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Dirt Road Adventures: Looking Back At The Last Week Of June

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: Last Week of June! 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,

Can you believe we are at the end of June? Summer arrived with a blast of unrelenting heat, making me wonder what July weather will be like. The heat is taking a toll on my hydrangeas, creating brown spots on many. The zinnias are just beginning to bloom, and I rescued as many as possible to enjoy while at the beach cottage.

Dirt Road Adventures: Zinnias in ironstone pitcher with copper kitchen utensils at beach cottage.

If you are celebrating the 4th of July, your vacation may start today. I hope you will be somewhere cool. We are spending the week celebrating with family and friends. I plan to take a mini break and enjoy a relaxing week. Therefore, I will not publish Dirt Road Adventures next Sunday.

I hope you have big plans for next week, and I look forward to catching up with you the following week.

View of pool and pier at the Ponds with umbrella and seating area.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

We started our vacation a little early and went vintage shopping at the Ivy Cottage in Wilmington. For once, I didn’t bring anything home, but they had some beautiful pieces.

Before the 4th of July crowds arrived, we had dinner at a favorite restaurant, Soul Flavor, in Carolina Beach. We stocked our refrigerator full of food so that we don’t have to fight the crowds in the coming week. We are settling in for a week of enjoying the beach.

But let’s see what you may have missed from last week.

In Case You Missed It

Smoked Dark Chocolate Brownies made with salted caramel and candied bacon.

Smokey & Sweet: Salted Caramel, Candied Bacon, Dark Chocolate Brownies

Looking for a new brownie recipe? Try this smoked salted caramel dark chocolate brownies recipe with candied bacon. YUM! This easy recipe includes a boxed dark chocolate brownie mix, prepared caramel, and smoked sea salt. It’s baked in a smoker or grill and topped with yummy candied bacon. Don’t have a smoker, no worries, I’m providing three options.


Red White and blue patriotic porch decorating ideas. Rustic porch ideas.

Transform Your Summer Porch: Rustic Red, White & Blue Ideas

Looking to transform your summer porch decorations with a touch of patriotic flair? Create a festive porch with these rustic red, white, and blue decoration ideas. From budget-friendly projects to rustic porch decor, these ideas will evoke star-spangled nostalgic charm. Perfect for celebrating the 4th of July or simply enjoying the summer season.


Coastal Cottage 4th of July decorations. Patriotic pillow.

How To Decorate A Coastal Cottage For The 4th of July

The Fourth of July is a time for celebration, and what better way to celebrate than by creating a patriotic oasis with 4th of July decorating ideas? If you have a coastal cottage or want to create a patriotic coastal feel within your home, these simple tips are sure to help.


Pool Dining Table decorated with purple pillows and flowers. Pool entertaining.

Refreshing Poolside Dining Table Ideas To Beat The Heat

Beat the heat and enjoy your meals outdoors! There’s nothing like dining by the water; these refreshing poolside dining table ideas will keep you cool all summer. I’m sharing easy, budget-friendly poolside table ideas for your next dinner party. Entertaining doesn’t have to be expensive with these poolside decor ideas.


Amber Bottles displayed in a glass cloche dome in farmhouse.

Inspiring Ways To Decorate with Glass Cloche Domes

Cloches come in various styles and are a great way to add a touch of elegance to any room in your home. You can use them to display various items, from plants to collectibles to simply a stack of vintage books. This blog post will share some inspiring ways to decorate with a cloche year-round.


Smoke It Up – Fast & Easy Smoker and Grill Recipes

Craving smoky, delicious food but short on time? You’ve come to the right place! Smoke It Up is your one-stop shop for fast and easy smoker and grill recipes that anyone can master. Easy Smoker recipes can be made with a pellet smoker, cold smoke, liquid smoke, and more.

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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

What’s in my Cart

See some of my favorite collections for Summer

favorite craft supplies.


Tuesday 2nd of July 2024

You always have such great ideas and inspiring projects! Thank so much for giving my DIY flag banner project a shout out! Wishing you an amazing 4th of July, Rachel!


Tuesday 2nd of July 2024

Missy, I'm so glad you like these projects and you are so welcome.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Tuesday 2nd of July 2024

Rachel, How nice you are taking a relaxing travels wherever you are going. I love the photo of the zinnias in your beach cottage kitchen. Thank you so much for sharing my Out of Africa 1920s dinner themed table! You are always so sweet to include me in your Sunday post...which is one of my favorites. Happy 4th to you and your family.


Tuesday 2nd of July 2024

Mary, Thank you so much for your kind words. Your tablescapes are always so inspiring.


Sunday 30th of June 2024

Hey Rachel, thanks for sharing my summer mantel with flags! Have a great week 4th getaway. sounds about perfect to me.


Monday 1st of July 2024

Debra, You are welcome. Have a wonderful week of the 4th.


Sunday 30th of June 2024

Thanks Rachel!! I really appreciate your shout out! Hope you enjoy the 4th at the beach.


Monday 1st of July 2024

Diane, Thank you! have a good week.