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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A Very Good Thing

Good golly the weekend is over already? Guess that is typical of the holiday season. My drive home from RI on Fri. wasn't as bad as it could have been because thankfully the temp stayed above freezing most of the trip home. I picked up Keegan and met Jeff and Isabelle at my house. On Sat we made biscuit & egg sandwiches and then took them to the Children's Museum. A good time was had by all, but boy was it tiring. Today we went down to the Reilly's for brunch. We saw good friends ate yummy food and the kids opened their first presents. I learned that Keegan loves Aunt Erika's zucchini bread. On the way home I dropped Keegan at Tom's. His parents are here so he'll stay at Tom's tonight, Mon and Wed. I missed him right away. I am never without him on a Sun and it seems weird to prepare for the week ahead without him helping out. Plus I keep worrying about making noise upstairs even though he isn't next door. I said goodbye to Jeff and Isabelle until next week. I think she was a little lost without Keegan too.
Speaking of Jeff, it had been two weeks since we'd seen each other. That is the longest we have been apart. In a nutshell, it sucked. The longer we are together, the closer we get, the harder the time apart is. I can do a week easy because we always have to. But despite all the phone calls, text messages, emails and IMing, anything longer is too long. What can I say? I am a woman in love and I love having him in my life. I am better when he is here. I am still training myself out of being so independent. When he is here I let him help me and do things for me. I love that he does it and he loves being appreciated. Works for both of us.

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