It’s almost Easter! Easter has the most wonderful childhood memories attached to it. This holiday was always observed with the Gaczał side of my family. We would be at grandma and grandpas, with most of the extended family of cousins all there. It was hunting for our Easter baskets, getting new patten leather shoes, and a beautiful new Easter dress that either my mom or my grandma had made. Baskets stuffed with Cracker Jack, boxes of raisins, toys, and chocolate! I would like to apologize right now to all my cousins for taking the raisins out of your baskets, it was wrong, and I have felt guilty all these years! The thing that stood out the most during this holiday was the food! We always observed traditional Polish culture during this meal. Kielbasa, ham, Easter eggs, all piled high with pickled beets and horseradish. My great-grandma Mary said the hotter the relish the better! She would have just as much pickled beets on her egg as the egg, such a balancing act.
As an adult, I have hosted Easter many times. I love making the food and decorating the eggs. I loved filling my children’s baskets with the same things I received in mine, Cracker Jack, raisins, chocolates. Setting the table now with all of my beautiful Polish Pottery just makes it complete! I wish I could step back in time and bring my grandmothers here to see it. My very first piece of Polish pottery was a gift from my mom, an egg plate. I can’t stop thinking, how appropriate that is.
Today’s recipe is one of my mom's. I usually make it only at Christmas, but I had a friend ask me to make him some for Easter. According to him, they are better than Reece’s peanut butter cups. They are being served on one of the most versatile pieces of Polish pottery ever, Cherished Friends cracker tray. I use this piece for a variety of things, appetizers, candy, relish dish, corn on the cob, asparagus, green beans. The list goes on and on! It’s one of my can’t do without pieces. It is regularly $39.99 and on sale for 20% off for $31.99. Use coupon code Twila or PAF on the Pottery Avenue website for your discount.

  
                              

From my heart to yours! Smacznego!

Cheryl’s Peanut Butter Balls

  • 12 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • One package semi sweet chocolate morsels
  • Paraffin wax

Mix melted butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and walnuts together and roll into 1 inch balls. Refrigerate for an hour.
Melt chocolate morsels and a fourth of a bar of paraffin wax in a double boiler, mix until smooth. Dip peanut butter balls into melted chocolate and place on wax paper. Refrigerate. I store these in the refrigerator in a Tupperware with wax paper between the layers.
Just a side notes, I use a turkey skewer to dip with. It makes a very small hole as opposed to a toothpick and they slide off easier.