Category: Winter

Meringue Cookie for the Holidays – Christmas Snow Flower Cookies

Meringue Snow Flower Cookies

The recipe for these delicate Christmas snow flower cookies use red and green gum drops for their centers.  With its light as air texture, this meringue cookie is perfect for the holidays. Perfect for your cookie swap: Christmas Snow flower Cookies A meringue cookie is made with mainly egg whites and this makes it a naturally low…

Love Potion Cocktail – Valentine’s Day Drink Recipe

Love Potion Cocktail

Valentine’s day is a special day to show your love of another person in your life in a special way. One way to do this is with fancy cocktail recipes. This simple Love Potion Cocktail is easy to make and so pretty to look at, too. Pink is such a romantic color.  It is perfect…

Groundhog Day – February 2 – Folklore

Groundhog in the sun

Much of the country is covered in snow in early February, and many people have had enough of winter.  It is no wonder that a common question on Groundhog day is “will the groundhog see his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob on February 2?” February 2 is recognized as National Groundhog day and celebrated through out the country…

Valentine Party Poppers

Valentine Party Poppers and conversation hearts

Are you looking for something fun to add to your Valentine’s Day party?  I don’t have a lot of time to devote to crafting, so easy holiday crafts are a favorite of mine. These fun Valentine Party Poppers are very easy to make, fun to fill and the kids will love to help you make…

Wine Cork Heart Door Decoration

This Wine Cork Heart Door Decoration is perfect for a glass paneled door where a wreath won't work.

My husband and I did a make over on our front door a few years ago. Instead of a solid door, the front door now has an oval panel in the middle of it. I LOVE the way it looks, but it does make it a bit harder to decorate the front door since normal…

Raspberry Cheesecake Truffles

If you are looking for a special dessert for your Valentine’s Day dinner for two, look no further. These Raspberry Cheesecake Truffles and decadent, pretty to look at and very easy to make. They are cross between a cheesecake recipe and a candy treat! Truffles are one of the most popular forms of candy, especially…

Wine Cork Heart Wall Hanging

Finished Wine Cork Heart Wall Hanging

This Wine Cork Heart Wall Hanging project is very special to me. It started out as a fun project to share on my blog and ended up reminding me of a very special time in my life. Using wine corks in craft projects is a lot of fun, both for the drinking and the making…

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…

Snowflake Calm Down Jar for Winter Relaxtion

Snowflake Calm Down Jar

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and the kids are not delightful!  Looking for something to help your kids calm down and relax when they are cooped up indoors because of the cold weather outside?  Try this Winter Snowflake Calm Down Jar.   This relaxing project is as easy to make as they come.  In…

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…

No Sew Fortune Cookies

These no sew fortune cookie. are perfect for the Chinese New Year Celebration

We just finished our New Years celebrations and it seems a long way until the next New Year.  But if you celebrate Chinese traditions, your new Year is soon to come! These no sew fortune cookies are fun to make and perfect for the Chinese New Year Celebration.  January 31 marks the beginning of a…

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,…

Chinese New Year Celebrations and Traditions

Chinese New Year Traditions

Chinese New Year is a traditional Chinese holiday that is celebrated on the first day of the Chinese calendar.  In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year falls on Saturday. January 28 – almost a month later than our normal New Year. This special day on the Chinese calendar is also celebrated in quite a…

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…

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…

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.)…