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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

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.
    (angelgowns.org.au 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

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

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

  • Hey is v that aka fruit cocktail here in usaReplyCancel

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

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

Mason jar salads are just that a salad in a mason jar. I’m not sure who came up with this concept, but I think it’s genius. Storing the salad in a glass (mason) jar keeps it fresh for 5-7 days.

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  • Lorrie

    Wow these look so good I am going to have to give this a go myself, I guess you could really do whatever combination you wanted.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Lorrie! You can put whatever you like in them, they are so good! I look forward to my lunch everyday.:)ReplyCancel

  • Carley

    That sounds great but am wondering does it have to be a mason jar? Can other glass jars work or even Tupperware and still remain as fresh as you say storing in mason is?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Carley, Yes it can be any glass jar just not plastic as it won’t keep it’s freshness.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Can I ask why the Mason jars? Does the jar need to be specially sealed like with preserving or can one just put the lid on the jar and the salad will be right for a few days? Such a great idea- I need to do the same thing. My husband and two children usually get fed well and I get either whatever’s left for work lunches or eat when I remember at home!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Samantha, Yes the jars need to be glass and to seal to keep in the freshness so they last. They are so perfect for busy lifestyles.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Robertson

    i am really Impressed with your Mason jar salads. One question – do the avocados go brown? What do the eggs taste like after a week?
    Thank you for such interesting ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lynn, Funny you ask abut the avocados! I honestly thought they would too but no they didn’t. By day 5 they had slightly started to have a little brownish colour but still totally fine to eat. And the eggs were fine too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    Where did you find these Mason jars? All the ones I’ve looked at have a handle and a hole for a straw through the lid.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Courtney, You can purchase them at Big W or there is a link on the post just above.ReplyCancel

      • Jen

        FYI, the link didn’t work for me. There was a problem with the redirection: “Unfortunately we cannot redirect you to the website requested….”, etc. I did manage to extract the website you intended the link take us to from the redirection URL though…

        Thanks for this post! I have been wanting to find a way to make salads last longer and was specifically considering trying a different storage container, so I will try some mason jars instead of a different plastic container!ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth

    Can u layer just the dressing veggies, feta cheese and lettuce as I font like eggs or meat in my salad?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Elizabeth, yes you can add whatever salads you enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I have a heap of old maccona coffee jars do you think that they will work as well? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Melissa, I honestly haven’t tried it. It may work because coffee stays fresh. If you try it let me know.:)ReplyCancel

    • Paul Thornton

      Mason Jars have rubber O-ring on inner lid to give airtight seal. To replicate this on coffee jars, run a thin ring of soft silicone sealant around underside edge of lid.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I will give it a go with both thanksReplyCancel

    • Antonella

      Did you try the maccona coffee jars? Did they work??ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    I love the idea – makung life easier! But…. What about your poached chicken – if it was poached on sunday and you made 5 salads up for mon – fri, is the chicken still ok?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sarah I am finding it is still OK, haven’t come down sick yet thank goodness.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany

    Hi, I love this idea but I’m a but unsure of how long you can wait before you eat poached chicken and boiled eggs… Is it really ok on Friday, if made on Sunday night, or is there. 2 day limit for safe eating?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I completely understand your worry Tiffany I was concerned in the beginning too but it is all still edible by the Friday.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy walker

    My favourite is bottom layer balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing, next layer either butter beans or chickpeas, then cous cous, then roasted pumpkin, then crumbled feta and finally a layer of salad greens ( I like baby spinach) yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      OOh Wendy my mouth is watering that sounds so so good.ReplyCancel

  • shell

    These look amazing, I am going to experiment tomorrow. I just wondered if you thought that tuna would keep in the jar?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Shell, I haveb’t tried Tuna yet, only because I love chicken saladas. But I do want to try it at some stage, if you do, please let me know :)ReplyCancel

      • Shell

        Yeah, I wonder if the tuna will be too moist to put next to the salad greens. I might make it with the others, but use this one first, rather than waiting until later in the week, and then if its ok, stretch it out to 2 days next week and so on and so forth… I will let you know :-)ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Sounds good, you will have to let me know how they turn out.:)ReplyCancel

          • Shell

            TUNA UPDATE! :-)
            Tuna keeps really well for up to 5 days, my salads have never lasted any longer that because They’ve been too tasty!

          • Robin

            Use Sirena Tuna, it’s the best flavour. It is in oil so when draining it use some of the oil for the dressing.

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      OOh that’s so good to hear Shell that they work, I’d love to try some with Salmon too! I’ve had a few this week with left over ham from our Christmas feast over the weekend, so good!ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle Pearce

    l love the idea Katrina. I will buy big jars and mini ones for my 3 year old that loves salads. It will make my life so much easier and less boring. As every day we eat the same and it gets boring. Do you need to boil the jars, and seal them like you do with jam…? Or just close the lid very tightly? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Hi
    I try making your mason jar salad it was so easy to make and it tasted yummy my husband liked it too, I am also try fruit salad in the jars i put honeydew melon, rockmelon, watermelon, so we will see how it goes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of the fruit Mason Jars! You will have to let me know how they turn out, Jeannette.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    I love these!!! Just wondering what you do to keep them fresh for so long? Do you just put the lid on or do you need to pressure preserve?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Nothing special Ashley, just put the lid on and keep them in the fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,
    I’ve just come across Mason Jar salads they look fab! I’m on a weight loss journey and for summer, these look so awesome.
    Can I just ask what is a good jar size as I want to buy some. You say above you use 1lt jars but then say you use 440ml jars for your salads?

    Thanks heaps
    KarenReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Karen, Mason Jar salads are so yummy! We are loving them. Yes i use the 440ml jar and i use a bigger jar for my husband.
      Enjoy.:)ReplyCancel

      • Karen

        Hi Katrina – thanks for getting back to me so quickly! That’s great, thanks for clarifying that…will buy some today and get on to it…can’t wait.

        KarenReplyCancel

  • Denise

    Love this idea, what size are the jars you are using in your photos?ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    Stupid question time … We have a few mason jars with straw holes already would they work or not? Also kids wouldn’t be able to take glass to school could they store in the glass in the fridge and then I transfer to plastic container in the morning to take to school(just go without dressing these ones I’m thinking)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No not silly at all, Kellie. I personally wouldn’t use the ones with the straw in them as they have to be sealed completely and by having the straw in the the air would take the freshness out.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    Fab idea!
    We have a favourite Warm Chicken Salad in our house that I’m going to adapt for this. Yummiest dressing!…

    2 tablespoons tahini paste
    2 tablespoons warm water
    2 teaspoons sugar
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2-4 tablespoons peanut oil
    juice of 1/2 lemon
    1/2 clove garlic
    dash of chilli or Tabasco
    2 teaspoons white vinegar
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
    salt and pepper to taste

    Combine all in a screw-top jar and shake well.

    I think it will go something like this…
    Layer dressing, sliced celery, spring onions, water chestnuts, slivered almonds, poached chicken, avocado, cubed mango, rocket/baby spinach/lettuce, alfalfa sprouts.

    Have I got the logic right? Anyone see any issues?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh this sounds divine Jenny!! I might have to give this a try myself.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    I made my salad jars yesterday, put them in the fridge and today there is some condensation inside the jars – is this bad? Did I do something wrong?will I get sick If I eat it?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmm you have thinking! A quick question: Where the Mason Jars dry before you put the salad in? I have never had that happen, the only thing i can think of Cath is that maybe the seal isn’t working correctly. I would maybe suggest using a different mason jar and see how that goes. Let me know how you go.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tamara

    Love this idea, I always forget about my own lunch during the week and end up with cheese on SAO’s!!! Silly question but where would beetroot fit in to all the layers of this idea?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they a great idea.:) I love them for the same reason so easy to have already made ready for lunch. I would put beetroot down the bottom towards where the tomato goes.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    Just wondering if there are any suggestions if I wanted to make these with vegetables that I could heat up during winter?? I’m not s huge fan of salads in winter and would love something that I could heat up. Thanks for any suggestions. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmm i have never tried vegetables! If you give it a go please let me know how they turn out, i’m curious.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Katrina you have a brilliant website with great ideas.
    Can you tell me the best place to purchase the Mason jars, I live in Penrith NSW. Hope you can help & thanks in advance.
    AngelaReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Hi

    Can you tell me what size Mason Jar to use as I’d like to order the same as the pics but can’t find them online. Also can you tell lmd where to purchase the Mason Jars from thanks, Helen.ReplyCancel

  • alison

    Oh my! These have seriously revolutionalised our house! Hubby loves them, so on Sunday night I have a little production line…. Mr 14 only likes chicken Caesar but Im working on that;-)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina D

    Love it! These salads would be great for picnics as they could travel in an eski with drinks.ReplyCancel

  • Liz Cook

    I’ve been trying to buy your recommended jars both in bigw and from your online link. Raw foods store is closed till March! Any other links where I can buy them?ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    did anyone try the Moconna jars yet?? I also have heaps in different sizes, I’ll try it this week and report back.ReplyCancel

    • Sue

      Well, big success with the Maconna jars! Made them up on Tues and ate them Saturday. Used homemade mayo and layered carrot, cucumber, corn, capsicum, tomato, risoni, ham, egg, spinach, lettuce and snowpea shoots. Was fresh and crunchy as if I’d made it that day. Sold!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Hi Sue, thank you so much for sharing. That is great to know.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    I lovvveeee these ideas Katrina your site is the best thats online Thankyou so much.
    I experimented on the mason jar salads and wow i can’t believe how fresh they stay in them for a period of time. For food and safety reasons Id eat the ones with whole protein in them first. Cheese can last longer. Sue your salad looks so delicious going to try that next!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much Victoria! That is so lovely of you.:) xReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Mason jars should have the title of domestic goddess – they are so multifunctional. This is a fantastic idea that I will be using for my next BBQ gathering. Thanks for the inspirationReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    Hi! can’t wait to try these this weekend! just wondering if anyone has tried beetroot? does it make everything soggy and purple? thanks ????ReplyCancel

    • shell

      Hey Courtney, I use beetroot in mine, but I use it raw for that extra crunch. It turns my dijonaise a nice pink colour but that’s it. Would be interested to know how cooked goes.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    Love this post! I use mason jars for just about everything! If you are looking for some I find ozfarmer.com very good and more importantly very cheap :) Going back to read another post!

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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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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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Miss 11 was on a roll the other day.  She made a batch of plain muffins and decorated half as Christmas Bauble Cupcakes, she then got a little creative and decorated the rest to resemble a wreath.  I think she has done really well. Spread green icing over cupcakes, place 7 m&m’s flat around centre of cupcake, […]

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Thank you to my friend Maria for sharing this Vanilla Panna Cotta recipe, served with some red berries this would make a lovely christmas dessert. The Panna Cotta is drizzled with Maria’s special Roar Living Plum Pudding Cordial. Roar Living 100% Natural Cordial No Nasties, all manufactured in Australia using Australian produce, without any additives nor preservatives. […]

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  • Melody Pekarek Ambler

    Hi- I love your site and the tips, but don’t seem to be able to pin them. Is there any way, or is that not to be done? That’s fine if that’s the way you have it set up; just some things, like recipes, ideas, etc you don’t want to have to hand copy! Thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Melody, Ooh thank you.:) Yes you can pin them, if you select the P where the icons are for social media you can then select which image you want to pin. I just tried it and it worked.:)ReplyCancel