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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

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      • 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

Coconut, Almond & Macadamia Balls

I made these Coconut, Almond & Macadamia Balls on the weekend for a little snack during the kids karate tournament.  They were absolutely delicious. I made these in the thermomix, however you can make them in a food processor, I have included the food processor instructions below. Coconut, Almond & Macadamia Balls   Print Prep time 15 […]

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  • Carla da Costa

    Totally making these this week xReplyCancel

  • Geraldine

    This recipe sounds yummy! I have all the ingredients except for coconut oil. Any suggestion what I can use instead? Thank you! I love your organised ideas. Not sure if it’s okay if I asked for your idea on a side table with shelves in terms of trying to keep it tidy? Thanks again.ReplyCancel

Curried Fish & Vegetable Pot Pie

I had my Dad and his friend over recently for dinner, it was a wet and miserable day and I felt like a really warm winter dish for dinner.  I have to say, this Curried Fish and Vegetable Pot Pie would absolutely be in my top favourites for winter dishes, it was so good.  I […]

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  • Looks delicious and easy to follow. I will be heading to the grocery and try this one out! I love fish recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Vincent

    Could this be frozen? 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

Chicken & Coconut Curry Meatballs

 Through my childhood I was always served meat and 3 veg.  And I must admit sausages or chicken schnitzel, mash and vegetables would have to be one of my favourite weeknight meals.  However, sometimes I like to fancy it up and this Chicken & Coconut Curry Meatballs is exactly that. Chicken Curry Meatballs   Print […]

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  • Diane Medley

    Nut allergy here…. What could I substitute for coconut?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I would leave out the coconut all together then Diane although you could add in some finely diced capsicum insteadReplyCancel

  • Helen Broadbridge

    I would like to say a big thankyou to you Julie, who posts such encouraging posts each day. I also work and have a gorgeous granddaughter I care for, but still find the time to click onto your page every two days and get my inspiration. Thankyou

  • Megan Hall

    Coconut is a palm and not a nut. The coconut itself is a seed. ReplyCancel

  • Megan Hall

    Definitely best to avoid then. I would just leave it out.ReplyCancel

  • Jessi Jones

    Could I just use chicken mince instead?ReplyCancel

  • […] are easy to make and they’re a great dish to cook in bulk and freeze in serves for nights like this. Jennifer […]ReplyCancel

Coconut Ice Yoghurt Cake

Last week I suggested to my youngest that I will make the kids a cake for an after school treat, her request was coconut and pink icing.  Yum, I am going through a coconut phase at the moment, love anything coconutty!! The kids absolutely loved this cake, the cake itself was really nice and light with a […]

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  • Smaggle

    This looks amazing! I love your coconut obsession. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Savvy Spice

    This looks so delicious!! I love Ice Cream cakes and coconut too because it’s such a light nice flavor especially in the summer!


  • Rachel Keyte

    Considering there’s raw egg in the icing, how long do you think this cake would keep? Or would it need refrigerating?ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Clancy

    This was yummy but took over an hour to cook at 160 (fan-forced). I would do it at 180 next time, and then it would probably be the 40-45mins. I used berry yoghurt too, was delicious!ReplyCancel

  • OMG I love coconut ice! It was one of my favourite school fete treats :DReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      love food that brings back childhood memories!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I love the sound of this recipe, I think I will make this with my little ones tomorrow. They keep asking for cake. I am the same as you and love coconut.ReplyCancel

  • Alina Milczarek

    Looks nice will make it todayReplyCancel

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).

    – 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!!

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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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Chocolate Rough Slice

I can’t seem to get enough of anything chocolate and coconut… I like it when this slice has a nice soft base, not too crunchy, yum!! Chocolate Rough Slice   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 35 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: slice Serves: 24 Ingredients Base 1 cup […]

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Easy Mother’s Day Breakfasts

Whether you’re looking for quick breakfasts to make on Mother’s Day, or some easy ideas to pass on to the family to make for you, here are 5 breakfast ideas to start your day off with a bang, plus a super gorgeous idea for mum’s breakfast tea on Mothers Day. Mothers Day Tea Bags Remind […]

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  • My mother lives a 7 hour drive away from me but she’ll be here this mothers day! I might take her out for breakfast rather than cook for her in my tiny kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • What a great recipe round up Kat! I remember making my mum some distinctly dodgy things for breakfast when I was little :PReplyCancel

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake from My Kitchen Rules

My girls and I are huge fans of My Kitchen Rules, we only started watching the series last year and have thoroughly enjoyed it.  In fact I love all cooking shows, Nigella (wish she would do more!!) Masterchef and I even enjoy watching Gordan Ramsay’s Hells Kitchen (no the kids don’t watch that one LOL). […]

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  • Those layers look lovely! I haven’t watched MKR for a while but the cheesecake looks and sounds incredibly delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Sice
  • Go go Kelly and Chloe came on please you need to win this don’t give up not
    Yet came on go go don’t let boys walk over you. Don’t fail on me not yet
    Vicki need to go home big month from aimee masonReplyCancel

    • Go go Kelly and Chloe came on don’t give up not yet Came on
      Good job with mains and dessert well done 10 out of 10
      From aimee masonReplyCancel

Tim Tam Frappe

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   Print Author: Katrina Serves: 4 Ingredients 12 ice cubes 3 scoops vanilla ice cream 1 packet of Tim […]

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7 delicious breakfast recipes

This post is sponsored by Coles I’ve been following along with the Coles 7 Day Breakfast challenge, I was away for a few days during the week so I started the challenge a little earlier.  As I mentioned before the challenge started the kids and I typically have cereal for breakfast and only have something hot on […]

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  • Miss Maudy

    One kid has toast or bread and fruit with milk almost every day. The other has cereal. We’re generally creatures of habit during the week as three days out of five we have to be out the door by eight am. The other two days are changeable, but it depends on wake up times and who’s in charge on the other days. Sir Reg is keen on a cooked breakfast so will often cook when he’s in charge.ReplyCancel

  • A brilliant compilation of breakfast ideas. These come just at the right time as I’m desperately trying to get an increasingly fussy baby to eat breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • Coconut porridge looks AMAZING!!! Must try.ReplyCancel

  • Louisa

    We are very similar to you Kat, we only eat cereal, it’s easy and inexpensive. But there are days that I do get a little bored and feel like something different, this is a great selection you have chosen here, the breakfast muffins sound great I look forward to making them up. Thank you Kat for everything you do.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Those banana pikelets look really good, my kids are monkey’s and love anything with banana in it, so they will love these.ReplyCancel

  • Christie Burnett

    My big girl likes baked beans and toast and the small one usually has porridge with mashed banana or grated pear :)ReplyCancel

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  • […] 7 delicious breakfast recipes : The Organised Housewife … post is sponsored by Coles. I've been following along with the Coles 7 Day Breakfast challenge, I was away for a few days during the week so I started the challenge a little earlier. As I mentioned before the challenge … […]ReplyCancel