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Cheeseburger Totchos + Life Lately

These Cheeseburger Totchos are an impressive appetizer, and they can be served as a meal as well!

Cheeseburger Totchos

You guys. I can’t believe I forgot to share this with you until now! These Cheeseburger Totchos (totchos = tater tots + nachos)  are a big-time favorite in our house. They taste surprisingly like an actual cheeseburger!

Cheeseburger Totchos

This isn’t the healthiest food you’ll ever cook, but it really isn’t that bad for you if you choose quality ingredients. Grass-fed beef, organic tater tots, and even some veggies help make this a more balanced dish. Of course this should be more of a special occasion thing than an everyday affair, but it’s a wonderful treat when you’re craving a cheeseburger.

Cheeseburger Totchos

You can go grab the recipe for these scrumptious Cheeseburger Totchos over on The Pioneer Woman’s blog HERE.


And now for a bit of life lately…

Life LatelySince last fall Reuben and I (well, mostly Reuben) have been working on remodeling a mobile home to rent. We finally finished it last week, and I’m so happy with how the kitchen turned out! I figured that since it would cost about the same, I would design it Pinterest-style with navy cabinets, (faux) marble countertops, tile backsplash, and copper accents. I wouldn’t mind if my kitchen looked like that! ?

Life Latte - latte artMy latte art is finally starting to improve! I might have to do a post all about it once I hone my skills a bit more…

Life LatelyReuben and I went out on a date night a couple weeks ago. We ate at a Thai restaurant and went to see “A Quiet Place” afterwards. Reuben hated the movie. It was sad, but I appreciated some of the themes, and it was definitely well made. I’m glad I saw it.


Life LatelyIf you follow me on Instagram, you know that spring has been waaaay overdue here in northern Minnesota. But I decided that I couldn’t stay cooped up any longer, so I bundled up the kids and went for a walk.


Life LatelyJames kept saying, “Wait for me, Mama!” And he said that he wanted to go to the beach several times. Me too, James. Me too.


Life LatelyHere I am, sitting on the small dry patch of my “porch” (it’s just a cement slab), drinking my bone broth and trying to get some Vitamin D. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!


Life LatelyThe trees are starting to bud! Now I’m dreaming of hepaticas and flowering crabapples. Soon…


Life Lately

My chives and green onions are starting to poke their heads above ground! It will be so nice to not have to buy green onions anymore.


Life LatelyA springtime tradition of mine is to let the kids jump in muddy puddles. I remember my mom let me do it every so often as a kid, and it was the most glorious thing. The cleanup afterwards isn’t so glorious, but I think the kids need it after being cooped up all winter.

What have you guys been up to lately? Is spring in full swing where you live?


Wednesday 25th of April 2018

I've been wanting to see A Quiet Place! The family story is what intrigues me. I don't usually do scary at all, but i've been obsessively reading reviews and will probably go for it when it's out of theatres.

Erica Kastner

Wednesday 25th of April 2018

Yes, the family story is what I liked! It's definitely scary, but not unbearably so. I had to cover my eyes at a few parts. Haha! I don't mind a movie being suspenseful, but I don't do well with blood/gore.

Michele Holmes

Wednesday 25th of April 2018

We live in north Texas and get to have L O N G spring seasons ... oh, how I wish I could send it your way!! Will you be using the mobile home as a rental property or are y'all moving?? I LOVE the blue cabinets!

Erica Kastner

Wednesday 25th of April 2018

That would be awesome if we could get a bit of your spring. ?

We'll be using the mobile home as a rental property. So prayers that we can get good renters would be appreciated! :) We're actually hoping to build in the near-ish future if everything works out!

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