On the morning of March 26, I woke up to an email from Twitter informing me that I had a new follower. Of course, I get these types of emails every so often but I never dreamed it would be the talented Juliet Landau.
Who is Juliet Landau?
If you don’t know who Juliet Landau is, the simple answer is that she’s an actress. However, Miss Landau is not just a stunning television and movie actress, she is also a producer, director and former professional ballerina. Furthermore, Miss Landau has garnered praise and awards for her work in the theater, as well as voice over work in video games, television and features.
Despite being in a number of films and television shows, Ms. Juliet Landau will always hold a special place in my heart for her beautifully creepy portrayal of Drusilla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as I’m sure she does in the hearts of every other geek and slayer out there.
Not going to lie, I geeked out majorly when she started following me. And I continued to geek out for days and even weeks afterwards. Now, I’m not saying Miss Landau herself started following me and it wasn’t some intern running her social media accounts. But I like to think that she came across my Twitter profile and thought “I need to follow this awesome person and her amazing cats.”
Have you ever taken a look at the ingredients in prepackaged taco seasoning? If not, then you really should. It is filled with unnecessary ingredients, like sugar in various forms.
Why does taco seasoning need any form of sugar in it? If you have never watched the documentary Fed Up, you really should. It divulges into sugar and the food industry’s role in adding it to everything possible.
It really is an eye opener, and this is coming from someone who loves their sweets!
Anyway, making your own taco seasoning not only gives you complete control over the ingredients, which means no more added sugar or potentially harmful preservatives, but it is cheaper in the long run when you buy the spices in bulk.
I started making my own taco seasoning mix about a year ago when me and my husband did the Whole30 program for a month. And, along with checking labels and trying to avoid things that have sugar in it when it really shouldn’t (like fresh chicken breast, yes, a lot of companies add sugar to their “fresh” raw chicken breast), making my own seasoning mixes have been one of the few habits we kept.
Taco Seasoning Recipe
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 3 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Step 1: Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight glass container.
- Step 2: When ready, use about 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix per 1 pound of meat.
That’s it! Pretty simple, great tasting and doesn’t contain potentially harmful ingredients.
Tips: If you notice that the seasoning mix is a bit on the spicy side, I would suggest reducing the amount of crushed red pepper since this ingredient can be a little hot for some people. My best advice is to experiment and taste the seasoning as you go along. You may find you want more oregano and less salt, and that’s okay. This is your seasoning mix so you should have it the way you and your family like.
The 11th was my 36th (shit, I’m either getting old or already old, take your pick) and last weekend (the weekend before my birthday), the husband and I took a mini vacation to the Waterfront/Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area to celebrate. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott at the Waterfront for two nights (Friday and Saturday) and came home Sunday.
We selected a suite with a whirlpool in it because, who the hell wouldn’t want a whirlpool in their room!? It was such a nice touch to be able to relax in the whirlpool before bed.
We had a wonderful time relaxing, eating too much (Red Robin is now my most favorite restaurant ever! Unfortunately, we don’t have any close by) and window shopping.
The only downside to the weekend was the weather. Cold (in the low 30s), snowy and extremely windy made walking around the Waterfront shopping center horrible. But besides that, it was a near perfect birthday weekend!