Category: Seasons

Vinegar and Water Melting Ice Trick – Does it work?

Vinegar Water Ice melter

Have you heard about the vinegar and water melting ice trick? Does it really work? For many of us here in the U.S. there is a lot of snow. That means that, more often than not, when you go outside in the morning, your car will be covered in snow and ice.   Wouldn’t it…

Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging

DIY Valentine's Day Wall Hanging

This Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging is inspired by my favorite Valentine’s Day candy – conversation hearts. I made two versions of it.  One has the names of my family members and the other has some conversation heart inspired sayings. One of my wall hangings is on the wall between the dining room and den. It has…

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,…

Cork Christmas Star – Rustic Holiday Decor

Rustic cork Christmas Star

My kitchen pantry has recently been renovated and we added a rustic barn door to it.  As usual, there is a lot of left over wood for me to reclaim.  Today’s project makes use of the off cuts of light gray wood from the barn door project.  I love the way this Cork Christmas Star…

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas tree Cupcakes

These sweet little Christmas Tree Cupcakes are so festive looking and have a healthy surprise lurking under that rich green frosting! They will be the hit of your Christmas dessert table, for sure! It’s never too early to think about Christmas.  Even though today is only October 18, it is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Perfect…

DIY Christmas Centerpiece

DIY Christmas Centerpiece

One of my favorite types of crafts to do are those that re-use, recycle or re-make crafts that I have already finished. Doing this saves me money, saves me time and gives me a great “I helped to save the planet” feeling.  This DIY Christmas centerpiece is one of those projects. Do you love Christmas…

Peppermint Bark Recipe with Holiday Shapes

Holiday shaped peppermint bark

Peppermint bark is one of those desserts that just seems to spell Christmas.  The delicious combination of white and dark chocolate come together in layers and is topped with crushed peppermint sticks. What is not to like about that? I love using peppermints in food recipes and craft projects this time of the year.  (See…

Wooden Elf Doorway Sign – Elves on Duty!

Elf Doorway Sign on Display

This reclaimed Wooden Elf Doorway Sign adds a touch of whimsical holiday glee to my front door entry.  The project is super easy to do and the kids will be overjoyed each time they walk though the door, thinking of Christmas. Is Christmas decorating your thing?  Check out my recent post featuring the Incredible Christmas Place.…

Santa Claus Wall Hanging – DIY Reclaimed Wood Santa Decoration

This adorable Santa Claus wall hanging is made from recycled wood from an old door frame. He adds a nice rustic Christmas decoration to your holiday decor.

Recycling old items into new holiday decor is one of the fun parts of the holidays for me.  See my alphabet block Christmas tree for another fun example of turning old items into new treasures.This Santa Claus Wall Hanging is fun to make and would look great on your wall or entry.  The reclaimed wood Santa…

Paintbrush Christmas Ornaments

These fun paintbrush ornaments will delight both the young and the young at heart.

Nothing is more satisfying for me than using ordinary household items and a few inexpensive craft supplies to created fun and whimsical Christmas decorations.  This trio of Paintbrush Christmas Ornaments all started out their lives as a simple Dollar Store paintbrush! Recycling old items into new holiday decor is one of the fun parts of…

Snowman Paintbrush Ornament

Snowman Paintbrush Ornament

This cute Snowman Paintbrush Ornament is very easy to make and will look cute either as a wall hanging or sitting front and center on your Christmas tree. I love to make easy Christmas crafts. Since I manage three blogs and my main site also features DIY and Craft in some form or other, time is…

Adorable Light Bulb Snowman Ornament

Recycling old items into new holiday decor is one of the fun parts of the holidays for me.  See my alphabet block Christmas tree for another fun example of turning old items into new treasures. This adorable light bulb snowman ornament is all dressed up for the cold in his blue scarf and hat.  He…

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…

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.…