Hey friends!  I hope your week is going well and that if you’re reading this from the east coast, I hope you’re staying warm!  We had a few beautiful days recently that really hinted at Spring.  My woolly mammoth, I mean horse, is starting to prepare by shedding.  Soon I’ll be finding horse hair in my bra again… TMI?

Things have been kinda crazy over here.  I’m not gonna lie.  I’m pretty stressed out.  Between my workload at my real job, NTP coursework, and everything in between, I’m exhausted.  Thankfully I’m getting towards the end of a mild RA flare from all that built up stress.  I’ve noticed that these days, stress is really what makes my RA cranky.  It makes me kinda cranky, too.

I’ve gotten to a point where the food changes I’ve made are fairly easy (although there is always room for improvement), but the lifestyle changes I need to make for myself are quite a bit harder.  I’m working through what I can do to alleviate some of that stress, and part of that is delegating some of the cooking duties to my not so kitchen-savvy husband.  It’s hard for me to ask for help, and even harder for me to hand over cooking.  It’s best if I don’t watch!  😉

On weeknights, we try to plan simple meals that don’t require a lot of ingredients.  Any ground meat is pretty perfect for that! We might have meatballs, my zoodles with meat sauce, burgers… or our go-to lately, taco bowls!  We fill up our bowls with seasoned ground beef and onions, and top it with whatever we may have on hand.  Usually that’s avocado, olives, bell pepper, tomatoes, and lettuce.

Instead of having my husband measure out each spice separately, I finally made a batch of my seasoning that would get us through a few meals.  It’s really all about those simple things you can do to make life a little easier.  I’m so thankful for any little bit my husband does to help me get through this load of work I have going on.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Author: Suzie Bauer


  • 2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 2 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Chipotle
  • 2 1/4 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Transfer to an air tight container, and store in a dry location.


For serving: Combine 1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp of seasoning with 1 pound of ground meat.

What are some things that you do to make weeknight meals simple?  I’m thinking of taking on batch cooking next!  I dream of a day when my freezer is full of prepared meals…