Masthead header

Weekend Catch Up #9

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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • Karen

    Have you got any tips how to store balls in the garage? Soccer, rugby, etc (multiples!). Looking forward to some suggestions. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Elizabeth

      Karen, we keep all ours in one of those mini garbage bins in the garage. For some reason our youngest has collected every sort of sports ball available, despite not playing many ball sports. We also have a collection of bouncy balls he has picked up along the way! I find the mini-bins great as the lid keeps spiders etc out and they are cheap at most discount stores. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

  • Elsy Carolina Arguello

    Hi there,im a big fun of yours and have been for sometime,i love your site and all the hardwork you do .thank you for sharing all those wonderful tips and ideas to keep our home beautiful…
    I actually bought finish diswashig balls and to my surprised was really dissapointed,all of them were kind of melting as if it has been wet then dried i thought maybe if i buy them at a different woolworth? Did so and still not right,i bought 2 big boxes just to throwthem out$$$$$$ .I have send the company 3 emails and still no reply,it has been well over 3 months so….anyways i just wanted to share my experience with you.
    Once again thank you for all your hardwork!!!ReplyCancel

    • Ashleigh

      I am having the same problem. I have bought the ones that are in the dissolvable packet, the packet does not dissolve and I find the whole mushy tablet just sitting the bottom of the dishwasher. Its very frustrating as I need to do the whole load again to rinse off any residue.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Ooh no, I’ve never heard of this happening, I use mine everyday and have had no problems, have you contacted the manufacturer?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Elsy that is awful and I can imagine your frustration. I can’t explain why they have not replied but that would have been my first advice was to contact them. Are you using them on a regular cycle? I use them daily for many many years and have had no problems.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Hi Katrina, Love your sons bed. Where did you purchase it from?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Bree, i got it from Forty Winks! It is a lovely bed.:)ReplyCancel

  • Have fun being on TV!! How super excitingReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Thanks Nat! It was very exciting, really enjoyed it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ms_MotorbikeNut

    G’day really pleased your doing a Weekend Catch up now as some people like myself don’t like Facebook so don’t use it, so for me the weekend catch up is great.

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXXReplyCancel

Kids Lunchbox Idea #3

Munch and Crunch Kiwi Fruit Morning Tea Banana bread & cucumber, cherry tomato and cheese cube Lunch Ham and cheese sandwich with strawberry fruit leather I put the strawberry fruit roll up in a little Silicone Food Buckets to keep it separated from the banana bread. view more lunchbox ideas here

Continue Reading...

  • I totally want to try those roll ups. They’ve been on my to-do list for ages!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      They are really easy and the kids love them.:)ReplyCancel

Creative ways to flavour popcorn

A few weeks ago the kids and I were craving popcorn, I had the microwave kind in the pantry, but they tasted rather bland so I asked the community on Facebook what they do to flavour their popcorn? There were some very interesting and strange suggestions, thought I would share them all with you. Creative ways […]

Continue Reading...

  • I have fond memories of Mum and I sharing a bowl of popcorn flavoured in icing sugar.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love memories like that Briohny!ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    I love the icing sugar and salt idea. I really like sweet and salty popcorn and that sounds like an easy way to have it homemade.ReplyCancel

  • Hailey

    Freshly grated parmesan… so so good!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that sounds yummy, Hailey!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    being dairy free the kids usually have chicken salt, or if I will make it coconut caramel (dairy free). We also just braught cinnimon sugar for them.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Sukiennik

    Usually we have the popcorn plain, air popped out of the machine. But if it is a special treat, I add sultanas, diced dried apricots, banana chips and honey flavoured tiny teddies to the mix.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Love your idea Amanda, sounds delicious.:)ReplyCancel

Mexican Chicken Salad Sandwich Filling

Ooh we so love Mexican in this household.  The girls and I like most dishes as I make them, but the boys (so macho) like to add in extra dashes of chilli sauce or jalapenos.   We often have chicken rolls for lunch on the weekends, but this took the traditional chicken and mayo roll […]

Continue Reading...

  • Michelle Compton

    This recipe sounds so delicious but I have a question. What is capsicum? I’ve never heard of it. I live in America, in Washington State. Does it just go by another name here? Thank you for you wonderdul recipes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Michelle, I think you call them red peppers. Funny how we have the same things but they are named differently.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Compton

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • caitlyn

    Just made this for lunch and my 14 month old is loving it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that is great, so yummy and healthy.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is so dinner toight.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      So yummy and easy.:)ReplyCancel

Clever kitchen organising ideas

I’ve been considering making a few changes to my kitchen and have been reading lots of kitchen magazines and browsing the internet for inspiration.  Here are a few really clever kitchen organising ideas: Clever ideas kitchen organising ideas add a pop of colour inside the cupboards  |  A Beautiful Mess Use a magazine holder  | […]

Continue Reading...

  • Shea

    I do like that pop of colour!

    All of these ideas seem fairly simple but are probably more suited to someone who is renovating or getting a new kitchen – the pop of colour is probably the easiest thing to get done if someone wanted to change their kitchen up without *actually* changing their kitchen!

    I wouldn’t have thought of putting oils in a drawer though – my oils tend to have a sticky/oily residue if they don’t get religiously wiped off and I’d be worried that when others in my household tidy up, the drawer would end up with a base of oily residue which would be a PITA to clean!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I keep my oils in a little basket purely for the same reason Shea, much easier to wipe a plastic basket then my wooden shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    We recently added a new shelf to three of the existing cupboards in our kitchen – allowing us to separate some items that were previously stacked on top of one another. Total cost was $28 for the three shelves (cut to size at Bunnings) and it’s made such a difference.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So cheap, great idea Kate!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie J

    Half shelves utilise the back of the cupboard and i use baskets to kerp plastics togegher. Oils and sauces are stored on a tray which helps kerp the cupboard clean.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like the idea of half shelves too Kylie, great use of space.ReplyCancel

  • JoJo

    You know that corner cupboard that’s so deep you need to put your entire body inside just to wipe it out?! Well in my search on the internet last year to organise my kitchen, I came across a lazy susan being used. Light bulb moment for me as I had a large glass one given to me for Christmas years ago. It was only ever used 2-4 times a year – It fit perfectly on the botton shelf and now houses those things only used 2-4 times a year. Now that corner cupboard is being put to full and proper use. LOVE ITReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Wow fantastic idea, Jojo! I think i might need to get a lazy susan as i too have one of those cupboards.ReplyCancel

Quinoa and Zucchini Fritters

A few weeks ago Mr Organised and I visited Byron Bay (far north coast of New South Wales) for a wedding.  While there we visited the Byron Fresh Cafe for lunch. Their menu was full of healthy organic options and it was so hard to choose just one item for lunch. Their Quinoa and Zucchini hotcakes […]

Continue Reading...

  • Alison

    These would probably be even better if you could work out how to eliminate the breadcrumbs. If you put breadcrumbs in you may as well have eaten a sandwich – certainly most people looking for a healthier way of life are trying to eliminate bread. Did you try without them? Not sticky enough?ReplyCancel

    • Debbie

      maybe you could try rolled oats instead of bread crumbsReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That is a great idea Debbie, they would taste so good too!ReplyCancel

    • Chanel

      I used Lifestyle bakery gluten free breadcrumbs. They turned out great, but the middle looked a little undercooked so I then put them in the oven.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea Chanel, thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No I didn’t, but that’s a great idea for those trying to eliminate bread from their diet.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalee

    I made these last night, they were great, whole family ate them, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yay so glad, we loved them so much too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    they are a winner!
    was my first time at quinoa – so that was interesting for me too.. have always loved anything with quinoa in it but hadn’t attempted it myself. your easy to follow instructions for both cooking quinoa and then the fritter – piece of cake! (or should I say fritter?!)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Ooh yay!! So glad they worked for you and you enjoyed them. So delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Can these be frozen? With kids and work I’m looking at more meals which can be frozen.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sure Mel i can’t see why they couldn’t be frozen, worth a try.ReplyCancel

  • I was so impressed by this recipe, I’ve re-shared it over on my blog! Admittedly, I had to substitute the zucchini for broccoli and carrot (I ran out of zucchini!) but the quinoa was so nice to cook with! Will definitely be making these again!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful! It is super yummy, i real favourite of mine at the moment.:)ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #8

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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • I can’t believe you throw out all those bottles Kat….lol….here I am collecting bottle after bottle to make succulent terrarium gifts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea Renee, I am giving them away to a reader (teacher) that lives locally she is going to make christmas globes with your studentsReplyCancel

  • Can you fit a tea light in one of those baby bottles? Just came back from a wedding, with jars full of flowers and tea lights. Was beautiful styling.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is such a gorgeous idea, I could imagine how beautiful that would look!ReplyCancel

Homemade Breadcrumbs

I shared this picture on Instagram recently and being that many hadn’t considered doing this themselves I thought I would share it here as well. I keep a container full of fresh breadcrumbs in the freezer.  I make them myself by blitzing them on high in the food processor/thermomix until crumb consistency, 10 seconds is usually enough. […]

Continue Reading...

  • Jo

    In Sicily they often use toasted breadcrumbs on top of pasta instead of parmesan cheese.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yum, a great way to use breadcrumbs, we like it on top of pasta bakes for the extra crunchReplyCancel

Kids in the Kitchen – Healthy Apple Cake

This post is sponsored by Western Star Butter There are occasions that I feel like cooking at the spur of the moment, however many of the recipes that I love to cook and the one below require butter at room temperature and I tend to keep my butter in the fridge (it get’s too soft here in […]

Continue Reading...

  • Maree

    Your daughter is so lovely, I wish mine wanted to cook more I agree there are many benefits, will look through those recipes you suggested and will get them to make a few things these holidays.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Maree, she is beautiful. There are some great recipes on the site, hope you can find one that can enjoy cooking with your kids!ReplyCancel

  • Julie R

    Love this post Kat seeing how much your daughter is enjoying the independence you have given her in your kitchen. Mine have made smoothies and a delicious carrot cake so far these holidays.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There are so many easy recipes available in the cyber world Julie, maybe a kids cookbook could make for a nice Christmas gift :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Just love your daughters smile, such a lovely young girl. Our 11 year old granddaughter makes us dinner once a week. Its great to see her excitement to choose a recipe and then prepare and cook it. We make a special effort to make her feel great and tell her that she did such a wonderful dinner. I wonder how long it will be until the novelty will wear off. One thing though you have to allow extra time for the meal to get to the table not quite as fast as me her oma. lolReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s right Yvonne, they are slower but they have so much fun. Yes, my daughter sits and wait ooh so patiently, like she is on My Kitchen Rules waiting to hear our verdict… always love it. Such a positive thing that she is enjoying cooking and baking in the kitchen.ReplyCancel

      • Yvonne

        We had our 6 year old grandson over so our 11 year old granddaughter both made a Banana Cake, with cream cheese icing. The only problem we need two bowls to lick out lol. one not content in having anything else, utensils etc. to lick. more washing up lol.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely Photos Katrina. Miss 11 looks right at home in the kitchen. The future of the organised housewife empire is in good hands. Love the cake stand too ;)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that cake stand is gorgeous Melissa, I borrowed it from a friend, was so reluctant to give it back LOL ;) Yes, she has been a wonderful help these school holidays while my assistant has been on holidays, it’s such a delight to see her grow and blossom.ReplyCancel

  • What a great school holiday activity, I think it’s great teaching kids about food and to show their creative side. She looks as proud as punch, I would be too if my cakes looked like that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      She is so proud Tee, she loves cooking and baking, it’s her happy place.ReplyCancel

  • suman sidal

    Nice apple cake n very healthy.send
    More recipes.my kids n family enjoyed
    Thank u so much .

    Thank u.sumanReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Glad you enjoyed the Healthy Apple Cake.:)ReplyCancel

Killing dust mites in non washable items

This post is sponsored by Bosisto’s My twinnies both have dust mite allergies, which is very common in Australia. They both suffer from it differently, Mr 11’s symptoms are an itchy nose, but Miss 11 gets itchy eyes.  It’s really important that I keep their rooms as clean as possible and take some preventive measures to eliminate […]

Continue Reading...

  • This is good to know Katrina because I use the normal Bosistos Eucalyptus spray on our mattresses. We don’t suffer from eczema or asthma but I just think sleeping with all those mites doesn’t do much for your health anyway. Great post. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    That is so helpful about using the Bisistos eculiptos ranges didn’t no they had wash powder ill have to have a look thanks heaps for that trip Dr’s just say to wash sheets in hot water and vacuum bed thank you againReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh no Kim, so much more can be done to kill the little mites, glad this post can help :)ReplyCancel

  • Genaya

    Really! I’d be concerned what’s in all these cleaners. Is there an ingredients list available?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are chemical free GenayaReplyCancel

  • sanno

    Is it available in USA? We dont have Woolworth in our area any more .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve just tried searching Sanno and I can’t see that it is sold outside of Australia, sorry.ReplyCancel

  • mary

    i am asthmatic and cannot use eucalyptus what can you suggest insteadReplyCancel

  • I realized that the so called “dust mites” are everywhere in my home. This article gives good solutions connected with the elimination of these microbes. I will definitely start washing my children’s fluffy toys more often. Thanks for the advices!ReplyCancel

How to cook perfect quinoa

I made Quinoa a few weeks ago and several times since, I must say I fell in love with how good it is and how easy it is to cook.  This usually makes enough for one family meal leaving some for leftovers for lunch the next day (adding in a few steamed vegetables).  I’ll share some of […]

Continue Reading...

  • Rachelle

    I was told that you have to scrub/wash the grains first as the coating on the grains is bad for you. A soapy stuff washes off. It also affects the taste if you don’t wash the grains. I put my grains in a flour swine under a running tap and give them a good massage with my hand, then pretty much follow what you do.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great tip thank you Rachelle!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I cook mine in my rice cooker and it turns out beautifully every time. Also a good way to cook buckwheat and other grain type things, just put them in the r/cooker and forget about it till it’s done.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip, I have a rice cooker, should try it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Some Quinoa is prewashed, check the pack it should tell you. If in doubt wash anyway until the water runs clear.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh there you go I didn’t know that Sarah, I have washed mine all the time.ReplyCancel