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
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Snips & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails

After all the planning and nerves on my part, Keegan's party went off without a hitch. I mean for a townhouse filled with six toddlers and fourteen adults it was surprisingly smooth. Of course you'd have to ask my guests how they felt as I was flitting about the whole time. Jeff was wonderful leading the activities and of course helping me all the night before to get ready. He made puppy ears with the kids by having them trace their own feet and guided them through pin the tail on the puppy (which he drew using an over head projector) and he drew and cut out the paw prints that lead up the stairs. In case you haven't figured it out the theme was puppies! Keegan loves all animals but there is a special place in his heart for puppies and dogs. Once I had the theme everything else fell into place (dog bone and puppy cookies and all).

By the time the party wound down I think everyone was ready for a nap. Every woman there of child bearing age was pregnant except for me and another mom. After the crowd left and I shooed my parents out we put Isabelle and Keegan down for naps. We ended up splitting them up because they were still pretty wound up. Keegan never went to sleep but he let me lie down and watch him play quietly. Then I let Isabelle and Jeff sleep while I went to take him to Tom's. I think it was the perfect day for him. he had a fun party with all these people who are so important in his world. And then he got to go and hang out with daddy. Tom gave me a CD so I burned a copy of the party photos for him.
What do you do with leftover veggie and fruit platters? You have stirfry for dinner, strawberry waffles for breakfast the next day and chicken salad for lunch (used grapes and celery). I still have three pieces of cake, a bucket of ice cream and a big bag of chex mix if anyone wants to pop over for a snack. All in all there wasn't too much food leftover so I seemed to have gauged that right.
Photos are up at our gallery (email if you need a login).

Here's one of Miss Erika mesmerizing the kids with her rendition of "Spot."


PS A year and a half ago I was stirring pudding on the stove and I had a vision of Erika at Keegan's birthday party and she was really pregnant. When I told her she laughed and when his first party rolled around we laughed about it again. Looks like this is the year I was finally right.

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