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Happy 4th of July – Dirt Road Adventures

Happy 4th of July holiday weekend! To my friends who don’t live in the US, I hope you are having a great weekend as well.

We are spending the weekend at our Tiny Beach Cottage that you’ve watched us remodel this past year and we’ve been getting drenched by unexpected Tropical Storm Colin.

We arrived on Wednesday to sunshine and bright skies. We tried to hit all our favorite restaurants before the real crowds arrived and had lunch at Indochine in Wilmington. It is such a unique restaurant and I love their outdoor seating area. Then we did all our grocery shopping, etc. to avoid weekend rush.

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Then finally we were all settled in for the weekend, the rain began.

A patriotic view of this ocean front glass house.

Thankfully the storm should pass by us later today and although the weather hasn’t been great, we are having a relaxing time and enjoying time with our friends.

In addition, we are looking forward to a Low Country Boil with all of our beach neighbors on the 4th.

Then hopefully it will be a lot of beach time for the rest of the week. My favorite thing is to sit on the beach with a great book and let the waves drown out any conversation around me.

My friend CoCo at The Crowned Goat shared this quote and I felt it was so appropriate for this weekend.

Books I’m Reading

Here are few books that I loved.

If you like psychological thrillers, your should read The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth and The Housemaid by Freida McFadden. I couldn’t put these books down once I started reading and you can check them out below.

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

I began the week with a Free Floral Arrangement using Queen Anne’s Lace and wild ferns.

Then this months Pinterest Challenge was this Patriotic Porch Decor.

Since we are harvesting more zucchini than we can consume, I shared 10 Easy Baked Zucchini Recipes that are healthy and delicious.

If you are looking for some easy but delicious appetizer recipes, you can see several on my easy appetizer page. I’m making these tasty Artichoke & Sun Dried Tomato Bites for the Low Country Boil tomorrow night.

Style Your Sanctuary featured my Pantry Organizing Tips and I’m so honored to be included on this great post.

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 talented friend Wendy blows me away with her creative ideas. You have to see her trash to treasure planter idea.

I loved Kristin’s article about Geraniums being the perfect Summer Flower because I agree.

Y’all know I love a drop cloth DIY and CoCo made the cutest patriotic table runner that I wish I’d thought of. Isn’t it great?

How to Make a Patriotic Table Runner-The Crowned Goat

More Bits & Pieces

I think I need one of these vintage pieces that KariAnne found.

You will want to check out this early Summer Garden Tour from my friend & master gardener Stacy.

Kelly’s How to Prepare for a Personal Brand Photoshoot had so many tips that I needed to hear.

Yum is the word for this Cast Iron Berry Dessert Recipe from my friend Jen.

You’ll love these thrifted garden items Amber found.

Kim’s Tips to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh is so helpful.

Check out Ann’s Trip to Vintage Bazaar in New England.

What’s In My Cart

Y’all I didn’t add a lot to my cart because we were leaving for vacation, however I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds and purchases since there are so many sales this weekend. Don’t forget Amazon Prime Day is July 12 & 13. If you’re not a member, you can sign up for a 30 day free trial to take advantage of these special. If the item isn’t on sale this weekend, make note of some of these favorite items and check back on prime day for the deals.

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Ring Security

We have been so impressed with all of our ring security purchases. If you are looking for easy to install with great customer service, I would recommend Ring.

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Personal Grooming

Since I’ve been letting my hair grow and Brad’s needing less professional hair styling, we both are using these items with great success.

Brad’s Favorites for Cooking

Brad actually has two air fryers and he loves using both depending on what he’s cooking. You can see his Air Fried Green Tomatoes and Pulled Pork Egg Rolls Recipes.

In addition, once he made these Oven Roasted Oyster’s we were addicted. We make them at least once a month. Below are the items we use.


I love to read and shared some of my recent books above. I love the convenience of my Kindle. I can carry 100’s of books with me on vacation. A great gift for anyone who loves to read is a gift card so they can load up on summer reads.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy the 4th of July.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

I'm so glad you got to enjoy your beach cottage for the 4th Rachel. We were expecting rain but so happy we never got any. Loved all your blog posts from last week, especially all your pretty patriotic decor ideas. Thank you for sharing my flower arranging blog post. Enjoy your new week!


Wednesday 6th of July 2022

Kim, I hope you had good weather.


Tuesday 5th of July 2022

Thanks for sharing my summer garden tour! Hope you had fun at the beach!!!


Wednesday 6th of July 2022

Stacy, You are welcome.


Monday 4th of July 2022

So many goos things in your post, Rachel! I love fried green tomatoes but haven’t tried to air dry them. Definitely will check that out! Hoping the storm passes you quick. Happy 4th! 🇺🇸💙


Monday 4th of July 2022

Kim, I really appreciate this. Thanks for stopping by.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 3rd of July 2022

Rachel, enjoy time at your lovely beach house...and stay dry. My son is traveling along the coast and I'm hoping he will be safe during the storm (on a boat with friends). I love that quote too. Have a happy Independence Day!


Monday 4th of July 2022

Mary, I hope he is safe. The seas have been so ruff.


Sunday 3rd of July 2022

So many amazing ideas here this week! Thanks for sharing and happy 4th!!


Monday 4th of July 2022

Rachel, I'm so glad you liked these ideas.