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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He'll Be Edumacated

Because I have been here a year I will be receiving a small raise. Remember I work for the State so I actually mean small. Every little bit helps though. I really wanted to spend the extra money each month on a cleaning lady. I can hear you laughing. I know it was ridiculous but a girl can dream right? So after dismissing the silly ideas I got down to serious thinking. I have at least a nice base of retirement accounts and although you can always do more, I should probable start planning for Keegan's future. So I opened a 529 plan for when he goes to college (I am assuming). Over the next 16 years I should be able to put away something to help him defray the costs. And as with all deductions that automatically come out of my account (ie. pension, flexible dependent care spending account), I hopefully won't ever know what I'm missing. Being a parent makes you feel like being all responsible. Being a mom who is single makes me feel even more so.

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