Weekend Wandering


 Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a wonderful & relaxing weekend!  After six days onboard the Carnival Breeze, we are now home and ready to jump back into our October projects (in between loads of vacation laundry, of course!)  This morning Chuck and I are planning to plant our fall garden, which we are pretty excited about. This will be our fourth attempt, and while we have learned a lot each time, we have yet to actually harvest more than a few random tomatoes and cucumbers.  However, this year we have done a lot more research and we are trying our hand at square foot gardening.  If you have any tips, we’d love to hear them!

This afternoon we are planning to get caught up on the days we missed in the Clutter Free Challenge!  If you haven’t joined yet, there is still time!  It is absolutely free to participate, and if you are a blogger you can join in the fun by blogging about it and linking up each day!

But now on to the good stuff!  Here is what I loved this week:

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First of all, I wish it would get a bit cooler here so I could start taking advantage of all these lovely soup recipes! This Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Cincy Shopper sounds delicious


This Quick Chicken Orzo Soup from With a Blast cooks in no time and serves as a wholesome weeknight meal!

Quick Chicken Orzo Soup

These Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting from The Little Farm Diary might be the perfect fall recipe.


Of course these homemade Oh-So-Easy Apple Chips from Creative Home Keeper only require two ingredients.  Yum!


Mmmmmm…..pumpkin seeds!  This Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe from Practical Stewardship can be made sweet or savory.


There were a ton of gorgeous fall and Halloween-themed DIY projects this week. These Rustic Bookpage Pumpkins from View From the Fridge are so adorable!


Posed Perfection shares the decor for her Orange and Turquoise Mantel Redeux with her finds from the local Goodwill.  What a great way to keep things fresh!


Crafty Allie turns a simple store bought straw wreath into this fabulous Fall Wreath. I love the fabric flowers!


Faith Filled Food for Moms has an adorable Fall inspired Meal Planner that is printable and free!


Planning a date night can be tricky at times, especially on a tight budget. These Free Printable Date Night Starters from Time 2 Save Time 2 Give can make any night special, even if you are staying in!


Have you ever wanted to Organize a Freezer Swap? Graceful Little Honey Bee has 5 easy steps to follow to have a successful and stress free freezer swapping event!


There were lots of fantastic money saving tips this week. From This Kitchen Table 10 Ways to Drastically Reduce Your Grocery Budget. Number 5 is a must!


Frugality Gal has Budgeting for Beginners: How to Treat Your Budget Like a Diet. 


These 3 Steps to Setting Financial Goals from The Budget Mama are great practical life lessons that can be applied to any part of your life!


Finally, Six Figures Under has 6 Smart Ways to Prevent Buyer’s Remorse. Tip number 4 is definitely easier for my husband then for me!


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What did you love this week?


  1. October 12 at 08:55AM

    We just planted our fall garden, it is our first attempt at a fall garden so hopefully we can yield some produce! 🙂 Our spring garden didn’t do as well as we had hope so we’re keeping our fingers crossed! Thank you for featuring my Financial Goals post! I hope you have an amazing Sunday! 🙂

  2. October 12 at 09:10AM

    Thank you for including my Chicken Orzo Soup in your Weekend Wandering, Ruth ! Have a wonderful week !

  3. October 12 at 09:41AM

    Every year I keep saying I want to try my hand at gardening but for whatever reason we never really get around to it. Currently baby #3 is about to be due, so it’s probably not the best time to try to plant an ambitious garden. Maybe next year… 🙂 Hope you enjoy the apple chips, they are so easy to make and taste delicious! Have a great Sunday

  4. October 12 at 11:01AM

    Hi Ruth. Thank you for featuring my Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe!! I hope you have much success on your fall garden! We have planted some things here in Washington for the fall. This is my first time planting anything in the fall. I always feel like everything is such an experiment! Many Blessings!

  5. October 12 at 01:21PM

    Thanks for much for featuring my post!!

    Gardening is one of my passions and I’m kinda jealous that your about to plant yours because ours is winding down for the year. I wrote a post called, “5 Tips for the Beginner Gardener,” if your interested! Have a great weekend!!

  6. October 12 at 04:08PM

    Thanks so much for sharing my post on reducing your grocery budget! An exciting Sunday surprise. It was actually one of the posts for an assignment in Elite Blogging Academy. 🙂 LOVING the course!

  7. October 13 at 09:47AM

    Wow Ruth, what a most wonderful surprise to be featured here on this crazy awesome blog of yours! Thanks for picking my ‘Pumpkin Muffins’ recipe! Have a great week!

  8. October 13 at 09:15PM

    I’m glad you had a relaxing week with your family! How fun!

    Thanks for sharing my post about buyer’s remorse! I’m excited to try some of these recipes!

  9. Totally missed the Weekend Wandering this week! Thank you for featuring my Meal Planner Printable Ruth! Great reads!

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