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This Salmon Curried Salmon Pie is absolutely delicious and would have to be up there in my Top 5 favourite dinners.  It truly is a winter comfort food.  It can also be made with either Tuna or Salmon, really depends what you have in your pantry at the time. While the rice is cooking you can prepare […]

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  • Would you be able to freeze this?ReplyCancel

    • No I wouldn’t think so Karen as the sauce is made from a base of mayo and milk I would be worried of it separating when defrosting.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Hi Katrina
    We’re not big fish eaters. Have you ever substituted the tuna with chicken?
    p.s. I have pinned this. I hope you don’t mindReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Made this for last nights dinner….used a shredded BBQ Chicken (we are not fish eaters either) and also added some corn – it was delicious and a huge hit with hubby and the kids as well. Thanks for sharing Katrina.
    Def a keeper :-)ReplyCancel

    • that is a great alternative, chicken and corn always go nicely together.ReplyCancel

      • susie

        you could do chicken and spinach too. yum!ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Yes that sounds lovely Susie!ReplyCancel

  • Prahala Rajendran

    I made this last night and it was delicious!! Everyone loved it including my 20 month old toddler.. Thanks Katrina.. ReplyCancel

  • Linda Needs

    This sounds awesome, however my daughter is allergic to egg. Can you suggest what I could do/use to replace the egg in the base and mayo in the sauce? Thanks ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    I wasn’t too keen on this recipe, it was too rich.
    I think I will leave out the mayonnaise and lemon juice next time and just use a curry/ white sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    I love Tuna, as well as my kids but I thought I would make this with leftover cooked rice, shredded chicken and corn but less curry powder and it was YUMMY! Another great recipe Katrina, thank you again :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds delicious, Tracey.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Keyte

    Oh I have this super-old recipe and cookbook too -:this was one of my favourite meals as a kid; I used to ask for it for my birthday dinner lol. I still make it now, and it always goes down well!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Delicious…… my 6 year old son loved making it!!! Replaced milk with coconut milk, korma paste and gluten free mayo….. nice n light yummmooooo ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea using the coconut milk, I might have to try this too!!ReplyCancel

  To continue on from sorting through your clutter and deciding between selling or donating your items, I’m going to move forward and share with you some of my garage sale tips. I have had quite a few garage sales over the years.  The first was when I decided I was happy with 3 children and […]

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  • Susan

    Hi Kat, I recent had my first Garage Sale. It was part of a new local council initiative caled “My Super Street Sale”. The whole suburb was involved, and we had over 30 houses involved! We had free advertising and flyers and there was maps with all the participating houses marked so we could be found. A great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My tip – dont include your house number in the ads, just the street name and then ‘Signs out at 6am’ or whatever time – we have had people knocking on the door at 4am and jumping the fence to get in first. We keep everything out of sight until ready to go and put the signs out when we are happy for people to come in.ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve Casucci

    Brilliant! I needed this 2 weeks ago when I did my first one, but you’ve inspired me to do another with the stuff that didnt sell, and this time to join forces with a neighbour. We made $500 on a long weekend from our Garage sale. Some of the money went back to the kids as most of the proceeds were from their old toys, the rest has been our “flutter fund” used on incidentals like school lunch orders, excursions, car park change etc. Even though it took ages to de-clutter and set up for the sale, it was SO worth it.ReplyCancel

  • […] As I’ve mentioned previously when moving I believe the key is to purge your clutter before you move, don’t take it to your new home.  Take the time to sort through your clutter, sell or donate excess clutter or organise a garage sale. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] At the end of the day, some items left may be worth trying to sell through other means like eBay. But for everything else, save the hassle of sorting and packing away what’s left – load it all into the car and take it to your local op shop and give a little back to the community. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Sell your items through online sites like Gumtree or Ebay, local facebook buy and sell groups, garage sale, car boot sales etc.  This is a good way to get some money back on items of value.  Read my garage sale tips here. […]ReplyCancel

It’s important to regularly clean and sterilise your brush and combs to keep away little nasties (especially in kids hair brushes, such as nits) and clean away buildup from hair products,  dandruff, dirt and skin particles that may build up over time. Here is how I clean our hair brushes and combs: Remove all hair from […]

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  • what about wooden brushes? or the ones with rubber spine? how can one keep em clean?ReplyCancel

  • The Pinterest Housewife

    I was going to post about this, too!! LOL. I saw it on Rachael Ray today!ReplyCancel

  • berkana83

    Ohhh I need to do this XDReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    I do this every few months in addition to cleaning hair out after every use. I am a HUGE fan of vinegar, baking soda, salt and lemons. I NEVER use detergents with a scent and NEVER use fabric softener…no need when you use 1/2 the amount of soap recommended (unless you’ve got hard water) and always rinse in cold water.ReplyCancel

  • Monique Pollock

    Vinegar is a weak acid, when you dilute it, it looses its ability to act like an acid as the water has a buffering capacity against acids (rendering the vinegar useless). I would be more inclined to use something like a disinfectant or just straight vinegar, something that kills most micro organisms and other pathogens.ReplyCancel

    • Carolyn

      I use the 5% Acidity Vinegar!
      It is pretty strong!ReplyCancel

  • MariaW

    After cleaning out the hair I use the nozzle on my hoover to get rid of any remaining hair and fluff, it really helps to clean the brush before washing.ReplyCancel

  • Josefina Urbano Relado

    i use white vinegar to clean the bathroom and toilet
    it takes the mildew on the tiles nice and cleanReplyCancel

  • Jade Dunford

    To get rid of the muck between the bristles instead of scrubbing by hand or using an old tooth brush, change the mix to hot (not boiling) water add half cup of vinegar then a tablesppon of baking soda, the baking soda reacts with the vinegar & bubbles & fizzes which removes the grime without u doing any work.. I let mine sit over night in the mix, in the morning i rinse & let dry.. No effort required.!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing, i like your article and opinion.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    Yes I soak in bicarbonate soda it works a treatReplyCancel

  • Hazel Martens.

    I have been soaking my brushes and combs in warm water with bicarb soda for many many years, my mother told me this hint a long time ago when I was a young woman (I’m now in the mid-sixties).ReplyCancel

  • natasha b

    I chuck mine in the dishwasher. Come out greatReplyCancel

Last week I shared my tips on how to sort through your excess clutter.  Sometimes it’s hard to make a decision on whether you should donate, sell or throw away an item. We struggled with this when sorting through my mums items because we knew she valued everything, it was hard to pick something up […]

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  • If there is Tupperware without lids, it is still worth giving to a charity! It is a simple matter to buy a new lid. If it is just random plasticware I definitely agree, throw it in the recycle bin. Also, many charities raise much-needed funds by sorting and selling rags!ReplyCancel

  • tracy Brewis

    Animal shelters are always happy to accept old blankets or towels that aren’t suitable to give to charity.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Catt

    I agree with Vikki’s comment regarding Tupperware. It’s quite easy to purchase replacements parts. I picked up some very cheap Tupperware from several op shops recently. My remark to my mother at the time was “a bloke must have thrown this away as he wouldn’t know the value of it!”ReplyCancel

  • Claire Buchtmann

    My Mum passed away 9 years ago and my Dad hadn’t gone through much of the stuff, so when he passed away last year I got the lot (the downside of being an only child)! It has been stacked up in our garage, playroom, outdoor area for a year now. We had a garage sale last year and I sold quite a bit of stuff – pots, pans, glasses, knick knacks. The biggest thing for me was letting go of his recliner chair. He and Mum had one and they don’t really go with our furniture and they are quite large so really don’t have the space for them either.
    At the garage sale an older lady came up (she was on walking sticks) and asked how much I wanted for it. I told her $50. She said she had been looking for one and really wanted to get one as it would make it so much easier for her to watch TV with her legs up and then to get up later. Only problem was she couldn’t get it to her house. I asked her where she lived and it was just around the corner from my mother-in-law’s place so we offered to deliver it for her as well. She bought it.
    I have to say that I was really torn at letting Dad’s chair go (I still have Mum’s as it didn’t sell that time) but when we delivered it, the lady lived in a unit almost identical to my Dad’s (although he lived in another city all together) and I just knew that the chair would continue to be loved and used frequently. I was really happy when we left. Whenever we drive past there now I think of my Dad and hope she’s enjoying his chair.
    Our street has an annual garage sale in mid-November, so we all know to store things and get ready for then. We make some great sales, and we’ve had it for a few years now so people know when it is and we get great attendance.
    I had a few boxes of glasses and saucepans, etc that were left over from last years sale and I took them yesterday to St Vincent. They didn’t want the suitcases that I also had so I took them to Westcare and they were so grateful. I think I will take more things there where they were so gratefully received. I’ve found with the bigger charities (Salvos and Vinnies) they are more picky with what they will and won’t take.ReplyCancel

  • […] you move, don’t take it to your new home.  Take the time to sort through your clutter, sell or donate excess clutter or organise a garage […]ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    My husband and I recently cleared out my father-in-laws home of 20+ years after he passed away. As he lived in a country town, and we lived in a city, it wasn’t easy for us to organise a garage sale or sell via Gumtree. We hired a 3m skip and easily filled it with gear from his garage as well as gear that could not be donated. We donated clothing, kitchen items, linen, odds and ends to the local op shop. We also donated all working electrical goods to another op shop. We organised for a scrap metal guy to come and take anything that had metal etc (incl old fridges). Unopened food from his pantry was donated to neighbours that had helped him. Of course there were items that we couldn’t let go and we took them home with us. It was a good feeling knowing that his gear was going to charities that would help his community. On our next trip, we’ll organise the furniture!ReplyCancel

    • I can imagine how hard it is for you Danielle, I am sure all the charities would appreciate your help.ReplyCancel

  • I’m really sorry to hear about all your losses on this thread :( It’s really quite an ordeal to have to run through items sometimes, but you really don’t have to throw them away all the time, more like just get things organized? Having some good quality packing boxes or movings boxes may help with that. Then you can take your time later on to sort things out slowly.ReplyCancel

  • Just to add to what I said earlier. Those packing boxes or movings boxes can actually be a good way to start a small memorial to the person who’s departed. I think it’s a great idea to have a little care package so that your kids or someone else can have the chance to get to know this special person that has touched your lives.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That is a really lovely idea AudreyReplyCancel

  • […] Do you have a box of ‘stuff’ you have been meaning to sell? This weekend make an effort to put them on GumTree or Ebay, otherwise donate them as you more than likely won’t ever get the time. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Create a donate basket, when you find something you no longer need, place in basket, when full donat… […]ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Sausages, mashed potato and vegetables Tuesday – Chicken Pies Wednesday – Eggs on toast Thursday – Steamed fish with vegetables Friday –  Family Mince Pie Saturday – Spaghetti Carbonara Sunday – something easy from the freezer Baking – Milo […]

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  • SNAP! I’m doing chicken, leek & blue cheese pie tonight 😉 I think the cooler weather just gets me in a pie making mood. Love the mexican layered dip too, yum!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    During cooler weather, VERY early in the morning or after the sun has gone down is when I make meals the require oven cooking. I have become handy with the slow cooker and even hubby, who HATED it, has become a convert. It uses less energy (money), less effort and it’s so lovely to have a meal ready at the end of day surrounded by a clean kitchen.

    It’s only 26*c at the moment so I did Greek theme: Greek salad, Spanikopita, Dolmathes with Avgelemono Sauce. Salad is a jiff to make. Spanikopita were made ahead then baked out of the freezer. Dolmathes were made ahead already cooked so just needed warming in the micro. Avgelemono Sauce was fresh. From start to finish (freezer to finish for some items) in about 1 hour. Left overs? Sorry, none :)

    Suzanne in Kelowna, BC, CanadaReplyCancel

  • The Indignant Bunny

    Yum! Just watched the recipe for the cheat chicken pies, and I’m adding it to my own meal plan for the week. 😀ReplyCancel

Mexican layer dip is a great dish to bring along to BBQ’s.  It is always a crowd pleaser. Mexican Layer Dip   Author: Katrina Cuisine: Entertaining Prep time: 10 mins Total time: 10 mins Print   Ingredients 2 packets of corn chips 450g can refried beans 35g packet taco season mix ½ cup sour cream […]

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  • Thanks for this. I used to do one with cream cheese, but have decided I am no longer comfortable givng that to my children so this is a great alternativeReplyCancel

  • Cassandra

    Mine is slightly different I use a small tub of sour cream, no lemon juice or salsa. I put re fried beans on bottom, then avo, then mix sour cream and taco seasoning together as next layer, tomatos and a few shallots pieces then cheese on top. I use a $2 container rectangle container from junkie shops with the lid. Yum making my mouth water.ReplyCancel

    • It’s making my mouth water too, yummo, thanks for sharing your version Cassandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Fi @ My Mummy Daze

    *drool* this is one of my all-time favourite dips!! Love it! I could go with some now… Fi xxReplyCancel

  • shell.kel

    yum! I will have to give this one a go great to take to parties


  • […] Mexican Layer Dip, is a great dish to bring along to BBQ’s.  We had a games afternoon, so I made it to snack on! […]ReplyCancel

I love finding recipes that can be made straight from the pantry.  By that I mean no need to buy something special for the grocery store.  This simple and tasty milo and coconut cookie recipe is just that.  I quickly made a batch of these so the kids had something to snack on before an […]

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My kiddies are so sweet, each year for Mothers Day they buy me the same gift, new slippers and winter PJs.  Perfect cause its starting to get cold around that time. This is going to be a hard mothers day, the first without my mum.  I nearly didn’t put up a mothers day post, I […]

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  • Hi Kat, I lost my mum four months ago. like you this is my first mother’s day without my mum. the next day is my birthday which was also the day mum was diagnosed with cancer. My last birthday I spent with mum was also mother’s day. This year is going to be hard. I will celebrate the best I can with my children however I will be sad too. I love your mother’s day ideas and I will do some with my kids so they have something to look back on. I will be thinking of you. xxReplyCancel

  • I lost my mum a month ago and I hate getting all the junk mail celebrating Mothers Day! Not too sure what I’m going to do on the day but I have a feeling it may involve a big bottle of champagne- to toast my wonderful mum but also drown my sorrows…..hugs to all of us who are mummy’s but have lost our mummies xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My Mum just passed away too – 1st April 2013, so it has only just been over a month. I have made a photobook of photos of Mum, and I am planning to give that to Dad on Mother’s Day, so I will still be celebrating the wonderful Mother that she was.ReplyCancel

  • {Little Hands in the Hunter}

    Such beautiful ideas Kat, thank you so much.
    Sending you warm thoughts on Mother’s Day. Well done for making the decision to be strong for your kids ((hugs)) xx

When packing to move house you should only take with you items that you use need love Be kind to yourself and don’t carry clutter and items from old house to new house that you haven’t used or even seen in years.  Allow your new home to be a fresh start with less clutter and […]

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  • Kim

    Perfect timing! We are moving in 2 months, I have PLENTY of time to pack, but ALWAYS do things at the last minute, so today you have given me a starting place!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim if you have the time try and start going through a few of the boxes at the tops of the cupboards, in the garage and even sort through your wardrobes. All the items that you haven’t touched in so long could possibly be purged and can save the trip to the new house. You will enjoy this series :)ReplyCancel

  • We have been renting for eight years and are now ready to purchase our first home! Hard rubbish is in a fortnight too so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s great new Carly, congrats on buying your first home. I hope you enjoy all the tips!ReplyCancel

  • What a great post, have just shared it on my facebook page here: for all our customers to read :)

    If i wasnt meant to share Kat, please let me know and i will remove it.

    Leigh xxReplyCancel

  • Alanah Hooi

    I move regularly with my husbands work, we have lived overseas twice where our belongings went into storage and we could only bring with us that which fitted in a suitcase to sustain us and our only child at the time. I have become a bit of a nazi with our belongings and believe in the six monthly purge of the household. We recently just moved again and the removalist couldn’t believe that we were a family of four!

    We keep all our sentimental items in a plastic storage box each and I am very selective with the items in there.

    The printable you created is exactly right and what I usually say to myself each and every time I move or go through our belongings.

    Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    Typo? * does it make *you happy when *I* look at it? ReplyCancel

  • Another one who is moving in a couple of months and have been hunting through your website for some tips since we made the choice to move.
    I started in the kitchen and did exactly what you said with every cupboard – event the pantry. I have one cupboard and the drawers to go.
    My son has done is toy box (which we have removed from his room and will be asking a grandparent to redecorate to go into DD’s room at the new house). He has only kept what toys he loves and enjoys playing with. The rest (after getting picked through by his sister!) went to playgroup to share with our friends there.
    The master bedroom is next, which is going to be tricky. My clothes are clutter – so thats one of the big tasks right there.
    One commentI do have though; I have 2 plastic tubs of memories that are from my DD that passed away. I know you say about taking photos, and creating a memory album – but sometimes you need the texture too. I know that I have plenty of “crap” that I hold onto that were gifts etc, but these two boxes, while belonging to a whole lot of sadness also bring joy when I can summon courage to go through them. Sometimes there are things you need to keep.ReplyCancel

  • […] continue on from sorting through your clutter and deciding between selling or donating your items, I’m going to move forward and share […]ReplyCancel

  • […] is to purge your clutter before you move, don’t take it to your new home.  Take the time to sort through your clutter, sell or donate excess clutter or organise a garage […]ReplyCancel

  • rsc5830

    I was just thinking you should probably change the part where it says that the “sorting through clutter” list is free 😉ReplyCancel

Since the life of this blog I have had many many requests asking for moving tips. There is so much more to moving than I can share in one post, so I am sharing the following tips with you over the next month: sorting through your clutter purging the clutter garage sale tips moving tips […]

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  • Start packing as early as possible and box up nearly everything. It is so frustrating to help someone move who doesn’t have everything ready. I hate carrying individual items out to the car or having to pack at the last minute. Obviously some stuff has to be last minute, but get it done ahead of time. And BUY boxes. We had a few moves where we tried to get boxes from grocery or department stores but that’s a pain. During my last two moves, I went to Home Depot and bought boxes. It made it SO much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Make sure you know exactly where the sheets are and make the beds as soon as they are in the new house. Then when you’re exhausted that night and can’t unpack any more, you can just fall straight into bed without having to make it first!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    Labelling boxes by writing on them can be a pain- you feel like you have to label each side so you can tell what’s in them from any angle. Instead, buy some coloured dot stickers from Officeworks and make a colour-coded labelling system- for example, kitchen things are a blue dot, orange is linen cupboard, purple for master bedroom, etc. That way, even from a distance, you will be able to tell where a box needs to go when unpacking the truck and/or instructing removalists where to place them.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Pack an overnight bag for each member of the family as if you were going away for the weekend. Include a change of clothes and basic toiletries so that you have what you need for the first day without having to rummage around in boxes looking for shampoo.ReplyCancel

    • that is a fantastic idea rebecca, even just a few snack foods as well!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I am about to move house this weekend – these tips are great! I love Rebecca’s idea to have an overnight bag packed for each family member, I will definately be doing that!ReplyCancel

  • brunoboltemore

    removalists perthsay a very simple yet true and usable tips.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Thank you for the awesome tips! Aside from getting your valuables organised, I believe that you should work as hard finding the perfect removalists penrith expert. If you choose the wrong provider, well all your effort to preparing your items will be put to waste due to inability of your removal company to get the job done.ReplyCancel

  • Jason

    This is a great article and has come in very handy. I am using Perth Removalists and they have provided some packaging to dispose of some of the clutter mentioned above!ReplyCancel

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  • Sam Gibson

    I’m going to be moving this next weekend. We’re only moving a few blocks away, but I’m worried about damaging our furniture. We don’t want to replace any furniture if we can avoid it. I want to find someone who specializes in moving furniture.

  • Thanks for all your good idea – they’re great. I wanted to add that I ordered a skip bin for a week after I had my garage sale, so I had to throw more away and therefore didn’t have to pack everything that didn’t sell.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s a fantastic idea Linda, would of saved you so much effort when moving too!ReplyCancel

  • Some great tips here. I’d also suggest to consider hiring a profressional removalist. I know the costs may sound high at first but the time and hassle you save could be well worth it. We’ve also put together some more moving tips over at, including a free moving checklist.

    Also make sure to check out online reviews from different moving companies.

    Great post, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Moving is the most stressful event in a person’s life; when a person sells house out of financial crisis or any other problem; managing the hassles of moving becomes really tough to handle.ReplyCancel

Each weekday on facebook I share with you a quote of the day, I have loved finding these quotes just as much as sharing them with you, some make me cry, laugh and really think.  This year each month on the blog  I will share with you a quote of the month, a quote that will motivate and […]

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  • Amanda

    Good Morning Kat……You may need to edit where you have typed the quote initially
    as the “not” is missing :-)
    (I was sitting here trying to work out what the quote meant lol).
    Have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • […] you answered no to any of the above you need to purge this item.  As this months quote suggests you don’t keep the items that you don’t enjoy looking at and no longer need. […]ReplyCancel

  • Well said, William Morris. Thanks, Kat!ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Quick Shepherd’s Pie Tuesday – Fish and salad Wednesday – Chicken stirfry Thursday – BBQ steak and salad Friday –  Chicken Fajitas Saturday – Lenards Chicken Breast Lemongrass and Ginger, with vegetables Sunday – Easy beef ravioli with tomato […]

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  • That shepherds pie looks soooooooo good! You have inspired me to make shepherds pie for dinner tonight :)ReplyCancel

As winter approaches we are start to enjoy the casseroles and pies.  My hubby cooked this Shepherd’s Pie for us, something quick and easy for him to prepare.  I would say he put too much cheese on top, but I’m not complaining!!!! Quick Weeknights Shepherd’s Pie   Author: Katrina Serves: 7 Prep time: 10 mins […]

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  • Can never have too much cheese :) Shepherd’s pie is also one of my family favourites. My husband also cooks this one on the nights I’m working late. Quick and easy!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Thankyou for this recipe!! My husband is very fussy so I am always a bit nervous trying new things out on him.. I got a call from him yesterday telling me he had just finished the leftovers and I “had better of saved the recipe”!!! It was a winner with all of us and I think it will become a regular meal..!ReplyCancel

  • […] Comfort food at it’s finest.  I purchased some foil trays from the local dollar store (they are also sold at most supermarkets) I divided the mixture into two trays and topped with potato and a sprinkle of cheese, then placed in the freezer.  All she needs to do is pop it in the oven (from frozen) until the cheese has melted, approximately 1 hour, or if thawed 30 minutes is enough. See quick shepherds pie recipe here. […]ReplyCancel

    • Jackie

      Do you cook in the trays THEN freeze or freeze before the first bake?ReplyCancel

      • Kate - Kat's Assistant

        Hi Jackie, i freeze after it has been baked.ReplyCancel

  • […] family loves shepherds and cottage pie, especially great as winter dinners. Recently I wanted to make a cottage pie, […]ReplyCancel