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Banana Honey Muffins

I always buy bananas on our weekly grocery shop, some weeks they are eaten up quickly, others they aren’t.  Usually I leave them as long as possible in the fruit bowl and then freeze them for future baking.  I got up early recently and popped a few bananas in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes to […]

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  • Melanie

    These look delicious, great way to use up some bananas I have in the fruit bowl, off to make some now.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are so yummy, Melanie.:) And you are right perfect for using up those over ripe bananas!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    I like that you haven’t added extra sugar. only the honey and banana for sweetness.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Mandy, i think that is enough sweetness. The honey is just the right amount.ReplyCancel

Apple Donut Muffins

My kids loved these muffins, with delicious little bites of apple throughout and a cinnamon donut style topping the kids had a few of the mini muffins while warm and they said they taste very much like donuts!!  This recipe made 12 regular muffins plus 12 mini muffin, which I love as I can add […]

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  • Laura

    Ooh this sounds really good and I like how they make so many, will definitely have to give them a tryReplyCancel

  • I have always made apple and cinnamon muffins but this is a different take on what I cook. Will def give these a go because I love a hot cinnamon donut!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are super yummy Bec! Enjoy with a nice cuppa.:)ReplyCancel

How to survive the fussy toddler who won’t eat ANYTHING

This is a guest post by Wendy Blume from Vegie Smugglers Got a toddler who is refusing to eat everything? Relax, you’re not alone! This is a common stage, tied closely with their wider developmental issues. And in the same way you’re introducing new disciplinary tactics, it’s time to introduce some new kitchen tactics to […]

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  • Keri

    Can you please advise if the muffins are suitable for freezing (after they’ve been cooked)? Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Scott

    I agree with meatballs being a lifesaver! I make “baked bean” nuggets which are chicken mince, chick peas (which my two think are baked beans which they love!), shredded veges and shredded cheese. Roll together and bake in the oven. Can also freeze them so there is always a supply for care lunches and the nights that hubby and I want something different that the kids wont eat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      they sound so good and healthy Sam, will have to give them a go!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiptoe & Co

    Great tips here for fussy little ones!ReplyCancel

  • Great tips here for fussy little ones! They can be such little monkeys ;)ReplyCancel

Apple and Oat Muffins

These muffins are delicious and reasonably healthy! Filled with wholemeal flour, oats and apples, you could even add in some sultanas if you wanted.  I was really pleased with the amount of batter this recipe made, 12 regular muffins plus 12 mini muffins, enough for the kids to have some for afternoon tea and freeze […]

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  • It’s great to serve the kids with healthy and nutritious snack. I will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My kids loved them next time I’ll add in some sultanas for something different too. Hope your family enjoy them :)ReplyCancel

  • Mariana

    Sounds yum, wondering if recipe would work with maple flavoured syrup (I don’t have any actual maple syrup in the pantry at the moment)?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I don’t see why not Mariana, it just make be a little sweeter than with the real syrup. Hope you enjoy.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah

      I just made them with green maple flavoured syrup and they were fantastic!ReplyCancel

      • Sarah

        *green’sReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        That’s great to hear that it can be used too Sarah, thank you for sharing, so pleased you enjoyed them!ReplyCancel

      • Mariana

        Thanks for letting me (and everyone else) know Sarah ;)ReplyCancel

  • Niamh Burns

    Any chance you could put up the recipes in grams or lbs and oz????? Please!!ReplyCancel

Chocolate Muffins

Can never go past a good chocolate muffin {RECIPE} Chocolate Muffins   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Katrina Serves: 12 Ingredients 2¼ cups self-raising flour ½ cup cocoa powder 1 cup caster sugar ¾ cup dark chocolate chips ½ cup vegetable oil ⅔ cup milk […]

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  • How fabulous! Love muffins sooo much, definitely making some of these this weekend!

    I have an Old Country Roses setting too- love your taste! XReplyCancel

How making your own take-away coffee at home will save you money

This post is sponsored by Harris Coffee I can’t believe that I went through all my 20’s without drinking coffee, I really cherish my morning coffee time.  I have 2 cups of coffee each day, one in the morning after the kids go to school or after my gym session, then another at 2pm before I pick the kids up from […]

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  • LadyKatherine Margaret

    Add milk before hot water in coffee cup.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Sewell

    I use caramel or chocolate topping as a coffee syrup. You get your fancy flavored mocha or caramel latte at home. A friend of mine always gives the milk bottle a good shake before adding it to her coffee so she gets a little frothReplyCancel

  • Michelle Brooke

    Get someone else to make it for you! 8yo son can do most of it using a proper expresso machine – he grinds the coffee beans, tamps it, pushes the necessary buttons, and pours the coffee. So he can make dad’s coffee (black) but isn’t allowed to froth milk yet so needs help at the end to make mine!!ReplyCancel

  • Betty Raasch Carlson

    We have a kerig and reusable pods. My treat way to drink is to melt a good choice chocolate in the cup before adding my milk. The best is a raspberry chocolate. Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Maslin

    Add a little vanilla to your home made coffee feels very gloria jean glamorous! and always use hot water to heat up your travel mug inside first will keep your coffee hotter longer ReplyCancel

  • Leah Carey

    I like to use my Tupperware quick shake and mix up a teaspoon of coffee with half a cup of skim and half cup boiling water. Shake gently holding lid to froth. Drink straight from quick shake. Great to take with you in a hurry like kids sporting and dance activities. Gotta have my coffee fix. Thanks for this Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Manson

    When using a plunger make sure you wait for the bubbles to die down once the water has boiled, otherwise the coffee can taste bitterReplyCancel

  • Career 'A Go-Go

    When I was pregnant I allowed myself one coffee a day and it was a home made coffee using our stove top espresso coffee pot. If I was only allowed one coffee it had to be good. Although I must say when I am working at an office I do like the morning ritual of walking to the local coffee shop. Its a great way to get to know your colleagues, not to mention getting away from your desk.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Parkinson-Hubbard

    I’m a long black girl generally but have started having flat whites again using coconut milk (actually it’s a blend of coconut and rice milk) which sounds like it may not work but it does – for me anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Danni Wright

    I love to use my Moka pot (coffee maker) & to use organic, fair trade coffee grounds when I make coffee at home – the feel good factor is a bonus! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Lee

    I add some caramel syrup, or lately a teaspoon of cacao- tastes just like chocolate but has loads of anti oxidants etc. So it feels like I’m still doing something ‘good’ for me:)ReplyCancel

  • Luke Perkins

    More of a summer tip here, but I’ve found that the Vietnamese coffee filter (very cheap, just check ebay!) makes a beautiful iced coffee. Just add a tablespoon or two of condensed milk, and lots of ice.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Dawn Sheffield

    I do a quick instant coffee heading out the door. I do like to splurge on a syrup for a mid morningsweeter coffee treat or to take with me to the park with my DS. He is the one standing next to me with a reuseable coffee cup to drink his tea (always a no caffine one) fromReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Court

    I enjoy my iced coffee, but that get expensive, so I make my own. To make the perfect serve, in the blender add your perfect measure of brown sugar (me it’s one soup spoon for the glass I use), blend for 20 seconds, then measure in your glass half a glass of ice cubes, top to 3/4 with milk, add coffee and milk/ice to the blender and blend for another 30 seconds. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    I put my milk in the mug and heat it in the microwave while waiting for the plunger to finish it’s work. Then the milk and mug are both warm before the coffee goes in and keeps the heat longer.ReplyCancel

  • We invested in a “Smart Pitcher” for making coffees at home. It has an indicator on the side that changes colour when the milk is at the right temperature. It’s wonderful! Perfect coffee every time we use it. I still buy my mid morning coffee though.ReplyCancel

  • Juli Szasz

    I often bake with decaffeinated coffee instead – it means I can eat the treat as dessert (caffeine at night keeps me awake) or that the kids can have a “grown-up” treatReplyCancel

  • Beck

    I LOVE having a freshly brewed coffee after dropping the kids off to school. My husband is the ‘chief barista’ in our house. Our tip? Make sure the beans are as fresh as possible. Beans start to go stale 4 weeks after roasting. :)ReplyCancel

  • SavvieV

    We have been using disposable cups like the one pictured for a while now! We only have a nespresso machine but I find that good enough for me! A great addition to the 40 min train journey or 1hr in the car! Just throw it in the bin when you arrive! I am fresh and ready for the working day as soon as I get into the office!ReplyCancel

  • Kristel Rollings

    We have a nespresso machine. I love to make a cappuccinos, pour some Sambucca in some shot glasses and have a couple of squares of chocolate with my husband on a cold wintery night after the kids are in bed.ReplyCancel

  • Glenis Okeefe

    A good quality reusable coffee cup is a great investment and sure beats the heck out of tacky throwaway cups. We just might earn brownie points for thinking of the environment!
    On the other hand for when you are at home, invest in a nice china coffee mug to use everyday; putting away for best is so granny – lets spoil ourselves today, we are worth it ladies!ReplyCancel

    • Betty Carlson

      Don’t keep anything for good or company only. We are not promised a tomorrow so live today like it is your last. Why should company be treated better than we treat ourselves or our family?ReplyCancel

  • I like to put a shot of kalula in my iced coffee…. yummy! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jody Buhagiar

    My best tip is to let someone else make it :) Why does it always taste better!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    I picked up a random Kogan coffee machine and it’s my favourite appliance in the house – I don’t know what I’d do without it! It takes beans and powder and no washing (love that)!
    I take a coffee to Saturday morning netball in winter (because the coffee guy isn’t great or even good for that matter).

    TIPS FROM A COFFEE SNOB:
    – Good reusable coffee cup
    – Pre-heat the cup with some hot water whilst you get everything else ready
    – Heat up your milk
    – Freshly grind the beans
    – Prepare coffee (fresh beans)
    – Dust with chocolate powder (that’s my favourite bit)!!!

    Enjoy whilst watching the kids play sport.ReplyCancel

  • I drink good flavored instant coffee and I am one for keeping everything spotless from the cups to the jug especially cleaning it out regularly with a drop of vinegar to remove any scum that builds up on the bottom.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Tallon

    My best coffee making tip is to avoid having me make one. I don’t drink coffee so I don’t make very good coffee. My Dad on the other hand loves coffee and according to the rest of my coffee drinking family he is very good at it. The thing he always says to me is to get fresh beans, preferably roasted in the last two weeks.ReplyCancel

  • Lanette Crewes

    The best coffee is the one my husband makes in our Home Cafe machine. Just because he makes it is why it is the best!!
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  • Lanette Crewes

    The best coffee is the one my husband makes in our Home Cafe machine. Just because he makes it is why it is the best!!
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  • Laila Cox

    Hubby makes the best coffee using our coffee machine. But if I’m by myself I use my coffee plunger and warm up some milk with my aldi milk warmer/frother. They are a great investment!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri Geoghegan

    I don’t drink a huge amount of coffee. But when I do, I like it take the time to sit down and savour it :-) Whether I make it at home or buy it I never seem to enjoy it as much if I’m rushing around!ReplyCancel

  • Kat Hosking

    We fill the drip machine up at night so it’s all ready to go in the morning – perfect for bleary-eyed monsters (ie me, after being up at night with the baby) and for hubby to fill up a thermos cup on his way out the door.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    A shot of fresh coffee, microwaved milk, a heaped spoonful of chocolate powder and viola! Thrifty and delish mocha to go!ReplyCancel

  • Karen.E

    We have a capsule coffee machine with separate milk frother. My husband has only started drinking coffee this year and is very picky ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Sally G

    I make my morning coffee at home. I keep my beans in the fridge, grind enough for one cup, boil the water, let it sit 30secs then add to the beans. It brews for 2 mins, then I plunge it. Best tip: buy a small bag of exceptional beans and keep them in the fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Ariane Bowie

    Mmm I love Plunger coffee and I also make Tiramiso, it is delicious, so creamjy and coffee tastingReplyCancel

  • Rene'e Hermansen

    i make my coffee in my little flask to take to work in the mornings. it is only instant but it is perfect for the quick getaway in the morning.
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  • Michelle Gray

    My best home made coffee tip is to keep the grinds and use them in the garden, great way to recycle.ReplyCancel

  • Clinton M

    The best tip I can give is with something so simple and shop savvy – citric acid! I use it to clean my coffee machine and grinder. Doesn’t alter the amazing taste, isn’t laden with artificial cleaners and makes a not so great job easy peasy!ReplyCancel

  • sonia

    Have someone else make it…but offer to clean up so I can collect the coffee grounds for my veges…ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    My tip is simple but something I swear by – add a dash of cinnamon to your morning coffee instead of sugar. It tricks your tastebuds into thinking the coffee is sweetened without the unhealthy addition of sugar, and gives your digestive system a kick-start so you will burn more fat throughout the day. Plus, it’s super tasty!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • melanie w

    Keep your coffee beans in the freezer for freshness and grind as you need them. For a chocolatey treat add a spoonful of hot chocolate to your coffee for an easy mocha.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I have never thought about how much I spend on coffee until this week! Anywhere from $15-$40 a week….eeek! Going to invest in an Aldi pod machine, hopefully that helps! Cannot stand instant coffee so that is not an option! Wish me luck!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Good luck Kylie, you will save so much money!ReplyCancel

Apple Crumble Muffins

 A very easy muffin recipe, great afternoon treat or snack for the kids lunchbox Apple Crumble Muffins   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Muffins, lunchbox Ingredients Muffins 1½ cups self raising flour ½ cup vegetable oil 1 egg ¾ cup caster sugar […]

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Banana and Date Muffins

I have had this odd craving (no I am not pregnant) for dates lately, I have been making date cookies, energy balls and my latest favourite is this Banana & Date muffin recipe.  I have made quite a few variations of banana muffins over the years, with weetbix or chocolate chips, but have to say […]

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  • Chocolate banana is SUCH an underated flavour. I made a Chocolate banana protein smoothie this morning and it was the bomb!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I’m so excited to try this recipe today because my kids have allergies and this is dairy and egg free! Also, I have lots of overripe bananas ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Made these tonight into 2 loaves rather than muffins. Added an extra banana, used gf flour, rice milk, chia seeds and pistachio nuts instead of pumpkin seeds ( didnt have any) tasted amazing!!! Also I used canola oil as I find EXtra Virgin olive oil has too much flavour for baking. Thank you!ReplyCancel

Ham and Corn Muffins

Lunch doesn’t always have to be a sandwich, you can switch it up with a salad, wrap or a savoury muffin.  This is a delicious muffin, especially if you are introducing the kids to the world of savoury muffins.  It’s easy to make and freezeable.  I take them out of the freezer in the morning, […]

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  • Di

    Why does this need sugar?ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    Hi, I have never heard of creamed corn? Could I just blitz normal corn in food processor? Or add in whole corn?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Lindsey, yes just mash some up with a fork or blitz it in the food processor, it will help the dough to stick together :)ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    Thanks katrina, will try these this weekend. Trying to think of different snacks/lunches for my mr 3. Love your blog lots of great ideas and organising tips :)ReplyCancel

Caramel Muffins

These caramel muffins have been a favourite in our household for years, they would of been one of the very first recipes I made my hubby when we moved in together. Usually the household gets excited when I bake these muffins because they like to eat the remainding unused caramels. Caramel Muffins   Print Prep […]

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  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Oh how delish! I have never thought to put jersey caramels into muffins! Such a brilliant idea! ReplyCancel

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 35 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Muffins Serves: 12 Ingredients 2¼ cups self-raising flour, sifted ½ cup caster sugar 100g butter, melted and cooled ⅔ cup milk 2 eggs, lightly whisked 1sp vanilla extract 150g fresh or frozen […]

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  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    How delicious! This is a really great idea! And I love that it doesn’t have tooooo much cream cheese in it… very yummy but still a little light!ReplyCancel

  • Candace Brook

    Yum! Making these for afternoon tea!ReplyCancel

Banana Weet-bix Muffins

After such an amazing holiday at the Big4 Whitsundays, sadly this week the kids are back at school (I enjoy having them home).  Over the weekend I complete my Mums School Holiday Checklist to prepare for the kids return back to school. I didn’t do as much baking as I would have liked. Usually I […]

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  • Thanks for this recipe – I need to use up some bananas! I might try it with sultanas instead of the choc chips (my eldest doesn’t like chocolate!), and see how it goes. Did the kids like it?ReplyCancel

    • My kids came home today saying they loved them. Yay, win win cause they are healthy!! Adding sultanas is a great idea!ReplyCancel

      • Awesome. I will have to try them tomorrow morning. We are still on school holidays here, and I need something to take to a friend’s house. Thanks for the update :)ReplyCancel

  • Erin Stickman

    I was wondering what to do with the weetbix “scraps”… Will try these this arvo.
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    • great use for weetibix scraps, I used scraps in mine, I worked out my scraps was equivalent to one biscuit. Hope you enjoy the recipeReplyCancel

  • naomi

    i brought bananas today and got given some so i currently have about 12 bananas in the house, we would never get through this many! will try this tonight, thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Naomi, freeze the bananas that you can’t use so you can use them for recipes in the future. I freeze them with the peel on, then thaw on the bench for 2 or so hours and then peel and add to the recipe. They don’t look the best thawed, but they still taste exactly the same. Hope you enjoy this recipeReplyCancel

      • Tracey N Neil Barron

        I mash them, put them in a ziplock bag and then freeze them as they take up less space and also are faster to defrost.ReplyCancel

  • robbo

    I love that recipe, I have been using it since I found it on Taste a couple of years ago and my girls love them. I partner will take some to work as breakfast too as they fill him up.ReplyCancel

  • [...] I shared with you a new recipe – Banana Weet-bix muffins and I mentioned that I baked these muffins because I needed to use up a few bananas that I had in [...]ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Just made this…OMG..AMAZING!!!!ReplyCancel

    • they are great aren’t they, my kids finished the last of them yesterday and asked me to make more. So pleased your family enjoyed them too.ReplyCancel

  • [...] I found these over at The Organised Housewife. I made one adjustment and that was to leave the sugar out. I figured it was only 2 tablespoons so [...]ReplyCancel

  • Margaret

    I am a Grandmother and I just love your site, recipes great. Thank you and well done!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy M

    I’m in the US. What is weetbix? Hoping to make these for our house! Love your site!ReplyCancel

    • Sally-Anne

      You can use Weetabix in the US. I’ve just made these this afternoon, and my kids have devoured them. Many thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Sally-Anne is right – Weetbix are a wheat flake “brick”, if you will. Weetabix are a perfect alternative.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Hi, has anyone made these using a sugar alternative? Just wondering of rice malt syrup or stevia would work (and how much to use) I’m not much of a cook so need specifics!!ReplyCancel

    • Opal

      You could try honey. I’m going to try 2 tablespoons when i make these next week. I swap honey for a lot of things with sugar in itReplyCancel

    • Opal is right, you can use any alternative you prefer. The sugar is to help add a bit of sweetness as Weetbix can be a bit dry.ReplyCancel

  • BB

    We made these today and they taste great! The only thing is they have really stuck to the muffins cases for some reason?ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Do they freeze ok?ReplyCancel

  • Allison Clark

    Yummo I made these today using wild berry weetbix bites (1 cup) and the kids have gobbled them up. I didn’t have chocolate milk bits so I used white chocolate bits which I think made the flavour a little more caramel. Will try next time with wholemeal flour and omit the sugar.ReplyCancel

  • Arien

    Can I make this without egg? My son is allergic.ReplyCancel

  • Vikki

    If you are using up the dregs of weetbix in the bottom of the box, how many cups would you need? ApproxReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    These are fabulous!! I used sultanas instead of chocolate too. Will definitely make these babies again and again and again. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i love the idea of using sultanas, Wendy! They sound very yummy.:)ReplyCancel