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Hi friends of Katrina and The Organised Housewife, it’s Sarah here from abeachcottage blog, I’m filling in here for Kat today, as we all know this is a very difficult time for her… So when I asked Kat if she would like me to pop over and say G’day to you all with one of […]

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  • Joolzmac

    Thanks, Sarah – for keeping the crock pot bubbling while Katrina is away at this sad time.  The recipe sounds delicious and will be our dinner tonight – can’t wait!

    Cheers – Joolz ReplyCancel

    • my pleasure Joolz! 

      it’s a keeper in our house for sure, I hope it goes down well in yours 


  • Lisa

    Yumm – as Katrina has taught us to be organised, today is menu planning day & you have just given me something yummy to add to next week’s menu AND I already have ALL the ingredients.  Thanks Sarah!!!  Hi also to Katrina, we are all still thinking of you and am really proud of Mr Organised Housewife for his menu planning & dinner cooking.  What a champ!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalie

    Going to pop this in my slowcooker now. ThanksReplyCancel

  • I love my slow-cooker and rave about it to everyone. There really isn’t anything as good as coming home to a cooked meal. I don’t know what goes on in there but wow does it make delicious meals. I will most definitely be making your curry!  ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Yay, two of my favourite blogging ladies on one page! Such a yummy recipe, it’s faveReplyCancel

  • Hi Sarah, thank you so much for guest posting this recipe. I made it for my hubby tonight [i’m vego] and served with with veg stir fried rice [prob not normal but it saved cooking two meals] and he loved it!! And there is enough for left overs tomorrow :)) Brooke xReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Crafty Mummas

    Hi could you use thickened cream instead of coconut cream at the end ? would it differ the taste much ??  Thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Could you freeze this after cooking?ReplyCancel

Thank you all for your love and patience over the past few weeks. Firstly I had a week off from blogging to catch up on tasks around the home and on the blog. However I came down sick and made the decision to have another week off to finish what I needed. However things never […]

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  • Katrina

    Very sorry for you loss.  xxReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Very sorry for you loss.  xxReplyCancel

    • Vikki

       Katrina, thank you for sharing at such a very sad time.  My thoughts are with you and your family, you truly are an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Diamond

    So sorry to hear of your mum loss. I hope you find strength to keep going as I am sure it will get easier with time.  All the best for the future!! Love xxReplyCancel

  • Diamond

    So sorry to hear of your mum loss. I hope you find strength to keep going as I am sure it will get easier with time.  All the best for the future!! Love xxReplyCancel

  • Thinking of you Katrina xxReplyCancel

  • Thinking of you Katrina xxReplyCancel

  • V Blyth

    So sorry to hear this. I know how a loss can affect our perspective and view on things. Sometimes what seemed important before becomes less so or it spurs us on to do things we have put off. Don’t come back too soon, pace yourself as often the feelings do not manifest for a while until it sinks in. Will be praying for you and your Dad. Again my deepest sympathies xxxxxReplyCancel

  • V Blyth

    So sorry to hear this. I know how a loss can affect our perspective and view on things. Sometimes what seemed important before becomes less so or it spurs us on to do things we have put off. Don’t come back too soon, pace yourself as often the feelings do not manifest for a while until it sinks in. Will be praying for you and your Dad. Again my deepest sympathies xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn Young

    So very sorry for your loss Katrina. Sending thoughts & prayers to you & your family <3ReplyCancel

  • Jacky

    So saddened to hear of your loss Katrina.  Take time to grieve and be with your family. xxReplyCancel

  • Lisa Inglis

    I hope your Mum rests in peace, and I hope you and your family can support each other through all that is to come. (((HUGS)))ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Inglis

    I hope your Mum rests in peace, and I hope you and your family can support each other through all that is to come. (((HUGS)))ReplyCancel

  • Crwaller

    my heart goes out to you and your lovely family !!  Be strong and take care …x x ReplyCancel

  • Katie Gibbons

    I’m so sorry Katrina. My thoughts are with you and your family at this hard time. xoReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat, I’m so sorry. Thinking of you this week. xxxReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    So sorry to hear of your families loss. Take heart in the knowledge that she will always be remembered in your hearts and the memories that you all share of her. Sending my families condolences to your family at this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Katrina I am so so sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved Mum. Thinking of you xxxxx ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Robertson

    How very sad for you and your Family. Through all of this, don’t forget to take care of you! May your Mum RIP, and you all find the strength to get through this very sad time.  ReplyCancel

  • It doesn’t matter what age we are, losing our Mum is very difficult and it will begin a new stage in your life journey.  She must have been so proud of you and all you have achieved. Take care and take time ?ReplyCancel

  • Macemish

    naww thats terrible and so suddenxx lovely photo of the 3 of you ..

  • L Watts

    so sorry to hear of your mums passing. Although your mum is no longer with u in person, her spirit will always be with u and your family. ReplyCancel

  • Angeh2005

    So very sad. I lost my mum 19 years ago and I still miss her so much. Thinking of you and your family today. XxxReplyCancel

  • Huge hugs to you and your family.  Be kind to yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I’m so sorry that you’ve had to say goodbye to your mum. 
    Take care of yourself and give yourself all the time you need xReplyCancel

  • janithom

    My thoughts are with you, Katrina, thank you for sharing, losing someone very close to you and so quickly is very hard hugs to you xoxox ReplyCancel

  • Meg_hiskens

    sorry to hear this sad news …. know that she will be with you forever in your heart and you will meet again one day. Thinking of yourself and your family during this time of loss. i know right now you probably can’t imagine a day where you wont be devestated – the pain doesn’t go away but with time you learn how to move forward and cope with the loss. xReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    So Sorry to hear of your loss, My thoughts are with you and your family at this very hard time, take care xxReplyCancel

  • Shirelle Tyler

    The loss of your Mum will be one of the hardest things you will ever have to endure and I know first hand that time does not make it any easier. Take time to honour her memory and yourself… we will all be thinking of you and praying for peace in your heart. Sending you comforting hugs in the dreary days ahead. xxReplyCancel

  • Grant-deanna Platts

    Thinking of you and your family xoxReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Oh gosh, I am so sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you and your family xoReplyCancel

  • Jacobellash

    (((hugs))) very sad to read about your lossReplyCancel

  • Bronte

    so sorry to read this Katrina, i will be thinking of you on this hard week. Take care of yourself and hug your family a lot over this time…ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Malone

    So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.. ReplyCancel

  • Ginny @ Organizing Homelife

    So sorry for your loss!  Love and prayers to you and your family! xoxoxo ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    My thoughts are with you at this time Katrina.  It must feel awful however I pray that you find all the strength you need to carry you through this sad time.  Take care xxReplyCancel

  • Smec

    So sorry to hear hun, all my love to you and yours xxx ReplyCancel

  • Kristina

    I don’t know you Katrina but I am truly sad for you. I’m so sorry for this loss you and your family are going through. I had tears for you and your family. Write down everything you need to say to her. May you find strength from within and for your dad. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Aprilg

    May the Lord bless you and yours during this difficult time… May He provide you with peace and comfort.  ReplyCancel

  • Anelda

    I am so sorry to hear about all of this and the sad sad loss of your mum. Wow it was very quick and the shock must be immense. I pray for comfort during this sad time xx ReplyCancel

  • :: tears :: Katrina, I’m so sad for you :( Lots of love heading your way.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    Deepest sympathy to you – I can’t even imagine how hard it must be right now.  Sending prayers your way.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Im so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my mum to brain tumours/cancer. It is very hard. Take time to let yourself grieve and take care of yourself xxReplyCancel

  • Mon

    Thank you for sharing your story here. I’m sorry for the loss to your family and the quickness with which it happened. I hope you find some comfort in going through her things and tidying the house as hard as that will be. It may bring you some understanding into why she reacted in hoarding things away when she suffered the loss too. Be kind to yourself this week and over the coming weeks.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Peryman

    Your mum is never just your mum she is your best friend. To be so sudden is suck a shock. This is one of the hardest things you will ever have to gho thru, but make sure you give yourself time to grieve. Do no apologise for being upset or breaking down in front of people. Let it go and take things at your speed not what others think and say you should be doing. There was no need to tell her all those things you wanted to as I am sure she knew. Sending lots of love your way XXXXXXXReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Very sorry to hear about your mum :(
    I lost mine as well when I was 23 so I know what you must be going through & hell is a great way to describe it. Hopefully she is in a better place with my mum & we will all meet again.ReplyCancel

  • Louise_py

    So sorry to hear about your mum, I lost my mum 10 years ago and I know how hard the first days, weeks, months can be…please take time to look after yourself as well as everyone around you…thinking of you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Trace7766

    im sorry to hear that you hav lost your mum be gentle with yourself dont try to do to much as this is a time for you and your family take care your in our  prayers thankyou for what you do xxx ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Wishing you and your family the strength you need during this difficult time, the patience to cope with all things now trivial and the acceptance of love, help and good wishes coming your way xxReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Very sorry for your loss
    Thinking of you and your family
    May your Mum rest in peaceReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat, I’m so sorry to hear about your mum. What a sad shock for you all. xo ReplyCancel

  • Lottisworld

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother …. thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort at this difficult time.  ReplyCancel

  • Nicmc6

    Katrina my prayers and thoughts are with you right now for your devastating loss.
    My own mother had a brain tumor which was detected upon her having a seizure. This was 2.5 years ago and we take each day as it comes.
    My heart goes out to you xReplyCancel

  • Sara Stankovic

    Sending you and your family esp your Dad lots of love and light during this difficult time there is never enough time but always think of how lucky you were to have experienced unconditional love from your Mum it will be a hard time but you can do it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jo-Anne K

    Very sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your dear mum, thinking of you and your family…ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Loosing a parent, so unexpectantly, is such a shock and upheaves our entire being, home and life.  I lost my MIL extremely unexpectantly and it felt like my soul had been ripped out of me and I couldn’t breathe.  You can never prepare to loose a loved one, but when it comes out of left field, it is often the shock that compounds the loss.  As you tell us, a journey starts with one step at a time and over the next weeks, months and years, you just have to keep taking those steps, taking time for yourself and immersing yourself in your loved ones.  Your Mum would of been so very proud of all you have achieved both in your career and your personal life and I am sure you will continue to make her proud as you help your family put the pieces of life back together.  Sending you heartfelt love and prayers during this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • Kylie

    My heart goes out to you, your Dad and the rest of your family Katrina. Take as much time as you need – we will all still be here.
    Much loveReplyCancel

  • I am so sorry you’ve lost your Mum. Thinking of you at this sad time, tale care.

    xxx JoolzReplyCancel

  • I am so sorry you’ve lost your Mum. Thinking of you at this sad time, take care.

    xxx JoolzReplyCancel

  • Janepeck326

    You give so much in sharing your ideas and experience with others. “Thank you” and “I am sorry for your loss” seem like such small things to give in return JaneReplyCancel

  • Alexis

    I am so sorry for your loss. You mother was for sure proud of you and your accomplishments. Thank you for inspirational writing and for taking to time to let your ‘fans’ know where you are at. I have you and your family in my prayers and thoughts and hope this painful time passes soon and you are left with memories that make you happy.ReplyCancel

  • Marelle

    Oh hugs and prayers to you – I lost my mum when I was 23 to a brain tumour in 1979
    My heart goes out to you xxxx

  • Rebecca

    So very, very sorry to hear of your loss. I think losing your Mother can be almost as hard as losing a child. Cherish your memories, and let her live on through your work and your children.  God bless. xReplyCancel

  • Bec G

    So sorry for your loss :( I lost my dad in March this year after a long and painful journey… I don’t think it is easy whichever way they go… :(  ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I am so sorry for your loss! My heart absolutely breaks for you and your family. Cherish the happy memories that you created together throughout your life, and the love you had for each other as mother and daughter. Wishing I could give you a hug in person. Love, Lis.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Big BIG hugs Katrina. :-( Try not to even think about “doing your blog” – it will still be here. Take it all slow and allow others to do the unimportant things for you,(cooking, cleaning, shopping etc) while you concentrate on yourself and your extended family.
    Sending prayers and love, Jen

  • So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you..ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    My deepest sympathy goes to you Katrina… Just as you have helped us all to get organised, I hope you can take some comfort and strength in knowing that we r thinking of you. Please take care of yourself first… We will all still be here! XxxReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I am so very sorry about your mom.  Losing someone is always difficult and takes your breath away, whether you’re “prepared” or not.  But when it is unexpected it is always such a shock. 

    You drive down the road and look at life going on all around you and realize that you’ve had a huge life loss and isn’t it odd that these people on the road are talking and laughing and have no idea how devastated you are inside.  It is so weird to see life going on, and yet somehow comforting too.

    Just take things slow and allow yourself some time to grieve.  Let people bring you meals if they offer.  That was one nice thing that people did for us after my dad died.  Let people help you.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    So sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • nanette

    Life never turns out the way we expect it too… all the strength you need. Love your blog. You are an amazing inspiration……take careReplyCancel

  • Sullyd

    Sending prayers up for all your family at this time.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family xxReplyCancel

  • Ktillston

    So sorry for your loss. Today is my grandma’s birthday, and she passed away 16 years ago. She was integral to my upbringing as she lived with us from my birth and was always there while my parents were working hard. I still feel her loss today, and find it hard to talk about her without feeling the despair that she isn’t here anymore.
    Please do not worry about your followers, as you need to take this time to be with your family and your feelings. We will all be here when you are ready to return!
    Thoughts are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

     Katrina, thinking of you and your family during this time of loss xxxx ReplyCancel

  • Margaret

    I’m so very sorry for the loss of your Mum.  After reading your earlier post about your Mum being admitted to hospital I’ve been wondering what happened, because it mirrored what I was going through – my Mum was taken to hospital the same day, with a suspected stroke.  Luckily she hasn’t been affected much, but instead we’ve had a diagnosis of advancing dementia, which means I am slowing losing her.  My mum came home from hospital yesterday – I’m so sorry that that wasn’t the case for you.  You are so strong and inspire so many of us every day – but right now, it’s you and your family who need you – I’m sure we can cope without your wonderful blog for a while.  ReplyCancel

  • Greavesmel

    so so sorry for your loss xReplyCancel

  • So so sorry for your loss – losing either of your parents is just so hard to bear. At least she didn’t suffer and hopefully just slipped peacefully away. Love, hugs and prayers are with you – she will now take care of you from heaven xxReplyCancel

  • So sorry to read about your loss Kat. Wishing you strength and peace for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah_chad1997

    May the love and support from all your followers help you get through such a difficult time.
    You mentioned there was so much you wanted to say to her but didnt get a chance, can i suggest writing  a letter to your mum, place it with her at the funeral, tell her everything you wanted to – release all that you have to say. Whilst she may never physically read it, gain strength in knowing she has your words with her. xxxReplyCancel

  • Blissful Events

    Ohh Kat, I read your blog & have tears rolling down my face. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mum. She is now your angel looking down on you & your family. Thinking of you during this hard time. lots of love KylieReplyCancel

  • Debbie @ Aspiring Mum

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this time. Take care.xxReplyCancel

  • Thinking of you and your family at this very sad time Kat xoxo ReplyCancel

  • Janet

    Our love and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  • Kristy Chromicky

    Rest in peace! Our thoughts are with you and your family. ReplyCancel

  • Archie

    sending you big hugsxxxReplyCancel

  • Bec

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I would be lost without my mum and feel so heavy in my heart for you and your family. I too know of what you’re going through with my uncle passing away in very similar circumstances. He had been suffering for a few days with terrible headaches, so bad he decided to visit his GP. The GP quickly dismissed him, sent him home to take panadol and bed rest. A day later he suffered a stroke that lead him to be admitted into the ICU where he suffered one more stroke which took him away. It was discovered he had a brain tumour that was causing him to feel so sick. He remained on life-support for two days while my Aunt and Cousin made the horrible decision to end his life as he’d become in Doctors terms a vegetable. It would be no life for him nor for them not to mention the financial burden it would leave them in. My Uncle was put to rest on my mothers birthday. It’s a day we will NEVER forget. As time passes the pain eases and you will be able to move forward. Take as long as you need and don’t feel pressured to return to us before you’re ready. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Norell

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. I lost my Mom to a sudden stroke and my precious Aunt to a brain tumor. Cry when you need to. I was always taught to never express grief in front of others. When my Mom and my Aunt died, I cried like a baby whenever I needed to. It helped me and also let my family and friends know it was okay to express their grief too.  ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    My thoughts are with you at this sad time.. :(ReplyCancel

  • kris

    I’m so sad for you and your family, my thoughts and best wishes to you all, I hope the beautiful memories you have of your Mum help you through the hard days.ReplyCancel

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for comfort for you and your family during this time. HayleyReplyCancel

  • Amanda B

    sorry to hear of this sad loss, may you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have made over your lifetime. Praying for your family. much love, amandaReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Kat – thank you for sharing your beautiful Mum with us all.  You have an amazing Organised Housewife extended family praying for your comfort and wisdom at these crossroads in your life and to help you make the perfect plans for your Mum’s funeral.   We all know that you will make it so special for her in your Organised Housewifey way.  I too have a Mum who has not wanted any help with her hoarding, so this was really close to home.  Sending lots of hugs your way.  {{{{ }}}}ReplyCancel

  • HelenR

    Thinking of you and your family at this very sad time. Sending heartfelt prayers for you all as you deal with the very sudden loss of your mother. As another who has lost her mother, I really feel for you. Be kind to yourselves.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Sending loads of love to you and your family on your sudden loss.
    I think these ladies and gents have said it all xx ReplyCancel

  • Gayle

    So sorry to hear of your loss.  Thoughts are with you at this difficult time. xoReplyCancel

  • Kyliemorrisnz

    Sorry for your loss x ReplyCancel

  • Anon

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your loved ones xReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Sorry to hear of losing your Mum, so quickly & unexpectantly too. All the best for the upcoming week… take care of each other and yourself!! You have given so much to us out here, now take some time and spend with your family xxReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Thinking of you Katrina , love , light and strength to you in the coming week. Sorry for the devastating loss of your Mum.ReplyCancel

  • karennarelle

    Feeling very sad for you. I wish i could say something to help. Take whatever time you need. We’ll be here whenever you are ready to come back.  ReplyCancel

  • whiningattheworld

    Very sorry for the loss of your mother. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    Oh Katrina, I’m so so sorry for your loss. I lost my mum in similar circumstances 4.5 years ago so I can understand the shock and disbelief you are experiencing. There will be tough times ahead as the reality sinks in, but there will also be the memory of good times to carry you on. Possibly you are finding that your mental picture of your mum is her lying in hospital. Let me assure you that this will pass, and be replaced by images of her in happy times. For a while after my mum’s death, all I could think of was watching her as she got weaker and weaker, but now, when I think of her, the main picture I have is her laughing, usually at something cute my kids have done or said. And I think of how proud she would be of her beautiful grandchildren. Oh, gosh, the tears are rolling now, I can’t say any more, except that I’ll be thinking of you. Hold those precious children tight.ReplyCancel

  • The_Snowball_Effect

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. xxReplyCancel

  • chrissy

    I am so very sorry to hear your news.
    This touched me as my mother in law passed away 6 years ago in a very similar way – and aged 54 it was not her time at all. This was also a brain tumour that seemed to come from nowhere. We had an awful night in intensive care the day it was found, and she pulled through that. However we only got another few monthswith her which was so hard. My husband and I got married so she could be there, but its never long enough – she always wanted to be a grandma and it broke my heart that I couldn’t fulfil that dream for her before she went – but my 4 year old daughter now talks to grandma in the sky nearly every day!.
    Your mum will know you loved her so much, and will be there every step of your journey from now on – she’ll have front seat tickets! That thought helps me… ReplyCancel

  • chrissy

    I am so very sorry to hear your news.
    This touched me as my mother in law passed away 6 years ago in a very similar way – and aged 54 it was not her time at all. This was also a brain tumour that seemed to come from nowhere. We had an awful night in intensive care the day it was found, and she pulled through that. However we only got another few monthswith her which was so hard. My husband and I got married so she could be there, but its never long enough – she always wanted to be a grandma and it broke my heart that I couldn’t fulfil that dream for her before she went – but my 4 year old daughter now talks to grandma in the sky nearly every day!.
    Your mum will know you loved her so much, and will be there every step of your journey from now on – she’ll have front seat tickets! That thought helps me… ReplyCancel

  • Holly N.

    I am so sorry for your loss.  My heart goes out to you and your family and my prayers are with you as well.  It is so hard to lose your mom especially when it is sudden like that no matter what your age is.  God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi838

    So sorry for your loss Katrina. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take time off if you need it ok, no explanation required. You have shared so much wisdom on this blog so don’t feel pressured during this hard time. We’ll be here when you’re ready. Sending you lots of love xoxReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Katrina, you will smile again soon- I promise xxxReplyCancel

  • When Mother came to our roomTo tuck us in at night,Her face would look so gentleIn the soft, bedside light.And though we may not alwaysHave behaved our best that day,She’d let us know she loved usIn a very special way: An extra fold to the coverlet,A little pat, a hug,And we’d settle down to dreamlandFeeling safe and snug. And of all the childhood memoriesThat there have ever been,We love best to recall the timesWhen Mother tucked us in.ReplyCancel

  • Vparrish

    So sorry for your loss Katrina. My thought and prayers are with you and your family at the sad time xxxReplyCancel

  • Mpateman1

    so sorry for your loss and cann relate to the hoarding issue too. My mum is also a hoarder and it effects me alot. Reading your story has made me realise it is not everything – mum is still mumReplyCancel

  • Oh Katrina, my heart breaks for what you’re going through.  If only there was something we could all do to ease the pain you and your family must be feeling x   ReplyCancel

  • Justinnicole

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Katrina. May you find the strength you need in your children, xxReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Dear Katrina,
    I am so very sorry to hear this news, in Feb this year I was in a very similar situation with my mother. Thankfully my Mum has got through her illness for now and is under going treatment that prolongs her life a little now. But, I did have a taste of what it would be like to lose her suddenly so understand completely the shock you must be feeling. All I can offer is a cyber hug. :( Really I wish I could change things for you.
    Love to you and your family. xxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Lisa Robertson

    Katrina, my deepest sympathy and thoughts are with you. I completely understand how you will be feeling as I lost my mum almost 9 years ago suddenly. She was only 49 and had a ruptured brain aneurysm, so for us the shock and suddeness was all in a day. While the next few days, weeks, months will be tough, I know you are a strong person and have a gorgeous family who will get you through this tough time. Keep strong xoxoReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Deepest sympathy to you and your family Katrina.  May the sun shine again for you very quickly with the beautiful memories you have of such a fine mum.  MaryReplyCancel

  • I’m so very sorry to hear about your loss, please take as long as you need.

    This brought back memories of my Dad who died 16 years ago this month at the age of 62.  He also started with slurred speech then a seizure, I had been travelling around the South Pacific for almost a year when I got the call.  He was diagnosed with brain cancer and was given 12 months.  It upsets me that I lost out on that year before his diagnosis, but he made it to 13 months and we cherished those days we had with him, as hard as they were to watch him go down hill and not be able to communicate or understand much near the end.  :*(


  • Cass

    My thoughts are with you and your family. *hugs* ReplyCancel

  • rae

    you have a wonderful website and are obviously a very caring, understanding and patient person… and daughter. Thoughts and prayers with youReplyCancel

  • Rad

    I’m so sorry for ur loss my thoughts r with u & ur familyReplyCancel

  • Kruppy

    We are so sorry to hear this news Kat. You are in our thoughts. From the Nuffnang teamReplyCancel

  • Kazzie

    Heartfelt condolences.  Love and strength to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My family’s thoughts are with you at this painful and difficult time. xxReplyCancel

  • Jan

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My family’s thoughts are with you at this painful and difficult time. xxReplyCancel

  • LEES

    So sad. My thoughts are with you. Make sure you put YOU first while you adjust to these changes. We’ll all still be here. XReplyCancel

  • Sandi

    My thoughts and with you and  your family. xReplyCancel

  • My sincere sympathies, my love and thoughts are with you  ReplyCancel

  • My sincere sympathies with love and best wishes x ReplyCancel

  • MelB75

    Give yourself and your family the time to deal with your tragic loss. Blessings xoReplyCancel

  • kat

    I just want to offer my sincere condolences. Really, reallly feeling for you and all of your family at this time. May someone like you, who has actually helped more people than you’d probably realise, be helped through this difficult time.

  • carlisworld

    I’m so very sorry for your loss, my family’s prayers are with you all….ReplyCancel

  • It is never the right time for a loved one to leave us. She is an angel and will always be there. Blessings to your families.ReplyCancel

  • Sending you big hugs and lots of love Katrina xx ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle

    Bless Sweetie – sending you & yours love and kind thoughts xo ReplyCancel

  • Kath

    Sorry to hear of your loss.  My thoughts are with you & your family xReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    So so sorry for your loss.. Thinking of you and your family xReplyCancel

  • Oh, darling, I am so sorry.  Losing your mum would be so hard and even harder when it is so unexpected.  Hugs and love coming your way…ReplyCancel

  • Bluezone

    Thoughts are with you and your family.  Such a hard time… ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Manda-Kate

    Sending heartfelt sympathy to you at this time of sadness. 
    Hope the lovely memories of your Mum help even though they will make you cry…. I hope that they at times will make you smile too.  x

    P.S.  Take all the time you need…..we will all be here patiently waiting until you are ready to come back.ReplyCancel

  • sarahbraaksma

    deepest sympathy to you and yours Kat. you have been in my thoughts and prayers. xxReplyCancel

  • Nicole Baillie

    Sorry to hear about your Mum’s sudden death. Thinking of you and your family at this time. Take care of your self and strength from those who care for you at this time.ReplyCancel

  • Jonicariedel

    Sending you loving thought at this incredibely difficult time. xxReplyCancel

  • Chris

    So very sorry to hear that you have lost your mum, Katrina.  That she passed away so suddenly will be a shock that takes a long time to process.  In the meantime, be good to yourself, and know that she will always be with you. It took me a long time when I lost my mum, and even now there are times that it’s still tough. Be kind to yourself and take good care.  xo, ChrisReplyCancel

  • KK

    Take your time. Sending you hugs and support.ReplyCancel

  • Busymumto5

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the support of all your readers and “fans”  sending you big hugs.  ReplyCancel

  • HStevens

    Sorry to hear about your mum passing . I just love your site n cant wait til.your up againReplyCancel

  • steph

    Sincères condoléances … puisse le temps apaisé votre douleur …ReplyCancel

  • Casey

    I am so sorry to hear that you and your family have lost someone so special and loved. We will all be here when you are ready xoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My prayers and thoughts are with your family. May your mum rest in peace.ReplyCancel

  • Pjeppesen19

    It’s never easy losing you mom no matter what age you are. I miss my mom every day and she has been gone 7 years this month. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Oh Kat, I just came to catch up on your blog and saw this. I am so so so sorry for your loss. If there is anything that I can do please let me know. Jen Lovely Living xx ReplyCancel

  • Jspunner

    So very sorry to hear your news.Take Care.Jo ReplyCancel

  • Dagmar

    I’m sorry for your loss. May your mum rest in peace!ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou to each of you for your lovely words and thoughts.  It has been a hard time, unexpected and hard to believe it’s all happened.  Thankyou for your patience with me returning back to daily blogging xxReplyCancel

  • Rose Green

    Oh Katrina, I’m so very sorry to hear about your Mum. It’s a very sad time in our lives when we loose our Mums, no matter the age or circumstances. You take as much time as you need.  Bless you and your Mum.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Ohhh Kat, I am so sorry to hear of your loss….
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers… xx ReplyCancel

  • Miss C

    It is so hard to accept a loss when it is so sudden like that. I pray that you find comfort in those around you and that you find strength in those that you love. THinking of you and your family at this time CxReplyCancel

  • Tcook

    Thinking of you at this difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences xxReplyCancel

  • macca

    So sorry for the loss of your mum. Remember to take all of the time you need for you and your family. ReplyCancel

  • Susan Palmer

    I feel so sorry for you and your family particularly at your sudden shock.  It is so important to cry and not hold your sorrow within.  You will find in the times to come that the slightest thing will set you off and that is OK – just let the tears flow.
    Cherish your lovely memories.
    Take as much time off as you need – we will be ready when you are!


  • Caroline.

    So Sorry to hear about your mum, take whatever time you need, it is a different process for everyone.
    Sending you gentle hugs, ,and I am sure your mum is watching over you all and will guide you through the coming months and years ReplyCancel

  • Laurie

    Hugs and love coming to you and yours at this sad time. Please take all the time you need and we will wait for you with open arms and love in our heartsReplyCancel

  • Chris

    My thoughts and prayers are with you .ReplyCancel

  • Jknock

    Oh Katrina !  This is such sad news. Godspeed to your lovely mum and heartfelt sympathies to you and your family at this most difficult of times.
    Even though you will understandably not be “full speed ahead” as normal for a while,  I am sure that all your past organisational activities will come into play and enable you to go on “autopillot” every now and then as you need to
    Take Care
    x ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    Katrina, I am sure all our thoughts are with you.  It is never easy to say farewell to a parent.  Your mother will always be with you in your heart and in your thoughts.  You will grieve for your loss but also be happy for your memories.  Thanks for sharing with us.  Donna.ReplyCancel

  • Hazelwade2004

    Katrina, my deepest condolences to you all at this very sad & difficult time.  Your mum will always remain in your heart and will be looking over you for ever.  I know it’s a shock, as you say things happened too fast but I hope you can take comfort, in time, from the fact that things were quick and that your mum didn’t have to suffer, as many do, with illnesses like this.  Your mum raised a wonderful person who has inspired many – and that is your greatest testament to her memory xxxReplyCancel

  • Sonya13

    I am so sorry I lost my dad a month ago so know the pain you are feeling, my thoughts go out to you as you get through this xxxReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    I’m very sorry to hear your sad news. Please accept my sympathies.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I feel your pain I lost my dad on 1 June exactly the same way via a brain Tumor that caused stroke like symptoms very sudden I maintained a vigil at the hospital but he is now at peace as is your mum. It’s hard you are in my thoughts xxxxReplyCancel

  • antonette

    so sorry to hear your news. just remember she will be near you always.xxxxReplyCancel

  • Angie chamberland

    Thinking of you during this difficult time.  Lost my our Dad at Easter and still miss him like crazy.  It wont get easier, you just learn to deal with your feelings better. Love to you and your family. xoxoReplyCancel

  • JJ

    So sorry for the loss of your Mum. My thoughts are with you and your family. xxReplyCancel

  • melandhannah

    big cyber hug

  • So sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Firstly my deepest condolences to you and your family. I lost my Mum a short time ago – Anzac Day to be exact after a short 11 day illness. I too am struggling to come to terms with this – you see my Mum was only 61. Katrina being a little way ahead of you on this I would say do what feels right at the time, cherish your kids for it is through them and their eyes that the light will come back into your world and lastly you are much loved and have all the grace that goes along with that xxxReplyCancel

    • Katherine I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, my Mum was 63. It is so hard to comprehend it all as it all happened so fast. Our stories sound very similar Thank you for your kind words xReplyCancel

  • My deepest condolences on hearing this news.May God you the strength to live happy further. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Malaniak

    I just came across your blog today through a pinterest pin of your calendars. I’m so sorry for the sudden loss of your mother. Seems we’re never prepared for it but especially so in this manner. Be good to yourself right now – be patient. ReplyCancel

  • Desire Empire

    Sorry to hear of your loss.  Losing a mum no matter what age you are, must be one of the hardest things to endure.

  • Great way to customize homes and apartments with the most amazing techniques very simple.ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    My very deepest condolences to you and your family Katrina.  What a difficult time for you all. My heart really goes out to you in comfort and for peaceReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    So sorry to hear about your mum. It is such a horrible time…life just goes into a spin when something like this happens so suddenly. We lost my beautiful Mum-in-law just over 2 years ago. She had battled cancer for around 8 years, but the last 4 days of her life were pretty horrific. She was only 68. All I can offer you is be gentle on yourself. Grief is such a personal thing, and you never know when and where you may just be overwhelmed by it….you just have to go with it. I really don’t think you ever get over losing someone close – especially your mum!
    I don’t think time heals, it just helps you to move forward. <3

    May you be surrounded by your loving family and friends, and find peace in fond memories!

    Thinking of you,

    • Thank you Kylie for your kind words and you are exactly right, time won’t heal.ReplyCancel

  • […] past few weeks have been a real struggle coping with the grief of losing mum.  I have lost all my grandparents, but this is a completely […]ReplyCancel

  • Noeline Mathers

    Our deepest sympathies Lost my mum in a car accident They are never far away a thought a song and lovely memories She will always be watching over you and your family The pain remains but you learn to live withit Take Care ReplyCancel

  • […] you have been following you will know that my mum recently passed away very suddenly.  Mum and I were different in so many ways, I love baking she wasn’t a fan, my favourite […]ReplyCancel

  • I have been loving your blogs and inspirations and especially my weekly task-And have just read this blog. Emphathy to you. But what you are doing is amazing. I have shared around friends and they are loving too. ThanksReplyCancel

  • […] I am going to share how I have managed to get my pantry from chaos to organised.  As you know I have not been myself over the past 10 weeks, I have not kept cupboards or areas around my home as organised as I would […]ReplyCancel

  • Loraly Macapagal

    I think you are very strong. I’ve been struggling with the loss of my mom (in 2011). O just want to go back to normal. Can you please share some secrets to living even though mom is gone?ReplyCancel

  • […] years ago I very suddenly lost my my mum to a brain tumor.  As I mentioned above, I rarely asked my mum for help, I was always waiting for […]ReplyCancel

Being that the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge started last week I will be following her meal plans. I won’t be able to post my exact meal plan as these details are for her members only. However today I will share with you a meal plan from the winner of our Lenard’s giveaway, […]

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  • Sam

    Fantastic meal planning. Big fan of this, especially for working mums. If you want ot be healthy you need to have the food in the fridge  – this means pre-planning. Loving your blog Sam. ReplyCancel

  • Good luck with the 12wbt! I did it the year before last and it was fantastic. She’s a very inspirational woman! ReplyCancel

Beef, vegetable and barley soup   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 2 hours Total time 2 hours 20 mins   Author: kat Recipe type: Soup Serves: 8 Ingredients 2 tlb olive oil 500g beef, diced 1 onion, diced 2 tsp paprika 3 carrots, peeled and diced 2 swede, peeled and diced […]

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  • Kathcrispin

    Yum, this sounds great, looks like I have found this week’s soup recipe ….thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    Yum! Pinned for next fortnights menuReplyCancel

  • Manda-Kate

    Great for a winter’s night!
    When I make my vegie soup I actually grate the vegies (i.e. potato, pumpkin, swede, carrot)…. just a suggestion :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn D

    I’ve cooked this recipe for past couple of years and always gets the thumbs up. ReplyCancel

  • […] over to The Organised Housewife for the full recipe (give credit where credit is due!), but I did make one change – instead […]ReplyCancel

Hi all, I have been on cloud nine the past few weeks, I am beyond excited to be going toNew Yorkin a little over 2 months. I have quite a lot going on in between now and then so I am going to take a break this week to catch up around the […]

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  • Have a great break Katrina…you deserve it! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the Organised Housewife on your return.ReplyCancel

  • Sevencherubs

    Well done for taking a break Katrina. You work so hard helping others and I hope you enjoy some extra time with your family. Look forward to catching up with your blog when you get back. N xReplyCancel

  • I think this is a good move, Katrina. I don’t know how you keep up with your schedule! You consistently present wonderful posts and tips, manage an enormously active blog/Facebook/Business and manage to run a family as well. Take time for you. 

    I love that image and quote. It’s so perfect. <3 <3 We'll all be here waiting when you come back to us. <3 <3 ReplyCancel

  • Jac @ Commonchaoschronicle

    Most full time workers are entitled to 4 weeks annual leave a year, a week will fly past in no time. I am looking forward to whats to come on The Organised Housewife page.  I am going to use your week off as inspiration to catch up on all the tasks I promised myself I would do from your blog, and have not gotten done. That way when you’re back in a week I will be ready to roll with the new stuff :-) xoxReplyCancel

  • Farmers Wifey

    What a great idea to stop, and relax a bit and reassess…….how exciting to be going to New York!!!!!  Have a break now and then hit the big smoke with bells on!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    You totally deserve the break Katrina!! Enjoy it sweetie and see you next week!! ReplyCancel

  • Enjoy your break, Kat. Totally deserved xxReplyCancel

  • Oh so exciting!! Go enjoy your holiday – we all need a break some times!! Looking forward to what you have in store for afterwards!!ReplyCancel

  • Have a good break. You have done so much so you would definitely need the rest. And…can’t wait to read about organising the office!ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou so much Ladies, I really enjoyed today caught up on so much!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Enjoy your blog break Katrina, I did over the weekend and today. So excited to see what you have planned – I de-cluttered all weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Enjoy the break, and use the time to re-charge. That’s what summer’s all about, isn’t it? Our messes will still be here when you’re back. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sara

    Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. Doesn’t that always happen when holidays roll around! Hope you get better quick smart and enjoy your time in NY. I’m quite envious as I’d love to go there one day. Look forward to hearing about it when you get back!ReplyCancel

  • Take care of you Katrina, we will be around when you get back.ReplyCancel

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 Mums […]

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  • Theimperfecthousewife

    Yay! Thanks for featuring me :) ReplyCancel

  • desireempire

    Thanks for your party each week

  • Trish

    Some great links here Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina, I somehow stuff up my link – #8 & re-posted as #17
    Sorry about that.

  • Thanks for the feature! :) Love linking up and finding other great Aussie blogs each week! :) xReplyCancel

Before you join me on the decluttering mission let’s have a recap of the steps of Decluttering. Please click on each of the links below to direct you to more details about each step. Step 1:Determine what are your organising goals Step 2:What is clutter Step 3:5 steps to clear your clutter Step4:Start the […]

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  • newsurfiegirl

    Actually getting started is my biggest struggle, once I start it’s ok! Another thing is not trying to do too much, I sometimes find my energy waning and I still have quite a bit to do, what is left sometimes gets left in a big box to be done later :0(ReplyCancel

    • I’ll be giving one task a week so it won’t be too overwhelming and can fit into busy schedules. I look forward to you joining us!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstyvi

    Kids toys and clothes.
    kitchen stuff… much do you actually use?
    husband’s stuff…oh wait! we are moving soon and he will have a shed. that should give me about 4 cupboards worth of extra space in our new place.ReplyCancel

    • Sheds are great places for storing seasonal and not used regularly items!ReplyCancel

  • Shanabanana

    Kids art work – 3rd son wants to keep every scrap hes touched, I dont want to stop his creative spirit but how to keep some masterpieces with inviting creatures into it please!ReplyCancel

  • Decluttering, I think this is the story of our lives!
    I live in an apartment and have to be very smart with clutter.
    Recently, to make room for baby#2 we did a huge clean out. We also put in extra shelving :)
    The hardest thing is parting with things…. I just want to keep everything!!ReplyCancel

  • […] recap of the steps of Decluttering. Please click on each of the links below to direct you to ……52…/recap-how-to-declutter/Chamber offers declutter workshop | Sun JournalLEWISTON — The Androscoggin County Chamber of […]ReplyCancel

  • Bec Waterhouse

    Staying motivated is my biggest problem. I always have a lot going on so it’s really easy to get side tracked by something else rather than continuing to declutter like I’d intended tooReplyCancel

{original image credit unknown} Last year I challenged you each week to purge/declutter a specific item from your home. There was a great response, so we will be continuing with these declutter challenges. However for the new readers I want to share with you some of the tasks we have already completed. If you completed […]

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  • Kids out, husband out.  Job Done!  Only joking…ReplyCancel

  • Karyn

    Since reading your declutter ideas I have filled 5 garbage bags to take to our local St Vinnies shop – I am definitely not a hoarder by any stretch of the imagination but it is amazing how much stuff is still in the cupboards or on the shelves that I don’t really need or ever use!
    Thanks, can’t wait for more postsReplyCancel

    • Wow that is an amazing achievement, good on you. Yes, keep checking back, I am hoping to post weekly decluttering tasks for you all :)

  • Mrsspillo

    Yay! These are my favourite posts, looking forward to the next job! It’s so inspirational and I always feel better afterwards, thank you.
    One thing I really need to declutter is my second kitchen drawer! Too many unused utensils…must get onto that.

    • I do have a post about the 2nd drawer in the kitchen, just shows how i organise it and what I keep in there. Have a look under organise – kitchen :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve recently returned to work and find I need to do a massive declutter, to help stay on top, will be starting on your ideas on Friday and hope over the next few weeks, it’ll help the family run smoothly. (Just can’t let hubby see me take things to the Salvo’s, he’s a hoarder!!!!)ReplyCancel

    • Lizz I should do a post on this, my hubby struggles to let go of things too and I often get the eye. But I think between us we have balance. ReplyCancel

  • I love reading your blog and I am definitely on a mission to declutter, I may be a little behind everyone else as I am a full time carer and have a chronic pain disorder. I am not going to let these things stop me though. I have already given a very large box of my childrens’ old clothes to a neighbour and have bought myself a small wheelie bin that is easy for wheeling from room to room. I look forward to having a lot less clutter in my life as it will make things so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I’m jumping on board, and have completed the first 2 tasks, yay!!! Donating a huge box of my soft toys was actually alot easier than I expected, I thought I’d have a much harder time parting with the emotional attachments to my childhood teddies! Go me!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kelly

      Hi, I have done a declutter of my old soft toys recently too. I took photos of them first and I did find it a bit hard to let go but not too bad.ReplyCancel

    • To make you feel even better know that these toys will be used and love by another child. Great work!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    I’m on board! Love the idea. I’m in the middle of 1 massive declutter at the moment so I’m hoping some more specific tasks will help me finish :) Thank you! ReplyCancel

  • Hira

    I must say, you are such a great inspiration. I’ll definitely be with you in the challenge. The only thing is I tend to loose hope when i loose control. Its been so many time that I have started ‘the mission’ but with the kids it seems difficult and then i give up :( Hope not to give up this time as I’ll try to follow you regularlyReplyCancel

  • […] you join me on the decluttering mission let’s have a recap of the steps of Decluttering.  Please click on each of the links below to […]ReplyCancel

  • Bee

    I’m on board.

    We moved five times in three years and each time I ened up with boxes of ‘stuff’ that didn’t have a home. We are in this house three years now and still these boxes lurk in the back of a cupboard or the shed, etc. Each time I tackle them I manage to whittle them down a little but there are always bits and pieces that don’t have a home but I feel the need to keep – this is my biggest challenge. But I also want to work through your lit of tasks – mountains always seem more manageable when broken down into little steps – thank you so much for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • if you haven’t touched the items in your boxes since you moved in more than likely you don’t need the contents. Look forward to you joining in with us!ReplyCancel

  • […] specific item from your home There was a great response so we will be continuing with these ……/decluttering-your-home-lets… ********************** MORE USEFUL INFORMATION…. The LINKS below are from high authority and […]ReplyCancel

  • Waywad

    I’m in. 9 months ago I moved from a big house to a small house then added another child. I have 4 children now. Everything always seams to get stuffed into the main room. I’m fed up with it  ReplyCancel

  • Bpwatkins73

    I am in too!! I have just made the decision to take some much needed time off from study to focus on my family and my home. This comes at a great time for me.

  • I’m definately in. I think I am doing well but there is still a bag or a box or something hiding in a corner or cupboard waiting to be sorted.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley

    I have got bags of stuff to go but got problem with a husband who does not like to let go of stuff even if he does not ever look at it!! ReplyCancel

    • ames

      I have the same problem!! But hubby is an apprentice and goes away one week a month to school – so I now have a sort later pile :) and on bin night when he puts kids to bed, (he enjoys the one on one time) I do a quick trip outside and throw them out :)ReplyCancel

  • JD5

    I have been on & off the de-clutter bandwagon for years, just too much of a perfectionist!! But I have just spent 30 mins decluttering the kids dress up box. Threw out broken/ripped garments & have a bag of others to give away as my kids wont fit into them anymore.
    My problem is always the toy room, plus there is no “system” to encourage the kids to keep it tidy..even I don’t want to go in there! Going to try your tasks & not burn myself out either!!ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      Hey there JD5. Have you ever heard of this person — Procrastinating Perfectionist? It’s me. Sad but true. I am so organized but like you it has to be perfect so I over think it and put it off. Drives hubby nuts! I am changing and you can too.

      When our kids were little we had a great system. Each child had a large toy box and a book shelf. We would have an old pillow case with each child’s name on it. Toys that were left out over night were picked up (by the adults) the following day after the kiddies went to school (they had another opportunity to remember). Toy(s) were placed in the corresponding named pillow case and put in our bedroom closet for 5 days. It’s amazing how they remembered to pick up after that happened a few times!

      We also let family & friends know that the kids don’t need toys right at the start when they were babies. A special item is okay but a toy for the sake of giving? No. Our kids love books. They read them and take of them. One son became a writer (making good money!) and another is an English teacher. Our daughter became a chef/caterer and has written several books. The library is still our favorite place!

      Suzanne from Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

      • books are a wonderful gift to give and your so very right, to give a toy just for the sake of giving can lead to more clutter. I have now resorted to giving money to friends kids, so the child can save for something a little more expensive, or get something they really want.ReplyCancel

  • […] the house – inspired by The Organised Housewife: I have heaps of old clothes and things to throw out or […]ReplyCancel

  • Today is the day I start de cuttering our home. With little miss here, i don’t want her picking up things that she doesn’t need to. For me this will be a long process, but a worth while one. Am aiming to do one room per week, and this week I start mine and the hubby’s bedroom. Wish me luck!ReplyCancel

    • Good luck, great idea that you start in your room as this needs to be a room that you both feel comfortable and relaxed in. Keep me up to date with your process JReplyCancel

  • Ali

    Hi, I am a new reader, and today I decluttered my bedroom, I have decluttered it before but when I read your information on decluttering I found I could take it one step further, to the point I now have coathangers one side of wardrobe to follow your coathanger system, and i have pulled things out of cuboards I have empty draws now, you give a good system of asking questions and I like you take a photo to scrapbook, I am not a scrapbooker but I will be now, I have also told my 11 year old about this system and how to work out what to keep etc, and she is off doing her bedroom (yay is was a mess),, Thank you so much for doing this website, I have to do the soft toy thing, hmm thinks I will skip that one not quite ready everything else i can do easily soft toys bit of a missionReplyCancel

    • Welcome to the website!! Add the soft toys to your to-do list for a later day JReplyCancel

      • Ali

        I talked to my daughter and we sat down and did it together, we have gone from two huge over flowing tubes to the same two tubs but can put lids on them, we will revise it again in 6 months time, I would like to get to having just one tub, I am so proud of me and my daughter, we are making great changes in this house, I have good routine for daily life and cleaning and I declutter every 6 months, but you have made me look at things in a new light, we have cleared out so much, I was amazed at what we have found that I didn’t realise that it was clutter, and I have thrown out things that I thought I never would, you have changed my way of thinking for the better, so I thank you so much for you website, I highly recommend it, ReplyCancel

A reminder that you can download the June monthly calendar, plan and be organised for the month ahead. Plan your month Ideas to add the following to your calendar: Birthdays & Anniversaries Holidays Public Holidays, find dateshere School term start and end dateshere Pupil free school days School events, discos, fun days If family/friends […]

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  • Rae_2908

    You’re so sweet to do all that!ReplyCancel

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

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

Donna Hay’s Roasted Pumpkin Soupis 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

  • Joy Povey

    I also roast cloves of garlic with the pumpkin – on top of the seeds. Then in my thermomix I puree the cooked pumpkin (flesh, seeds AND skin!) with roasted onion and sweet garlic!! I don’t add a lot of liquid when pureeing (just enough to keep it moving in the machine) because I freeze in individual serves for lunches. So when it comes to serving/reheating, sometimes I’ll add hot water, or heat skim milk separately and add to a reheated pumpkin base serve.
    Being very thick means I can also add it to a casserole that’s a bit too liquidy.ReplyCancel

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