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A collection of cake recipes the kids will enjoy

We love freshly baked cakes, slices and cookies in our house.  So I thought I would share with you a collection of cakes that we have made in our kitchen over the  years.  Click on the image to view the recipe. Ice cream Cone Cupcakes Heart shaped cupcakes Kit Kat, M&M Birthday Cake and here is […]

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  • Oh ma GAWSH!!! I’m now starving and craving CAKE after seeing this post! THANK YOU for sharing – it’s always motivating to see cake recipes that are actaully do-able! Love the look of all of these.
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    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      They are so delicious and look lovely, i agree!.:)ReplyCancel

Creative ways to flavour popcorn

A few weeks ago the kids and I were craving popcorn, I had the microwave kind in the pantry, but they tasted rather bland so I asked the community on Facebook what they do to flavour their popcorn? There were some very interesting and strange suggestions, thought I would share them all with you. Creative ways […]

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  • I have fond memories of Mum and I sharing a bowl of popcorn flavoured in icing sugar.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love memories like that Briohny!ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    I love the icing sugar and salt idea. I really like sweet and salty popcorn and that sounds like an easy way to have it homemade.ReplyCancel

  • Hailey

    Freshly grated parmesan… so so good!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that sounds yummy, Hailey!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    being dairy free the kids usually have chicken salt, or if I will make it coconut caramel (dairy free). We also just braught cinnimon sugar for them.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Sukiennik

    Usually we have the popcorn plain, air popped out of the machine. But if it is a special treat, I add sultanas, diced dried apricots, banana chips and honey flavoured tiny teddies to the mix.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Love your idea Amanda, sounds delicious.:)ReplyCancel

Clever kitchen organising ideas

I’ve been considering making a few changes to my kitchen and have been reading lots of kitchen magazines and browsing the internet for inspiration.  Here are a few really clever kitchen organising ideas: Clever ideas kitchen organising ideas add a pop of colour inside the cupboards  |  A Beautiful Mess Use a magazine holder  | […]

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  • Shea

    I do like that pop of colour!

    All of these ideas seem fairly simple but are probably more suited to someone who is renovating or getting a new kitchen – the pop of colour is probably the easiest thing to get done if someone wanted to change their kitchen up without *actually* changing their kitchen!

    I wouldn’t have thought of putting oils in a drawer though – my oils tend to have a sticky/oily residue if they don’t get religiously wiped off and I’d be worried that when others in my household tidy up, the drawer would end up with a base of oily residue which would be a PITA to clean!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I keep my oils in a little basket purely for the same reason Shea, much easier to wipe a plastic basket then my wooden shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    We recently added a new shelf to three of the existing cupboards in our kitchen – allowing us to separate some items that were previously stacked on top of one another. Total cost was $28 for the three shelves (cut to size at Bunnings) and it’s made such a difference.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So cheap, great idea Kate!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie J

    Half shelves utilise the back of the cupboard and i use baskets to kerp plastics togegher. Oils and sauces are stored on a tray which helps kerp the cupboard clean.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like the idea of half shelves too Kylie, great use of space.ReplyCancel

  • JoJo

    You know that corner cupboard that’s so deep you need to put your entire body inside just to wipe it out?! Well in my search on the internet last year to organise my kitchen, I came across a lazy susan being used. Light bulb moment for me as I had a large glass one given to me for Christmas years ago. It was only ever used 2-4 times a year – It fit perfectly on the botton shelf and now houses those things only used 2-4 times a year. Now that corner cupboard is being put to full and proper use. LOVE ITReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Wow fantastic idea, Jojo! I think i might need to get a lazy susan as i too have one of those cupboards.ReplyCancel

How to cook perfect quinoa

I made Quinoa a few weeks ago and several times since, I must say I fell in love with how good it is and how easy it is to cook.  This usually makes enough for one family meal leaving some for leftovers for lunch the next day (adding in a few steamed vegetables).  I’ll share some of […]

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  • Rachelle

    I was told that you have to scrub/wash the grains first as the coating on the grains is bad for you. A soapy stuff washes off. It also affects the taste if you don’t wash the grains. I put my grains in a flour swine under a running tap and give them a good massage with my hand, then pretty much follow what you do.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great tip thank you Rachelle!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I cook mine in my rice cooker and it turns out beautifully every time. Also a good way to cook buckwheat and other grain type things, just put them in the r/cooker and forget about it till it’s done.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip, I have a rice cooker, should try it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Some Quinoa is prewashed, check the pack it should tell you. If in doubt wash anyway until the water runs clear.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh there you go I didn’t know that Sarah, I have washed mine all the time.ReplyCancel

Kids in the Kitchen – Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

This post is sponsored by Western Star My kids love to cook and have been doing so for many years.  Letting them help in the kitchen is teaching them life lessons and skills from measuring and learning fractions to how to cook particular foods.  My youngest Miss 9 enjoys cooking pasta dishes, I stand by helping […]

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  • Nancy

    your daughter is gorgeous. I love seeing them in the kitchen and sewing your teaching them such great life lessons.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Nancy, she is a cutie. All my kids love cooking and I love spending time with them in the kitchen, especially teaching them new techniques, great life lessons for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    must try this, haven’t made Mac and Cheese in so long. Love the idea of a little bit of bacon with itReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s delicious Simone, hope your family enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    For those who prefer not to eat meat, spinach, onion & mushroom is a great mix to replace the bacon :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, love the sound of adding onion!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Brewer

    Looking forward to declutteringReplyCancel

A little more about me – Food phobias I can’t seem to get over

Recently I went to a cooking class with a few other bloggers and I couldn’t hide one of my food phobias, later that evening it came to light again, some laughed, shocked that ‘The Organised Housewife’ has such bizarre phobias, but the delightful Mrs Woog who looked after me and then suggested I should ‘totally blog that’… I do agree, I […]

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  • Jenni Cooke

    I’m with you Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Broadbent

    I am 110% on board with number four. I can’t eat meat off the bone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s really funny how so many of us can’t eat meat off a bone!!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    This is so funny, I’m the same and I just love how this is keeping it real and shares a different side of you.ReplyCancel

  • Paige

    I don’t roast very much either, so sorry I can’t share any tips on how to roast a chook, but loved this post about you Kat, sharing more about you.ReplyCancel

  • Totally hear you on the chewing of meat off the bone. In fact, I won’t even eat meat with a bone in it! I also don’t like getting chicken meat off a carcass – I used to have to do it when I worked as a kitchen hand, and it was like six boiled chickens that had to have all the flesh stripped from the bones. I’d volunteer to chlorox the tea pots rather than go near those damn chickens. I’m better at it now, but the man of the house thinks I leave half a chook on the bones. As for roasting a chook. You have to put your hand up its bum. Nuff said.

    I can’t stand to look at food with eyes either, and I once made a boyfriend swap seats with me so I couldn’t see the head of the whole fish he was eating. I did give him the alternative of eating it with a serviette over its head. (I don’t like prawns and that sort of thing, so ripping heads off is a bit of a moot point!)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Miss Maudy you have made my day!! Love this post comment. Couldn’t help but laugh.:)ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Oh snap!
    I don’t eat meat that touches bone and I won’t eat anything that looks like it did when it was alive! Whole fish, spit roast, escargot…… Cruel!

    It creeps me out but I also don’t like the strong gamey taste of things. Bones are gross!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I totally agree with you Emily!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    No, I don’t have any such phobias. I just don’t like the idea of eating offal, and won’t even try it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You are lucky, Marelize.:) And i totally agree with you about eating Offal!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    I am not actually a fan of eating duck to begin with but having it stare at me on a platter in the middle of the table puts me off my food. ReplyCancel

  • Jan Newbury

    I love fish but it has to be a fillet. I cant eat it if its still served with the head on.

  • Kylie

    I can’t stand eating off the bone. My husband on the other hand will gnaw the entire thing until there is nothing left on it, including cartilage.ReplyCancel

  • I cannot eat any food that squeaks (chicken gizzards), jiggles (jello), is rubbery (shiitake mushrooms), is slimy (wakame seaweed salad), is actually FEET (pigsfeet or chicken feet) and several other things. The texture of food can freak me out completely!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Catherine i totally agree with you! All of those things freak me out too!ReplyCancel

  • Ammica

    While it is great that you can identify that these are indeed irrational, there is a sickness in the first world and that is detachment from the food we eat, especially animal products. It is so much more respectful to acknowledge that it was indeed a living creature, and to only feel comfortable with preparing pre-processed animals is plain denial of who they are and indeed what you are.
    Seeing as all us creatures feel, and all.
    Mabey that disgust you feel is actually empathy, I mean. That flesh sliding of the bone is exactly as yours would look sliding off your bone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Umm maybe you are on to something..ReplyCancel

  • Jane Turner

    I can’t eat pork. I learned in school that pork has to be cooked extra well because of parasites. Since then I can’t bear to think about it. Funny, though – I love bacon and ham! Totally irrational!!

  • You are SO funny!ReplyCancel

  • Ammica

    How so?ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Meat near the bone grosses me out. It reminds me of what it once was and it’s all I can sometimes focus on when I’m about to eat it. I’m the same way about pink meat. I can’t stand a rare cooked steak because of the blood. It might taste better but I hate rubbery textures, bloody looking meat, the smell of fish at times, etc. yuk! I like to eat fish but I can only handle the fishy smell a little bit or I start to think about when I maybe caught it and want to gagReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL too funny Heidi, but totally understand!ReplyCancel

  • Fleur

    Yep I hear you on number 1. Hubby always has to do it otherwise I buy them already peeled.

    I used to be bad with roasting a chicken & having to remove the neck. Just couldn’t bring myself to do it.ReplyCancel

  • I cant eat a whole fish. I dont like my food looking at me!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL i am totally with you there, Leanne!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I am down to chicken breast, steak sometimes, beef mince often, and bacon rarely. My food cannot look at me or resemble anything approaching an actual animal. I will thank it for being my food, but I get squeamish so easily. I would starve to death if I had to kill my own meat! I can barely even touch raw meat, so I usually get Mum or DP to deal with that. Ugh.

    As for veggies, broccoli has an awful texture, mushrooms make me queasy and I’m allergic to nuts. Seafood is right off the menu (with the odd exception for one particular type of tuna, shark battered from the fish and chip shop, or if someone forces me to try hake).

    I can deal with a chop bone but absolutely no fat, no cartilage, and no tendons or anything resembling gristle.

    … Actually reading this I’m vaguely surprised I haven’t started yet!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL oh Liz you have made me laugh! .:) Funny.:)ReplyCancel

  • Oh you will HATE to be at my house because when I’m at home I love to eat meat off bones, I don’t do it at restaurants but it’s my sneaky pleasure at home!! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh Emily, yes i couldn’t watch you LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Kidney (and any other offal) Urgh… gross. My grandmother used to try and trick me into eating steak and kidney pie but I always tasted the kidney in the first mouthful.

    Quail. Grandfather raised them & I used to sit and watch them run around their aviary. One day two of them turned up on my plate. Nan made me sit there until I’d eaten them. I couldn’t do it. She eventually let me leave the table – after 4 hours. I still refuse to eat quail 30 years later.

    I hate seafood, with the exception of greek marinated octopus, little suckers still on the tentacles n all.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    haha sounds like you just need to go vego ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sandy, i know it sounds like that, but surprisingly i do like meat just not on the bone.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Garred

    I cannot eat meat off a bone either. Especially Chicken!! *shudders*ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    Haha, this is so funny! I’m probably the opposite to you with this, in fact we’re having roast chook for dinner tonight. I’m more funny about textures, like lumps in yoghurt or jam. And I don’t like mushrooms and oysters for the same reason.ReplyCancel

  • I feel the same way as you about prawns and roasting whole chooks. Anything that looks like an animal is out in my books. When I get a bbq chook I use kitchen shears to cut it up.

    And with everyone else, food cannot look at me!

    I also dislike touching raw meat, particularly chicken. If I can get it pre diced I will.

    And my worst phobia is that I will not eat any meat that I didn’t eat already before I realised as a child that meat is an animal. So I eat chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish and that is it. No bunny rabbits, cute ducks or bambi eating for me!ReplyCancel

Healthy, budget friendly meal ideas for the family

This post is sponsored by Coles I admit I am satisfied with meat and 3 veg for dinner, it’s easy and budget friendly. Favourites would be oven baked chicken breast or BBQ’d sausage, mashed potato and vegetables making regular occurrences on our weekly meal plan. Coles have given me the challenge to create three family friendly, not […]

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  • Andrea

    Thank you Kat, I am always trying to come up with ways to use up left over sausages and sausage sandwich get a little boring. Going to try that vegetable bake.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Yum those sausage rolls look great, my kids would love to have them in their lunchboxes, love your ideas, they are always realistic and very family friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Jan! My kids love them too, a big family favourite!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia B

    My kids love sausages, but I must admit I am a bit boring when it comes to being creative, love all these ideas, I know my kids will eat all of these and they have some fresh vegetables hidden inside too, my 2 year old is so fussy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are perfect Linda for hiding fresh veggies inside!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Sausage pasta is a very cheap meal in our house. I am a vegetarian so I have to do two separate meals. One fort partner and daughter then one for me. Sausage pasta is my favourite to make as it is done so quickly. I cook 4 meat sausages and 2 veggie sausages then boil pasta up and add a jar of pasta sauce. When the sausages are cooked, I chop them up and put into separate bowls and add the sauce and serve with garlic bread or salad. Costs me roughly £2.00 to make that. Thanks for the sausage roll recipe! I will definitely try that as my partner and daughter love sausage rolls! XReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Helen, these sound so good! I’m sure your family will love the sausage roll!ReplyCancel

  • Mandee

    The link to Teriyaki chicken and veg stir fry isn’t working…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh no so sorry Mandee, i have fixed it up.:)ReplyCancel

5 Muffin Recipes

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

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  • This little yellow house

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

  • Rachael Adlington

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

  • Leah

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

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Leah, some schools are nut freeReplyCancel

Kids in the Kitchen – the mixer test

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

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  • Kylie Dale Lawrence

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

  • Wendy

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Karina Jmz Arzamendi

    Awesome!… You make me feel fancy for cooking todayReplyCancel

  • Irene

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Mandy Jane

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Lucy McLane

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

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

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

    Thanks for the great review!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

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

  • Kelly

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Kelly

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

  • Georgie

    Can your daughter share get icing recipe too?

  • Naysie

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Indigo

    What size cake pan did you use for this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Indigo, i just used a standard around cake tin.ReplyCancel

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

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

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  • Angela Woodall

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

  • Sherry Lewis

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

  • Julia Knock

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

  • Sue Craddock

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

  • Fiona Tonizzo

    and some vinegar in the waterReplyCancel

  • Caroline Zunic

    In my thermie!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Melanie Smith

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

  • Jenny Pepper

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

  • Jen

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

  • Slolea

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

  • Naysie

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

  • Edith Henderson-Benson

    My granddaughter loves hard-boiled “cracky” eggs, and at 4 years old, she now wants to peel them herself. I found a great method on-line for hard-cooking eggs – I now steam them! I put up to a dozen into my veggie steamer basket, and let the water in the pot below come to the point of steaming – then let them go for about 25-30 minutes; then plunge them into an ice-water bath for a couple of minutes. They peel so easily, and are cooked all the way through!ReplyCancel

Packing food for a sporting event + Win an Ice Cream Movie Pack

This post is sponsored by the Allen’s Team My kids started karate when they were wee little ones, the twins had just turned 6 and my youngest started when she was 4.  This past week I am so excited to have watched the twins receive their black belt in karate… they have put in so much […]

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  • Chelsea Jones

    When we can we love to sit around our fire pit and just spend time together as a family! ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Roberts

    Watching my boys play rugby and love going out for lunch afterwards ReplyCancel

  • Briony McNeil

    Visiting the park for the kids to have a playReplyCancel

  • Jillian Ives

    Going for an early morning walk around Emerald Lakes and grabbing coffee at the coffee shop. ReplyCancel

  • Emily Campbell

    Cooking with my 2 kids. ReplyCancel

  • Gabrielle Fisher

    My favourite weekend activity is relaxing and spending time with my family. I love not having to rush around to all of the kids weekly activities.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Rapsey

    Family movie on a Saturday nightReplyCancel

  • Mel Euler

    Spending quality time with my family :) ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Webster

    My favorite weekend activity is getting away to our bush shack for a big walk with my girls, my dogs and my dad and then enjoying afternoon tea.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine N Nigel Adams

    With 4 children in our house, crazy is just our normal daily routine, but on weekends Daddy get to enjoy our ‘crazy’ without having to go to work. Its the simple things like breakfast unrushed and altogether that make weekends special!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Corrigan

    Camping with my boys, sitting around the fire toasting marshmallows, fishing… We all relax!ReplyCancel

  • Leonie Waldock

    Chilling out on a Saturday night after a day of soccer games and dance classes.

  • Barbara Letts

    Anything involving my granddaughters – a hike, a bike ride, a trip to the theatre or watching them compete in an equestrian event. Whatever it is snacks will be involved to keep those little engines burning!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Gribble

    Our favourite weekend activity is getting in and cooking together for the week ahead and then rewarding ourselves with a trip to the movies or beachReplyCancel

  • Justine Tillack

    My favorite weekend activity is making pancakes with with husband on a Sunday morning. We both take turns at cooking them fresh and make ones with different shapes or hearts for each other. Topped with lemon and sugar. ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones-Chappell

    My favourite weekend activity is taking my son to a local farm each Saturday morning. The farmer is passionate about local produce. We pick up our fruit & vegetables for the week & as an added bonus we are able to check out all the farm animals. My son & I look forward to this all week! ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Hindle

    My favorite activity is getting to watch my hubby spend time with my son. He works a lot and I love watching them get quality time enjoying each other’s company.ReplyCancel

  • Sharnee Snowden

    We tend to travel from AFL, netball and gymnastics on a Saturday morning so I look forward to my 4km lake walk sunday morning followed by home cooked breakfastReplyCancel

  • Megan Hart

    Well aside from getting organised for the week ahead on a Sunday evening, I enjoy at this time of year getting an early morning hike in before hitting the couch with an old school movie and some special homemade treats. A great mix of active, recharge and organise. ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Peacock-Smith

    Baking! I’ve got 3 little girls and on the weekends the big girls and I usually bake up a storm – banana bread, muffins for school, a cake for morning tea. My little one is our taste tester! We sometimes end a Sunday with “breakfast for dinner” (AKA pancakes). A super end to a super weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Hayes Barbeler

    Enjoying the outdoors with the family, whatever that may be……camping, walking on the beach, visiting markets or just our very own back yard! I love our Saturday night campouts in the lounge room….the 4 kids bring matresses and blankets and we watch movies! Love it! ReplyCancel

  • Carlie Eriksen

    My favourite weekend activity would have to be taking the baby and the dog for a walk to the park with the hubby, grabbing a coffee on the way to warm ourselves up! Spending quality time as a family is such a simple pleasure.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquelyn Zonneveld

    Taking the kids and heading out to the theme parks. Always a great day :)ReplyCancel

  • Allison Wilson-Powell

    Fav weekend activity is to start the day with my daughters favourite breakfast food which is pancakes

  • Jodi Mitchell

    Walking along the beach with my partner and dachshund! ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Timbs

    Spending time with my 2 boys and husband…usually it involves some form of sport.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Pearce

    We like to start our weekend with a yummy family breakfast, then we do some exploring… We like to go somewhere we’ve never been before, even if it’s getting somewhere by a different route. We end our weekend with Taekwondo training and a yummy slow cooked dinner :0)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Bailey

    Recently we’ve been taking our 7-month old son for a walk in the park on Sunday afternoons. He loves the change in scenery and it gives my husband and me a chance to get some fresh air and have a chat not distracted by computers and TV.ReplyCancel

  • Casey O'Brien

    The kids jumping in bed with us on a Sunday morning and all watching cartoons.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Ciantar

    We love to head to our local park with the bikes, footy, frisbee and dog to get some sunshine and exercise. ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Seymour

    our weekends are a Funfair of activities. My two boys love to visit our neighbors the Mackintosh’s for a sweet treat.. My eldest son thinks that Mr Mackintosh is a bit of an Oddfellow. My sons love to play and wrestle, they roll around on the floor and look like Snakes Alive. They are so Kool. Im also a little Jubious about too much sweet food, but desert in our house is a treat on weekends. My Babies love Jelly, and for mum, Strawberries and Cream, but only if they are in season, other wise its a Sour Rush. Sunday mornings I wake to my little Chicko, I mean cheeky Jelly Babies in bed with us. Great way to start the day. Well weekends are pretty sweet in our house just because we are together. Its a party mixed with fun.ReplyCancel

  • Mandah Ford

    Honestly the sleepin, but a very close second is snuggling up to a movie on a Saturday night with my little one, enjoying a late night of cuddles, giggles and silly games ReplyCancel

  • Deleese Warner

    Now that it is just hubby and I at home I love to spend my weekend either taking it easy after a hectic week at work, or heading out on a picnic, or getting stuck not some major house work , it all depends on the week at work or what I am expecting in the coming week.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Turley

    I know it sounds silly, but i do enjoy getting my housework done so my house is clean for the weekend and start of the week. Any extra time i get I spend it with my 2 children. Usually soccer is a Saturday morning weekly event and if we get to go to the movies that is a special treat. Craft activities left over from birthdays we haven’t yet got to tries to get ticked off the list otherwise sits on the bench for another week. Park trips are nice too if the weather suits.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa King

    We love visiting the drive in as a treat on the weekend! We pack doonas, pillows, soft toys and treats and my boys and I snuggle in for a couple of hours of indulgence!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Oakes

    Relaxing on the lounge with all the family watching a good movie whilst indulging in our favourite snack foods ReplyCancel

  • Erin Howe

    Cuddling up with the family on the couch to watch our favourite movies and cooking bulk for freezer lunches and dinner :)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Bolgia

    Sunday lunch we almost always have a roast all the children and grandchildren come after lunch some will do a jigsaw some play a board game and the rest watch a movie then toast sandwiches for dinner a great dayReplyCancel

  • Danielle Renee Sangster

    I wake up at 6 am in the morning and go for a walk for around 30 minutes, I do this every Saturday morning, not to loose weight or get fitter, but simply to take the time out of my 50hr work week to take the time to appreciate having some time to myself and not stress over work or money, I just take a walk and come back feeling lighter :) ReplyCancel

  • Jolie Bowers

    The kids and l make a big cushion bed on the lounge room floor and sit down with a big bowl of popcorn to watch a family movie. The best family activity ever – l even sneak in some wine! xReplyCancel

  • Julia Noonan

    Hubby works afternoon shift so the kids don’t get to see much of him during the week. we love to get outside and play with the kids or do arty stuff or just have some quiet family timeReplyCancel

  • Emma Burling

    With 1 little girl and 3 boys
    The weekend holds lots of joys
    From playing with toys
    and sports with lots of noise
    a movie pack would help with relaxation ploysReplyCancel

  • Sharon Fawcett

    Without a doubt it is going to watch our kids play sport, but if there’s no sport to be played I love going to the garage sales and seeing what sort of goodies we can bring home.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne C

    Our favorite weekend activity is going to the farmers’ market!ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle

    Watching our 4yr old play soccer followed by hot chocolates and coffee for the whole family at the mall.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Stewart

    We love getting away from everything and going camping for the weekend. Everything we need is already in the camper trailer so we just pack the kids and the bikes and go!ReplyCancel

  • Krista

    My favorite weekend activity is those rare moments when all three of my precious babies curl up on the couch on a stormy day watching movie after movie, stuffing our faces with delicious treats and laughing till our bellies hurtReplyCancel

  • Liana

    During winter our weekend starts with footy! We play for Southport Sharks and love going along to see our friends and talk ing with other mums while drinking a coffee.ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I love cooking with my 2 kids. They love being creative with food.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    I live my Sunday morning runs with my pup!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    My favorite activity on the weekend is spending some quality family time together! We are all so busy it’s nice to take sometime together wether it’s the beach, a walk to the park or out to lunch :)ReplyCancel

  • As a family, our favourite weekend activity is to head to the beach and collect shells, swim if its not cold, play on the playground and have a little picnic before heading home. And Allen’s Jelly Beans are the best, the other brands just cannot match it!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanie Axton

    A great time to relax watch the footy with the boys and cook
    Up a family feastReplyCancel

  • Laura

    On the weekend there is nothing better than a fossick at the local markets! Give the kids a couple of dollars and the world is their oyster!ReplyCancel

  • My favorite weekend is spent with family at our favorite picnic spot. A huge lunch shared and lots of laughs.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Hutchins

    Anything we do together as a family. I work full-time, and weekdays are always such a rush. Weekends are my time just to relax and enjoy being a mum.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Ware

    Spending time together as a family and either having a brunch date out and a movie night on the saturday nightReplyCancel

  • laura swinfield

    We like to find a rainforest to explore. We cant wait to try out or new baby carrier on our next adventure and hope to see a waterfall with the kids on the next trip :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Gleeson

    My weekend starts with a long run along the beach watching the sunrise. I like to take a couple of Allen’s Snakes with me to keep my energy level up too ;-) It clears my head and re-energises me so I can spend good quality fun time with the kids and hubby.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Bracken

    We love watching the kids’ sporting activities. Whether it’s Little Aths in the summer or Auskick and Under 10s footy in the winter, we pack the camping chairs and cheer the kids on. On the few weekends when the moons align and there’s no kids sport, we love to pack a picnic and go to a favourite park then follow that with a long walk together. Simple, inexpensive fun.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gadd

    The kids and I like to pack a picnic (nothing fancy – just sandwiches, fruit and a drink) and just start driving. I like to let the kids chose where we go ‘exploring’ for the day. Usually we will head to a national park and do a bush walk which is always fabulous … mobile reception = no phone attachments at the end of their arms! Great time to talk and generally just have a laugh and enjoy each other’s company. That’s what memories are made from xReplyCancel

  • Sarah Crowe

    My favourite weekend activity is going to the football with my son and meeting my sister and father there. We pack lots of tasty food, the best being hot dogs (kept warm in a thermos) with all the trimmings. It can feed all of us a for under $10. Hot soup is also a winner on cold days.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    The most loved activity we do on the weekend is a family bike rideReplyCancel

  • Karen Eason

    My favourite weekend activity is pottering in the garden with my husband and kids, or snuggling up on the lounge watching movies if the weather is bad.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Lane

    Family time is so important and I love us all sitting around the dinner table on a Sunday, eating and talking about the week that just passed and the activities and plans for the week ahead. ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Maruszak

    My kids are teenagers and still love our family time together (before friends take over…) so we look at a map of surrounding areas whether coastal or inland, do a bit of research and find out touristy things of somewhere we haven’t been before and off we go on a road trip to explore. Last weekend was Tamworth, very different to our coastal home. Great photos and memories :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma McEwin

    I love watching my little boy play soccer on a Saturday morning and then we head to Wellington Point for a family picnic :-)ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Benbow

    Work during the week so we really look forward to weekends, we always watch a DVD on Saturday night, and my boys go to archery every second SundayReplyCancel

  • We have my step kids every fortnight for a weekend. On the Saturday once they have had a good sleep and healthy meal we like to out a family movie on and cuddle on the couch. Gives us some cuddle time with them its our saturday tradition we couldnt live without. My step son 8 loves ice cream thid would be amazing to winReplyCancel

  • Suzie Williams

    Our favourite weekend activity is cheering on our 3 gorgeous girls at soccer and netball and treating their teams to a bag of Allen’s sweets at the end if each game. I purchase 3 packs each week which we take along to share with the players.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Broderick

    Our favourite family activity to go for a drive out to the river, go for a swim and do a bit of fossicing around to see what we can find. The kids have so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • library_Geek

    While my reality at the moment is study, my most fave weekend thing to do is just to be with family – whether it be reading, watching a movie or doing chores.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalie Keddie

    We love walking down to the park all together and just ‘hanging out’ReplyCancel

  • Dale

    The last two weekends we have been doing day trips to the snow. We prepare the car Saturday ready to leave early Sunday morning with our two girls (miss 2 and miss 5 months). Friends and family have been meeting us there. Taboggoning, building snowmen and eating together there and along the way all make each weekend magical.ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn Kavney

    On a Saturday, it’s sport for the kids
    Rugby, dancing and motorbike skids!
    Busy times, from one to the next
    But we wouldn’t change it…it’s the best!

    In the summer, we head to the beach
    For some sun, surf then something to eat
    At our favorite restaurant, at elephant rock
    Then we head home, before its too hot.

    In the winter, we snuggle in bed
    Warm and toasty from toe to head
    We cook up a storm, of bacon & eggs
    And eat on the deck, with the sun on our legs

    So to sum it all up, our favorite thing
    Is being together and spreading our wings
    No matter what, its family time
    Friends, fun, food and wine!ReplyCancel

  • Julia Elliot

    For myself – coffee, eggs, paper, then later a walk in the sunshine with Mix80’s playing in my headphones. For family – Board game (Game of Life or Hungry Hippos), frisbee at the park, movie + popcorn, and a bit of retail therapy with lunch always goes down a treat.ReplyCancel

  • Shellie

    My fav is lazy morning cuddles in bed with the three kids and a nice day out in the garden. Playing kicks, orbit tennis, swinging them on swings and a fun game of tag or ‘hide the pegs’ game in the garden.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Watmough

    I love heading to a park for some family time. Whether it’s taking our kids and our 2 energetic dogs for a nice long walk through the park or packing a yummy picnic and watching our kids go crazy in the playground. Then everyone is usually happy to spend the rest of the day having a nice relaxing afternoon at home.ReplyCancel

  • Corrina Bowman

    Party night on Sunday night. My 3 year old and 18 month old girls have a bath at 5:30pm, we have a special picnic dinner eaten on a picnic rug in the toy room, and then we have quality time just playing games with the kids until bed time. They love having our undivided attention for so long, and we usually have a special activity for them to do. Last weekend I got out my old makeup and painted mouse faces on the girls. Then my 3 yo did mine and her father’s face. ReplyCancel

  • Suzette Stones

    You asked what our favourite activity is….not the rushing around to be at tennis, cricket, dancing….and having to eat on the run! It’s a lazy Sunday where the kids get pancakes and their pocket money…thus named P&P day…Staying in our pjs..reading by the fire..just all of us being together!ReplyCancel

  • Teija Jensen

    As much as we grumble about it, it’s great to spend a weekend watching my daughter and friends dancing in an eisteddfod. Love the hair, make-up, costumes, glitz and fun they all have. Expending all that energy definitely have to have lots of snacks packed.ReplyCancel

  • Mana Devadas

    We spend Saturdays mornings watching my four year old play soccer. We have the smallest team in the club and they often have to play against 6 year olds. Our aim is to get them to stay on the field and if they do they get the same Allen’s lollies jellybean bag as a reward. It’s a great size and they often sit in a circle and each one chooses a colour which they all have. It’s like a ritual now and very cute to watch.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya Nicole

    I love taking my kids (6 and 2) around the park that is behind our house. The whole circuit is 3.5 km and the 6-yr-old walks around the park with me in 35 minutes, which I think is great for a young child. The toddler stays in the pram, which means we can walk quickly and get some decent exercise. At the end is a playground where they both get to run around a bit.ReplyCancel

  • Niza Groell

    Most favourite weekend activity is walking to our nearest bakery together and getting warm chocolate croissonts and my son devouring them before we event reach the doorstep! Precious and blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Karyn Batchelor

    We love talking the dogs to the beach and having a run with the kids and then usually back home to snuggle up with a movie…family style!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Ledwith

    My favourite weekend activity is to take my family to the park and enjoy an ice cream as a treat before we go homeReplyCancel

  • Lisa Goddard

    my favourite activity is popcorn and a movie on a sunday night before my husband flies back to work early Monday. a nice way to spend some time together and relax after a busy weekend (as it always is with 2 boys whether we are in or out!)ReplyCancel

  • Carolina

    After reading all the responses I feel very inadequate.
    in reality I have a sleep in and catch up on washing & cleaning and cooking.
    my kids and I will maybe watch a dvd together which I really enjoy doing as I get to pick the movie and they critique it.ReplyCancel

  • Soni Plowman

    My favourite thing is to SLEEP IN! My hubby is kind enough to look after the kids on the weekend while I catch up on sleep – I’m up BFing our toddler 2 or 3 times a night and am always exhausted so really need this lie in on weekends!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hopping into bed with fresh sheets on Sunday night- totally exhausted yet satisfied with the weekend gone and already planning the next!!ReplyCancel

  • Susannah

    Having a bonfire and toasting marshmallows as a familyReplyCancel

  • tania

    Saturday is clean up and sort out day so Sunday is good for a family day which could be a movie or car show or day at home just hanging out in the garden I do love a day where we can catch our breath and not have to be somewhere or rush around like headless chooks and take the day as it comes without having to plan and prepareReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    One of my favourite weekend activities would be knitting by the wood fire (in winter)ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

    Going to the beach for a run on the sand and then come home to a roast lamb with apple pie for dessert then relax on the lounge watching a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Cantrill

    We cook a hot brekkie with our girls and then get out of the house with something fun like bike riding or recently – visiting the snow (near Canberra) . My girls love icecream and allens lollies- this would be a well loved prize. :)ReplyCancel

  • Once a month we head bush and camp for 3 days. Love it. Other weekends are full of outdoor activities like sports, parks, beach, fishing etc. We love it. And I always take food wherever we go. So this pack would be awesome to make gelato for when we get home.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Green

    Weekends are spent being a family! Hubby works long hours and it’s the only time he gets to spend with our 19 month old daughter so we usually head to the park, play in our garden or sit inside and do activities like drawing, playing with blocks or Lego
    Can’t wait until she is old enough to sit still so we can enjoy a movie night with her!
    So many awesome kiddies movies out that I have yet to see!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Smith

    We are huge loves of bike rides in our house offen with a picnic along the way, our 4 kids love it and it’s great to get out and enjoy time together. Our 5yr old is very excited that last weekend she mastered two wheels. Ice Cream would be an awesome way to celebrate. ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    Weekend action packed with family basketball….. Live it, breathe it. Basketball isn’t just a sport… It’s a way of life ????????????ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    We love having Sunday lunch at grandma’s house while the kids go wild in their jungle like backyard :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Doig

    My favourite weekend activity is a trip to the park as a whole family. We all love the outdoors and are lucky to have great local parks, my two little ones love climbing, sliding and running and the quality time with both parents at onceReplyCancel

  • Tara

    Our favourite weekend activity is to head down to our local park which is by the river with the kids, the dog and a yummy picnic. The children take flatten cardboard boxes and use them to ride down the grassy hill – it’s their favourite thing to do !!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    My favourite weekend activity is when sport has cancelled because of rain and I sleep into 9am and then I have breakfast in bed reading my paper on the ipad. I then can join my 4 kids after this step and then just chill before another crazy week starts.ReplyCancel

  • Daneyl Green

    My favourite weekend activity is going to local markets and trying all the fabulous produce and merchandise! Pity the markets are only on once a month here!!! ReplyCancel

  • Janelle Roth

    We love spending time at home, together! We also have a new trampoline that we all love jumping on. It’s a great way to use up all of their energy! ReplyCancel

  • I like my weekends to be slower and quieter than the rest of our very crazy week. I have three teens, two of whom are doing VCE (Yr 11 & 12). I’m finishing the last year of my teaching degree. We’re a always-busy household.

    On the weekends I like to find time to spend around the dinner table with friends. Sometimes I desperately need to be cooked for. Sometimes I desperately want to cook for someone else. Loving, slow food, like homemade pasta. I love to read anything not related to Uni. And as a family we love to watch movies. Our DVD collection is constantly growing and at some point on most weekends we all settle in together and immerse ourselves in some serious movie-watching. Our collection is eclectic – action, romance, chick flicks, kids animated…you name it we’ll give it a go.ReplyCancel

  • Emilie

    We like to get out to the Southbank Parkrun which alloes us to spend quality time ad a family whilst enjoying the sunshine and getting in our exercise.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Booth

    The great outdoors calls my family’s name on the weekend. Whether it be whale watching down by the coast, apple picking up in the hills, or a hike at our local conservation park, we always have fun escaping from the busyness of life together. ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    I like to have a little lay in…maybe 7am if lucky, eat brekkie sitting down and love that the weekends provide a little time to get ORGANISED. With 4 (soon to be 5 kids), I enjoy having time on weekends to clean, bake and menu plan so the week ahead is a little less frantic.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Highlight is taking my daughter to her ballroom dance classes, love seeing my tomboy turn into a lady, if ONLY for 2 hours a week.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Maloney

    Roller derby training.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Quilty

    Meal planning! I’m going to sound like such a food nerd but I really love sitting down with a coffee on a Sunday and planning the meals for the week. I’m very experimental in the kitchen so I like flicking through my cookbooks and checking the blogs I follow for new recipes. My family like to join in with the planning too so we usually end up with some old family favourites included as well :-)ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    Spending time with the family, altogether! Walking along our local beach, lunch at a cafe or cooking at home. The simple things that are so often overlooked.ReplyCancel

  • daniela vichos-foras

    Having pancakes for breakfast and then spending the day watching old movies:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie C

    Its the lazy ones, where we don’t have to rush off to any sporting activities.. and we can make pancakes or waffles for breakfast and sit around in pj’s until midday.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My favourite activity is introducing my kids to films of the 80’s! Each weekend we have been having a flash back of epicness. Goonies, Gremlins, Labrynth, Ferris Brueller, and more! We all love it.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Mcguinness

    It is sport most weekends – but my favourite are the non- sport days. We will go into the city for an event or footy, or up to the Dandenongs to hike. Action oriented boys keep us moving.

    And with growing boys, all trips involve a backpack of food and drink!ReplyCancel

  • Jay Wilson

    After the Saturday swimming lessons we like to have breakfast at the cafe in the sun, followed by visit to the park on the way home.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Wimshurst

    My husband works away, so when he’s home we love to get out of the city and into the country for 4×4 and camping fun. We love spending quality time as a family and teaching our little ones about the environment. When Dad’s away though, we love to snuggle and rewatch Disney classics!ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Hey Katrina!I unfortunatelly cant take part in thi lovely giveaway because I am From Greece but I just passed to say a Huuuuge Thank you!I started(even 2 years after it was published :P )The : 20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home Challenge and it is really helping me out.Thank you!And I thought it would be a great idea if you put something simillar again?A simillar challenge?I’d love it and your new fans that didn’t take part in the previous would love it too~ReplyCancel

  • Our weekends end on a Sunday with movie day. So gorgeous. Home made ice cream and allens lollies would just make that relaxation time so much more memorable..,ReplyCancel

  • Fatima Ebrahim

    I love weekends because it’s the only day of the week that my whole family is able to have breakfast together.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    On weekends I love to head into Csnberra to the farmers market then spend the day with my fiancé enjoying local cafés, exhibitions and events. A very relaxing way to spend the day! (Though Sunday is catch up house work day…not do much relaxing!)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I would just love a weekend making ice cream and watching a movie with my kids. But I am always working on weekends while hubby takes care of the kids. So my most amazing weekend would be to have a weekend off work and spend with my family watching movies and eating ice cream.ReplyCancel

  • Lisawati Kwee

    Cycling and spending time with the kids, getting the house organised and cook something different.ReplyCancel

  • Flora Cauchi

    We love taking our bikes and scooters to a big park to enjoy the scenery then we sit down for a packed picnic lunch! Nothing better…ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I love having a productive weekend. Baking, gardening and cuddling up on the couch with some crochet and a cuppa in the evening.ReplyCancel

  • Holly

    Family time! Saturdays we all watch our eldest play soccer, then we brunch together and play board games in the afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • Jemima Flendt

    We are so busy with sports on the weekends that at the end of Saturday night nothing beats a family movie. Love it and I think we have seen Frozen a billion times over.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Sinclair

    Whether we are running around with sport, catching up on work around the house or not doing much, we like to do it together – making jokes and being silly with the kids.
    The stuff we remember when we grow upReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Lightfoot

    Family time is my favourite. Hubby works away so when he is home all four kids, and my hubby and I choose a movie or one on tv cuddle up together a watch a movie. Or we pack some snags and head to the local park for a play and lunch. Love uncomplicated time!!! It’s rare but so precious. ReplyCancel

  • Heather Franshaw-Thomas

    Our fav. weekend activity is our traditional Friday night movie night :) We all get together after a long working week get in our Pj’s and relax. My hubby organizes dinner and we all sit at a beautifully set table to enjoy dinner. Afterwards hubby and I settle in snuggling close to our lil Mr two, Mr four and baby to be and watch a family film. ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Pancakes are a must every Sunday morning. Made from scratch by my 12 yr old daughter or my hubby, and enjoyed with lashings of maple syrup and berries. A scoop of ice-cream is for extra special breakfasts, usually after a kid sleepover with friends. And pancakes with maple syrup and bacon? For school holidays only!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Elefano

    My weekends are a time for love, laughter and lots of cuddles. I love spending time with my family. My daughters enjoy cooking with me on the weekend as well. Church also is something we do as a family on the weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Wood

    Spending time with my lil boy and husband……My little boy loves to bake so we bake all morning and then go and collect firewood for the outdoor fire pit and then make our own homemade pizzas. We then make a cubby on the trampoline and sit on it eating dinner and watching the stars by the fire. Perfect weekend <3ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    When timetables relax and children play happily outside,
    When meals are relaxed and work anxieties slide…
    I love retreating to my garage… where MY ART STUDIO hides!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Mahoney

    Going camping with the family but if the weather isn’t that great than all curled up on couches watching movies and eating popcornReplyCancel

  • Lauren McGraw

    My favour it’s activities would be movie weekends on beanbags, with doonas and lots of treats. Or, a quiet weekend where I can cross stitch, so a jigsaw puzzle and relax. ReplyCancel

  • Sarah O Sullivan

    My husband and our 2 children moved here from Ireland 2 years ago and we love spending our Saturdays at nippers during the spring and summer.. At the beach all day long with our new friends and packed lunches.. It’s pure heavenReplyCancel

  • Sarah T

    My favourite weekend activity is spending time with my little family. We love to go on picnics, when the weather is nice, and have a run around and eat some great food. The simple, free things are the best.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    In summer – love getting out and taking photos around my home city of Sydney (basically being a tourist in my own town!) and in winter, nothing is better than snuggling on the couch with an entire series of a tv show, or a movie trilogy (like Star Wars) with “binge watching”!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Maree Renehan

    We love packing the car and heading off somewhere new. We have visited all sorts of parks, towns, beaches and mountains. I love showing the kids how diverse our little state of Victoria is, but they have no idea how much planning I do.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Summerhill

    We just like to cycle around the lake whilst I walk our labradoodle”( Buddy), with a n ice-cream treat at the end. Perhaps we will be able to have home made ice ream soon !ReplyCancel

  • Mary-Jane

    In winter I love baking with my children and in summer, nothing beats lots of playtime outside finished off with a beautiful family BBQ for dinner :-)ReplyCancel

  • Yen Chamberlain

    Spending time together as a family is what I like best. With 5 young children we juggle a lot of activities. But we all love going to the aquatics centre, climbing gym, the beach or a hike together. ReplyCancel

  • Helen W

    I love weekends! We have a pact that no matter how busy we are, we have family time for a few hours on Sunday. It’s the highlight of our week! Our son is starting to get really independent and interactive so we love going places with him. If we have a bit of extra money we’ll go out for lunch, or see a show, or go to SciTech, then to Wendy’s for ice-cream. If things are a bit tight we’ll go to the park by the beach, or the Bunnings playground if the weather demands. Our phones only come out if we’re taking photos. We have a great time, and it always makes for a perfect weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kelsey

    Best Sunday activity – packing the car and driving down south to sit and play on the beach all day. Roast chook & avo bread rolls, fruit & corn chips packed in the esky, big cooler of lemon water & a few coldies for hubby.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Kuchel

    for us, Saturday is the only morning that we don’t have to be out of the house by a set time, so it is a great opportunity for us to have breakfast together, read the paper & plan the events of the day; which usually involve outdoor activities in our garden or on one of the outdoor projects we are working on. We all work together as a team & make sure we have lots of fun along the way. Ice cream would be a great & rewarding treat for the hard work my boys put in !ReplyCancel

  • Jade Williams

    We love taking our little girl out to explore the wonderful things that Canberra has to offer. We range from indoor play centres, outdoor playgrounds, shopping centres, museums. We really do live in a wonderful city.ReplyCancel

  • Halie Opie

    My husband is only home every second weekend for three days as he works away so something simple like taking our 3 kids and our two dogs out for a walk around the neighbour hood and down to the beach is enough for us. And my boys love finding me flowers so added bonus :-)ReplyCancel

  • Rita Sharrock

    I spend weekends with my grandchildren, taking them to movies, shows, markets. Colder weather is spent indoors and then I have to rack my brains to think of activities to do. Painting, craft, games, cooking, sometimes just watching a DVD. ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Nielsen

    Spring – garden, bikes, bushwalks
    Summer – beach, BBQ, icecream.
    Autumn – garden, cards, puzzles.
    Winter – donnas, lounge, movies.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Millar

    I love that my husband is home and we can do family stuff. We are the busy parents of 4 children, whom I homeschool, and then I often work in the weekends as well. Because of all that, any time we have to spend together is precious :)ReplyCancel

  • Petra Chaplin

    we enjoy just spending time together as a family on the weekends. every saturday you will find us at soccer and netball games, and then later at choir practise. sunday is a day of rest and reflection: mass and a movie or fun at the park!ReplyCancel

  • Peta L-B

    My favourite weekend activity is watching my 7yr old son play afl. I’m the manager of the team. Those kids are amazing. And keeping the excitement alive after their game. We pick a different activity to do each weekend, be it fishing, putt putt, fossicking etc. I think it’s important kids be outside exploring. I love the weekend, it’s always an adventure!ReplyCancel

  • Mel Mosley

    Saturday night is movie night, each week one of the 3 kids gets to choose a movie, we all snuggle on the couch with popcorn and relax as Saturdays are always so busy.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Maree Germon

    With 5 kiddos every weekend is full of something! At the moment we are enjoying netball for 2 and soccer for the other 3 (they each play on 2 teams). Every Saturday night is our designated movie night so we pick out a movie and snuggle up to watch it with popcorn. Sundays usually start with a pancake breakfast then lots of craft, board games, reading and cooking (especially baking so we have lots of yummy healthy treats for lunchboxes and home snacks).ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Kajewski

    Besides all the memory making that goes with the weekend and my family, making morning teas for the following week is always lots of fun. My daughter likes to play masterchef during this time which involves a lot of taste testing of course. ReplyCancel

  • Karin Williams

    This may seem a bit funny, but we pick a movie, turn the sound off and make up a silly story to go with the movie. Everyone picks a main character and wolah! Fun and lots of laughsReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Besides all the memory making that goes with the weekend and my family, making morning teas for the following week is always lots of fun. My daughter likes to play masterchef during this time which involves a lot of taste testing of course. ReplyCancel

  • My favourite weekend activity is anything with my family. Walking on the beach, taking kids to the park, afternoon tea on the daybed, pizza & movie night, out on the yacht….as long as we’re together it’s fun!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn T

    Getting really messy with some glue, paint, sequins, paper cut-outs etc… Love weekend craft time :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie marriott

    I love spending it with my niece and nephews, go carting, shopping,baking or relaxing at home in front of a bonfire. Can’t beat family and friends whatever you doReplyCancel

  • Sarah Firth

    Taking my 2 year old twin girls and their 3 year old brother to soccer, and then on to a picnic in the park !!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Ferbezar

    The kids climb into our bed and we lay-in a little longer than usual. Then we have brekky together and if we don’t have any other plans, we get out of the house – either a day trip away or lunch out or a visit to a shopping centre or into the City for a few hours. We love family time out of the house! ReplyCancel

  • Anita Hyde

    We love take our dogs for a walk along the beach.Having our grand kids come over for a swim in the pool.then it is our turn to be kids and have fun. Movie night with all the trimmings – ice cream,chips and lollies. YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Mackay

    Watching my kids play sports on the weekends.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    We always go to the markets to do our fruit and veg shopping. Then have a little browse. Afternoons we go kayaking in the summer and bike riding in winter. If it’s cold we play card games or watch a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Garby

    A nice family brekky at home followed by a bike ride with the kids in the morning, then some baking and finally cuddling up on the couch in the afternoon with our yummy treats watching a movieReplyCancel

  • Lauren Docherty

    Sunday morning cooked breakfast! We’re all home – a rare occurrence!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Clark

    I know it sounds simple (because it is!) but I love just spending time with my daughter on the weekends because we aren’t rushed getting ready for school/work/sport. I work full time so the Sunday morning cuddles in bed, the Sat evening family movie and cooking some homemade treats together are those special things that I’ll look back on fondly (and miss!) when she’s older and it’s not as cool to do those things :-) Time is so precious, so every minute spent together on weekends is treasured.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    As empty nesters expecting our first grandchild we’re enjoying helping our daughter and son in-law work on the nursery and shopping for baby items. Our daughter lives on ice cream so this prize package would be so fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shivs

    After a busy week at daycare and work, we love to spend time together with Miss 2! Puzzles and books in bed, get all of our chores done then head out to visit family or friends and loads of cuddles in between!ReplyCancel

  • Penny curran

    Family bike rides for us, even if it does end in tears and frustration sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • Connie spencer

    Our favorite weekend activity is any family time we get. My partner works in retail so we make the most of time at home. Our 14 month old son loves picnics at the park :-)ReplyCancel

  • Liz Leahey

    Pancakes for breakfast followed by fun family games in the backyardReplyCancel

  • Debbie Comyns

    We have “family movie night” on Friday nights where the 4 of us all watch a movie together to celebrate the start of the weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Watson

    Since being made unemployed 2 months ago, spending money is hard, but I find going to a park and having a nice picnic with my two daughters is better than having to spend money. My girls love the time with me, and I love the great chats with them.ReplyCancel

  • Every Sunday we take my son (15) to his local football game (AFL). He plays for the Seaford Tigers. He has been playing Football now for 6 years. He just loves the game, and being able to hang out with all his mates. The one thing that brings complete joy to my heart is my sons Footy team hasn’t won a game is 4 years! But every week they show up to training, they show up to their Sunday game, and give it everything they can. And the most powerful thing…. Is they all walk off the ground as a team with smiles on their faces!ReplyCancel

  • Catriona Vargas

    Our favourite weekend activity is driving down to Mornington, walking with the kids down through the park, stopping for a play and a tree climb or two along the way, then down around to the pier (will be even better when they finish rebuilding it). Then we all walk around to Mothers Beach and the kids have fun while hubby and I find a spot to sit and chat. After that it’s back up to Main St for an ice-cream treat for the family.
    Everyone gets some exercise, fresh air and time out from the day to day grind. Unless it’s pouring the beach is a very calming place and the whole trip only costs about $20.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My favourite thing to do on the weekends is to get up late after snuggles in bed with my two girls :) especially in winter!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Southey

    Our favourite time on the weekend is spent walking around the park like grounds we rent, investigating the beauty that is and seeing what delicious fruit we can pick. The children love being so free to explore and it’s rejuvenating for the soul.ReplyCancel

  • Laila Cox

    Having a snuggle in the ‘big bed’ with my two children. We don’t have time for this during the week so on the weekend we always have a lie in and a cuddle together!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina

    We love having the kids out on their bike, riding around the park, taking in the sunshine!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    My favourite weekend activity would be seeing how creative we can get with leftovers & pantry staples. We have created some strangely, delicious meals and some ‘let’s not EVER go there again’ meals. Either way it clears the way for a fresh re-stock & is surprisingly lots of fun.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya P

    We like to pack a picnic lunch and head to our national park – which is only 15minutes up the road!! Miss 22mths can chase the (poor) birds, find the koalas and hop like the kangaroos.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Curnow

    Weekends are for the kids. As a working mum, I love to have a lazy morning, with my 7 year old climbing in to bed with us when he wakes up. We have giggles, cold feet competitions, tickling laughter, cartoons & no time schedule. PJ’s till midday. Playing board games, reading books, what ever he wants to do. No plans made just go with the flow. usually visit the grandparents & have cuddles with baby cousins. finally sharing an evening meal with extended family & friends, maybe pizza & ice cream – pure blissReplyCancel

  • Nicole Reardon

    My favourite weekend activity is spending time together as a family – it could be taking the dog for a walk or going for a bike ride or to the beach. It’s this time each weekend that I cherish because we don’t have the time pressures of a weekday with school, homework and sports, it’s a time for all of us to relax and just enjoy the moment and each other’s company.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Moore

    Our favourite weekend is having pancakes with bacon, strawberries, banana, icecream and maple syrup then packing a picnic, heading off on our bikes along the bike track to the playground. Especially on the rare weekends when Dad isn’t working!ReplyCancel

  • On the weekends during these winter months we love cuddling up for a family movie night. We set up a bed on the floor of the lounge, make some popcorn and snuggle in. It’s nice to spend time with all of us together. Last weekend we watched Rio… I think I laughed more than the kids! Gardening and walking the dog are also favourites. So many good ideas here!ReplyCancel

  • sonja

    Friday night is movie night. Kids get to choose dvd’s. We make a family bed, eat anything they wsnt, even chocolates and cake for dinner!!! Makeing great memories :)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Our weekend is normally on a Monday & Tuesday, as my husband is a shift-worker…otherwise on a Saturday and Sunday, we try to spend time with our 2 boys and I love to do a big baking session, in preparation for the week ahead…sweet treats (slices/biscuits/cakes) and savoury snacks are generally mass-produced but never seem to last for a mass of time.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekka

    We often delight
    in family movie night
    Sometimes we watch horror and it gives quite a fright
    But all the family snuggle together
    Including those with fur and feather
    (Under the doona in cold weather)
    We wear our tracky dacks
    And we eat our favourite snacks
    Like ice cream and sweets
    And other tasty treats
    It would be hard to improve on this
    But home made ice cream would be bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Diana O

    Sunday Brunch with our group of friends, we get together religiously every week and cook up a storm.ReplyCancel

  • Becky Norney

    I just love spending the weekends with my kids! I think my most favourite activity would be getting into the vegie garden with them. I love to teach them where our food comes from, how to tend to the soil and all about the fascinating garden creatures we find along the way.ReplyCancel

  • Loren

    Spending time together as a family & doing stuff together, doesn’t matter what. As during the week we are all at work or school, so we really cherish our time together on the weekends.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Cossor

    Sleeping in and catching up on my favourite television programsReplyCancel

  • Corrie Pierce

    I love going to the park with my two children, there is nothing more fun than playing with them, running around and then having a picnic!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Eckersley

    Time with the boys, usually on a winter or wet afternoon under a blanket watching a movie.

  • Amy Byrne

    To finish off the week, sometimes takeaway, movie food and our daughter picks the movie. Gives us all something to look forward to for the week, and marks the start of family time!!!

  • Jess H

    A little balance. Some bits around the house that need doing, some special times with the kids at Auskick and a park play, some baking and cooking for the week ahead, some tv time and most of all a hot cup of tea and a book or magazineReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Playing board games with the family or card games, and sometimes a good dvd.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    My perfect weekend is watching the kids play their netball and football on Saturday and then spend Sunday around home with a big pot of soup cooking away while we play a favourite family game.ReplyCancel




  • Helen harvey

    Best weekend activity is driving up to the Sunshine Coast to spend the day at the beach with our two littlies …. & having fish n chips for lunch! :)ReplyCancel

  • Dale Campbell

    Morning cuddles with the family – waking up together – enjoying a slower pace. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Taking the kids and the dog either to the beach or the forest for a nice long walkReplyCancel

  • Stacey O'Loughlin

    I have 6 kids and love spending quality time with all of them so every Saturday we go off on a family day, be it bike riding, bush walking what ever the weather we do it together. (Our little saying) of a night we grab a movie and snacks then sit back and chill together. Saturdays are my favourite days. ReplyCancel

  • Sitizalifah Syed

    During the summer times, we would take the kids to the beach on the weekend. It always ends up becoming a big beach outing with the whole family, including cousins, aunties and uncles.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Lloyd

    My weekly ritual of Sunday morning walk followed by breakfast with a couple of my girlies! A great start to the day and even better that someone else is cooking!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Anita Whybrow

    Definitely family time, whether it is at the museum, the park, or just a lazy day round the house. ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Moloney

    During the winter our favourite weekend activity after having fun attending all out sport activities is to rug up and relax around our outdoor open fire , toasting marshmallows and chatting about our week gone and our week ahead. All the while our Sunday roast is cooking away in the slow cooker for our favourite family meal!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Martini

    Our work life is all over the place,so sometimes our weekends are during the week. My youngest is 21 and working so maybe on a Friday afternoon my partner and I will open a bottle of wine make a huge bowl of popcorn, grab a couple of drumsticks and snuggle on the couch for a movie or two.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Rayson

    Staying home and spending quality time with my husband. Otherwise spending enjoyable time in my vegie garden or inside cooking, sewing, quilting or knitting. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    movies or Wii games with my Husband and step sonReplyCancel

  • Lisa Fitzpatrick

    The Sunday morning wake up. My husband leaves early every morning and the kids never see him in the morning. Sunday is the only day that we are all together in the morning. The kids sneak into to our room and crawl onto the bed, then jump all over their Dad, after lots of laughs and cuddles the days family activities begin. Great start to our day

  • LaurenandDave McGavin

    Spending quality time with the family. Who loves eating icecream!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Lovelace Ramsey

    Favorite weekend activities …… time with the Lord and the family at church, Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study with the men who supported my husband as his church for 8 years prior to his death; these wonderful men continue to meet in our home on Saturday mornings and help me with any “physical tough needs” and repairs. Time with my teenage daughter and our exchange student; cooking, movies, household chores, beach trips, creating memories. Life is so very short, have to take advantage of every opportunity. And of course we love our trips to our favorite frozen yogurt or ice cream store for a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy-Jo Cooper

    I’m a part time stay at home mum and the days I’m not at work my boys love going to visit they’re grandparents, they aren’t quite old enough for sports yet but as soon as they reach the appropriate age I can’t wait to get them into sports and be able to travel to different tournaments with them!! ReplyCancel

  • Helen Commens

    Living on a remote outback cattle station, our favourite weekend activities is going to the river to catch yabbies and having a bbq and eating them!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Leanne

    Now that it’s Winter here we try to find the sun somewhere and sit in it to warm up and just be together! Family time, with a dose of vitamin D – perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Donella Harmer

    Spending time together as a family- watching movies, going for drives or just kicking the soccer ball up and down the driveway with miss 13, miss 11 and little master 1.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Connor

    Our favourite weekend activity is going to visit grandma and walking to the park for a play ReplyCancel

  • Naomi Coleman

    Taking my daughter to watch daddy playing soccer on Saturdays :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim DeHaven

    Friday nights are usually unwind from the week nights with movies,! The rest of the weekend is sports or outdoor fun. Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Psaras

    We have 2 favourite weekend activities for our busy (blended) family of 7! Bush bike riding is always popular for the boys however the only 2 girls in the house (mum and a 5 year old) prefer watching Princesses in bed! ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Friday Family Movie Night. Each week a different family member chooses a movie, we pull out mattresses and pillows and all snuggle in to watch it. We make popcorn and have some lollies. Its the Best!!!

  • Christina Elliott

    Going to the fresh food markets with my husband and children to buy wonderful fresh produce, then bringing it home and cooking up something delicious together for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Monique Kinerson

    I love to wake up gracefully, read a bit and then get cracking on our day. That might involve a bit of garage sale hunting, coffee or breaky out and movies are our thing! ReplyCancel

  • Shann Ferguson

    My favorite weekend activity is snuggled up in bed watching movies on my laptop and sending the children to their friends or aunts for the day. Then Sunday going for walks with my girls having treasure hunts.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette Nisbet

    Waking up late, family walk to the paper shop, then a spot of fishing or paddle boarding, finishing off with movie early in the evening (substituted for TV).ReplyCancel

  • Susie Venkat

    Its a Friday night tradition that me & my 2 girls curl up together to watch ‘Better Homes & Gardens’ or ‘The Living Room’. Then we have ‘Saturday night = Games Night’. If there’s not a great kid’s movie on TV (we can all watch together) then its a strict Saturday night policy of mine that we play a board game together. Some home-made ice cream would go down a treat on Saturday night, Games night!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Pugsley

    Our family is busy with older kids. One is doing the HSC so time together is
    Very limited. We set Friday Night as family night:)) We are all home no
    Exceptions with homemade pizza and movies. Enjoy your time as they grow up
    so quicklyReplyCancel

  • Helen Hamilton

    Saturday night is family movie night in our house, we have something yummy for tea and then take it in turns each week to pick a family movie. Popcorn is made, choc tops and some lollies or chocolates and then it’s movie time. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Blair

    every weekend my hubby makes us all a big brekkie, our 7 yo, 3yo and myself love poached eggs on toast with avo and vegemite and my 9 yo loves scrambled eggs. he loves doing it and never complains. seeing the look on his face when we are all satisfied and nourished is priceless ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Benhiam

    Saturday night is Movie night and I love spending time with the kids but my favourite activity is a Sunday lunch picnic. We pack up lots of goodies and head down to Stanwell. There is a park for the kids, hang gliding for me to watch and a walk along the beach after the food. We do it once a month and I look forward to our day.

  • Sarah Vinall

    Love lazy mornings with no need to rush out the door followed by family time riding, driving or just being together in the backyard.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Holmes

    We don’t often get a chance for us all to be together but we do love nothing better than an hour or three at the park with bikes/scooters, cricket gear, footballs, and whatever the kids want to take. We find a park where the littlies can play in the playground and the older ones can play a game of some sort and often have close friends join us as more the merrier. The kids have a blast, the adults have a blast, and we’re all doing it together as one.

  • Cassandra Reed

    We love doing things as a family- riding, walking, swimming, movies. But as I work most w/e when we do it’s extra specialReplyCancel

  • Emily Thompson

    My favourites are in summer. My husband is a cricketer and so we all pile in the car and head of to a beautiful ground wherever he happens to be playing. Friends and family often come too and we all sit and chat and picnic and watch. This year I have my newborn amd so we take a tent to shelter him and feed him in. Afterwards we explore the place- especially when it’s by the sea. We go to our religious meeting to study the bible on Sunday mornings and out walking or relaxing in the afternoon and back for a movie in the evening. Generally Bollywood :) perfect days ?ReplyCancel

  • Suzie Bee

    Bushwalking in Springbrook Rainforest. Looking at the waterfalls and smelling the fresh air. Bliss

  • Angela

    I have always worked weekends and my husband usually works 6 days a week so time together as a family doing anything is very special!ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    Our favourite weekend activities is homemade pizza with the kids and a special movie at home. An ice cream pack would just top off our weekend special routine!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Favourite weekend activity – depends on the season, really. Presently, in Winter, cooking together as a family – all chatter and movement in the kitchen. :) In Summer, definitely beachtime walking, rock-pool discoveries and swimming.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Mackay

    Watching my kids play sports and also cooking with the kids and having family meals!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Our boys like to get the musical instruments out and we have a jam session. None of us really know what we are doing and it’s super noisy but the smiles on everyone’s faces with the family time is well worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Una

    Friday nights are movie nights with the kids so we like to stay in if we can.
    We usually surf on a Saturday or spend time on the beach together (if the weather is good to us) then on Sundays, my boys play soccer in the morning and I play womens soccer in the afternoon for our local club, so we spend our day at the club helping out in the canteen and enjoying the world game that is soccer.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Deller

    My favourite thing on weekends is to make Sundays completely technology free for all 4 children. This means no phones, internet, computers or TV and then we all play old school board games and have a leisurely brunch, read books together, chat and reconnect. With the older kids especially going out a lot it’s my best chance to check in with them.ReplyCancel

  • Lana Hintner

    My husband and I love taking the opportunity to show our son anything new! The world is a new and colourful place for him so although we dont have an activity we repeat each weekend we just love to think of something new to show him! Enjoying the small and simple things of life….like making sandcastles at the beach or seeing different animals or tasting new flavours for the first time..Icecream is a new adventure we are yet to have with him!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    Friday nights are the traditional movie nights. But we love relaxing by the lake whenever possible during the summer or spend the weekends skiing during the winter.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Hall

    Spending time outside! During the week we leave early and get home late so on weekends we get outside and jump on the trampoline, swing on the monkey bars, play soccer, watch movies in the spa, play on the swings, build a fire and toast marshmallows or play basketball together.ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Reynolds

    When we can our favourite thing to do on the weekend is go 4wding with a group of friends. Getting out into the Australian Scenery is always fantastic. It isn’t something we can do every weekend, but that just makes it all the more special. In winter my daughter also plays hockey.ReplyCancel

  • Krista Hyslop

    My favourite activity is a spontaneous road trip with the family. Whether it is to go for a quick fish or to find some snow. Sometimes it’s not about the destination but the fun we have getting there!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Guest

    Teaching my little girl a new breakfast dish each weekend – she has just discovered a love of cooking and each Sunday cooks the whole family breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • Amber Oxenbridge

    Our favourite weekend activity is a picnic at the park. It’s simple but doesn’t cost much and is lots of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia Whitehand

    Especially in winter, any kind of indoor shopping (browsing) with a stop for a bubbachino!! Of course…. We are THAT family!! Ha ha!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    Coffee & cake breaks with my favourites, pug cuddles, a delicious home cooked meal with the family and a snuggle on the lounge for movie night.ReplyCancel

  • Annette Browne

    Favourite weekend activity is big cuddles in bed with the kids with no having to rush to be anywhere, books are read, great conversations are had and lots of tickling too!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Our favourite activity is making and then eating lunch together after we finish sport on a Saturday morning.ReplyCancel

  • Dee Stone

    All my girlfriends and I all bought bikes so my fave activity is going out on the bikes, laughing and hanging with my friends and family. Bub number one on the way so I need to keep up the fresh air and excersises ;)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    “Pizza & Movie Night” – every Saturday night in our house!
    We have home-made pizzas and then settle into our favourite couches, turn out the lights and watch a favourite family movie. Of course we have treats about half-way through the movie – a little bowl of lollies for the kids and coffee with chocolate for the grown ups… a fabulous wind- down after a day full of sports and work :)ReplyCancel

  • Trevnjen Swain

    We have a pizza night Friday night usually with home-made pizzas with different toppings….followed by a movie…lately the Lego Movie b/c everything is awesome!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Grant

    Cranking sone tunes up on Sunday morning, and all making some blueberry and banana pancakes, then eating them together on the back patio in the sunshine! Its the perfect start to the day with my hubby and little bubby :-DReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Hopping into the car for a family weekend visiting great spots for the family to experience and enjoyReplyCancel

  • Candice Walsh

    My favourite weekend activity is a ‘date day’ with my little girl. She has so many things on that it doesn’t happen often. out for breakfast at a nice little cafe, then get a little manicure/pedicure, followed by a little window shopping (usually turning into a little real shopping.. lol) and to finish off the day we cook dinner together and cuddle up on the lounge to watch a movie. I love these times. ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Weekend for us usually means hubby is home after a long week at work. Saturday nights we all sit together and have either a movie night or games night. The kids love it as do I as it truly is our family bonding time.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Going out to a cafe for a leisurely breakfast then taking our 9 month old son to the park to go on the swings and watch his little face light upReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My fave weekend activity is taking the dogs down to the beach with hubby and the kids. It is just so nice to chill out and have fun after a busy week at work and school :)ReplyCancel

  • Kely McKnight

    we have many favourites!
    During footy season Saturdays are full of football with a wind down with either friends in the evening or a quiet family night in front of the tv.
    In summer time is spent doing sports on the Saturday morning followed by family and/or friend time. When it’s hot many hours are spent at the pool and the many local lakes in our area.
    Sunday mornings normally consist of a lie in, with all 4 kids in the bed with us. catch up on housework then settle in for an evening in front of the tv.
    Family time is precious in our hectic worlds <3ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid N

    My family’s favourite weekend activity occurs once a month when the kids pick a different country, research recipes from that country and we then have a dinner themed to that country. The kids are responsible for finding the strangest, wackiest facts they can about that country to share over dinner. Sometimes this has extended to finding interesting you tube videos from the chosen country to view. Other times they’ve even entertained the rest of us with a dance or song from that country. Sometimes they’ve made decorations from that country. Its all good fun, especially for families with older kids.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie

    Friday Pizza night made by hubby and toddler.ReplyCancel

  • Tabatha Lawson-Smith

    Sport on Saturdays as all three kids play soccer now.
    Sundays i have been devoting to teaching my little girl how to make art journals and taeching the boys how to cook.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    My favourite weekend activity is making pancakes together on Sunday morning.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    I love to do baking with my girls, usually things that need decorating eg cookies, cupcakes. Good fun to see what designs we come up with.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Sutton

    Just being together! The week is so busy with work/school/actvities that we just want to spend time as a family, hanging out, playing games and walking to the local park.ReplyCancel

  • Meisha

    My favourite weekend activity is to try do something different, make something we’ve not tried or visit somewhere new. With only 52 weekends a year – each one is precious!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Newman

    We’ve just made the sea change to the Sunshine Coast so we are busy exploring our new “backyard” with beach adventures, bush walks and markets, all fit in between sleeps for bubby and pregnant mummy.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    After Saturdays of running around doing childrens’ sport events, shopping and washing. Our Sundays are full of fun, a family outing or just quiet time at home doing whatever we feel like, is just the best way to spend a day.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Mason

    We love to go to kids club at bunnings….learning lots of life skills!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke Williamson

    I love to pack a picnic, load the kids into the car with all of our bikes to head down to the river for a bike ride and a picnic.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Bike ride to the bike park with a picnic!ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Movie night with the kids. Homemade pizza, popcorn, mini ice cream and a few sweets :)ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    My husband works weekends. A mum from school also has a husband on shift work in the mines so we spend every second Saturday night together with the kids and we have a pizza or takeout dinner and a movie afterwards. Cures the loneliness!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Anything where I can spend time outside with my children – either gardening, going for a walk at the beach or riding our bikes. Just having fun without the mad rush of weekday life!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Hor

    I love the weekends, coz the hubby is home, and we get family time. Noah loves playing with his dad and the best thing is that if I get an ice cream maker, I can make delicious ice cream for daddy and kid every weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    the other night we had a ball making mug cakes.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Benson

    Our favourite weekend activity is going to Polocrosse with the family. We camp out in the truck and play and watch Polocrosse. Quality family time.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Going to the beach and looking for cowie shells.ReplyCancel

  • I’m a step mum so half of my weekends are spent getting 1:1 time with my husband, catching up with friends & watching my boys play soccer. The other weekends are spent watching my boys play soccer, playing Mine craft, bike rides, board games (monopoly is our fave!) and watching movies. Whether we are with the boys or not, I can’t pick a favorite activity. Ultimately it is spending time with the ones I loveReplyCancel

  • Alison Ford

    We generally start the Saturday with a bike ride to a local lake and then we sit down and chat about our week, the good parts and not so good parts. We then feed the ducks and ride back home. At night time we take it in turns to choose what tea is and then cosy up for a movie and cuddles. I have been doing this since my son was little and now he is 8 and my daughter is 6 and both look forward to our chill out Saturdays. We miss out connecting with our little family with work and school and I find this way we can talk about anything without any stresses.ReplyCancel

  • Kendall Clifton-Short

    Our favorite weekend activity is to head to the Park Run and bike ride and walk while dad runs then all head to the local cafe for BLATs and hot drinks for breakfastReplyCancel

  • Julie Woitala Dunn

    When I’m lucky enough to be at home with my family and not at work I love to get baking because it relaxes me and sets me up with snacks for the week, and Saturday night movie night is at a favourite for all of us! ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Bethell

    My most favourite weekend activity with my family is on Sunday morning. I cook a traditional breakfast bacon, eggs etc, pancakes for my girls 6 & 3. I brew fresh coffee and spend it in our pyjamas with my kids watching movies all day. Life is requires a break and Sunday is that day!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Ovenden

    Saturday night snuggle up on the lounge with my family watching a dvd eating popcorn, eating lollies and ice-cream special moments that are so special to all of us. ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hooper

    Love going to tennis on the weekend & seeing my grandkids playing & enjoying such a fun sport, we often stay & have a meal together-makes for a fun day out :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Frost

    My favourite weekend activity only happens when it rains, because my partner will insist on “working” otherwise. We sit down as a family and watch an entire tv series or three or four movies together while eating corn chips, lollies and other sinful foods. :) Simple homemade relaxing fun.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My husband works Saturdays so it’s usually a day of housework and girly things with my 2 girls like nail painting and high tea parties or baking. On Sundays we usually try to pack as much in as possible. In summer it’s usually spent on the water in the boat, exploring the water ways and finding places to picnic. Winter is usually motorbike riding locally for a few hours, loading up for a big day at a track somewhere.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lewis

    Our favourite family weekend activity is our Sunday morning at the beach, enjoying the sun, sand and each other’s company.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Jo-Anne Bajkowski

    Taking hubby and our dogs on a picnic and walk at our favourite park; we have no kids yet, and we love spending time with the fur kids and treating ourselves to a small snack while we walk and talk :)ReplyCancel

  • Tashana Purkis

    we love love having family game nights on the weekends yes i win ALMOST everytime but its hilarious cause the kids get right into itReplyCancel

  • Nadine Costelow

    In winter we spend our Saturday at soccer, usually cold and wet we trudge home, throw the kids in warm baths, put on our warmest jammies and curl up on the couch for family movie night. Definitely my favourite time of year!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Barber

    Backyard play, we like to use our imaginations and create lots of different games. Today we spray painted the grass and played hopscotch which will come off once daddy bug mows the lawn. When night time falls we cuddle up and watch movies and eat some munchiesReplyCancel

  • Pat Hughes

    Our favourite weekend activity is playing with the dogs and taking the pony out for a drive in the sulky. Lunch is usually stowed in the back of the sulky and we have a fabulous picnic when we reach the spot and then we have a great drive back. Lots of fun and the clip clop of the hooves is very therapeutic!ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh

    My son & I love going to car boot sales on the weekends, it’s our thing that we do together – he loves reading so he loves searching for bargain books – he can take some pocket money & always comes home with a bargain or two & usually with a surprise for his little sister too & change :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stacey W

    We love to go bowling,
    Even though I never win,
    No matter how hard I try,
    I can’t knock down every pin!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Paterson

    As my partner works 6 days a week, Sunday is family day and we turn devices off (except for photos!) and go to the park for a BBQ or wherever the weather takes us.ReplyCancel

  • Alanna Weaver

    After the work and chores of the week, I like to spend my weekends relaxing with family and friends. What better way to do this than with a movie/ice cream night? :-)ReplyCancel

  • Paul Serong

    My favourite weekend activity is watching the mighty Melbourne Storm playing in the NRL, whether it’s live at the game, down the pub with others or sitting at home, love to Fan Up and get into the game.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Massey

    Snuggling in bed on a Sunday morning on a cold winters day…ReplyCancel

  • Renee Wolf

    Our favourite weekend activity is to visit a park or area that allows our little one to enjoy the great outdoors. It could be a place with a cafe or animals (like the Strawberry farm) or just a park where we take a picnic. Living on the Gold Coast usually means great weather to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Pitt

    Our favourite weekend activity to to play at the beach with our 6 year son and our 2 dogs. For a treat we will get Fish n Chips and an icecream afterwards. On rainy days we stay at home doing science experiments, building an indoor cubby and making art n craft.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Steinbeck Crooks

    Saturday night movie night with the kids! Snuggling on the lounge with popcorn, lollies & a great movie is a fantastic way to unwind after a busy week.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea

    My favourite weekend activity is staying in on a Sunday and enjoying a lovely cooked breakfast on our sun drenched balconyReplyCancel

  • Nicole Hazledine

    Due to life being soooo busy all the time, we love to stay home in our pj’s and watch movies on the couch eating lots of “sometimes” food all in one day! My kids call that the best day ever!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Weekend activity is spending time as a family at the park with my boys playing on the equipment and riding bikes and having a picnic lunch or if the the weathers bad we spens the time cooking snacks and getting meals organised for the week aheadReplyCancel

  • Jenifer

    We all love going to markets & fetes. Supporting our community makes us happy:) We also enjoy Movies & this ice cream maker would be amazing at our girls Childcare movie night!!ReplyCancel

  • michelle wilkinson

    Our favourite weekend activity is Brunch at local café followed by park and bike ride
    Then Games and Movie night with treaTRS

    Love family time xxxReplyCancel

  • Amanda White

    Weekends for my family are full of laughter and fun,
    We go to the park, or swim at the beach in the sun,
    On cold days we snuggle for a movie or two,
    Or we go on a drive (with a few stops for the loo!),
    We love checking out markets, or to take a bush walk,
    Or just sitting in a café to have a good talk,
    You see – it’s about making memories, so no matter what the weather….
    My favourite activity is just SPENDING TIME TOGETHER!!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn

    I love taking the kids to the esplanade and flying kites and eating ice cream :)ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    A favourite in my household is when we hire a tennis court and just have heaps of fun playing our style of tennis. It probably doesn’t look very pretty but we don’t care because it’s all about the enjoyment. Friends sometimes come along and join in, which is awesome too!ReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    Friday night is our family night, it’s the only time of the week we cut loose and have junk food, movies and munchies, we celebrate after a long week.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Stubbs

    Lazy sunday cooked breakfast of poached eggs on hash browns followed by a little gardening with the kids, then baking with the kids for their next week school lunches and then a family sunday roast for dinner…..what an excellent dayReplyCancel

  • Benjamin Travia

    It depends on the weekend. I like to try something new every weekend. Be it archery, learning a new language, going to a restaurant with an exotic cuisine. It keeps life unpredictable!ReplyCancel

  • vicki laurie

    My weekends are spent watching my son race his speedway carReplyCancel

  • Gabriel Heffernan

    A simple picnic at the park with my toddler and husband, but if it’s cold like it has been lately, board games, puzzles and hot chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    Getting together with families or friends on weekend is my favourite weekend activity. No matter what we do or where we are, more people more fun.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Lawrence

    Spending time creating and cooking a special
    Family meal with my child!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle L Harrison

    We love to go to the park in the mornings for a picnic breakfast and then have a day of outings and a movie before bedReplyCancel

  • Teena Lewis

    Usually cleaning first thing and then off to a waterhole or camping with the kids, fishing, swimming or just chilling!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Spending time with the family and enjoying the normal fun inexpensive activities that I have fond childhood memories of.ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Best weekend activity is to spend time with family & visiting local farmers markets & just relaxing enjoying great food & wonderful companyReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Finding a new park to picnic at. It’s a great way to enjoy the fresh air, local produce and time with family while the kids run themselves ragged on the playground!ReplyCancel

  • sarah king

    Flying kites! Good old fashion fun.
    get the kids to make their own kites and walk to the park for a picnic to fly our kites!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I have 3 boys and we love to cook on the weekends! We all have the best time getting messy in the kitchen. I hope at least one becomes a professional chef when he’s older, and looks after the one who taught him to cook ;)ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Sitting back Saturday evening relaxing after spending the day out with the kids and their spot commitmentsReplyCancel

    • Mick G

      oops – sport (mustve been thinking about the washing too lol)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Love to squeeze in a bit of everything…kids sport, gardening, cooking for the week ahead…and usually a special treat made with the kids for afternoon tea or dessert. If I’m lucky a little sleep-in too.ReplyCancel

  • Coral Betts

    Our favourite activity on the weekend is to have a little sleep in. Then have a play at the gym with our friends and then spend time with our family and snuggle up for movie night in mum’s bed with popcorn.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Lee

    Saturday is Nanna and Kids/ Mummy and Daddy day. My mother in law takes my son, and soon to be daughter, for a few hours of together time which allows my partner and I to have a nice lunch somewhere kid free where we get to enjoy each others company. We have a no work or chore talk rule so we are truly connecting rather than listing off things that stress us out.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Francis

    Spending quality time with my family without having to rush around to different events. We love staying in our pjs and watching movies.ReplyCancel

  • Daphne Potter

    The best weekend ever has to be good food, good company and good weather. It can be a simple picnic on the beach, watching a DVD with ice cream sundaes, or even just snuggling on the couch with a good book and a bowl of soup. As long as I have my hubby and my cat, life is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I like being able to spend time with my husband, being able to just relax and not having to do anything particularReplyCancel

  • Madeleine Bowerman

    Our favourite weekend activity is a LONG weekend away down to White Beach to stay at our in-laws’ caravan. Our 2 boys (3 & 5) just love it, as do we. So relaxing to not be at home!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Braddock

    I like to spend the weekend with my family. Even just spending time at home playing with my grand kids who I have custody of and watching the footy with hubby is relaxing. Spending the day at the zoo or just hubby and I taking the kids to the park. As long as we are together as a family life is good.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer

    My husband is sick at the moment (4 1/2 months now with no light in sight) so my favourite weekend activity would be wishing that he could actually come with us and actually be able to do something. When we get a sunny day in amongst this cold spell we are having we like to do the simple things that so many kids miss out on these days. We go down to our local playground for a swing and kick a ball, then head down to the river with our gumboots on. The kids love splashing about, throwing and skipping rocks, digging in the sand and trying to spot fish. They get dirty but I think that’s great. It feels liberating to get dirty when we are so caught up in a society full of “germs” and being “clean”. We all then head home to have a nice warm bath together. It’s so lovely to spend this relaxing quality time together in amongst the hustle bustle of our lives…ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    Our weekends always start with a backyard BBQ breakfast on a Saturday
    and an hour or so spent watching out three children play and explore the backyard, before we begin the rest of our weekend plans, it’s the best part of my weekend xxReplyCancel

  • Tracey Reed

    My favourite weekend activity is racing my pacers. If they run a good race I’m pleased and if they earn money I’m even happier :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Family, friends and faith. This is the weekend for us.
    As a family we go to an amazing church and connect to lots of friends here
    We have loads of fun just connecting and supporting one another
    and the greater community. Next weekend all my family will have a weekend
    away in memory of our parents (6 kids +their families)
    Can’t wait!!! YipeeReplyCancel

  • Racheal Kamer

    A wonderful sleep in and a stroll along the coast with Hubby, especially as we only have four weeks till a Bubby is due.ReplyCancel

  • Garson

    My favourite thing on weekends is when my Mama takes me to piano.
    My teacher Danni is really nice and my Mama is always there to watch me and tell me I am doing good playing.
    My teacher says I am very good and learning fast.
    Learning piano is really fun and after my Mama lets me have a treat.
    Sometimes she has a lollipop in her bag for me or we go get a hot chocolate or chai together.
    Piano makes me feel happy and my Mama says I smile the whole time.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Amos

    Our favourite weekend activity is to explore our local area by bike. We love finding new routes and stopping for a picnic along the way. A cheap and healthy weekend ritual!ReplyCancel

  • Sewing, chatting and sharing morning tea with friends at ‘Fabric and Friends’. Women of all ages , with a range of life experiences and many different passions sharing knowledge and friendship.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    We make Saturdays count and have them jampacked with fun and eating. Our Sundays are spent on a cold Rugby field watching Mr 10 play and travelling long distances to and from the game. So Saturday we all enjoy a cooked breakfast together, no TV. We make a cake together – usually most of the ingredients ending up on the kitchen bench. And the kids choose what colours to add. We have had some scary looking cakes, but they all taste yummy. Playing outside is compulsory – throwing the ball around or going to the park. Night time we make pizza together, each child choosing what toppings to put on. It is simple fun, not costly, but we use the time to spend together – and relish the time with no technology devices to distract us. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Playing with my remote control car with my son….oops I mean playing with my sons remote control car!!ReplyCancel

  • Karan Jorgensen

    My favourite weekend activity is getting outside with my family and friends and all our kids for a picnic. Food, fun, a chat with some sport and a bush walk thrown in, perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Kevin S

    My favourite weekend activity would have to be sleeping in and have a pistachio almond organic ice cream for breakfast. HmmmmReplyCancel

  • Maria P

    Staying in my pjs all days and watching videos or reading an un-put-downable book! Yeah right, in my dreams.ReplyCancel

  • melissa liow

    pick up food and fruits from markets, have a picnic near playground, feed the ducks, stroll home in the sunsetReplyCancel

  • Nick

    To go the weekend marketsReplyCancel

  • Sharon H

    We love to go strawberry picking in the winter sunshine. We usually collect about 4 kgs of strawberries, then sit in the sun and enjoy a fresh strawberry ice cream. Everyone is so happy and relaxed. These times are the ones we will all remember for many years to come :))ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    It’s the simply things for us, a movie night with home made popcorn, choc top ice creams and chips.ReplyCancel

  • Skye Dyma

    Spending time together as a family is my favorite weekend activity :)ReplyCancel

  • sonia c

    Baking…the whole concept of an Afternoon Tea, on the porch, with the family brings me back to my grandmas era. Doilies, nice tea set, even simple scones and jam (although it took a number of years to make the scones “just right”) and that half hour of family time….is the best part of the weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Em Lawes

    Cocktails and ice cream! There is a cafe where I live that has great cocktails and an ice cream bar. Cocktails for adults, ice cream for kids. The kids shouldn’t have all the fun!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Bonello

    After a day playing outside, watching tv with the family is my favourite activity!ReplyCancel

Everything is clean and sparkling!

This post is sponsored by Finish Power and Pure Last month I trialled the Finish Power & Pure dishwasher tablets and gave 100 of my readers the opportunity to trail them, with the chance to win some really awesome prizes.  Now one month on I have to say that I am a lot more confident putting […]

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  • Sim Farley

    I am glad that I missed the cutoff in putting in my review (which I had been massaging and massaging trying to get it under 100 words). Very disappointing to see the winning entry didn’t meet the published Terms & Conditions. I would have been even more grumpy!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley M

    That sign on the dishwasher is GENIUS!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, you are very welcome Hayley xReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Full terms & Conditions stated ” The entrant must then share their review of the Finish Power & Pure by adding a comment below The Organised Housewife’s blog post in 100 words or less”

    The winning review is 137 words?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Valid point Bree, I have contacted Finish and this is the response I have received below.

      Hi Bree,

      Thanks for your comment. The panel of judges found it very difficult to choose between all the great reviews. Katrina’s winning post was slightly over the word limit, however the panel deemed her entry to be the best response to the set judging criteria, that being 50% creativity and 50% written expression. We were really impressed to see many readers had so much to say about Finish Power & Pure.

      We hope you enjoyed trialling the product too.

      Team Finish
      On behalf of The Organised HousewifeReplyCancel

      • Lisa Thomsen

        I congratulate all the winners and am very happy for them. I too find it a bit frustrating that they allowed someone who broke the rules to be a winner. I had to give up on my original idea for my entry because I just couldn’t quite get it down to 100 words and ended up having to throw something else together at the last minute. Thankful to have had the trial period with a free product. But rules are rules and I feel bad for others as well who sacrificed their ideas and quality of their writing to meet the word limit.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          I am so truly sorry that this passed me without realising, I can completely understand your frustrations and I am so sorry this has happened.ReplyCancel

        • Sue

          I agree. I had to completely modify my answer in order to comply with the terms and conditions. The winner wrote a great review but it should have been disqualified.ReplyCancel

  • Love that dishwasher sign Kat! Such a clever idea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Christina, the kids love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    Thank you for the sign I was just saying to my hubby before that we need to check if dishwasher is clean or empty as we are getting into bad habit of leaving on the bench when it should go straight into dishwasher now with the new sign I will print off we will know without looking thanks xoReplyCancel

  • Simone

    I am glad that I missed the cutoff in putting in my review (which I had been massaging and massaging trying to get it under 100 words). Very disappointing to see the winning entry didn’t meet the published Terms & Conditions. I would have been even more grumpy!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Simone, I feel absolutely awful that this actually happened, I shouldn’t create excuses but this past few days have been a horrible blur for me and my mind hasn’t been in the right place. I did contact the Finish team today once it was alerted to my attention (they chose the winners) and had them confirm with their legal department that this is all correct. As they say above it is, but I completely understand your frustration. I have a really cool competition coming up next week, I put the pack together myself and I haven’t put a word count on it!!ReplyCancel

      • Bec

        Yes I’m disapointed in this too. I know mine wasn’t going to win but there were lots of entries over 100 words. I just assumed if it was over 100 words the wouldn’t have even been read as it’s clearly outside the terms and conditions. It’s certainly not fair for those who stuck to the rules. Trying to write something creatively in 100 words is hard – so of course it’s going to be better if you can write more words.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          Thanks for your message Bec, I am going to send it through to the Finish team to ensure this doesn’t happen again in the future.ReplyCancel

          • I agree with all the previous comments so I won’t repeat my opinion here. Thank you for taking a proactive approach, even if it is retrospective. Pleased to have tested the product, but disappointed with the end game now

  • I absolutely love the idea of the clean/dirty sign for the dishwasher! We don’t own one but will soon. I’ve wondered how people manage to communicate this and you’ve made a solution that is super cute!
    Love your workReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Sheridan. My youngest daughter is so funny she realises if the dishwasher is clean by a little red light that flashes on the dishwasher dashboard (that was new to me, she picked up well on that), so she didn’t understand why the label was necessary, but the rest of the family are loving it!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Oh, well. Issues with the Ts & Cs aside, I already felt like I won when the trial pack I received had waaayyy more than I would use in week. It sounds as though it might have been a rough few days for you. I hope you have a lovely Sunday, Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Jones

    Just made my own dirty/clean magnet and my husband is even excited about it! Genius idea! ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Quilty

    I’ve recently tried Finish Power & Pure and I have to agree with the positive reviews for this product. My three pet hates of dishwasher tablets are that the chemicals get all over your fingers when you’re trying to open the packet, that you end up with gritty residue on your washed dishes, or that your dishes are still dirty after the wash. ARGH!

    I have to say that Finish Power & Pure committed none of these sins and passed my test with flying colours. EUREKA! To top things off, my dishwasher actually smells better now too. I’m a very satisfied customer :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    I’ve recently tried Finish Power & Pure and I have to agree with the positive reviews for this product. My three pet hates of dishwasher tablets are that the chemicals get all over your fingers when you’re trying to open the packet, that you end up with gritty residue on your washed dishes, or that your dishes are still dirty after the wash. ARGH!

    I have to say that Finish Power & Pure committed none of these sins and passed my test with flying colours. EUREKA! To top things off, my dishwasher actually smells better now too. I’m a very satisfied customer :-)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina,

    I see you’ve used vinegar for your floors. Have you tried a water and vinegar mixture for your windows too? If you mix equal parts of distilled vinegar and water into a spray bottle you can clean your windows toxic free :)

    Best regards,


Simple end of week meal ideas

This post is sponsored by Coles As you all know I like to meal plan, I have shared the many benefits here and how to meal plan here.  On a Sunday while having my morning coffee I write out our weekly meal plan and my grocery list.  I only plan on going to the shops once (typically […]

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  • Karen Foh

    End of the week tends to be either noodles or pasta dinners. Last night we had chicken cheesy meatballs with cherry tomatoes sauce. Kids and hubby loved it and I already hsdchicken meatballs cooked and freezed on the weekend. They are healthy too being baked and not fried. All I had to do after work was make the sauce which took 15mins. ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Muggleton

    Meat-free nachoes. I cut up wheat tortillas into triangles, spray with oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Pop in the oven for 10 mins to crisp up. Heat up some baked beans, dollop on some nacho sauce, sprinkle with grated cheese (grill to melt if you want) and then top with whatever else is in the fridge – sour cream, avocado, chopped tomatoes, spring onions etc.ReplyCancel

  • Serena Huang

    1. Put on the rice (use Quick Cook option on rice cooker if available)
    2. Cover the surface of a 3.5L Decor Microsafe plastic red container with water, place steaming rack (comes with the box) and lay out 1kg of chicken wings (salted generously) on top
    3. Cover with the lid and open the air vent, steam in microwave for 15 minutes
    4. While everything is going, chop and wash lettuce, cook in boiling water for 30 seconds and drizzle with fish sauce to serve
    Minimal preparation and ingredients, and done in the right order, it’s super quick!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson

    Bean quesadillas!

    Take a tin of refried beans, some salsa and some cheese and sandwich between tortillas. Gently toast on both sides in a frying pan and cut into triangles to serve. Also makes a great lunch. You can use leftover cooked chicken or spicy tinned tuna too.ReplyCancel

  • JG Campbell

    Homemade crumbed basa fillets from the deli section with lots of steamed veg. Too easy.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Payne

    Home made pizza uses leftover vege and just a bit of flour. Plus one meal the kids will always eatReplyCancel

  • Alison Henderson

    Home made pizzas – Lebanese bread, pizza sauce, ham, tomato, onion, mushrooms, feta, capsicum, and coles 3 cheese pizza cheese. ReplyCancel

  • Julia Quin

    Risotto in the Thermomix…whatever is left in the fridge or pantry (Mushroom, Spinach and Pinenut; Chicken & Mushroom etc…too easy!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Higgs

    A mince-based tomatoe-y sauce containing things like baked beans and left over veges, over spaghetti. It’s amazing just how many veges you can *hide* this way.ReplyCancel

  • Dragana Gavrilovic Petrusic

    a very hearty chicken stew… I brown some onions, add the chicken (whatever I have in the freezer – drumsticks, breasts, etc) and pile on any vegetable that I have left over from the week. usually it is mushrooms, potaotes, brocolli, capsicume etc… Add in a can of diced tomatoes and stew for an hour on slow…add in the herbs and spices for another 10 mins and once turned off add some sour cream…. yumm! Can’t wait for later tonight! ReplyCancel

  • Carlene Franklin

    There is nothing like a good old fashion Homemade Pizza – Its actually on the menu for tonight :) Everyone can make their own and top them full of whatever is left over in the fridge for the week….Tonight we will be having mushrooms, capsicum, salami, pineapple, cheese, tomato and ham on ours. And best thing is that my toddler LOVES to be involved and make her own – something i find important to encourage in my little one :) ReplyCancel

  • Emma Butler

    Pesto pasta. Any pasta you like and a jar of pesto stirred through once the pasta is cooked and drained. If i’m feeling adventurous I fry some bacon and sprinkle over the top. Everyone in the family loves it and its a very quick, easy and cheap meal! ReplyCancel

  • Gary Kathy Bastin Kelley

    Breakfast buritos is my favorite! ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Lenne

    A quick easy vegetarian pasta. Saute onions in butter or oil. Add grated carrot and zucchini if you like and continuing sauteing until soft. Then add either a tin of tomatoes or half a bottle of tomato passata, a teaspoon of stock powder, some tomato paste and 1/4 cup of red wine and 1/4 cup of water. Can omit the red wine or replace with a splash of vinegar.. Add dried herbs – basil is good – and simmer 20 minutes. If using fresh herbs add at end. Add 1-2 teaspoons sugar at end. If a bit runny thicken with 1 dessertspoon cornflour blended in water. If your kids don’t like the texture you can blend with a stick blender. Serve over spaghetti with grated cheese. For some extra nutrients you can throw in spinach leaves at the end if you want some wilted leafy greens or serve spaghetti on top of fresh spinach leaves.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Lee

    I love the coles heat and serve, lasagne and spinach and ricotta cannelloni, so easy! I have not seen or tried these lamb shanks, but they look fab, will be off to get some on he weekend, anything easy on a Friday in particular is good hereReplyCancel

  • Sally Joyce

    Homemade sausage rolls with whatever mince (chicken, beef, pork, turkey) is left in the freezer, the leftover vegies (finely chopped in a food processor), an egg if we have one, some breadcrumbs and a good squeeze of sauce and herbs. This is such an easy recipe that can be adjusted to use what is left in the fridge and cupboard. I love it because it quick and easy and packed full of vegies that firstly my kids don’t normally eat and secondly would normally get thrown out and my kids love it because it’s finger food and we can eat it picnic style. ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Hempenstall

    Simple tuna pasta … simply cook pasta and once cooked toss through halved cherry tomatoes, whole black olives, chopped baby spinach, and tinned tuna in spring water. Ready in less than 20 minutes too!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Pruss

    Lamb forequarter chops in caserole dish, surrounded by cut up potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoe, cover with water, sprinkle packet french onion soup mix over, cover with foil or lid, cook 1 hour then 20-30mins uncovered, peas on the side/ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Armstrong

    Tomato pasta – mince, onion, garlic, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes. Throw it all together and mix with cooked pasta. Easy. Or homemade pizza but usually have to go to shops to get the ingredients for that and often can’t be bothered. ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Mottershead

    Cooking for a family of 8 can be time consuming especially with allergies. But on Friday night I often make sure it is a one pot wonder. Either a beef stew with beef, baby potatoes, lentils, peas, eggplant and corn on a bed of rice or Tuna Mornay with a homemade white sauce, 2 tins or tuna, a tin or corn kernels and some peas with Gluten Free pasta always goes down a treat.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    By Thursday night I like to make chorizo pasta. The sausage lasts in the fridge or freezer and it’s a quick cook when I’m tired and a bit hangry :)ReplyCancel

  • Janis Bryden

    Friday night is stir fry night, egg fried rice add in whatever I have, ham, capsicum, carrot, peas etc and then add either chicken or beef-YUMReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    My kids love to make their own pizzas. I buy the pre-made mini bases and then prepare some chopped ham, tinned pineapple, and other chopped veggies along with some grated cheese. They have fun and we have a quick easy meal on the table in a short period of time.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    During the week I double up a recipe and freeze it, we then have one of these at the end of the week.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Cole

    Spaghetti bolognese packed with veggies!
    My 2.5 year old can’t get enough!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Your 2.5year old is eating well Kate, great work!!ReplyCancel

  • karen foh

    End of the week tends to be either noodles or pasta dinners. Last night we had chicken cheesy meatballs with cherry tomatoes sauce. Kids and hubby loved it and I already had chicken meatballs cooked and freezed on the weekend. They are healthy too being baked and not fried. All I had to do after work was make the sauce which took 15minsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      that sounds like a delicious end of week meal!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa S

    Impossible pie- usually just with some diced bacon, tinned corn and a grated zucchini
    Whole grain pasta with canned tuna, feta, parsley, roast cherry tomatos and lemon juice tossed throughReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My mouth is watering Lisa…. this sounds so good!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Collofello

    For my family it is always either a quiche and veges or a pasta bake and veges. I struggle to mix it up with meals. I know what the kids like so I usually cook what I know they will eat.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann Dawson

    Curried sausages!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Patterson

    Hidden vege pumpkin soup: onion, garlic, pumpkin, potato, sweet potato, zuchini, spinach, stock. Simmer until cooked, then add a can of cannellini beans and blend until smooth. ReplyCancel

  • A Dose of Dannie

    Love these quick and easy meals awesome. my quick and esy meal to make for the family is Tuna Casserole . Drizzle of oil
    1 packet of shell pasta
    1 onion finely chopped
    1 garlic clove finely chopped 1 or 2 cans of Aldi springwater tuna can
    Packet of shredded coon cheese
    three medium tomatoes finely chopped
    Salt and Pepper to taste

    Drizzle a little oil in a pot then add the onion and garlic wait 2 Min’s then add the tuna
    while this is going on heat your pasta shells as instructions say
    Drain pasta ,when tuna starts to come to boil turn stove off. Pour Tuna over cooked pasta shells then stir in tomatoes and pour shredded cheese over top ,so it all melts in well!

    Simple and very yummy as well.ReplyCancel

  • Emma H

    We love nachos.. Quick and easy to make.. We also have corn chips and seasoning in the pantry, mince and cheese in the freezer. It is always a quick and weay meal to prepare.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My son loves Nachos, great idea having everything on hand and in the freezer.ReplyCancel

  • Renee R

    Often I will make a quiche with all the leftovers I need to use up from dinners during the week. It’s always tasty.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Kimpton

    My husband taught me this “bachelor’s pasta” when we were dating…. not very health conscious but quick and tasty!

    Dice one onion and about 6 rashers of bacon. Place about half a packet of spaghetti (or pasta of choice) in pot of boiling water and cook to packet directions. Drain and tip into large bowl. Fry the bacon in a small amount of butter until edges start to crisp. Add the onion and as much chopped garlic as you like, fry until onion is soft. Tip on top of the cooked pasta and add at least one cup of grated cheese (more is better!). Use tongs or a spoon to mix through. Cheese will start to melt straight away. Pour on some tomato ketchup and mix through. Do a little at a time so you don’t go overboard. When you are happy with the amount of sauce you are ready to eat! (I have found that the ketchup can make the dish cold so I serve it up and then give each serve a quick microwave before eating). You can jazz it up with chilli, chorizo or sundried tomatoes and olives if you like but this version is quick. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Doro

    We make fritters with any left over meat and vegetables and a few fresh herbs and spices and serve with steamed vegatbles or a salad and chutney. Do a pasta bake using any left over vegetables and meat again serve with a salad or steamed vegetables.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Fritters are a clever idea, I make them regulaly but never considered them an end of the week meal… perfect to use up any left over veg!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry

    Burritos! Usually meat free – can of bean mix, half a can or corn, diced onion, plus any other veggies (capsicum, broccoli work best), spice mix, salsa and cheese!ReplyCancel

  • Home made pizza is a standard Friday night easy meal. In fact, I often plan home made pizza for Friday night because I can’t be bothered cooking anything at all – I just chuck the dough ingredients in the mixer, chop up the meat and vegies while the dough mixes, defrost a bag of passata and fire up the Weber and half an hour later, piping hot pizza. Mm mmm.

    Eggs are another end of the week staple – omelettes, boiled eggs and soldiers, “Jamie Eggs” – which is bacon, eggs and tomato all cooked together in the same pan. One pan of amaze.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love it Miss Maudy, home made pizza is a great end of week meal. Do you make your own passata, would love to see the recipe? We have eggs on toast for dinner all the time, it’s more a dinner meal for rather than breakfast, so easy!ReplyCancel

  • Annette Higgins

    Fried rice is my meal at the end of the week – it is so handy corn, ham, bacon, eggs, vegetables can go into it. Whatever is in stock.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      A great way to use up left over items, and kids love it too, great idea Annette!ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl

    I cook double & freeze the rest, it’s just me & my daughter. Great standby when I’m tired & sore after a full on day at workReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Chicken wraps – so quick and simple. Chicken tenders in oven and quickly cut up some salad.
    Also a super quick fried rice using my pressure cooker plus a few spring rolls from the freezer to the oven.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Gill

    Garlic Prawns. Keep prawns in the freezer for a quick meal. Heat butter in a pan, add diced onions, then garlic and wine/cream. Cook up some rice in the rice cooker, There you have it, a very simple, quick meal without resorting to cans of processed sauces etc. ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Thurlow

    Mine is usually home made pizza and chips, pizza dough, 1 cup natural Greek yoghurt and 1 cups sr flour, mixed Italian herbs and parmasen cheeseopped with tomato paste or sauce and anything left over in fridge….topped with cheese and baked for 15 mins…delicious! And easy. My favourite topping is red onion, capsicum, tuna, rocket and feta if I haveReplyCancel

  • Veronica

    A very quick and simple meal.

    A piece of steak per person marinated in soy sauce and garlic
    A bag of precut coleslaw vegies dressed with your own dressing, I use apple cider vinegar, 1tsp mustard, a little olive oil and a little maple syrup to sweeten to taste.
    A boiled potatoe which I serve with sour cream and chives
    And THAT IS IT.
    Nutritious, healthy and takes minutes to prepare. In fact quicker than take away and so much nicer, and not to mention less expensive.

    Ps could replace steak with sausages or beef mince burgers to make meal cheaper.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    We make home made pizzas using Lebanese bread or dig out some bases I’ve bought on special. Load them up with left over vegetables, ham, pineapple, basically what ever we have at hand. Everyone can make their own. Happy DaysReplyCancel

  • Jade

    Especially nice in cold weather, healthy and is something I always have ready to go in the cupboard. LENTILS & RICE. In a pot caramelise onion, throw in a cup of Brown Lentils,season with salt pepper and cumin and cover with water. Bring to boil then let simmer till soft. Add a cup of rice and 1.5 cups of water. Simmer till cooked. Serve with natural Yogurt and fresh salad. Yummy!! I’ll be making that tonight :DReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Good old Spag Boll. Just boil the spaghetti, prepare the jar mix and all doneReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I like to get the fridge as empty as possible the night before I do my weekly shop at Coles ;-) so omelettes are a great way to do this. We generally use up bacon, ham, mushrooms, capsicum, leftover cooked vegies, corn, tomatoes, grated cheese etc and it has now become a family favourite on a Friday night.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    Homemade sausage rolls with whatever mince (chicken, beef, pork, turkey) is left in the freezer, the leftover vegies (finely chopped in a food processor), an egg if we have one, some breadcrumbs and a good squeeze of sauce and herbs. This is such an easy recipe that can be adjusted to use what is left in the fridge and cupboard. I love it because it quick and easy and packed full of vegies that firstly my kids don’t normally eat and secondly would normally get thrown out and my kids love it because it’s finger food and we can eat it picnic style.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    A Chicken Stir Fry is quick, easy, nutritious & delicious. I use chicken left overs, whatever veg we have to use up, plum sauce and soy sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Croft

    good old spag bol and meatballs. I make my own sauce as i prefer to stay away from the pre made jars. I add celery, carrot, onion, (sometimes diced sweet potato/pumpkin) and whole canned tomatoes (or diced fresh tomatoes)
    I put it on in the morning to simmer for a few hours for the tomato to cook down and then add the meatballs (mince meat with mixed fresh herbs) seasoon with a little pepper!!

  • Therese

    Home made pizza. It’s easy and fun to make the dough from scratch with miss 6 and then use up left over meat and vege (eg, chicken, ham, tomato, spinach, pumpkin but not all on the same pizza)ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Lamb

    We love to make our own pizza at the end of a week.
    Everybody makes their own, so its a night off for me!
    We usually roast vegetables, grate cheese and other ingredients and put them in the freezer so they are ready to use.
    Makes a simple meal that everyone enjoys.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Shailer

    I am usually knackered by Friday night, so my go-to meal on these nights is Spanish Tortilla. Just fry onion and potato in a fry pan until soft, beat 4 eggs together with a pinch of salt and pepper, then pour over the potato mixture. Once it is looking fairly well ‘set’, pop the pan under the.griller to finish cooking and browning the top. Tip out onto a plate to slice, and serve with a salad and crusty bread, yum!ReplyCancel

  • wendy ollington

    Macaroni cheeseReplyCancel

  • Michelle Chapman

    Chicken and beans in an enchilada sauce with salad in a tortilla wrap. Once it’s simmering on the stove, I get the salad prepped. Once it’s ready it’s everyone for themselves as we make up our wraps. Left overs are even nicer the next day as a quick lunch after swim lessons.ReplyCancel

  • Home made pizza is my end of week meal. Pizza
    Base made in bread maker. Easy xReplyCancel

  • Angela Pankhurst

    I like to use up the leftover Bolognaise sauce, from an earlier in the week meal, by baking large potatoes in foil in the oven & then topping them with Parmesan cheese, the Bolognaise sauce & a dollop of light sour cream.
    This is very filling, uses up leftovers & great on a Friday evening when nobody feels like cookingReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Tonight. Friday, we are having spaghetti Bolognese that I cooked in the slow cooker while I was out today.ReplyCancel

  • Jess L

    Homemade takeaway!
    The kids think they are being thoroughly spoiled but it’s SO much healthier and cheaper.
    We alternate between homemade pizzas, hamburgers and fish n chips.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Stir fry – rump steak (about 400g) and your choice of veggies – usually I use capsicum, brocolini, carrot and snow peas. Slice the beef into thin strips and brown. Transfer to a bowl. Slice the capsicum thinly, chop the brocolini into 5cm chunks and thinly slice the carrots. Top and tail the snow peas. Fry the carot, capsicum and brocolini stems in a tablespoon of oil for two minutes, adding 2 teaspoons of water with the veggies. Add the brocolini tops and snow peas for a further two minutes or until everything is softened and cooked through. Add the beef and two teaspoons of hoisin sauce and two teaspoons of salt reduced spy sauce. Stir until combined and heated through. Add cooked rice if desired and serve.ReplyCancel

  • Agnes

    We call it ‘build your own’ dinner – a shop bought roast chook or deli meat or felafels, tortillas, salad veges, grated cheese, leftovers of various descriptions, and a variety of sauces. Pop it all on the table and build your own wrap. So easy, so yummy. Consumed voraciously by all!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri Geoghegan

    Our go to meal is definitely spag bol!!! It’s not so much because it’s quick and easy, but rather because it’s everyone’s favourite. After a hectic and tiring week it’s nice for us all to sit down together and REALLY enjoy a meal :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Mackay

    A BBQ. Simple and easy. We just add a Caesar Salad and it’s done. So quick and easy!ReplyCancel

  • Lianne

    Friday is usually either a curry made with leftover meat from the weeks roast or tuna bake- pasta, tuna, corn and peas with white sauce topped with cheese and baked. Or chicken chorizo pasta, chicken thigh diced and fried with chorizo diced, onion and capsicum a bottle of pasta sauce and cooked pasta stirred throughReplyCancel

  • Linda parsons

    A quiche to use up any leftover veggies!ReplyCancel

  • Thelma Ann Roberton

    Sausage and apple cider casserole…originally used this recipe but I don’t bother with the dumplings…use whatever sausages you have in the freezer, and just serve with mashed potatoes or even mashed pumpkin and whatever veges are knocking around. If I’m feeling super lazy I add carrot and peas so I don’t have to cook veges separately :) If you don’t have apple cider just use apple juice…the whole house eats it and it’s a lovely comfort food!

  • Kelly

    Gnochi & Meatballs with a tomato sauce. Quick, easy, filling and delicious – all the things you need at the end of the week. So simple my 9yo can make it – easily stretched when there are unexpected “extras” for dinner.

    Curried chicken (or sausages) is also a great end of week standby.

    Minestrone soup using all the leftovers.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    tortellini carbonara… always gobbled up without complaints and can be ready in 10-15 minutes… especially if I boil the jug to get the pasta water a headstartReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Faulconbridge

    I like making meatballs in bulk on shopping day. And then freezing. Chicken meatballs are just egg breadcrumbs seasoning (I like to use garlic, cumin and salt and pepper) and I like to add sesame seeds for crunch. Then I just pull them out and dump them in a saucepan with a couple of tins of tomatoes and a quarter cup of korma paste and serve on cous cous plus whatever frozen veg are lurking in the freezer. ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine Moore

    I cook a roast during the week with only three or four eating we only eat half of it so i cut up the rest and put it in the freezer for a quick and easy night. Depending on what meat i make things like stroganoff, tikka masala, casseroles(cos its already cooked it wont take long to chop some vege and pop in a pot and by the time the vege is cooked the meat is all soft and pulling apart), i also make it into pie without pastry just make a gravy add mushrooms and onion and meat cook some mash and peas. ReplyCancel

  • Larissa Jade

    We like to have ‘Brinner’- breakfast for dinner! Usually eggs, toast, baked beans, sometimes grilled tomatoes and bacon, pretty much whatever is left in the fridge and pantry. It’s easy and nutritious enough for dinner, plus it helps use up the last of the eggs etc before the next shop. ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Duyndam

    My chicken and sweet corn soup. It takes 15 mins to cook and taste better than any Chinese restaurant!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Lee Britton

    My go to meal is PESTO PASTA., Slice bacon and heat 1 min in microwave, pour in pesto sauce, coles brand is very good and a great price, and heat for 1 minute more. Pour over cooked pasta. Super quick, easy and cheap. Can also add mushrooms and/chicken. Seriously there is nothing easier!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi Wittenberg

    healthy home made pizzas – using pita bread, tomatoe paste, cheese, fresh bazil, onion and ham. Cheap, easy, healthy and hardly any washing up!! everyone wins. I make extra for the kids to take to school for lunches too.ReplyCancel

  • Chantel Earle

    Seven layer sausage casserole (Google it, trust me). So so easy to prepand then it’s in the oven and that’s it. And with meat and veg all in one dish the clean up is quick and easy!! ReplyCancel

  • Shannon May

    We love homemade pizzas on a Friday or Saturday night. I buy the Vitastic Piites Lite Souvlaki & Pizza bases from Coles for my husband and the kids and for myself I buy the Simply Wize (Gluten Free) Pizza Crusts. We top them with Leggos Pizza Sauce and coles Pizza Cheese, a bit of oregano and if we have it some shredded ham from the Coles Deli. Simple, quick, easy and tasty. The kids, aged 3 and 1 enjoy helping to make their dinner too. ReplyCancel

  • Maree Staples

    my kids love burritos. It’s really easy and a good balance of protein, carbs & some veggies. just us an Old El Paso Burrito Kit, with some lean beef mince, sour cream, grated cheese, diced fresh tomato & lettuce, then it’s ready to serve. The kids used to like each ingredient spread on their plate, but as they’ve gotten older, they now like it as a wrapped burrito.ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn Whiting

    I buy a leg of lamb which can the serve my husband and myself for several meals. First night as a roast: another night slices of meat heated up in gravy with vegetables/or cold with salad in summer; slices of cold lamb on sandwiches for lunch and then the rmainder I make into a cottage pie with frozen peas and corn added and mashed potato, sweet potato and/or pumpkin on top. this usually makes enough for 4 so we eat one serve and then freeze the second serve for another time. My other easy go to Friday night meal is home made pizza made with pita bread, wraps or scone dough. I just add whatever vegetables are left in the crisper (slightly braise things like zuchhini, onions celery) any leftover ham and top with grated cheese. Takes minutes to assemble and is healthy and filling.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    We often have spaghetti bolognaise on a Thursday night then after dinner I use the leftovers to make lasagne for Friday night…then when we all get home all I have to do is pop it in the oven….ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Rodrigues

    Generally at the beginning to mid week I will throw together a fresh salad with lots of great veggies. Keeping it in a Tupperware container in the fridge it stays fresh for up to a week. Towards the end of the week (because hubby is more of a 3 meat and veg guy than a salad consumer) I usually make something like beef or chicken mince tacos or wraps/pita rolls which minimises cooking, just fry off mince/grill chicken etc add spices and a little sauce and top with the left over salad. It’s a great way to use up the end of the salad and freshens up the palate to reset for the hearty meals of beginning of the week!!ReplyCancel

  • Jacelle

    BBQ chicken pasta bake. I’ll often buy and freeze a couple of BBQ chickens when they are reduced in price near store closing time. So they are great for a quick and fairly cheap end if week pasta bake. Simply break up the chicken meat, add any leftover veggies, place into a baking dish, pour over a chicken condensed soup mix or jar of pasta bake sauce, sprinkle over tasty grated cheese. Bake in oven until cooked and cheese golden brown. Easy and yummmm!ReplyCancel

  • Cass Steedman

    Trick I’ve started using is to make a big batch of say mince with onion, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. I then make bolognaise, lasagne, chilli beef and savoury mince with rice dishes for the whole week. You just divide the ‘base’ mince up and add other ingredients to change it to something else. It’s great when a particular meat is on special.

    For chicken (diced with onion, garlic) you could make a curry, stir fry, soup, Mexican burritos, casserole etc.

    Hope this helps others.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Dougan

    Our go to meal is either spaghetti bolognaise. I always have some bolognaise sauce in the freezer. Homemade with plenty of veg, tinned tomatoes and passata – a family favourite. Or fritata with any meat and veg left from the week. My kids love it and it’s so easy.ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn Pitman

    I buy a bbq chicken and pull all the meat off , separate into 3 bags to freeze-1 for sandwiches , 1 for mini pizzas and the other I will use to make a pie ect chicken and leek. I also pre chop meat into cubes for stews , strips, fillets ect before freezing to save time during the week. Its amazing how much time u save when u dont have to chop .I do a weekend cook up of cakes biscuits muffins scrolls ect to freeze for school lunchesReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My go-to meal on a Friday night is normally something quick that I can have leftovers for Saturday night (Saturdays in my house are taken up with sport)
    I love to cook family favourites like homemade pizza, curried sausages or spaghetti bolognese.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Uhlmann

    Fried rice and san choy bow. Home made fried rice is a great way to use up tag ends of deli meats or vegetables in the fridge. Goes great with so many dishes but my kids love it with san choy bow. Pork mince and some flavouring fried up and it’s done. Perfecting the art of good lettuce cups can take some effort but it’s a lot of fun even with broken ones. Fried rice left overs great in the thermos for kids lunches the next day too.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Gray

    I plan my weekly menu every week based on specials but I always have a couple of things in the freezer and cupboard I know I can grab and make a quick dinner with that everyone will like. This is my kids favourite meal at the moment, it is quick, easy and healthy and it looks good (the kids are right into the cooking its all about presentation) Moroccan chicken and cous cous. I like to use chicken thigh and just coat it with Moroccan chicken seasoning and cook in a non stick pan, mean while I just buy the seasoned cous cous you just add boiling water and cover with glad wrap for five minutes (too easy) I add some feta and spinach or shallots to the cous cous, squash the cous cous into a 1 cup measuring cup and turn it out on the plate, my kids like sprouts so they go on the plate somewhere and then I put a bit of greek yogurt on the chicken, dinner done and everyone happy ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My Friday night go-to meal is cooking up a batch of mince be it beef/turkey/pork/chicken, and adding it to pasta, burritos or nacho chips for a super easy Friday night dinner. Also doubles as a yummy lunch for Saturday and sometimes it’ll make it to Sunday… Depending on how indulgent we’ve been!!ReplyCancel

  • Hana

    Our Friday night go to is pasta – bolognese or chorizo or pesto. And we do Soup Saturdays, all the tired looking veggies, any leftover meat and stock all simmer away all afternoon for an easy and healthy dinner. We also make our own bread on Saturdays when there is no fresh bread in the house! Homemade soup and fresh warm buttered bread! Best way to end the week!ReplyCancel

  • Nadia

    Home made honey soy chicken wings! I buy the wings from Coles (so cheap!) and cut the tips off then cut them in half at the joint to make them nibble size. Then get 1/3 cup tomato sauce, 1/4 cup soy sauce and 1/4 cup honey. Mix it all together and pour over wings. Makes enough to coat 2 kgs of wings. Bake on baking paper (for easy cleaning) in oven on 180 degrees for about half an hour. Perfect! We just serve it with corn on the cob, chopped cherry tomatoes, some cucumber and some cold tinned pineapple for the kids.
    The wings can be prepared the night before so there is very little to do on a Friday night except for turning on the oven!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Being a gluten free household, quick dinner is not a saying in our household but we cope. The kids love ‘bacon pasta’ it’s really bacon carbonara but they don’t like bacon carbonara but will happy scoff down bacon pasta, go figure.

    1 packet of coles gluten free spaghetti, cooked, drained & put back into hot pot.
    A few rashers of bacon & an onion, cubed & fried.
    4 egg yolks, about 3/4 carton of pure cream, lightly whisked together & then a handful of grated parmesan cheese thrown in.

    Add bacon mixture to pasta, stir. Then add egg mixture to pasta & stir. Egg mixture will thicken & cheese will melt with the heat of the ingredients & pot.

    You can also add an vegetables you’d like. Kids love mushrooms, corn or peas. This recipe is great because you can use whatever you have on hand & no measuring, it’s a recipe you just can’t stuff up. What more can you ask for?ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    Eggs on toast is our go to meal, usually cooked by my husband! Even better :)ReplyCancel

  • Catherine McDonnell

    It usually involves eggs, either scrambled with left overs or baked beans if nothing leftover thy are made into pancakes, the old breakkie for dinner… The hubby & daughter love it:))ReplyCancel

  • I love to make risotto using those veggies that have started to go soft. I do a cheat’s risotto – I pour the stock over the rice and leave it to absorb all at once. This only works when you’re cooking for 3 or 4 people.
    Or for an easy dinner I love eggs on toast! Avocado, scrambled eggs with a bit of dill, tomato, feta and salt and pepper. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Kat Rogers

    It can’t get any easier than our go to end of week meal….’Tuna Pasta Bake’. I know there is not a lot of skill to it but by the end of the week, you’ll be thanking me lol.
    2 x cups of penne pasta
    425g tin of tuna
    Dominos or Leggos tuna pasta sauce
    And about 3/4 cup of grated cheese….that’s all you need! Cook the pasta, combine Tuna, pasta & the sauce in a oven safe dish, sprinkling the cheese on top. Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for about 15m (or until the cheese browns) and your done! One tasty meal that serves 4! Very cost efficient, doesn’t require any fresh meat/or thawing and the best thing is the time! I have a 19 month old and pregnant with #2. This meal ticks all the boxes for me and the family love it! ReplyCancel

  • Caitelyn Smith

    We do “end of week meals” during the week too by using our slow cooker to our advantage! I chuck a double batch of a casserole, or a stew, or pie filling in, and the leftovers get used up in either a reheat night or I repurpose them – so a stew becomes a pie, or party pies & sausage rolls from leftover stew & sausages! That one is a great one for kids who want a junky night of party pies, but you need to reuse leftovers. I also use leftover veggies from a meat & veg night, in my slow cooker the next day.

    Making the party pies & sausage rolls is a great way to get Mr 5 involved in the kitchen with me too, giving us some time together while Mr 14weeks is happy playing on his mat or napping

    Snag Bol is a good one too –

    8 Coles Thin Beef sausages
    2 tins Coles Crushed OR Diced Tomatoes
    2-3 cups Coles Frozen mixed & winter veggies
    1 jar Coles bolognese pasta sauce
    2 tbsp of Coles tomato paste
    1 small onion diced
    2 cups Coles gluten free pasta cooked and drained
    Coles grated cheese of your choice

    Cook onion, sausages & veggies until browned/defrosted, tip tomatoes, pasta sauce on to the sausages & veggies. Mix tomato paste & let simmer. Once pasta is cooked, mix through & top with cheese of your choice :) takes about 20 minutes and is a staple in our house!

    We’re also a gluten free household – I love Coles range of gluten free products! The pasta tastes just like gluten pasta, without the gluey texture a lot of GF products have :) as you can see, we do 99% of our shopping at Coles :DReplyCancel

  • My daugther loves chicken Pasta.

    I often buy a BBQ chicken from Coles for cold meat during the week, but rarely ever use the whole chicken so I remove all the flesh when its fresh, keep aside what I need for sandwiches and cold meat and shred the rest into bite sized pieces. I then make up a tomato based pasta sauce with onion, bacon, tin tomatos, tomatos paste, white wine and lots of herbs and spices to make it yummy, simmer it until its delicious then stir in the shredded chicken after I turn off the heat. Once cool I pop it into the freezer for later in the week.

    On a Sunday night or any night when I don’t feel like cooking from scratch, I cook some fresh pasta and reheat the sauce. Its my daugther’s favourite and a great way to use of the leftover chicken. Otherwise, half the meat would go in the bin on rubbish day, what a waste that would be.

    I am definitely pinning this post for ideas for my weekly menu, there are some very yummy ideas on here. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Valerie Matic

    My chicken cobbler is my end of week savior…and even good enough for guests. I grab a bbq chook on my way home from work (our local FoodWorks have cheap double chook offers on weekdays and 10th chook for free purchase so look around your local smaller stores). Once home I shred the hot chook, then brown an onion in a saucepan with 20g butter, stir in 2Tbsp flour to make a paste, pour in 2 cups chick stock and whisk to dissolve with paste. Add a big handfull of parsley and 3 Tbsp of sliced sage and stir to infuse. Throw in 2-3 cups of frozen veg and the chicken and simmer till dumplings are made.
    To make dumplings just rub 50g butter with 1 1/2 cups flour till consistency is crumbly, add just enough milk, stirring with a blunt knife to form a dough. Turn out onto bench and press dough till 3cm thickness then cut 4cm circles with biscuit rings. Pour the hot chick &veg into casserole dish and arrange dumplings around the edge on top, slightly overlapping. Bake in oven 180oC for 20 mins and voila! Looks great, a winner with the kids and hubby and done in 40 mins.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    We just tried this “Instant Casserole” last night. It’s all cans, one pot, fast, easy and tasty. The kids enjoyed it too.
    Make up chicken noodle soup packet.
    add: 1 tin cream of chicken soup
    1 tin of sweet corn
    1 tin of asparagus pieces
    1 packet of 2 min noodles (chicken)
    (although I didn’t add the flavor sachet it didn’t need it)
    Stir all together.ReplyCancel

  • Lauretta Kolarik

    Normally some sort of pasta-based meal! Bacon, onion and cheese often has a starring role on a Sunday night. Or sometimes ham or bacon with cherry tomatoes, spring onion, fetta and Philadelphia cooking cream. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Jo

    As a first time mum, writing this a 2.39am trying to sleep after a night time feed I am not embarrassed to say toasted sandwiches.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Halling

    My go to at the end of the week is either homemade pizza so my kids can help. Now the cooler weather is here we also sometimes have spaghetti bog and a special treat for desert is chocolate lava cake my son loves helping making them.ReplyCancel

  • Cyn Drewer

    Our go-to-meal depends on what is left in the fridge/ pantry and who is home to enjoy the meal and the company.
    A winter favourite is Potato and Bacon Chowder
    I cook up onion and lots of bacon ( especially for the boys in the family)
    Add lots of diced potato
    Add stock and water
    Cook until soft
    Add few tins of creamed corn
    Cook some more
    Add some milk
    All up, it takes about 1/2 hour
    We like it chunky, and serve it with hot bread
    Is it Friday yet?ReplyCancel

  • Tonja

    With Winter’s arrival, I can see myself returning to my End Of Week Soup tradition. Any tired veggies that still have some life in them can be simmered up (you can fry bacon in the pot first, if you like, with some cumin, paprika and turmeric, then add stock and whatever veggies you have). Frozen veggies can also be added for some variety, and tinned veggies, too. Make enough, and you can freeze it for one of those week days when everybody is late! Some nice, crusty bread to serve doesn’t go astray, either.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Tallon

    Home made pizza or macaroni cheese. I always keep a supply of bacon and pineapple in the freezer in small pizza size lots. As for the tomato paste and cheese or cheese and pasta, there’s always some of those in the pantry and fridge.ReplyCancel

  • library_Geek

    I am all about simplicity at the end of the week. I like making a pot of soup and making toast. Reminds me of weekends home when growing up. Nothing more comforting at the end of a busy week.ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful website, thank You !!ReplyCancel