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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Daily Affirmations

Hi there.
I've been quiet trying to take some space from the world. Unfortunately Christmas was not what I hoped or planned. But life is like that sometimes. I need to remember that how I feel is up to me not other people. It's easy to blame pregnancy hormones for my moods. But I forgot for a little while there who I am. I forgot to trust myself and my heart. I gave people the power to make me feel bad. There is a time I would never have done that. I'm taking it back. I know what is true and right for me. I know what I want for my delivery and for this baby. I cannot control how other people feel.
He is healthy, I'm healthy. I have a loving and supportive husband. I have a family of both origin and choice who love and support me. The rest is just details.

PS I feel like Stuart Smalley (SNL): Look in the mirror and say, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough. And gosh darn it, people like me."

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