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Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
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Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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It's A Bee Thing

Well I've been quiet in case you hadn't noticed. Part of it was being away, part of it was from feeling crappy and the other part was from getting my books from Amazon.
The weekend was nice and relaxing. My mom & I read side by side on the couch in front of the woodstove, teacups balanced next to us. Dad read almost my entire beekeeping texbook and asked me questions about specifics. I was surprised by how much I have learned already. Tom kept himself amused with his laptop and his new book about hacking the web. Good quality time in the company of my family.
I felt crappy yesterday and today because of my period. Which came right on schedule. That's the good thing about infertility, everything is tracked. Hardly any surprises. It will be great to go nine months without those cramps. Not that I have any illusions about labor.
I finished "A Book of Bees and How To Keep Them" rather quickly. It was a short book and read easily. I loved it. It furthered my appreciation for bees and beekeeping. I am now almost done with "A Recipe For Bees." Which is less about beekeeping and more about how it changed one woman's sense of herself. How it gave her independence and for the first time something that was truly her's.
Tom asked, "Aren't you over this bee thing?" I laughed and said no. I definitely am not.

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