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Dirt Road Adventures

Welcome to the first week of Dirt Road Adventures. I’m excited to be sharing a new version of what’s been happening at the end of the Dirt Road this week.

First, Dirt Road Adventures covers some things that happened here at The Ponds as well as some adventures that my friends had this week.

I hope you enjoy our Saturday adventures together!

Before & After Dirt Road Adventures

I thought I’d begin by sharing some before and after’s with you. You may not realize that my husband and I have been refurbishing our property here for over 12 years. We have only been living here permanently for the past 4 years.

Before we moved here, we had a mobile home that sat exactly where the Farmhouse is today. We would spend weekends here, working on the property. Here are some before photo’s of what this place looked like when the mobile home was here.

This is when we first re-built the pier on the middle pond
The Ponds December 26, 2010
The Farmhouse just before it was completed August 2016

Adventures I’ve had this week

I shared my first Christmas Tablescape and shared tips & step by step details about how I put it together.

I shared how to repurpose your old Christmas Décor and make it look more up to the minute.

One of my families favorite recipes is this Cranberry & Apple Bake. You can see the recipe here.

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 decided to share from several different categories each week. So each week, you only see my favorite inspiration in recipes, crafts, DIY, Entertaining, gardening, etc.

Here are the people who inspired me this week.

Let’s talk Gardening Adventures First

My friend Kim at Shiplap and Shells shared how to take advantage of those pesky leaves by making them work for you in your garden beds and around your shrubs and trees. You can read her tips here.

PS…. my husband took advantage of this tip on Friday.

Fallen Leaves benefit the garden
Recipe Adventure

My friend Leslie at My 100 Year Old Home is the perfect entertainer and I ran across her Mom’s Cornbread Stuffing Recipe and thought it would be perfect since Thanksgiving is next week. I’m definitely going to try this one.

Thanksgiving Dinner recipes
Here is a fun Craft or DIY Adventure I found

Y’all know I love to up-cycle items and I saw these super cute Tweed & Tartan fabric tree’s that Claire at Pillar Box Blue made and just had to share them with you. They look super easy and fun to make. I love the jean trim around the thread spools. So creative.

upcycled tweed and tartan trees
Let’s have an Entertaining Adventure

I know that for many of us, Thanksgiving will be different this year. All the more reason to make it as festive as possible and these cute napkin rings from Carol at Blue Sky at Home, are just the perfect touch. I can see using these during the Christmas holidays as well. There are so many options.

Thank you so much for sharing in my first week of Dirt Road Adventures. Please let me know if you have questions or if there is something you’d like me to share in the future.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Thank you so much for the feature Rachel. You are so sweet. I am just so happy that your husband learned something about fallen leaves!

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Monday 23rd of November 2020

Kim, Thank you!


Saturday 21st of November 2020

Rachel, thank you so much for featuring my napkin rings for the holidays. Love seeing your farmhouse.

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Monday 23rd of November 2020

Carol, you are welcome and I will be using your idea for Christmas!

Miche Ortega

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Loved seeing the before and afters of your home and property. Just beautiful! Thanks for all of your inspiration, Rachel, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Monday 23rd of November 2020

Miche, I really appreciate all your encouragement


Saturday 21st of November 2020

Your Christmas tablescape looks gorgeous. Thank you for mentioning my tartan trees.

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Monday 23rd of November 2020

Claire, They are adorable. I'll be trying that next year. Rachel


Saturday 21st of November 2020

Love the before and afters! Looks great!!!

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Monday 23rd of November 2020

Stacy, Thanks so much!