • I have lots of sentimental gifts that I adore and hold close to my heart but my Kitchen Aid would have to be my most treasured “proper” gift.ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh Fry

    The most lovely gift I have ever received is the gorgeous, handwritten letter and 21st birthday present that my boyfriend gave me. A little quirky and completely representative of me, it was really thoughtful and encompassed all of the weird and sometimes contradictory parts of me!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth

    My most precious gift I have been given is my beautiful husband and four very special children. At times it is a lot of work to run a household of this size but they give me so much love and laughter in return it makes it all worth whileReplyCancel

  • karina l

    Housework done. Dinner on the table. Flowers in vase. Baby washed, fed and asleep. Best gift ever from the husband.ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    My husband proposed to me in a Christmas Card, presented to me on Christmas Day – the very first Christmas he spent with my family. It made me well up with tears – back then, and every time I come across it in the bottom of a drawer nowadays – it touches my heart. So special!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    My kids!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    One of my children was given a second chance at life after receiving a bone marrow transplant from a wonderful, selfless (and at this stage anonymous) donor. That gift to my child is something I will never stop being grateful for.ReplyCancel

  • Abby L

    My engagement ring as it reminds me of the happiest day of my lifeReplyCancel

  • Helen W

    When I was growing up, my favourite uncle had a sterling silver plaited ring. Very simple but I just adored it. I constantly admired it in front of him and he eventually said that on my 21st birthday, it would be mine. Well, 21 seems an old woman to a child! So I nagged him and nagged him and finally he compromised at 18 but would go no lower, so I just kept admiring it and waiting.

    When I was 17, he passed away. He wasn’t wearing the ring at the time (not that I cared, I was distraught at losing him and the ring was the last thing on my mind). My mother was inconsolable at losing her baby brother and went to a psychic to make sure he was at peace.

    On my 18th birthday, my mum presented me with a small box. Imagine my surprise when the ring was in there! This is what she told me: my uncle’s heart condition and medication caused his hands to swell uncomfortably at times. Before he passed, it must have happened again. And it must have been distressing because he gouged it off with a screwdriver or something, breaking the ring. When my mum was cleaning his house out she kept looking for it but it didn’t turn up. When the psychic was halfway through her reading she paused and said “what you’re looking for, it’s where the keys go”. Mum had no idea what it meant but she was looking on key racks at home for something she lost, then realised she should check my uncle’s house. Sure enough, the ring was propped up there for safekeeping.

    My mum took the ring to a local jewellers who wouldn’t fix it, saying it was cheap stainless steel and it had detail in the plaiting so he could never repair it well enough that it would stay fixed. My mum told him the story and he fixed it, free of charge, and cleaned it up for me.

    Sadly, the ring has since broken at the weak spot many times and I’ve given up repairing it (though the wonderful small-town jeweller happily repaired it for free every time it broke) and keep it in a box with my most treasured possessions. It’s my perfect reminder of my beloved uncle, and the kindness of those who helped me reunite with it.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Lagaluga

    The day Gracie turned towards me when I said her name and I knew that she could hear my voice for the first time after having her cochlear implant turned on.ReplyCancel

  • sharron smith

    My nanna gave and taught me the gift to love foregive respect never judge and to give of myself listen and be first to put up hand to help othersReplyCancel

  • robyn cooper

    The gift of love is my most treasured gift. The love that I have for all of my family near and far
    The love that I have for my family that have passed, this love will never diminish
    Love is a gift that sometimes is given out flippantly but should only be given and accepted by those that are truly in love and are loved
    It is foreverReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My most loved and treasured gift would have to be the necklace my husband gave me that has both my children’s names on it. Wearing it keeps them all close to my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Antonietta

    My family, husband and children, who have given me a life! One that is truly unique everyday and that I appreciate with unconditional love from me to them and them to me!ReplyCancel

  • Vanitha

    I remember the first time I got a valentines day present and it was from my dad when I was 23. It was a little teddy bear. It was such a sweet and unexpected gesture and the only valentines memory I will ever need.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    I have to say the dozen red roses bushes I received.

    I was told it was a one off deal in that I now had all the roses I could ever possibly want.

    Such a romantic!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    My most special gift was a modern type of charm bracelet, not only was that precious enough, it now contains many charms from many people I love, family and friends. Each charm having a special personal meaning.ReplyCancel

  • Ariel Riley

    My baby brother because he has brought me more joy and love than anything or anyone else.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Black

    A crotched cross that my Great Grandma made. It is in the car to keep us safe. She has passed away but the cross reminds me of her and our faith.ReplyCancel

  • Best Gift Giveaway: on our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with a beautiful white gold diamond ring. We were still at uni when we got married, our first engagement ring cost $175 and that was hard to find. My husband is NOT a romantic at all, so when he said, “this is the ring I would have bought you when we got engaged if I could have afforded it.”
    Needless to say, I cried. His generosity (still not much money), really blew me away.ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    My children are my most precious gift ever, and they always will be as it goes way too quickly!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Moulton

    When I turned 21 my Mum and Dad gave me a gold plated watch and a set of pearls.
    At the time, my parents weren’t at all well off and they would have had to scrimp and save to pay for these.
    Dad passed away 30yrs ago and Mum 8yrs, and so these two pieces of jewellery are always there to remind me of their love and generosity, now 44 yrs later.ReplyCancel

  • Jaye Duckworth

    The most precious gifts is to have laughter on my lips, love in my heart and a smile on my face every day!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Jaye!.:) I do agree with you.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily Allen

    The best gift I have ever received is that of an education. It has brought me all of the marvellous experiences of joy and those that were not so joyous but have made me stronger and who I am…it has taught me to think and to analyse…from building a house and making it a home….it has taught me how to fight for my family and my beliefs. ..and it has helped me in times of grief. I would not have my beautiful family without the gift of an education. For this I am eternally thankful.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kirrilly, I love this!! You are so right in saying an education is the best gift. I truly believe this and just adore what you have written xReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    My most treasured gift is my grandfathers harmonica which my grandmother gave to me after he passed away. I used to love listening to him play it when I was small and of course trying and failing to replicate the sounds he made.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna

    My best gift is my lovely family; with two gorgeous daughters and a wonderful husband, this is a gift that I enjoy every day. I’m so grateful we’re all healthy, happy and able to spend quality time together.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Joanna, that is just beautiful! xReplyCancel

  • Nicole M

    A jar from my hubby full of notes of things he loves about me. It means the world to me because we were very poor at the time and this cheap gift really brightened my day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Nicole, that is just beautiful! We don’t have to spend a fortune on one another to show how much we love someone. I think what your hubby did was very special.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Petersen

    My most treasured gift is a hat from my granddad, he owned a butcher shop for his whole life and we never saw much of him, not even christmas day, his life was that shop! Him giving me that hat was a very big deal and very special.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Amy, that is just lovely and i can see how much that hat means to you xReplyCancel

  • corrie

    My daughter (3) recently painted a love heart red and her dad painted her feet red to create a foot love heart… best and most cherished gift ever!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is so sweet! Did you take a photo, Corrie?ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    Nothing has been more important to me than my beautiful son brought forth into this world by my gorgeous wife!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Miller

    My grandmother’s engagement ring because it is classically elegant and timeless and always reminds me of her.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Graham

    My diamond earrings as they sparkle.ReplyCancel


    My photo collection of family members taken from my perspective of a creative photographer for over 50 years.ReplyCancel

  • sam sargent

    My most loved gift my ex girlfriend because i really love her and enjoy havig her in my life. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Pengilly

    My most loved and treasured gift(s) are my children – after many miscarriages I had always given up hope of being a mother – and after 20+ years I still thank God for them everyday!ReplyCancel

  • michellea

    In 1968 just before Mother’s Day my Grandfather took me to a little supermarket called ‘Purity’ to buy a present for my Mother, I chose a little stainless steel sugar spoon with an inlay of enamel roses on the handle. Thirty six years later when she passed away, that little spoon found it’s way back to me as a gift from my Mother, I’ll gift it on to my daughter one day. The gift that keeps on giving.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Ashbrooke

    My daughter! It wasn’t until I became a mother that I knew how precious a gift could be and the gift of giving life is the best gift ever.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty weatherly

    My children are my greatest gift given to me. I was told it may not be possible to have children. I now have 2 beautiful giftsReplyCancel

  • graham buckingham

    My treasured gifts so far are each and every one of my six children because they make my happy.ReplyCancel

  • Iindika WJ

    He hand made a heart shaped romantic lamp and won his company valentines day competition.It’s so beautiful, people were ready to pay for it.But, he told everyone that he made it for me…I feel so special because the picture of it was sent to the whole company.It’s next to the bed now.It’s so beautiful especially at night..I wish I could attach a picture of it.ReplyCancel

  • Steve

    The best gift I ever received was actually pretty simple. My wife had been extremely busy with work for a few months, and our home had basically become a logistical base of operations, with no real time together as one rushed in from work, handed over the kids, and the other rushed out. My wife booked out a weekend away for the two of us at the Hunter Valley – we sampled wine, ate splendid meals, and had the chance to spend uninterrupted time with each other.ReplyCancel

  • maree larfield

    A circle gold pendant with 3 dimonds that represent our 3 beautiful children with their names also engraved on it. It was a gift from my patner and kids for christmas. I love it and get so many lovely comments about it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Chanelle

    My most treasured gift I have recieved was when my boyfriend at the time Suprised me with a Valentines dinner ontop of the roof of his house. He forgot to make a reservation for a dinner out and was still able to give me a dinner with a view. Was very different and amazing..ReplyCancel

  • Clare O' Connor

    One sick bridesmaid, one ripped train. Crying mother, down came the rain. One thing was perfect, one thing was right. The beautiful ring he chose for me and it wasn’t even too tight.ReplyCancel

  • hellen waltham

    a bunch of carnations was waiting at my front door, the card said surprise inside, when i opened the door my partner was there with a glass of champagene and a big cheesy grin,he said he persaded the hospital to let him out of the day so we could celebrate valentines and his birthday, sadly though i lost him 3 weeks later i hate that dreaded word cancer so many lives it has ruined not just mine.ReplyCancel


    Would it be wrong to say my leather bound filofax? I love that diary! It makes me an organised housewife and means I can feel on top of things which in turn makes me feel on top of the world.ReplyCancel

  • cleo sids

    Most adored and treasured gift is my white persian cat named Nini, he is so affectionate and loving, brings happiness and love into my life.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Flynn

    A pair blue knitted booties my beautiful best friend Tracey gave me the day our son was born. These mean a lot to me because they came from a Set her Nana had knitted her before she passed away. She only made 2 sets one Pink and one Blue for when Tracey has children. Yet my best friend wanted me to have those booties for our baby boy.ReplyCancel

  • sheldyn warwick-hart

    My most loved and treasured valentines gift was this years, a promise ring from my boyfriend of 3 years and my first diamonds!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My treasure is my story. My parents’ gift for storytelling meant that I grew up knowing who I was and where I came from. I feel like I was present when my parents met and fell in love, when they left Africa for a strange, new land and as they built a new life. I’m now a writer thanks to that gift.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny England

    My most treasured gift has been life. It has been just over five years since I was diagnosed with an agressive form of breast cancer. Good quality food, lots of laughs, dear friends and family have all given me the gift of a wonderful creative life and I am enjoying every moment now to the full…wonderful gifts!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree with you 100% Jenny. And i totally understand where you are coming from ~ kate xReplyCancel

  • I received a I Pad for my birthday last year from my husband and daughters,I was really surprised.Now I am never off it,it was the best present ever.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I do love mine too, Pauline.:)ReplyCancel

  • claire evans

    my husband telling me that i was tumour free after 3 years of battling a pancreatic tumour. He wrote the news on a card and placed it inside a gift box along with 36 red roses for the 36 months i had battled.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Claire, that is truly just beautiful xReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Receiving the news from my Doctor that after extensive tests on my back problem it was not cancer.
    Each day since that moment I have made count that little bit more extending more love, patience and myself with my young children and friends.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hayley i totally understand what you are saying and how relieved you must have felt ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Sarah Mary

    My most memorable was a pandora bracelet for my 18th. I had beautiful charms from most of my family, and it was so gorgeous! Unfortunately it’s since been misplaced but it was the best gift I’ve ever gottenReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh yes i do love my pandora bracelet too, and can understand you being upset that it has been misplaced. I do hope you come across it one day.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    This will sound kind of silly but… the best gift I’ve ever received was a hand-written letter from my grandmother to one of her friends. My aunt found it one day and because it discuses me, she let me keep it. I never knew my grandmother as unfortunately my mother (who was very abusive and controlling) cut off that side of the family. In this letter my grandmother talks about how happy she was that she was able to talk to my kindergarten teacher about the situation, and that my teacher agreed to let her watch me play through the fence one day, on the condition she didn’t cause a scene. My grandmother never approached me and I never even knew she was there, but I will always have a letter written by my grandmother’s own hand as proof that she loved me. :) She died about six months later.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Silly I know but it’s a teddy bear I call William, given to me by very dear friends on my leaving Perth 19 years ago, I called him William after the family that gave him to me. In a time of great turbulence in my life they were there with immense support and care, William is that symbol of strength when I feel low and a constant reminder of the need to be to others what the William family was to me.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    When I was dating my now husband (who is against valentines day) bought an old chest while we were at a fair one Valentine’s day. we didn’t check inside and when we got home there was a small teddy bear holding a heart, he gave it to me with a kiss and said see I didn’t forget you, I stole you a teddy bear lol I have kept that small teddy for 10 years, I think I was just meant to have it.ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    The day my parents brought my new born sister home was the day I received the best gift ever!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    My most loved and treasured gift would have to be our daughter, Melissa. It was a hard road and a rollercoaster to get her here, and now, nearly 4 months on, I’m loving every minute of motherhood (even when she’s screaming!). She’s our perfect little angel, I’m so thankful for her and I love and treasure her every day. <3ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My best gift is just living! Being able to have fresh air, water and healthy food for my family and I. There is so many people who don’t so I’m grateful for the little things in life best!ReplyCancel

  • Teena

    A little pink diamond my mother was going to make into a piece of jewellery for my daughter, but passed away before she could. One day when I can afford it, I will fulfil her wish :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Baker

    My most treasured gift is the gift of a healthy life! I often read stories in magazine’s about family tragedy’s happening every single day, some make me cry too! While I’m still young, I’m grateful for waking up every single day and being able to walk, talk, hear, see and just breathe!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I think we all know that the best gift will always have come from our parents. Yes the gift of life. We all live in different walks of life but even through the toughest times I’ve always thought parents bringing me into this world is a gift you just can’t beat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love it Emily! And agree with you 100% x ~ kateReplyCancel

  • S Anderson

    Wisdom. The trained ability to discern problems before they happen is invaluable.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    My fiancé made me a small collection of frogs hoping around a heart shaped pond for our coffee tables for our first valentines day, being a frog collector it made it that little bit more special and thoughtfulReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh very cute! I like it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Brown

    I lost my mum last October at the ripe old age of 90. She had an old pulsar watch that she loved and wanted me to have. It may not be my mum but I always have a happy thought when I wear it.ReplyCancel

  • Penne

    My most precious gift is the gift of being able to have children when at the tender age of 12 my gynaecologist told me that there was a high possibility that I may never have children.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful xReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Baker

    My most treasured gift was having my great great grandfather alive until he was 98. He lived independently up until a month before he passed (He passed 3 months ago). For a month be hadn’t spoken or woke really, until I was able to visit him again. (As I lived interstate)
    The next best gift was him awakening to tell me he loved me before he passed away. Very special gifts of the memory I keep close to my heart. =)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Rebecca, that is truly just beautiful x ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Alarna

    18 months ago I lost my Mum, the day of her funeral my hubby gave me an amazing uberkate necklace, three circles with each of my children’s name engraved in them. On the back the word ‘Nanny’ engraved. I adore it and wear it daily.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh my Alarna! That is one of the most beautiful things i have read. Well done to your husband for a lovely gesture and being so very thoughtful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    My husband organised a birthday party for my 45th. I’ve never had one before in my life. I know I am special to a lovely group of people.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    For Mother’s Day, my first born at pre-school made me a placemat which was pictures she had drawn and the school laminated it.
    Exactly the same as I had made for my Mother when I was little. Made me cry, will keep it forever :)ReplyCancel

  • KylieD

    Apologies in advance for the cheesiness of my answer, but when trying to think of my favourite gift I kept coming back to friendship. I have 2 friends from my mother’s group that have been the hugest support since we met 7.5 years ago after our first babies were born. We now have 8 children between us and are sadly separated by distance since a move to Singapore for one family, but when we get together for a chat on Messenger we make the same jokes and nothing has changed.

    We got together in person at Christmas and to see our children playing together again, as they have their whole lives, made my heart sing. My introduction to motherhood would have been a lot tougher without those two ladies, and coffee, but mainly them!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s beautiful, Kylie.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    Our first child Michelle as she was a precious gift from our lord and saviour, she’s now married and has her own precious gift, a daughter.ReplyCancel

  • helen

    When we lost our house in a fire, I was heartbroken as I am a sentimental person and love special items and memories attached. I especially missed gifts people had given me. One special gift was a suede backpack my mother had bought me as a uni graduation present (quite a while ago!) My friend knew how much I missed that special bag and tracked one down for me on ebay after looking for two years! My new bag is of course not my old one, but has double the special memories of special gifts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Helen! What an absolutely beautiful gift your friend could have given you! xReplyCancel

  • Janis Blake

    When I first started high school my locker would never open. My now late nana rang to see how high school was going and I told her about how awful it was to be late to every class because my locker would not open. The next time I saw her she gave me a tiny charm and told me that as long as I had it with me my locker would never give trouble again. It never did.ReplyCancel

  • Inger Laws

    My aunt gave me a teddy when I was born,
    42 yrs later and that teddy keeps on giving me support when I feel blue.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Everyones answers are so great; mine is pretty tame in comparison but my 6 year old daughter drew a family picture and the look on her face as she passed it to me will stick with me and a gift I will forever cherish! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    My beautiful baby girl – Eloise.ReplyCancel

  • monica s.

    A doll sent to me from my family in Malta…she has a lovely red polka dot dress, white lace bobby socks, white patent shoes, gorgeous black curling hair and beautiful brown skin. A truely ethnic doll in the days of Barbie..and i loved her instantly. I’ve had her for nearly 50yrs.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Manoukian

    My best gift was my wedding ring because I know how hard my husband worked to buy me the perfect ring ??ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Johnson

    My dad didn’t have anything, but he did leave me the best gift that I didn’t know until years later I’m a parent – the gift that I tell my son how much I love him all the time & give him endless kisses & cuddles, just like my dad did to me!ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    My most treasured gift was giving myself permission to and then getting a butterfly tattoo. It is and has always been a symbol of hope for me and I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Bretnall

    I have been blessed with many special gifts however my most cherished one is actually a memory. It was my first Mother’s Day as a new sole parent and I was woken by my 3yo daughter who had made me a cup of coffee. It was cold and chunky, tasted disgusting however it was the best cup of coffee I have drunk. (Yes, I drank it all in front of my beaming daughter who was proud of her gift to me – the first coffe she had ever made – with cold water from the bathroom tap.)ReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    My son is my most cherished gift, I’m very lucky to have him in my life! :)ReplyCancel

  • Debra

    I have been given life. Firstly my son’s life and then within a month of his birth I had life saving brain surgery. Every day I’m thankful for life, laughter and loveReplyCancel

  • Jane A

    My mum’s wedding band given to me after she passed away, it’s nothing fancy but when I married 2 years ago there was nothing else I wanted to wear on my finger but this simple gold ring.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    An elderly neighbour gave me her beautiful CHINA TEAPOT and CUPS after I admired them over afternoon tea one day.

    I use and treasure them with great pleasure still… Although she’s long gone, Mrs. C’s crockery still constantly reminds me of her grace, friendship and wisdom and the value of spending quality time with good friends.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    my wedding band as it has the most meaning…a simple gold ringReplyCancel

  • Belinda C

    My most loved gift was a bottle of perfume that my Dad bought for my 21st birthday (many birthdays ago now!). During my entire childhood he had always given money to his parents or sister to choose gifts for me, which although financially generous, were never really things that he had chosen. It meant so much that he had taken the time to go wandering through the beauty section of a store smelling perfumes until he found one that he thought was right for me. Funnily enough it was perfect and I have continued to buy and wear it ever since.ReplyCancel


    When my father passed away, my mother had a pair of his gold cuff links made into the most beautiful earrings for me. I treasure them as I treasured him and always feel he is walking with me when I have them on. If I concentrate, I am sure I can hear him whispering advise into my ear when I need it. I miss him but carry a part of him with me.ReplyCancel

  • Lydia K

    My grandma’s jewellery box because growing up she would always catch me opening it up to try on all her beautiful jewellery. She gave it to me years ago, and now unfortunately suffers from advanced dementia, so I hold onto this box full of memories as tightly as I can.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Weedon

    My parents photo album of our family history photographs. Nothing can beat that for me.ReplyCancel

  • carly

    my child because it was such a struggle to get pregnant and then carry a baby past the first trimesterReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My parents gave me a diamond ring as a gift on our first holiday together. So it has a lot of sentimental value to me.ReplyCancel

  • Paige

    I could not possibly think of one perfect gift – life itself is the most precious gift we can be given.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy winters

    The greatest gift I have been given is my life and the lives of my children.ReplyCancel

  • lynne liliington

    I have a ring from each mother , grandmother and great grandmother for 3 generations, with a story about each ring to pass to my daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Willes

    My Mum’s insatiable thirst for knowledge and my Dad’s eternal zest for life…the greatest gifts my parents could have given me.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Faint

    A ring Nan gave me that Pop gave her.
    Well it came in the mail the day after he passed away
    He bought it from a magazine, a cheap wedding/ engagement ring set
    He would ask Nan for a week if any mail had came
    She gave it to me years later for Valentines
    I treasure it so muchReplyCancel

  • Meagan cooper

    My Hubby actually gave me himself last valentine’s day at first I thought oh yeah he didn’t get me anything so he is just saying that. As the day went on I realised that his time and full attention on me is very rare since we had children and I began to embrace every minute we had together that day. Maybe next year he might put on ribbon on 😉ReplyCancel

  • bree witherspoon

    My partner brought me a locket to wear around my neck, it has pics of the kids and him, I travel alot for work so this is a constant reminder of my family at homeReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love it, Bree! What a lovely idea xReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My precious charm bracelet. Each charm reminds me of different times, people in my life and beautiful memories.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    An engraving bangle that I wear every day,
    I’d never let it go away!
    Sweet words and filled with heart,
    To me it’s art!ReplyCancel

  • sonia c

    Believe it or not…a stapler given to my for my first day of high school and still used at work 30+ years later…its an ABBA stapler :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL that is very cool, Sonia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    My most loved and treasured gift
    is the gift of life
    which has enabled me to live
    explore, love and give to others.
    Thanks Mum!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    I have to say life. Many years ago I nearly drowned to the point where I can’t remember being rescued. I am now grateful for anything life gives me extra.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda (Bee) Ban

    I have still have my 5 kids pasta shapes necklaces they all made in Kinder!(the oldest 26 years!) they were all made and presented to me for Mother’s Day with so much love (in the purest form) and I will treasure them forever :)ReplyCancel

  • Rose Pater

    A piece of paper written by my then 10 year old son,

    “I love you mum,would you like a cup of tea”.

    He slipped it under my bedroom door as I was upset.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Johnson

    My baby brother. My parents claim that he was a complete accident but I know in my heart that he was purposely put on this earth to be my rock.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Erin, that really is just beautiful!.:) xReplyCancel

  • leanne veivers

    the gift of life. treasuring every single discovery and every new adventure.ReplyCancel

Valentines Day Gift, Treat and Craft Ideas

To be completely honest my hubby and I don’t celebrate Valentines Day, but I always do a little something for the kids just to let them know how much I love them. Usually it’s a little heart chocolate or note in their lunchbox, but this year it falls on a weekend so I could be […]

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  • Oh gosh everything is just so gorgeous. I can’t go past your triple chocolate cheesecake though – that looks amazing!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is so good, Lucy.:) But ooh so addictive too lol!ReplyCancel

  • I like “Will you beer my Valentine?” It’s funny and creative. There are other interesting Valentine’s day gifts in this post too. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s very cute.:)ReplyCancel

  • Some really great ideas! I love how simple but effective the cut out watermelon hearts are too! 😀ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 38

Eek, Christmas Day is tomorrow, I’m so excited, I love this time of year!  I hope that you have enjoyed this series, helping you to create a stress free Christmas, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and enjoy every precious moment with your family. Task 1 Prepare some of the food for tomorrow today so […]

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Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 37

Task 1 Make a timeline for cooking Christmas Day meals Task 2 Make some reindeer food for Rudolph Purchase an Elf on the Shelf from The Book Depository, free shipping worldwide.  Use the Elf on the Shelf Planner, notes from Elf, letters from Santa acknowledging good and bad behaviour, plus elf report and more. idea found here Disclosure: […]

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  • polly blue

    Thankyou for your posts this year and sharing your Christmas ideas. You have been a saviour to many and I have loved being able to recieve your tips each day. Iin a frantic world your emails have been a welcome constant that has kept me on track. So thank you and merry christmas to you and your loved ones…ReplyCancel

  • Venny Sarmiento

    Thank you for the reindeer food recipe – this is on our Advent Calender for tomorrow!!! Just wondering if you will be publishing a ‘memory’ type activity this year – a sheet that the children need to add their answers too about the year passed and the year ahead?? I think you may have done one last year but now I cant find my copy!! Eeeek! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • shawna

    How do you make the tree? HOw did you get it to stand up like that?ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 36

3 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Melissa

    I am a little behind in the organised things to Christmas. when will the 2015 xmas planner be available please?ReplyCancel

Roast Pumpkin, Spinach & Chicken or Turkey Pasta Bake

This is an old post I wanted to reshare as I have just updated it with a few new photos which I took last Easter.  This Easter Dessert has been a wonderful hit over the years, it’s so very easy to make and those that eat it wouldn’t realise it only took you minutes to […]

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  • Bettina

    Can I just tell you how much I appreciate the time that you take to create this site. I love your recipies (they’ve NEVER failed!), and your organising tips.
    So, thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and your family :-)ReplyCancel

  • Juanita Chong

    Love this recipe! Didn’t have pumpkin so used potatoes instead and it still turned out yum!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh great variation, Juanita! I like it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Pedder

    Please tell me what Panko bread crumbs are? Sorry if you are repeating yourself just for me. I really love the sound of this recipe (it’s lunch time and I’m hungry too). ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      they are a crispier style of bread crumb, they can be found with other breadcrumbs at the supermarket, or try the asian food isle.ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 35

6 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 34

7 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Seven days to go!! Can’t wait :)ReplyCancel

  • Louise Thomsen

    Thank you for sharing our Silly Putty! And thank you for the reminder to buy new batteries…and locate the screw driver lol! Louise xReplyCancel