Family, Food, Humor, Recipes

Kicking Off 2016 With Some Balls

Lots of them, in fact.
Balls as far as the eye can see.
Oh, come on, who doesn’t laugh when the word “balls” is mentioned?
If you are one of those kinds of people who turns up their nose at conversations like this or says TMI and plugs their ears at these types of jokes, YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE.
Are they gone?
Okay, now we can let our balls hang out.

I don’t know when it started, all I know is that for most of my life I have had the humor level of an elementary age child.
Farting is funny.
Burping is funny.
Balls are funny.
Now, I do have decorum, don’t get me wrong.
There is a time and place for everything and I am raising my children to be decent human beings but the above is and can be funny when you are in certain situations.
Life can be really funny and it is too short to be so damn serious.
Apparently, I love me some balls if you look at my Recipe boards.
So much so that I created a board solely dedicated to balls.
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My mom has made Buckeyes since I was little and I am sure even before that.
It is an Ohio Christmas tradition and we love them but personally, it is too much peanut butter for me.
I end up eating all of the chocolate then throwing away the rest of the peanut butter.
I realize this is a character flaw for some of you out there but I can accept my flaws.
When my parents came out for New Years, my mom brought along these Peanut Butter Balls she had made.
Just like her normal Buckeyes only completely covered in chocolate but with an added twist: Rice Krispies in the mix for crunch.
That is just what it needed!

Tinky loved the Buckeye balls
Even doggies love balls.


So we decided to make more while everyone was here.
Because I ate all of them.
Even though my mama made the balls and brought the recipe up with her, somehow along the way, these became known all weekend as “Betsy’s Balls”.
All because Betsy was put in charge of the chocolate dipping process.
So the entire weekend, these phrases became the mantra:

“Oh boy, Betsy’s balls are so good!”
“Damn Betsy, what do you put in your balls??”
“I could put three of Betsy’s balls in my mouth!”


So “Betsy’s Balls” are really “Sara’s Balls” but no matter, you will want these balls for yourself.
And when you make them, you will text me, call me, write on any of my forms of social media and say, “I have your balls in my mouth right now and they are so deliciously crunchy.”


Really Sara’s Balls (The Artist Formerly Known as Betsy’s Balls)

1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened (we used butter)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups Rice Krispies
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. Crisco

In large electric mixer bowl, beat peanut butter, butter, and sugar on medium speed until thoroughly combined. Add cereal, mixing thoroughly. Portion mixture using a rounded teaspoon. Shape into balls. (will be messy but it is worth it). Place each ball onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least an hour so it is less sticky and get hard. Hard balls are best.

Melt chocolate morsels and Crisco in a double boiler over low heat, stirring constantly. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make your own: a glass bowl placed over a saucepan filled halfway with water. Easy! Once the chocolate is melted, spoon one teaspoon of the chocolate over each peanut butter ball. Refrigerate until firm. Store in refrigerator to harden the balls.


I honestly don’t know where my ball obsession started.
Maybe it was the Christmas Eve meatball tradition that has been in our family ever since I can remember.
We have been ballin’ for years.
Old school ballin’.
So I come by it honestly.


My dad's famous Christmas Eve meatballs
My dad’s meatballs cooking on the stove. That is Lionel looking on. Jealous of our ballin’ tradition.


I can’t give you my Dad’s famous meatball recipe or I would have to kill you.


Girls making balls. Sounds dirty but it isn't.

The above picture is my mom, Vikki, Betsy and myself doing a little ball rolling on New Years Day.
We were making cheesecake balls.

Now that I think about it, maybe it started with my Grandma’s porcupine ball recipe.
It sounds painful, really, but they are the most delicious balls you will ever eat.
Savory and delicious balls.
Moist too.

Grandma’s Porcupine Meatballs

1 pound ground beef
1 egg
1 slice of bread soaked in a little milk
1 onion, diced
1/4 cup uncooked rice
2 cups of tomato juice
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and make into balls.
Place into a greased 9 x 13 pan and pour tomato juice all over balls.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour- 1 hour 15 minutes.
I usually bake for closer to 1 hour 15 minutes.


These are amazing served with mashed potatoes.
While we are still on the subject of balls, let’s not forget Rebecca’s Oreo Truffle Balls:


Rebecca's Easy Oreo Truffles

And how could we ever forget Shannon’s bourbon balls?  
I don’t have a picture of the bourbon balls so enjoy two pictures of me enjoying Betsy’s Balls, which are really Sara’s Balls.




More balls mmmm

A little too much.

So there ya have it, folks.
Balls to the wall, I gave it my all.
Enjoy some balls this winter.
Because it is just fun to say, eat and you can’t be too pissed off at Mother Nature if you have some balls in your mouth.


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