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Dirt Road Adventures – The Week Before Thanksgiving

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.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? Before we go there, let’s take a look at last week, the week before Thanksgiving.

As a content creator, I’ve been thinking ahead to Christmas, and my farmhouse looks much more like Christmas than Thanksgiving.

I’ve been working hard to share all my ideas with you so that you will hopefully be inspired to make some of the projects, look for creative ways to save money this Christmas and gather your friends and family to enjoy this magical season.

Although it doesn’t look much like Thanksgiving, I have much to be thankful for. I am thankful to each of you for following along on my adventures. Without your encouragement and sweet comments, I could not do what I do each week. Just when I think no one will be interested in a project, I get wonderful, uplifting comments, and I’m encouraged to keep creating. So, “THANK YOU” from the bottom of my heart.

In addition, I’m thankful for all the blessings that come with having good friends and family to celebrate the season with. We plan to spend Thanksgiving at our beach cottage and celebrate with our beach families.

So, the project projects may slow down just a bit this coming week, but never fear; I have so much more to share.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

In Case You Missed It – The Week Before Thanksgiving

This week before Thanksgiving was all about Christmas decorating and Christmas entertaining. I hope you enjoyed everything I shared, and in case you missed it, here’s a recap.

Christmas Cranberry Pear Martini. Raised bread board with silver deer platter on farmhouse table.

The Easiest Christmas Martini – Cranberry Pear Martini

If you are looking for Christmas Cocktail Recipes, check out this easy Christmas Martini recipe. This Cranberry Pear Martini recipe has only two ingredients; it’s the easiest martini to make. Plus, learn how to batch more complicated martini recipes.


DIY Magnolia wreath with Deer Antlers. Rustic cabin with Deer Antler wreath.

DIY Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath with DFeer Antlers, Magnoplia, and Pinecones

Hi, it’s Rachel with The Ponds Farmhouse, and I’m back with an easy, rustic DIY Christmas wreath tutorial for you today. You are in the right place if you want to decorate your home with a cozy, rustic cabin Christmas feel. Wait until you see this DIY rustic deer antlers wreath made with a combination of natural elements such as foraged pinecones, magnolia leaves, and grapevine.


Recycled scrap fabric Christmas wrap. Recycled Christmas wrap and topper ideas.

5 Sustainable Recycled Gift Wrap Package Topper and Ornaments

You will love this idea if you look for creative ways to wrap your Christmas gifts and save money. Y’all know I’m a fan of recycling scrap fabric, so I decided to make some sustainable, recycled gift-wrap package toppers using scrap fabrics. These eco-friendly wrapping ideas are budget-friendly and super easy to make. The reusable gift wrap toppers are also great for stylish tree ornaments.


Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with vintage milk glass. Christmas tablescape.

10 Amazing Vintage Milk Glass Christmas Decorating Ideas

I’m sharing some amazing creative vintage milk glass Christmas decorating ideas. Are you looking for ways to create an elegant look with your thrifted antique milk glass collections? Then you are in luck because I’m sharing 10 ways to decorate your home with milk glass for Christmas.

Plus… see what all the other Thrifting with the Gals have been up to this month.


Cabin Christmas tablescape. Rustic dining table with vintage sliver ware and copper plate chargers.

Inspiring Rustic Cabin Christmas Centerpiece & Budget Table Ideas

If you love a cozy rustic cabin feel, join me today for an inspiring rustic cabin Christmas tablescape. Learn how to create a rustic centerpiece with budget table ideas to save money.

Plus, this is part of our Supper Club Series, and you’ll see 5 more cabin Christmas ideas from my talented friends.


Dollar Tree Christmas ornament  makeover. Cheap Dollar Tree Ornament with recycled old book pages.

Upcycle Old Books With Big Christmas Ornaments from Dollar Tree

Are you ready to transform old books into festive big Christmas ornaments? Join me on this budget-friendly Dollar Tree craft upcycling adventure. Today, we are creating old book ornaments that look high-end.


6 Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas. Country cabin Christmas dinner ideas.

Holiday Feast: Christmas Sipper Recipes and Dinner Menu Ideas

Are you looking for new ideas for your holiday feasts? Gathering family and friends for holiday meals is a joyous occasion, but planning the meals can be overwhelming. With so many different recipes out there, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this collection of Christmas supper recipes and dinner menu recipe ideas.


Adventures Off The Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

There are so many wonderful blog posts each week, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I always ask myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

I know many are still looking for Thanksgiving Recipe ideas, and Mary shared this delightful Pumpkin Shaped Bread and Brie Dinner Roll recipe.

Also, wait until you read KariAnne’s Best Christmas Garland Hack idea. If you love KariAnne, you’ll want to get her latest book. It makes a great Christmas gift. See it here.

If you are traveling this week, you’ll want to check out Stacy’s Tips on How to Care for Your House Plants.

Stacy’s Gardening Book is available for Pre-order, and she shared a sneak – peek with me, and it looks amazing.

What about a fun project to involve the kids over the Thanksgiving weekend? See Jennifer’s Salt Dough Gingerbread Ideas.

Speaking of gingerbread, you’ll love Heidi’s Gingerbread ornaments.

If you’re struggling with your Christmas Theme this year. Wendy can help with the How To Pick the Perfect Christmas theme article.

Coming Soon

  • Our latest repurposed home project
  • Decorating in Pink – Christmas Bedroom Projects and Decorating Ideas.
  • Plus, a Christmas Home Tour (if I can get the entire house decorated! LOL)
  • Plus… Black Friday Deals

What’s in my Cart

I had to order more of my favorite S hooks. This was my 4th re-order of them. I keep finding places to use them; they are great for Christmas Decorating.

I’ve also ordered this ribbon twice now. I love the quality and got it in green and red.

Don’t miss out on Black Friday deals. Here are some of the items I’ve added to the Shopping lists. If you click here throughout the week, I’ll update the lists to include deals I find.

Just click this image, and it will take you to all my Gift Guides for everyone on your list.

I hope you and your family have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 19th of November 2023

Rachel, I love your Sunday post! Thank you for sharing my Pumpkin-Shape Delights post. I cannot believe Thanksgiving is this week! I actually am going to try and make Heidi’s gingerbread ornaments. Just got my first wooden cookie mold~! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Mary, Thank you Mary. Hope they turn out great.


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Hi Rachel,

How do I go about ordering the print of your Silent Night Cow? She’s lovely.

Thank you Cindy


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Cindy, She is available in my store. here's the link -

Gail Cunningham

Sunday 19th of November 2023

Rachel, Happy Thanksgiving to you. I am grateful for having found your blog bc of all the many creative ideas you've given me! And for the second Christmas now, your "Gracie" and "Silent Night" prints will adorn my house. PS, I think I know what your secret project is, and I'm looking forward to the reveal!


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Gail, I appreciate this so much. Thank you for you support and kinds words of encouragement. You made my day.


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Happy Thanksgiving week, my friend. Hugs and blessings to you.


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Renae, The same to you sweet friend.