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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Let Me Count The Ways

One for each year on the planet:

1. Because I had gotten to thinking I had met all the quality people in the world.
2. Because you put up with all my requests for changes on my website.
3. Because you refuse to give up the little girl inside.
4. Because you listen to every detail of life with Keegan and sound as excited as I am.
5. Because I am on the short list of phone calls when you have good and bad news.
6. Because you are so thoughtful.
7. Because you wear your heart on your sleeve.
8. Because in another life I think we were meant to be sisters.
9. Because I still don't know everything about you.
10. Because even if I have heard one of your stories a thousand times before, I still love to hear you tell them again.
11. Because I get a little jealous when you make a new friend and you do with me too.
12. Because in life you are lucky to meet someone who makes you a better person.
13. Because you always validate who I am.
14. Because you make me feel smart and wise.
15. Because you just can't let go of the Mary Jane's and the pigtails and the overalls and the....
16. Because you are a star dahling.
17. Because you always take my side whether it makes sense or not.
18. Because we are always in the mood for the same kind of food (well unless it's low-carb).
19. Because you never stop dreaming and you make me believe.
20. Because I feel proud to be your friend, heck I feel proud to be associated with you.
21. Because you write great poetry.
22. Because you help me to write better.
23. Because you had the guts to stay conscious, upright and strong when I was in labor.
24. Because you make me look forward to having your friendship for the rest of my life.
25. Because you are quirky and self-deprecating.
26. Because you love with no holds barred.
27. Because you strive to make yourself better.
28. Because you delight in the little things.
29. Because you deserve a stellar birthday.

Happy Birthday Erika!!!!

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