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Sweet and sour meatball recipe is enough to feed a family of 5 for 2 nights, serve with potato & vegetables then reheated on bread rolls the following night.

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  • These look so delicious Kat! I love the idea of adding the vegetables on top too :DReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It works perfectly, Lorraine and so super easy to make.:)ReplyCancel

  • fran

    Hi! I make this recipe for dinner today! It’s very simple, perfect! Greetings from Spain!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hw wonderful Fran.:) So glad you enjoyed it xReplyCancel

  • Meatballs are a big favourite in our house too Kat! I have never made a sweet and sour version though – what a fab idea! I’m going to have to make this recipe next time!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There are delicious,Lucy.:) And so easy to make, just a nice variation.:)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you Kat. This is going in my meal planner!! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    I also love the idea of the vegetables over the meatballs, so simple and trying this for the first time as meatballs are a quick and easy meal for my 3 kids (11, 8 and 4)… I have been going through your meal planning/recipes and I can proudly say I have 2 weeks orgainsed as I wrote down all the meat I have in my freezer and just worked around what my kids likes :)ReplyCancel

    • Tracey

      Just letting you know Katrina, my Kids loved it and so did my partner! A winner in this house and looks like it will be a favourite too. I also added both red and green capsicum for colour :)ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Fantastic! It is such a easy and delicious meal, perfect mid week dinner.:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Tracey! I am so happy to har you have meal planned for the next two weeks! YAY i’m excited to hear that!.:) xReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Lovely recipe Katrina ! I made these tonight and just added some red capsicum for colour. I used a mixture of Pork and Veal Mince to carry on the Asian theme of the recipe. As DH is working away from home – I used 1kg of mince and made two batches – we had one tonight and the other is in the freezer.
    I particularly loved this recipe because I could assemble it earlier in the day. When I got home from soccer training with my two youngest kiddos – I cooked up some rice and pre-heated the oven. Then I popped the meatball dish in the oven as I left to collect my eldest DD from dance practice. When we arrived home – dinner was practically on the table !
    Did you make this recipe up ? It’s a winner in my book – well done !!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Julia! It is a real winner in my house too.:) I love the idea of adding red capsicum, i too love to have a bit of colour in my meals, i think it looks nice on the plate.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sherelle Lock

    Can this be frozen?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely, Sherelle.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Great idea! I do something similar but put it in the slow cooker instead. YUM! We get 2 meals out of it too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea in making them in the slow cooker! I love how it makes a lot, perfect for leftovers or to freeze and have another night!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    I love all of your easy recipes. Could I add a suggestion? I see you have a print button to print the recipe but what if you want to save the recipe in a folder for later? Could you possibly add a button to make it easier to save the recipe for later use.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jenny, That is a fantastic idea! I don’t have a save button but it is something i could look into. The other alternative is you can save recipes in Evernotes.ReplyCancel

Typically when cleaning we dust surfaces, clean appliances and wash floors, but one of the most used areas in each room gets neglected and can be the most grotty… the light switch. This is another great task to do while on the phone, it only takes a matter of minutes and all your light switches will be dirt and germ free. Read further for my tip on how to clean a lightswitch

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  • Renee

    Hi,
    I love these weekly cleaning tasks, is there any way to subscribe to have it directly come to my email?ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    i do the light switches and power points when i clean each room. the light switches can get so grubby with little kids…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s wonderful, Molly! It’s great that you keep on top of it, i must admit it is an area so easily overlooked.ReplyCancel

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 youneed a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife February’s 2015 Daily Inspiration

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  • Mascha

    I always LOVE getting these inspirations. I have saved quite a few on my computer and have them as my changing desktop background (together with some great pictures)… They make me smile and happy during a difficult working day!! Thank you for the smiles :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, Mascha.:) They are perfect for a desktop background. I also like to hang so up aroung the office.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love the one about pyjamas. I’m a PJs kind of person. I also love the one about being awesome, not average. I’m going to stick that one in my study space. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they great! Yes i really love the one about being awesome too.:)ReplyCancel

Pikelets are one of those awesomely easy recipes that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes, cooked and eaten straight away, no fuss.

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  • Lisa

    Just wondering if you can freeze them?ReplyCancel

  • Such a simple and yummy recipe Kat! I love your idea of making the batter before the school run – perfect!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Lucy.:)xReplyCancel

  • Tina

    ARGH!!!! Kat, are you sure the measurements are right? Mine turned out super thick… Maybe it’s me, but I’m sure I measured right…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no Tina! Yes i just double checked, maybe you could try adding a fracion more milk. I’m not sure why they didn’t work out for you.:( Please let me know how you go next time round.:)ReplyCancel

A few simple steps to create a toy rotation strategy in your home. This will help to reduce the toy clutter.

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  • Abbie

    Thank you for this post.
    We have HUNDERDS of toys as Grandma is a giver for sure.
    Having so many toys isn’t so bad in our house but when other children come to play the house gets trashed and some toys even broken!!
    I keep meaning to rotate them, but never really know where to start.
    There are some good ideas here. But just wondering what you may do with Dressups and Matchbox cars and Animals?
    Is it worth separating these also? Say 50% stay out. (Think I just answered my own question.. haha.) Or just put the whole Dressup box away?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      If you have too much yes Abbie for sure put some away. I remember when my son was younger he had a set of matchbox cars for inside use and a set that were always kept outside in the sandpit (in a plastic container so no spider or insects could get in).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Abbie, Yes i think leaving half out and putting the rest away and then rotating them every few months. With the dressup’s i have them in a seperate box under their beds only because i know that they go through stages with their dressup’s. And by storing them under their beds they can get to they easily and put away just as quickly.ReplyCancel

  • Uroos Qindeel

    Wow!!! What a great idea to swap and rotate toys. I found the article very beneficial is really convinced to adopt it very soon. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope it helps to organise your toy clutter :)ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    i have just unpacked our large storage tubs i used to move house with, they were what we used as toy boxes but were better for bulky kitchen stuff then cardboard.
    so tomorrow we (kids and i) will be sorting toys out and i will be putting half of them away! we have more room in our new house but still want to minimize the mess and clutter. looking forward to some sorting and tidying. love these ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like a fantastic idea, Molly.:)ReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this. I’ve been trying to do it for a while but have lacked any real plan of attack and as a result most of it ends up back in the living room. These tips have helped me to see the changes I need to make.
    Thanks again for your great website.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is wonderful! I am so happy this has come at the perfect time for you.:) xReplyCancel

      • Joanne

        It’s done! Thanks again for the post :-)
        I was going to add a photo to show you, but can’t work out how.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Awe that is fantastic! Nice work, Joanne.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love this idea but never get around to doing. I so have to do it soon.ReplyCancel

Step by step instructions – how to clean walls, using natural homemade cleaners.

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  • Amber Rhodes

    These are great tips. My walls are terrible! Four kids will do that I suppose! AmberReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is very easy for the walls to get grubby quickly, i find mine still do even with older ones in the house.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Karin

    any advice on getting felt pen off wallpaper please.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Karin, I would try using some sugar soap and if that doesn’t work hairspray. Let me know how you go.:)ReplyCancel

  • jasmine

    love your website Kat, thanks for the natural cleaning solutions. i need to write the recipes and put them where i can see them so i use them! thanks for the cleaning inspiration. i need it, i do my daily routine but need to do those extra things like cleaning walls and scrubbing the white tiles in my bathroom! jasmineReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it’s these little jobs that just get forgotten, or if not forogetten left because we don’t have time. Glad you like the cleaning recipes :)ReplyCancel

  • I love how you use an old white sock! It just proves you don’t need any fancy equipment! I’m off to make a batch of your natural cleaner – what a fab idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You’ll love it Lucy, save you money. And the sock… what can I say, best cleaning tool!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie - Mummy Tips

    For large wall surfaces I use a microfibre mop (one that has a flat head) with sugar soap, it makes a tedious task into a quick one :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, Kylie.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I use a squeegee mop to do the walls. I keep one just for walls.. You can do a larger area that way a lot quicker than by hand.ReplyCancel

  • It’s quite funny to know that a tea tree oil can be use for cleaning the wall. Also I have baking soda in our house most of the time they are just being wasted when not in use. Truly your tips are amazing and very useful. I will try these tips in times of needs.

    Keep up on posting great post. It’s my first time reading your blog and all I can say is perfect you have a clean beautiful design and informative.

    Congratulations. Cheers! :)ReplyCancel

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

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  • Kirsty

    Thanks to you Kat I have started meal planning and making quite a few of your recipes, my family have really enjoyed them and helped me so much as I am just not creative in coming up with dishes to feed the family, I’ve really enjoyed following along and eating yours, thank you for bringing back your meal plans.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yay!! I am so excited to hear you are loving the meal plans! It think it does make life so much easier especially with busy after school activities.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndall

    Ooh yum the Roast Pumpkin, Spinach and Chicken Pasta Bake with salad sounds delicious, I’m happy to try anything with roast pumpkin.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it is very delicious, Lyndall! I am sure you will love it.:) xReplyCancel

  • Mel Bell

    Kat, I have followed your journey and your site for so long. Just wanted to say a big thank you for inspiring me to be a better me. To be more organised, to try new ideas and to be a better mum. Life can be so busy, but I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge you and all of your hard work!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Mel thank you so much.It really means so much to me when i hear back from my readers and read lovely comments such as yours. It just makes what i do a little bit more special.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Glad this is back, love Meal Planning, it makes life so much easier. Our plan this week (we start on Saturday):

    Sat: Pork Chops with Port & Cranberry sauce with Potato bake
    Sun: Greek Chicken Gyros
    Mon: Ham & Cheese Quiche with Salad
    Tue: Home-made Sausage Rolls with Veg
    Wed: Oven Baked Fish & Chips & Salad
    Thur: Indian Chicken & Tomato Curry & Rice
    Fri: Lasagne & saladReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      Oh and my baking was a Cherry Buckle (like a tea cake).ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        ooh that sounds really good, that would make a nice and light afternoon tea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yum, this plan sounds delicious, I have never heard of gyros, I’m off to google!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love your meal planning Kylie.:) Some delicious recipes here.:)ReplyCancel

On facebookand in our daily newsletterI share a task each day to help you create a clean and organised home. Please find February2015’s summary below. Prepare for the month ahead, purchasing all gifts and cards Tidy and declutter your pantry Tidy your dumping zone Purge all unused and out of date items from your bathroom […]

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  • Nicky

    Hi Kat!

    Love your site, thanks for the regular ideas and inspirations! I would love to know where you got your spray bottles from for your cleaning kit? The one’s I purchased in the past never seem to last for very long.

    Thanks, NickyReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Nikki, I picked these up from a hair supply store very similar to hairhouse warehouse, which I know also stock them. The store was at my local westfield shopping centre. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

The kids will enjoy these healthy after school snack ideas, some can be baked ahead and others prepared in minutes.

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  • Kirsty

    I always forget to consider after school snacks when grocery shopping, this is great thank you, and so easy but some things I just wouldn’t think of.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kristy, I think what i love most about these snacks is not only are they a healthy after school snack but also so quick and easy to whip up.:)ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    ooh my kids would love the apple slices, fantastic idea. I also bake muffins and biscuits like you suggest for lunchboxes but for afternoon tea as well. So we always have something yummy in the freezer too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It works so well having yummy snacks in the freezer ready for when they walk in the door.:) And all so delicious.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Our quick favourites are:
    *ham, cheese and tomato flat bread toasted sandwichs
    *popcorn (done in the air popper and a bit of melted butter mixed in)
    *Pikelets
    *fruit salad and yoghurt (pre made Mason Jar style)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yum! They sound delicious, Sue.ReplyCancel

  • I saw the apple slice and toppings idea on another website. Here is the link with a few additional ways to dress up the apple, savoury and sweet… All of them look yum!

    http://www.movenourishbelieve.com/recipes/cronuts-fauxnuts/ReplyCancel

  • I’m always battling during the afternoon, home from school, totally ravenous period. Thanks for the great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • We love peckish rice crackers here. My boy is starving after school and often just wants dinner so we have early dinners heheReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yes they are a favourite of mine too.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I spread vegemite and sprinkle some cheese over mountain bread and bake in the oven. Once crispy, break into chip size pieces. They are like a healthier version of chips, and will keep for a little while in a airtight container. Very moorish for adults and kids.ReplyCancel

  • These look great. Love the sultana sandwich.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they fantastic, Julie!.:) And the kids love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Frozen grapes! What a cool idea (i hear they are good at keeping wine cool too!) ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL they could well do, Dana.:) They are a super yummy snack and so perfect for those really hot days. xReplyCancel

  • Jo Kemp

    they all look fantastic, but there’s a huge lack of protein in there. I am always conscious of getting my three kids to eat protein when they get home so that they aren’t snacking on carbs that just don’t fill them up. They eat plenty of fruit at school but not alot of protein. So my kids favourites are chilli con carne with tortilla chips, chicken and cheese quesadillas, quiche and anything yummy I bake.ReplyCancel

I’ve been making a few bite sized balls lately for the kids lunch boxes, they are agreat healthy snack. My Miss 12 wanted something a little different than the apricot balls I have been making lately. Looking through the pantry I had some muesli that I wanted touse up which added a nice little crunch […]

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  • Ooh! These look really good, Kat. Might have to make some of these for Mrs R next time I make her gluten-free granola! Yum. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh what a lovely idea Mr R.:) They are so yummy and make the perfect snack.:)ReplyCancel

  • A lovely flavour combination Kat! I bet you could use coconut oil too which would add a nice flavour :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yes great thinking! I have just started using coconut oil.:)ReplyCancel

  • Oh yum! I love the sound of these balls. So healthy and delicious. Gosh I think I need to try your Raw Chocolate and Coffee Bites too – they look amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Lucy.:) Oh my gosh the Raw chocolate and coffee bites are divine!! And oh so addictive LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • Elodie

    Hello. Just wondering cam you freeze the apricot, coconut and muesli balls?ReplyCancel