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{MEAL PLAN} Curried fish & Vegetable Pot Pie

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables.   This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Fish and vegetables TUESDAY – Sesame Lamb Rissoles (with extra veg, carrot, capsicum and celery), mashed potato and steamed vegetables WEDNESDAY – Left over rissole hamburgers THURSDAY – Pizza FRIDAY –  Curried fish & vegetable Pot Pie […]

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  • Greek chicken stew with risoni
    Moroccan lamb casserole with couscous
    Pork and apple sausage rolls with salad
    Spaghetti marinaraReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh yum, Rachel Pork and Apple sausage rolls sound so good!ReplyCancel

Banana Pancakes

My youngest (Miss 9) went on her first school camp this week.  I was so nervous about her going, being my baby and all. However I was also worried about her being cold, did I pack her enough clothes and blankets? I woke really early on Wednesday morning as I couldn’t sleep, I had a […]

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  • Your banana pancakes look delicious! I’m sure they would only last two minutes with my munchkins :) Thankyou for the great recipe…I hope your daughter enjoys her school camp :) I feel for you ~ it’s so tough when they get to this age and start venturing further from home! I never slept well when my children went to camp either..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Chantell, she had a great time. She took a little locket with her which I filled with loads and loads of kisses… apparently this helped her every night ;) ReplyCancel

Everything is clean and sparkling!

This post is sponsored by Finish Power and Pure Last month I trialled the Finish Power & Pure dishwasher tablets and gave 100 of my readers the opportunity to trail them, with the chance to win some really awesome prizes.  Now one month on I have to say that I am a lot more confident putting […]

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  • Sim Farley

    I am glad that I missed the cutoff in putting in my review (which I had been massaging and massaging trying to get it under 100 words). Very disappointing to see the winning entry didn’t meet the published Terms & Conditions. I would have been even more grumpy!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley M

    That sign on the dishwasher is GENIUS!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, you are very welcome Hayley xReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Full terms & Conditions stated ” The entrant must then share their review of the Finish Power & Pure by adding a comment below The Organised Housewife’s blog post in 100 words or less”

    The winning review is 137 words?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Valid point Bree, I have contacted Finish and this is the response I have received below.

      Hi Bree,

      Thanks for your comment. The panel of judges found it very difficult to choose between all the great reviews. Katrina’s winning post was slightly over the word limit, however the panel deemed her entry to be the best response to the set judging criteria, that being 50% creativity and 50% written expression. We were really impressed to see many readers had so much to say about Finish Power & Pure.

      We hope you enjoyed trialling the product too.

      Regards,
      Team Finish
      On behalf of The Organised HousewifeReplyCancel

      • Lisa Thomsen

        I congratulate all the winners and am very happy for them. I too find it a bit frustrating that they allowed someone who broke the rules to be a winner. I had to give up on my original idea for my entry because I just couldn’t quite get it down to 100 words and ended up having to throw something else together at the last minute. Thankful to have had the trial period with a free product. But rules are rules and I feel bad for others as well who sacrificed their ideas and quality of their writing to meet the word limit.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          I am so truly sorry that this passed me without realising, I can completely understand your frustrations and I am so sorry this has happened.ReplyCancel

        • Sue

          I agree. I had to completely modify my answer in order to comply with the terms and conditions. The winner wrote a great review but it should have been disqualified.ReplyCancel

  • Love that dishwasher sign Kat! Such a clever idea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Christina, the kids love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    Thank you for the sign I was just saying to my hubby before that we need to check if dishwasher is clean or empty as we are getting into bad habit of leaving on the bench when it should go straight into dishwasher now with the new sign I will print off we will know without looking thanks xoReplyCancel

  • Simone

    I am glad that I missed the cutoff in putting in my review (which I had been massaging and massaging trying to get it under 100 words). Very disappointing to see the winning entry didn’t meet the published Terms & Conditions. I would have been even more grumpy!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Simone, I feel absolutely awful that this actually happened, I shouldn’t create excuses but this past few days have been a horrible blur for me and my mind hasn’t been in the right place. I did contact the Finish team today once it was alerted to my attention (they chose the winners) and had them confirm with their legal department that this is all correct. As they say above it is, but I completely understand your frustration. I have a really cool competition coming up next week, I put the pack together myself and I haven’t put a word count on it!!ReplyCancel

      • Bec

        Yes I’m disapointed in this too. I know mine wasn’t going to win but there were lots of entries over 100 words. I just assumed if it was over 100 words the wouldn’t have even been read as it’s clearly outside the terms and conditions. It’s certainly not fair for those who stuck to the rules. Trying to write something creatively in 100 words is hard – so of course it’s going to be better if you can write more words.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          Thanks for your message Bec, I am going to send it through to the Finish team to ensure this doesn’t happen again in the future.ReplyCancel

          • I agree with all the previous comments so I won’t repeat my opinion here. Thank you for taking a proactive approach, even if it is retrospective. Pleased to have tested the product, but disappointed with the end game now

  • I absolutely love the idea of the clean/dirty sign for the dishwasher! We don’t own one but will soon. I’ve wondered how people manage to communicate this and you’ve made a solution that is super cute!
    Love your workReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Sheridan. My youngest daughter is so funny she realises if the dishwasher is clean by a little red light that flashes on the dishwasher dashboard (that was new to me, she picked up well on that), so she didn’t understand why the label was necessary, but the rest of the family are loving it!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Oh, well. Issues with the Ts & Cs aside, I already felt like I won when the trial pack I received had waaayyy more than I would use in week. It sounds as though it might have been a rough few days for you. I hope you have a lovely Sunday, Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Jones

    Just made my own dirty/clean magnet and my husband is even excited about it! Genius idea! ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Quilty

    I’ve recently tried Finish Power & Pure and I have to agree with the positive reviews for this product. My three pet hates of dishwasher tablets are that the chemicals get all over your fingers when you’re trying to open the packet, that you end up with gritty residue on your washed dishes, or that your dishes are still dirty after the wash. ARGH!

    I have to say that Finish Power & Pure committed none of these sins and passed my test with flying colours. EUREKA! To top things off, my dishwasher actually smells better now too. I’m a very satisfied customer :-) ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    I’ve recently tried Finish Power & Pure and I have to agree with the positive reviews for this product. My three pet hates of dishwasher tablets are that the chemicals get all over your fingers when you’re trying to open the packet, that you end up with gritty residue on your washed dishes, or that your dishes are still dirty after the wash. ARGH!

    I have to say that Finish Power & Pure committed none of these sins and passed my test with flying colours. EUREKA! To top things off, my dishwasher actually smells better now too. I’m a very satisfied customer :-) ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina,

    I see you’ve used vinegar for your floors. Have you tried a water and vinegar mixture for your windows too? If you mix equal parts of distilled vinegar and water into a spray bottle you can clean your windows toxic free :)

    Best regards,

    RyanReplyCancel

How to stop apples from going brown

Apples are a healthy snack for kids school lunches and they always seem to eat more of the apple if it’s cut up for them. Then there’s the dreaded browning of the apple, which no kid likes. Here are some great tips to stop this from happening: Always use a sharp blade to cut an […]

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  • Catriona Noble

    Place cut apple in a bowl and sprinkle salt over the top. Cover with water and let sit for 5 mins. Drain, pat dry and place in snack bags or a lunchbox container. Works every time! ReplyCancel

  • Carol Gillham

    My son likes his apple peeled and knives and peelers are a NO, NO at school. I peel the apple and put a tinybit of water in a zip lock back,( just enough to cover the bottom) squeeze all the air out as I close it and the apple stays amost like it has just been peeled. PS: My son is very fussy and usually wont eat fruit if it is discoloured, but always eats his apple when I send it. Teacher has confirmed this!
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  • Hayley McKaskill

    I just love the look & simplicity of these lunch boxes! I just got my eldest daughter a pink one but am finding it hard to get a purple one for my youngest! (would be world war 3 for it not to be purple!) I know they are discontinued, any ideas where to source one? Cheers! ReplyCancel

  • Adventures of a Rainbow Mama

    I like the rubber band tip. Thanks!
    Oh, and BRAVO to you Kat for standing up against the crazy web-traffic stealing situation! XO

    Amber | Adventures of a Rainbow MamaReplyCancel

  • Adventures of a Rainbow Mama

    I like the rubber band tip. Thanks!
    Oh, and BRAVO to you Kat for standing up against the crazy web-traffic stealing situation! XO

    Amber | Adventures of a Rainbow MamaReplyCancel

  • Kirsty McMillan

    I find putting the apple slices in the lunchbox upside down (skin up) helps them not brown so much. Also the Tupperware lunchboxes help too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Such a simple idea Kirsty, very clever!ReplyCancel

  • This is genius! Mr Smaggle is such a little prince and likes his fruit cut up… preferably by me! I’ll have to do this for him when I leave in the mornings.ReplyCancel

  • Great tip! Know We will have fresh apples all the time.I always all lemon to it! Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • Lisette McDermott

    Sprinkle with cinnamon, it hides the brown! ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Hoffman

    I use an apple slinky, leaving the peel on and popping the core back in before putting it in the lunch bag. ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I sprinkle a little fruit pectin and put it back together skin side outReplyCancel

  • Bianca Wellsteed

    I cut mine and put it in a container or clip lock bag with a tablespoon or so of water.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Marciano

    I put my cut apple in a bowl of water (enough to cover fruit) with tsp of lemon or lime juice, pat dry with paper towel and put in lunch box. It even works with apple chips (very thin sliced apples) without changing the apple flavorReplyCancel

Task 25 – 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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  • Amy Clemente

    why dont you put up some pretty sheer curtains on that small window for some privacy? could be lovely :) ReplyCancel

Apple and Oat Muffins

These muffins are delicious and reasonably healthy! Filled with wholemeal flour, oats and apples, you could even add in some sultanas if you wanted.  I was really pleased with the amount of batter this recipe made, 12 regular muffins plus 12 mini muffins, enough for the kids to have some for afternoon tea and freeze […]

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  • It’s great to serve the kids with healthy and nutritious snack. I will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My kids loved them next time I’ll add in some sultanas for something different too. Hope your family enjoy them :) ReplyCancel

  • Mariana

    Sounds yum, wondering if recipe would work with maple flavoured syrup (I don’t have any actual maple syrup in the pantry at the moment)?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I don’t see why not Mariana, it just make be a little sweeter than with the real syrup. Hope you enjoy.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah

      I just made them with green maple flavoured syrup and they were fantastic!ReplyCancel

      • Sarah

        *green’sReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        That’s great to hear that it can be used too Sarah, thank you for sharing, so pleased you enjoyed them!ReplyCancel

      • Mariana

        Thanks for letting me (and everyone else) know Sarah ;) ReplyCancel

  • Niamh Burns

    Any chance you could put up the recipes in grams or lbs and oz????? Please!!ReplyCancel

Coconut, Almond & Macadamia Balls

I made these Coconut, Almond & Macadamia Balls on the weekend for a little snack during the kids karate tournament.  They were absolutely delicious. I made these in the thermomix, however you can make them in a food processor, I have included the food processor instructions below. Coconut, Almond & Macadamia Balls   Print Prep time 15 […]

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  • Carla da Costa

    Totally making these this week xReplyCancel

  • Geraldine

    This recipe sounds yummy! I have all the ingredients except for coconut oil. Any suggestion what I can use instead? Thank you! I love your organised ideas. Not sure if it’s okay if I asked for your idea on a side table with shelves in terms of trying to keep it tidy? Thanks again.ReplyCancel

May Quotes Of The Day

Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when she needs a little inspiration.  I thought it was a fantastic idea, please find below the inspiration shared during May 2014! MAY 2014 DAILY INSPIRATION image credit image […]

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  • Rae Belanger

    I love this siteReplyCancel

  • Rae Cummins Belanger

    Thanks for all the great info, you obviously put a great effort in to your site. – RaeReplyCancel

  • Daisy Supera

    the best !!! keep it up ! tnxReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Chunky bolognese with zucchini noodles

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables.   This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Oven roasted chicken breast with vegetables TUESDAY – Chunky bolognese with zucchini noodles (thermomix recipe) WEDNESDAY – Slow Cooked Beef Vindaloo THURSDAY – Left overs FRIDAY – Simple eggs on toast  SATURDAY – Creamy Chicken and Pumpkin Pasta  SUNDAY […]

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Curried Fish & Vegetable Pot Pie

I had my Dad and his friend over recently for dinner, it was a wet and miserable day and I felt like a really warm winter dish for dinner.  I have to say, this Curried Fish and Vegetable Pot Pie would absolutely be in my top favourites for winter dishes, it was so good.  I […]

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  • Looks delicious and easy to follow. I will be heading to the grocery and try this one out! I love fish recipes.ReplyCancel

A remarkable few days in Noosa, Queensland

Last week I spent 5 days away with my blog agency The Remarkables Group.  They held their annual general meeting on the Sunshine Coast, it was a great opportunity for me to get to know the rest of the group, there are so many amazing ladies in the group, funny, fashionable and so clever I felt a […]

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  • Kristle

    We are wanting to holiday in Queensland later this year, I think Noosa will have to be on our list, this looks so peaceful and I truly love relaxing on the beach. Thanks for the list Kat!ReplyCancel

  • It was so lovely to hang with you more! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself. I could have eaten five of those cheese souffles xReplyCancel

  • J cross

    I’ve just booked my trip. Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

  • Amazing pictures! So beautiful,clean and peaceful. I will visit it someday!ReplyCancel

  • Great vacation (meeting). Noosa Resort looks really amazing.ReplyCancel

Creating a toy inventory

This is a guest post by Lisa from Mummy’s Undeserved Blessings Are you one of those mums who are really good at rotating your kid’s toys? I admit I am terrible at rotating toys.  I think that is a great idea, but I NEVER get around to it. I think in my five years of […]

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  • Karen Morley

    Great tips Lisa :) ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lewis

    Brilliant idea Lisa. I find that my son has so many toys and does get overwhelmed quite easily. I tried rotating them on a shelf, but it hasn’t really worked. I am going to do this, such a great idea and an easy way to keep everything tidy!ReplyCancel

  • Elyssa King

    Can I please ask where that white kids table & chairs are from??? ;) ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Denning

    Elyssa King I was wondering exactly the same!! ReplyCancel

  • From Mum to Me

    Great idea – I started rotating toys a while back, and would put them away in the spare room. Then one day I realised I was always putting toys ‘away’ and never getting any others out. Oh well… back to the drawing board – maybe this would be a good time to do an inventory. ReplyCancel

  • H.

    This is a great idea. It’s like an in-house library, really isn’t it. A small photo beside each one is a good idea for non-readers.

    It also helps to identify toys that the kids have grown out of or no longer ask for that can be passed on to friends or a charity.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Hockey ?

    Yes and the tent please!! Gorgeous space! ReplyCancel

  • Elyssa King

    Does anyone have an idea, where to find these white table & chairs????? Would really love to know ;) ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Rowse

    Great tips Lisa! Thanks for sharing. xReplyCancel