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Weekend Wandering | Weekend Planning | Weekend Meal Choices | Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream | Crockpot Chicken Tacos | Herb Marinated Grilled PorkChops | Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Bites | Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies | Lemon Meringue Cake | Chocolate Dessert Pie | DIY Paint Dipped Wooded Utensils | DIY Monogram Tote Bag | Lemon Coconut Homemade Sugar Scrub | DIY Salsa Garden |

Happy Weekend! I’m trying to muster up the motivation to tackle some spring cleaning projects, but the truth is that all I really want to do is curl up and read all weekend! I’m still not sure which side is going to win out……what are YOU planning to do this weekend?

In other news, voting for the Secret 13 essay contest will start on Tuesday April 14th–be sure to pop by to support your favorite essay! One lucky finalist will win a 7 day cruise for four on the Carnival Sunshine!

Here is what I loved this week:

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First of all, this Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream from Nicer Than New is absolutely gorgeous! What a perfect dish to bring to a potluck or picnic!

This classic layered salad is retro and tasty.

These Crockpot Chicken Tacos from Kleinworth & Co. are a super easy no-fail recipe that the whole family will love!

These chicken tacos with fresh cheese and sour cream are delicious.

These Herb Marinated Grilled Pork Chops from This Silly Girl’s Life look and sound amazing!

These herb marinated grilled pork chops taste great with asparagus.

Moving onto the sweets…these Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Bites from Life With the Crust Cut Off would be perfect treat for a Mother’s Day brunch!

These lemon cheesecake cookie bites are refreshing and sweet.

These Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies from Home Made Interest sound absolutely amazing!!

These fresh lemon cookies are decadent and sweet.

Mmm…this Lemon Meringue Cake from Annie’s Noms is so pretty! (Can you tell I LOVE lemon?!)

This dessert cake is fluffy and baked to perfection.

Of course if chocolate is more your thing, this Chocolate Dessert Pie from The Pretty Bee looks both simple and delicious!

This chocolate dessert pie topped with whipped cream is light and tasty.

Onto some DIY crafts and projects….Just in time for Teacher Appreciation week and Mother’s Day, these Paint Dipped Wooded Utensils from A View From the Fridge are such a cute and practical gift!

These color dipper wooden utensils are adorable for your home.

This DIY Monogram Tote Bag from Sweet T Makes Three has step-by-step instructions and suggestions for fabric combinations.

This monogram tote bag is personalized and fun.

This Lemon Coconut Homemade Sugar Scrub from Saving Cent by Cent uses just 3 ingredients and can also be made with your favorite essential oil!

This DIY lemon coconut sugar scrub is easy to make.

These free printables of Oh! The Places You’ll Go Graduation Treat Bag Toppers from A Little Claireification are such a fun idea!

These Dr. Seuss "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" party favors are adorable and cute.

These tips from Ann’s Entitled Life on How to Grow a Salsa Garden are perfect for beginners!

Use these tips to learn how to grow a salsa garden.

If you don’t have the greenest of thumbs but still want to eat fresh then be sure to check out these Top 10 Farmer’s Market Tips from Blue Crab Martini.

Use these top farmer's market tips to get the freshest produce.

A Cultivated Nest shares 8 Old Fashioned Money Saving Tips that are still applicable today!

These old fashioned money saving tips will help you budget yourself.

This list of 3 Things You Should Never Ever Buy from My Love for Words is such a great resource!

Check out these things you should never buy for a smart financial future.

Working at Homeschool shares her secrets on How She Fed Her Family of Six for a Week for Under $100 without coupons! There is also a downloadable menu, shopping list and cooking instructions!

Here's how to feed a family of six for one week under one hundred dollars.

Finally, these Top 10 Budget Travel Ideas for a Dream Vacation from Financially Wise on Heels can yield an awesome Summer vacation!

Use these budget travel ideas to take your dream vacation.

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What did you love this week?


  1. Look at those lemon desserts! Love all of these finds. Thanks for including my Graduation Treat Bag Toppers in the round up!

  2. April 11 at 11:43AM

    Thank you for listing my How To Grow a Salsa Garden tip, Ruth!

  3. Thank you so much for the feature! Have a happy weekend! 🙂

  4. StephanieH
    April 11 at 02:06PM

    Actually – my husband & I have committed to your 31 days of Living Well and Spending Zero. It’s Day 2, and I’m cleaning the kitchen and doing food inventory!! I have the pantry & freezer inventory pages, but came back to see if there might be a Fridge inventory list as well… 🙂 Thanks so much for all you do!

  5. April 11 at 07:46PM

    Thanks for the mention! Have a great weekend.

  6. April 12 at 11:52AM

    Happy weekend! I’m also trying (unsuccessfully) to muster up the energy for some spring cleaning 🙂
    Thank you so much for featuring my Farmer’s Market Tips!

  7. April 12 at 12:55PM

    Happy Weekend! We are always so busy trying to live frugally, stay in shape and be organized.

  8. April 12 at 01:51PM

    That chocolate pie looks awesome! I found a banana split protein smoothie recipe that I’m gonna try this week; I’m excited!

  9. April 13 at 07:41PM

    Thank you so much for featuring me, Ruth! I appreciate it!

  10. Annie
    April 15 at 12:23PM

    Was the voting for the Secret 13 essay contest only one day, yesterday, April 14th? Thanks

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 16 at 02:26PM

      We were having issues with the voting so we are fixing the problem and will let you know when it is fixed.

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