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Slow cooker recipes are perfect for nights you are busy, to come home from a long day and know there isn’t much preperation ahead for dinner is a relief.

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  • Yum! This looks delicious. I’ve been wanting to use my slow cooker more, so thank you. I’m going to give this a red hot crack. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love using the slow cooker, especially with simple chuck in the bowl style kinda dishes, good home cooked meal with little effort!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Mine is in the slow cooker right now, but doesn’t look very juicy. Does the sauce develop as it cooks? Or should I maybe make some extra sauce to boost it a bit?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jodie, ooh no I’ve just realised I have left 1/2 cup soy sauce from the list. I was looking at the ingredients to wonder why it’s not so sauce, this would be why. I am terribly sorry.ReplyCancel

      • Jodie

        Oh that’s ok Katrina, I’ve just put the soy sauce in now……and I think it looks more like the colour of your’s too!! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Gosh looks really good Kat, I really need to get myself a slow cooker!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i just love my slow cooker, it is so good through the winter months.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    If you don’t have cooking sherry handy, is there anything you can substitute it for?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Mel, White wine would also be fine too.ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    Can’t wait to try it this week. I think it looks like there are veggies based on the pic…. Are there??ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      It’s on my meal plan again this week too, Clare! You can add vegetables if you like. I sometimes add sweet potato, just depending on what i have in the fridge.ReplyCancel

Dirt, dust and germs build up on remote controls, like other surfaces in the home. Follow these tips and steps to clean your remote controls.

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  • Diane

    Can you use the alcohol on the laptop or computer keyboard as well?? My ten year old has his own laptop and a school computer that I am constantly trying to keep clean.. he sneezes on it.. and well, you know they just get everything on them ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      lol…boys are just great aren't they. Yes cleaning alcohol with a cotton bud is recommended for cleaning laptops/keyboards. Remember to disconnect from the wall before cleaning. Turn keyboard upside down trying to get out all dirt. Try using your vacuum cleaner to gather all dust between keys, or alternatively use your hair dryer to blow out the dirt. ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    Phones are another thing that should be cleaned regularly. Both home and mobiles as they pick up lots of germs and dirt. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      Yes phones, I should definately do a random job post on cleaning the phones!! Thanks Leila!! ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    We have a tv in the kitchen so we wrap our remote in glad wrap to keep it clean. It works really well.ReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    Just saw the phone’s cord… Yagh! Will get toe the phones as we don’t have a TV remote.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is amazing how quick the dirt and grime builds up on our everyday items, such as phones.ReplyCancel

      • Jeanette MCDONALD

        Hi Katrina. Your web site is awesome! I use a disinfectant spray eg Glen 20 on my remotes, keyboards, door handles etc. Any where germ laden fingers make contact.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Thank you Jeanette!ReplyCancel

  • Remote controls, once a cool piece of technology, now an annoying place holder on our coffee tables! I wonder what kinds of advancements our kids will have when they are older…hopefully someone will have thought up something to replace remote controls :)ReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.

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  • Julia K

    sun 26 july hamburgers

    mon 27 july mango chicken curry w/rice & green beans

    tues 28 july shepherd’s pie w/ veggies

    wed 29 july creamy lamb & tomato fettucine w/ salad

    thurs 30 july curried sausages, mash & veggies

    fri 31 july sweet ‘n sour pork w/rice

    sat 1 august bacon & cheese croquettes w/salad

    baking gingerbread men
    double choc muffinsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Julia your meal plan sounds amazing! I love the sound of Mango chicken with rice and green beans! Very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    those honey and carrot muffins sound good, I have a few carrots in the fridge that need using. Our meal plan for this week is:

    Mon-spaghetti bolognese
    Tue-chicken risotto
    Wed-frozen fish portions with chips and salad
    Thur-silverside in the slow cooker with steamed vegetables
    Fri-homemade beef and blackbean with rice
    Sat-out for dinner
    Sun-Roast lamb and vegetablesReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh another beautiful meal plan! Loveing the sound of Beef and blackbean with rice. And i just love silverside in the slow cooker, a perfect winter meal.:)ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    I haven’t had time to plan this weeks meals as the kids have been sick all weekend. I will be adding the chicken noodle soup to the grocery list, they will enjoy this for tonights dinner, will soothe their poor little throats.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Chicken noodle soup is delicious, quick and easy. I hope your kiddies are feeling better soon.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina! Thanks so so so much for including us in your weekly meal plan! We hope you LOVE LOVE the cauli rice! We certainly do :) e + c <3ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is beautiful! And i real winner in our house.:) Thank youReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Our Meal Plan this week:
    Mon – Pork Medallions with Cabbage & Mash
    Tue – Chicken Caesar Salad
    Wed – Vietnamese Pork Chops & Salad
    Thurs – Takeaway
    Fri – Spag Bol
    Sat – Chicken Noodle Soup
    Sun – Beef & Red Wine Stew in Slow Cooker

    Baking – Banana Muffins

    Your Chicken Noodle soup looks great, so I changed my Plan to cook it next weekend! I’m away in Melbourne for a few days this week, so hubby will do takeaway and Spag Bol for the kids while I’m gone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i am loving the sound of your Pork medallions with cabbage and mash! Sounds very enticing!ReplyCancel

  • Haha we eat toasted sandwiches for dinner sometimes! Omelettes and easy things are common too! The lasagna looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s great to have something easy and simple on a Friday or Saturday night, i think it is a great way to finish a busy week off.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kirra

    I am just thinking about our meal plan thismorning as i shop on thursdays :) hubby is on night shift here so our dinner is at 2pm lol i also cook up a couple of light easy meals thati can freeze & reheat for my 2yo and i around 5pm.

    Thurs- Corn meat, veg & sweet potato w/ leek white sauce
    Fri- chicken thai red curry and rice
    Sat- left overs ( i will be away)
    Sun- roast pork, veg and gravy
    Mon- salmon pasta bake & salad
    Tue-curried sausages and rice
    Wed- spag bog in whole roast sweet potatos, avo/corn salsa and greek yoghurt.
    Light meals-•skinnymixers cheesy bacon mac & cheese
    •Pumpkin, veg and ham soup
    •Sliced cold pork and corn meat on bread
    Snacks- choc cupcakes and fruity banana cookiesReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Soiunds like a delicious week of meals at your place, Kirra!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Marion Vannucci

    Hi Katrina,

    Last night I made the Cauli-rice recipe, however I replaced the pumpkin with sweet potato. It was soooo delicious. We had it as a main course dish without any extra meat, and it was quite filling.

    Looking forward to trying some more of your menu ideas.

    MarionReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh i like the sound of sweet potato. Sounds delicious, i will have to give it a try. Thanks Marion for the idea.:)ReplyCancel

Coffee and Walnut Muffins are a delicious afternoon treat to have… with your coffee!!

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  • Sue

    Love your site Kat especially the recipes and tips. I have a question for you and your readers. Any muffin I make seems to stick to the paper case so a lot is wasted when the paper case is peeled off. Any tips ?? Thx SueReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sue, Hmm good question! I would try spraying them with a little cooking spray, i hope it helps. Let me know how you go.:)ReplyCancel

      • Emma

        Maybe try 4″ squares of baking paper instead of corrugated muffin cases. This was the inexpensive alternative we used to use in cafe where I worked, just push into muffin holes with a glass, spice jar or the round end of rolling pin.ReplyCancel

  • These look delicious a weekend treat I think (for me!)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so yummy, i really enjoy mine with a nice cuppa on a Sunday morning!ReplyCancel

  • My colleagues and I just made Microwave Mug Muffins with coffee & walnut. Holy moly, stella tasta combo. :) Totes making the real deal on the weekend.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh they sound good! Will have to give them a try i think.:)ReplyCancel

  • Nice! Coffee flavour treats to have with actual coffee! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha yes it can’t get any better can it Lorraine! Love my coffee.:)ReplyCancel

Tips for helping you manage and minimise the mess factor when doing art and craft with kids. Because making art is such an important part of a child’s learning and development that it really is worth the effort.

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  • LOVE these tips – I don’t have a high tolerance for mess but I hate saying no to the fun messy play. These are great tips for me to adopt xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they just great! I love them too.ReplyCancel

Easy family dinner recipe idea – savoury sausages with pineapple baked in the oven. Kids will enjoy this recipe

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  • Julie

    Oh this is great, thanks. It’s very similar to a recipe of my Mum’s which I make every so often, but in hers you cook the sausages and make the sauce separately. I love that you can throw it all in the same dish in this version and just bake it. Anything that saves washing an extra frying pan and saucepan is a winner in my books.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Julie, less mess the better.:)ReplyCancel

  • I don’t mind pineapple in savoury so I think I’d really like this! Have you ever had a warm pineapple tart? They’re really good and I wonder if it would get around the hot pineapple thing? :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no i have never had pineapple tart before but now you mention it Lorraine i think it is something i am going to have to make. Sounds very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • This is the best timing! I just grabbed a packet of sausages out of the freezer and hadn’t decided what to do with them. Perfect! Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! I honestly have to say it has become a family favourite dish in our house at the moment.:)ReplyCancel

Create a family fun activity jar to help you get out and about on the weekend creating everlasting memories with your kids.

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  • Donna

    I’ve seen these done for “Date Nights” too. You can also use different colours for differently “priced” activities. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea Donna! Yes i love the dates nights one too, i think they are wonderful and fun!ReplyCancel

  • I am putting this on my to-do list for this weekend – as well as get a pocket money chart sorted for the kids!xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love the sound of the pocket money chart, Emily! I think they are a great idea!ReplyCancel

Weekly Family Meal Plan with family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner tonight

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  • Louise

    Yum, this meal plan sounds delicious. I haven’t made chow mein in quite awhile, I forget about the good dinner ideas like this, it’s a great way to sneak in some vegetables to the kids too! Love your plans, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s great being able to sneak extra veggies in especially those veggies that they aren’t too fussd on.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I made your zucchini brownies on the weekend, the whole family loved them, so moist, definately a keeper recipe.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so good aren’t they Jen! We just love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I make my tuna mornay with crushed plain salted chips. Mmmm, the kids and hubby love it ( and me too!). I am going to try that chocolate brownie with zucchini, looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Too funny, that’s exactly how i make my Tuna Mornay, so so yummy.:)ReplyCancel

Thank you to to Julie K for sharing one of her family favourite meals, Pepper & Peanut Chicken. It looks delcious Julie and very fancy with your rice mould.  Find more family dinner ideas here.   click on image to view recipe  

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  • Mel

    Yum! I love the look of these recipes!
    I was desperately searching for a recipe I made a few weeks back that was a warm Moroccan chicken salad that had crunchy chickpeas in it. It was so delicious but I can’t find it again, I’m sure it was on your site. Does anyone remember if it was from here?ReplyCancel

    • Mel

      It took me all afternoon but I found the recipe I was looking for!!
      I’m going to try that pepper and peanut chicken too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Mel that sounds delicious! I haven’t got a Moroccan Chicken recipe but sounds yum especially with Chick peas.:)ReplyCancel

  • That looks so easy and delicious. Like a version of a satay sauce (my mum uses peanut butter in hers) :)ReplyCancel

Easy tips to help improve your photos using either a iPhone or DSLR Camera. These simple tips will help you make great photos

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It’s that time of year where we all tend to get the sniffles and sore throat, it’s flu season. Through winter I like to make sure I stock up with a few essentials for flu season for when the kids, hubby or I come down sick.

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  • Briony

    ive always wanted to be prepared when the kids are sick, but haven’t got around to it, this is great that you kat.ReplyCancel

  • Great list Kat! I always have lemon and ginger tea bags on hand. I prefer making it from fresh lemon and ginger, but when I don’t have them, a teabag and a swirl of honey help soothe the throat and get some vitamin C in at the same time.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That sounds very soathing Lisa, I haven’t tried it before as I’m not a tea drinker, but I can imagine it would be reallyl nice on a sore throat, might get some to put in the pantry for the rest of the family :)ReplyCancel

  • I now swear by the Nature’s Own Triple Strength Garlic + Vitamin C + Horseradish tablets. Strong smell and taste but seem to work.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Good to know Vanessa, it’s always great to hear others recommendations. I love garlic maybe the tablets wouldn’t be so bad for me 😛ReplyCancel

    • Jo Murphy

      Very true Vanessa, oir family has used Triple Strength H, G and C for years and we swear by it. Definitely the Triple Strength is the way to go.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Leone

    To be clear there is a very big difference in someone having ‘the flu’ (actual influenza) and just the common cold. This sounds more like remedies for the common cold. I think some people like to be dramatic and say “oh I’ve got the flu” but mostly it’s just a common cold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your spot on there Jane, I should change the title to cold and flu season.ReplyCancel

  • Yes, I do stock up on many of the things you mentioned. I also get some cough syrup that works well with my asthma, and nasal spray as well as some zinc lozenges. Whenever someone starts sneezing and coughing the unaffected ones start popping those lozenges, lol! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve used the nasal sprays previously and they work really well I find : )ReplyCancel

      • Jo Murphy

        I find that the best nasal spray with kids is the saline spray. It doesn’t contain medicine just salty water which helps to thin and dislodge mucus while helping to kill bacteriaReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much, I’m a mom of three… & have never heard of rehydration blocks do you find your kids prefer to blocks over gatorade? This past winter the flu spread like wild fire in our home :-(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I find the rehydration blocks work great, Danielle and the kids perfer them too.ReplyCancel

  • This is very timely right at the moment Kat as I sit in bed with the flu! Hubby stocked up on boxes of tissues! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no Lorraine.:( I hope you feel better soon xReplyCancel

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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