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Dirt Road Adventures: 2 Amazing Features, A Bridal Shower, & Spring Flowers

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: 2 Amazing Features, A Bridal Shower, and Spring Flowers! This is where we review all the exciting events behind the scenes on the website and the sources of inspiration I discovered online during the past week. This weekly recap ensures you don’t miss any of our adventures.

Hey friends, I hope you had a good week!

We had a good week, spending some time outdoors planting a few things and transplanting a few perennials. Do you ever have annual flowers come back the next year? I’ve had it happen several times over the years, but it’s always a treat. Last year’s petunias look amazing, spilling out of the vintage galvanized tub.

Petunias in a galvanized tub by the front porch steps.

We’ve also been blessed with an abundance of Bee’s Balm spreading across the landscape. So, I attempted to move some to other areas of the garden. Hopefully, they will live.

Bee's Balm plants

Everything is getting green, and these bursts of color are stunning this year. The Irises were translated from a neighbor’s garden, and the knock-out rose bush is next to the pool area.

My niece is getting married in July, and we had such a fun time at her bridal shower yesterday. I helped my sister set up and arrange the flowers for the tables.

Isn’t she lovely?

Miceala at her bridal shower

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

In Other News

It’s always so exciting to see your hard work pay off, and I was honored to be featured twice in Country Samplers Farmhouse Style Magazine Summer 2024 Issue.

If you happened to have missed these articles, you can check them out at 15 Stunning Ways to Use Vintage Milk Glass in Your Home and DIY Cottage Oyster Shell Garland: A Unique Coastal Craft Idea

Two articles featured in Farmhouse Style Magazine for Summer 2024

In addition, I was amazed and honored to see this article from Tech Web Post – 10 Best DIY Home Decor Blogs To Follow in 2024.

Blogging can be challenging at times, and having your work recognized is such an uplifting experience. However, I want to thank each of you for following along and making this journey possible. Each Sunday, I send over 8,000 emails all over the country and beyond. You are the reason I do this crazy thing called blogging, and without your support, I couldn’t continue. Thank you so much!

In Case You Missed It.

Limons, sugar needed to m,ake lemoncello recipe.

How to Make Homemade Limoncello

Did you know you can make homemade limoncello? It’s relatively easy and a great way to save money. I’m sharing this easy homemade Limoncello Recipe, which is great for cocktails or many dessert recipes.


Limoncello tart made from scratch. Great limoncello tart desert recipe.

Frozen Limoncello Desert with Toasted Coconut

Looking for a refreshing and delicious dessert recipe? Here is an easy recipe to make a Frozen Limoncello Tart Dessert topped with toasted coconut. It’s easy to make, and you will love the presentation. It is so delicious.

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Italian Dinner Table Party Theme. Decorating with Lemons.

Creative Italian Dinner Party: DIY Table Setting Ideas That Wow

Let’s transport your dinner guests to Italy. These creative Italian Table Setting Ideas are sure to wow your guests. Learn how to throw an Italian-themed dinner party with budget DIY ideas and soothing blue and white tableware.


Cheese being smoked in grill using a smoker tube.

Cold Smoking Made Easy: Delicious Smoked Food at Home

Are you a fan of smoked cheese or smoked salmon? Did you know that it’s easy and inexpensive to cold smoke your favorites at home with a cold smoke tube? You don’t need a lot of expensive tools. I’ll show you how to save money and store your smoked foods, and I’ll even give you some gift ideas. You’ll learn what cold smoking is and how it works for different types of food.


Vintage Concrete Bunny. Decorating with vintage concrete figures.

Vintage Garden Concrete Statuaries: Unique Decor Indoors & Out

Do you love the look of vintage garden decorations? Decorating with concrete garden statues adds unique character to your decor. Vintage concrete statuaries are not limited to just the garden; they can be used to decorate both indoors and outdoors. Create rustic and stylish vintage charm all around your home with these vintage garden statuary decorating ideas.


Kentucky Derby DIY Napkin Rings with pink napkin on white plate.

Fast & Fabulous: 3 Easy & Simple DIY Derby Parth Decorations

The Kentucky Derby is the perfect excuse to throw a fun and stylish party, but who says decorations need to be complicated (or expensive)? With a little creativity, a few left-over supplies, and a trip to Dollar Tree, you can make these 3 easy DIY Kentucky Derby Decorations in no time. So, grab your derby craft supplies, saddle up, and let’s get ready to impress your guests with some fast and fabulous Derby Day decorations.


DIY Concrete Countertop on outdoor bar by pond.

Easy DIY Concrete Countertop Guide: Transform Outdoor Spaces and More

Are you craving a low-maintenance but stylish solution for your outdoor spaces? Have you considered DIY concrete countertops? We love our outdoor spaces, but keeping them clean and in good repair can be a challenge. We have been gradually transforming our outdoor kitchen and bar area with easy and affordable concrete countertops. This easy guide will help you to transform your spaces with a creative solution. Plus, as a bonus, I’ll share the DIY tutorial for the farmhouse countertops.


Adventures Off The Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

There are so many wonderful blog posts each week, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

What’s in my cart?

Here are a few things that I’ve ordered or plan to order. Check them out.

Okay, I’m stopping, and I look forward to sharing all my adventures with you next week. Have the best Sunday!

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 27th of April 2024

Congratulations on your two magazine features and being included among the best DIY home decor bloggers to follow, Rachel! You deserve it all! You work so hard and have the best ideas. Your garden is looking so pretty!


Sunday 28th of April 2024

Kim, You are so sweet. Thank you for the garden comment. That mean alot coming from you.

Miche Ortega

Sunday 21st of April 2024

Rachel, Congratulations on your recognition. If any blogger deserves it, it is YOU! You are faithful and hardworking at creating continuous content for your readers. So, you go girl! I love your Derby decorations. Adorable! Thank you.


Sunday 21st of April 2024

Miche, You are so kind. I appreciate you for following along. Thank you for your support.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 21st of April 2024

Rachel, congratulations on all the wonderful recognition of your work! Wow! You are #1 in that article about blogs to follow in 2024! That is a stunning accomplishment, and you do it all with grace and kindness! Thank you SO much for featuring my Spring Themed dinner post. You are certainly the best. Your niece looks so happy and what a wonderful thing to celebrate. Your gardens look beautiful~I, too, am loving all the flowers of Spring. Happy Sunday, sweet friend.


Sunday 21st of April 2024

Mary, I really appreciate you and all your encouragement. You are so kind and I appreciate everything you do.

Alice Cook

Sunday 21st of April 2024

Wow Rachel, what an honor to be listed as the number one blogger in the top ten. So happy for you. Keep it up!


Sunday 21st of April 2024

Alice, It was a real surprise and I feel so blessed. Thank you for following along.