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Dirt Road Adventures-Winter In NC

Hey friends, winter has arrived and brrr… it’s cold. We are just trying to stay warm and cozy right now.

We finally got a real snow yesterday so here are a couple views of the snow in NC.

Our Saturday morning view

Rudy’s first snow. If you missed my stories over on Instagram, you can catch Rudy in action here on TikTok.


This was the first snow to fall on the DIY Greenhouse as well.

Earlier this week

On Monday, we made a mad dash back to our beach cottage to winterize the house before the pipes froze. While we were there, we made a little more progress in the kitchen remodel.

Sneak Peek at Beach Cottage Progress

Here is another sneak peek of what we did this past week.

First, do you remember last week we saw Brad cutting into the wall between the living room and the kitchen?

Well, here’s why! We are opening the wall to include a bar style eating area in the living room.

Here is a view of the wall before it was removed and then an after view.

In addition, I painted the hutch that was in the living room and brought it into the kitchen.

First, the before photo shows the counter and upper cabinet which was removed and the cabinet is being repurposed with a new top. In addition, the hutch looks fresh and new when it was moved into the kitchen.

Also, I finally found the perfect console table for the beach cottage. I’m loving that it is solid pine because I’m looking for pine pieces this year while Thrifting with the Gals.

I’m not sure if the finish will work at the cottage but I’ll take it down there before making any changes.

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

In Case You Missed It

I shared my favorite Taco Soup Recipe and these delicious Cornbread Muffins. BTW, these muffins made a repeat appearance last night with some chili.

On Thursday, I shared a Thrifting with the Gals Blog Hop – What to Look for in Thrift Stores this Year!

“Keeping it Cozy” was another fun Blog Hop and I shared 10 Cozy Decorating Ideas and a Loft Tour.

Finally, I shared my latest DIY Project – Easy Twig Napkin Rings! I’ll be sharing how I use them for a Cozy Winter Tablescape on Thursday. So stay tuned.

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

I love this DIY dried hydrangea wreath that Michele at Vintage Home Designs shared.

dried hydrangea heart wreath hanging on vintage hall tree

My friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells adds so much Valentines Charm to her winter decor.

Valentine's tablescape

Jen at Midwest Life and Style shared this Winter Hurricane Candle Holder Idea

Winter Hurricane Candle Holder With Epsom Salt - Midwest Life and Style Blog

Here is an amazing Laundry Room Remodel from Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm.

See this cute Five Minute Winter Wreath from Leslie at My 100 Year Old Home.

How to Arrange a China Cabinet from Stacy at Bricks N Bloom.

I hope you enjoyed last weeks adventures.


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Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Your home is so gorgeous in the snow Rachel. And I love what you're doing in your beach cottage kitchen. You are always so busy and productive. Thank you for sharing my Valentine's tablescape, my friend.


Thursday 27th of January 2022

Kim, You are so welcome.


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Rachel your gardens in the snow look amazing!!! I love the shot of the ponds with the house. Thanks so much for including my post this week. Love you! Have the best Sunday!


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Stacy, You are so welcome.


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Love seeing all that snow Rachel❄️❄️🤗


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Ann, Finally!!!


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Rachel, your cottage reno is looking great! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out. Thank you for sharing my DIY hurricane candle holder. Happy Sunday!


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Jen, Thanks so much sweet friend.


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Jen, You are very welcome. I appreciate you for stopping by.


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Your home looks so beautiful in the snow. It’s magical. I’m loving watching your beach house kitchen come together. Thank you so much for the feature. Hugs to you.


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

I really appreciate this Renae.


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Renae, You are so sweet. Thanks for your comments.