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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Your Love Gets Sweeter Every Day

All winter I have missed talking walks with Keegan. Well I walk and he rides his bike which I steer with the pushbar. I cannot wait until it is warm enough to do our treks around the neighborhood. Apparently neither can he. Yesterday when I opened the garage to put the trashcan away he ran to the back for his bike. He saddled up and rode that thing right down the driveway. He paused looked over his shoulder at me and shouted, "Come on!" I had no choice but take him for a spin around the block. It is still very chilly up here so we didn't go as far as we used to go.
Are kids genetically programmed to love ketchup? All of the sudden he is obsessed with it. So obsessed that he forgets to dip his fish sticks and just spoons up ketchup which inevitably makes him gag. So he coughs, takes a sip of water looks and me and states, "I'm okay." I drew the line when he wanted ketchup for his strawberries.

This week's new game is "tent." After supper we snuggle on the couch under a blanket and watch the news. Now he pulls it up over his head and says, "tent." I guess this is a game from Tom's house because Keegan calls it "daddy's tent." I like to see the influence his dad has on him, well, as long as it is positive. ;) This week's random item to sleep with is also from Tom's house. It is a clear plexi-glass cube with a boat inside with blue water that you can swish around. An aquatic snowglobe if you will. Tom said that it was a freebie for some project completion at work. Keegan loves boats. So he brought this cube back to my house Sunday and he has been sleeping with, eating with and even bathing with it ever since.
Tomorrow morning is his two year checkup. I am anxious to see how much he weighs and how long (tall?) he is. I am also curious to see how far his ear tubes have grown and if they are ready to pop out. It would be great to swim this year without fighting to put in the ear plugs.

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