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{Meal Plan} Pan Fried Fish

Apologies that this week’s meal plan is a day late.  I had a fantastic long weekend away with friends, I have caught up on my project life album and also completed a few scrapbooking layouts, didn’t finish as much as I wanted, but we enjoyed the chatting and late nights, along with the scrapbook expo, so […]

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  • Hi Katrina, sounds like a wonderful weekend you have had. I will get back into meal planning sometime soon and hope to join in, in the not too distant future :) ReplyCancel

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{Meal Planning} Curried Sausages with rice

I remembered to take some photo’s this week!! I am also in the process of updating the recipe section.  You will soon find it easier to search and print my recipes.  Please give me some time to get them all in. I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful week.  Are you keeping up with […]

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  • julie

    What a shame I don’t facebook!!
    I have enough to keep up with just email but I try to check this blog everyday for all the hints and tips
    I did wonder what happened to the daily tasks you set…
    Having this blog as a one-stop shop would be great

    Enjoy the long weekend all the WA folk!ReplyCancel

  • Your buttons wouldn’t work but I linked back to your blog! :) CheersReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Easy Grilled Chicken Schnitzels

I would like you to please forgive me, I always intend on taking photo’s of my meals, however I have the worst memory and I always remember half way through eating.  I am going to try and make this a priority in the future. I love to cook yummy scrumptious meals, I am sure I […]

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  • Monday – meatballs and vegies, Tuesday – stir fry chicken and glass noodles, Wednesday – apricot chicken risotto, Thursday – vegies in the slowcooker and noodles, Friday – baked beans (canned), Saturday – OUT (without kids WOOHOO!), Sunday – tomato soup (canned…)!

    We are moving on Sunday so trying to use as many heavy or frozen items as possible. Canned baked beans and canned tomato soup are not weekly staples in our house – especially not in the same week! Similarly, we wouldn’t usually have chicken two nights in a row but the meatballs have to be eaten today, MIL for dinner Weds so can’t give her baked beans… Aaah, what a crazy week.

    Thanks for the forum for allowing me to plan each week and keep myself accountable, k :) ReplyCancel

  • Don’t be disturbed – those Cinnamon Crumble Muffins are a favourite here too and why not – they turn out perfectly every time. Bri often takes a few in winter to school for her friends. If I take them somewhere I always get asked for the recipe! I say it’s a recipe from my Auntie Betty!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been slack posting up my meal plan, so much so that the one I did up today – finishes tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Packet mixes are not an issue if you choose your brands wisely (i.e. the less weird numbers the better!) packet mixes you use at home are far better than many of the highly processed, extensively stored products that can be bought from some independent grocers and major supermarket chains. Their production also produces alot of what amounts to cosmetic waste, the cost of which is passed onto you :-| Also industrial/factory made cakes (a top national bakery) are often produced using bulk packet mixes anyway!
    If you want the convenience of packets pre-measure all your “dry” ingredients into a snaplock bag, that way you are half done to whipping up a batch at short notice (they may even store in fridge or freezer)
    For cookies/biscuits/pastry freeze uncooked, cakes/muffins un-iced. Just wrap well to prevent freezer burn.ReplyCancel

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    Katrina,

    Your website is incredible. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Tash x

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  • Alison

    Monday: roast pork, roast veggies and gravy.
    Tuesday: Cold pork (leftover from Mon) and salad.
    Wednesday: Pumpkin soup with bacon and onion savoury scones.
    Thursday: Braised steak and onions with potato mash, carrots and beans.
    Friday: Homemade pasties, using leftovers from Thurs meal.
    Saturday: Spaghetti and meatballs in roasted tomato sauce
    Sunday: Veggie soup with meatballs, using leftovers from Sat meal.

    As you can see, I do one big meal every second night so that I can use the leftovers in a simple meal for the following evening. Works for me!ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Tuna Mornay

Here is a comment I receieved this week which tells you the benefits this family found with meal planning: “This weekly meal planner is fantastic. It is saving us an absolute fortune each week on our grocery bill. Instead of buying things from the supermarket just because we always buy them, I am only purchasing food […]

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  • D'Ann

    Tonight we are having BBQ chicken with fresh cut French Fries. Monday it is left over Manwich, Tue is free sandwiches at Chick Fil a, Wed Pot roast, Thursday Buffalo Chicken wings. Friday we leave for Washington DC!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    When meal planning I first look thought the fridge to see what needs using up, then the vegie garden, the pantry, then the supermarket specials.
    I very rarely throw out any food. Also because i serve a minimum portion on the plates (eg veg the kids are ‘encouraged’ to eat) then help them selves to fill up, the leftovers are usually good to reuse as they are or to make things like bubble’n’squeak
    Also I do things like cooking and freezing any unused carrots BEFORE they go ‘bendy’ and they become ready-made frozen food for future use. In this way it extends their storage life -not that this is ideal – i prefer fresh from the garden where poss buta special is not a bargain if you throw it out!ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Chilli Con Carne + {Review} Philips Airfryer

I’m back to my regular blogging self today, it feels good to be back in front of the laptop getting back into a regular routine.  I hope you all didn’t miss me too much, lol.  As I mentioned last week I have changed my Meal Planning posts to Monday’s, I’ll explain more in another post […]

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  • Raelene Graham

    Thank you for the review on the Phillip air fryer, have been considering buying one of them or the tefal actifry,love to read real reviews!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve not heard of the airfryer before this review, so I went off and did a bit of research (it took a bit of looking too!).

    Are they worth the $300 price tag though? Sounds very expensive for something that could very easily get lost at the back of the cupboard after the newness wears off.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Neither had I Renee. I have considered purchasing a deep fryer in the past, which would be alot cheaper than the airfryer, but the airfryer is a healthier option. Yes $300 maybe a little excessive, but it is so much easier to clean than an oven. Will also reduce the amount of oil you need to cook with, therefore making the food healthier.ReplyCancel

  • Love the idea of these fyers and wondered how well they worked. Would love to hear how homemade wedges go. Not sure I could afford one if they are that much thoughReplyCancel

  • [...] Monday – Chilli Con Carne Pasta Bake made from last nights left overs [...]ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Super easy pumpkin soup

This weeks meal plan below, don’t forget to link up your meal plan below. Today I would like to dedicate this post the my dear husbands Uncle Paul. Sadly Paul passed away unexpectedly over easter and today we are laying him to rest. He was such a happy and easy going young man whom was […]

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{Decluttering} The freezer

Now that winter is approaching, it’s a good time to use up alot of the food or meals you have in the freezer, to then restock with yummy casseroles and soups. Create your meal plan using food from the freezer Clean the freezer wiping down the sides and shelves.  See more details about cleaning the […]

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  • Julie

    What a week it has been in our house with me organising a big fundraiser bbq, Easter and ANZAC Day all the same weekend!
    The house is not as shabby as i had expected it might get – but for now it will wait until tomorrow as I take the youngest 2 out so Ms 15 can get some sleep before she starts work!

    We went to the Dawn service as we have done most years, and every year since my son started Scouts. As a Venturer (senior scout)my daughter(15) stayed overnight on Vigil at the Cenotaph in council gardens, after which we followed the procession from the town centre to there. (Last year she was lead flagbearer for the district march and looked like a deer in headlights when she realised where she’d be!) Thismorning I looked for her nearly 10min only to find she’d been placed in the catafalque party (the remaining 4 to guard the monument through the entire ceremony!) ..which brings me to my point – we all have duties, even if we do feel a bit reluctant sometimes. And I must say much of the time much of the housework fits this bill. I think it is one of the most unacknowledged and sometimes unappreciated of duties when performed for other than yourself. (If you ever do want to hear a mass campaign of housewife appreciation try the post-WW2 rhetoric – too bad it’s prime political motivation was to free-up employment for returning servicemen!)

    For me its a day full of memories – of Old Spice cologne and my Grandad. Obviously, I do not have the same calibre of memories as the veterans but for me the memory of my Grandad is one of love. He always had a lap for me. As I look back now and remember when he was tired, had arthritis in his knees, and the pains of years, I have an even deeper appreciation in that he never let me doubt there wasn’t a moment he wouldn’t make for me.

    My Grandad had a disdain for the maudlin commemorations, and would never go. He even spent some time as a detained conscript for his determination to serve his country as an engineer!! He thought that family, and enjoying the simple things in life was the appropriate way to appreciate the sacrifices made instead. During thismorning’s service, after a beautiful dedication, the crowd silent, some of the oldest veterans stood up and applauded. (I was always taught it was proper respect to be reserved) There was a quick shuffle of papers when one of the RSL members joined the speaker and stated his overwhelming joy and honor to see so many young people come to appreciate the veterans. He said that to just see them enjoy and celebrate life & freedom made it all worthwhile. So there it is – whatever your opinions of war or those involved, take the time to give love & value to another, make the most of the freedoms that are often taken for granted so you can enjoy living the best life you can! It’s your duty.ReplyCancel

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  • Suzanne

    Here’s a tip that’s great for any time of year!

    We have a smallish freezer(30″ wide) in our kitchen and a bigger freezer(40″ wide)in the cottage/garage. The small freezer contains items for the next 2 weeks of meals, some pre-made dinners, fruit&veg, baking. The larger freezer contains the items to prep the foods (meat, fish, fruit, veg).

    To keep things organized in the small freezer each category is in a cardboard box: fruit, veg, meat, fish, baking on top. To organize the larger freezer I also put like items in open top cardboard boxes with hand holes on the sides. These are the sort of boxes you’d find tomatoes, cukes and peppers in. I get mine at Costco — all the same size so it’s nice and neat. They are also designed to be stackable (I use these in my sewing room to keep projects together and it’s easy to move them from room to room).

    Here’s my fav trick: On the outside of the big freezer I use an erasable marker and make a list of what’s inside! ie: top left hand corner is prepped soups&sauces, top right hand corner are jams etc I also write how many items of each type are in there. The dry eraser hangs on a hook that’s suctioned onto the freezer’s side. Even my hubby can go to the freezer and find that stash of ribs!

    An older lady in the line up at the green grocer told me about this. It’s amazing the tips you can find out when you’re chatting :)

    Suzanne in Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

    • I love this idea, sounds so wonderfully organised. I’m loving all your tips today Suzanne, thank you for sharing them all.ReplyCancel

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{Meal Planning} Some favourites

As I am away from the computer this week with the kids I thought I would give you some links to previous meal plans: Meal Planning:  Chicken and Cheese Pasta Bake + more Meal Planning:  Chicken Avocado Fettucine + more Meal Planning: Fettuccine with creamy tomato Italian sausage + more Meal Planning:  Quick Beef Curry + […]

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Meal Planning: Steak Rotolo

This day 12 years ago I married the love of my life.  12 years and 3 adorable children later, I couldn’t be happier.  Happy Wedding Anniversary huni xx Don’t forget to link up your meal plan below. Here is this weeks meal plan: Monday – Vegie Smugglers – Raviolli with orange sauce - smuggled – capsicum, sun-dried […]

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  • Did you try the “Steak Rotolo” from My Pigeon Pair or do you have another recipe?
    Would love to try some variations of it…the Bocconcicni was great by the tomato overpowering thinking proscuitto next time!
    and
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thankyou, I am feeling very loved today, we had a lovley night out last night :) I made it the same as yours Larissa, but would agree I didn’t enjoy the tomato, but hubby and DS did. Proscuitto would be really yummy. I wasn’t sure how to cook it and googled for a recipe but couldn’t find one, I just cooked them in the fry pan, didn’t take very long at all. Definately will try again with variations, thankyou so much for sharing it!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Congratulations … Happy Anniversary!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina
    I am going to post some pics of my recipe today. I have changed the name of it as I didn’t use pasta. Without pasta dough the recipe is an “involtini” The pasta one is called “rotolo” and is basically the same but sort of rolled in pasta like a little parcel!
    I conned the hubby into cooking it on the BBQ for me!!!

    Glad you enjoyed!
    LarissaReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    I am going to post some pics of my steak today! I have renamed it “Steak Involtini” as I didn’t use pasta. You can make a similar recipe using pasta dough to create a “Rotolo”
    I conned my husband into cooking it on the BBQ for me!
    So glad you liked it!
    LReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina! I’m so glad you love the jazzed up snags! They are so easy aren’t they? We took them to a picnic warm a few weeks ago – just put them in an aluminium tray with a lid – they were GONE in sixty seconds! :P Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

Meal Planning: Salmon Pies

So much has been happening this past week.  I have been overwhelmed by reader emails, thankyou to each and everyone of you for your kind words, I am so happy to be inspiring and helping so many wonderful people.  The facebook page has been be a buzz of activity lately (now with 4,500 + likers) […]

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  • Ooooooh! Love the new button. Can’t wait to use it this week :) That book sounds fantastic Katrina, might have to get my hands on one!ReplyCancel

  • I think the button looks great also & WOW hasnt your site just increased 10 fold since I joined in Sept last year !!!
    I love every bit !!

    Thanks for keeping me on track always – Slowly GETTING SORTED !!ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    Hi Katrina – on the idea of budget recipes, we too are trying to keep costs down at present. I came across this blog this morning and thought you might like it: http://120dollarsfoodchallenge.com/. Sandra is trying to feed a family of 4 for $60/wk. She has some really creative recipes. The usual fall back recipes in our house are ones that use up all the remaining f&v like soups (Pumpkin, minestrone etc), quiche, fried rice, stir fries and tacos. I dice everything super small so it is not seen by the kids. Tacos have celery in the mince mix,chopped carrot and cucumber are a topping. Fried rice also has diced celery and cabbage in the mix and I use golden syrup instead of soy sauce if we have none.ReplyCancel

  • nikke

    Hi how do you link to your meal planning blog
    are there steps anywhere that one can follow, i have never linked to another blog before and dont want to stuff up and cause a drama for myself, so Im using the phrase of our hoousehold {when in doubt, ask!!}ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Nikke, press the red link ‘click here to enter’, this will take you to the Linky Tools website which have easy step by step instructions, it doesn’t take very long to link up!ReplyCancel

  • nikke

    Thanks Katrina, I will give it a go, wish me luck.. lolReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Chicken Tacos

About the Aussie Bloggers Conference I have had a great week and have recovered well from the Aussie Bloggers Conference.  I met so many wonderful bloggers, it was so lovely to share experiences and learn.  One topic was who do you blog for and the speakers encouraging the audience to blog for yourself.  However I […]

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  • Hi Katrina,

    Not sure if anyone else is having trouble using the button? I use blogger and have been trying to paste the button into my html script page. When I go to preview though, it only show with a small box and “The” is the only word in it! Do you have any idea what to do?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Julie, are you still having troubles?ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina, yep! I’m not sure what is happening. Is there another way to add it?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Julie it worked, thankyou for linking up!!!ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Mexican Pork Stir Fry

Today is Sunday, which is the day I plan my meals for the following week, ready for grocery shopping on Monday (if I am getting my groceries delivered I will plan, order and reserve my time a few day’s prior) .  I prefer shopping on a Monday so we have fresh food for dinners and lunches for […]

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  • What a fantastic idea Katrina! I look forward to linking my ‘Mealy Monday’ post tomorrow :)
    Question: Do we link here in the comments or above with the thumbnail loader?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    That would be wonderful Michelle. Use the link above ‘click here to enter’ and then follow the instructions to create your thumbnail image and link, it isn’t too hard at all.ReplyCancel

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  • Tara

    Awww i dont meal plan til tuesday :( any chance of getting a button for any day of the week?
    Il still defaintly link my blog post on tuesday!
    I love this site i think given the chance id be on here all day lol
    xxxReplyCancel

  • I cant wait to link tomorrow also – I am just not sure how I add your button to my page.. Might need instructions on that one??ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Great….Copy and paste the code I have provided into your html editor.ReplyCancel

  • Have linked up Katrina, but my link thumbnail doesn’t appear in your post above… Hope it’s a ‘time’ thing. Look froward to seeing it up there :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It hasn’t appeared Michelle, can you try again…sorryReplyCancel

  • I am linked to you anow also – hooray !!ReplyCancel

  • Woot woot! It worked! When three goes on the PC doesn’t work, try the iPod! Lol – great concept Katrina :) ReplyCancel

  • the website for mexan meal is doing up dates i hope it wont be long we like to eat from vairous countries each week like to keep things exciting a bitReplyCancel