Weekend Reading: October 20, 2012

Fall in West Virginia
source: mandiehman on Instagram

Although Sean and I really, really enjoyed our time away for our anniversary, I’ve realized that October is not the best time for traveling. We missed pumpkin patch field trips with two different homeschool groups, had a million commitments to balance before we left and after we got back, and we were really afraid we were going to miss the peak of the fall foliage, which is just amazing in the mountains of West Virginia.

Fortunately, after 5 days in the Charleston, SC area (which we highly, highly recommend as a destination!), and 3 more in Maryland where we celebrated the wedding of Sean’s best friend from high school, we made it back to West Virginia for the peak, and I think it’s the best we’ve seen in a few years.

I say it all the time, but there is rarely a day that goes by that I’m not thankful to live where we do. It’s truly breathtaking in any season, and I hope I never stop appreciating the beauty of it all!

Next week I’m headed to the Allume Conference in Pennsylvania. If you’ll be there, be sure to leave a comment so I’ll know to look for you!

Here are some of my favorite posts from this week. As always, check out what I’m reading to see the other posts that make me stop and think. You’ll find new posts all week long!

Time-Saving Tips {Eat Well, Spend Less}

  • Save Time and Money on Grocery Shopping | Life as Mom
  • My Morning Routine and a Cookbook Giveaway | Tammy’s Recipes
  • Save Time in the Kitchen with a Little Prep Work | Easy Homemade
  • 9 Tips for Spending Less Time at the Kitchen Sink | Denver Bargains
  • Eat Well and Spend Less with Kitchen Time-Savers: The Slow Cooker | Keeping the Kingdom First
  • On Batch Cooking  | Simple Bites
  • 5 Ways to Save Time Making Family Dinners | Food for My Family


Many of the Eat Well, Spend Less bloggers are also giving away a copy of Jessica’s new cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead and Freeze Cookbook, this weekend. Enter at each site to increase your chances because this cookbook is so good:

  • Life as Mom
  • Tammy’s Recipes
  • Kitchen Stewardship
  • GoodLife Eats
  • Denver Bargains
  • Keeping the Kingdom First

Have a great weekend!