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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Widening The Net

I can count how many times Keegan has been babysat on one hand. Part of it has to do with my whole not leaving him to burden (perceived) other people thing and the other part is I haven't really needed to use anyone else. But I was lecturing Erika the other day about letting people help her out when I realized that I haven't done that myself. Last night I had a condo association meeting and I asked my mom to watch Keegan so I could attend. She was happy to do it and after all she did raise three children and none of us are permanently disfigured. Bedtime was a little tough and when I got home he was awake and calling out for me. It took another 25 minutes to get him settled but he did fine. The best part was when he heard my mom drop a dish downstairs and he looked at me questioningly and said, "Nana?" Boy does he know her already.

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