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Dirt Road Adventures: The Joys Of Country Living

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures – The Joys of Country Living. Each Sunday, 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.

Cozy Winter Bedroom with Valentine Wreaths made with Dollar Tree frames and DIY paper roses.

Hey friends, I hope you have had a great week.

We have enjoyed the joys of country living this past week. As in, not really.

Due to the winter storms, we spent several hours without power on Tuesday evening. The winds and rain were some of the worst we’ve seen. Rudy spent most of his time in the bathroom shaking.

Then we spent Wednesday picking up fallen limbs along our driveway. Plus, it looked like half our gravel was washed away. Brad spent hours trying to fill back the washed-away areas. Only to be threatened with the same weather again on Friday evening. However, Friday wasn’t nearly as bad, and Rudy was the only one upset. Ah, the joys of country living.

We were actually very fortunate compared to many who were without power for many hours and those who were flooded or had large trees down.

We love living in the middle of nowhere and the privacy our long dirt road provides. However, the challenge of keeping the road drivable after storms and the frequent power outages are some of the downsides of our country life.

After living in town all of our adult life, the move to the country was an adjustment. We can no longer just run out to the store in five minutes, so we have to plan our meals (or rather, Brad plans our meals and shops).

We also learned quickly that a generator was a must-have for our home. After losing our power for three days one winter, a generator was installed.

Otherwise, we love our country lifestyle and love sharing snippets with you on Dirt Road Adventures. I appreciate you for showing up weekly and following along.

So, let’s see what else happened this week.

Rudy by the cozy faux fireplace for hygge winter mantel decorating.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

This week was all about cozy winter decorating and adding romantic Valentine’s Day touches to your home. You’ll love these budget-friendly decorating and DIY ideas.

In Case You Missed It

First, these comfort foods really came in handy this past week. With the threat of power outages, our crock pot was filled early in the day to ensure a hearty meal as we hunkered down for the storm.

TV screen using YouTube App. TV with Art Screen.

Ditch the Black Screen: Turn Your TV Into Free ArtWith YouTube App

Are you tired of decorating around the TV and want to ditch the Black Screen? How about turning that boring black box into TV Art? Let’s transform your Smart TV, Fire Stick, or Roku with Free Frame TV Art using the YouTube App. Free art for TV screens is just a click away, and guests will be amazed at your stunning works of art.

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Valentines Cloches in vintage wooden bowl displayed in farmhouse.

How to Use Cloches for Valentine’s Day Decor and Gift Ideas

Today, I’m sharing How to Use Cloches for Valentine’s Day Decor as well as Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas for gifts.


Farmhouse winter Fireplace Mantel. Fireplace mantel with winter village view. YouTube Art on TV.

Cozy Up Your Fireplace Mantel Decor With Hygge- Inspired Winter Magic

Are you ready to cozy up by the fire with some hygge fireplace mantel decor? With these cozy winter mantel decor ideas, let’s create a unique focal point in your living room.


DIY Valentine Heart Pillow displayed on vintage iron bed.

Easy No-Sew Valentine Heart Pillow DIY: An Upcycled Scrap Fabric Craft

Looking for a budget-friendly Valentine’s Day Pillow DIY project? Create a No-Sew Heart Pillow from Scrap Fabric for a Valentine’s Day Pillow Decoration that you will love. I’m combining my love of seasonal pillows and my waste-not attitude to create easy, budget-friendly pillows with upcycled scrap fabrics.


Valentine Wreath with deconstructed Dollar Tree Heart Frame-1

5 Easy Valentine Wreaths with DIY Paper Roses & Dollar Tree Frames

Looking for a way to brighten your home this winter? Check out these five budget-friendly Valentine’s wreath ideas. I’ll teach you how to make stunning paper roses to add to inexpensive Dollar Tree Valentine’s wreaths. You can quickly transform these cheap heart frames into unique, romantic Valentine’s Day Decor.


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

Michele’s Winter Wonderland Tablescape is filled with so many great ideas.

I learned some new tips with KariAnne’s 21 Kitchen Organizing Ideas.

Stacy shared this Lenton Rose Care Guide, and I definitely want to add some this year.

I want to find some of this trim after reading Heather’s ideas for using Bobbin Trim.

Kelly shared my favorite way to beat the winter blues: forcing blooms and growing Paperwhites Indoors.

You will love Elizabeth’s easy hand-painted Valentine’s candles tutorial.

I love finding a great deal on tableware, and Ann’s latest China find is perfect for her St. Patrick table setting.

Speaking of tableware, I love Renae’s Elegant Bumble Bee DIY Napkin Rings.

What’s in my cart

This week, I slowed down my shopping. I did stock up on some of my vitamins and other supplements.

However, I’m getting the itch to get back to the thrift stores, and this week, on Thrifting with the Gals, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite finds.

I’ve been using this Collagen Powder in my coffee each morning for a year, and my nails have really improved.

I just received my third pair of these comfortable Jogging pants.

Coming Soon

  • Thrifting Tips
  • Thrifting with the Gals first month of 2024.
  • Decorating with cozy Antique Quilts and more.
  • Valentine’s Porch ideas and more romantic decor ideas.

michele - vintage home designs

Monday 15th of January 2024

Thank you so much for sharing my Winter Wonderland tablescape Rachel!!

So sorry about your winter storm, power outage and clean up. I grew up in the country and certainly understand.

Have a wonderful week and stay warm my friend!


Monday 15th of January 2024

Michele, Thank you for stopping by.


Sunday 14th of January 2024

I made your upside down German Chocolate cake. Wasn’t sure if I baked it long enough, but my family loved it and told me not to lose the recipe


Sunday 14th of January 2024

Claudia, I'm so glad it was a hit. Thanks for sharing.


Sunday 14th of January 2024

We experience the same weather issues here on our farm. We now have solar and a generator, so we always have power and heat now. This week we have had snow since Friday and it won't thaw until Wednesday. The good news is that the grandkids are snowed in here at the farm. What fun. Thank you so much for the feature. Hugs and blessings to you.


Sunday 14th of January 2024

Renae, Aww how fun. I'm sure you are having a great time.


Sunday 14th of January 2024

Hi Rachel! I’m glad your power is back on and hoping you are staying warm. We have had a little snow and freezing temps but nothing like you. Goodness! Thank you for sharing my paperwhites post this week. So thoughtful. Hugs, Kelly


Sunday 14th of January 2024

Kelly, Thank you. You are welcome.


Sunday 14th of January 2024

I'm going to make one or two of those Valentine wreaths. I just need to figure out what I want to cover them in, love the sherpa look. I too am in NC and Tuesday was bad Friday was doable. Thank you for sharing these easy DIY projects, love it. I hate when the pets get upset during storms, it isn't like you can change it, but snacks are a distraction LOL


Sunday 14th of January 2024

Diana, If you are close to a Hobby Lobby, they sometimes have the shepa fleece on sale. Can't wait to see what you make.