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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

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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Berry Punch

I was chatting to my friend Maria from Roar Living recently and she told me about the Berry Punch she just made, it sounded so good so I cheekily asked her if she could photograph it and send me details so I can share it with you all.  She happily obliged, over to Maria. Today I […]

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Gingerbread Reindeer

Hiding in the freezer section at Ikea is frozen gingerbread dough.  I don’t like the smell or taste of ginger and rarely make gingerbread for my kids (mean mummy).  However, my kids LOVE gingerbread so I thought I would give this dough a go. I thawed the dough in the fridge and rolled onto a floured […]

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Cherry Ripe Balls

A friend of mine recently told me about a recipe, Cherry Ripe Balls.   She knows me ooh to well, Cherry Ripes are my most favourite chocolate bar and funnily enough after my surgery it’s one of the only chocolate bars I can stomach, many of the others are too sweet for me now. I […]

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  • Lisa

    Wondering what are cherry ripe bars? and Nice biscuits?ReplyCancel

    • Clare

      where are you from Lisa? These are an aussie chocolate bar with cherries and coconut inside and covered in dark chocolate. Nice biscuits are just a sweet plain biscuit :)ReplyCancel

    • Aah Lisa I’m presuming you are not Aussie. Here in Australia Cherry ripe bar is the most delicious chocolate, it’s chocolate on the outside and cherry and coconut on the inside. Nice biscuits are a dry sweet biscuit with sugar on the outside.ReplyCancel

  • AMS

    Sounds awesome, what size cherry ripe bars did you use ?ReplyCancel

    • Clare

      I would assume the standard size or king size as there is a large quantity of biscuit included :)ReplyCancel

    • I used the small ones, but you could use the bigger variety would be a stronger cherry ripe flavourReplyCancel

  • Diandra

    Just wondering how many balls does this recipe make??ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I will have to try these. I have made them like a regular Rumball with the cocoa & rum too. Have also used ‘Fry’s Turkish delight’ bars too. YUMMM !ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Do you use standard size cherry ropes or treat size?ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    can you suggest an alternative to condensed milk?ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Hi Kat. My favourite chocolate bar is also cherry ripe…I made these awhile agoand instead of the chocolate bars I added cadbury mint flavoured drinking chocolate..they were such a hit at school that they wanted them for their break up party. You could a l ways add glaced cherries, craisins, sultanas, rum,ReplyCancel

Christmas Chocolate Ripple Cake

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

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  • Notsoorganised

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

  • Anne

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

  • Azzabonj

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

    • suzanne

      I was wondering that myself.ReplyCancel

    • DeludedPrincess

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

  • Andie

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

  • Tracey Hall

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

  • Michelle

    Tastes awesome with the biscuits dipped in Baileys first!ReplyCancel

  • brisyvonne

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

  • christine

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

  • Mrs808

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

  • Belinda

    Hi Guys
    I seem to have mislayed my printables I purchased. I have the elf planner, however I also purchased the reindeer food tags and something else???? Help. Can you help?ReplyCancel

Gift Idea – Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Last year I gave my neighbour a christmas cookie mix in a jar as a Chrissy gift.  She was so thrilled to receive it, because she was having visitors later that week and this would be so helpful to have the mix ready to make a batch of cookies as having a new bub she […]

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  • […] Find more details here on how to make Christmas Cookies in a Jar.  Labels available in my shop. […]ReplyCancel

  • gifter123

    These are terrific! How many cookies will the recipient get out of this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Anything I can use as a substitute for the coconut?ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Could I use a 1 Litre Jar? I’m struggling to find a 1.5ReplyCancel

    • Chloe

      I just wanted to let you know, I have an abundance of Mocconna Coffee Jars. And I filled a 400g one with water and it measures out to be exactly 1.5L! My mum used to pull off the plastic seal and place something xmasy that would fit (like a decoration or little holly thing) into the lid and then replace the plastic seal. She’d fill it with baking or chocs or lollies etc and put a xmasy ribbon around the top. I just run the big jar through the bottom of the dishwasher and the labels peel easily off!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Thank you for the helpful tip, Chloe! That is great.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Firstly, I LOVE your blog! And I love this gift idea! I’m going to make this for my colleges! Silly/random question, but have you baked these cookies before yourself? Is this recipe tried and tested so to speak? How did they turn out? How many does it make approx? Only because I want to make sure my gift turns out perfectly for my recipients. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • I sure have Alicia and I love this recipe, I love any cookie with oats in it!! It makes the same amount as a typical cookie batch a good 30 or so. Hope they love them!ReplyCancel

  • This is going to save me some $$$ on Christmas Gifts. I was going to buy these made online and had to buy a few. So excited to try these this year. Thanks again for another amazing recipe idea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Melissa.:) Enjoy making them, would love to see a pic once you have made them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sheree

    Hi there
    I am in the process of doing a whole lot of the Christmas Cookies in a Jar. I absolutely love the idea. However, I cannot find Christmas M&Ms in New Zealand! I don’t think we have them here. Do you have any other suggestions of what else to use?
    Many thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sheree, Hmm oh no, no Christmas M&Ms, not to worry. I would still use the normal M&Ms as it will taste delicious and still look just as effective.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi, such a great idea! I’m making these for some of my friends and family. Only problem is that one of them can’t have gluten. I can change the flour to gluten free easily but what about the oats. Is there anything that I can substitute the oats for?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, I would suggest using Quinoa flakes. They are gluten free and very delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Elise

    Love this idea! How long would they last before they have to be baked? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Elise, as long as the jar is sealed and the jar is clean they should last a good couple of months.ReplyCancel

  • […] and Homemade gifts used to be a little humdrum, but they are having a resurgence in popularity. Cookie mix in a jar like the one pictured from The Organised Housewife. Homemade body lotion. Hand crafted gifts or even Christmas decorations. Make a family photo book […]ReplyCancel

Home-made Cheese Biscuits

I’m really enjoying cooking a wonderful array of food for my family on weekends, it’s my way to relax and unwind.  My kids love crackers and dips and I have wanted to try making my own type of cracker of a while.  This is a cheese cracker which I served with avocado horseradish spread and […]

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