Meatful Monday – Ham Balls and Easter Nests

Yesterday, as the Sunday School Children entered the sanctuary waving palm branches it made me realize that next Sunday is Easter Sunday; and it will be time to make Easter Dinner.  My Aunt Martha’s recipe for Ham Balls has been a favorite item on the menu for many years. I especially like this recipe because it contains both pork and beef.  So, if you do not know what you are serving Sunday here is an idea!


Ham Balls


1 lb. ground ham                                        1 lb. ground beef

1 cup bread crumbs                                   2 eggs

¼ tsp. pepper                                               ½ tsp. onion salt

½ tsp. celery salt                                         ½ cup milk

Mix as meatloaf or balls.


½ cup brown sugar                         ½ cup water

2 Tbsp. sugar                                   ½ cup vinegar

2 tsps. dry mustard

Mix and heat. Pour over meat. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

I usually triple this recipe to make 24 meat balls in order to fill my large roaster pan.

They are make great left overs and freeze well.


I like to decorate the table for Easter; so here is a recipe for Easter Nests that can be both used for decoration and eaten!


9 squares of shredded wheat                              10 oz. marshmallows

¼ cup butter                                                            1 tsp. cinnamon

1 to 2 Tbsp. peanut butter (optional)                coconut and green food coloring

Small malted eggs or jelly beans

Melt butter and marshmallows. Add peanut butter and cinnamon. Mix with shredded wheat. Grease hands and form into nests. Put ½ cup coconut in small bowl and add a couple of drops of green food coloring. Fill nests with coconut and top with small malted eggs or miniature jelly beans.

Use as a table decoration at each place setting or serve as a treat.

*As a side note – The marshmallows and malted eggs both contain corn syrup made from corn!


Have a good week as you prepare for Easter both food wise and spiritually!





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