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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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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. […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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

Weekend Catch Up #7

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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  • Vonni

    Ha ha. Leftovers on the bench. I have so done that. Many times.

    You wake up in the morning, start your coffee, turn around and there’s your bolognese.

    Oh well, atleast the kitchen looks clean… for atleast another 5 minutes.ReplyCancel

    • Shelly

      We do this all the time too so the dogs end up with it, I’m convinced they now distract me on purposeReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        LOL, dogs are so clever!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s it Vonni, I came out to have breakfast and was so upset to see it there!ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    What are those strawberries and creams? is that a homemade recipe? looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No Anna, they are just the Allens Strawberries and Cream lollies…. so naughty, but yummy!ReplyCancel

Kids in the Kitchen – Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

This post is sponsored by Western Star My kids love to cook and have been doing so for many years.  Letting them help in the kitchen is teaching them life lessons and skills from measuring and learning fractions to how to cook particular foods.  My youngest Miss 9 enjoys cooking pasta dishes, I stand by helping […]

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  • Nancy

    your daughter is gorgeous. I love seeing them in the kitchen and sewing your teaching them such great life lessons.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Nancy, she is a cutie. All my kids love cooking and I love spending time with them in the kitchen, especially teaching them new techniques, great life lessons for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    must try this, haven’t made Mac and Cheese in so long. Love the idea of a little bit of bacon with itReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s delicious Simone, hope your family enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    For those who prefer not to eat meat, spinach, onion & mushroom is a great mix to replace the bacon :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, love the sound of adding onion!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Brewer

    Looking forward to declutteringReplyCancel

Reusable Homemade Antibacterial Wipes

I noticed we use a lot of paper towel and wipes in our household and in my mission to be frugal and reduce our grocery bill I am trying to find cheaper alternatives, like using my own homemade all purpose cleaner.  Over the past few months I have been using reusable homemade antibacterial wipes (although […]

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  • Lee

    Great idea!
    I love the fact they are on hand. Being able to launder them make me feel they are good as new when I pull one out.
    Fans and skirting boards are my focus this week.

    A little label for the jar:
    Pick me.
    Use me.
    Launder me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that idea of the label Lee LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    Kat you never cease to amaze me, I have never thought of this, love it going to make some up today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Jayne! Would love to see a photo once you have made them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    If you add clove oil it kills mould spores, too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea Justine!ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Tip: do not throw any disposable wipes in the toilet. Instead throw them in the garbage bin. Safes heaps of energy and $$ to our waste-water treatment process!!

    They do not really disintegrate, even though it usually says on the pack that they are biodegradable and you can throw them in the toilet. DON’T…

    I would take probably months if not longer for them to degrade and before that they will already have to be taken out of the waste-water treatment process (or have clogged up something/somewhere)!

    Major burden on the treatment plants and our tax-payer bills!!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Mascha

      Ow, and of course (totally forgot): I LOVE YOUR BLOG :)
      Really inspirational and fun…
      Thanks for making the chores more fun!ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I always get so many great ideas from your blog! Thank you so much!

    AlisonReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you, Alison! So lovely to hear.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Pender

    Is there another oil you could use? My mum is highly allergic to lavender.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Rachael, you could try using tea tree oil.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

    I just made my own version of these on Monday! Same recipe but mine has eucalyptus oil instead of lavender and they work a treat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s fantastic Erica!ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Such a good idea. I use a 50:50 mix of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean just about everything, using paper wipes mostly. Even though they’re recycled paper and mainly go into our compost, I’ve been wanting to cut down on waste and costs. I’ll have to give this a go, thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, Dani! Yes give it a go, i’m sure you will love it!ReplyCancel

  • These are great, I have used lavender oil and water in a spray bottle for cleaning surfaces for ages and love this idea, Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your welcome Jane :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I love this idea. I am going to make one today, without going to the shops. One old glass cookie jar and some old cut up tee shirts, I always have vinegar for cleaning in the cupboard. I like the comment about the clove oil. I am always happy to save money and the environment. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Saving money and the environment together is a great combination!ReplyCancel

Task 38 – 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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  • Sandy

    Just done this a few days ago. Just a question on when you are bringing out your Xmas planner out. Being a single parent I need to start fairly early to be able to afford to give my family a great Xmas without leaving myself broke for those bills that always come in in January.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Hi Sandy, Ooh yes i have one already to go. My apologies i just haven’t had time to promote it yet. Here is the link to my shop for you: http://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/shop/product-category/planners/ReplyCancel