Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chili Cheese Dog Tator Tot Casserole

Here in Iowa it is fall, which means cooler temps and cravings for comfort food.  Today was a rainy day and I've been battling allergies or a cold and didn't feel like making anything too intense for dinner.  I also wanted something my kids (hopefully) wouldn't complain about too much.

I was browsing the interwebs around 4:45pm looking for some dinner inspiration when I came across a Chili Cheese Dog Bubble-Up Bake from Pillsbury.  I didn't have any biscuits and didn't feel like a drive into town to get some, so I decided to try substituting tator tots for the biscuits.

The result was 2 thumbs up from my kids. 👍👍

Chili Cheese Dog Tator Tot Casserole


  • 1 can (28 oz) Chili Beans with Sauce (I like Mrs. Grimes)
  • 6 hot dogs, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • tator tots
  • Lowry's seasoning (optional)


  1. Heat the oven according to the tator tot directions. Lightly spray 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the chili beans and hot dogs in the baking dish.  Top with the cheese.
  3. (Optional) Toss tator tots with 1 Tbsp oil and Lowry's seasoning before placing on top of cheese.
  4. Place a layer of tator tots on top of the cheese.
  5. Bake according to tator tot directions (in my case the package said 450 for 12-20 minutes, and I baked it 20+ minutes).  Check near the end and continue baking until bubbly and tator tots are golden brown.
  6. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes.
I wish I had more pictures but my kids demolished this pretty fast.  Enjoy!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Gwynnie Bee First Impressions

I signed up for a Gwynnie Bee trial through Swagbucks today.  I have several friends who use Stitch Fix and love it, but they're sizing doesn't go up high enough.  Gwynnie Bee is sizes 10-32, so in theory should suit my 5'10" size 14/16 just fine.

Wanting to maximize my trial, I signed up for the 3+1 for my trial, which means I can have 3 garments out at a time and I get 1 bonus item during my trial.  GB is sort of like Netflix for clothes. You choose a plan on based on how many pieces you want to have at home at a time.  You place items in your closet and are shipped items based on availability.  You do have the ability to prioritize items as well as move off season items to a holding section.  Shipping is free and you have unlimited exchanges if a size doesn't work.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Snowman Popcorn Wrapper - Free Printable

I found this last year on Pinterest as a cute idea for a teacher's gift but the original pdf had been taken down.  I googled and found a few others but I didn't like them quite as much, and I wanted to change the text a little bit, so I created my own and it worked great.  I got rave reviews from the teachers, they loved having an extra pair of gloves in their desk for recess duty and microwave popcorn is a favorite snack.