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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Cloth Is Cool Again

Okay. Apparently I am having a baby soon. I need to start making some decisions here. I really want to use cloth diapers. I know some of you are thinking, yeah right. You're already snickering to yourself about how I'll never make it. But I want to atleast try. I cannot with all good conscience contribute that much to my local landfill. Plus that weird gel stuff in disposables freaks me out. I had a friend with a PhD in Biology tell me that it is the same stuff they use to culture specimens in petri dishes and it is considered hazardous. I'm gonna have to pass on that. Peanut spent enough time in a petri dish and he doesn't need any reminders.
So this is where I need your help. Give me your recommendations on good diapers, covers and best cleaning tips. I can't find a diaper service up here so I will be doing it myself. Also, any lessons learned would be great too. I might bring Peanut home in disposals in case it is too overwhelming for us in the first weeks. If so I will be doing the transition soon after.
Why is it everyone from the previous generation who HAD to use cloth giving me the craziest looks?

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