How I Organise my Baking Ingredients (Part 1)…

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As you’ve probably guessed, I love to cook and bake so it’s important to me to have all my baking ingredients well organised. Previously I kept most of these items in plastic containers in the pantry while other things remained in their original packaging. My pantry had become a bit of a jumble and it was sometimes difficult to find ingredients when I needed them and many items expired before being used up. The end result was wasted time and money and frazzled nerves. It was time to come up with a better solution! But before tackling this project, I thought about … read more

Anzac Biscuits …

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Anzac Day may have been and gone but these biscuits are delicious any time of the year. The story behind the humble Anzac Biscuit goes something like this. Mums and wives used to whip up Anzac Biscuits to send to soldiers overseas. They used ingredients that were readily available and, because these ingredients didn’t spoil easily, the biscuits stayed fresh until they reached their destination. But whatever their origins, these yummy biscuits are easy to create and popular with little kids (and big kids too). Anzac Biscuits …   Print Prep time 10 … read more

Curried Chicken Pie …

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I love this recipe … quick, easy and yummy so it definitely ticks all the right boxes! A lot of preparation can also be done earlier in the day and that always helps. Curried Chicken Pie …   Print Author: Mrs Organised Ingredients … 1 large barbecue chicken 30g butter 1 medium white onion, chopped finely 1 medium red capsicum, chopped finely 2 celery stalks, chopped finely 1 ¾ cups chicken stock 2 teaspoons curry powder ¼ teaspoon chilli powder ¼ cup plain gluten-free flour ⅓ cup lite sour cream 1 tablespoon parsley (dried) 2 sheets puff … read more

Decluttering (Part 2) … The Benefits of Decluttering

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Welcome to Part 2 of my Decluttering series. Recently, we answered the question: What is Clutter? where we described it as the mess and untidiness that comes with having too much stuff and not knowing how to sort it and get rid of it. So this week, I thought we could continue by chatting about the benefits of decluttering. Here are my top reasons for wanting to declutter and get more organised and the benefits that I gain: Makes cleaning easier. The less clutter I have in my home, the less I have to clean and dust. If I can remove as much as possible from … read more

How to Save Money on Gift Wrapping …

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Many times throughout the year, we all find the need to give gifts for all kinds of events such as birthdays, weddings, engagements, anniversaries, special days like Mothers Day and Fathers Day, Christmas and so on. And while sticking to a budget to purchase these gifts, the cost of wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons, bows, boxes and cards is often overlooked. These extra items can be quite expensive and can significantly add up of the space of one year. Here are some tips and suggestions that I use to help reduce the cost: Buy your wrapping paper from a … read more

Meal Planning … My Top Tips …

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  Yesterday I shared my thoughts on why meal planning is a great idea, what did you think? Today I thought I would share with you my top tips for creating a Meal Plan: Pick a day of the week and a time that suits you to do your planning. Ideally, you will want to sit down uninterrupted so you can focus on your plan. You might choose a day that coincides with pay day or you might do it on a Friday so you can shop on the weekend and do some cooking and baking … it’s really up to you and what works for your family and your circumstances. Before … read more

Meal Planning and Why it’s a Great Idea …..

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“What’s for dinner Mum?” Those four words used to send me into an absolute panic because most days I didn’t have a clue! I often used to think about that night’s dinner when I arrived at the supermarket and then I’d race up and down the aisles throwing things in the trolley in the hope I didn’t forget something and trying desperately to remember the ingredients for a particular recipe. Not very organised, was I? For the last couple of years, I’ve worked very hard to change that and one of the best things I now do each week is prepare a Meal Plan, and if that sounds … read more

Lamb Greek Meatballs/Rissoles … One Recipe … 6 ways …

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I love meatballs – a quick, yummy and easy meal. Here is one of my versions of the humble meatball but with a twist because it’s made using lamb not beef. My kids can’t get enough of these and I can always be guaranteed empty plates when these are served for dinner. Here are some alternative serving suggestions: Send the meatballs to school in a small container with either tomato sauce, hummus or tzatziki for a lunchtime treat Serve hot or cold with a dipping sauce as finger food at a party Serve with salad at a summer barbecue Dish up with vegetables and … read more

Show your Tea Towels Some Love …

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Tea towels are one of those things that don’t really get much thought. However, because they are used in the kitchen for food preparation, they work pretty hard and really do need a little bit of tender loving care. Tea towels sometimes sit scrunched up and wet on the kitchen bench (particularly when you’re cooking) or they sit damp amongst the washing in the laundry waiting to be washed. Unfortunately, either of those things will make your humble tea towel a breeding ground for bacteria because it never gets the chance to dry out properly. So here’s a few things … read more

How to Organise Under the Kitchen Sink …

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What’s lurking under your kitchen sink? The cupboard under the kitchen sink can end up being one of the messiest in the house … or at least, that’s what it seems like here! Bottles, sprays, sponges and other items are used and tossed back multiple times a day. There’s also the jumble of pipes, hoses and plumbing to contend with, making this a difficult spot to organise. I decided, however, that some decluttering, tidying and sorting of the mess was a job for the last weekend, so here we go! First task was to pull everything out and give the cupboard a good … read more

Triple Choc Fudge Chocolate Cookies …

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I’ve tried many chocolate biscuit recipes over the years and could never find one that I was entirely happy with. So what do you do when that happens? You make up your own! So here it is … my very own recipe for what I think, are the best chocolate cookies ever!! These are soft, fudgy and highly addictive … so don’t say you weren’t warned! 5.0 from 1 reviews Triple Choc Fudge Chocolate Cookies …   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins   Author: Mrs Organised Ingredients … 125g butter, chopped 1 ½ … read more

Carrot and Zucchini Muffins …

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I’ll definitely never win Masterchef but I do okay in the kitchen. The one thing I love to do is collect and cook recipes that are not only simple to make but that I know will turn out every single time. I’ve been making these muffins for years and I promise, you’ll be pleased with the results. They are lovely and moist, freeze beautifully (which make them a winner for lunchboxes) and the fact that it’s an easy way to get the kids to eat some more vegies, well that’s just vegie smuggling at it’s best! Carrot and Zucchini Muffins …   Print Prep time … read more

Grow Your Own Basil and Save…

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I love to cook using fresh ingredients and this usually includes fresh herbs. I probably bought fresh herbs at least three times a week. I love to use fresh basil, coriander, parsley, thyme and many others but these tiny little bunches usually cost around $3 per bunch. So let’s do the maths, $3 x 3 times per week x 52 weeks per year = $468. Now that’s a lot and, when I thought about what I could do with that money, I decided it was time for a change. So when Christmas was coming up last year and my family was looking for ideas, I asked for pots, punnets of basil … read more

Banana and White Choc Chip Muffins …

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If you’re looking for the definition of “yum”, you’ve found it right here! Moist, tasty and easy to make, these muffins are perfect for snack time, lunchtime … anytime! Banana and White Choc Chip Muffins …   Print Author: Mrs Organised Ingredients … 2 cups gluten-free self-raising flour ½ cup caster sugar 1 cup milk 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 75g unsalted butter, melted and cooled 2 medium mashed bananas, (equivalent to 1 cup) ½ cup white choc chips Method … Preheat oven to 190C and grease 12-hole muffin tray. Sift the flour into a … read more

How to Make your Meals “Vegielicious” and Outsmart the Cleverest “Food Ninja” …

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Like everyone else, my kids have their own likes and dislikes when it comes to food, which can sometimes make it tricky when cooking. Generally they’re pretty good but I have to own up to “smuggling” or hiding vegies in my cooking whenever I can. And don’t let the fact that they are now older lead you to think things have changed … because they haven’t. Admittedly, they are now more willing to sample things they may have rejected in the past but that doesn’t always happen. So although the variety of what they all eat is pretty good, I still like to “smuggle” some … read more