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How I organise all my favourite recipes

I LOVE to cook and bake for my family, there isn’t a week that goes by that I haven’t baked something delicious for afternoon tea or for their school lunchboxes.  I LOVE cookbooks, I honestly don’t need anymore than what I have, but a new one is always a welcome gift! However, I am trying […]

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  • Angela Woodall - March 6, 2014 - 11:55 AM

    I also have a binder for all my recipes I come across or have been handed down to me. It’s bursting at the seams so this is a great idea to split between two as I’ve been wondering how to go about resorting them. I do find, however, that the 4 ring binders work better as the sleeves just don’t seem to stand nicely in a 2 ring binder. I also did one for mum several years ago as a gift, retyping all her old recipes and adding in some of mine she liked. I made up some cool dividers and designed a front cover to slip in the plastic. She also has her old handwritten book back to keep for prosperity as there are a lot of old recipes handed down to her in it too.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt - March 6, 2014 - 7:33 PM

    now when are you publishing that cook bookReplyCancel

  • Jo - March 7, 2014 - 12:44 PM

    Hi Kat – Love this idea and particularly how pretty it is! I have a hodge-podge of handwritten, magazine and printed recipes but would love to get them all organised and reprinted… which sparks a random question – your stuff is always colourful and you obviously make and print your own labels and a million other things – do you have a recommendation for a good printer for home? We don’t have one at present and when we did I was horrified at how much ink cost and how often I had to order new ink (which I could only do online and then wait ages for it to arrive). Any suggestions on economical ways to set up a home printer situation? Do you find your kids print homework related stuff on it as well or do they do that at school? Just interested to know what works for you.
    Thanks, and thanks for the site. With a 21 month old boy and another (over)due any day this site helps me keep pottering away at a calm and ordered home life.

  • Chloe - March 31, 2014 - 2:19 PM

    Hi Kat I purchased this download a week ago and finally got the binders. I can’t wait to start filling it up. Do you have a special way of getting the spine in? I managed to slip it in, in one folder but can’t seem to get it in the other. It’s driving me insane! Haha.ReplyCancel

Task 10 – 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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  • Miss Maudy - March 5, 2014 - 3:06 PM

    OOh, one I’ve actually been able to do! I tidied my cookbook case on the weekend, culled 30+ cookbooks. They’re mostly those cheapy little $5 cookbooks that I never ever use (plus a couple of bigger ones I don’t particularly like or use) and have a neat little pile of 6-8 magazines to rip before next recycling day. Of course, I think culling 30 cookbooks means I can buy more…ReplyCancel

    • Kat - The Organised Housewife - March 6, 2014 - 6:53 PM

      Haha, doesn’t it always ;) ReplyCancel

    • Glampam - March 8, 2014 - 8:16 PM

      I use that kind of BOSO philosophy now with lots of stuff – If you want to Buy One, you gotta Shift One first! Either recycle, sell or donate it – amazing how you are more careful about impulse buying!ReplyCancel

  • Anne - March 6, 2014 - 9:18 AM

    Several years ago a friend (affectionately) commented that the only domesticated thing about me was that I lived in a house…..
    So, some time after I learned to eat but long before I learned how to cook, I started collecting a lever arch file filled with recipes I gathered from everywhere; chefs I worked with, friends, family, magazines….. The folder became overly full so I ‘temporarily’ started to fill plastic bags semi-sorted into basic categories. After years of neglect (where I still hadn’t started cooking beyond scrambled eggs on toast and porridge) they overflowed from the book shelf to expand into a pile of bags on the floor of the study…..I was doomed.
    Then along came the wonders of TV and chefs like Jamie O and Hugh F-W, Nigella et al – who made the previously daunting seem impossibly easy and tasty; and so finally I expanded my skills from ‘assembling from a packet and garnishing with flair’ to actually creating a meal from scratch. And it was edible…..well some of it was….
    Fast forward to late last year, in a mad frenzy I culled almost a whole wheelie bin’s worth of recipes. It took me an entire rainy weekend – mainly because I promised myself I would only keep those recipes that were healthier than how I was currently cooking; so that meant I had to read all of them in order to decide if I wanted to actually eat the end result!
    Now my recipes are in their own individual folders – I couldn’t actually cull back to fit them all in one – but it’s a start. I plan to try one a week and if it doesn’t rate an 8/10 or higher then it too will go in the wheelie bin.
    Well that’s the plan. The cull was last year, it’s now March, and I haven’t started. I am a natural born procrastinator. Oscar Wilde would’ve been proud of me: “Never put off until tomorrow, what can be left till the day after”……sigh….I have dreams of being organised and efficient but it is a struggle some days. One day though it will be Katrina who is proud of me instead!ReplyCancel

Is fear of failure dulling your shine?

This is a guest post by Kelly Exeter from A Life Less Frantic ‘What are you scared of?’ The question hung in the air between us for a second. ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Well you’ve told me your big idea – and then spent the next 10 minutes talking yourself out of going after it. […]

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  • Smaggle - March 5, 2014 - 11:40 AM

    This is a great post and I love Kelly! Met her Problogger last year and I believe Woog instructed me to stroke her. I really identify with this. I’m a bit of an over achiever myself and I HATE failing. It’s really important to reevaluate what failure means. Thanks for this! Feeling very inspired now!ReplyCancel

    • Kelly Exeter - March 5, 2014 - 11:44 AM

      Aw Smags thank you! And lol yes Woogs loves telling people to stroke me!

      And PS it took me a LONG time to be able to deal with any kind of failure. I wish someone told me to ‘look at failure like a scientist’ 15 years ago. Would have saved me some torment!ReplyCancel

  • Kim | Melbourne Mum - March 5, 2014 - 12:04 PM

    Nailed it, Kel. I liked that very first quote. I feel like this a lot (wrote about it here – My dreams are huge—almost too huge, they overwhelm me a LOT. I know I’m capable of so much and yet I fear mediocrity so badly it literally keeps me awake at night. KimReplyCancel

    • Kelly Exeter - March 5, 2014 - 12:21 PM

      Aha!! I have a post about mediocrity coming up tomorrow. Hate that word!ReplyCancel

  • 26 Years And Counting | Jump In - March 5, 2014 - 3:12 PM

    […] these posts by John & Kelly today reminded me of thoughts I’ve had in the back of my head for a while about worst case […]ReplyCancel

  • Kylah Morrison - March 5, 2014 - 7:05 PM

    Great post! I continually have to remind myself that other people are not thinking/talking about me as much as I think they are. Such an important lesson in life and takes a huge amount of pressure off when you master this :) ReplyCancel

    • Kelly Exeter - March 5, 2014 - 7:58 PM

      It’s hard to believe isn’t it?! We assume people pay us so much more attention than they are!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - March 5, 2014 - 7:32 PM

    This is a great post Kelly – I especially like the scientific approach to treating failure as data towards success – scientists have such patience, don’t they – I need more of it and less fear.ReplyCancel

    • Kelly Exeter - March 5, 2014 - 7:59 PM

      I LOVE that scientific approach to failure! Wish I’d heard it years ago!ReplyCancel

  • Pelican Pie - March 6, 2014 - 2:53 PM

    I just love that looking at failure scientifically, food for thought. Thank you, Kelly.

    But – that quote at the top I’m pretty sure is from Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inauguration Speech, and goes on: “It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.” There’s more. Maybe it was Marianne Williamson’s quote, originally, and he used it…? It’s still brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Kelly Exeter - March 7, 2014 - 10:31 AM

      Hey there Pelican Pie – that quote is always wrongly attributed to Mandela. He used it in that Inauguration speech – but the words are Williamson’s :) ReplyCancel

      • Pelican Pie - March 7, 2014 - 1:44 PM

        Well, see, I had a failure right there. I failed to do my research about the quote. But now you’ve set me straight on that one, I can add that bit of data to my mental file….so thank you! It’s a think-worthy post.ReplyCancel

How to clean the kettle

It’s only in the last two years that I have started drinking coffee.  I can’t believe I went through my whole 20′s without it, but it just didn’t appeal to me.  Now that I have eliminated coke from my diet (now 10 months without any!!) I am enjoying my relaxing cups of coffees more. I […]

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  • Smaggle - March 4, 2014 - 9:40 AM

    Coffee is my life’s blood. I must have it. Speaking of which I have to go…ReplyCancel

  • Mareesa - March 4, 2014 - 1:25 PM

    I have heard that you shouldn’t boil a stainless steel kettle with vinegar in it. My kettle is stainless steel, and I fill it to the top with 2pt vinegar, 1 pt water, let sit for 30 mins, then rinse a few times to remove vinegar smell/taste.ReplyCancel

  • Carley Monk - March 4, 2014 - 7:06 PM

    This was great to be reminded to do, it’s one of those things that people (I know I) tend to not even think of doing. Mine now looks spotless thanks, but was wondering how do you clean those coffee pod machines? I use mine everyday, but couldn’t tell you how to clean it, any tips?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson - March 4, 2014 - 8:12 PM

    I’ve used the Rubbedin brand “Kettle Magic/Descale Magic” that did a fantastic job, but to be honest, looking at the ingredients, it’s mostly citric acid – boiling up lemons would do the same job. I do, however, use their Washing Machine cleaner and descaler, and I also have CLR for cleaning limescale in the bathroom.ReplyCancel

  • SueM - March 4, 2014 - 10:16 PM

    I use citric acid. need to reboil kettle a few times after to make sure the next user doesn’t taste it. ask me how I know this ;) ReplyCancel

  • Bradley - March 5, 2014 - 5:11 PM

    I would boil the kettle with it on the draining board. We didn’t have much vinegar in the kettle and it boiled over.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - March 26, 2014 - 3:43 PM

    I read your ‘how to clean a kettle’ post but at the end there was a reader tip which I tried since I had a lemon and no vinegar. This worked 100% perfect! I was never sure how to get rid of the limescale and it surprisingly worked with no harsh chemicals. With the boiled lemon water I put it into a bowl and with a warm tea towel I cleaned the outside of the kettle with the hot lemon water. That also worked a treat! Thank you! From one very happy housewife <3ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Cheats Lasagne and more

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Cheats Lasagne with vegetables TUESDAY – Sesame Lamb Rissoles with salad WEDNESDAY – Peppered Beef & Mushroom Casserole with mashed potato THURSDAY – Bacon, leek and corn Risotto FRIDAY –  Dinner out  SATURDAY – BBQ Sausages, mashed potato and […]

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{RECIPE} Bacon, leek and corn risotto

Bacon, leek and corn risotto Author: Katrina Recipe type: Rice and Pasta Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 leek, halved, washed, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 4 rashers bacon, rind removed, diced 1 cup arborio rice 3 cups chicken stock ½ cup corn kernels, frozen parmesan cheese, to serve Instructions Heat oil in a […]

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  • Sarah Dohl - March 3, 2014 - 5:54 PM

    I’ve never made risotto in a rice cooker, could I use the microwave version?ReplyCancel

Choc Rice Bubble Bars

I have recently added the Vegie Smugglers range of cookbook/eBook (instant downloads) into my shop and have been trying out some of the recipes.  Vegie Smugglers have a great range of cookbooks that help you to add more vegies to the kids/family meal.   I just love how these recipes hide vegetables amongst a regular meal and it’s still delicious. I […]

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  • Sonya - March 9, 2014 - 10:19 AM

    Sounds delish, however please be aware these CONTAIN NUTS (Nutella ) , so wouldn’t be recommended for school lunchboxesReplyCancel

  • Kate - March 9, 2014 - 11:01 AM

    Am I missing something? Where are the smuggled vegetables in this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - March 10, 2014 - 8:48 AM

    My daughter is nut free with very serious allergies. This recipe looks great but would suggest replacing the Nutella with a product called Smudge made by Freedom Foods. It is nut, gluten and dairy free and obviously you are going to lose the smuggled goodness of nuts, but at least they will be lunchbox friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Kat - The Organised Housewife - March 11, 2014 - 7:58 PM

      That’s a great suggestions Lisa, I will look into Smudge!
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Sesame Lamb Rissoles

This is a delicious rissole recipe that is perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  This recipe only makes 10 rissoles, my family wanted more so next time I am going to double it and any left overs can be put on a bread roll for school lunches the next day. Sesame Lamb Rissoles Prep time […]

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  • Mr and Mrs Romance - February 28, 2014 - 9:58 AM

    Yum! Love a good rissole! I like putting smoky paprika in my burgers and rissoles – but that might just be a phase! I’ve been adding it to lots of things recently. Poor Mrs Romance.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - February 28, 2014 - 10:12 AM

    I also like to add finely chopped parsley and rosemary….but then again I’d most likely add in diced capsicum and shredded carrot as well…any way I can sneak in extra vegies!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui - March 3, 2014 - 8:23 PM

    I also like to add grated vegies including carrot, zucchini, capsicum… Worcestershire sauce is also good and my secret ingredient is a large dollop of ricotta.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Jupp - March 8, 2014 - 2:06 PM

    Sound great but serves 5??? We are a family of four and when we have rissoles I have to use 1 kilo.ReplyCancel

5 Tips for a Healthier Pantry

This is a guest post by Sonia Donaldson at Natural New Age Mum. Could your pantry do with a bit of a healthy overhaul? If we want to be healthy, it makes sense that we need a pantry stocked with healthy, whole, real foods!  Where to start? I have five tips that can help guide […]

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  • Christine - February 27, 2014 - 8:03 AM

    I really like the suggestion of making change over time. It’s so easy to panic and want to dot it all now which is often not possible timewise nor financially. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 27, 2014 - 8:26 AM

      I agree Christine, I like the idea of not replacing the bad with more bad, once used up replace it with a healthier alternative!ReplyCancel

  • Shazibell - February 27, 2014 - 8:25 AM

    Thank you for a great post! Where do you find the glass jars? I love the idea of buying one a week.ReplyCancel

    • Sonia @ NNAM - February 27, 2014 - 8:59 AM

      HI Shazibell. I really like the ones at Ikea (in the piccy) – the are really cheap and they last for ages. Be wary of some of the ones from the supermarkets as the ‘metal’ bits go rusty! I also upcycle a lot of old jars from honey and coconut oil etcReplyCancel

      • Shazibell - March 31, 2014 - 8:19 AM

        Thank you!! Ikea here I come, one always needs a reason to shop (well not really)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Janschek - February 27, 2014 - 10:06 AM

    Wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing with us Natural New Age Mum. It’s my goal to phase the tupperware out and become a glass only pantry : ) I love the jars from Ikea too!ReplyCancel

  • Smaggle - February 27, 2014 - 3:34 PM

    Awesome! I always put all my pantry items in glass jars!ReplyCancel

  • Jo (down to earth mother) - February 27, 2014 - 8:01 PM

    Great post, thanks Sonia!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Hudson - February 28, 2014 - 11:22 AM

    Such great tips! A great starting point for people wanting to make big changes in a manageable way :) ReplyCancel

  • […] Katrina, a Gold Coast mum is a blogging legend with over 300 thousand Facebook fans! I shared some tips about getting your healthier pantry and was keen to get some basic information to the mainstream audience. If only one person makes a […]ReplyCancel

  • Amy Taylor-Kabbaz - March 2, 2014 - 11:45 AM

    I had never heard about the tomatoes and cans Sonia… thank you! I’ve just adjusted my shopping list to get the tomato passata in a jar instead. Great tip! xReplyCancel

Organising the crockery cupboard and decluttering kitchen appliances

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World Recently I set you the task in the Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge to purge all the kitchen appliances you no longer use.  I LOVED this task as I really needed to get rid of some kitchen appliances. I purchased a Thermomix last year.  The […]

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  • Maree - February 26, 2014 - 8:12 AM

    Hi I love your posts. Where do you get your shelving and boxes etcReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 26, 2014 - 2:25 PM

      Hi Maree, I have linked to all the products in the post, they are all from Howards Storage WorldReplyCancel

  • Nat - February 26, 2014 - 12:01 PM

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I had a full on clean out of my kitchen over the last week and set up a proper menu list for my family. I feel so much more organised and less stressed now…plus I managed to make a few dollars selling off no-longer-needed items to buy things I will actually use – thank you! I also wanted to know where you got that cute little bbq caddy from please?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 26, 2014 - 2:26 PM

      It’s so much better when you have more room in the kitchen isn’t it, but for me the space does not stay vacant for long!! The caddy is from Howards Storage World, it’s really pretty isn’t it, my daughter also has one in her room with all her pens and textas.ReplyCancel

      • Nat - February 26, 2014 - 2:41 PM

        Lol. That’s very true about the empty space. I thought a resolution not to buy anything new was in order to accompany my freshly purged kitchen…..after I pop to Howard`s Storage World for that gorgeous caddy of course :-) Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee - February 26, 2014 - 1:12 PM

    That looks amazing Kat :) I would love any ideas or products you could suggest for doing something similar in a large corner cupboard?ReplyCancel

  • Niki - February 26, 2014 - 9:12 PM

    Your cupboard looks fantastic Kat! I would love some suggestions or ideas you may have for organising large drawers in the kitchen. I have no cupboards in my kitchen, only drawers! So my dinnerware, tupperware, crockery, etc etc is all in really big drawers. I’m struggling with new ideas of how to organise them better. xoReplyCancel

  • gill - February 26, 2014 - 11:41 PM

    Love your pages, but have trouble seeing the pictures you put up. Can only see 3 in this article :( ReplyCancel

  • SonyaMath - February 27, 2014 - 4:15 PM

    I love your bracket for trays and platters. Mine are too large to put on such wire shelving so standing up would be good. My tips and hints are to get rid of takeaway containers, and heaps of other containers that I realistically am never going to use and give them to child care centres or similar to use for craft. Also, I try to shop in the one colour (white) so it makes me feel nicer looking at the crowded shelving. TRY being the operative word in that sentence.ReplyCancel

    • SonyaMath - February 27, 2014 - 4:16 PM

      I sooo want a Thermomix as I think I could get rid of heaps of kitchen accessories but I am too miserly to buy one.ReplyCancel

Task 9 – 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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