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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Perfect Fit

I should have had that glass of wine because I didn't sleep soundly. I woke at 2:40 for no apparent reason and then at 5am when the plow guys came by. Do you know that sound that a plow makes scraping into ice? Yes it's awful. The door to my house was frozen shut but after much yanking I was able to get out. I would have loved calling into work with that story.

Highlights of the holiday:

Exchanging gifts with Jeff (including a V*ctoria's Secret giftcard so we can pick something out together)
Watching Keegan build snowmen
Having my mom tell me that I glow when Jeff is around
Having my SIL Tammy tell me that she is glad to see me happy
Watching Keegan play with his new toys at Tom's
Watching my mom get down on one knee to propose to my dad with not one ring to choose from but three
Sharing several meals with the whole family, ages 2 to 92.
Watching Keegan put sprinkles on cupcakes with Tom's parents
Stopping at the liquor store and finding out the Cava I love is on sale

My gifts definitely followed a cooking/wine theme which is fine with me! Am I the only person on the planet who didn't get a new digital camera? Jeff did give me the cutest little photo printer so I can reduce my time consuming trips to Targ*t. I have several gift cards to use and I think I might go shopping tonight. I need to find something to wear for New Year's Eve.

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