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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 32

8 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 31

9 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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  • Julia K

    LOVING THE CHRISTMAS SERIES !!

    A big Thank You to you Katrina for the Organised Christmas series. I have not followed every day to the letter, but have enjoyed reading the series each day and have definitely implemented some of the suggestions, craft and recipe ideas.
    Our children broke up from school on 6th December. Inspired by the series, I have been more organised than I have been in YEARS for Christmas. I had all the kids’ teacher gifts etc purchased, wrapped and ready to go two weeks before school break up. ALL my Christmas shopping was completed and the gifts wrapped and hidden away prior to break up. I’m not kidding, I CAN’T REMEMBER the last time this was done so early ! It has been such a relief. The series inspired me to plan the Advent Calendar gifts and activities and because all the other Christmas stuff was taken care of, I have had time to really enjoy this time with the kids. They have been so excited to get up each day and find out what we are up to. My husband works away and came home for the Christmas break on Friday. I am going to hospital this morning for a minor operation on my knee. Last night I handed over the bag of advent activity cards and treats to hubby so he can take care of the next week’s shenanigans, but it was so GREAT to have it all organised and ready to go !
    I purchased an “Elf on the Shelf” and the kids have just LOVED his daily antics – I hadn’t even heard of it ’til I read about it on TOH.

    I am ashamed to say that it has been at least 5 YEARS since I sent out Christmas cards. Inspired by the series, I have our Christmas letter printed and ready to go and will spend this morning writing out cards so they are ready for hubby to post tomorrow.
    Thanks again. The series has been inspiring, motivating and IT WORKS :)ReplyCancel

    • Julia, you have bought tears to my eyes, happy tear, this so so beautiful I am so so glad that you have enjoyed the series and it has helped to make a difference to your Christmas, the whole and sole purpose of me writing it was to help others that find this time overwhelming. Thank you for writing and letting me know how you went. I hope that your little op went alright and your family spoil and pamper you over the next week. Look after yourself and enjoy every moment, laughter and delicious goodies Christmas will provide you xxReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 30

12 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 29

13 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 28

14 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 27

15 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 26

16 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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  • […] Day 26Christmas task: Picking Christmas outfits. Will depend on the weather Christmas day. I haven’t even started my handmade gifts, namely cause they are all food gifts so will get done the weekend before Christmas. I trialled a new gingerbread recipe in the Thermomix over the weekend so this will be our gingerbread recipe for this year. You can check it out on the recipe community.Household task: I cleaned the laundry. Well I caught up on the washing that was sitting on the floor :/ […]ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 25

19 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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  • Julia K

    I made this Christmas Ripple Cake for dessert last night – what a hit ! The kids devoured it and I loved it because it was SO easy and QUICK to make ! My grown up son’s girlfriend came into the kitchen as I was whipping the cream and 10 minutes later I had it all finished – she was astounded. I was in a hurry (as always) so made the complete dessert at about 6PM and refrigerated it for only 2 hours. It still worked out beautifully and the biscuits had softened enough by then to make it easy enough to cut. It even looks lovely when you cut it open and see the stripey biscuits inside.
    Well done Katrina – this one will be on my annual christmas cooking list !ReplyCancel

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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 24

20 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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Christmas Chocolate Ripple Cake

I made this Chocolate Ripple Cake last year as dessert for a family gathering on Christmas Eve, it was super easy to make, tasted so good and I received so many compliments! CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE RIPPLE CAKE Make cream mixture then spread a tablespoon over one biscuit Repeat 4 times finishing with a choc biscuit Place […]

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  • Notsoorganised

    My hubby makes a log with ginger nuts dunked in rum, sandwiched together with cream, then covered with cream & grated chocolate. One for the big kids.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I’ve done this log various ways too – adding peppermint essence to the cream, or making a version with orange zest and chocolate powder in the cream and crushed jaffas on top, dunked the biscuits in crème de cacao and decorated with toasted hazelnuts…..it really is the easiest of ‘instant’ desserts for a non-cook like me!ReplyCancel

  • Azzabonj

    Do the biscuits soften up overnight (making it more cake-like)?ReplyCancel

    • suzanne

      I was wondering that myself.ReplyCancel

    • DeludedPrincess

      Yup – the longer you leave them the softer they get. It’s divine!ReplyCancel

  • Andie

    we stick the biscuits together with jam and over 3 days pour sherry, port and masala over the biscuits until its like a sticky log and then put the cream over it with lolly raspberries and lolly mint leaves – obviously not a cake for kids but it is DIVINE! and I don’t drink alcohol!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Hall

    Looks great wish I could eat it but cream hates me, not worth the after efforts of trips to little room.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Tastes awesome with the biscuits dipped in Baileys first!ReplyCancel

  • brisyvonne

    I do a similar cake using ginger nut biscuits soaked for a second in a milk and rum mix and basically layer flat and then cover with cream. always a hit anytime of year.ReplyCancel

  • christine

    smashing up cherry ripe bars through the cream and decorating it with even more cherry ripe bars is another great christmas variation – make a ring of biscuits for a wreath effect.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs808

    My mum had made this for years! I dip my ripple biscuits in sherry and grate peppermint aero bar over the top. I call it a caterpillarReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 23

21 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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  • Kelly Schroeder

    Thanks so much for the Cookies in a Jar idea – I just finished making 7 of these last night…the kids loved helping especially when it got to the M&M stage. Just fantastic ideas, motivation and overall website – I really look forward to my daily email.ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 22

22 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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