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Dirt Road Adventures – Only One Week To Go

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: Easter Sunday! 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.

I hope you have had a wonderful week of Christmas planning. Can you believe we only have one week left?

This past week, we had some fun gatherings to soak up the season. I thought I’d share a fun behind-the-scenes with you.

Behind the Scenes – An Inexpensive Adventure

First, some friends and I visited the Historic Village of Gold Hill last weekend. It’s a magical adventure that is fun for the whole family and an inexpensive way to step back in time to enjoy the simple pleasures of the holiday season.

The Historic Village of Gold Hill, NC

Gold Hill is a charming restored historical town celebrating North Carolina’s Gold Mining Boom. Walking the wooden sidewalks and stepping into the restored shops was like stepping back in time. Gold was first discovered here in 1824, and the town thrived. It is home to numerous gold mines, the two most significant in the Southeast.

We attended their annual Christmas in the Village and enjoyed popping into the quaint gift shops and antique stores. We even ran into the Grinch while shopping for antiques.

We had a delicious Cheeseburger at Flynn’s Village Grill, which was like an old tavern and very budget-friendly.

And then we spent the rest of the time exploring the cute village. There were activities for kids in the village and even a hayride. It was a fun experience spending the afternoon in the middle of nowhere!

If you’d like to know more about the Historic Village of Gold Hill, visit – Shop Gold Hill

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

Rudy was also excited to have Jackson and Millie visit with us last weekend. They took over the guest bed.

Rudy gets so excited when they visit that he sleeps for two days afterward. LOL

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DIY Dollar Tree Candle Rings. Candle sitting on vintage book.

DIY Holiday Candle Rings With Dollar Tree Supplies

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How to keep Christmas Greenery fresh. Greenery in basket.

How To Keep Christmas Greenery Fresh

If you enjoy using fresh greenery during the holidays, you may be looking for ideas to help keep it looking good throughout the season. Keeping Christmas Greenery Fresh is not as difficult as you might think. Although I’m not a professional, here are some simple tips I use when I start to cut fresh greenery and decorate for Christmas.


Thrifted Milk Glass decorating in a farmhouse setting.

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Christmas Charcuterie Board displayed with Arthur Court Deer bowl.

Amazing Christmas Charcuterie Board Party Ideas To Wow Guests

Looking for festive and creative ways to throw a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party this year? Why not plan a Charcuterie Board Party? Look at these amazing Christmas Charcuterie Board Ideas that will wow your guests. You’ll see traditional Charcuterie boards, a creative seafood spread, easy finger foods, and desserts.


DIY Felt Christmas Trees with wooden bases.

Create Whimsical DIY Felt Christmas Trees: Easy Tutorial

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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

These cute pearl Christmas Ornaments are perfect for CoCo’s soft pink Christmas Tree, and they look easy to make.

Wendy is so talented, and I love these gingerbread house printables that she shared.

And I couldn’t resist sharing her Marshmellow Christmas Trees. I definitely want to remember both of these for next year.

KariAnne shared some great gift wrap tips. Wait until you see how she personalizes ribbons for her packages.

If you are looking for elegant home decor ideas, you need to see Anne’s Elegant Christmas Home Tour.

Looking for activities that won’t break the bank? Check out Kim’s Seven Fun on a Dime Ideas.

I love free pinecone crafts, and you have to see Jennifer’s cute Rustic Pinecone Christmas Ornaments.

Stacy has the best gardening and plant tips. Check out How to Propagate Pothos in Water.

Tammy shared a cute bottle brush tree that’s perfect for Winter Decorating.


Last Words…

I know this coming week will be filled with last-minute details. I hope you take the time to enjoy the process. And I certainly hope you are blessed with an amazing Christmas filled with good health and much joy! I’ll take a break from Dirt Road Adventures other than to give you a recap of the previous week on the blog.

So here’s my Merry Christmas Wishes to you and yours.


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

Catching up after spending so much time at the cabin over the holiday season and I wanted to stop by and thank you for sharing my pearl wreath ornaments. It was so sweet of you! I hope you and your family had an amazing holiday season and have a richly blessed new year too. I can’t wait to follow along on all your adventures. Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

CoCo I'm glad you had time to relax. Hope this is the best year ever.


Saturday 23rd of December 2023

That sweet little town looks so quaint. What a fun way to spend the day. It sure seems like Christmas has arrived so quickly this year. I loved all of your fabulous projects. Merry Christmas, and thank you for sharing my posts today. I look forward to many more fun events with you next year.


Saturday 23rd of December 2023

Wendy, Thank you and Merry Christmas.


Tuesday 19th of December 2023

Great job Rachel, like always. I need to know where that grinch costume came from. We had our annual family gathering since we are all from different places and my husband playes Santa. He was so bad we all had to cringe and laugh. He is the utmost GRINCH in the world. I need to find that costume for next year. He hates the holidys, to much commotion he claims. From the week before Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas, he is miserable. Me on the other hand love all the things of the season. Who ever said opposites attractive was right. Have a wonderful holiday. Kim


Thursday 21st of December 2023

Kim, That is so funny. I don't know where the costume came from. That was someone hired for the Christmas in the Village Festivities. Have a Merry Christmas!


Monday 18th of December 2023

Rachel, your little mini trip sounds lovely. It is always fun to get together with friends. Thank you for sharing my bottle brush project. Merry Christmas!


Thursday 21st of December 2023

Tammy, You are welcome. Have a Merry Christmas!


Sunday 17th of December 2023

How fun! Rudy had a sleepover! So many great shares, this week, and I appreciate you sharing my fun on a dime! Merry Christmas, Rachel! I hope you're blessed real big! ❤️🎄


Thursday 21st of December 2023

Kim, You are welcome and Merry Christmas!