Written by Shana Beattie @ Common Ground Nebraska

The ability to cook and collect family recipes are not the only things that have been passed down from those that came before my husband and I, but we have learned the value of hard work and the importance of caring for the land and animals. For over 100 years, my husband’s family has played a role in producing food on our Central Nebraska Farm. I am thankful for the fathers and grandfathers who came before us to celebrate the bountiful harvest of family, farming and food.

I would like to share with you just a couple of my many family favorites. Enjoy and have a Blessed Easter.


Cola Ham & Sweet Potato Casserole


Cured Ham, any size to suit your family
One can of cola


Place Ham in roasting dish. Pour entire cola over ham cover dish with lid or foil.

Bake at 300 degrees until fork tender or falling off the bone.

Probably 3-4 hours.

The ham can also be placed in the crock pot on low for several hours or overnight.

Special Sweet Potato Casserole

3 c cooked mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c milk
1/3 c melted margarine
1 t vanilla
2 beaten eggs
1 c packed brown sugar
1/3 c all purpose flour
1/3 c melted margarine
1 c chopped pecans


Combine first 6 ingredients, mix well.

Spoon into greased 8-inch baking dish.

Combine brown sugar, flour, margarine and pecans.

Sprinkle over top of sweet potatoes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.



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