a big Saints celebration, yummy food, and bracing for a storm.

Yesterday, my beloved Saints were playing on Monday Night Football and my husband was off work for Columbus Day too so it was a good good day.

As a treat, I made my super fabulous, not-at-all-low-carb risotto with green peas. Though totally on the “not super healthy” end of the spectrum, it is made entirely with whole foods – I am trying to remove all processed yuck from our home – and everybody needs some comfort food sometimes. It calls for arborio rice, chicken stock, green peas, sea salt, parm, loads of butter, and an hour of stirring – and it is worth every minute (and every carb for that matter).

My husband and I settled in to watch Drew Brees break the all time passing record and my Saints bring home the win:

Dinner with Baby Drew and my Super Bowl ring for good luck. šŸ™‚

It was so much fun!

Today, Sara and I were home most of the day. We decided to try a new recipe for dinner tonight, a low-carb meal that is not Paleo – because, cheese – but is whole food, gluten free, and grain free.

It is Spinach Ricotta Lasagna and it is ahhmazing:

It was also super simple so if you want to give it a try, here is the recipe:

Spinach Ricotta Lasagna


1.5 lb ground beef

16oz jar alfredo sauce

2 cups ricotta cheese

1 egg (we used egg replacer because – allergies)

1 tbsp salt, divided

1 tbsp dried minced garlic

1 tbsp dried minced onion

16oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained well

2 cups shredded mozzarella


  1. In frying pan, brown the meat and crumble into small pieces. Drain. Remove from heat and add alfredo sauce and half of salt. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In separate bowl whisk together the ricotta, egg, other portion of salt, garlic and onion.
  4. Spread half of the meat mixture in the bottom of a large casserole dish. Top with half of the ricotta mixture and then half of the spinach. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella on top. Repeat the layers – meat, ricotta, spinach, mozzarella.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the cheese on top is golden and bubbly.

I hope y’all enjoy this as much as we did!

And now for what’s coming – this monster:

Hurricane Michael.

I live in Central Alabama, and, as a spoonie, large weather systems bring changes in the barometric pressure that cause severe symptoms:

My joints have already caught fire and the system is coming in later today.

So, what to do?

I have a few small errands I need to run so I plan to do them first thing in the morning before the rain gets here tomorrow afternoon. After that, I will likely be in for a couple of days. I’ll get my meal plan set and just stay home and do school work and read and watch movies and whatnot. A storm of this size won’t be pretty.

One thing in our home that is a big issue for me is contending with our stairs to go to the garage when my joints are really flaring. I have a hard time getting my knees to bend and hips to cooperate and usually try to wait until my husband is home and able to pick me up upstairs and drive me on bad days. He is so wonderful to take me wherever I need to go. However, with rain and yuckiness, I will probably just try to stay in until it’s over.

Otherwise, I have my sick day kit I wrote about a few days ago and am all set.

I am praying hard for our friends on the coast as well as my fellow spoonies. This is a scary scary looking storm.

Be well, everybody.

Grace and blessings.

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