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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You Messed With The Wrong Momma

We had our meeting at daycare yesterday. Lots of drama, I won't bore you with the details. It started out to be about Keegan being bitten on a regular basis and then grew from there. After the first meeting was cancelled by them with no notice I decided to write a letter. It was a damn good letter if I do say so myself. Two pages on all the various concerns we had regarding biting, communication, healthy foods and being late.

The meeting did go well and I felt much better afterwards. They didn't agree with everything but have a plan in place to address the biting and communication issues. The only thing they wouldn't concede were my concerns about the snacks being provided. Their handbook states that they serve two nutritious snacks a day which represent two food groups. But in fact they also occasionally (their word) serve "fun foods." Which explains the fried corn snacks and frosted animals crackers I have witnessed. My issue is that they should warn the parents of this in the handbook and also that young children should be exposed to healthy foods so they develop good eating habits. I reminded them of the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. We feel the school should help take the lead on this issue. I also object to them being referred to as "fun foods." That has all kinds of insinuations for other foods not being fun and therefore not desirable. The point is that young children don't know the difference between frosted and unfrosted animal crackers and cannot express a preference. But once they are introduced it is hard to go back to healthier options.
Keegan really likes it there and we are willing to keep him at the center and do feel now that they can keep him safe. But they haven't heard the last of me.

PS They also aren't charging us the late fee for the one time I was late because I pointed out the several times their teachers have been late.

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