Almond Pinecone Cheeseball

Pinecone Cheese Ball

It's a pinecone? No, it's a savory cheese spread sparked with bacon, green onions and dill.

So pretty that guests are afraid to muss it, you'll need to dig into this creamy, pinecone-shaped cheeseball first! Add a sprig of artificial evergreen for an easy show-off holiday appetizer.

This Ewer favorite has been served in our family for over 30 years!

Snowballs: Mexican Wedding Cake Recipe

Mexican Wedding Cakes, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowballs

Tender, melting shortbread cookies shaped like snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cakes will brighten holiday cookie trays.

Shaped, baked and rolled in powdered sugar while warm, Mexican Wedding Cakes have a rich, crumbly texture plumped with pecan flavor.

These sturdy cookies freeze well, so long as they're dusted with a fresh layer of powdered sugar after being thawed.

Pumpkin Nut Bread

Pumpkin Nut Bread Recipe

Capture the tastes of the holiday season with this easy Pumpkin Nut Bread recipe.

Moist pumpkin combines with crunchy walnuts and zesty spices for a delicious quick bread recipe for holiday giving.

Bake ahead and freeze in small or mini-sized loaves. A great addition to holiday gift baskets!

Double-wrapped with plastic food storage wrap, and tucked into a freezer food storage bag, this quick bread will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 8 weeks

Peanut Blossoms

peanut blossoms cookie recipe

Tender peanut-butter cookies made memorable with a chocolate candy kiss, Peanut Blossoms are a holiday treat for children of all ages!

In the Ewer household, these are Christmas cookie-tray favorites. It wouldn't be Christmas without them!

While they're usually seen crowned by a chocolate kiss, try a simple recipe variation by filling a depression in the center with fruit jelly for Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies!

Apricot Nut Bread

Apricot Bread Recipe

Looking for a different holiday quick bread recipe? Try Apricot Nut Bread!

Tangy dried apricots give a pleasing taste and color to this succulent nut bread.

Bake it in mini-loaves for holiday giving.

Easter Bunny S'Mores in a Jar: Make an Easter Treat!

Easter Bunny S'Mores in a Jar

Look what's hoppin'! It's Easter Bunny S'Mores in a Jar!

Add Peeps-brand Easter Bunny marshmallow candies to our S'Mores In A Jar recipe for a sweet Easter treat that's fun to make, fun to give.

Layering graham cracker crumbs, Peeps-brand candies, brown sugar and chocolate chips, it's easy to create this Spring gift in a jar.

Printable egg-shaped gift tags with recipe instructions make a pretty seasonal craft.

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Memorial Day: A Marine Mom Speaks

Marine Mom

On September 14, 2001, I sat down at my desk with a heavy heart. My task: to write the month's lead article for the newsletter I published at that time at OrganizedHome.Com.

But just three days after the collapse of the Twin Towers, it was impossible to think about cleaning closets or decluttering the pantry.

I started to write, anyway--and this piece was the result, two hours later. It was the cry of my heart as the mother of a United States Marine, a son who had been called to alert in response to the attacks on our country.

A reader suggested I share it here, on this day, to remind us all that Memorial Day has a meaning beyond the barbeques and the beach.

Here it is, right down to the old-style format of our site on that day. Enjoy--and remember:

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