Our Favorite Recipes

Need some great Halloween inspired recipes?  Take a look at three of our favorite:

jack's recipes


monster cookies

Yum, Yum, Yum- this salad is delicious!

Fruit & Romaine Festive Salad

Salad: combine 10 oz pkg romaine lettuce, 1 cup shredded swiss cheese, 1 cup cashews, 1 apple (cored & diced), 1 pear (peeled, cored, diced), 1/4-1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries

Dressing: combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 2 tsp red onion (finely chopped), & 1 tsp salt in a blender or small food processor. Cover & blend well.

Add 2/3 cup of salad quality olive oil slowly and blend until thick & smooth.

Add 1 Tablespoon poppy seed and blend an additional 10 seconds to mix.

Back in June, we took a bus trip to Medora. One of the stops served a delicious Fresh Fruit Bowl that everyone raved about. We’ve finally gotten the recipe to share with all of you!

Fresh Fruit Bowl from Georgia at The Quilted Ceiling

2-3 oz. Lemon Jello, 1 cup boiling water, 12 oz. thawed Lemonade, 1 1/2 cups Gingerale, 1 1/2 gallons mixed fruit

Stire Jello into boiling water, stir in lemonade and gingerale, add fruit, cover and refrigerate.

Tip from Georgia: I use Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Green Grapes, Red Grapes, Frozen Peaches, Fresh or Frozen Blueberries, Strawberries, and Bananas. I always soak my bananas in the lemonade before I use it in the sauce. They don’t seem to turn brown as fast.

We are gearing up for the Quilt Minnesota “Lucky 13” Buses that will hit our store Sunday morning. We are serving both buses breakfast and plan to make our favorite “Baked Eggs” dish. It is a really easy recipe to assemble, you can even prepare it the night before and bake it in the morning. Delicious!

Baked Eggs

Ingredients: 6 slices bread torn into 1″ sections, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 6 eggs, 3 cups milk, 1 cup cooked ham diced (optional), 1 tsp minced onion.

Combine all ingredients. Pour into a 9″ x 13″ pan. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Our bus trip to Medora was a huge success, especially the food!! Here are a few recipes from the trip that were enjoyed by all:

Sour Cream Muffins


2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp soda, 1/2 tsp salt

Mix the above ingredients together

In another bowl, mix together:

2 eggs- beaten, 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp vanilla

Note, if you want to add fruit (rhubarb was used) mix it into the flour mixture then add the liquid.

Otherwise, take a fork, put part of the liquid in the flour mixture and stir gently. Add the rest.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Monster Cookies by Melissa Byer:


6 eggs, 1 1/2 lbs peanut butter, 2 1/2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 Tbsp corn syrup, 4 tsp soda, 1/2 lbs butter (2 sticks), 1/2 lbs M&Ms, 1/2 lbs chocolate chips.

Mix all ingredients together. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Spring has sprung, time to break out the salad recipes! Here is a delicious and easy chicken salad:

Cashew Chicken Salad

8 oz. medium shell macaroni; 1/2 cup chopped onion, optional; 2 cups diced celery, optional; 2 cups cooked chicken; 1 cup cashews;

3/4 cup Miracle Whip; 1 T. vinegar; 1 tsp. lemon juice; 1/2 cup brown sugar

Cook macaroni according to package directions, cool. Mix Miracle Whip, vinegar, lemon juice, and brown sugar in a small bowl. In a separate bowl combine macaroni, onion, celery, and chicken. Mix both parts together. Add cashews just before serving.

Looking for a quick crock pot recipe for supper? This is one of my family’s favorites.

Cream Cheese & Bean Chicken

In your Crock Pot combine: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts; 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained; & 1 jar (15 ounce) salsa

Cook on high heat for about 4-5 hours, or on low heat for 6 hours (times will vary depending on your Crock Pot, I am able to cook through frozen chicken breasts in about 6 hours).  Toss a block of cream cheese on top and let stand for 30 minutes.

During this time, make Easy Spanish Rice as a side dish.

In a large skillet combine 2 cups tomato juice, 1 cup rice, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp salt, & 1/2 tsp pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and turn to low heat. Let cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir the cream cheese into your bean/salsa mixture and serve on top of the Spanish Rice. YUM!!!

This time of year brings out the baker in all of us. My all time favorite Christmas treat is Iced Sugar Cookies. When I was little my grandma would make up the cookies ahead of time for my mom and then all of us kids would get to decorate them. We still get together every year to decorate cookies at my moms, although now she makes the cookies. It is a fun and tasty tradition. I usually eat about 2 dozen cookies myself every year! Here is the recipe for Grandma Katy’s Sugar Cookies:


3/4 cup butter flavored shortening, 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp. baking powder, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix thoroughly shortening, sugar, eggs, & vanilla. Then add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Roll out dough 1/8″ thick on a floured surface. Cut out shapes and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

The Best Sugar Cookie Frosting:

In a saucepan melt 1/4 cup butter. Add 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup powdered sugar, & 2 Tablespoons of heavy cream or milk. Heat to desired consistency. Add more sugar or milk as needed.

5 thoughts on “Our Favorite Recipes

  1. Your Cream Cheese & Bean Chicken recipe sounds really good. I’m making it today. I checked to see how much of a “block of cream cheese” it was. It is an 8 oz block. It is starting to smell good. Am anxious to taste it.

  2. Hello Katie! I was looking at the Sale a Day and decided that I should check out the blog. We are going to give the Cream Cheese Bean & Chicken recipe either Friday or Saturday night. Thanks for the new idea. See you Saturday a Thimbleberries.


  3. Katie – I made the Cashew Chicken Salad (added red grapes) for a potluck at work and it was the star of the show!
    It was a quick, easy and VERY YUMMY recipe! 🙂 I ended up sharing it with my entire group, everyone asked for the recipe. Thanks so much!

    Heidi Powers

  4. Just wondering about a fruit salad recipe from the shop in Valley City(I think)…We had it on the Medora Bus Trip! I thought it was going to be posted..It was so good….fruit, gelation, lemonade..not sure of what else was in it!! Does your mom happen to remember, or does she have it??
    I have to try the cashew chicken salad for the 4th!!!

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