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A delicious fruity smoothie great for when you’re rushing out the door in the morning. Raspberry Yoghurt Smoothie is a quick and easy breakfast.

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  • Have you found a brand of frozen raspberries that use Australian raspberries?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I have used the ones at Aldi and they are really good!ReplyCancel

  • I was just saying the other day that I need to get back into making smoothies now that it’s warming up!!! This looks so yum!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      We love our smoothies, so lovely and refreshing.:)ReplyCancel

A refreshing lemon and honey tea to help soothe a sore throat when feeling unwell with cold or flu.

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Check out these reusable pouch ideas, these food pouches are reusable, dishwasher safe and so easy to use.

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  • Vonni

    Hi Karina.

    Are they the 100ml pouches you are filling with yoghurt? How well do these fit in your Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes? Thanks for the back to school series. Love it!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I used the 100ml for the yoghurt, they fit perfectly just ontop of the sandwich in the SKP. Lay a piece of baking paper between the sandiwch and the pouch so the condensation from the pouch doesn’t make the sandwich go soggy :)ReplyCancel

  • Tanja

    Those pouches are a great idea! Just placed an order for them. My kids have one of the ready made ones with yoghurt each day for school and these will save me a fortune. Hopefully they remember to bring them home! Thank you for posting the link and info for these!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, that is the trick Tanja and a few on facebook are saying their kids lose the lids, so remind them to place the lids back on too!ReplyCancel

  • Whilst I love the use of reusable pouches, I try to purchase a plain Greek yoghurt with no additives or preservatives. Then I am free to flavor with what I see fit, for example some honey, fresh fruit, and even add some vital greens powder.
    Even buy doing this you will be saving a lot of money and knowing your kids will be having a much healthier lunch.
    Feel free to check out sinchies at they come in a variety of sizes for big and little kids.ReplyCancel

  • Georgia

    I’ve been wanting someone to invent these for ages. Hooray. I always buy a small tub of Greek yoghurt and mix it into the big tub of vanilla valia yoghurt I buy and the kids don’t know its there. You can’t even taste the difference but I like knowing I’ve watered it down a bit. I put water into all the juice bottles in the house too, and soda water into any soft drinks. If the kids knew they would go nuts but what they don’t know doesn’t hurt them! Ps. Joined this blog three days ago. You are my saviour. thanks xo PPs. Cleaned my handbag yday! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Welcome to the blog Georgia. That’s the bonus, knowing what we are putting into our kids. I’ve seen some horrid pictures on facebook recently of people using store purchased pureed fruit or veg pouches and they were mouldy inside. Many of the brands are reputable, but it just comes down to you know how fresh the contents are inside if you make them yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Can you freeze these with yoghurt? I’ve also done apple purée and filled some by scooping out a tray of mangoes that were very ripe.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I haven’t but absolutely, I would imagine too that the yoghurt would be that little bit colder too for the kids for school, actually love that idea!!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Lisa, they freeze with yoghurt very well. You will find that they are a thinner consistency when defrosted. My kids just give them an extra squish to mix it all in before eating!ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    How does everyone clean their pouches? The dishwasher wasn’t a success for me and when I hand wash I can’t get a scourer into the corners.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Cath, if I didn’t rinse them straight away the dishwasher won’t clean them properly. I use a brush I got many years ago from Tupperware to clean the drink bottles, it’s like a bit toothbrush and it works perfectly…. in fact just a regular toothbrush could work great I would suggest!ReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Cath 😀 My Lil Pouch has a very wide opening which makes filling and cleaning easier. I find blowing into the pouch and expanding it as much as possible before opening it for the dishwasher or using a bottle brush means they come out squeaky clean!ReplyCancel

    • Louise

      We hand wash ours first and use the bottle brush, thats usually enough, but we will throw them in the dishwasher too!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I *love* these! I freeze yoghurt in them for school lunchboxes and it separates a little but a good squish and it’s good to go! So easy to fill and clean too with the ziplock top :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, Karen! They are fantastic.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Hi Katrina, what size pouches are these please and thank-you!ReplyCancel

  • What an excellent idea for kids, i also like these for kids

  • Renae

    Hi I love this idea and refuse to buy the pouches of yoghurt at the shops due to their expense. Just wondering which size is best 140ml or 200ml. My kids are nearly 7 and 9. Also is the spout on the side annoying to put in lunch boxes or fits in fine or can be folded back to fit. ThankyouReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Renae, we find that our 100ml pouch is the perfect size for lunchboxes as it is a little smaller than most sandwiches! You can also fold the spout in a little if needed!
      The 100ml pouch is also a great size for most hungry bellies that have a piece of fruit, biccies as well during morning/afternoon tea!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Hi katrina do the sip lock at the top open when you squeeze them?ReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Vicki – all of our pouches have a strong double ziplock seal across the opening. We find it to be very robust and durable.
      With the side spout design most kids hold the pouch with one hand at the top and one hand at the bottom directing the pressure away from the ziplock anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Fern Warren

    We used reusable pouches in our lunchboxes all last year and they are BRILLIANT!! We put fruit and vegie purees, yoghurt, custard, sago pudding, coconut chia pudding, etc in ours. We found after one of the boys lost a lid once, that attaching the lid to the pouch with a thread of dental floss (I know it sounds weird!), so that you can take the lid off and on but it dangles there still attached while not in use, that all our lids have come home since! We use dental floss instead of string or anything else as it is very strong and waterproof and won’t harbour germs like string might! Hope this helps!!! xxxReplyCancel

  • Natalie Atgiaras

    Hi I’m just wondering where do I get these reusable pouches from? I haven’t seen them anywhere.ReplyCancel

    • Kerry

      I get my pouches from Sinchies, the original reusable pouch, designed by an Australian mum, they’ve been around for about 3 years. All their pouches are clear which is awesome so you can see for cleaning which I love!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I use My lil pouches all the time, I have to say from ordering through to delivery their service is amazing.

    I have been using these for 12 months, they are great, I have made several orders as I used them as easter gifts last year (filled with mini eggs), ordered some for my sister in the UK for her daughter, My little man who is almost 3 is very fussy with his yoghurt, so I buy the bug tub of his fav and use these for preschool, going out and about in snack bag, I use them for custard for my older son, smootheys, your options are endless. I did buy the labels, and the biggers caps for my boys too. They love love love them.

    I am now 6 months pregnant with our surprise number 3, and I am so not wasting money on shop bought pouched foods now, I will be using these for our new addition with home-made goodness when the time arrives.

    For those of you are not sure, just buy a small pack to start, Honestly they are worth the money and savings are there in the long term.

    I am one happy mummy and I have two very happy boys with these pouches.


  • Nancy

    Hi Katrina, do the Lil Pouch 100ml pouches have a single snap lock seal on each pouch or is it a double zip lock top seal ?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Nancy, the pouches have a single snap lock seal.ReplyCancel

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes that could be a really lovely flavour Leah, I like the idea of using that as a substitute!ReplyCancel

  • Oooh I am definitely going to try the Christmas punch this year! I absolutely love your Fruit punch Katrina, so might make one of each :) YUM!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      we love it Charlene, it’s my son’s specialty now!ReplyCancel

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! 😀ReplyCancel

    • 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

  • cj

    Hey is v that aka fruit cocktail here in usaReplyCancel

  • Tina

    I love simple things like this & fruit punch is always a hit. I use a similar recipe by changing one bottle of lemonade for a bottle of dry ginger ale. Its not quite so super sweet then. Thanks for the reminder though. I think I will make one for Chrissy day myself :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My son would love that swapping a lemonade for Ginger Ale, great idea!ReplyCancel

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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Naughty, but a nice ‘treat’.  We added a whole packet of tim tams, it gave the frappe a delicious biscuit crunch, use less if you don’t want a crunch to your drink.   Tim Tam Frappe Serves: 4 Ingredients 12 ice cubes 3 scoops vanilla ice cream 1 packet of Tim Tams 300g milk Instructions […]

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We have been having a great play with the Thermomix over the school holidays, making loads of smoothies, desserts, dinners and we made homemade lemonade.  Usually when we go out to dinner we get the kids a jug of ‘pink’ lemonade, they love it, so I used some raspberries for some added colour to our […]

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I make the kids and I fruit juice in my thermomix nearly every second day, we love it, so refreshing, tasty and really healthy.  I have been wanting to try a green smoothie for a while now but have been worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it.  We had family stay with us over Christmas and […]

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  • Thanks for sharing lovely Kat! And I am definitely inspired to try and get my little one to try (and LIKE) a green smoothie. As you say, when it comes to veggies, we have to persist!ReplyCancel

  • […] have been having a great play with the Thermomix over the school holidays, making loads of smoothies, desserts, dinners and we made homemade lemonade.  Usually when we go out to dinner we get the […]ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I cut, wash and freeze spinach, kale or whichever greens I buy, in zip lock bags, peel, chop and freeze bananas and keep a bag of frozen mixed berries in the freezer.
    Each morning I simply pour into my blender 500ml orange juice and 250ml almond milk, two large handfuls of greens (I started with a smaller amount, and have worked my way up!) and mix. Then add a handful of berries and half a handful of banana and a teaspoon of vital greens powder and mix again.

    Very, very quick and very, very easy. It blends to a lovely dark reddish-purple colour and my 4.5 year old will drink as much as me. Having trouble getting my 3 year old to even look at it but maybe one day! I can’t believe how flat I feel if I don’t have a smoothie now- I particularly missed my blender when on holidays!ReplyCancel

  • […] and passed the glass back each time, it was far too sweet.  Now all I drink is water, coffee or homemade juice, I don’t feel the need for anything more.  I am truly proud of myself for quitting Coke and […]ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang On the weekend I had an endless list of jobs I wanted to complete around the house, it was a Sunday, which I normally like to keep housework free and relax, but they were jobs that needed to be done.  Last on my list was to relax and enjoy a […]

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  • TheSadEyedLady

    Oh boo, now I’m wishing I was Australian so I could enter this contest. I guess I’m the next best thing: Texan. 😉 Hello from San Antonio anyway. Good luck to everyone eligible.ReplyCancel

  • $52876371

    yum! my all time favourite cocktail is a Baileys Chocolatini :)
    50ml Baileys Original
    10ml Smirnoff Vodka
    15ml chocolate liqueur

    It’s something I have on special occasions. Like you I am not a big drinker of alcohol. It is also awesome frozen like ice cream yum!

    Shell :)

  • Sam

    I’m normally a big fan of straight up Gin Martinis with a twist however I don’t mind something a bit fruit driven from time to time as long as it’s not too sweet. I’d jump straight into the Bickfords Pomegranite juice with 1 part Hendricks gin, a touch of elderflower cordial, fresh mint, a slice of cucumber topped with soda. delish!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Baker

    These sound perfect! There is nothing worse than being lumped with housework on a Sunday, but nothing more satisfying than when it is done…made more perfect with a mocktail in hand!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Matheson

    So many cocktails have vodka in them and I cant drink it – (it makes me violently ill) so mocktails are perfect. My favourite is a Pomegranate Spritzer
    Pomegranate Juice – Bickford’s of course

    ½ Sparkling Mineral Water

    Slice of Lime

    Combine ingredients in a chilled highball glass

    over ice.ReplyCancel

  • Simone Jolly

    Virgin Cosmopolitan

    2 cups of Bickford’s Cranberry Juice
    1 cup of Bickford’s Coconut Juice
    2 cups of diet lemon-lime soda
    0.25 cup of white sugar (or sweeten to suit taste)
    Juice of 1 lime
    2 cups of crushed ice

    Mix all ingredients in large pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved.
    Decorate glasses with Hibiscus flowers for a taste of the tropics. Serve and enjoy while watching the sun set.
    Serves 6

  • Nicole White


    * 60ml Rebellion Bay Spiced Rum
    * 15ml VOK Triple Sec Liqueur
    * 15ml sugar
    * 30ml Bickford’s lime juice cordial
    * Mint leaves
    * Soda water

    ~ Tear mint leaves, add ingredients, add crushed ice, stir vigorously and top with soda water ~ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Cole

    Can’t go past a good Margarita.

    45ml Tequila
    30ml Triple sec
    45ml lime juiceReplyCancel

  • KA

    Remember the Fate Favourite ‘Coconut Ice’ ….here’s a new twist:

    Add crushed ice, milk rose water and Bickford’s Coconut Juice. Shake, pour. sit back and relax.ReplyCancel

  • beth j simpson

    frozen banana mocktail
    1 frozen banana
    1/2 cup yogurt (vanilla or fruit )
    shake of cinnamon and nutmeg
    enough coconut juice/or milk to your liking
    blend all together using enough coconut juice/or milk to blend to desired consistancyReplyCancel

  • Siti Syed

    I always loved making shirley temples. Very easy, all you need to do is pour a little bit of red cordial into a glass and lemonade. Serve with some whipped cream on top with a cherry. Mmm, so delicous.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    Mine is simple, fresh strawberries blended with icing sugar, lemon juice and lots of ice, yum!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Falconer

    My favourite is actually really simple…Kahlua over ice with a nice fat slice of real orange in it…I discovered it recently and it certainly makes for a great flavour. Much better than just Kahlua and milk!ReplyCancel

  • Strawberry Coconut Spritz

    150g watermelon flesh, chopped

    150g strawberries, frozen

    with 1 cup crushed ice blended for bottom layer

    150ml Bickford’s coconut juice
    150ml Soda water 1 cups of crushed ice for top layer

    serve with whipped cream if you likeReplyCancel

  • Sascha Foley

    3 rd time lucky I Hope!!
    skittles cocktail MMMMMmmmmm
    2 parts Taboo®

    1 part Vodka

    1 part Blue curaçao

    3 parts Orange juice

    3 parts Lemonade

    Ooooh &


    1 part Crème de cacao (dark)

    1 part Kahlua

    1 part Hazelnut liqueur

    1 part Cream

    1 teaspoon Honey

    3 parts MilkReplyCancel

  • Angie Boylan

    1 cup frozen raspberries
    Juice 1 lime
    15ml sugar syrup
    2 tablespoons Bickfords pomegranate juice
    Extra raspberries for garnish
    Lime or lemon zest to garnish

  • Yvette @ Little Bento Blog

    crushed ice
    8 mint leaves
    80ml lime juice
    40mls sugar syrup (sugar water)
    60mls Soda Water

    Fill a glass 1/3 full with ice, then add mint leaves. Lightly mash the leaves together with the liquid using a muddle stick or wooden pestle, being careful not to tear the leaves. Fill the glass with more ice, then add soda water, lime juice and sugar syrup. Garnish with mint, and drink!ReplyCancel

  • Simona Meli

    Tropical Getaway Layered Slushy

    – Tinned Crushed Pineapple in Natural Juice
    – Juice from the Crushed Pineapple
    – Pineapple flavoured syrup (to dress the inside of the glass)
    – Coconut Cream
    – Fresh Cream (for on top)
    – Toasted Shredded Coconut (as a garnish on top of the fresh cream)
    – Ice Cubes

    Dress the glass with drizzles of pineapple syrup
    Add some crushed pineapple
    Then a layer of thick coconut cream
    Buzz up ice cubes & pineapple juice (think slushy)

    More pineapple, more coconut cream, more slushy
    Finally, top off with a little whipped fresh cream and sprinkle on some toasted shredded coconut!ReplyCancel

  • Nici Perriam

    My favourite drink of all time is Lychee liquor with cranberry juice, so yum! But in the spirit of this competition, here is my recipe!

    The Desperate Housewife

    1 ounce lemon juice
    1 Granny Smith apple
    12 fresh basil
    Fresh ginger
    2 ounces Molinari Sambuca Extra
    1 1/2 ounces
    sparkling water

    Mash first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
    Add Molinari Extra and shake well with crushed ice. Filter twice, pour into a margarita glass, and top with sparkling water.ReplyCancel

  • Sahrita Williams

    My favourite cocktail is a Tia Maria Spider

    1 (or 2 lol) nips of Tia Maria
    1 glass of coke
    1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

    Absolutely delicious, just keep away from the kids lolReplyCancel

  • Tess Thomson

    A simple one I do at home a lot over Summer contains Vanilla vokda, cranberry juice and lime. I don’t have any fancy cocktail tools with which to do much more!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna Golding Lowe

    Simple but so yummy – in a jug place some ice cubes and add fresh apple juice, ginger ale or ginger beer and top with soda or lemonade. Quantities will depend on individual taste. Throw in some slices of lime and lemon. Great as a mocktail or add to a shot of vodka or a glass of sparkling wine.ReplyCancel

  • Maryanne


    My husband created this mocktail for me when I was
    on a 3 and 1/2 month juice fast. The quantities are a guide. Adjust to
    your own personal taste.

    Splash of Coconut juice
    Pulp of 3 or 4 large mangos
    Juice of 2 oranges
    Juice of 1/2 a large sweet pineapple
    Juice of 1 or 2 limes depending upon size

    like buggery pour in a glass and what the hell, tizz it up with a
    little umbrella. Sink back into a comfy chair or lounge and simply have a
    foodgasm without the food

  • Lisa Bright

    I can’t go past a good fruit punch. Ginger beer, tropical fruit juice and some fruit pieces (from a can if running short on time). For extra fanciness, I like to make pretty ice cubes. Use large-ish containers (depending on what you’re going to serve the drink in) and fill with cut up pieces of fruit. I like strawberries and fresh mint. Add water and freeze. Instant drink prettiness! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Swift

    Blueberry Blast Cocktail!

    Stuff you’ll need:
    Blue Curacao Liquer
    Sugar Syrup
    Blueberry Juice or Puree
    Crushed Ice Cubes
    Fruit Tingle Lollies
    Fancy Cocktail Glasses (or plastic ones if you’re planning on getting plastered!)
    A Babysitter (Either for your kids or excessively drunk guests?)

    How to do it:
    1. Grab all the ingredients in whichever quantity desired (depending on the amount of people you’re serving and how blotto you all wanna get!) and chuck them in a blender.

    2. Give it a good shuzzing then pour into your fancy (or plastic) glasses. If you’ve got any Fruit Tingles left crush them up and sprinkle over the top. Or before serving the drinks you can even dip the edge of the glasses in sugar syrup then Fruit Tingles to make them look all pretty and give an awesome fizzy tingle with every sip you take.

    3. Enjoy by sipping delicately or scull the whole thing in one shot, woohoo!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karly

    I was a Sex and the City addict in the late 90s and drank so many Cosmopolitans at seedy bars and friend’s places I’m surprised I can still stomach them. LOL

    1 shot of vodka

    1 shot of Cointreau

    A squeeze of lime

    Top up with ice and cranberry juice (these days good for UTIs!)


  • Mandy Seeger

    This is my own recipe, a flash of inspiration from some leftover custard in a carton, can be non-alcoholic or a cocktail, simply add Kahlua or Tia Maria for the “adult” version.

    Tiramisu Milkshake

    1/4 cup espresso coffee
    1/2 cup prepared low-fat custard
    100 g vanilla cheesecake frozen yogurt
    whipped cream (optional)
    cocoa, to dust (optional)

    1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
    2. Top with whipped cream & dust with cocoa.ReplyCancel

  • melanie whittle

    A pink elephant

    1/4 cup watermelon juice
    1/4 cup apple juice
    30ml Watermelon liqueur
    30ml Green apple vodka
    15ml grenadine

    Shake it up and pour over ice.ReplyCancel

  • Danni Robertson

    Vodka Cranberry with a lime wedge YUMMO!!!! Cant wait to not be pregnant and have a cocktail or 2 :)ReplyCancel