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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My digital camera arrived two days ago. I haven't even put the batteries in it yet. I did at least take it out of the box. It looks pretty but I have no idea what the pictures are like. Not that I have anything to take a picture of. Perhaps I will take few of Keegan when I pick him up after work. Even though I should save the toys I got him and give them for his birthday I just can't resist seeing his enjoyment.
I am in the throws of planning his second birthday party. Invitations are out and RSVPs are coming in. I have the theme picked and from there the other things are rolling into place. I was apprehensive about doing it in my small house but I think it will be really fun. The key is to assign helpers so that I can make sure Keegan has fun and I get to have fun too. One of my co-workers is a pro at throwing birthday parties (she has a 13 year old and 6 year old twins). So I have been bouncing ideas off of her and she has had some great tips. I feel a spreadsheet coming on. :)

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