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

Recipe Roundup!

The recipes this week have turned out to be some of my new favorites! I’ve never had Eggplant Parmesan before + was really surprised how much I liked it…. even though the recipe misrepresented the cooking time. Not to leave out the cookies this week… they are really tasty! They turned out really light + fluffy even though the picture made them look more like a chewy cookie. Without further adieu… here they are:

 

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes via Food Network ~ we added about a 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese to these as well. They were also a huge hit at last year’s Thanksgiving dinner.

 

White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies via Tasty Kitchen ~ mmmm I want one now!

 

Herb Omelet with Cherry Tomatoes via Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite

 

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins via Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetitie

 

Eggplant Parmesan via Food Network ~ be forewarned, the recipe states 1 hr + 20 mins total time, but it will take you more like 2 hours.

 

Enjoy!

~katie