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{MEAL PLAN} Nonna Minotto’s veal schnitzels

This is a guest post by Susan Austin from Frost Bite I work three days a week in the city so we always have a freezer-friendly meal on my work days. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Pad Thai noodles with prawns and vegetables using Marion’s kit TUESDAY – Barbequed thyme chicken, green beans, jacket potatoes WEDNESDAY – […]

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  • Beth Macdonald

    Thanks for the mention Susan (and Kat!) xReplyCancel

  • Kakoli Das

    I always wonder why your meal planning only includes one meal a day. I am an Indian, and a mother of two preschoolers. I have to plan breakfast, lunch, dinner, school snack box. On most days, there’s always something made specially kid friendly in all the meals in addition to the adult meal. Phew!! Isn’t that a lot ? What advice would you have for me ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow yes Kakoli that is a lot! I would suggest doing the same as you do for one meal only using the same method for all your meals.ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch up #5

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite of  few members of this community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I ask a variety of questions on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out […]

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  • Fiona

    Here is to a coffee with you Kat, feel like I am sitting with a friend catching up. We had a great week, I revamped my sons cupboards after some inspiration from you, they look great hope they stay that way. Hope your feeling better.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Still feeling quite sick Fiona, which is terrible as we have such a busy weekend ahead. But yes, I have my coffee here too!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene

    Wow those costumes look amazing Kat and I am impressed to see your daughter at the sewing machine and that you didn’t do it all for them, you are teaching them such great lesson at a young age, good on you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      She did so well, made the apron for her outfit all by herself, very proud moment.ReplyCancel

  • How clever is your daughter on the sewing machine! And I love those book week costumes. I’m making a little trip to Typo today – totally love that shop! Mmm your iced milo looks very delicious for this warmer weather. Thanks for the great weekend catch up. PS – I love following you on instagram! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      that milo frappe was delicious, was so nice on a sore throat! Yes I may have shed a tea at how confident she was on the sewing machine.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Thanks for the tip about Face Book.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Some awesome creativity here… A pleasure to read :)

    We hope our Aussie Kids Songs YouTube Channel would really resonate well with your readers. We’d love some early feedback from thought leading parents. Here’s our first video, Waltzing Matilda.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Callum and AmeliaReplyCancel

Kids Lunchbox Idea #2

Munch and Crunch Apple Morning Tea Chocolate Rice Bubble Bars & Apricot Balls Lunch Ham, lettuce and cheese wrap & rice crackers with avocado horseradish spread view more lunchbox ideas here  

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  • Sharon Grove-Zemars

    do you have ideas for teenagers boys who are very active – attend a sports high school apparantley i dont pack enough .. thank you

  • Marni

    love it, simple and manageable, my kids would enjoy this. thanks katReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is so easy and simple and yes my kids love it too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    I often forget to switch things around and use wraps instead of bread, thanks for the inspiration, now off to make lunches.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes wraps are a great alternative and something a little different.ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE it when you do lunchboxes. It makes me want to cut things up and arrange them very neatly.ReplyCancel

  • I love Tupperware lunchboxes! These look like they’re packed with love and goodness :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kaz i love them too! They work so well.:)ReplyCancel

  • Terry Bowery

    Any ideas for keeping refrigerated items cold? Kids claim ice packs leak and take up too much room in lunch bag.ReplyCancel

A little more about me – Food phobias I can’t seem to get over

Recently I went to a cooking class with a few other bloggers and I couldn’t hide one of my food phobias, later that evening it came to light again, some laughed, shocked that ‘The Organised Housewife’ has such bizarre phobias, but the delightful Mrs Woog who looked after me and then suggested I should ‘totally blog that’… I do agree, I […]

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  • Jenni Cooke

    I’m with you Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Broadbent

    I am 110% on board with number four. I can’t eat meat off the bone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s really funny how so many of us can’t eat meat off a bone!!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    This is so funny, I’m the same and I just love how this is keeping it real and shares a different side of you.ReplyCancel

  • Paige

    I don’t roast very much either, so sorry I can’t share any tips on how to roast a chook, but loved this post about you Kat, sharing more about you.ReplyCancel

  • Totally hear you on the chewing of meat off the bone. In fact, I won’t even eat meat with a bone in it! I also don’t like getting chicken meat off a carcass – I used to have to do it when I worked as a kitchen hand, and it was like six boiled chickens that had to have all the flesh stripped from the bones. I’d volunteer to chlorox the tea pots rather than go near those damn chickens. I’m better at it now, but the man of the house thinks I leave half a chook on the bones. As for roasting a chook. You have to put your hand up its bum. Nuff said.

    I can’t stand to look at food with eyes either, and I once made a boyfriend swap seats with me so I couldn’t see the head of the whole fish he was eating. I did give him the alternative of eating it with a serviette over its head. (I don’t like prawns and that sort of thing, so ripping heads off is a bit of a moot point!)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Miss Maudy you have made my day!! Love this post comment. Couldn’t help but laugh.:)ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Oh snap!
    I don’t eat meat that touches bone and I won’t eat anything that looks like it did when it was alive! Whole fish, spit roast, escargot…… Cruel!

    It creeps me out but I also don’t like the strong gamey taste of things. Bones are gross!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I totally agree with you Emily!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    No, I don’t have any such phobias. I just don’t like the idea of eating offal, and won’t even try it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You are lucky, Marelize.:) And i totally agree with you about eating Offal!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    I am not actually a fan of eating duck to begin with but having it stare at me on a platter in the middle of the table puts me off my food. ReplyCancel

  • Jan Newbury

    I love fish but it has to be a fillet. I cant eat it if its still served with the head on.

  • Kylie

    I can’t stand eating off the bone. My husband on the other hand will gnaw the entire thing until there is nothing left on it, including cartilage.ReplyCancel

  • I cannot eat any food that squeaks (chicken gizzards), jiggles (jello), is rubbery (shiitake mushrooms), is slimy (wakame seaweed salad), is actually FEET (pigsfeet or chicken feet) and several other things. The texture of food can freak me out completely!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Catherine i totally agree with you! All of those things freak me out too!ReplyCancel

  • Ammica

    While it is great that you can identify that these are indeed irrational, there is a sickness in the first world and that is detachment from the food we eat, especially animal products. It is so much more respectful to acknowledge that it was indeed a living creature, and to only feel comfortable with preparing pre-processed animals is plain denial of who they are and indeed what you are.
    Seeing as all us creatures feel, and all.
    Mabey that disgust you feel is actually empathy, I mean. That flesh sliding of the bone is exactly as yours would look sliding off your bone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Umm maybe you are on to something..ReplyCancel

  • Jane Turner

    I can’t eat pork. I learned in school that pork has to be cooked extra well because of parasites. Since then I can’t bear to think about it. Funny, though – I love bacon and ham! Totally irrational!!

  • You are SO funny!ReplyCancel

  • Ammica

    How so?ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Meat near the bone grosses me out. It reminds me of what it once was and it’s all I can sometimes focus on when I’m about to eat it. I’m the same way about pink meat. I can’t stand a rare cooked steak because of the blood. It might taste better but I hate rubbery textures, bloody looking meat, the smell of fish at times, etc. yuk! I like to eat fish but I can only handle the fishy smell a little bit or I start to think about when I maybe caught it and want to gagReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL too funny Heidi, but totally understand!ReplyCancel

  • Fleur

    Yep I hear you on number 1. Hubby always has to do it otherwise I buy them already peeled.

    I used to be bad with roasting a chicken & having to remove the neck. Just couldn’t bring myself to do it.ReplyCancel

  • I cant eat a whole fish. I dont like my food looking at me!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL i am totally with you there, Leanne!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I am down to chicken breast, steak sometimes, beef mince often, and bacon rarely. My food cannot look at me or resemble anything approaching an actual animal. I will thank it for being my food, but I get squeamish so easily. I would starve to death if I had to kill my own meat! I can barely even touch raw meat, so I usually get Mum or DP to deal with that. Ugh.

    As for veggies, broccoli has an awful texture, mushrooms make me queasy and I’m allergic to nuts. Seafood is right off the menu (with the odd exception for one particular type of tuna, shark battered from the fish and chip shop, or if someone forces me to try hake).

    I can deal with a chop bone but absolutely no fat, no cartilage, and no tendons or anything resembling gristle.

    … Actually reading this I’m vaguely surprised I haven’t started yet!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL oh Liz you have made me laugh! .:) Funny.:)ReplyCancel

  • Oh you will HATE to be at my house because when I’m at home I love to eat meat off bones, I don’t do it at restaurants but it’s my sneaky pleasure at home!! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh Emily, yes i couldn’t watch you LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Kidney (and any other offal) Urgh… gross. My grandmother used to try and trick me into eating steak and kidney pie but I always tasted the kidney in the first mouthful.

    Quail. Grandfather raised them & I used to sit and watch them run around their aviary. One day two of them turned up on my plate. Nan made me sit there until I’d eaten them. I couldn’t do it. She eventually let me leave the table – after 4 hours. I still refuse to eat quail 30 years later.

    I hate seafood, with the exception of greek marinated octopus, little suckers still on the tentacles n all.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    haha sounds like you just need to go vego ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sandy, i know it sounds like that, but surprisingly i do like meat just not on the bone.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Garred

    I cannot eat meat off a bone either. Especially Chicken!! *shudders*ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    Haha, this is so funny! I’m probably the opposite to you with this, in fact we’re having roast chook for dinner tonight. I’m more funny about textures, like lumps in yoghurt or jam. And I don’t like mushrooms and oysters for the same reason.ReplyCancel

  • I feel the same way as you about prawns and roasting whole chooks. Anything that looks like an animal is out in my books. When I get a bbq chook I use kitchen shears to cut it up.

    And with everyone else, food cannot look at me!

    I also dislike touching raw meat, particularly chicken. If I can get it pre diced I will.

    And my worst phobia is that I will not eat any meat that I didn’t eat already before I realised as a child that meat is an animal. So I eat chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish and that is it. No bunny rabbits, cute ducks or bambi eating for me!ReplyCancel

Organising the wardrobe for a growing boy

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World I am really sad to admit the twins, now 11 are taller than me.  They are growing so fast, thankfully have their fathers genes.  But in doing so Mr 11’s current wardrobe system is no longer working.  The cubed system was great when he was younger  but now his pants […]

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  • Joanne Quinn

    Looks great. Lots of inspiration. I have just changed to the flocked hangers myself and am wondering why I didn’t do it sooner!

  • Aimee Douglas

    Good timing for us, we’ve just moved our 11 turning 12 in a weeks boy to another room and needed ideas for the wardrobe!

  • Jacqui Moore

    Thanks for the detailed post. Great to see your many good ideas! ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Moore

    Thanks for the detailed post. Great to see your many good ideas! ReplyCancel

  • Janelle Civijovski

    Any tips re getting children to keep their rooms tidy? I’ve tried a few different things the last few years but I’m the only one who seems interested in keeping anything tidy!ReplyCancel

  • Looks fantastic! Love the elfa system.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s a great system to mix and change how you want. If we ever move the next people could change it all up to suit them.ReplyCancel

  • Marion

    what a fantastic idea for the socks and underwear not folding them. Why have I not found this idea sooner would of saved me so much effort. Brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes Marion, stop folding them will save yourself so much time. I have started putting all my kids socks and undies in a pile and get them to sort them, so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Lara B

    I have been looking at the Elfa system for a while now, with this and your daughters wardrobe it has given me some great ideas. Is it easy to move the shelves?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes you simply lift the shelf up take the brackets off the back panels and then place at another height, clip brackets back in put shelf back on then your right to do, all within seconds. Very easy to do.ReplyCancel

  • We are about to move Mr almost 12 into his own room, so this is quite useful! My two boys share a room and it’s tight, always messy and a step away from complete chaos. I normally go through it once a year and toss all the packaging they feel the need to keep for eternity, but I haven’t had a chance to do it for a while, so it’s pretty trashed at the moment.

    As an aside, I have the Elfa drawers in my laundry as sorting baskets. Brilliant! And I have two in the bottom of my pantry – one has lunch box snacks in it, and the other has drink bottles.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Miss Maudy, Love your idea of the Elfa baskets in the laundry! Good luck with organising your boys room.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Looks so functional – fantastic. :)

    Just wondering if you can share the overall dimensions (HxWxD) of the robe space? We’re currently looking to renovate to create a 3rd bedroom so all kids can have their own rooms, and am trying to gauge what a usable BIR space would be – this looks great, but I think it’s probably smaller than what I’m currently allowing. And space I save in the BIR will go to the new bathroom, so keen to maximise use of all spaces!!


    • Katrina

      Hi Kate, Sure the dimensions are H: 2.4 W: 1.66 D: 500mm
      Good luck and would love to see photos when its completed.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    I have that space for two boys which I am just about to tackle. I have just put in bunk beds that has lots of shelf space but nothing underneath as a trundle. We do have a tall boy. I would need all across for hanging for both and all the Lego storage and you boxes under the bed now need to go in there. Would love some suggestions :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kellie, i would try looking at Howards Storage World or even Ikea. I get a lot of great organising ideas from there.ReplyCancel

  • Mum's Closet

    I love this Kat. We are about to build a new house – I definitely got some great ideas for wardrobe storage for the kids rooms from this post, especially for Mr 15.
    Thank you, Claire x

  • Marieka Battiato

    loving this idea – perfect timing for us too – we need to do this now ! thanks !!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Hi there, fantastic idea and looks great but could you tell us how much the entire new fit out cost?

    Even a shopping list quote with itemised prices for each part so we can pick and choose what we can afford if we cannot afford to fit out the entire thing?


  • Marieka Battiato

    loving this idea – perfect timing for us too – we need to do this now ! thanks !!ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    Thanks Katrina this is very helpful. I would like to revamp my 12 yo boy’s wardrobe. It has built-in wooden shelves to one side and then a hanging rail across the rest. Can you retro-fit the sliding baskets onto existing wooden shelving? Otherwise I guess I will just use unfixed boxes/baskets from HSW or ikea etc to stash T-shirts etc

    Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Bron, I would suggest taking your measurements into Howard’s Storage World and the team their will be able to suggest the best shelving or you.:)ReplyCancel

{RECIPE} Banana & maple syrup bread

Banana and maple syrup bread   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Cake Serves: 10 Ingredients 125g butter, softened ½ cup caster sugar 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 eggs 3 large bananas, mashed ¾ cup plain flour, sifted ¾ cup self raising flour, […]

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  • Mama's Style

    ooo this looks so good! i have some bananas that are getting squishy so tomorrow may be baking day ;-)ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch up #4

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite of  few members of this community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I ask a variety of questions on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out […]

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  • Lee Blair

    Citrus plants like your Lemon tree drop their leaves if under watered and then over watered . So stick to a regular amount of water every few days and this problem will rectify. Sorry if this is the wrong section to comment. All the very best

  • Katrina

    Ooh thank you so much Lee! I will keep up the regular watering,:)ReplyCancel

{GIVEAWAY} Kasey Chambers New Album – Bittersweet Pack and more

The music of Kasey Chambers nowadays feels almost as intrinsic to this country as vegemite and Australia will be happy to know that on August 29, the singer, songwriter and storyteller will release her tenth studio album and first solo record in four years, Bittersweet. Produced by American Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers, Powderfinger, The Living End) at Studios […]

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  • Sharnee Snowden

    Nothing could be more bittersweet then being married and having your most cherished people there to witness the occasionReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Leaving a relationship after many years………………….

  • Jo Thorp

    The day my husband & I drove our son to University to set up his dorm room – so proud yet so sad!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Curnow

    The day that we had an IVF transfer in the city & my mum rang from the country to say our family cat had to be put down. I had happy tears & sad tears. And this attempt, after 4 failed ones, finally worked & we have a precious 7 year old as a result. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    My mum left us 4 kids and my dad when we were quite young, now my siblings and I are starting our very own families with promises to never let that happen to them ReplyCancel

  • LJ Pozzebon

    After spending 3 weeks in hospital not know if you have cancer, relief to find out it’s only MS & can be managed. 12yrs on living happily with my family.ReplyCancel

  • Alex

    I’d love the kasey chambers cdReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is great i agree, Alex. I have been listening to it all morning.ReplyCancel

  • Maya

    My most bittersweet moment was when my mum finally passed away. She was no suffering or in pain, but it also meant I could never hold her or kiss her ever again. :(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Maya i feel for you, it is so very hard. Totally understand where you are coming from.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Groves

    My bittersweet moment is a recurring one! You see our family is a FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) family. So every fortnight we kiss hubby/Dad goodbye (the bitter part) as he flys from one side of the country to the other to work in the hot, dusty red dirt of the iron ore mines in Western Australia. The sweet part is the excitement and anticipation of him arriving home to be with us physically again. The other sweet part is the dreams that we are living out and achieving for our little family and the time we have together with this lifestyle that we have chosen.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Jodie, yes it would be so hard on you and your family. So many families do it these days and often wonder how? I guess it is a lifestyle change you all adjust to.ReplyCancel

  • Trudy George

    When I moved away from all my family and friends. Although in still far from them, I have so many beautiful friends here in Melbourne.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Moving away is so hard, yes i agree Trudy. But it is also great that you have your friends there with you.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    My most bitter sweet moment is having cleaned the house all day and it’s looking great ….. THEN the kids walk in the door from school. Bye bye tidy house lol
    Ps …… I LOVE CaseyReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL yes i think a lot of us can relate to this one, Rachel!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    A bit like painting the harbour bridge. When you finally finish a task and then realise you have to start that task (or similar) all over againReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes that has happened many times, Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Mc

    After 22 years as Paramedic I became a stay at home mum to 4 beautiful girls. My husband is FIFO, 3 weeks away 1 week home. It is sad when he leaves but he gets THE BEST cuddles when home. Also his mother lives with us which is bitter because she comments on all my housekeeping skills to family and loves to ridicule but sweet because she is mostly sweet to the girls and they get heaps of time with their grandmother.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Sullivan

    My most bittersweet moment was when I was holding my last baby. She was born at 32 weeks, holding her and knowing she was ok after what had seemed an eternity of uncertainty, she was perfect! But it was bitter at the same time because she was whisked away so quickly into the humidicrib and all I wanted to do was hold her and take her home. Its one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! But now she is a happy 7 year old that drives me crazy and I wouldn’t have her any other way ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Rebecca yes that would have been so hard for you but so glad to hear she is now happy and healthy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    My most memorable bittersweet moment was when I gave birth to my third son. I fell in love with him immediately, and showered him with kisses and cuddles, telling him just how much his mummy loved him. The bitter part is that he was born sleeping :'(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Debbie, from the bottom of my heart i am so very sorry. Reading this brought tears to my eyes.ReplyCancel

  • Nikkie

    The birth of my first child. The joy I felt when she arrived so such sweet joy only to discover she wasn’t breathing so had to be rushed away to be resuscitated. Seeing her in the humidicrib but not being able to cuddle her continued my bittersweet moment.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Nikkie that would have been so very hard.ReplyCancel

  • Georgina

    My most bitter sweet moment was finally learning on my wedding day that just cause someone is blood doesn’t make them family and my new husband telling them in no uncertain words that they are never allowed to hurt me or make me cry and his family closing ranks around me to protect me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh wow Georgina that is very hard to deal with on your wedding day. But happy for you that things have worked out for the best.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Sadly i had to find my pugalier Bessie a new home. Because of a,allergy and renting i couldn’t keep her. But she has a beautiful loving home nowReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Meagn, i am glad to hear she has a loving new home.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Alphey

    Holding my dads hand when he passed away is my most memorable bittersweet moment. It was the end of his pain and suffering, but also the beginning of learning to live life without him. There’s been plenty of bittersweet moments ever since.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s heartbreaking, Joanne. The last thing we want is for our loved ones to be in pain but saying goodbye is so very hard too.ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    My most bittersweet moment was when I got told I could no longer have any more children while in ICU but the one I just gave birth to was in NICU and he was in a stable condition after an emergency c-section 3 years ago. It hasn’t been easy but were both here so that’s all that matters!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh that is so hard to hear those words Tash.ReplyCancel

  • My bittersweet moment was when I saw one of my handmade designs published in a children’s magazine.ReplyCancel

  • When we moved to the city from a mining town. The move to the city brought us closer to family, but leaving the mining town after many years meant leaving good friends that had become like family.ReplyCancel

  • Tammie Fleming

    after years of hard work and setbacks with being a stay at home mum with a business.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My bittersweet moment comes once a month…when I look at my lovely month-long saved up bank balance…then I start paying the bills! Hi-ho Hi-ho; it’s back to work I go! lolReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Kylie yes i’m sure so many of us can relate to this!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Therese

    My children’s milestones for two reasons. As they pass each stage (newborn to toddler to child etc) they will never be at the stage they just grew out of again and I miss each stage when it changes (and perhaps didn’t value it as much as I should have)ReplyCancel

    • Alison

      When my first child was born, amazing to finally have a baby after so long, but bittersweet in that his two triplet siblings passed away during pregnancy.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Ooh Alison, that is so hard but so happy for you that you finally have the baby you deserve.:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      So true, Therese! They grow up so very quickly. Love getting my cuddles whenever i can.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ness

    Moving away from family; sweet in knowing we were removing our kids from a toxic environment, but bitter in realising will all that had past and us making the brake they would not grow up knowing their cousins. The really sweet bit, we have moved to a great community and they have more support and friends than everReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is so hard moving away from family, Ness but sounds like you made the right choice.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Scales

    My bittersweet moment was the arrival of my daughter
    after my dad passed away. Dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer when I was 16 weeks pregnant. He was gone by the time I was 32 weeks pregnant. When my daughter was born, my sister was with me and the first thing I said when I held my daughter. ” She has dad’s hands”
    She also has his long eyelashes. She is now a gorgeous 12 year old.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kylie that is very bittersweet! Would have been a very hard time for you!ReplyCancel

  • Irene Wilkinson

    I would love to give Kasey’s CD’s, to my dear friend who is very ill & simply adores Kasey.
    My bitter sweet moment was when after many years of ‘tracking down’ my father’s family in Poland, that I finally met them & felt so good to do so, just a pity my father had died 30 years before.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Irene what a lovely gesture for your friend!ReplyCancel

  • Annie

    When you go to the lengths to retrieve your last borns cord blood (this is not an easy task living in Central Western Queensland) in the hope that it could one day save a siblings life, then find out that it’s not a match. On a more positive note, the sibling has thus far not had to use it.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    When my first child was born, amazing to finally have a baby after so long, but bittersweet in that his two triplet siblings passed away during pregnancyReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Me & my daughter both love kasey, my bitter sweet moment is
    My daughter starting high school but knowing she is behind kids
    Her own age .ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Alex Johnson

    Deciding to be a stay at home momma of three amaze girls.. ReplyCancel

  • wendy fox

    My bittersweet moment was when my type 1 diabetic son received his insulin pump which gives him much more control and means he no longer needs to inject himself 42 times a week….but he will always be a diabetic with all the horrible parts of the disease…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Wendy, that must be so hard for your son and yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Rodgers

    Starting a uni degree in my 50’s and having to leave half way through to care for my Mum. Bittersweet but a privilege.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    It would have to be when my father died. It was a blessing that he was finally at peace & the fact that I was there to say goodbye. He is missed every day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Mary, thats very hard to deal with but comforting for you and your dad that you were there with him when he passed.ReplyCancel

  • Shandelle wood

    The end of a block of chocolate – it was so good – but never lasts as long as you need!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Richards

    Calling my daughter every week and hearing her talk about her new job, her life and all the things she is preparing for the week ahead. She is so sensible and responsible and even though we live in different states, we are still as close as ever and I know I had something to do with the beautiful woman she is today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Beautiful, Lyn! It is hard living in different states from our loved ones, but so wonderful to hear that you and your daughter are so very close.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    Kasey Chambers sucks the big one.
    Giving away her things because she can’t sell them she’s that shit.ReplyCancel

  • Warm bath, coffee and a whole packet of TIM TAMS,
    Then realizing how hard I have to work out the next day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yes i would be thinking the exact same thing, Jennifer! I always feel so guilty afterwards.ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    I have a bittersweet feeling every day at the moment watching my gorgeous baby boy growing up and knowing that he is our last baby and I won’t get to go through these precious moments ever again. Oh yeah and Kasey Chambers rocks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I also have that realisation at times too, Claire. Its sad but at the same time so rewarding watching them grow up.:)ReplyCancel

  • Richard K

    Being stuck in hospital for weeks, then only to have to return and be readmittedReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yes, Richard i would have to agree with you on this one. Hope you aren’t in there too much longer.ReplyCancel

  • Adrianne

    Sweet is the privilege to enjoy this Summer day with my children – beach, bush whatever I choose….
    Bittersweet is reading about a lady Sheree Mcleod and the journey she faces everyday in Hospital… her strength, pure honesty and candour is humbling and she DOESN’T get to choose what to do on this glorious day with her children….. incredible fight in this woman… Please send this CD to her to shorten those days:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow what a lovely gesture, Adrianne!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Losing my dear mum after caring for her for many years. I was grateful she would no longer suffer but I miss her terribly.ReplyCancel

  • Rhiannon

    Having the opportunity to build our dream home, but unfortunately not in the area we currently live in. So I cross my finger and toes, and look forward to the opportunity we have of having an amazing house, and knowing that we are all together as a family.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My biggest bittersweet moment was finishing a 100km cycling event, crossing the finish line, getting victory photos and then faceplanting. So unfortunate lol.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh no Jane you poor thing! That must of hurt so much! But congratulations on finishing an amazing ride, well done!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Broderick

    This whole year has been bittersweet for me and my kids. We moved 1300 km away from our home, where my husband is still living and working. It’s great to be where we are now, catching up with my family, kids are getting a better education and getting the attention they need to catch up, but we’ve only seen hubby/daddy twice this year, it was so hard to say goodbye last school holidays. Worse than FIFO. Bittersweet.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Rebecca i imagine it would very so very hard on you and your kids. Create beautiful memories when you are all together.:)ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Moving with my husband and kids to Australia, to start a wonderful new life. But… leaving my own family and so many good friendsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Linda yes i can see how that is bittersweet for you.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Hegarty

    My bittersweet moment is happening next week. We are moving to the country so we can all be together as a family instead of FIFO, but we have to say goodbye to all of our family & friends :( happy & sad all at the same time.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yes i can understand it being a bittersweet moment for you, good luck with the move.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Most bittersweet memory is old boyfriend took me out for my birthday then broke up with me later that night. I didn’t react sadly because I did love him but I knew out relationship would not work. Being friends didn’t work and not long after I met my future husband.ReplyCancel

  • Shannan

    Bittersweet for me is finally having the child Id longed for so long.. Only for him to arrive and need medical help and intervention. He is now 2, life with him is a daily struggle. We are truely lucky to have such wonderful friends.
    I’m a true believer you are given chances to test your abilities… I’m truely being tested..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Shannan, I agree where would we be without family and friends for support. You are very lucky to have them in your life.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Chapman

    My Nan, Mum and I created my Year 12 formal dress together. We always struggled for money, but they saved all they could to give me a beautiful princess day. we bonded over the sewing (and unpicking…) and i felt a million dollars on the day. 14 years on, my nan has dementia, and often doesn’t know any of us. today, my daughter (4yo), my Mum and my beautiful Nan pulled apart my old formal dress and made an ‘Elsa dress’ – from the movie FROZEN. I was teary in many moments… Nan can still work her magic on the machine, and even smiled when my daughter snuggled into her lap whilst she was sitting and stoking the soft fabric. bittersweet, but I’m sure will be one of my very favourite memories!!!

  • Mascha

    Last year, just before moving back to Oz, I had an operation back ‘home’ (in the Netherlands) which turned very sour (bitter)! They punctured my intestine, didn’t realise and found out 5 days later… I almost lost my life, they kept me in a coma and IC unit for a while. It was such a hard time for my parents, sister and friends who were by my side the whole time. Ended up being in hospital for 6 weeks and rehabilitating for another half year (and still am)! It did however make me even closer to my parents, sister and friends. Made me realise how mega AMAZING they are (still getting chocked up now) = sweet… I miss them heaps!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh my gosh, Mascha! You poor thing, it sounds like you have had such a rough time! I hope you are getting better each day. I agree with you 100%, where would we be without the love and support of family and friends.:)ReplyCancel

      • Mascha

        Thank you Katrina, I’m doing really well (the lasting/chronic problems won’t hold me down!). Also helps that I’m a very positive happy person :)

        Yes, family and friends are SO important and I must say I have the best in the world :)

        Thank you SO MUCH for the prize!!! I was quite shocked when I got your email and did a little happy dance :) !!

        LOVE your blog! Please keep the great stories coming…ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Cotter

    Watching my daughter recieve her grade 12 certificate after needing to pull her from school in grade 7 and homeschool her. It was a long haul but very rewarding in the end.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Cotter

    Watching my daughter receive her grade 12 certificate after needing to pull her from school in grade 7 and homeschool her. It was a long haul but very rewarding in the end.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Caldwell

    Leaving a very enjoyable, secure, future-promising job to give my kids my time that they longed for and so deserved. I miss it, but I have not looked back.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    One that is ongoing for me…I moved away from all my friends and family to purchase a business in another region with my partner, so we could both be together. That hard move has now proved “sweet” – in the sense we are making good money from our hard work, we are together and we now have a settled arrangement to have visits from his children. Which would never have happened if we didn’t make that move. Even though I miss home heaps and we do plan to go back someday, we are happy!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh that is fantastic news, Liz. Good on you!.:)ReplyCancel

  • jen jen

    My bittersweet moment moving to an island miss my family so much but feels so great to be away from all there drama and raise my 4 kids in a happy environmentReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My most bittersweet moment was getting thru my second daughters pregnancy whilst being suicial with un diagnosed PTSD, for her at six weeks old to end up in intensive care with bronchiolitis.ReplyCancel

  • Carmel Corry

    Most Memorable Bittersweet Moment: Meeting my son finally only to know that he was too little to survive his premature birthReplyCancel

  • Pj Chinn

    My bittersweet moments happen when I see my family. They live so far away and whenever I get to spend time with them I am constantly reminded that it’s only for a short time and there is a teary farewell ahead.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      P J i totally understand what you mean!ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    I guess my most bittersweet moment was when my son got diagnosed with aspergers, we had pretty much known his whole life but it took 7 years for it to be diagnosed and then we could get some help.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh Jess, i hope your son is getting the right help he needs.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Herring

    When I finished my last good read ‘watermelon’ by Marian Keyes. I spent blimming ages getting to know the characters, their names, faults, eccentricities and so on. Then suddenly the story ends! Finito! Haha! XxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Haha i totally understand what you are saying, Nicola! Happens to me all the time.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle Crow

    Recently we attended the funeral of a very dear friend who passed away from cancer way too young. Watching the video of his life and reliving all the fun times we had had together was a very bittersweet moment for me.ReplyCancel

Healthy, budget friendly meal ideas for the family

This post is sponsored by Coles I admit I am satisfied with meat and 3 veg for dinner, it’s easy and budget friendly. Favourites would be oven baked chicken breast or BBQ’d sausage, mashed potato and vegetables making regular occurrences on our weekly meal plan. Coles have given me the challenge to create three family friendly, not […]

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  • Andrea

    Thank you Kat, I am always trying to come up with ways to use up left over sausages and sausage sandwich get a little boring. Going to try that vegetable bake.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Yum those sausage rolls look great, my kids would love to have them in their lunchboxes, love your ideas, they are always realistic and very family friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Jan! My kids love them too, a big family favourite!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia B

    My kids love sausages, but I must admit I am a bit boring when it comes to being creative, love all these ideas, I know my kids will eat all of these and they have some fresh vegetables hidden inside too, my 2 year old is so fussy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are perfect Linda for hiding fresh veggies inside!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Sausage pasta is a very cheap meal in our house. I am a vegetarian so I have to do two separate meals. One fort partner and daughter then one for me. Sausage pasta is my favourite to make as it is done so quickly. I cook 4 meat sausages and 2 veggie sausages then boil pasta up and add a jar of pasta sauce. When the sausages are cooked, I chop them up and put into separate bowls and add the sauce and serve with garlic bread or salad. Costs me roughly £2.00 to make that. Thanks for the sausage roll recipe! I will definitely try that as my partner and daughter love sausage rolls! XReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Helen, these sound so good! I’m sure your family will love the sausage roll!ReplyCancel

  • Mandee

    The link to Teriyaki chicken and veg stir fry isn’t working…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh no so sorry Mandee, i have fixed it up.:)ReplyCancel

Mummy time out in the bathroom… whoops did I share too much??

I don’t know about you but sometimes I go to the bathroom just to have some time out away from the kids.  However I don’t know how but the kids always seem to know I’m in there and this is when they want to chat or ask questions.  It’s probably my own fault, when they […]

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  • Lara B

    no not sharing too much I do it too, I think you’d be surprised how many do do it. For me it’s where I get my piece and quiet.ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    Kat you are so funny, but it’s so true, I go there to get away from the kids too and low and behold they always find me, or start fightingReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yes Jenni i hear you! LOL It’s always the time when they need to ask you a question!ReplyCancel

  • I went back to work so that I could go to the toilet in peace.

    I don’t read in the loo, mainly because we only have one toilet and as sure as anything, I’ll sit down for a bit of peace and quiet to do my thing and there’s instantly a queue of people doing the special dance and demanding I hurry up.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL you make me laugh! Miss Maudy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Terica

    I take my time getting out if the car anytime that I can. The kids are usually antsy to go the the house after driving and I just let them go. Doors shut and it is quiet and the world can go away even if just for a moment. I do it a the grocery store and meetings to. As long as I am not late I can take that 5 minutes of peace.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL what a great idea, Terica.:) I admit i have done that too after being out in the car!ReplyCancel

  • Marta

    I do it too Kat, pretty often. I have an active 4 yo boy, and I find that even 5-10 minutes of reading time in the bathroom is a bliss if I could have it, coz my son also seems to find me in there…LOL. Something that I take for granted pre kid.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Marta, i am so glad i am not the only one LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Ohhh I so do this!! Retreating to the bathroom is like having a break without the attached guilt us mums usually feel from having time out! I love the coat hanger mag holder thingy, what a fab idea :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL so many of us think the same! I love the coat hanger mag idea too, works so well.:)ReplyCancel

Task 35 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • I don’t have much in my handbag – before children and before I started wearing glasses most of the time, I didn’t even carry a handbag! However, I have decluttered thusly:
    – Three old supermarket receipts
    – An invitation to a party a couple of months ago
    – A couple of used tissues
    – $114 (into ma wallet! A much more sensible place to keep it)

    And when I get home, there’s a bank statement to go into filing *and* the warranty stuff for my new clothes dryer.

    My handbag now contains (as well as the statement and warranty stuff)
    Work id card
    Business cards (in a holder)
    A pen
    A car shaped USB (because… why not!)
    And a small pencil case with lady’s things, panadol, hand cream, lip balm, refills for my pen and an Allan key which, while I don’t know what it’s for, is obviously in my bag for safe keeping. So it can stay.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Your handbag sounds perfect, Miss Maudy and well stocked.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Thorpe

    I’m with you, PK… I didn’t purge anything. I usually keep my handbag pretty tidy. I did put some of my daughters clothes in there briefly (lucky me, she had a sleepover at Nana’s the night before!!) ReplyCancel

  • Michele Lane

    I went to a Tupperware party and we were playing a game … where they asked who who has what item on them (eg particular colour clothing item, watch, pen etc) and you got points for each item. I had 15 pens in my handbag that day!!!ReplyCancel

  • PK

    I was unable to purge anything from my bag, since the only things in it are things I need to have in there. I don’t shove receipts in there (they stay in the bag with the purchased items), my list is electronic, and I keep so much in my bag that I *have* to keep it tidy.

    I use a “bag-in-a-bag” (I have the blue one: which really helps, and I just transfer this from my handbag to a backpack when I need more space.

    I’m not going to list everything I carry, as it numbers close to 100 different items (due to medical conditions), but it is really well organised :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Good on you, PK for having a well organised handbag!ReplyCancel