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{MEAL PLAN} Honey and Macadamia Chicken Roll

I enjoy making dinner for my family, but there are nights that I don’t have the time to cook something really delicious from scratch myself.  There are ways around this by buying ready-made items from the deli, supermarket, butcher or other speciality stores like Lenard’s, where you can just pop it in the oven for […]

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  • Erin

    Mon: salmon mornay
    Tues: chicken cacciatore
    Wed: pumpkin soup
    Thursday: Asian meatballs and stir fry
    Friday: home made pizzas
    Sat: Turkey and veg mince rissoles with potato bake
    Sun: roast chicken with baked veg and greens
    Sun dessert: apple pie with home made ice cream
    Lunches: salad and deli meat sandwiches, avocado chicken and cheese jaffles, bagels with smoked salmon, cucumber and and cream cheeseReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Oh and baking – banana and mixed berry muffins.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Savva

    Mon: Home made vegetarian pizza
    Tues: low fat fettuccine bosc
    Wed: beer battered fish and salad
    Thurs: slow cooked massaman curry and rice
    Fri: Taco’s
    Sat: left overs
    Sun: takeaway

    Snacks: cheesymite scrolls and blueberry muffinsReplyCancel

  • Monday: Honey lemon chicken wings and vegies
    Tuesday: Herb and garlic beef sausages and vegies
    Wednesday: Lasagne
    Thursday: Rissoles, gravy and mash
    Friday: Slow cooked chicken and vegetable soup
    Saturday: American style beef ribs
    Sunday: I hope hubby will cook something tasty!
    Lunches: Hopefully some leftovers from the night before.
    Snacks: FruitReplyCancel

  • Bebe21

    Sunday: Beef and pearl Barley Stew
    Monday: Meatfree minestrone and bread rolls
    Tuesday: Pork cutlets with pear and marmelade
    Wednesday: Spaghetti
    Thursday: Curried Sausages
    Friday: Moroccan meatballs with cous cous
    Baking: Polka dot biscuits (donna hay)ReplyCancel

  • christina

    I love the honey and macadamia roll, one of my favoritesReplyCancel

  • Paula Somerville

    Slow cooked creamy salsa chicken and rice and salad
    Pea and ham soup
    Spaghetti bolognaise and garlic bread
    Steak and veg
    Chicken and spinach rissoto in pressure cooker
    Pizza (takeaway)
    Chilli con carne and rice and saladReplyCancel

  • Nic

    Monday: Chicken, bacon & Cherry tomato pasta
    Tuesday: Pork chops with baked apple
    Wednesday: Italian beef casserole
    Thursday: Tacos
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Roast Lamb & Veg
    Sunday: Pumpkin soup (from home grown pumpkins)
    Baking: PikeletsReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Neal

    Mon: lemon Chicken Strips, Roast Potatoes & Steamed Veges
    Tues: macaroni & Cauliflower Cheese Pots
    Wed: Chicken Pad Thai
    Thur: Sausages, Eggs & Chips
    Fri: Hot Dog Wraps
    Sat: French Onion Chicken, Madh & Veges
    Sun: Luigi’s Meatballs
    No time for baking this week – working full-time & busy all weekend
    Lunches: leftovers!!ReplyCancel

  • C Jäger

    I have 2 small girls so our meals are basic:)
    Monday – Spaghetti (with hidden veg) and garlic bread
    Tuesday – Slow cooker country beef casserole
    Wednesday – Bangers and mash with veg
    Thursday – lemon crumbed fish, rice and steamed broccoli, carrots, peas, corn
    Friday – Potato lasagna bake (with hidden veg)
    Saturday – (adults) Baked potatoes stuffed with Chilli con carne (girls) Baked potatoes stuffed with Savoury mince and veg
    Sunday – Chicken Parmigiarna (plain chicken for girls), mash and steamed veg
    Lunches – leftovers for us, sandwiches and yoghurt for girls
    Snacks – Fruit, sultanas and smoothies
    Baking – trying your Cheesymite scrollsReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Monday – Spaghetti Cabonara
    Tuesday – Roast Pork with all the trimmings
    Wednesday – Roast Pumpkin and creamy chicken baked gnocci
    Thursday – Slow Cooked Beef Casserole
    Friday – BBQ – Hubbys turn to cook!!
    Saturday – Dinner with Family
    Sunday – Roast Chicken & Salad
    Baking – Savory Muffins
    Snacks – Fruit PlatterReplyCancel

  • Nina Downes

    Monday: Chicken schnitzels (Lenards’s!) with steamed veg and potato
    Tuesday: Lamb and sweet potato curry
    Wednesday: Lenards Italian pinwheels with salad
    Thursday: Pasta with sausage ragu
    Friday: Asian minced chicken with rice
    Saturday: TBC – I want to try out some new special recipes but haven’t decided!
    Sunday: Pea and ham soup
    Baking: Cheese and Vegemite scrolls
    As you can see I already use Lenards for when I need quick easy meals – my two babies are starting child care this week and I will be spending several days at the centre helping them both settle in and so there is less time for me to do dinner prep during the day as I’m used to!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Foot

    Monday- roast chicken and veg
    Tuesday- spaghetti
    Wednesday- sausage hot pot
    Thursday- steak and chips
    Friday- fish and jacket potatoes
    Saturday- takeaway or freezer
    Sunday- family meat pie and mashed veggies
    Baking- cupcakes with lemon icing
    Saturday lunch- mini quichesReplyCancel

  • Rachneeka

    i made that pumpkin soup yesterday but didnt use the 2 kg pumpkin and less stock but same amount of cream and didnt like itReplyCancel

  • Skavney

    Monday: fettucini carbonara
    Tuesday: chicken wraps with chilli, corn & avocado salsa
    Wednesday: rissoles in tomato soup with veg
    Thursday: chow mein mince
    Friday: take away night
    Saturday: spaghetti bol or slow cooked curry chicken (hubby’s choice and depends on take away choice from night before)
    Sunday: BBQ Served with spinach, pumpkin & pine Nut salad & corn & chips
    Lunches: fresh fruit, yoghurt, crackers, cheese & assorted Salad sandwiches
    Baking: vanilla bar cake with raspberry drizzle icing & mixed berry muffinsReplyCancel

  • Sunday: Rice Cooker Risotto 
    Monday: Chicken Sausages and Spinach Potato Bake
    Tuesday: Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast
    Wednesday: Pork Chops and Vegetables
    Thursday: Slow Cooker Devilled Sausages
    Friday: Chicken Massaman Curry
    Saturday: Crumbed Fish and home made potato wedgesReplyCancel

  • Leanne brown-fraser

    Monday: homemade- chicken skewers with peanut satay sauce and fried rice
    Tuesday: mince and vege noodle stir fry
    Wednesday: slow cooker chicken casserole with mashed sweet potato
    Thursday: baked fish fillets with lemon butter and steamed veges abd homemade oven baked wedges
    Friday: slow cooker butter chicken and rice
    Saturday: tuna patties and salad
    Sunday: roast dayReplyCancel

  • Sonja

    I shop on Friday’s so my meal week starts on Friday…
    Fri- home made pizza
    Sat- Dinner at in-laws
    Sun- Left over lasagne from freezer
    Mon- chicken and mushroom risotto
    Tues- Taco’s
    Wed- Fish and chips
    Thurs- Prawn, zuchini and capsicum pasta (tomato based sauce)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    Monday: roast lamb and veggies
    Tuesday: fish (barramundi), leftover fried rice and salad
    Wednesday: pies and raw veggies in a bowl to munch for state of origin footy!
    Thursday: leftover roast lamb with roast pumpkin salad
    Friday: hamburgers
    Saturday: Marion’s Kitchen box red curry and rice
    Sunday: probably BBQ chickenReplyCancel

  • Kazzie

    Monday:  Steak & Veggies
    Tuesday:  Whatever, – possibly Bread with ham, pineapple & cheese, grilled
    Wednesday:  Potato Bake/veggies
    Thursday:  Chicken with Honey Mustard Sauce & Rice plus veggies
    Friday:  Tuna Bake/veggies
    Saturday:  Spaghetti with tomato & cheese
    Sunday:  Fish & Chips


  • MrsMooMA

    I meal plan for 2 weeks, but only plan 4 breakfasts, 4 snacks of baked goods, 6 or so lunches and 12 dinners. Because something will always come up, or there are too many left overs.

    1. Beef enchiladas
    2. Chicken Wings
    3. Sheppards Pie
    4. Thai Green Curry
    5. Lasagna mexican
    6. Thai Beef Salad
    7. Pork Roast and Veg
    8. Risoni
    9. Hamburgers and wedges
    10. Rogan Josh
    11. Stir Fry
    12. Pad Thai

    I also try and plan to have enough “baby safe” food so i dont have to cook seperate meals. So when i cook Rogan josh which is too spicy i would of cooked Risoni the night before.

    We only get to eat breakfast together about 6 times a fortnight, otherwise its just cereal, toast and mufins. but ill cook at least 4 big breakys:

    1. Choc hazelnut crossiants
    2. Cream scrambled eggs
    3. Big breaky fry up
    4. Pancakes with the works
    5. French toast

    And Lunches consist of:

    Cheesy chips and bacon
    salads (ill prep a big salad at lunch so it can be a side at dinner, ill also do theis for soup and pasta)


  • Mary Preston

    SUNDAY: Roast Lamb &
    MONDAY: Shepherd’s Pie using the leftover Lamb

    TUESDAY:  Bangers & Mash

    WEDNESDAY: Chicken Stir Fry

    THURSDAY: Scrambled eggs & Toast

    FRIDAY: Home-made Fish &Chips /Potato Wedges.

    SATURDAY: Individual pizzas

    BAKING: Iced Chocolate  cup cakes


  • Bec M

    I menu plan on a Monday and shop on a Tuesday, so it always depends a little on what meat I find on clearance on Tues!  But the plan so far is…

    Mon – Leftover lamb casserole and mashTues – Beef marsala and penne
    Wed – Char Sui marinated chicken with baby corn, asian greens and rice noodles
    Thurs – possibly leftovers or a quick quiche, depending on whether we have leftovers to eat.
    Fri – chicken, and leek pie
    Sat – home made pizzas
    Sun – Probably leftover pizza, because we always end up making a lot!

    Baking – choc chip biscuitsReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Mon: Roast Chicken with potatoes and pumpkin
    Tues: Dinner at in-laws
    Wed: Soup with lentils & Veges
    Thurs: Dinner at Mum’s
    Fri: Steak, chips and salad
    Sat: Shepards pie
    Sun: Some kind of casserole cooked in the slow cooker. ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    Mon – Lamb chops in French Onion Soup and veg

    Tues – Curried Pumpkin and veg soup and homemade bread
    Wed – Savoury mince and rice
    Thurs – Spaghetti Bolognaise Bake and Garlic Bread
    Fri – Sausage and veg
    Sat – Chicken, veg and noodle soup and homemade bread
    Sun – Corned Beef and veg with onion sauceReplyCancel

    • Becci Sundberg

      Baking etc

      ~ Homemade Devon~ Choc Poke Cake~ Choc Syrup~ Jelly cups~ Pumpkin scones (a few different ways)~ Making up my own cookie packet mixes~ Milo biscuitsReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Waugh

    Mon – garlic and herb lamb shanks
    Tues – chili chicken stirfry
    Wed – roast and veg
    Thurs – pasta bake
    Fri – tacos
    Sat – lasagna
    Sun – curried sausagesReplyCancel

  • Kahlea Wilson

    Beef stirfy with prawn crackers

    Tuesday- Chops, bacon and Eggs
    Wednesday- Mince vegie pie
    Thursday- toasties
    Friday- Mustard chicken pasta
    Saturday- food that we will bake (below)
    Sunday- takeaway, roast with veges,spuds

    Baking- Cheese vegemite scrolls.egg bacon scrolls. Sausage rolls, meat pies ( saturday)
     Egg,curry pasta ReplyCancel

  • Kahlea Wilson

    Beef stirfy with prawn crackers

    Tuesday- Chops, bacon and Eggs
    Wednesday- Mince vegie pie
    Thursday- toasties
    Friday- Mustard chicken pasta
    Saturday- food that we will bake (below)
    Sunday- takeaway, roast with veges,spuds

    Baking- Cheese vegemite scrolls.egg bacon scrolls. Sausage rolls, meat pies ( saturday)
     Egg,curry pasta ReplyCancel

  • Deanna Buckley

    Monday: slow cooked Beef, Red Wine & Mushroom with mash and beans
    Tuesday: Cantonese Chicken Stir Fry
    Wednesday: home cooked fish, chips and salad
    Thursday: Pea and Ham Soup
    Friday: Homemade Nachos
    Saturday: 40th Birthday party to attend
    Sunday: Omlettes

    Baking: Banana Bread and Date SconesReplyCancel

  • Kylah

    Monday: Beef and vegetable stir fry with noodles
    Tuesday: Slow cooker beef goulash with sweet potato mash
    Wednesday: Spaghetti Marinara
    Thursday: impossible pie (Thursday is my crazy day with all kids having after school activities!)
    Friday: Take-away (usually Chinese or burgers)
    Saturday: BBQ (steak, sausages, chicken skewers, potato bake and salad)
    Sunday: Roast lamb and vegetablesReplyCancel

  • Gemma

    I’ve done my planning for the week :)
    Monday – Beef teriyaki stir fry and riceTuesday – Shepherds PieWednesday – Roast Pork and Veges (having friends for dinner)Thursday – Chicken CarbonaraFriday  - Sausages and vegtablesSaturday – BurritosSunday – Roast chicken drumsticks and veges
    Will also make banana bread, pikelets and cupcakes for snacks.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    Sun – beer battered fish and baked veges (4 ingredients apple crumble and custard for dessert)
    Mon – mediterannean frittata
    Tues – dinner at father in laws for his birthday
    Wed – slow cooker savoury mince
    Thurs – chicken fried rice
    Fri – home made hamburgers
    Sat – low fat pasta carbonara

    Bake - cornflake and choc chip cookiesReplyCancel

  • KellyBelly

    Meal plan for the Mains this week
    Mond – Steak and mushrooms with microwave steam vegies (thanks Donna Hay!)
    Tues – Curried beef and rice
    Wed – Working day for me so frozen lasagne (made on the weekend)
    Thurs- Another working day – rissoles and veg
    Friday – Home made pizzas…daddy’s meat lovers..women’s weekly pizza pizzazz!

    Snacks…pumpkin scones (from frozen pumpkin made on the weekend), pikelets and a quick zucchini frittata. Then kitchen’s closed, chefs knocked off until the weekend! Free for all yoghurt and fruit! ReplyCancel

  • Mon: Slow cooker Leg of lamb (karate night)
    Tues: Warm chicken salad
    Wed: Homemade sushi (made at lunchtime because karate AND footy training)
    Thurs: Roast macadamia and honey chicken roll from local butchers with salad and potato
    Fri: Toasted sandwiches (footy training)
    Sat: Take away and family movie night
    Sun: BBQReplyCancel

  • Rachelkapsalakis

    Sun – Chicken Kiev
    Mon – BBQ Lamb Chops
    Tues – Pizza
    Wed –  Chicken Parma’s
    Thurs – Roast Lamb
    Fri – Chicken Stir fry
    Sat –  Roast Chicken

    Variety is the key in our household!!!

  • Sarah

    Sunday – Chicken Enchiladas with salad

    Monday – Chicken and Leek pies with chips and veg
    Tuesday – Chicken and Pumpkin Casserole
    Wednesday – Instant Soup (a quick soup which is tomato based with bacon, onion and pasta)
    Thursday – Slow Cooked Chunky Beef Stroganoff with either rice or mashed potato
    Friday – Take-out night (everyone works Friday and Dad and Brother have CFS on a friday night so it’s quick take-out for us)
    Saturday – Cheesy Chicken Macaroni Bake

    I’ve just recently (literally last few months), managed to get my family to buy weekly instead of every couple of days. I haven’t reached the stage of getting them to do snacks etc. in the same way.ReplyCancel

  • Cherylgadsby

    Sun – Chicken Noodle Soup  and Cheese and Herb Scones
    Mon – T-Bone Steak and veges
    Tues –  Thai Fishcakes and Salad
    Wed – Shepherds Pie and veges
    Thur –  Slowcooker Corned Silverside, vege and white sauce
    Fri –     Pita Pizzas
    Sat – Roast Chicken and vegReplyCancel

  • Linc devos

    Sunday – tomato vegetable soup with freshly made dinner rolls
    Monday – apricot chicken with basamati rice
    Tuesday – Beef and vegetable pie served with green beans and applesauce
    Wednesday – Curried Sausages with mashed potato and carrots
    Thursdday – Chicken thigh fillets stuffed with mozzarella cheese, chives, & bacon served with mash potatoes and broccoli
    Friday – Homemade pizza with fruit salad
    Saturday – Hamburgers with salad on homemade rolls
    Sunday – Roast chicken with vegies


  • Kerry

    Mon – Beef Stroganoff with brown rice and vegies
    Tues – Pumpkin Soup
    Wed – Chicken Noodle Stirfry
    Thurs – Sausages with Mashed potato and vegies
    Fri – Tuna Mornay with brown rice and vegies
    Sat – Spaghetti Bolognaise with Garlic bread and Salad
    Sun – Roast chicken and vegiesReplyCancel

  • Monday ~ Roast chicken baked potato and pumpkin with veggie 
    Tuesday ~ Rissoles and Veggies
    Wednesday ~ Homemade hamburgers with oven fries
    Thursday ~ Sausages and Veggie
    Friday ~ Pita bread pizza’s 
    Saturday ~ Takeaway
    Sunday ~ Silverside cooked in slow cooker with white sauce and veggieReplyCancel

  • cate

    mon – thai sweet chilli chicken rissoles from march SFI
    tues – roast pork
    wed – chicken schnitzel and mash
    thur – tacos
    fri – salmon and pea quiche from march SFI
    sat – chicken spinach feta filo
    sun – roast, maybe lamb  ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Ellis

    Mon: lamb and veg
    Tues: spinach and ricotta cannelloni
    Wed: roast veg pasta
    Thurs: beef stroganoff
    Fri: fish wraps
    Sat: chicken tikka masala
    Sun: Thai beef salad
    I have a 2yo and a newborn and my husband works away 4 nights a week, so I organize all his meals (cut up veg, make salad, portion everything) and have to make sure ours are either really fast or slow-cook able! Oh, and ensure the 2yo will eat it :) ReplyCancel

  • Judii

    Monday: Creamy Chicken Pesto pasta
    Tuesday: Honey Soy and Ginger glazed Chicken
    Wednesday: Thai green chicken curry
    Thursday: red curry beef
    Friday: creamy mustard chicken
    Saturday: chicken stirfry
    Sunday: Pork Roast
    All devised to use at least 1 item per night from my overflowing pantry. And I almost always do a Roast on Sunday so we have leftover meat for Monday work lunch :) ReplyCancel

  • jackie

    Mon - Stuffed Zucchini
    Tues -  San Choy bau
    Wed – Slow cooked honey ginger chicken drumsticks
    Thurs – Thursday night dinner with friends at  P’s
          M – Wed night leftovers
    Fri – J&O Scrambled eggs (quick and easy before camp)
         – A,C - Dinner at  Nanna and grandads
        – M  – Chicken & vegies
    Sat – M – Sausages and salad at Jello’s
        a & C  – Dinner at   Little Grandads
    Sun – Spaghetti bolognese

    Snacks 4 school – Chocolate slice, blueberry muffins, ReplyCancel

  • Amy c

    Tue- creamy bacon pasta bake
    Wed – red onion and feta tart
    Thur- cheesy meatballs and spaghetti
    Fri- pumpkin soup with garlic bread
    Sat- lamb ragu
    Sun- beef stroganoff
    Mon- chicken stirfryReplyCancel

  • MelindaD

    Mon – Cottage pie
    Tues – Freezer meal (left overs)
    Wed – Lamb chops and vegies
    Thurs – Spag bog
    Fri – depending on mood, freezer meal or hamburgers
    Sat – chicken and vegies
    Sun – baked lunch (so left overs for dinner)
    school lunches – left overs or frozen portions of spag bog or cottage pie)
    baking/school snacks – cupcakes and pancakesReplyCancel

  • PK

    Monday: Gluten free spaghetti & Meatballs in Roasted Tomato & Garlic sauce (fat free, homemade)
    Tuesday: Grilled chicken breast & steamed veggies
    Wednesday: Sweet chilli prawns, steamed veg & steamed jasmine rice
    Thursday: Steak with sauteed mushrooms & steamed veg
    Friday: Pizza night for hubby, I’m going out so I will have a meal replacement shake
    Saturday: FFY (fend for yourself) I’ll raid the freezer for heatNeat leftovers, hubby will likely have nachos
    Sunday: Chicken Kievs & steamed vegReplyCancel

  • Mozzie77

    Mon- Zucchini, cauliflower and broccoli soup with homemade cheese muffins
    Tues- Slow cooker beef and vegie stew with mustard dumplings
    Wed- Spaghetti and meatballs 
    Thurs- Bacon and asparagus quiche
    Fri- Spicy chicken drumsticks, rice and greens
    Sat- Salt and Pepper tofu with chilli lime dressing
    Sun-Sausages and vegies. ReplyCancel

  • Amanda W

    I’d love to say I am organised enough to have a meal plan, but I am not :(  See we make at least 3 different meals for our family each meal and it’s made up as we go.  My husband and my son will only eat plain things like meat and 3 vege.  My daughter can’t tolerate dairy so her meal is always made dairy free and myself I am vegan so my meal can’t contain anything that contains animal products.  So, it’s very hard to plan ahead too much.  But this is what I have so far……

    Tonight – Tacos (meat for the boys), without cheese and sour cream for my daughter and stuffed with lentils for me.

    Tomorrow – Spaghetti (bolognese for boys), without cheese for my daughter and just tomato flavour for me.ReplyCancel

  • Monday – spicy butter chicken
    Tuesday – pizza
    Wednesday – pumpkin soup
    Thursday – spag bol
    Friday – who knows, hubby’s cooking
    Sat – dinner at Mum’s
    Sun – roast something or other and heaps of vegies!  :)ReplyCancel

  • kattippett87

    Sat – Baked Fish Fillets with Rice and Steamed Greens
    Sun – Roast Pork, Garlic Chat Potatoes and Veg
    Mon – Homemade Lasange, Baked Potatoes and Veg
    Tue – Chicken Tonight with Rice and Steamed Greens
    Wed – Marinated Steak with Mashed Potato and Veg
    Thu – Mini Meatloaves, garlic Chat Potatoes and veg
    Fri – Bacon, Potato and cheese puff pastry pizzas

  • Manda-Kate

    Monday-Cheese Toasties.
    Tuesday-Roast Lamb & Vegies.
    Wednesday-Sweet & Sour Sausages, Potato Bake & Corn on the Cob.
    Thursdsay-Honey Beef Stir-Fry.
    Saturday-Pumpkin Soup & Garlic Bread.
    Sunday-Sweet Chilli Chicken Wraps & Fries.ReplyCancel

  • Susan B

    Monday – Burgers
    Tuesday – Homemade fish and chips with salad
    Wednesday – Kumara and pumpkin balls with satay suace on rice
    Thursday – Spag Bol (with vegetarian bean version for friend coming to visit)
    Friday – left over bean mix turned into lasgna
    Sat – Enchiladas
    Sunday – Chicken peices and veges.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Muldoon

    Monday – mushroom rissotto ( Monday is meat feee at our house), Tuesday – Beef and pumpkin lasagne, Wednesday – Chicken Soup with wholemeals rolls, Thursday – Fish and steam veg, Friday – Honey soy chicken legs and steam veg, Saturday – lamb roast Sunday- Lamb Roast pie which uses leftvovers of saturdays lamb, roast veg and gravy !ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Monday – Chicken schnitzel parmigana with baked potatoes & garden salad

    Tuesday – Chilli con carne with cheesy polenta

    Wednesday – Prawn, chicken & chorizo pilaf

    Thursday – Ricotta & spinach tortellini bake with garden salad

    Friday – Pad thai

    Saturday – Lamb sharwarma with lebanede bread and tabouleh

    Sunday – Corned beef & veg

    Soups – Minestrone
    Pumpkom & lentilReplyCancel

  • Maree Moffat

    Sunday- Roast Chicken & vegetables
    Monday – Pasta Bake with left over chicken & vegetables (This recipe is so easy)
    Tuesday -Lasagna
    Wednesday – Sausages in puff pastry & vegetables
    Thursday – Beef Stroganoff
    Friday – Fish & Chips
    Saturday – Home made pizza (breadmaker pizzabase – yummo)
    Sunday – Roast Pork & vegetables
    Monday – Roast Pork in gravy with vegetables
    Tuesday – Dinner @ the in-lawsReplyCancel

  • KImmie

    The Murphy Family Meal Plan for the week is:
    Monday – Corned Silverside with Mash and CarrotsTuesday – Butter Chicken with Pappadums, Brown Rice and home-made flat breadsWednesday – Potato and Leek Soup with home-made bread rollsThursday – Five Spice Sweet and Sour Meatballs with fettucineFriday – Home-made Pizza Night!!Saturday (My son’s Italian Birthday Feast for 12!) Home-made Bruschetta and Garlic Bread, Lasagna, Fettucini Carbonara, Pesto Risotto finshing off with Vanilla Pannacotta and Tiramasu Ice Cream!!Sunday – (after all that ‘homemadeness!!) it will be eggs and bacon on toast!!

    Lunches – Cheese scrolls, Thai Pumpkin Soup, Homemade Sushi

    Baking – Choccie brownies and Honey Joys!!  Ooooh and a Rainbow Guitar Birthday Cake!!

    Looking at this now – I have a flat out week – so I better pop on off and get cracking on this!! LOL!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Ash H

    Meat Monday – Marinated meat on bbq and vegie bake
    Tuesday – Pumpkin Soup as we have Joeys tonight as eat on the run
    Wednesday – Burritos
    Thursday – Slow cooker chicken casserole (as I work Thurs & Fri)
    Friday – Toasted sandwiches (as its ‘Fun Friday” for the kids)
    Saturday – Baked chicken & vegies in camp oven as we are camping with friends
    Sunday – Potatos stuffed with left over burrito mix (that has been frozen)
    Baking – Assorted flovoured pikelets for lunch box morning teas for school next week

    Aaaahhh I love being organised, it saves me a fortune on groceries and peace of mind that I don’t have to open the cupboard and ‘think’ each day!!ReplyCancel

  • Clairemaslin

    T. Vege soup and cheesies
    w. Lasagne -freezer
    t. Slow cooker chicken, bacon &potato
    f. Home made pizza & garlic bread
    s. Marinated Chicken drumsticks and potato gems sun. Tuna morney – hubby froz meal he wont eat tuna m. Egg and bacon pie and salad. T. Beef honey soy garlic stir fry w. Special Fried rice t. Lentil and bacon soup – freezer with toast f. Oven Fish and chips and salad s. Stew – slow cooker and dumplings s. Bakes beans and eggs on toastReplyCancel

  • Kerryn H

    Tonight: Chicken & Spinach Pasta with Tomato-Cream, Tues: Beef & Mushroom Stroganoff with Noodles & Salad, Wed: Green Chicken Curry with Rice & Brocollini, Thurs: Spangled Emporer Panfried with Salad & SweetPotato Wedges, Fri: Plum & Soy Chicken Wings with RIce, Sat: Tacos with Salad, Cheese & Natural Yoghurt, Sun: Take-Away or Dinner out :) ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Doudle

    Monday, Crispy pork snitzels. Tuesday, Sticky Apricot & Orange Chicken with rice. Wednesday, Marinated Lamb chops with veg. Thursday, Steak with Mushroom Sauce and veg. Friday, Tuna & Pesto Pasta Bake. Saturday, leftovers. Sunday, out.

     I get alot of inspiration from Super Food Ideas magazines. I try to plan each week, some times it doesn’t get done and I feel I’m chasing my tail all week.

    Also I am really excited we are getting a Leonards Chickens opening in our town, next month. We had one where I used to live and used them alot. Very exciting. ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lenton-Cater

    Monday- nachos
    Tuesday- Spag Bol
    Wednesday- dinner at my parents
    Thursday- dinner at hubby’s mums
    Friday- green chicken curry
    Saturday- fried rice with chicken drumsticks
    Sunday- roast at my parents
    Monday- sausages in gravy with veggies  :D ReplyCancel

  • Nikke Miller

    monday – Sheppards pie, hedgehog slice tuesday – stuffed herb chicken rolled roast roast potatoe & carrot and steamed peas, chocolate & coconut cake with a chocolate cream icing wednesday – lamb rissoles steamed vegetables, apple pie thursday – marinated beef wraps, chocolate scones friday – NO COOK NIGHT (as every mum need a night off) toasted ham and cheese sandwhiches saturday – lentil & tomatoe fettuccine, milo slice sunday – plum chicken winglets & salad, banana cake & ice creamReplyCancel

  • Leimay Cherry

    Monday was baked potatoes with chilli stuffing
    Tuesday is spaghetti Wednesday is Sausage Bake (thanks Daisy Roo and Two for the recipe!)Thursday is Shepherds PieFriday is Stir FrySaturday is Sticky Drumsticks with roast vegetablesSunday is an easy one after an adventure day (weather permitting) so toasted sandwiches, tinned spaghetti on toast something like thatBaking this week will be biscuits so the kids can create their own shapes and i’m hoping to try a cinnamon scroll recipe as well.ReplyCancel

  • Monday was porterhouse steaks (cooked a la Heston Blumenthal), mashed potato and pumpkin and steamed vegies.
    Tuesday – most likely sausages
    Wednesday – Eating out. We have our wedding menu tasting
    Thursday – Lamb chops
    Friday – roast pumpkin soup (which was made on Monday)
    Saturday – BBQ at sister-in-law’s place for father-in-law’s 60th
    Sunday – plan to make my own pasta, and of course, will have homemade pasta sauce as well.

  • A Strickland

    Monday – Leftover veggies with cous cous and goat’s cheese
    Tuesday – Provencal Lamb stew
    Wednesday – Cannellini Bean Soup
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – Lamb Tagine from the freezer
    Saturday – Sweet potato and ricotta ravioli
    Sunday – Tamarind Lamb Koftas

    Baking – Banana Berry BreadReplyCancel

  •  Monday:  Pork Cutlets with Vegetables and Gravy
    Tuesday:   Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with Cherry Tomato Sauce and Garlic Bread.
    Wednesday:  Hot Dogs for State of Origin! (Queenslander!!!)
    Thursday: Hoki with Salad and homemade potato salad.
    Friday:     Takeaway. 
    Saturday: Beef Stew with dumplings (hubby adds them in at the end.. )
    Sunday:   Quiche with Salad. 
    Baking this week:  Vanillas Cupcakes with Jam in their middles, Jam Drops (must have a thing for Jam this week) Pikelets.. ReplyCancel

  • Friday- Steak and chips with homemade mushroom sauce
    Saturday- Nachos
    Sunday- silverside with mash
    Monday- Chilli con carne
    Tuesday- Latina fresh meal
    Wednesday- meatball Curry
    thursday- Pork and wonton soup

    Baking- coconut mallow cruchiesReplyCancel

  • Rhianon Avis

    I never know what we’re cooking when, but this was our meal plan shopping list:

    Spiced Tandoori Chicken
    Tupperware Stack Cooker Stir Fry
    Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara
    Curried Sausages
    Butter Chicken
    Chicken Enchiladas
    Zingy Chicken
    Morroccan Beef

  • Liannedgong

    Saturday: Apricot chicken and rice
    Sunday: Roast lamb and veg
    Monday: Fish (whatever is in the freezer)and chips
    Tuesday: Steak and Steamed veg with mash
    Wednesday: Creamy Satay chicken
    Thursday: Hoi Sin Pork and noodles
    Friday: Chicken burgersReplyCancel

  • Sarah B

    Saturday – Rissoles
    Sunday – Chicken Sausage Rolls
    Monday – Fish Cakes
    Tuesday – Chicken patties
    Wednesday – Rissoles
    Thursday – Fish Fingers
    Friday – Chicken Patties

    All meals have steamed veggies with themReplyCancel

  • KristyLee

    Saturday – BBQ with family
    Sunday – Lasagne (premade from a weekend of cooking and freezing meals)
    Monday – Apricot Chicken with mash and steamed greens
    Tuesday – Fish, chips and peas
    Wednesday – Rissoles with mash (extra mash cooked on Monday to use on this night) and steamed veg
    Thursday – Slow cooker casserole (premade from a weekend of cooking and freezing meals) with pasta
    Friday – Chicken Enchiladas ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Monday – Chilli con carne – – Beef bourguinon with rice and red cabbage -
    Wednesday – Chicken cacciatore with mashed potatoes, & green beans – (the barilla sauce was yummo!)Thursday – Chicken schnitzel with mashed potatoes, corn, peas, carrots and roasted tomatoesFriday – Homemade pizza and salad –
    Saturday – Toasted ham and cheese sandwiches for the toddler, Indian takeaway for us!Sunday – Morrocan chicken with riceReplyCancel

  • Monday – (Joel’s away) Sausage Rolls for the Boys, Chicken and Cous Cous for me.
    Tuesday – Beef and Red Wine Casserole with vegetables
    Wednesday – Beef and Red Wine Casserole with Rice and Vegetables
    Thursday – Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with Singapore Noodles
    Friday – Chicken and Mushroom Risotto
    Saturday – Roast Lamb & VegetablesReplyCancel

  • Monday: Roasted chicken pieces with spud bake and vegies
    Tuesday: pumpkin potato and bacon soup
    Wednesday: Toasties -  ive got to work late
    Thursday: Homemade chicken and prawn carbonara  – bf bday
    Friday:Homemade Rissoles with smashed spud, vegies and gravy
    Saturday: BBQ -  BF birthday party
    Sunday: chicken cordon bleu’s with steamed vegiesReplyCancel

  • Monday: Roasted chicken pieces with spud bake and vegies
    Tuesday: pumpkin potato and bacon soup
    Wednesday: Toasties -  ive got to work late
    Thursday: Homemade chicken and prawn carbonara  – bf bday
    Friday:Homemade Rissoles with smashed spud, vegies and gravy
    Saturday: BBQ -  BF birthday party
    Sunday: chicken cordon bleu’s with steamed vegiesReplyCancel

  • Mama Bear

    Monday – Spaghetti Bolognaise – home made
    Tuesday – Left over roast meat and veg from Sunday made into a pie (mixed with sour cream and cheese for a great flavour) – home made, pastry from shop

    Wednesday – Chicken curry and rice – home made

    Thursday - Fish  Cakes and salad – home made

    Friday – French onion soup – home made, made with my own stock from the chicken bones from Wednesday’s curry. Served with cheese on toast on top. 

    Saturday – Beef burgers – home made, bread rolls from shop

    Sunday – Chinese chicken with rice – home made – whole chicken in slow cooker with spices and home made stock and cooked for 8 hours – lush!ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    We had a roast chicken roll last night for dinner – really tender and quicker than a chicken I think.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Spann

    Monday – Roast pork and vegetables
    Tuesday – Chicken Schnitzel and chips
    Wednesday – Spaghetti Bolognaise
    Thursday – Stir fry chicken and vegetables
    Friday – Home made pizzaReplyCancel

  • [...] only.  However today I will share with you a meal plan from the winner of our Lenard’s giveaway, and through the weeks will share some great recipes I have found and would love to try.  If you [...]ReplyCancel

Love it, Like it, Link it – #20

Welcome to the another ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! If you have a blog please join in the fun linking up below your favourite blog post of the week (only one please) and there maybe a chance you are featured next week. HERE ARE 5 THAT I LOVED & LIKED Life […]

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  • Wow! I am so excited that you chose my blog, Katrina, to feature because it is the very first one I have written. Thank you very much – you have given me the confidence boost I needed to keep on blogging. :) ReplyCancel

  • Kate Hill

    I came back to link up to today’s linky party and was pleasantly surprised to see you featured my blog post from last week! I am honored and thrilled! Now if I can just figure out this whole “button” thing… ReplyCancel

  • Kate Hill

    P.S. I am following you now and I figured out the button thing!!!ReplyCancel

Super Easy Roast Pumpkin Soup + Soup Freezing Tips

Donna Hay’s Roasted Pumpkin Soup is THE most easiest pumpkin soup I have ever made.  Also helps that it is really delicious too!  If you haven’t made your own pumpkin soup before I really recommend you try this one! I made a double batch so I could place left overs in the freezer.  I will show […]

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  • Kirsty

    I have made this before myself and think it is absolutely delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Christeen

    How did you know that I just this morning bought 11.5kg of pumpkin for $1.05 to make and freeze pumpkin soup for the winter?  Yep great deal at the local Fruit and Veg shop.  $0.09/kg!!!  Will it work for the other types of pumpkin?ReplyCancel

    • That’s an awesome deal!!ReplyCancel

    • Kirsty

      I’ve made with another type and it worked out well.  I chopped it up more though as it was too big.ReplyCancel

    • works for all pumpkin… kent is my favourite!ReplyCancel

  • Judiannd

    Hi Katrina

    If you can give me any tips on how you overcame your fear of public speaking I would greatly appreciate it.

  • hilarious and snap that is scheduled post this week!!! same soup, same freezing!!!!!! I will change the soup now I have many many samples as its my ‘go to’ for work….ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Donna Hay’s roasted pumpkin is so good & what’s even better is the whole family loves it :) ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I freeze my soups this way too (Antartica tops are great for the initial freeze!!!) and most other of my freezer meals go in flat too. Then stored in a small SAMLA (Ikea) container in my freezer!
    (And I had the exact same food processor for years. Dont drop the motor part…it doesn’t like it!)ReplyCancel

  • Rae_2908

    Made it last night and you’re right!  So easy and delicious.  Thanks for finding it, and posting it
    for us! I also used your freezing techniques – you’re amazing – thank you!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • thank you happy to share my tips and I think one of the best recipes is one that is recommended.ReplyCancel

  • [...] to make soups with, I have made this soup from Donna Hay in the past, and it was really delicious. Super Easy Roast Pumpkin Soup + Soup Freezing Tips » The Organised Housewife. With my Pumpkin Soup i always add a can of Condensed Milk & Curry Powder. I just love the [...]ReplyCancel

  • I have a pumpkin soup recipe I just love. But it involves a LOT of chopping, which is bad for my arthritis, so I don’t make it nearly as often as we’d like.  I’m going to give this one a try! Thanks for posting it (and the freezing tips).ReplyCancel

  • jess

    Thanks for recommending Kat – I don’t even like pumpkin soup but this looked so easy I thought I’d try it. I also roasted half a bulb of garlic to go into it, and substituted extra stock for the cream to make it low fat, and it was delish! Husband, baby, and toddler all loved it. Is it possible to re-use the freezer bags? or do any of your readers have other suggestions? I’m trying to cut down on how much plastic we turf… Love your blog, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • [...] Roast Pumpkin Soup – super easy and so yummy!! [...]ReplyCancel

  • Lexi

    Isnt that a butternut squash?ReplyCancel

    • no, it’s a butternut pumpkinReplyCancel

      • Hollie Pettit

        they are the same thing, in America they are called squash while in Australia they are called pumpkin.ReplyCancel

    • Hollie Pettit

      yes. also known as a butternut pumpkin.ReplyCancel

  • dirtgirl

    Had made this soup after seeing it on an old Donna Hay program. Was wondering if it was freezable, when I came across your site. Have now packed 3 large Ikea bags using your method of a tall jug/container. Managed to grab a huge butternut whilst down Southern Highlands and it cost less than 1kg does here in expensive Sydney! Plus have 2 x 6kg Kent pumpkins grown in garden that will be used for more soup! Thanks for sharing your tips.ReplyCancel

I’m going to New York + 2 million visits!!!!

Tonight I have hit a milestone and have some great news, I couldn’t wait to share my excitement with you all. I have just reached 2 million visits on my blog!  It took me a little over a year to reach 1 million and I have managed to reach another million in as little as […]

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  • Congratulations KatrinaReplyCancel

  • amazing synchronisity!! thank you for such an amazing blog – you really have made an impact ! :) ReplyCancel

  • that is awesome! I want the low down on NY – I’m going next yearReplyCancel

    • Ooh wow, I am so excited for you. I will for sure. I only get to spend 2 full days site seeing, which will be plenty, so I will pack as much as I can in.ReplyCancel

  • So, SO excited for you, Kat! That is an amazing achievement and you deserve it! xxReplyCancel

  • oh my gosh here I am excited at 1000 in a month and a  half!!!!! how have you done it???ReplyCancel

    • Just keep it up Leonie, as long as you are writing about something you are passionate about you will get there, believe in yourself :) ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    Congratulations!  Your have a wonderful, practical blog that I always enjoy reading. ReplyCancel

  • Emma @ My Book Corner

    Awesome news, congratulations!!  ReplyCancel

  • CONGRATULATIONS!! That’s incredibly exciting news Katrina! Two million hits is an amazing achievement…it’ll probably take me the next 20 years to reach that at the rate I’m going.ReplyCancel

    • You WILL get there Lisa, never did I believe i would reach these numbers, I started my blog for family and friends, now look. YOU CAN DO IT ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Katrina, I’m so proud of you! What an amazing achievement, can’t wait to hear all about your trip xxReplyCancel

  • Kylie Farr

    congratulations!  Well deserved!ReplyCancel

  • Denysewhelan

    Happy Day!! Wow. You are one awesome woman with such an achievement. Congratulations & please “give my regards to Broadway” coz I’ve pulled out of BlogHer…Have a ball won’t you!! ReplyCancel

    • Ooh no Denyse, I was looking forward to catching up with you over there. I will have to leave your mark there somehow :) ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    2 000 000 visits is staggering!  You have shared so many wonderful skills and information in that time. I see your blog as being more like a magazine than a diary, which I guess is the reason it reaches so many people. Congrats on your achievements! :)

    P.S. I’m loving that pic of New York! ReplyCancel

    • I have put that pic as my computer desktop image, and have to do a happy dance everytime I see it. Thankyou, I really enjoy writing my blog and sharing my ideas. ReplyCancel

  • Brandymon

    Congrates Kat thats fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstyvi

    HUGE congratulations to you. Just rewards for all your hard work and generosity in sharing that with us Katrina. Well done…and thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Feary

    That is fantastic news, and so well deserved! Congratulations :-) I am a recent discoverer of your blog and I love it! It’s great to find a home blog that’s based in Australia since some info on home blogs is region-specific – especially seasonal stuff!ReplyCancel

  • [...] all, I have been on cloud nine the past few weeks, I am beyond excited to be going to New York in a little over 2 months.   [...]ReplyCancel

  • This is the most amazing achievement, Katrina! I don’t know another blogger who has gotten a million hits in their first year of blogging, let alone 2 million not long after. Inspirational. xxxx ReplyCancel

Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation

I have been extremely tired lately, my energy levels are low and my back is really playing up.  I have not been exercising as I should, my ‘excuse’ is that I don’t have time.  I have been watching what I am eating by eliminated white bread from my diet, using brown rice instead of white, […]

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  • Jessica Jorna

    Hi Katrina,

    I was looking at doing this program too! I’m interested to see what you think of it, as I was unable to sign up for this current one (I’m going overseas for a month) but want to do the next session. 

    Thank you so much for you motivational poster, I’m going to print it out and put it on my fridge (^_^) 

    Jess xReplyCancel

  • Bronte

    I am doing it too. A few friends are too. I need to lose 25-30 kilos so I obviously won’t be doing that in 1 round  but I am really excited to start feeling better. Sleeping better and just generally feeling alive again. My goal is to be able to run after the kids and not feel like I am going to have a heart attack! I have been doing the tasks that she get you to do as 90% of weight loss for me is a mind set. Also in pre season I am cutting out sugar from all the things I didn’t even know had hidden sugar in it. But that means eating really good wholefoods which we should eat anyway. Best of luck..we can all support each other. Its a new beginning for us!!!ReplyCancel

    • Wow Bronte, I love your determination and I look forward to joining this journey with you !ReplyCancel

  • sharonthoms

    Hi Katrina, good luck with that. Healthy eating is all about the foods that we keep on hand from day to day.  Changing any habit it easy providing that when the cue comes along (the urge to eat) that the routine of what we will eat, has been planned and organised. You know you get hungry around 10am and reach for a couple of biscuits and a coffee, instead your ready with your new routine of some sliced apple with a sprinkle of muesli and a dollop of natural yoghurt. The important part to making the new eating habit stick, is that there is a pay off from the new food routine, that you have used to replace the bad eating routine. There must be an equal to reward to make the new habit stick. 
    The cue, the routine and then the reward. They are the three parts to forming a new habit. So to make it easy make sure that you have all your meals and snacks at the ready and make certain that you are enjoying the new foods that your eating.  I’m sure that’s where Michelle will be able to help you.
    Anyway best of luck, from SharonReplyCancel

    • Ooh thankyou Sharon, that advise is priceless and you know my blog is all about creating routines and habits and your exactly right, I just have to change my current habit. I have managed to change from Coke to water. I find I don’t eat during the day, and am hungry at 4pm. I KNOW I need to snack inbetween meals and have lunch. This habit I WILL change! Thankyou for your encouragement and support xReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I’ve done Michelle’s program and its amazing and you can get amazing results :)
    Bronte – you could lose close to that amount… I lost 18 kilos when I did the round last year and my girlfriend has just finished this round and she lost 22 kilos….

    Good luck and keep us updated!! If you have an iPhone or Android phone download the MFL (Myfitnesspal) app – a great way to track what you are eating and what you are using in energy :)

    Good luck
    Kylie xReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Kylie, I have just downloaded the app, so will have a good look at it. Wow your and your friends loss is inspiring and so encouraging that I CAN DO IT!! Thankyou.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    Good luck! The 12WBT is fantastic!! :)
    I lost 10kg on the program, Round 3 2011. (fell pregnant and am slowly gaining the 10kgs back, lol)  – But I am signing up for Round 3 in September ready to lose my baby weight for good!!! Think I might be crazy, bub is due 27 August, so will be doing it with a newborn and a 2 year old! ReplyCancel

    • Wow I love your dedication, you know that just shows that this program must be great. Well I am ready for the season to start. ReplyCancel

  • Mardi

    Fantastic news! I started Round 2 this time last year. I’m now 33kg lighter, happier, more healthy and in training for my first half marathon. Organisation is the key to success – I think you’ve got it sorted!ReplyCancel

    • Ooh wow, I am loving all these success stories. What would be your best organising tip for the challenge?ReplyCancel

      • Mardi

        I spend my Saturday nights meal planning (riveting, I know) and do a big weekly shop on a Sunday morning. I buy absolutely everything in that shop, so I have no excuse to pop back to the supermarket later in the week. I also lock in my training times so I can’t avoid them. Good luck – you’ll have a ball.

  • nmrobbo

    Well done Katrina! I too have joined for the first time this round Katrina!! I am getting throught the pre season tasks and looking forward to the 4 June! I am a bit nervous about making it all work (I have two children with busy schedules and I work full time) but I am going to make some time for me!! Looking forward to hearing about you get along!! ReplyCancel

  • Kerith

    HI Katrina!! Congratulations on the decision to look after YOU as you spend so much time looking after others (us included!) I know you will not regret this next step. Follow the program and you will succeed, understanding that it is a journey, like everything else. There will be days that are just terrible and days where you will feel on top of the world.
    I second the MFP app/online advice. I track every single day (1200cal) and train 6-7 days. It is a great program if you really get into the spirit of it. Immerse yourself into the groups around you so you have like minded people to support you.ReplyCancel

  • kath

    Hope  you love 12wbt! I lost 30+kg on the program,went from an 18-10 and am now growing again with a miracle baby after 5+ years of infertility! My story is at courage2start.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • RACH

    ooh I joined this round for the first time too and so excited to be doing it with you – will need inspiration from everywhere.  Finally time to kick those baby kilos for good (the twins really helped me stack it on), and definately no plans for anymore and need something to help me get motivated.  It going to be interesting trying to fit that much exercise around the kids and hubby’s work trips.  I get a bit in but it is going to be a challenge to get that much…but always up for a challenge.
    WE can do it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bronte have the first few days gone for you on the program? ….I must say I am pretty hungry! but trying to fight a cold so will get there..ReplyCancel

  • [...] few weeks ago I was ready to start the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation challenge.  I had completed all my preseason tasks, however the day it started was the day after my mum [...]ReplyCancel

In a simple quote I found courage and belief

Recently my friend Tina asked on her blog, Tina Gray {dot} me to list 5 good things about yourself.  I took the challenge, but found it really hard to find 5 things.  Often we have negative thoughts about ourselves, our confidence, our appearance or our ability at parenting, being a wife, friend and keeping house. […]

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  • I love that quote, Kat. Why are we so hard on ourselves?! Wishing you all the best today at the get together. You’ll rock it. And thanks for the link love <3ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    So simple as often the most profound things are. Thank you for sharing. Good luck today.ReplyCancel

  • Good on you!  And best wishes on the speaking engagement!!! ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou, the speaking event went really really well, better than I imagined, and I actualy had fun!!ReplyCancel

  • I am so glad this sparked something for you! I absolutely love it and I love how you styled it. Isn’t it amazing how powerful a quote can be? I am addicted to quotes! Best wishes for your speaking gig!! Sonia :) ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou, yesterday went really well. I am so appreciative that you shared this quote, I created it for the kids but after looking at it so long it just spoke to me :) Thanks again.

  • ppandfi

    Thank you I am going to put it up at work too.ReplyCancel

  • Brilliant quote love it xReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Spinach Fettuccine with Bacon, Ricotta & Roma Tomato

This week I have been using some recipes from Sandra Reynolds ‘The $120 Food Challenge’ Cookbook.  Sandra is a wonderful blogger who started shortly after I did and it has been just amazing to watch her journey from blog to book, I am so pleased for her.  On Sandra’s blog The $120 Food Challenge, she […]

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Love it, Like it, Link it – #19

Welcome to the another ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! If you have a blog please join in the fun linking up below your favourite blog post of the week (only one please) and there maybe a chance you are featured next week. HERE ARE 5 THAT I LOVED & LIKED Top […]

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  • desireempire

    Thanks for hosting Kat

  • So excited to see my blog post featured. Thanks so much! ReplyCancel

  • [...] A Vision to Remember,  Positively Splendid, Its Overflowing, Too Much Time on my Hands, The Organised Housewife Share this:TwitterFacebookMoreEmailPrintTumblrLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Allthingsmumsnbubs

    Yay! My post was featured! Thanks Katrina, loving your blog xReplyCancel

  • So many great links. I’m relaxing in bed for Mothers’ Day and am so glad I popped over to your blog as now I can browse the links while I sip my coffee and relax. 

    Did have a moments stress trying to choose just one post from this week to link up myself :D I did a series of birthday posts and was hard pressed to choose just one.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Rea

    Thanks for hosting Katrina!  ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the linky! Some great posts this week! :) Found a few more lovely blogs too! :) ReplyCancel

Organising the Office: Creative uses for shredded paper

Today I am having a fight with the paper shredder while I am multitasking.  Apparently I have taken a few too many pictures on my phone and its saying my memory is full. While I upload all the photo’s to my computer, I am shredding paper while the computer is busy.  I was on a […]

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  • Awesome ideas.  Everytime I throw away a bunch of shredded paper I wonder what I could be using it for.  Seems like there should be something! I did shred some specifically the other day to include in my husband’s b/d present. I put a note in a box and need to fill it with something – used shredded paper.

    Also, when my daugher got married, we shredded colored paper and put in glass bowls on the tables.  It looked really pretty!  It was new paper though – not recycled.ReplyCancel

    • Max

      If you can’t find a use at home for your shredded paper a lot of pet shops will happily take it to line their cages. Check with each individual shop first, but I used to take the bags from our workplace to our local and they loved it!ReplyCancel

      •  Fantastic idea Max!!! I am sure the pet shops would love this and it is kind of like recycling it in a way lol.
        We have guinea pigs and shredded paper makes a nice and warm bed for them so even if you know others with animals…ReplyCancel

      • Nicole Grant

        We also take ours to the local pet shop. They always seem grateful. ReplyCancel

      • KateGi

        The Brisbane City Council Animal Shelters (if you’re in Brisbane, look them up on the BCC website) – which are run by the animal welfare group The Lost Dogs’ Home incorporating The Lost Cats’ Home – will take shredded paper. We shred a lot of paper; anything with personal information on it gets cross-cut shredded and that ends up in the recycling (but being cross-cut it takes up far less volume than strip-cut) and anything else is used on both sides and then strip-cut. Every so often we take the strip-cut shredding to the BCC Animal Shelter at Willawong. FYI they also welcome old towels.ReplyCancel

        • This is really good to know, thank you for sending through this information.ReplyCancel

  • Shredded paper can go into your worm farm or compost too :) ReplyCancel

  • I have a shredder. It doesn’t like shredding more than a dozen or so pieces of paper before it has to have a bex and a lie down. Why I expected more for my $20, I don’t know!

    The Bloke has a Man Cave with a pot belly stove. It generally takes a few bits of paper to get going. It also doesn’t need a rest after it destroys a few pieces of paper so we’ve taken to calling *that* the shredder and he uses anything with personal information in it as a fire starter. Or if he’s feeling more pyromaniacal than usual – I hand him a wedge of papers on a cold day and voila! Fortunately, end of financial year culling time coincides nicely with Fire Time!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t know if you’ve noticed Katrina, but shredded paper fills your recycling way quicker than just regular paper! I love the ideas you’ve shared for repurposing the shreds. Way more fun than shredding and throwing it away.ReplyCancel

  • Carole Fitzgerald

    we use a shredder at work and bag the shreddings and give it to the local pet shop for the pets’ cages…..ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    You can also use shredded paper in compost bins its great, or if you are starting a new garden bed dig a little bit deeper and place in some shredded paper it will help with water retention and worms love itReplyCancel

Banana Caramel Pecan Muffins with Nestles new Caramel Choc Bits

Nestle have just released their new Caramel Choc Bits.  I had to try them as my hubby loves caramel! Banana Caramel Pecan Muffins   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Kat Recipe type: Muffins Serves: 12 Ingredients 2 cups SR Flour ⅓ cup plain flour ½ […]

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Quick Slow Cooker Beef Casserole

Quick Slow Cooker Beef Casserole   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 8 hours Total time 8 hours 5 mins   Recipe type: Kat Serves: 5 Ingredients 1kg diced beef 2 onions 1-2 carrots 3 tlb tomato paste 3 tlb mustard Instructions Place all ingredients into slowcooker, stir to combine Cook on low for […]

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  • Kimbo

    going to give this one a try!

  • Rebecca Tinker

    Beef Curry in our slow cooker tonight.  It smells yummy! ReplyCancel

  • Lkj66

    Just got a Slowcooker for Mother’s Day….am I right in understanding that there is no real liquid in this recipe?ReplyCancel

    • No I didn’t use any liquid I found that after an hour or so juices appeared which then helped to cook the meat.

  • Fredshell

    I am trying this today – will let you know how it goes !!!ReplyCancel

  • Bchudson3

    I am trying this as we speak so will let you know tonight also… ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    How many litres is your slow cooker, Kat?ReplyCancel

    • Ange, I’m not sure off the top of my head but it is a big banquet size one.ReplyCancel

  • kimelyse

    I am really not a fan of tin tomatoes/paste but find it’s in all slow cooker recipes. is there anything i can substitute with?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I made this for tea last night. To find a meal ALL 5 of us enjoy is a real find & this one was no acception! Everyone loved it, even my MIL was impressed when she taste tested, even more so that its not a ‘packet mix’! Thankyou for this recipe, will definately be making it again. Thinking next time we will add mushrooms too. Has anyone tried this?ReplyCancel