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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Love Absolutely

On Saturday Jeff told me to dress up and then he drove to the mystery destination. I was starving so he offered to stop at fast food so I could get a snack on the way. I passed but really I was just trying to figure out where we were going. And truthfully he loves it when I bug him. We ended up in Portsmouth at the scene of our third date. We walked through the park and out to the dock where we stood so many times last spring and summer. And we held each other and talked and kissed. And I was shivering from the cold so I knew he had to be keeping me there for a reason. My heart was pounding or maybe it was his heart that I could feel through my body. And he kept saying how it had been almost a year and he loved me and he thinks I am amazing. Then he was on his knee and he asked. And he says I answered before he was done asking which is probably true. But that's the way you are when you are hearing the words you've wanted to hear for so long. And we hugged and kissed and stood on that dock and suddenly I wasn't so cold any more.
We had dinner at the same place as the third date. A little table for two. And our poor waitress had to wait forever to get us to order because we were busy holding hands and talking about our future and staring at each other. I finally told her why we were even more giddy than usual. So she was the first one to hear our news and wish us well. And somewhere in the middle of it Jeff looked at me and said "thank you for saying yes." And I thanked him for asking. We were done with our meal and ready to skip dessert when the waitress brought us a little round three layer cake. "Layers of love" she said, compliments of the owner. And he wished us well as we left.
On the way home I called my parents. And Jeff pulled into the parking lot which was the scene of our first kiss. The kiss that changed everything. The kiss that promised all of the wonderful things to follow. The kiss that made me believe in the possibility of forever again. So we recreated it and it was good.

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