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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Snips & Snails

I told Keegan's daycare yesterday that he'll be leaving in May. I put it off as long as possible but I wanted them to be able to make any plans they needed to. They were upset which is actually nice to know that they enjoyed him so much. The director assured me that it will be better for Keegan to have all these changes at once as opposed to over a longer time. Otherwise he might be anxious about each change and not be able to let his guard down thinking something else was coming soon. It is comforting to know that little ones are so adaptable.

Cute stuff:
1. As soon as Keegan hears the bathtub running he races to the tub and puts his hands under the faucet. When he is undressed and ready to get in, he gets all wiggly with excitement.

2. I was finishing up a counter top the other night and had to nail in strips of wood. Not only was Keegan not scared of all the noise but he wanted to bang along side of me. I will never forget his chubby hands wrapped around his little plastic hammer pounding next to me.

3. When Keegan is done eating or drinking he will throw the food or cup off of his highchair. I am trying to teach him to just leave them in place on the tray instead. He will fake me out by waving the item over the side of the tray and then quickly bringing it back to his mouth. He has this sly little grin on the whole time. As soon as I think it is safe to turn away he will throw it on the floor. Tricky bugger.

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