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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Got Milk?

I saw this story on the local news tonight. It was about a woman who survived a breast cancer diagnosis and double masectomy at the age of 31. Now she is pregnant and actually her due date is tomorrow. She really feels strongly about breastfeeding and has figured out a way to still be able to do it. Through the use of a special bottle apparatus and banked frozen breastmilk. Apparently there are four milk banks in the country used primarily for feeding preemies or sick babies. The cost per ounce? $3.25! That's $104/day or approx. $17,000 for six months. She has a website with her survival story and ways to donate to offset costs. I am so terribly sad for her and wish I could give her some of mine. But I am due a lot after her and the specific nutrients in breastmilk are released according to the age of the baby. I am afraid I'd be way off. Her story has raised my awareness of milk banks and their possible solution for breast cancer survivors. Grateful again for my particular situation and the knowledge that I am able to choose whether or not I will attempt to breastfeed.

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