Category: Fall

Halloween Gumball Machine – Bubble Gum Jar for Halloween

Halloween Bubble Gum Jar

This Halloween Gumball Machine is the perfect way to display candy and treats on your Halloween party table. It is easily made with some Dollar Store crafts and a terra cotta pot and saucer. I love using terra cotta pots to make craft projects. (see my clay pot snowman here.)  The pots and saucers can be…

Pumpkin Haystack Cookies – Halloween Butterscotch Haystacks

pumpkin haystack cookies

Two of my favorite treats are haystack cookies and Halloween candy pumpkins.  These cute Pumpkin Haystack Cookies combine both flavors into one delicious recipe and will be the star of your Halloween party table. My mom used to make these for us when we were children and it’s always a recipe that is nostalgic for me and…

White Chocolate Desserts – Celebrate National White Chocolate Day

White chocolate recipes

Pretty much everything out there has a national day and new things come along each year. September 22 is officially recognized as white chocolate day. And what better way to celebrate this day with one of these White Chocolate Desserts? White chocolate is different from it’s darker counterpart since it does not have cocoa solids…

Halloween Scary Snake Basket

Halloween scary snake basket

This Halloween scary snake basket is sure to bring screams of fright and delight to your trick or treating visitors. When I saw it on Etsy, I just knew that I had to make my own version of it for my front steps. The original project was inspired by the movie Beetlejuice. Imagine how people would jump…

Wine Cork Pumpkin – DIY Pumpkin Made from Wine Corks

DIY wine cork pumpkins

Fall is such a fun time of the year.  I get to be a kid again, making fun Halloween recipes and DIY projects. This easy to make Wine Cork Pumpkin comes together in a few hours and looks great in any fall vignette. November 5 is Color the World Orange Day. This easy decor project…

Hurricane Popcorn Table Decoration

Autumn hurricane vase popcorn table decoration

Looking for a fast and easy decoration for your tabletop for fall?  What could be easier than this hurricane lamp popcorn table decoration? This pretty vignette is made from supplies you may have on hand or outside and looks wonderful on the dining room table.  It is perfect for a fall table and can be used…

Salted Pumpkin Fudge – Vegan and Paleo Treat

Salted Pumpkin Fudge

It’s September folks and you know what that means?  2+ months of all things pumpkin! This delicious salted pumpkin fudge is my paleo and vegan alternative to a normal high sugar fudge recipe.  Fudge is one of the most popular forms of candy, especially around holiday time.  There is even a national candy day in…

2016 Top Posts – Always The Holidays

These 2016 Top Posts were the most visited roundups and projects on Always The Holidays last year. From a mummy doorway to a scarecrow door decoration, these were all a big hit with my readers

The New Year brings us the chance to think back over last year and plan for the one to come.  Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  I do, both for myself and also for my blog. Part of that process is looking back over the year that just ended to see what YOU, my readers,…

Halloween Party Favors – It’s BOO time!

These Halloween party favors will hold your favorite snacks.

One of my good friends has a lovely blog called Molly Mel.  Regina often shares some of her favorite seasonal themed ideas with me so that I can feature them on my blog.  These adorable Halloween Party Favors are super easy to make and will give your party guests something to take home with them. This…

Banana Pumpkin Pancakes – A Taste of Fall

These banana pumpkin pancakes will welcome in fall in a very tasty way. Great to serve for Thanksgiving breakfast!

Breakfast will be a delight in your house with these banana pumpkin pancakes. They are super tasty and perfect for the season. Fall is the time for pumpkin recipes.  The creamy smooth taste of it is perfect for everything from breakfast to dessert. Welcome in Fall with these banana pumpkin pancakes. We love pancakes at…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffles Welcome Autumn in Style

These peanut butter chocolate truffles have a lovely coating of chocolate with some autumn leaf sprinkles. I love the texture that flax seeds and chia seeds add to the mixture.

These delicious peanut butter chocolate truffles are a delicious sweet treat that will welcome in fall in a scrumptious way.  And best of all, these are a NO BAKE sweet treat! Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  We have a long, hot summer here in N.C., so getting a break from the hot weather…

Indoor S’mores – A Rainy Day Treat

Indoor S'mores

August 10 is National S’mores Day!  When the weather is raining cats an dogs outside, thoughts of camping are normally not at the front of the mind. But when bad weather hits, the kids can still have a fun camping food favorite.  In honor of this fun National Day, how about making these indoor s’mores…

DIY Autumn Floral Bow Tutorial

DIY Autumn Floral Bow

I love making floral bows with wire edged ribbon.   I use them in so many ways – for basket vignettes, for door wreaths in each season and also for all my special Christmas gifts.   They are so easy to make, and store bought decorations with bows already made cost so much.  Don’t spend the money.…

The Best Halloween Recipes – For Great Spook Appeal

October 24 is National Food Day. What better way to celebrate than with this collection of Halloween recipes featuring both sweet and savory ideas, all designed to thrill and chill your family and guests. All of the holiday seasons have great appeal for interesting recipes, but Halloween seems to be my favorite.  I love some of the…

Candy Corn Pretzel Fudge

Candy corn pretzel fudge

This candy corn pretzel fudge has my favorite holiday candy, plus pretzels and lots of other goodies.  It will disappear from the table at Halloween or Thanksgiving. You can be sure fall is here when you start seeing candy corn in the grocery stores.  It is a favorite in our house and I like to…

Quick and Easy Halloween DIY Projects

These quick and easy Halloween DIY projects are prefect for me. They are easy to make and inexpensive on supplies. What’s not to like? This is such a busy time of the year.  And the expenses associated with the upcoming holidays means that I don’t want to spend a lot of either money or time…

Pumpkin Shaped Chocolate Truffles

Pumpkin shaped chocolate truffles from mollymel.blogspot.com

These pumpkin shaped chocolate truffles are the perfect treat for your Halloween or Thanksgiving dessert table. One of my good friends, Regina, also has a blog called Molly Mel.  Regina often features Brazilian treats, such as Brigaderos, with her readers and she has shared a Halloween take on the Brigadero that is perfect for the holidays. …

Halloween Party Idea – Pumpkin Drink Holder

This Halloween pumpkin makes a super drink holder for your holiday party.

Time for a fun Halloween party project.  Don’t stick the party drinks in a plain ice bucket. Instead use a pumpkin to make this unique pumpkin drink holder that will delight your party guests. Gather a pumpkin and grab a few tools, and within minutes, you can create this fun drink holder that will add a…

20 Spooky Halloween Cocktail Recipes

Spooky halloween cocktails

Halloween is such a fun time of the year.  It lets the kid in every one come out.  What makes you feel more youthful that dressing up in a fun costume and just plain acting out?  These 20 Halloween cocktail recipes are sure to set the mood for any adult Halloween party. Many of these…

DIY Halloween Scrap Wood Ghosts

The local home stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s often have scrap pieces of 4 x 4 timber.  This size is just perfect for making cute decorative pieces like these DIY Halloween scrap wood ghosts. These DIY Halloween Scrap Wood Ghosts are a Fun Project. Always the Holidays is a participant in the Amazon Affiliate…

20 Halloween Sweet Treats – For a Great Party Table

Halloween is such a fun time of the year. Both young and young at heart seem to get into the mood when this holiday rolls around.  These 20 Halloween sweet treats will be perfect for your party table and are fun to take to school for a great Halloween snack. Most are sweet treats, but…

5 Tips to Set the Mood for a Halloween Party

Good Halloween parties rely on plenty of atmosphere to be successful.  It’s not enough to simply send out invites and hope for the best.  A great Halloween party needs to set the mood in just the right way. Do you want to set the mood for a Halloween Party?  Follow these tips for an eerie…

Peanut Butter Eyeballs – Spooky Halloween Dessert Idea

Peanut butter eyeballs

Halloween is that one time of the year when purple and orange seem to be a perfect match.  How fun is that?  What a delight these peanut butter eyeballs would be on your Halloween table. Now, if you read my blogs regularly, you will know that I have a fondness for peanut butter.  As in, it’s…

Spooky Mummy Cake Balls

mummy cake balls

Dontcha just love this time of the year?  For me, it’s a time to dust off my cake decorating supplies and skills and have tons of fun in the kitchen making adorable and festive Halloween treats.  These mummy cake balls are so much fun to make and will add a whimsical touch to your Halloween…

Banana Ghosts & Orange Pumpkins

These banana ghosts and orange pumpkins will have your kids  squealing with delight, while making sure they get the nutrition from healthy food instead of sugary calories. There is so much in the way of sugary snacking going on this time of the year. Why not feed your children something much more healthy? Healthy Halloween…