In my planner – May & June 2022

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Back into my planner for the next two months – May & June.

May was the Planners Anonymous Chapter 3 Luxe B6 wide insert. June was the new Bujo layout of inserts for Planners Anonymous, this one is for Planner Love. It’s been fun playing with bujo layouts again.

Stickers used come from Planners Anonymous, Luscious Labels, The Printable Collection, Victoria Thatcher, KHD Stickers and my personal junk journal supplies

From the Den Kitchen–June 2022


Crack Chicken Casserole (with homemade Ranch) I can see how this got it’s name. So easy and very moreish. Big & I reheated it for lunch the next day. Big thumbs up.


Slow cooker cheesy French onion mince. Very yum and with meat prices (& everything else) going up this ends up being a budget meal with big taste. Leftovers also freeze well.


Meatballs in curry sauce. This is so good. Big thumbs up. Will be making it again but making smaller meatballs so it goes further. Also really good the next day.


Curry Beef Pasta. I was kind of interested to see how this would taste after noticing there is no curry powder in the recipe & not being entirely sure what Indian tomatoes were. Glad I read the comments as everyone said they added up to 1 tablespoon of curry powder. Most also said they used normal tinned tomatoes. Another one for the books.


Slow roasted corned silverside. Oh my. If you have only ever had the good old boiled silverside, you need to try this. So moist and delicious. I was worried it would still be salty but it wasn’t. Leftovers were still moist the next too.


Satay chicken stir fry. Only four ingredients but I’m not a fan. I have a feeling it was the sauce (Coles brand Satay Simmer Sauce). I’ll retry it with the Satay simmer sauce I usually buy and see if it makes a difference. Also I was half way through cooking the rice when I remembered it’s meant to be served over noodles. Oh well. Will report back when we try it again.

From the Den Kitchen– May 2022

Another month and some more recipes for you to check out.


Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup. Wasn’t sure how this one would go but we made it before hockey one day and came home to a delicious filling soup.


Creamy French Onion Chicken Rissoles. So yummy. Pretty easy and very moreish. Reheats well the next day.


One pan cheese and bacon smothered chicken. OMG this is so many of my favourite things in one dish. If you love chicken and bacon you need to try it.


Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu. Cordon Bleu is often called a difficult recipe. This version is really easy & gives you two methods for coating – we went with the Quick Dredge method. Then served them with Crispy Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary.


Pork Lo Mein. Needed a new recipe for leftover pork roast so gave this one a go. It was ok. Hubby & big loved it. Small ate all the vegies and noodles.


Chicken Chow Mein. This was meant to be a slow cooked version but someone (namely me) forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer in time to defrost. This was yum. No leftovers.


Winter Chicken & Mushroom Pie. Pies are a great go to when you want an easy meal. This one is really good. Great way to use up leftover roast chicken.

Until next time…

In my planner – March & April 2022

I’ve moved into my Planners Anonymous Northern Lights melody for the Autumn/Winter period. I love the watercolour images and the purples in this planner.

Inserts are from Planners Anonymous. March was Tropicanna luxe (holding on to summer as long as I can) and April was Hygge Life luxe.
Stickers and washi from Planners Anonymous, Luscious Labels, KHD Studios, Min Van Dreams, The Printable Collection, Victoria Thatcher & Pink Pixel Graphics

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From the Den Kitchen–April 2022

Chicken Cordon Bleu rissoles & salad. I love cordon bleu but it is a pain to make. These rissoles are super yum and really easy. Big thumbs up from everyone.


BBQ Roast chicken. Needed a BBQ chook for  the next recipe but decided to make our own. This seasoning recipe is so close to the Woolworths BBQ Roast chicken. It’s a little spicier so the second time we made it we dropped back the chilli/paprika content and it was near spot on.


BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad. Big thumbs up from me but I love a good salad. Really nice the next day too. Makes a good lunchbox addition.


Pulled Pork Rigatoni. Something different to use up our leftover roast pork. Added some of the leftover gravy to the sauce. Didn’t use mushrooms. Only complaint was it was too much tomato. Going to try it again with less tomato and some extra veg.


Homemade hamburgers. Always a winner in our house as you can make them into a burger or just have them as rissoles. Enjoyed by all.


Lastly this month is a Slow Cooked Asian Glazed Chicken. Now we’re getting into the colder months, I’m trying to add more slow cooker meals into our weeks. This one was pretty good.


Until next month…

From the Den Kitchen – Hamburgers

This recipe comes to you courtesy of my brother’s Home Economics class back in the 90s. We’ve been cooking it, in different variations since then. It’s super easy and full of flavour. We mix it up every now and then by adding a cube of cheese into each burger.


  • 2 cups beef mince
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 2 bacon rashers
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • pepper, to taste
  • mixed herbs, to taste
  • plain flour
  • oil
  1. Finely chop bacon & onion.

  2. Mix all ingredient together except flour & oil.

  3. Shape mixture into burgers, as large as you like. Roll in flour.

  4. Shallow fry in oil, about 7 minutes each side.

  5. Serve.

Main Course

From the Den Kitchen–March 2022

Another month down and some new recipes for you all.


Thermofun Egg & Bacon Pie. Nothing beats a good E&B pie. It’s even better when you make them yourself. This one gets a thumbs up from everyone.


Mexican Chicken. Meh. Needs changes but a quick 4 ingredient meal.


Recipe Tin Eats Beef Stew. This is so good. Everyone loved it so that’s always a win. First time we did it in the slow cooker and it was so melt in the mouth delicious. Second time was on the stove and without the celery. Still delicious but not as good. This is one you can prep the night before, chuck it in the slow cooker then switch it on in the morning.


Beef Rissoles. If a fan of a good beef rissole and these were pretty yummo. Another liked by all, including the cat who stole half of one out of the pan.


Chicken Tetrazzini. This is so yummy. I made it without mushrooms as I’m the only one who eats them. Did cook up a batch in butter though and stirred it through mine.


Recipe Tin Eats Oven baked pork chops with Potatoes. This was ok but next time I might try it with a different cut of pork. Apparently you can also use chicken so we might try that sometime.


Satay Chicken. Pretty good. Most of the house don’t like satay. This one would be super yum over noodles or cold as a satay chicken salad (with a few additions). I’m thinking I’ll try that with the leftovers and let you know the result.


Ham & Corn Pasta Salad. Made this for the big kid for school lunches. She loved it. I loved it. Think it will become another addition to her lunchbox choices. Could also change the dressing flavour with the addition of different types of mustard- I’m thinking either Dijon or seeded.

In my planner–January & February 2022

This year I thought I’d share my planner spreads each quarter. Hopefully it might give someone some inspiration for how they can use planner kits – the majority of my pages are created using the subscription boxes from Planners Anonymous.

January and February rounded out Summer in my Note to Self melody. January I used the Planners Anonymous Masquerade luxe B6 wide insert and February I used an older luxe B6 insert from the Planners Anonymous kit Love Bug.

Stickers are from Planners Anonymous, Luscious Labels, Mom Envy and Pink Pixel Graphics.

For Autumn & Winter (March through August) I’m moving into my Northern Lights melody from Planners Anon.

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From the Den kitchen: Lunchbox snack edition pt 1

With back to school upon us for another year I thought I’d share some of the lunchbox treats I make for the kiddos (or the kiddos make themselves/with some help)

Weet-bix Coconut Slice.

Apricot Scones. Have tried this with fresh & dried apricots, fresh wins hands down.

Choc Chip biscuits


Cinnamon Scrolls (Thermomix version)

Chocolate rum  balls

Apricot balls (Thermomix version)

From the Den kitchen–February 2022

A quieter month for the new recipes and we stuck to a lot of tried and true favourites. Lots of French Onion soup additions this month.

Creamy French Onion Chicken Salad. This was so good. Think I was the only one who actually enjoyed it but oh well, more for me.


Beef Satay. We all enjoyed this one. I think I was the only one who liked the sauce. Think next time we’ll try a different cut of steak though.


French Onion Honeycomb pasta. Big thumbs up from everyone on this one. Really nice the next day too.


Creamy French chicken. Good. Something I’d cook again. Want to try it thickened up a bit and in a pie.


We love a good steak meal and decided instead of our usual chips & egg side we’d go with some veg. This time we tried Hassleback potatoes with garlic & herb butter and Honey garlic butter roasted carrots. YUMMO! So much garlic.


Creamed tomato soup in the Thermomix. Nope. Not a fan. Can’t put my finger on it but this was a big no from everyone.