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This is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that all the family will enjoy.

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  • I’ve never thought to make Mexican Pasta Bake! What a great idea. It would have so many yummy flavours.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is so yummy, Lucy. We all really enoy it.:)ReplyCancel

  • We are huge fans of Mexican flavours and this pasta bake would be a massive hit in our house. I’m adding it to my meal planner. The Mexican chicken rolls look amazing too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You sound like us Kate we just love anything mexican too.:)ReplyCancel

A collection of recipes and meal ideas to serve at a Christmas in July party/get together, snack, desserts, roasts and more.

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Create a list of all the dinners your family enjoys with these easy and delicous family friendly dinner ideas.

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  • Julia K

    Each week when I come up with our menu plan – I print it off and put it up on the fridge. This helps avoid the “what’s for dinner Mum ?” nagging which seems to start the minute they come in from school.
    For the past couple of months – I’ve been keeping my old menu plans in a binder so I have a record of what we’ve been eating and I can keep things varied.
    I love checking out websites and blogs such as The Organised Housewife for new – family friendly recipe ideas. I also get a free weekly email from Taste.com.au and invariably choose at least one or two recipes from there to try out the following week. Major supermarkets such as Coles, Woolies & IGA usually put out a free magazine every now and then which has great seasonal recipes to try.
    I also love to double up on my cooking and freeze some for another night – saves on time and washing up.
    Another thing I’m getting back into this term is to do the dinner prep in the morning – this takes the stress out of afternoons which are often busy with homework / after school sports and activities. All the prep dishes can be taken care of early too so there is generally only the serving ware and the odd pan or two left for the evening.ReplyCancel

  • I tried the bruschetta chicken the other night! I went down a treat!
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    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We love it, we are big bruschetta fans here!ReplyCancel

Can’t get enough of Mexican Food!  Chimichangas are commonly known as a tortilla rolled round a savory filling and deep fried.  I don’t own a deep fryer, for health benefits I pefer to oven bake everything.  These Chicken Chimichangas makes 8 parcels, my kids would eat 2 each.  To make them feed more, serve one parcel […]

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  • Its been a while since i saw a recipe I wanted to try, but this is fabulous!! Quick, easy and something we can do with the kids – brilliant! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They really are so yummy and my kids love helping make them too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    These look delicious…am thinking they would cook perfectly in my air fryer :-). What Mexican cheese did you use Kat? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Amanda, I used the Mexican cheese by Coon. It’s a shredded cheese.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I made these tonight and whilst we all enjoyed them I found them a little heavy. I will make again but cut back on the cheese and cream cheese and add some veges in. I think some capsicum and corn and fresh coriander would work well.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Veggies sound lovely in it too, great idea Rachel.ReplyCancel

Be organised this Christmas by using the Christmas Planner. Included in the planner is a full checklist to ensure that nothing will be forgotten, section to help you budget for gifts, food and more, write your list of who you are sending Christmas cards too, an area to note down your traditions and so much more.

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  • Lydia

    i have used this planner for the past few years now, it’s such a sanity saver, just brilliant. I’m going to get one for my sister, she’ll love it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Lydia.:)ReplyCancel

Find below some inspiration for kids lunchbox ideas.  Click links below to read more post I have shared about kids lunches: more lunch box ideas for kids very popular 2 ingredient lunchbox scrolls recipe 50+ freezer friendly lunch box ideas a guide to choosing the best lunch box for kids healthy school lunch ideas more school […]

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Quite a few of our mums have children with special needs and struggling with the endless cleaning, tidying and battling to get the basics done.

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  • Jean

    Thank you Kat for your consideration on this area, this is a brilliant series idea adding in the element that families with special needs children are different. I just want to say I love your blog it has helped me so much. My son has just been diagnosed and I have been concerned about him socially, what he is eating and yes I want a perfectly tidy home but can never achieve it, it’s a hopeless case. I never stop to consider that I need to lower my expectations, I thought if I found the time somewhere in our chaotic life I will get to tidying it, but I can never find that time.ReplyCancel

  • Great idea! I found charts worked well when I worked with special ed kids. Finished boxes are great too. When they’re finished with an item, it goes in the finished box.ReplyCancel

  • Great tips and ideas and for bringing this topic out in the open. And I love the bean bag idea – really clever.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian McCready

    I have a daughter with special needs who is now 18. It was incredibly difficult when she was young, however she has achieved some remarkable things and gives us so many reasons to be proud of her. I came across this piece of writing many years ago. It gave me hope, and at last felt that someone understood. It still makes me cry every time I read it!

    Welcome to Holland
    by Emily Perl Kingsley

    I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability — to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this…

    When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful vacation plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very, very exciting.

    After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The flight attendant comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

    “Holland?!?”, you say.” What do you mean, Holland? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy. ”

    “But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They landed in Holland and there you must stay.”
    The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine, and disease. It’s just a different place.

    So you must go out and buy new guidebooks. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

    It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for awhile and you catch your breath, you look around, and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills. Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

    But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say, ‘Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.’

    And the pain of that will never, ever, ever go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

    But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.ReplyCancel

    • Maddy

      Oh wow I have tears. My eldest has ASD and we have just had a really tough day.ReplyCancel

    • Debbie

      Wow! that really rings true. I’m currently faced with a new and unexpected journey with my 2 year old. With two previous children happy and healthy, my third decided that our lives weren’t busy enough so decided to throw us a curve ball and see our lives totally turned upside down. What worked with the eldest two has no meaning in her life. So we are back on a learning curve and adapting our lives around doing things differently, and I’m trying desperately to convince family and friends that my trashed house is the way it’s meant to be at this point in our lives. I love the writing piece and will remember it when things don’t go according to plan :)ReplyCancel

    • Ana

      My son was born at 23 weeks gestation , he has cerebral polsey , severe language disorder. He is almost 10 years old now and through the years we had lots of challenges lots of ups and lots of downs the downs makes us apreciate all he has achived and always hopeful of what is to came. I mast say there been times when I haven’t seen the light at the end of the tunel and I despair and would of love to go to Italy not holland but then I see that holland has a lot to offer and that I will fight for the right to get the best from holland. Gillian thank you for this entry regards anaReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My son is now turning 21 he borderline aspergers,ADHA,server anxiety,mild depression,short term memory problems and when he was younger sleep problems and hearing and speech problems but those improved with age. My daughter is turning 15 she is also borderline aspergers,ADD,server anxiety,mild depression,short term memory problems,auditory processing disorder and bowel and bladder problems as well as polycystic ovaries. I must say having kids with multiple problems is very challenging but it certainly not dull, they can make you look at problems from a whole new perspective which can good. There is no hand book that will ever prepare you for this and you will find yourself in a library reading medical journals just to try and make your child’s life a little easier for them and to help them understand why they are more special than other kids and why their talents are different to others. I found what worked for my son did not always work for my daughter as she is on a different level than my son. When he was younger I use to use a photo board to show him what he had to do in the mornings to get ready for school and as he got older charts and behaviour chart worked well, it was also good for me so I could see a pattern in his behaviour and work out when it was going to be a bad or a reasonable week. Well with my daughter charts did nothing, she never had a special toy or activity that would last more than a couple of weeks, so it was a bit more challenging, you had to change the reward or the toy every week just about to get her to stay on track.My son is managing his life pretty well with mum checking up on every couple of weeks he knows his limits and when he needs some help and my daughter is still a work in progress but were getting there with a little help. They just need a little more love and a lot more patience and understanding.ReplyCancel

  • Gayle Ashdowne

    Hi Kat, I have enjoyed following your blog and Facebook page for sometime now. Love that you are introducing new ideas and how you have guest bloggers. I am a mother of a child with special needs and enjoyed reading Cass’ article. Did you know that when referring to a person with a special need that you should always use people first language? So may I request/suggest that you change your heading to reflect this eg. Game plan – Keeping a tidy home with a child with special needs? Thank you.
    Kind regards,
    Gayle mum of Sophie, my child with special needsReplyCancel

  • Karen R.

    I have and autistic daughter who is eight. She is medically complex beyond that. I follow several autistic adultsReplyCancel

    • Karen R.

      Oops! I follow several adult bloggers who prefer to refer to themselves as autistic. I think that I will let my daughter choose her wording herself.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian McCready

    A further thought… It jarred slightly when I saw the photo of a “typical” child playing independently, rather than one of a child with special needs, under the heading for the article. I think that it is brilliant that you are doing this series and offering advice and support to Mums of children with special needs as we are an often ignored/isolated group. However, one of the other challenges is that in many cases, our children look different as well as behave differently, and the more we can see images of those children and adults in the media, the better. Hopefully, people will become more familiar and comfortable with difference as a result.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Thanks Kat and Cass!! That is so nice. I have just spent the whole day planning to get on top of my household chores, budget etc… whilst managing my ASD daughters spills, squeals and adventures (and Dr’s referrals, and a meltdown) whilst at home today. Coming across this article was perfect timing for me, I’d love some help with my game plan. MelissaReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Cass will be sharing some great tips in the coming weeks :)ReplyCancel

Sneaking in the zucchini makes this brownie rich, moist and ooh so yummy. Your kids won’t even realise this brownie is a little healthy too!

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  • Alicia

    Wow! What an amazing concept! I always try to sneak veggies into our dinners, but not for one second did I ever contemplate adding goodness into treats! This is now on my list for baking this weekend. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes the zucchini makes most muffins really moist, I’ve made some chocolate zucchini muffins in the past, don’t think I have blogged the recipe yet, but they too were really good! Hope your kiddies like them!ReplyCancel

  • Justine K

    Thankfully I had all the ingredients in the pantry and some extra zucchini and made it this morning, the kids had a slice with a glass of milk and they really enjoyed it, got a winner here.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s great they loved it, mine really enjoyed it too, I love how moist it is and a little extra hit of chocolate with the choc chips.ReplyCancel

  • Great idea using zucchini! It’s such a mild flavoured vegetable so it would fit in well. I once made spinach ones-the spinach flavour only disappeared when they were cool!ReplyCancel

  • mary

    Kat, I was wondering how much grated zucchini would be needed as I have some in my freezer from the summer glut & I would love to make the brownies.
    Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Mary, I used 2 zucchinis. I have never thought of freezing them, did you freeze them grated or whole, do they freeze well?ReplyCancel

      • Mary

        Hi Kat,
        Apologies for my second comment & email I think my iPad has a glitch!

        I grate my zucchini to freeze, very handy to have for winter when these veggies are dearer & they freeze very well. I just wash them well & then grate! Voila. I freeze in cup measurements.
        However not very handy when I don’t have cup measurements for a recipe!
        I think I might try with 11/2 – 2 cups & see how I go.
        Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    hi Kat.
    I don’t know what happened to my comment yesterday so I will try again!

    I am wondering how much the grated zucchini would be as I have plenty in my freezer from the summer glut & would love to make the brownies.
    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • I also sneak vegetables into muffins, I found a great recipe using beetroot, almond meal, carob, coconut oil . So simple, sweet and no sugar .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Denise i love the sound of your recipe, i will have to give it a try.:)ReplyCancel

I think it’s perfectly acceptable to have toasted sandwiches for dinner, especially when you have had a nutritious dinner the night before and eaten reasonably healthy through the day.  Toasted sandwiches are perfect for those nights that you really can’t be bothered with dinner, a great easy dinner idea that I am sure your family will enjoy too. This […]

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One of the biggest struggles I had when the twins were young was every day was the same, wake up, shower, feed kids, wash clothes, play, kids nap, clean house, play, fold washing, feed kids, bath, bedtime. I didn’t go out often, but every day was the same, like groundhog day, eventually it drove me nuts. Something had to change, I made a change in my routine which created a bit of balance.

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  • Bec

    I can’t help myself… You do realise that now it’s seems to be saying ‘wart’ and crafts??ReplyCancel

    • leanne

      THink it will be hard no matter the day, MART, TART, WART, FART…… hehhee oh the giggles my 7yr old will have with it though esp when she shares that reading knowledge with her 5yr old sister!ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    When my kids were primary school age (with one in high school) we had one day outside the home activity and one day at home where we did the housework and prep for our day out.
    I think we only had one lot of school holidays where we only went out one day in the fortnight due to misbehaviour and non-compliance with helping do the chores.
    The amazing part was that was the third set of school holidays that we followed that routine, must have been some adolescent crankiness and teasing from the oldest child. :-) I do remember she was the ring leader.
    Every other school holiday was wonderful. We lived near water at the time, so we would go swimming on hot days or for walks along the lake edge. One winter time we wanted to go to a shop to buy some craft items but there was no where to leave our bicycles safely tethered. I came up with the idea of putting one bike chain through three bikes and a second bike chain from the other end of our four bikes through three bikes. Nobody was going to easily walk off with four bikes at a time.
    There was a lovely bike path near our house and we used it a lot to reach people we visited or the shops or parks for fun and exploring. We would take a picnic lunch or some munchies & water if we went home for lunch.
    We rode at the safest pace for the slowest rider. Which was the youngest child when we started, but later it was me who was slowest and the kids would ride around me in circles.ReplyCancel

This tomato bruschetta mix on top of oven baked chicken is a deliciously fresh combination. An easy meat and 3 vegetable dinner.

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  • Cheryl

    this looks delicious I’m going to make it tonight as I have quite a few tomatoes I need using. Kat I love all your recipes they are easy and practical thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Cheryl, this is quick and easy I hope you enjoy it !ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Hi Kat. Sounds like a yummy and refreshing dinner. I experimented with a similar chicken recipe recently. I called mine Greek Chicken – it was basically chicken thighs marinated in lemon and oregano, pan fried then over the top – some chopped cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, goats cheese and drizzled with olive oil(plus salt and pepper of course!)ReplyCancel

  • This looks delicious! I’m a big fan of bruschetta so this will be yum! I also love using my oven. Warms up the house in winter and it’s easy to walk away and get other stuff done :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Pearce

    Hi Kat I always worry when cooking chicken breast that it will be too dry. Does the bruschetta mix counteract that?ReplyCancel