Category: Seasons

Paleo Frozen Banana Pops – Gluten Free!

Frozen Banana Pops

These paleo frozen banana pops are a nice alternative as a treat for those of you who are trying to keep wheat products out of your diet.  They have a taste that is similar to a nutella pop and are super easy to make, too.   This recipe makes a great afternoon snack, or dessert after a…

Patriotic Recipe Ideas – 4th July Food and Drink

The Fourth of July is such a fun time to have friends over.  Many people have the day off, so it gives us a chance to entertain in the middle of the week during the day, which is always fun. These patriotic recipe ideas have you covered in the food department.  From appetizers to desserts,…

Michelada Cocktail – Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

Michelada cocktail

Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  I have a delicious cocktail recipe that is perfect for this day.  It is called a Michelada cocktail and it’s sort of like a Mexican bloody Mary, but without the vodka.  This drink uses your favorite beer instead. If you enjoy making and drinking cocktails, be sure…

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Tag

This DIY Valentine's Day Gift card is simple to do and needs just a few tools and supplies. Today's featured project from my friend Regina at mollymel.blogspot.com

Dress up your gifts with this easy DIY Valentines Day Gift Tag. Valentine’s day is almost upon us. For many that means candy treats, home made Valentine’s day desserts and gift giving. ;Do you give gifts on Valentine’s day? \If you do, this easy DIY Valentines Day Gift Tag will add a decorative touch to your…

Sweetheart Cookies – Brazilian Sweet Treat

Sweetheart Cookies - Brazilian Sweet treat from mollymel.blogspot.com

Happy Valentine’s day!  Today’s featured sweet treat are these sweetheart cookies from my friend Regina at Molly Mell.    Regina has a fondness for Brazilian confectionery and often submits recipes for me to consider as featured posts on my websites. I love making themed cookies for any holiday. They put me in the mood and are fun…

Paleo Nutella Pudding Pops

Paleo nutella pudding pops

That’s right!  Nutella has its own National Day (February 5) to celebrate the wonderful taste of chocolate and hazelnut in a spreadable form.  These Paleo Nutella Pudding Pops are super tasty and you can enjoy them even if you are trying to cut out dairy and sugar (both of these are in the normal Nutella spread.)…

Round Up of Gingerbread Houses

Need some inspiration for your Gingerbread house this year? Try one of these festive 17 designs. alwaystheholidays.com

One of my favorite things to do when my daughter was young was to make a new addition to our attempt at Gingerbread houses each year for Christmas. Our biggest challenge was finding a place to put it so that our German Shepherd dogs (who happen to love the taste of gingerbread houses) would not devour it…

DIY Light Bulb Santa Ornament

This adorable lightbulb Santa ornament is easy to make and will look great on your Christmas tree - alwaystheholidays.com

This DIY Light Bulb Santa Ornament can be made from burned out bulbs. A lot of my time during the holiday season is spent in making Christmas ornaments and other holiday seasonal decor.  I find it so rewarding to make something instead of buying it, and love to share my creations with my readers.  This…

DIY Marshmallow Snowmen

These DIY marshmallow snowmen are so cute and are not just a sweet treat. Add a decorative tin the way I did and you also have a cute Christmas decor project. They have sort of a Nightmare Before Christmas look to them. Cute DIY Christmas Project – Marshmallow Snowmen I love doing projects where the…

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. If you enjoy…

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…

Autumn Scrapbook Paper Pumpkins

scrapbook paper pumpkins

DIY Scrapbook Paper Pumpkins. These DIY scrapbook paper pumpkins are simple to do and require only a few supplies.  If you are someone whole loves to scrap book, this project will appeal to you!  I love holiday projects that are easy to do, are not intended to last long (so they don’t need to be…

Christmas Home Tour – My Santa Claus Collection

My Santa Claus collection

Ring in The Holidays with a look at My Santa Claus Collection I have always been a kid when it comes to Christmas.  I come from a very large family. Although we did not have a lot of money as I was growing up, somehow my parents always made Christmas very special for us.  I…

17 Creative Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

17 creative holiday gift wrap ideas - alwaystheholidays.com/

If you wander through the stores during the holidays, you will be overwhelmed with all of the choices for holiday gift wrapping.  You can buy supplies for wrapping,  of course, but if you take the time to come up with a creative idea for your gifts, they will be that much more special.  I’ve put…