30 December 2014

Free Printable Household Organiser

The new year is almost here and I am planning on being more organised in 2015.  Searching pinterest there are heaps of printables but I couldn't seem to find any that suit my needs. So I decided to just make my own and once I started I realised 60 pages later that be nice to share them. A few pages I've shared previously but have given them a new fresh look.

 The pack includes:
  • Cover Page
  • Weekly Menu Planner
  • Food Stock Inventory
  • Shopping List
  • Recipe to Remember
  • To Do List
  • Cleaning Schedule
  • Handy Tips
  • Bucket Lists for 2015
  • Weight Loss Motivation Chart (with example page)
  • Warranty Information
  • Website Tracker
  • Bill Payment Reminder (with example page)
  • Saving Schedule
  • Budget Worksheet (with example page)
  • Important Contacts (3 pages)
  • Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Contacts A-Z (1 page per letter)
  • Calendar (1 page per month)
60 pages to print and use as you wish.  Some pages you could laminate so you don't have to keep printing them out, my laminator broke so until I find a new cheap one I'll just keep printing :-)

I hope they come in handy for you to help stay motivated, keep organised and save money in 2015.

Download pack here.

ENJOY!  :-)

13 December 2014

Chicken & Cashew with rice

I was craving chinese for dinner tonight, but hate paying for take away when I can make it for about a third of the cost. Plus I prefer my own cooking as I know whats in it and the conditions in which it was made.  I never used to think about food prep much but recently was listening to a conversation about the state of some commercial kitchens.  It was enough to turn me off eating out ever again!!!  So between that and the cost factor (and to be honest being too lazy to get dressed appropriately for going out to buy take away on a lazy Saturday drizzly evening), I dragged myself off the couch and made this chinese dish for dinner and I'm so glad I did as it was amazing!!!!  Luckily I also wrote down what I used so I could share the love here with you all too.

Chicken & Cashew with rice
Serves 2 - could easily double recipe for more, or add extra veggies to fill it up

  • 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chinese five spice
  • 2 Tbsp plain flour
  • Salt & Pepper to season the flour
  • 1 large chicken breast, cut into 3-4cm cubes
  • 2 Tbsp oil of choice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed (or heaped tsp of minced garlic)
  • 1 zucchini, large rounds then cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Rice of choice
  1. Set rice to cook before you start as rice normally takes 25mins and this dish only takes 15-17mins so you want to make sure they are both ready at the same time.
  2. In a small bowl mix the first 4 ingredients together to make the 'sauce' and set it aside.
  3. In a ziplock bag place the flour, salt, pepper and chicken cubes and mix around to coat the chicken, set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a frypan on med-hot and add the garlic and chicken and cook for 8-10mins until nice and browned and chicken is mostly cooked.
  5. Reduce the temperature to medium and add the cashews, zucchini and vinegar and mix around with wooden spoon to coat all pieces and cook for another minute or two.
  6. Add the 'sauce', stir to coat and then add the 2 Tbsp of water to give some more wetness (if so desired).  
  7. Stir around mixture while cooking for a further 2-3 minutes and then remove from heat and serve immediately with rice.
I am definitely doubling this recipe next time as hubby went looking for more.  This is going on the menu roster again for next week!

ENJOY! :-)

10 December 2014

Nut and Date FREE bliss balls

I was lucky enough to be gifted a huge bucket of sulatanas this week and since I was out of dates I decided to put them to good use and make a nut and date free bliss ball.  Like I've always said, you can never have too many ideas for bliss balls, and these are perfect for school lunchboxes as they are nut free!!!!

Nut & Date Free Bliss Balls

  • 150g sunflower seeds
  • 150g shredded coconut
  • 150g sultanas
  • 100g frozen blackberries (or any type of berry)
  • 25g cocoa powder (or cacao)
  1. Blitz the seeds & coconut on speed 7 for 7 seconds in thermomix.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blitz on speed 7 for 25 seconds.
  3. Roll into balls (using damp but not too wet hands works best)
  4. Allow to set in fridge and store in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer.
A yummy and healthy snack, whats not to love!

ENJOY!  :-)

05 December 2014

Spinach & Feta Chicken Meatballs

Tonight was one of those "I have no idea what to cook for dinner" nights.  Poking my head into the fridge I see a few ingredients that I needed to use up and thought why not just try something out.  OMG so glad I did as it tasted amazing!

Spinach & Feta Meatballs

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 small brown onion
  • 300g chicken breast
  • Handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 piece of feta
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and have a baking tray with silicone mat/or baking paper ready.
  2. Blitz garlic & onion on speed 7 for 3 seconds.
  3. Scrape down sides and add chicken breast, cut into 2-3 chunky sized pieces, blitz on speed 7 for 6 seconds.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and blitz together speed 6 for 3-4 seconds.
  5. Scoop out spoonfuls of mixture and roll into balls.
  6. I quickly browned my meatballs in a hot and lightly oiled frypan for 2-3 mins first then placed on the baking tray and cooked in the oven for 10-15mins, you could just place straight into oven and bake for 20-25mins.  
I served the meatballs on salad wrap with a side of homemade chips and they were delicious!

ENJOY!  :-)