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Sadly our school don’t have easter bonnet parades.  It was once said it was because of the different religions in the school but last year it was because of all the other activities through the year that they couldn’t fit in so many.  I was sad to see the Easter Bonnet Parade was the chosen […]

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  • My kids school doesn’t do them either, such a shame as I remember having so much fun helping mum with mine as a kid.ReplyCancel

  • Ours isn’t for a couple of weeks, but one of my girls had a friend over, so it was fun to make Easter Hats together, and it really did “kill two birds with one stone” as the saying goes.ReplyCancel

  • Yes, Definately! I don’t care if the Skools don’t allow them! Making an Easter Hat & wearing it is my children’s rite! :-) It’s so much fun & so many memories!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • I remember making them and having the parades at school. It was one of the best days. Even though my child isn’t in school yet we will still be making one, just cos it’s fun :)ReplyCancel

  • I too am disappointed that my kids won’t be having easter hat parades, I remember it so fondlyReplyCancel

  • Hi all, I’m wanting to share some easter bonnet photo’s, to get some creative juices flowing if you need to make one this year. If you would like to share your previous years photos can you please email them to me, using the form in the post link above :)ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    My daughter’s daycare doesn’t do it & it really saddens me as one of my treasured memories is my kindy Easter bonnet parade tooReplyCancel

  • Our kids have a parade but it’s not Easter themed.. They make hats and dance around the circle.. (Although they do get a chocolate egg each in a little basket they make in class, while the parades on. Then they come back to class and find the egg, like the bunny’s been there ) It’s cute.. But yes I remember our Easter hat parades were so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • My favourite hat was when I was about 8. Mum helped me to make a paper mâché egg (covered a balloon), we cut eyes into it and put it over my head, it was covered with a layer of tiny pieces of foil paper. I felt as pretty as an Easter egg! 😉ReplyCancel

  • I think I need therapy after my Easter hat parade childhood experience…..needless to say my mum wasn’t very crafty and my ‘hat’ consisted of a sheet of cardboard rolled into a cylinder with coloured cotton wool balls randomly stuck with Perkins paste, and if was stored in the wardrobe and dragged out 6 years in a row. I never won the prize- no surprises there- and had to suffer through everyone’s fabulous lovingly made bonnets…..I’m so glad my kids aren’t subjected to this ritual! ReplyCancel

  • My 6 year old is in the process of making a bonnet for his school parade. I have been doing this for 3 years as my eldest has made 3 bonnets over the years! @Sarah Hartwig-the paper mache sounds like a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Only our Kinders, preps and gr1s do the paradeReplyCancel

  • I was going to Google to see if I could out-source it……!ReplyCancel

  • My girls school luckily does it up to grade 3 & they get to make it themselves at school. I glad they get to have the fun of easter!ReplyCancel

  • My kids have a parade just in infants. All their hats are emty ice cream containers that we send in with their Easter decorations. They get their “buddys’ to help make them for the parade and it’s not a competition. They d have a Easter egg raffle raising money for a charity. The kids love them. I seReplyCancel

  • I have sent you some pics.ReplyCancel

  • I won’t be… but my daughter will. She’s in grade 2 and will have to compete with all of the mother-made bonnets 😛 But she has so much fun making it and I am so proud of her for her hard work :)ReplyCancel

  • my kids are at a different school this year … i hope they do one :)ReplyCancel

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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 Happy […]

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Pin It Sometimes life can get a little overwhelming.  Behind closed doors EVERYBODY has their moments of struggle and frustration.  When this happens it’s easy to compare yourself to others and wonder how they keep it together, but more than likely they have their times when they feel exactly the same.    Please remember to […]

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  • What state r you in as gosh your up early ReplyCancel

  • I needed that! Thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • As a teacher, I like the ‘keep calm and pretend it’s in the lesson plan’.ReplyCancel

  • Thank you! Just what I needed this morning!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Kat, I love the Keep Calm and Carry On saying, and all the spin offs! Did you know the actually history of it? See my post from 10Mar12 for a quick history lesson, it’s amazing. Renee from belleamiemotherofthree.comReplyCancel

  • Amy McCready

    LOVE the “Be Calm” printable! I just shared it with our Positive Parenting Solutions Facebook audience! Thank YOU Organised Housewife!

    Warm regards,

    Amy McCready
    Positive Parenting SolutionsReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Amy, I really appreciate you sharing and sharing the message to just be you!ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Thank you Deb, this is EXACTLY what we need in our house right now!
    Kate @ Whale SpoutReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Thanks for the printable. Its just what I need today. I have come back from my GP having been told it looks like I have Lupus, I am also premenopausal( I’m not even 40) and probably should go on HRT patches. I also have a good friend who is the same age and has cancer and has been told there is no more they can do for her.
    I will print this out and frame it then add some chocolate :-)

  • Sally Wright

    Thank you!!ReplyCancel

I had such a busy past few day’s I didn’t get time to post my weekly meal plan, if you are in need of some inspiration, please pop back through some previous plans here. I made these delicious crunchy cookies last week for the kids as an after school snack, they gave them the thumbs […]

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Pin It I have been receiving questions from readers wanting to start their own blog journey and those that are established seeking advice and tips.  I am thrilled to start a  new series to help share some of mine and other bloggers ideas to help build your blog. When I first started blogging Tina Gray […]

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  • Fantastic post. While I don’t want to become “famous” in the world of blogging, I would like to know that people read my blog, and enjoy it’s content etc. This has been very informative 😀ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for this information, as a new blogger i found it so invaluable for my road down a blogging path!

  • Thanks for sharing this info kat. I love reading more about bloggers journeys – the parts we don’t see on the blog! Look forward to reading more of the series.ReplyCancel

    • It some great insight and hopefully help those that just starting out :)ReplyCancel

  • Deb @ Aspiring Mum

    Thanks for all this information! I’m in the process of moving from Blogger – and it’s great to glean some advice from others. I also am not keen on Twitter…I am more comfortable with facebook and I think I will continue with that. ReplyCancel

  • What a cool post – so interesting to see everyone’s thoughts above :)ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous post, Thanks! Loved the bit about not needing to do everything. Sometimes ‘everything’ can be so overwhelming and not necessarily work.ReplyCancel

  • Very helpful post! I just added the plugin that sends an email to readers when I reply to their comments. Very helpful! ReplyCancel

  • Great post guys – Katrina – would love you to add it to my Saturday linky – there’s no rules or buttons or anything, I’m just trying to give bloggers as many resources as possible on top of what they get from my Saturday posts and you all have so much to offer!

  • Jane Williams

    Wondering if spelling organized with an s instead of a z was for a reason? …the only way to get that title? It really bothers me, but just wondering what the thought was?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Jane, it’s because I’m an Aussie Blogger and we spell a few words slightly differently, ‘organised’ being one, I know it’s hard but please bare with it! ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for this post:) Im looking at moving from blogger becuase I really dont like it. I notice no one has mentioned or used typepad (spellcheck), is there a reason? I would love some feedback:) Thanks, Jodie.ReplyCancel

    • Ooh, I haven’t used or heard much about typepad, but I do know how easy wordpress is to use and all the great plugins that are availableReplyCancel

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  • I use WordPress and it’s lovely. The themes are great, there are loads to choose from and I found it really easy to find my way around during the setup process. Only thing I can’t work out is how to get my profile picture on there!?!
    Can highly recommend the program!
    LM xReplyCancel

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 Mummy […]

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  • Delilah Love

    Thanks so much for hosting Katrina! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!ReplyCancel

  • bjchabs

    Katrina I was just on your site and found a lovely surprise….. you have featured my bathroom vanity organising post in your top 5 love it, like it, link it..just wanted to say thank you…you made my day..ReplyCancel

    • It was so beautifully organised I just had to share it!! Thankyou for linking up last week!ReplyCancel

  • Wow that entry/command center is fantastic! Thanks for hosting! ReplyCancel

One of my kids favourite lunch box snacks for school are Vegemite and cheese scrolls.  At times I do make them from scratch but when I don’t have time I cheat. They can be made the night before, however, this is how I make them before school.  I grab 2 sheets of puff pastry from […]

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  • Haha! Just made some last night for my crew! They love them :)ReplyCancel

  • My kids love them, I also do a pizza oneReplyCancel

  • we love them, but they never seem to make it to lunchboxes LOLReplyCancel

  • Never made them wIth puff pastry! ReplyCancel

  • I’m going to do this right now :)ReplyCancel

  • oh thank you!!! I can’t wait to make these for my kids!!ReplyCancel

  • I’m going to make these right now too!ReplyCancel

  • I made a batch of these and one of pizza scrolls on my day off, I freeze them in snap lock bags for lunches.
    I actually make a dough for mine, but will try the pastry idea too. Although the dough takes longer, it makes them more substantial I think. ReplyCancel

  • Froggooseandbear

    I am so making these! My non-sandwich eater would love them. Thanks!

  • how do you make the dough?ReplyCancel

  • I make the pizza ones, never made vegemite ones before.ReplyCancel

  • I also add finely grated carrot and zucchini to mine. Gives them a bit more substance and my Kids love them. They are my Vegiemite scrolls 😉ReplyCancel

  • Yep have made these several times now and just made another batch for lunches. ThanksReplyCancel

    • emelia

      Can you freeze them once they are made?ReplyCancel

  • I use wholemeal flour for extra goodness..ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    I made a similar version of these this morning using tomato paste, thin strips of salami, olives and cheese. :)ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    I loved your mini salad roll idea – my girls went off with this in their lunch boxes this morning and now this wonderful idea. I am always looking for different ideas. Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Caz

    I do these as twists for party food or special snacks. I started doing them for the kids when I saw them in the Cauliflower Conspiracy book but always have to bake more as the adults devour them too. Pesto is great for more developed taste buds.ReplyCancel

  • i love these i always do them, mine also like them with tomato paste, with ham and cheeseReplyCancel

  • Try sweet mustard pickles, ham and cheese – yummo! My friend makes them with sweet chilli sauce and they’re really nice too!ReplyCancel

  • Oh yum! I normally make mine with dough that I make in the bread machine, but these sound super delish!ReplyCancel

    • brella

      Hi Tanya. This sounds like a good idea. What dough recipe do you use? BrendaReplyCancel

  • mine are in the oven right now, fingers crossedReplyCancel

  • OMG I am LOVING you right now. I’m a bit challenged in the cooking department but these I can definitely do. Making them today! Thank-you!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Just made these for the first time. So easy & delicious. My two year old loves them!!ReplyCancel

  • @ Lisa – I will post the recipe I use when I’m home tonight.
    The pizza ones are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Guess what my kids are having in the lunch box tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Again.. can I have a grown-up lunch box please? These look delicious. What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • My sister makes these, so easy and very yummy !ReplyCancel

  • Nataliepola

    Thank you!!!! LOVE this!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissaannacox

    Ive also made these with ham, cheese and pineapple :)ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    my adult version is – spread with a curry base (I like tikka masala) sprinkle with grated cheese, feta and ricotta, chopped baby spinach. Fabulous quick party nibblesReplyCancel

  • Thank you! I just made them for the kids lunches tomorrow – YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Juliettemckeown

    Really like the photos – and of course the recepie!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Nelson

    These look marvelous! Unfortunately, to my knowledge, we do not have Vegemite in Canada… Any ideas for alternatives??ReplyCancel

    • hmm, I’m unsure, is Marmite similar?ReplyCancel

      • Rosie

        Yes Marmite is similar. Slightly different taste, but more or less the same thing.ReplyCancel

  • We made these and they were gone in an instant. ReplyCancel

  • […] found  this recipe for Vegemite Scrolls over at The Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I just made these, and in the print friendly version you don’t mention to put them on their side to bake…!!! Doh – i have a lot of runny cheese on the baking paper !!!! Nevermind, i’ll try againReplyCancel

  • Lizzie

    Just wondering how these would freeze? I’d love to make a huge batch and freeze if possible, is that what you do? btw, I love the way you freeze sandwiches. Im going to buy a nice big plastic container and start doing the same as my first born has just started preschool, and even making him a lunchbox once a week is annoying me already lol… Im going to be terrible when he has to go everyday…… ReplyCancel

    • Lizzie

      Nevermind lol, I just realised they were in the freezer friendly section :)ReplyCancel

  • FergDelight

    Hey Katrina

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and was hoping to engage you as a
    ‘journalist/writer of sorts’ for an initiative I’m working on for a
    client. I love your content, your pictures and all your tips and
    my ‘foody’ client loves your content too.

    Lunch box ideas is actually an area of focus for us this year and you have such great
    material already, it would be amazing if we could collaborate. You already use most of their products actually as part of your content.

    Not asking for a freebie. Just an opportunity to speak to you
    about the client, and what we’re hoping to do this year.  I think you may already work with one of my clients other brands previously: Chux. And you may already kinda know me behind the scenes, via some of the projects
    I’m associated with for Macleans Mums (and SJ).

    Anyway, I’m a working mum of two myself and the content you create is really invaluable. Life saving a lot of working mums like me would say. I just want to work with you to bring your content to my client’s audience. Can I give you a buzz about it this week?

    Look forward to hearing from you.


  • Belinda

    Think i might make some using a scone base! feel like cheese and vegemite now lolReplyCancel

  • I make the dough with
    approx 2 cups of self raising flour
    about 30grams of butter and
    about a cup of milk
    and a pinch of salt
    in the food processer untill just combined you dont want it to be sticky if sticky add more flour if to dry and crumbly add more milk. also I put the vegemite in the micowave for 10secs on half power to make it easyer to spread. I make up about lots at once and freeze the dough therefore you only need to clean the food processer once. also sometimes I add dryed mixed herbs in the dough. you can put any filling in the scrolls and great when you run out of bread and can’t be bothered to get moreReplyCancel

  • Jell

    I’ve done these several times, they don’t last long. Also do pizza scrolls – spread with tomato paste or BBQ sauce, sprinkle with grated cheese and diced bacon bits. Be creative and try other fillings.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Great idea… kids will love them – so will us grown ups! What brand of puff pastry do you use Katrina? I’ve never seen the large rectangle ones before. Where do you buy it?ReplyCancel

  • Brea Walker

    made them for lunch today… big hit. Thanks for the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Dana

    Do you freeze the pre-prepared rolls, ready to dethaw, slice and cook, or do you cook first then freeze??ReplyCancel

  • Try the same recipe with spreading olive paste/tapas and crumbling Greek feta cheese. Before putting in the oven sprinkle some sesame seads on it.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    My mother has been making pizza pinwheels for years it was our take a savory plate that was always a hit. We use spreadable cream cheese, tomato sauce and chopped up salami. Very simple and yummy!!ReplyCancel

  • Racheal McBurney

    hey katrina, do you freeze them cooked or rolled and fresh? xReplyCancel

  • Shannon Wren

    How long will these last before they go off?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I would eat these within a day or two of making, as after this time they would become too hard to eat.ReplyCancel

      • Sonia Hay

        If you just microwave them on 50% for 1 minute they become soft enough to eat without going soggy.ReplyCancel

  • […] Variation:  You could also make vegemite and cheese scrolls, view recipe here. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Cheese and Vegemite scrolls – quick and easy […]ReplyCancel

It has been awhile since I shared with you a snapshot of the kids lunch boxes, here is an alternative to a salad sandwich: Mandarin (peeled because my youngest finds it hard) Shape biscuits Cinnamon crumble muffins Bake at home dinner rolls, filled with sliced deli chicken, capsicum,  lettuce and cheese What salads do your […]

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This post is sponsored by Nuffnang I was fortunate enough to test drive a  brand new Mitsubishi Outlander for a week, I am blown away at how clever this car is.  It was such a beauty to zip around in. I am not at all a car enthusiast, what is under the bonnet really doesn’t […]

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  • Karen Fogo

    Wow Katrina you got the deluxe one! I regularly drive an Outlander for work (outreach nurse driving to rural properties) and I LOVE it, but it has none of the bells and whistles. I love the boot size – I can fit 200kg of equipment in the back behind the parcel cage in it, and the little door a the bottom of the boot that makes flat loading a breeze (took me a little while to find that though!).
    It’s nippy enough to deal with the hills and highways here, but miserly enough to get almost 600km out of one tank of fuel – not so much important about the cost, more about the distance between petrol stations! And I can get out of the car after a 200km drive and actually walk! I always request my Outlander (we have a fleet, so have a few of them, and a few other brand SUVs as well). Unfortunately though, we’ve been told that they will be replacing them with something else next time round. :(ReplyCancel

  • These features have been around for years. There are so many more amazing features in the Mazda range, you need to get ur hands on one of those. ;))ReplyCancel

  • Sounds wonderful. If only we could afford to upgrade!ReplyCancel

  • I would loveee a kluger.. maybe one day… the outlander sounds good too =)ReplyCancel

  • Love our Outlander, same color too :-). ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Get yourself a Nissan Murano which has all that and MORE. How about the press of a button the tailgate and it lifts up automatically 😉 oh and press it and it goes back down againReplyCancel

  • I love my outlander too!! Mine is exactly the same as this one, but black. Ok ok – minus the reverse camera (sensors instead), and rain sensing wipers. Oh and also my kids dvd players are of the non-built-in variety!! Although the 7th seats are not the most comfy, with 3 kids I use them only on odd occasions. I bought it for the 4wd option for towing and a little off-road. If you don’t need that, my sister just bought a Mazda CX9 (+$$$) which is just awesome and her extra seats are more comfy.ReplyCancel

  • Can i ask what car you have been driving because these features have been around for quite a few years now :)ReplyCancel

  • Mel Farrows – we have just bought a Kluger….I’m in love. It’s fantastic – I’ll never go back to anything else!ReplyCancel

  • Raelene

    I have this one – same model same colour. Love it! Not to mention gutsy! If u put ur foot down it goes! And super safe with the kids!ReplyCancel

  • Pru

    We just picked up our new Mitsubishi pajero yesterday and was the same a cars a cars as long as its safe and fits everyone in! But…. I’m in love with the pajero!!!! Love the warrenty that comes with it!! Bluetooth, sat nav, reverse camera,climate control. Love love love!!!!!ReplyCancel

This weeks meal plan Monday – Cup a noodles Tuesday – Roast chicken and salad Wednesday – Easy Salmon Pasta Bake Thursday – Soy-sesame Beef and Noodle Stirfry Friday – Fish and chips Saturday –   night out Sunday – Homemade Beef Hamburgers with salad Baking – 3 ingredient muffins Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan & more meal […]

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This giveaway is now closed, congratulations to S.Blains With thanks to Chux, one lucky Daily Task subscriber will receive a Chux hamper pack.   Simply subscribe below to receive the ‘daily tasks’ via email.  Giveaway closes midnight 8th March 2012. Each day on The Organised Housewife facebook page I write a daily task, from vacuuming cushion […]

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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 Belle […]

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  • Renee Platt

    Hi Kat, I have to thankyou for featuring my post Big Boy Bedroom on your Love it, Like it, Link it Blog Link Party! I was blown away to see my sons bedroom at the top of your page. My blog is only 4 weeks old so you have validated for me that I should keep going and I am doing something right! Thanks Kat. x Renee of Belle Amie Mother of ThreeReplyCancel

  • I have attempted to sign up for this but I dont think the link up likes me :(ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for featuring me! The cake really is delicious. I’m so into passionfruit at the moment. ReplyCancel

  • MDDW

    Thank you very much for featuring my post. Your’s truly the “Super Mum”….shhhhReplyCancel

  • Ohhhh I have finally just found the time to catch up on all your blog posts and I saw I was featured. Thank you so much lovely – what an honour. xxxReplyCancel

  • Do you ever do these anymore and would you consider linking in with other websites? :-)ReplyCancel

In the last few weeks I have had friends announce they are expecting and I have attended a few baby showers.  Now these little bundles of joy have graced us with their presence.  I’m not sure what the etiquette is with new babies and gifts? I gave a gift at the baby shower, then do you […]

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