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.
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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Honey Drippers

This morning I went down to Peabody to get my beekeeping supplies. I want to really have the total experience but I don't have much time until my bees arrive. So I got most of the stuff pre-assembled, but will actually be constructing my hive bodies from a kit. I didn't go top of the line with equipment and let me tell you it still costs a pretty penny. My new plan is to get my family to pre-pay their honey orders. I tried it on my mom and she laughed. I think she thought I was kidding. Oh well. Maybe there is something around the house I can pawn.
I haven't exactly found a place for my apiary yet either. This past Sunday I went to a local apple orchard but the people were away for the week. My parents know them so I thought it would be a good place to start. I have several backup plans too. I really wish I could keep them at home but I can't find a spot that would make both the bees and Tom happy. I don't want my friends spending the summer swatting my bees out of their food being grilled on my deck. I have a few weeks to figure it out. My Southern bees are due to arrive around Easter. I can't exactly store them until I figure this out. But I have faith that something will come through soon. I have already mentally harvested my honey, designed labels and started marketing my bee beauty products. Talk about way ahead of myself.

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