Crockpots are really cool, right?

Crockpots are hands down one of the most useful home appliances out there. There is nothing more satisfying than getting home at the end of a long day and walking into the aroma of dinner ready for you on the counter. Not to mention, crockpots come in a range of prices and sizes so you can easily find one that fits your budget.

This is the one I own now by Hamilton BeachI found it in a really cool purple color and snagged the last one in stock. It’s 7 quarts and will fit a small-ish whole chicken (~10 lbs).

It has a few function buttons for temp (high/low) and cook time (2, 4, 6, and 8 hours). There are crockpots available with less features… and crockpots available with more features. It really just depends on your specific needs. Personally, I like that I can turn mine on and it will put itself on warm when the time runs out.

What do I cook in this thing? 

Glad you asked! When I was younger all I did was throw in a pork loin with a few cans of cream of mushroom soup and turn the thing on. It can be that easy, but I will warn you, it’s not that impressive.

crockpotgirlsOne of the most recent resource I’ve found is the Crockpot Girls. The Crockpot Girls Collection Cookbook has over 500 recipes including main dishes, side dishes, beverages and vegetarian options!

The Crockpot Girls Cookbook has beautiful photos, is well organized and works on any of your devices. I don’t know about you, but I definitely use my tablet in the kitchen!

A few of my other favorite crockpot cookbooks:

I know with Christmas just a few days away, I’ll definitely be making mulled cider! I just picked up these New England Mulling Spices to try for the first time. If you’re like me and have a plethora of spices in your cabinets, you can always just throw together your own spice concoction and give it a whirl!

What is your favorite crockpot recipe? I’d love to try it out!

xo Katie

Tomato Basil Quiche

Tomato Basil Quiche via lamb + wolf



One of those recipes that always gets me confused is quiche. For some reason, every time I attempt one, nothing goes as planned. That’s why we have dubbed making quiche, “Shit Happens.” You just throw it together, put it in the oven and hope for the best! 

Tomato Basil Quiche

  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • several leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (any kind will do, I used mozzarella and Parmesan)
  • Salt & Pepper

~ Thaw your frozen puff pastry on the counter for approximately 40 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the puff pastry a little thinner to fit into a 9″ pie pan. Push pastry down into pan and into corners. Line pastry with tin foil and place pie weights on top. Bake puff pastry for 8 minutes.

~ Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Put shallot and garlic into the pan and cook until browned, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from pan and add another 1 tbsp olive oil. Dust tomato slices with flour and basil. Fry tomato in the pan, 1 minute per side. Set aside. 

~ In a medium sized bowl, mix together eggs and milk. Season with salt & pepper. 

~ Put a layer of cheese on the bottom of pastry, sprinkle in some shallot and garlic mixture, layer in half tomato slices, then pour half the egg mixture on top. Repeat layering process.

~ Place quiche in the oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to cook for another 20 minutes until edges are turning golden brown. Remove from oven and serve warm.

xo Katie

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee

I first heard about cold-brewing coffee about 6 months ago and it has changed my life. I always loved iced coffee, but never really perfected it… until now. I tried everything! I would brew coffee and put it in the freezer until an ice layer formed at the top. I would make extra strong coffee and just dump ice in it. I would brew coffee then put it in the fridge for the next day. Nothing seemed to come out tasting that great.

I ran across a cold-brew “recipe” in Food Network Magazine one day and decided to finally give it a go. The gist of the recipe was just a ratio – 1 cup of coffee grounds to 1.5 cups of water. Here is my method:

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf


Select the coffee you want to use. I prefer Dunkin Donuts brand. Two regular size coffee bags is equal to 6 cups of grounds. Put it into a large bowl or pot and add 9 cups of filtered water (I just take it from my fridge dispenser). Stir it together and cover. Let it brew for 12-24 hours.

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf


You’ll need a fine mesh strainer and some type of container to collect the concentrate. If you don’t have a fine mesh strainer, you could use a regular strainer lined with coffee filters. Using a ladle, run the grounds through the strainer and be sure to press the grounds (I use the back of the ladle) to push all the water out.

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf


Once finished, pour your concentrate into a sealable container. The concentrate is good for up to 1 week. My recipe yields just under 3 mason jars full.

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf


Now the best part… make yourself some awesome cold-brew coffee!

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf


For this particular batch, I have:

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf


Pour in a small amount of the concentrate. You can see I fill up approximately 1/4 of the mason jar with ice in it. I then add 2-3 pumps of the syrup and a little creamer. The mason jar is about 1/2 full now, then just add water!

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf


Put cuppow on, cover the openings with your fingers and SHAKE IT UP! That’s it! Best coffee EVER.

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf


I don’t think I’ll ever make hot coffee again. I’m sold for life. I hope you like it just as much as I do!

xo Katie

(Full Recipe Below)


Cold-Brew Coffee Recipe

  • 2 bags of coffee of your choice (6 cups of coffee grounds)
  • 9 cups of filtered water
  • creamer of your choice (optional)
  • flavored syrup (optional)
  • water (milk optional)

Mix coffee grounds and filtered water together in a large bowl or pot. Cover and let brew for 12-24 hours. Using a fine mesh strainer and pitcher, strain the coffee grounds making sure to press out excess water into the pitcher. This is your coffee concentrate. Pour it into containers to store in your fridge. The concentrate is good up to 1 week.

To make coffee, fill a glass with ice and add a small amount of coffee concentrate (you may have to play around with the amount you use depending on how you like your coffee to taste). Add in creamer and flavored syrup if you wish. Then fill the rest of the glass with cold water (or milk). Stir and drink!

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

Spiced Hot Apple Cider by lamb + wolf


Today has been one of those days where things just seem to be falling apart. We hired someone to come pressure wash the house and they agreed to be here at 9:00 am and didn’t show up until 11:15 am. Not a great start. I believe Lachlyn is teething or bored or something, but she is super clingy and cranky lately. I’ve also been handed several ads to complete for work all at once… it seemed I had nothing to do for weeks, then BAM – here’s some work for you! Not like I’m complaining, cause work is great when it comes to billable hours.

It’s been a lot cooler here in Georgia. I seem to have lost my taste for hot coffee, but I do love hot apple cider. Here’s my version:

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

  • 2 cups Simply Apple Cider
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • a dash of ground allspice
  • a dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 jumbo marshmallow
  • 1 oz Rye Whiskey (optional ~ I use Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey)

Heat the cider and spices in a small saucepan over med-low heat until your desired temperature. If using whiskey, pour it into the bottom of your mug. Put 1 jumbo marshmallow into your mug and pour the hot cider over it and serve!

Simple, easy and keeps you nice and warm!

xo Katie