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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Burning For You

The past week I have been experiencing a body rash that has gotten progressively worse. No amount of analyzing has been able to determine it's source. First I thought it was a laundry detergent thing and then a deodorant thing. It kept spreading. So I looked at all the things I could be ingesting on a regular basis. But I am taking the same vitamins as always. It spread from my chest up my arms, down my stomach and eventually to my upper thighs. I am using powder like there is no tomorrow.
Last night I lay awake from 1:30 to 4:30am trying not to scratch. Did I mention it is burning and itching? It gets worse when I am hot. I was so exhausted I was crying. Poor sick Tom woke up and encouraged me to call my midwife when I woke up. Then he pet me on the knee (only non-itchy part) until I fell asleep.
I called the OB/GYN office and waited for a call back. They called and it's the worse news I could have gotten. That's right, it's pregnancy related. A change in hormones that resulted in this rash from hell. Which of course means it won't go away until the baby comes. I can only treat the symptoms for now. No scented soap, keep cool, take oatmeal baths and use calamine lotion. At this point I will do anything to get a moment's relief.

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