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Roast Pumpkin, Spinach & Turkey Pasta Bake

This pasta bake is a delicious way to use up some left over Christmas turkey meat.  A creamy and very flavoursome roast pumpkin, spinach and turkey pasta bake.  This bake made enough for our family of 5 plus left overs for the next day.  Serve with salad and you can easily stretch it out to […]

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  • Bettina

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

Left over Christmas Ham – Cobb Salad

This is a really easy and quick salad to prepare and a great way to use up left over Christmas Ham or Turkey along with some salad items you may have in your fridge. My salad above was inspired by a traditional cobb salad which uses: lettuce chicken bacon egg avocado cherry tomatoes cheese Using this idea […]

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Planning a Christmas lunch

This post is sponsored by Coles We usually catch up with both sides of our families on Christmas day coordinating lunch with hubbies family and dinner with my family.  This year we sadly won’t see my brother in law and his partner so we planned an early Christmas celebration lunch recently.  We tried to make it […]

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  • Casey Mayne

    Comp entered! Thanks for such a wonderful comp and delicious lunch menu. The ham glaze sounds delicious. I think we will give that one a go this year. Yum!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh it was Casey and just smelt so good during the morning I was cooking it!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    You are amazing, I just love your Christmas time posts! This one made me feel like I really want to do Christmas lunch with your family! Ha ha your attention to detail is incredible, you have great ideas and similar taste to me with your decorating. I just love it all xxx Merry Christmas from my family to yours xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Bec I love this time of year, and feel so lucky we got to have Christmas lunch early with one family and get to do it all over again on Christmas day. Those Christmas decorations are gorgeous I really do love the santa sitting on the table!ReplyCancel

  • amy

    What an amazing lunch! Looks divine.
    We usually juggle Christmas day too. We live in the Hunter valley and my family in Sydney and it pains me to not be able to see everyone. So we are usually to and fro on the day. One year we didn’t and I was an absolute mess. Hope you have a lovely Christmas. I plan on throwing the lunch next year and will definitely be referring to your recipes!ReplyCancel

Kahlua Hazelnut Ice-Cream cake

I have lost count now how many years I have made this Kahulua Hazelnut Ice-Cream cake, so many times. When I host Christmas Day lunch or dinner at my home THIS IS OUR CHRISTMAS DESSERT.  It’s really refreshing after a big Christmas feast.  As it has kahlua in it it is of course not suitable […]

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  • This looks soon good.
    I love Kahulua, although I rarely have it in the house as I tend to end up drinking it as a digestif!!!??!! Oops.
    I am not hosting Christmas this year, but my parents arrive for an extended stay in January so I will definitely have it on the list for whilst they are here. Pinning this to my Pinterest food boards.
    Yum xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Claire, It is soooo yummy!.:) We love having it every Christmas. I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do.:)ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I bet this would be good with frangelico!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yes that does sound nice, Megan!ReplyCancel

Christmas Punch

I love to create delicious non-alcoholic drinks for our parties/gatherings.  This Christmas Punch is so good, filled with delicious cold fruit, it’s a must have on your Christmas table.  It’s really easy to prepare, so easy my Mr 11 made this for us! This is a 2L jug, Mr 11 made enough to fill the jug (as per recipe […]

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  • Leah

    Do you think sparkling apple juice could be a good substitute for the lemonade? Would it be sweet enough?
    I don’t like serving soft drinks to young children.ReplyCancel

What to take when asked to “bring a plate”

Christmas is that wonderful time of year that we catch up with friends for pre-Christmas celebrations and with our family as we also have quite a few birthdays between now and the new year.

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  • I have a secret weakness for devilled eggs! yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      they are so yummy, even a curried variation would be nice!ReplyCancel

      • Bev Lange

        here’s an even easier version of eggs, boil and halve as per usual, but instead of taking out yolk, simply sprinkle some curry powder over each halve (don’t get too heavy handed) and drizzle a few drops of french dressing and hep presto all doneReplyCancel

  • Imogen Hodson

    Hiya organised housewife!

    I have an idea for your {Daily task}.
    Donate the wedding dress you adore (but is clogging up wardrobe space) to…
    Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc.
    ( OR they also have a facebook page, just search for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc)

    These awesome volunteers transform the dresses into beautiful burial gowns for stillborn babies. This is a completely free service.

    They will also take your random sewing supplies or ribbony bits if you feel like cleaning out your sewing stuff.

    If you need more info (or want to do a blog story), just message Sarah the CEO. She is adorable and they really love the publicity.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Imogen for these details, I have just shared it on my facebook page xReplyCancel

  • Imogen Hodson

    Thank you, thank you! ????ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Than you for your wonderful ideas!! I never thought of using a piping bag to put the mixture in the eggs brilliant!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Thank you for your wonderful ideas!! I never thought of using a piping bag to put the mixture in the eggs brilliant!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome, Karin!.:)ReplyCancel

How to host a lunch and spend time with your guests

This post is sponsored by Coles I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you all.  I have partnered with a brand that fits perfectly with the content of the blog, I am proud to announce I am a Coles Ambassador.  Nothing will change for you, I will continue to bring you the same type of posts, sharing family […]

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  • Cheryl

    Congratulations on the partnership with Coles, that is great news!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn

    This is great I usually fail and spend most of the time in the kitchen preparing, then we eat and they usually leave so I didn’t really get to spend time with them, going to use some of your tips next time!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    wow coles? Thats great. Look forward to many more imteresting posts like this one.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Sandra.:) Yes i am so excited and thrilled to be working with Coles!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Katrina. You will be an awesome ambassador.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Trish! I am so super excited.:)ReplyCancel

Easy Tropical Punch

Memories of punch goes way back for me, it used to be my Aunty’s speciality every Christmas she would bring all her ingredients and make the kids our very own special drink!! My punch version is very simple. Pour all your ingredients into a bowl or dispenser, then fill with ice. You can use a punch bowl, […]

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  • Ruey Enanoria

    Great recipe! Punch was a big hit with our family and guests last Christmas. To make things more colourful, I made a big ice ring out of juice, fruits and mint leaves in a tupperware jelly ring mould…that way the punch doesn’t get diluted. I used a bowl last year and it was very pretty with the ice ring floating but I am very tempted to get one of these drink dispensers. Can I ask if the fruits get in the way of the punch flowing out of the tap?ReplyCancel

  • Oooh YUM!! That looks great and so easy to make! Definitely bookmarking this for the festive season – and I bought a drink dispenser a couple of months ago – so perfect!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Charlene! It is so yummy and easy to make, everyone really enjoys it.:)ReplyCancel

  • I can imagine what an easy crowd pleaser this punch is Kat! :DReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It sure is Lorraine.:) So refreshing and yummy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Love this idea for Chrissy Day – we get champers so the kidetes should have a special drink, too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I absolutely agree with you The Hungry Mum.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Where did you get the mason jars from?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Amanda, i got my mason jars from Big W.ReplyCancel

  • Hey is v that aka fruit cocktail here in usaReplyCancel

Creamy Potato Bake

My husbands favourite accompaniment to a BBQ is good creamy potato bake and I must admit I do love it too! Slice potato thin to ensure it cooks well.  Layer half the potato into a baking dish, sprinkle over onion and bacon pieces. Layer with remaining potato slices.  Mix cream, milk and stock powder in bowl, […]

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  • I’m such a fiend for potato bake! I usually make a small one because I can’t be trusted around it ;)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL I know what you mean, now my kids eat more we never have potato bake left overs :(ReplyCancel

  • It’s pretty hard to beat a potato bake! I have tried over and over and can never beat my Mum’s. Next I’m going to try your recipe… I think it just may knock Mum off the potato bake queen perch!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh we really love potato bake Lucy, a friend of ours husband makes the best one. It had sweet potato in it too, I may just have to see if he doesn’t mind sharing his recipe.ReplyCancel

Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad

This Tomato, Onion and Cucumber salad is very easy to assemble and have ready before your guests arrive or a great dish to take when asked to ‘bring a salad’.  You could also add in some fetta for an extra flavour hit.  This would make a great Christmas Day salad too, lovely colours of green and […]

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  • Y. Bentley

    Hi Kat, the tomato, cucumber and onion salad how many people with this serve as a side salad.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi, i would say 4 – 6 people.:)ReplyCancel