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Plan activities to occupy the kids through the school holidays, plus use the checklist to help you be organised for when the kids return back to school.

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  • I too am a holiday planner from way back! I find it is the only way to fit it all in. Mine usually takes the form of diary entries, nothing as pretty as your planners. Have a great school holiday with your kids xxReplyCancel

  • Wow… You are really an organized mum.. Planning your kid’s holidays is the best you can do for your kids n yourself as a parent…looking forward to read more of your post…I’m surely going to read the freeZer Friendly lunch ideas as I also have a six year old daughter

This year has just been a huge roller coaster of emotions, everything just seemed to happen at once, which has resulted in quite a few teary moments plus many happy ones too.  A follower on Instagram recently noticed that I have been a bit ‘quiet’, which was lovely of her to check in.  I have been […]

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  • Michelle B

    Hi Katrina. As someone who has followed you for years, I have always marvelled at your devotion to your family in amongst running such a great blog/website/business. I love how honest you have always been about the challenges you have faced to show the rest of us that even the most Organised Housewife is not perfect 😉 You sound like you are making some important adjustments for the benefit of your mental health and your family. Good for you – as always you are a shining example to us all. Us devoted followers aren’t going anywhere and no doubt this change of pace will give you more stories/hints/tips to share with us. Have a wonderful break over Easter.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Michelle. Until the lovely follower on instagram said something, I didn’t realise I was quiet on the blog, and looking at it I was, no posts on instagram and no real conversation on facebook. I was just concentrating on my to-do list, head down, bum up as I say. I think it’s really important to keep it real and share I am not always 100% on top of it all.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Evans

    Hi, I think a lot of us empathise with you. When my eldest started Gr 5 last year at a boys school, the first term was very much panic stations. Everything was so different, and that was just for me! These kids went from boys to young men in one massive step and it was a bit hard to handle.

    I recently had a mum at school comment on how calm and collected I always seemed to be even after 2 drop offs in the mornings, I hastily assured her that like a duck, my legs were kicking as hard as anyone else’s under the water!!

    Everything does work itself out eventually and generally for the better. Sometimes we just have to stop, rethink and recharge so enjoy your holiday break.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kids can be so resiliant, and exactly as you say it was just me and my over thinking and then everything else just made it all very hard. Can’t wait for the holidays, hope you enjoy them too!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    Thank you for sharing. I have had the whole roller coaster this term too for various reasons, and then I get anxious about being anxious! I love how you found a “resolution” to your problems, and reading through, I see how practical and logical they are. Sometimes when caught up in the moment I can’t see through to these oh so easy solutions. On the weekend I had a break through and think I am over it all now… it still puzzles me that these things affect me so much when I am normally so relaxed. But it does. And it helps to know it happens to others too (although I wouldn’t wish it on anyone of course)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it’s funny how such little things can affect us, I too was surprised of how I reacted, but talking to my friend was my breakthrough. I hope it settles for you soon. xReplyCancel

  • Different reasons for the dips but 2015 has very much been a RollerCoaster for me too. In fact including today when I just resigned from my job to avoid a bad situation. Ah! Life is what it throws at us & all any of us can do is our honest best. I’m nervous about what is ahead but my spirit is lighter already.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      the huge positive out of this Vanessa is you know your limits and gave yourself the power to get yourself out of that situation, go you!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat, how I feel for you. I have been going through very similar to yourself, with 2 of our children starting high school this year. We just seem to be so busy, there is little or no time for the things I used to do. Not that I am a big socialiser, but the occasional catch up with friends is so important to us Mums. We just have so much to talk about, to share and to be sure we are normal! I am so pleased to hear you are feeling better. xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      absolutely Nicole, we have found with the kids school work our afternoons and evenings are out to catch up with any family and friends, Netball from 10am on a Saturday and we are exhausted from being in the sun all day, then comes Sunday and we just want to chill. But I agree the socialising is so important.ReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat, what a rollercoaster of emotions! I am so riding along on the same ride with you… albeit for different reasons. I thought this year would be different. I’m not sure why? But I was filled with so much hope and enthusiasm when the calendar flipped over to 2015. But now? I’m struggling. I’m stressed, overwhelmed and feeling a bit shit. I know this will pass. I’ll get back on track again, but in the meantime I’ve just got to cut myself some slack and keep doing the best I can. Which is exactly what you’re doing too – you’re best. Big hugs to you, lovely. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh lovely lady I’m right there with you, I was so ready for 2015, my birthday is a few days before the new year this was the day it started to go down hill, I was sick, which cancelled all my birthday and new year celebations, I was sick for a further week, then website decided to play up and it just kept going. I want a do over!! Can’t wait to catch up, see you soon and have a good chat!! I hope that things start to improve for you, your right, you need to look after you a little, cut yourself some slack! xxReplyCancel

  • Kat, I’m glad you’re feeling more like yourself again :) I go through low patches and it’s always a relief when I see it lifting xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Rah xxReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Moore

    Look after you. You can only be there for your kids if you are nutured too. Thanks for sharing, it’s good to know we all have time when we feel overwhelmed. Good to know we love and are loved. Best wishes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Jacqui xReplyCancel

  • Mel Bell

    Kat, how brave are you! To recognize you’re feeling a bit flat and then to make such positive changes is awesome. Then to share your experience… you are a gift to all of us. Life can be be tough – I always refer to it as a roller coaster, but if you have more up times than down I reckon you’re doing ok, and I am sure you’re going to be ok! Hugs xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Mel, I’m really pleased I shared this and hearing that so many can relate, I think it’s really important to share the good and the bad, it’s a reality of life and that’s what people are here to read. I can’t wait till 3pm this afternoon, holiday time!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Hello Katrina, I just wanted to thank you for your refreshing honesty and willingness to share your troubles. I am sure all of us empathise, I am having a bit of a rough patch myself at the moment after missing out on a job I really hoped I would get, and it is reassuring to see that someone such as yourself, with all your hallmarks of success (blog, design, parenting, creative projects etc) can still be thrown off course by life’s issues as much as the rest of us, yet feel free to admit this and continue to work towards solutions. I hope you have a great Easter and find the time you need to reconnect with what is important to you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m so sorry Michelle that you missed out on the job, I hope another opportunity is coming your way soon. I am so pleased I wrote this post, I woke up yesterday thinking about the follower on instagram that noticed I was a little quiet and thought if I didn’t write the post before the holidays it wouldn’t get done. I thought it was important to share the troubles and show that these curveballs in life happen. thank you for your lovley message xxReplyCancel

  • Sorry things have been so tough for you! Thanks for sharing and being honest. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Kelly, I feel relief knowing holidays start tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Hi Katrina, my son started Prep this year and normal routines have all had to change. They are big adjustments and I think as mothers we are prone to worrying about things that our kids aren’t even thinking about. Then I worry I am passing the anxiety on to him!!! This was a great honest blog post and it is really nice to hear that all mothers go through these same periods of doubt or worry. I love your blog and look forward to your honesty and tipsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes Danielle, your right it’s just the mother instinct in us and I was really concerned about the kids seeing me worried and this is why I just stay silent and worry within so they can’t see it. They are coping so well though!ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou for your honesty Katrina. I have only been blogging for 7 months now, but I definitely find it a juggle with 2 young kids (4 and 2), part-time work and trying to start up a business. But I still love it! Sometimes the busy times and roller-coaster emotions are a definite sign that you need to make more time for yourself. Good on you for taking a holiday, you definitely deserve it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      wow Jo, you do sound like you have a lot on. I think the way around it is to priorities and to-do lists help me with my sanity.ReplyCancel

  • I could not agree more!!! Life is a massive roller coaster!! I just want to reach through the screen and give you a big cyber hug (in a non-creepy way lol!). :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL thanks for the hug Lucy!!ReplyCancel

  • Caz

    Oh Kat! I had tears in my eyes reading that. I so know how you feel!
    It’s been such a busy, but short term. There’s a lot to cram in for a family. The kids are growing so fast.
    I also can be prone to over think things, but it’s just because we want to tick all the boxes & for everyone to be ok.
    I’m very thankful for a few close friends to chat to at those times!
    Happy Easter, enjoy it with your family. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s it Caz our worrying to make sure everyone is OK it’s just the new changes and getting used to it, I’m such a routined person perhaps it was my way of coping with change.ReplyCancel


    Such a refreshingly honest and open post. My baby started school this year in Prep and as well as having the two older children at school I felt I was a little lost. But as time has gone on this term with being a relief teacher and actively involved in the school on a voluntary basis I can’t seem to find a spare moment to myself. I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or not but at the moment it’s working for me.

    Our holidays started yesterday, love having the girls at home!!!!

    Enjoy your staycation, that’s what we’re doing this Easter holiday too!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It just flies doesn’t it. I also feel like the kids have grown up emensly this past term as well, with 2 of them taller than me and the youngest ooh so close. Happy Easter to you and your family Annie xReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Hi Kat. When you read FB posts it seems everyone is leading this amazing life. In reality we don’t post about how we were up all night cleaning up vomit or how you turned up late to your daughter’s cross country race, so it is lovely to hear your honesty. My eldest started high school & my youngest (I have 4 children) started prep so it has been a tough term for me. I’m looking forward to a well earned break and I know next term will be easier.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like the holidays are well earned for all us Mumma’s too! Your right, we always tend to share the good, perhaps I might try and share some more of the bad, the mess etc just to show it’s happens :)ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Marie

    Hi Kat,

    thank you so much for such a warm, honest, and beautiful post. I too can relate to how you have been feeling this term with my youngest starting a new school. She cried everyday for the first month and it broke my heart. I would be in tears after dropping her off. I had just started a new business, but I couldnt concentrate on anything and it consumed me. It made me question our decision to change schools and of course think, think, and think again. Thank goodness she has settled nicely now.

    I think as mothers, we spend so much time and energy nuturing our gorgeous little people (and running the household) that we often forget about nurturing ourselves. It is important that we too get plenty of sleep, eat well, excerice, and drink plenty of water. We shouldn’t feel guilty if we can’t be everything to everyone, and it shouldn’t be expected either. Sometimes we need to go into ‘recovery mode’ and rejuvenate ourselves so we can keep going. You can only ride on adrenalin for so long before you hit exhaustion. For me I decided for one week that I would put work aside and just do the things I enjoy so I could get back to my usual happy energetic self and be a better mum again. And after a couple of catch up’s with friends, a massage, lots of early nights, and some lovely walks, I felt like I was ready to ride the roller coaster again – with resilience.

    Thank you again for your wonderful post and I hope you truly switch off from work for the school holidays so you can properly rejuvenate.

    Take care :-)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Gentle hugs Kat. Being a working Mum is tough and you a clearly doing a great job. Be kind to yourself too. XxReplyCancel

  • Trish

    You’re such a lovely person! Thanks for sharing – it sounds like you’re doing a fab job.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Wheeley

    Thanks for sharing Katrina. I find you willingness to be open and honest about parenthood so refreshing, but also so empowering. You actively seek solutions and are such a reflective person. Thanks also for your blog – helps us all juggle busy lives – planning freezer lunches for Term 2. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Bray

    Kat you inspire me, and I so admire that you have resolved your situations! Brave lovely lady xReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    You are a complete inspiration! Love your ‘real-ness’ Kat, although your energy and organisation exhausts me! LOL Your drive and passion is infectious!
    Thank you for sharing this – refreshing as always and I love how you resolved each challenge. PS. I am only just getting to read this now as we are on school holidays and the relaxed starts to the day have let me catchup on some reading. We too are enjoying a ‘staycation’ these hols.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Janelle thank you so very much for your kind words. It really inspires me to hear from my readers and i love connecting with each and everyone of you. We had a lovely stay at home holiday, it was lovely spending time with my family. Hope you are enjoying your holidays too xReplyCancel

Can’t say anything more about this Toblerone Cheesecake recipe than YUM!  Chocolate, cream cheese and topped with toblerone, YUM! For a regular recipe, you can’t go past the original Toblerone Cheesecake recipe from Ingredients: 1 cup plain chocolate biscuit crumbs 80g butter, melted 1/4 cup ground almonds 500g block PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1/2 cup […]

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  • Vonni

    Hi Katrina. I no longer receive your daily emails. Are you not doing those anymore? They stopped around a week ago.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Vonni, Hmm that is strange! Ok if you could please click on your last daily email you received and then click through to the blog it should recogonise that you still would like to see the daily emails and hopefully it will start working again for you.ReplyCancel

  • Oh stop!! I am drooling right now. Cheesecake is one of my all-time favourite desserts… and don’t even get me started on how much I love Toblerone! Cant wait to try your recipe out. :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh it is so addictive, Lucy!.:) It is really hard to stop at one piece Lol xReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan family friendly recipe Ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner

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  • I need to get inspiration from meal plans like this I think. Lately I have been serving up the same dinners and I need to change it up a bit. I’m trying to add more veggies at night too. I’ve never made a wonton soup because I’ve always thought wontons were too hard to make but you make them sound easy so I may just have to give them a go. Have a great week Kat. xReplyCancel

    • Bec, i am so lost if i don’t meal plan LOL It does become hard trying to think what to cook everynight.
      The wantons really are easy and yummy.:) Hope you have a great week too xReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for linking up the biscuits. I would be lost without meal planning too, I’m going to give the ricotta fritters and the wanton soup a try over the holidays. thanks again. xReplyCancel

  • Vicki, the ricotta fritters are really good! So much flavour.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I’m planning on defrosting the freezer this week before we go away for the holidays. As such all my meals are “freezer finds” this week :)

    Sunday DD14’s Birthday Dinner Celebration at local restaurant

    Monday Sweet N Sour Meatballs with rice. This is an “OrganisedReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I’m planning on defrosting the freezer this week before we go away for the holidays. As such all my meals are “freezer finds” this week :) Week’s like this are great as I just have to make the sides / vegetables and I have much less washing up to do !

    Sunday DD14’s Birthday Dinner Celebration at local restaurant

    Monday Sweet N Sour Meatballs with rice. This is an “Organised Housewife’s” recipe which I made up as a double batch a couple of weeks ago. Fussy Master 10 can have frozen fish fillets.

    Tuesday Honey Mustard Chicken (from Freezer) with Rice

    Wednesday Beef Stroganoff (from Freezer) with Pasta & veggies

    Thursday Coconut Curry Sausages with Mashed Potatoes & Veggies

    Friday Dad’s Surprise – we are flying down to VIC for the first week of the Easter Holidays to stay with my husband who works there.

    Saturday Depends what’s in Dad’s pantry LOL….

    Baking Lemon Coconut Slice ( this is actually a no-bake slice which was super easy. I made it yesterday for DD14 to take to school for a shared lunch)

    Easter Cupcakes – DS10 is in his last year at primary school and so the last year of bringing cupcakes in to share on his birthday. I’m going to make little cupcakes with icing piped to resemble a nest and each nest will contain some mini easter eggs and a little fluffy chicken.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Those Ricotta fritters look yummy. I made something similar years ago that also had spinach in them.
    My Plan:
    Sat – Thai Chicken Kebabs, stir-fry Veg & Rice
    Sun – Porcupine Meatballs, mash & Veg
    Mon – Spanakopita & salad
    Tues – Nachos
    Wed – Pizza
    Thurs – BBQ Pork & Noddle Soup
    Fri – Tuna Mornay Pie
    Baking – Banana Cake and Ricotta Hotcakes(pikelets)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i love the sound of your meal plan Kylie.:) Delicious!ReplyCancel

Create beautiful moments and memories spending time with your kids doing som fun easter crafts. There are so many cute Easter craft ideas floating around the web at the moment, hope you enjoy some I have shared.

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This post is sponsored by Coles We celebrate Easter with extended family, each bringing along some food, morning tea, salad and/or dessert and my Dad usually cooks a huge salmon on the BBQ.  I’m usually asked to bring something sweet.  Last year Miss 12 made a Triple Chocolate Cheesecake from My Kitchen Rules, it was absolutely delicious and […]

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  • SmittenKitten

    Great cake, I have made a few variations before, a good tip is to plan ahead and buy your chocolate in the weeks before when they come on sale. Buying it all in one go can be quite surprising!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is a good idea, the cakes too can last in the fridge for 2 weeks or so.ReplyCancel

  • WOW!! This is so easy and yet it looks like you’ve spent hours making it. I love the Coles magazine – I’m always grabbing it for easy dinner ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There is some really delicous meal ideas in the magazine this month Lucy, I’ve got the chicken pie tagged to make soon!ReplyCancel

  • You are one special lady! I might not get to liking or sharing your contents but I do love your suggestions and recipes. I am in the 70+ year age group and pass on your wonderful hints to my daughters when I think they have the time to participate.
    Keep up the fantastic work.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much, Kay! It is so lovely to hear.:) And i just love hearing feedback from my readers xReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    I love the Easter kit Kat cake. I’m always looking for fun and easy projects to make with my 5 year old daughter. This cake will make the perfect mommy daughter project to add to our Easter this year!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness, I don’t think I can choose between the cheesecake, kit kat cake and snickers cake! Too much yum!ReplyCancel

  • I cannot thank you enough, I’ve been wondering what to serve for dessert on Easter Sunday, and just like that you’ve saved me!! xxReplyCancel

  • Megan McCormick

    Great cake idea! My favourite Good Friday is soup (spicy lentil, pumpkin or creamy vegetable) with crusty bread for lunch. For dinner I always make a pasta feast – veggie lasagne, spinach & ricotta cannelloni plus baked gnocchi with napoletana sauce. One of my favourite cooking days of the year and even the most staunch meat eaters we know love the spread. Delish!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Clark

    What a great idea – definitely have these ingredients on my shopping list….do you mind me asking where did you get the floral eggs and the little ceramic rabbit…they are so cute.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Amanda, I got these a few years ago from Bed Bath and Table, I went there a few weeks ago and they have ones if not the same but very similar in their current easter range :)ReplyCancel

  • Omigosh Kat, you are so clever. What a great looking cake! I love it. No way you can burn this cake!! :)ReplyCancel

My Miss 12 made these Easter Cupcake Nests last year,  she really loves baking and creating.  This is an easy Easter cupcake that the kids will enjoy making… and eating!!  I have found some more clever decorative easter cupckae ideas which I have shared below. It’s as simple as making some chocolate cupcakes and icing, Miss 12 used […]

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  • KC

    Can you please removing the RSS truncating from your feed. I liked being able to read your blog in my feed reader; I’m mostly just skipping over your posts now.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi KC, I’m so sorry for the time being I need to change it to RSS, I will reassess it in the next month, I am sorry for the inconvenience.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, thank you so much for featuring my Malteser Bunny Cupcakes. Gosh you’ve chosen so many cute ones! I think I need to try the marshmallow ear ones next. Wow your daughter is going to be the next Masterchef – she did such a great job on her cupcakes!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you, Lucy!.:) Yes she just loves to bake.:)
      The malteser bunny cupcakes are just adorable! I couldn’t resist them.:) xReplyCancel

  • I just want to eat them all! Not only do they look cute, but yummy too!! Thanks for sharing them. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Nicole! They are all so cute!.:) xReplyCancel

  • peggy

    have u tried a packet of dried noodles mixed with peanut butter (optional) and chocolate for chocolate nests
    the kids love ’emReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan family friendly recipe Ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner

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  • I think that grilled chicken salad and cinnamon tea cake will be on my meal planner very soon! I cooked a big lamb roast yesterday which will hopefully last for the next couple of daysReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I must say, Lauren that the grilled chicken salad is so light and refreshing. It is one of my favourites.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Our meal plan this week:

    Sunday Tacos
    Monday Slow cooked roast lamb, veggies & mashed potatoes

  • Julia K

    Our meal plan this week:

    Sunday Tacos
    Monday Slow cooked roast lamb, veggies & mashed potatoes
    Tuesday Honey Mustard Chicken with rice & green beans
    Wednesday Pork with Plum & Ginger Sauce & Fried Rice
    Thursday Pepper & Peanut Chicken with Rice
    Friday Pizza
    Saturday Spaghetti Bolognese & Salad

    Baking Banana & Choc Chip Muffins
    Oatmeal Slice with Ginger Icing

    DH is working away and so I let the three younger kids each suggest one meal so that they have input to the process – they seem more inclined to eat dinner when they’ve had a bit of input !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW Julie!!! I absolutely love your meal plan!! I am curious with your Pepper and Peanut Chicken?? Sounds very nice.:)ReplyCancel

      • Julia K

        Hey Kat,
        Will send you the recipe so you can check it out. It is originally from one of the Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks back from the late 80s / early 90s but I have made it MANY times over the years and it is DD13s FAVOURITE meal.

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Yum! Thank you so much, Julie.:)ReplyCancel

  • JULI

    Monday – Porcupine Meatballs, Mash and Veges
    Tuesday – Macaroni Cheese with Bacon & Hidden Cauliflower
    Wednesday – One Pot Creamy Spaghetti Bolognese
    Thursday – I haven’t decided
    Friday – Tacos and Salad
    Saturday – Hotdogs and Homemade Chips
    Sunday – Roast Chicken and VegetablesReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yummy meal plan! I love porcupine meatballs! Thank you, you have just given me a great idea for a meal for this week! It has been so long since i have made them.:)ReplyCancel