It has suddenly become winter in Cleveland, Ohio. A couple of days ago, in less than 24 hours we got about 8 inches of snow. I was happy with my decision to move back up north. Until this week.
As I passed my neighbor in the hallway (as I was going out to scrape my car and he was coming in) I said, "So it starts, huh?". He replied, "At least it's not too bad yet."
What??? Last time I checked, 8 inches of snow in a day is pretty bad. In Georgia last year we got less than that and the city shut down for a week. Ugh.
On a positive note, for anyone living without a garage in a lake-effect-snow-area-or-somewhere-comparable, check out what I learned from my clever neighbors:
Put your wipers up before it snows and your windshield will be easy to clean! So, the neighbors are forgiven.
To warm up the recent cold front, here's something spicy. Homemade, sodium-free taco seasoning. It tastes just like the little packets, but without the incredible amount of salt. And it's so much more economical in the long run. Plus, you'll never again have those partial little seasoning packets awkwardly clipped closed hidden all over your pantry (or maybe that's just me).
Mix it up and put it in a pretty little shaker to spice up the cold winter months.
Sodium-free taco seasoning
recipe adapted from Bill Echols: allrecipes.com
- 2 tbsp chili powder
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1/2 tsp onion powder
-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
-1/2 tsp oregano
-1 tsp paprika
-1 tbsp ground cumin
-2 tsp black pepper
Combine the ingredients and store in an clean spice shaker. Add to taco (soy) meat or vegetarian refried beans to taste.