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Dirt Road Adventures – Holiday Preparation

Happy Sunday, friends! Are you in the throes of Holiday preparation?

If so, which holiday are you preparing for? Thanksgiving or Christmas? Today I’m sharing some ideas for both to help you prepare.

Plus, looking back at all the Christmas Inspiration and some new ideas I shared and found on the web.

Although I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving at our beach cottage, the farmhouse looks much more like Christmas than Thanksgiving.

As a blogger, I’m actually feeling behind in my decorating. I have a tree up and most of the inside decorated. However, I still have the porch and greenhouse to work on.

Plus…. I have all the projects I want to make.

10 Days of Christmas Decorating Ideas

Did you see our 10 Days of Christmas Decorating Series? This group of ladies is so talented, and I got so many great ideas. I want to start today by recognizing all the creative bloggers who participated in the 10 Days of Christmas.

You will want to follow along as they share more creative ideas in the coming weeks.

If you missed any of the 10 Days, here’s a recap! Just click on the highlighted title to link.

  1. 9 DIY Christmas Decorations and More
  2. Best Entryways & Porches Decorated for Christmas
  3. 9 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas & DIY Ideas
  4. 9 Inspired Christmas Table Ideas for the Holidays
  5. 9 Delicious Christmas Treats for the Holidays
  6. 9 Unique Christmas Decorations & Ideas for a Memorable 2022.
  7. The Best Tips for Christmas Decorating
  8. The Best Gift Wrapping Ideas for Christmas
  9. Creative Front Door Wreaths and Christmas Decor Ideas
  10. Eco-Friendly Fresh Christmas Greenery Ideas

We had such a great time pulling these ideas together, and I hope you enjoyed all the inspiration.

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

Believe it or not, I still managed to add some more new posts this past week and I don’t want you to miss them.

Charcuterie Boards for Christmas – Holiday Preparation

I joined another talented group of friends to share some Charcuterie Board Inspiration. I love how this Christmas Tree Shaped appetizer turned out and you can see the step-by-step tutorials here.

If you like a video tutorial, check out this video.

DIY Christmas Charcuterie Board Tutorial for Holiday Preparation and Christmas Parties.

How To Overwinter Your Plants

In preparation for freezing temperatures, I started trimming and preparing all my plants to be stored and saved until next Spring.

I’ve done this for the past several years, and even if you don’t have a greenhouse, these tips will help you to save your plants, also.

Easy Napkin Decoupage Christmas Ornaments

I love using red birds on my screened porch for Christmas. Therefore, when I found these great Cardinal Napkins, I made these cute ornaments. I love how they turned out.

DIY Napkin Decoupage Tutorial for Christmas Ornaments

See Video Tutorial Here

Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week, there are so many wonderful blog posts, 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

Some Thanksgiving Holiday Preparation

My friend Molly is preparing to host her family for Thanksgiving and shared these tips for holiday preparation.

Thanksgiving Holiday Preparations for table settings and menu.

Mary at Life at Bella Terra shared her menu, recipes, and table holiday preparations.

Yummy turkey recipes and more for Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving celebrations.

This Pumpkin Pie In A Cup looks so yummy.

Pumpkin PIe in a Cup recipe looks delicious for Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving Celebrations and family gatherings

Autumn at Highclere Castle Home of Downton Abbey

Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? I’ve watched it twice and could watch it again right now. Therefore, I’ve been obsessed with Laura’s fantastic tour.

Home of Downton Abbey Tour

This and That

It’s not too late for Fall Gardening tips; you will love all this inspiration.

I want to try these cake-pop Christmas ornaments.

What about these cute mushroom Christmas ornaments?

Don’t miss these 11 Simple Ideas to start your Christmas Decorating.

I loved this simple vintage Christmas tree decor.

And these Christmas Buffet Table ideas are so helpful.

Y’all know I love using Thrift Store Finds so check out this Thrifted Thanksgiving Table.

You have to see this beautiful French Country Christmas Tree.

I also loved these pointers for setting a Holiday coastal table.

Last week I was excited to see my wooden heart sway featured by Home BNC.

DIY Wooden Heart Swag featured for DIY projects

Sale – Sale – Sale LAST DAY

Today is the last day for buy 2 get ONE free with Antique Candle Company. Be sure to hop over and pick up several candles for Christmas Gift Giving and for decorating your home this year.

candle sale - buy 2 get one free.

What’s In My Cart

I found these adorable salad plates and had to have these reversible napkins.

Then I saw they had a reversible placemat also.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 19th of November 2022

You have had so many amazing Christmas ideas and inspiration on your blog already and it isn't even Thanksgiving yet Rachel. So fun to see all that you do. Thank you for sharing my Christmas post here.


Sunday 20th of November 2022

Kim, You are so welcome.


Wednesday 16th of November 2022

Your holiday countdown series was so helpful and inspirational, Rachel! I came away with lots of ideas and pins too. Thanks so much for sharing my cake pop ornaments. I really appreciate it. I hope you and your family have a fabulous Thanksgiving at the beach. Big hugs, CoCo


Wednesday 16th of November 2022

CoCo, Thanks so much and same to you.

Wendy McMonigle

Monday 14th of November 2022

So much inspiration in one spot, who needs to go anyplace else! right? You always have the best ideas Rachel. I cant wait to see all you share this next month. Thank you for sharing my mushroom ornaments. You are the best.


Tuesday 15th of November 2022

Wendy, you are so welcome. Thanks for all you share.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Monday 14th of November 2022

Rachel, first of all, thank you for featuring my Thanksgiving recipes! What a wonderful post. I haven't had a chance to look at all your Christmas ideas but hope to do so this week. Been so overscheduled and don't have one stitch of Christmas up, but it will all come together soon. So many good ideas here!


Tuesday 15th of November 2022

Mary, You are so welcome. I'm still working to get it all together myself. Thanks for stopping by.

Laura Ingalls Gunn

Sunday 13th of November 2022

I have been loving the 10 days of decorating series! Thank you SO MUCH for featuring my Downton Abbey post. It was such a joy to visit.


Tuesday 15th of November 2022

Laura, I'm so jealous. I'd love it.