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
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Baby Shower Update

This was one of the best weekends I have ever had. Of course I was so exhausted I ended up sleeping for 12 hours to recover.
It started with Andra & Angie arriving from DC on Fri. morning. We did lots of grocery shopping and then we got cooking. Actually they did all the work and I perched on a bar stool and tried to be helpful. They were a whirlwind of activity and used kitchen utensils I forgot I had. Am I the only one impressed when people use cake flour instead of cake mix? Angie made chicken salad by boiling two whole chickens! I'm spoiled for canned chicken forever.
The next morning I got them to my mom's early to finish food prep and decorate. I was sent on an errand and made to wait in the car in front of the party store. I didn't mind because I got to spend time with my brother Scott. Then I was allowed back at the official party site. Everything was beautiful and delicious and all kinds of people showed up. People came from Mass., Maine, Chicago and DC.
Present time came all too soon and I kept trying to get back to the cupcake platter. Each time I unwrapped a gift Angie read from an index card the giftgiver had written. They started out like, "Alisa & Tom will be great parents because.....", or "My advice for the first three months is..." Needless to say I was fighting back tears the whole time. All the gifts were thoughtful and precious and personal. Good thing Andra was keeping a list because I was so overwhelmed by it all.
I had an amazing time and definitely felt like I was glowing and beaming. I can not believe how many dear friends and family took time and energy to welcome our baby. It makes me cry to know how much love is already waiting for him when he arrives.
Thank you so much to my shower hostesses Angie, Andra, Erica, Holly and Erika. Having friends like you makes anything possible and every day one for which I am grateful.


Angie arranged all the gifts in the nursery so, "it would look like Santa had been there."

PS I will post about the rest of the weekend later. I need to get ready for "Newborn Homecoming" class tonight.

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