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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America's Past

Yesterday Erika and I took Keegan down to meet Margie at Old Sturbridge Village. We always pass it on our way back and forth to Pennsylvania but it isn't exactly Tom's cup of tea. I had been wanting to meet Margie (pronounced Mar-ghee, which I learned yesterday) since I started reading her a couple of years ago. I wanted to do it before her baby comes because I know how that can tie your schedule up for a while.
It was overcast and sprinkled but no rain. Keegan was awesome, not fussy, smiling and looking around. He wasn't that impressed with the animals and historical features. He really enjoys looking at trees. See the girls' blogs for pictures as I seem to forget to take my camera out nowadays. It wasn't super stroller friendly but they helped lift us over the humps. I had fun meeting Margie and putting a real person with the blog personality (just as sweet as I suspected). She looks great, sparklely pregnant and I hope we didn't tire her out too much. The toys she gave Keegan are quite a hit and we played with them on the floor together today. Needless to say my favorite is the peek-a-boo one with the bee that pops out of a flower.
So far I have loved meeting all my blog friends for real! Clearly I have excellent taste.

PS My name is pronounced Uh-leesuh (Alisa) in case you ever wondered.

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