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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This lucky girl has had a very decadent weekend. Friday night my parents took me to see The Lion King at the Boston Opera. It was spectacular. I had never seen the movie but I did know the characters and music. It was so amazing that I had tears in my eyes by the first five minutes. Every time you thought they couldn't possibly do anything more creative, they did. I highly recommend you go see it if you have the chance.
Saturday was the most self-indulgent day I have ever had. Erika and I are both the type of people who are uncomfortable having people do things for us. But I tried to focus on the experience and just let go. It's not hard to turn to jello after three different massages.
Over the past two years Erika has stood by me through everything. It has been a rollercoaster of being laid off, going through fertility treatments, getting pregnant, delivering Keegan and my introduction to motherhood. Erika and Jay wouldn't let me pay for lunches or dinners and kept giving me little presents and much support. Then when I knew I would be returning to work I wanted to do something for Erika that would also help her deal with her first year as a teacher. A few months ago I decided on a spa day that would be beyond the usual things that we had done before ie. manis, pedis, paraffin dips. I think every woman should do this atleast once. Because we all deserve it. Just seeing Erika's excitement and happy, lazy, relaxed grin made me all warm and fuzzy.

P.S. Much love and thanks to Jay for being my spy and co-conspirator!

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