Chorizo “Totchos” {Game Day Recipe}

I am a huge fan of food. My husband is a huge fan of televised sports events. We both love having friends over. Any excuse will suffice, but if there is a big football game on, we will most definitely have food for our friends.

This year, for the Big Game, among our old favorites, we will be serving a new and special dish – Totchos. What are they? Well, I’m glad you asked. You will certainly not want to miss out on this fabulous party dish!

Tater Tot Chorizo Totchos for Game Day | From Dates to Diapers

Now, I know you are dying to try our Totchos, so grab a pen and make a list for Walmart.

Here is what you will need:

1 package chorizo
Half a bag of frozen tater tots
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 half ripe avacado, cubed
1 half tomato, cubed
I half red onion, diced
1 half lime
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of salt

What is in Totchos? | From Dates to Diapers

Home already? Let’s get started!

Heat oven to 375. Place Tater tots on a non stick pan and for 20 min or until golden brown, flipping once for even cooking.

In a frying pan, cook the Chorizo and minced garlic until it becomes dry and crumbles.

Combine the red onion and tomato in a bowl, add the juice of 1 half lime, stir to combine and add a pinch of salt.

Once the Tater tots are golden brown, remove from oven, sprinkle with shredded cheese, and place tots back in the oven until cheese is melted.

Layer the chorizo, onion mixture, avocado, and green onions onto the tots and serve immediately.

Our recipe serves 4 and pairs well with cold beer, friends and football!

A bite of Totchos | From Dates to Diapers

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Raspberry Banana Smoothie {Recipe}

We love smoothies around here, especially as an after school snack. This Raspberry Banana smoothie we found at has become a quick favorite!

Smoothies are not only healthy and nutritious, yummy and scrumptious, but they are so very easy to make. They can be made with most any fresh or frozen fruit or a variety of veggies. You can even sneak in vitamins, minerals, and supplements and the kids will be none the wiser.

The kids love to help mix up some fun combinations, too. We sometimes make green smoothies, but the kids think the pink ones are the best.

Raspberry Banana Smoothie Recipe | From Dates to Diapers

Raspberry Banana Smoothie with Splenda

For this pink smoothie you will need:

1 medium banana, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
4 packets SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber (not necessary if you have sweet raspberries and overripe bananas!)
3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Raspberry Banana Smoothie - what you need | From Dates to Diapers

Place your banana in the freezer for about 10 minutes or until slightly firm. I like to use frozen fruit, because it eliminates the need for ice. The raspberries we found at Walmart were perfect, so we placed them in the freezer for a bit, as well.

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides a few times. We will sometimes leave our smoothie a bit chunky, like pictured.

The kids like to enjoy their smoothies immediately. I like for mine to sit for a few minutes, so it’s not so thick.

Raspberries make the best smoothies | From Dates to Diapers

How do you like your smoothies? What is your favorite combination?

Find other great smoothie recipes and ideas at

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sugared Tortilla Snowflakes

Snowflakes have always fascinated me. I loved studying them when I was little, and again when I taught my kids about these beautiful six-pointed flakes. Tiny specks of frozen water; each one unique.

Flakes that can blow through as a blizzard, trapping families in their homes. Flakes that, when falling ever so lightly, can be one of the most beautiful natural occurances.

There are many ways to re-create natural snowflakes as a craft project with your kiddos. The little ones will love to make simple paper snowflakes, and the older kiddos will enjoy creating more elaborate 3D snowflakes. Glitter glue snowflakes are “super duper easy” and sparkle in the sun when hung by a window.

But, have you ever made a snowflake you can eat? No, I’m not talking about the frozen kind, but a crunchy sweet and sugary kind!

Take a large burrito size flour tortilla and fold it in quarters. Mission tortillas bend and fold easily without tearing!

Once folded, cut your design just as you would a paper snowflake.

Unfold tortilla and brush melted butter on one side. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and/or colored sprinkles.

Place in the oven at 250* until crispy, about 10 minutes.

Cool and enjoy!