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Dirt Road Adventures – Recover from Vacation

Welcome to Dirt Road Adventures! It’s been a short week because we didn’t return from our Easter weekend until Tuesday. It took me all week to recover from vacation.

However, the trip was worth it because we had a great time celebrating with our beach families and enjoyed our time away. The food was delicious and the companionship was wonderful.

Brad and I made candied bacon to add to the Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. Have you ever had candied bacon?

I’ll share the recipe soon. It’s yummy, and we have several recipes that we use it for. It’s particularly good in Bloody Marys.

Rudy had his first teeth cleaning experience last week, and this was the position he took all the next day. He also stayed mad at us for about 24 hours.

Rudy recovering from his teeth cleaning.

Brad worked at our daughter’s home, installing new flooring for her: two rooms down and one to go.

While he was out of town, I transplanted plants and separated hosta and phlox to spread the love around our landscape.

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

After being away from home for a week, getting back into the swing of things was hard.

I couldn’t come up with a single creative idea. Thankfully I had planned some projects before vacation.

As the week wore on, I felt more myself and began forming new plans.

You’ll get a hint when you see what’s in my cart. LOL

In Case You Missed It

First, one of the easiest DIY projects saved me $95.00. You can check out Easiest Pottery Barn Dupe.

Another dupe was this napkin decoupage decorative box tutorial.

Don’t miss How to Make A Grapevine Wreath Climbing Topiary, and How To Add Lighting to a Room without wiring.

Finally, if you love budget-friendly farmhouse-style kitchens, you’ll want to read Best Farmhouse Style Kitchen Ideas.

Best Ideas to Decorate a Farmhouse Kitchen.  Budget friendly farmhouse essentials and decor ideas.

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

My friend Wendy is so creative; you’ll love the moss mushrooms she made.

My gardening friends are getting busy now that Spring has Sprung!

I loved following along on Mary’s Guest Cottage Rejuvenation.

You’ll also love KariAnne’s 12 Ideas to Make Your House Look More Expensive

If you love banana pudding, wait until you see this Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake – YUMMY!

What’s In My Cart

Y’all, I finally came up with new crafty ideas, and this week I ordered this Flower Punch.

Then that creative Amazon site suggested another one, so I ordered this unique punch also.

Who wants a bunch of flowers without any leaves, so I ordered this leaf punch. I can’t wait for you to see my idea.

If you remember these battery-operated candles from last week, I finalized that order, and they will arrive shortly.

If you missed these clever lighting ideas, you will find them all right here.

Clever lighting ideas.

You can also see all the materials used for the decorative box tutorial.

Napkin Decoupage Wooden Decorative Box Ideas

What Coming Soon?

  • Another Stacked Salad Recipe. You’ll want to get these soon if you haven’t ordered your metal cake stacks.
  • Also a Delicious Fruit Salad with Beet Recipe that you don’t want to miss.
  • Help planning your Cinco de Mayo Party.
  • Thrifting with the Gals – How To Decorate With Vintage Baskets
  • And More so stay tuned.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Monday 24th of April 2023

Rachel, thank you so much for sharing my guest cottage renovation! You are so sweet to do so. Your beach trip sounds like fun. What a treat to get together with others. I'm still thinking about all the places I want lighting but don't want to hardwire for it. Such a great tip. Have a happy week!


Tuesday 25th of April 2023

Mary, I love sharing your great posts. I'm glad you found the lighting post helpful.

Wendy McMonigle

Sunday 16th of April 2023

Looks like you had a great vacation. I can't wait to see what you create with your flower punch. Thank you for featuring my mushroom post.


Monday 17th of April 2023

Wendy, You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday 16th of April 2023

Sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing my zinnias post! xo


Sunday 16th of April 2023

Stacy, You are welcome.