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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Babies & Bouys

It's Wednesday and I haven't written about the weekend yet. That is because it was so darn good. Saturday gymnastics was "bring a friend day" so Isabelle came as Keegan's guest. I didn't see Jeff most of the time because the kids were into opposite things. It was also inflatables week so Keegan made me go down the giant blowup slide with him. Ouch that thing creates some friction. Afterwards I picked up my ring and we went grocery shopping and home for lunch. Jeff and I had been craving fish sandwiches ever since we had one in St. Croix. So we made up our own recipe (see recipe sidebar). After unsuccessfully trying to get the kids to take early naps we gave up and headed down to Erika and Jay's for a cookout. We brought sprinkle spangled sugar cookies (dough in the freezer leftover from holiday cookie time) and that layered bean dip I made for SMC last month. The cookout and visiting was fun and the place was crawling with babies. A lot different then last year when most them weren't even a twinkle in their momma's eye.
Sunday the kids let us sleep in until 8am. After breakfast we headed to Portsmouth to watch the road race. And well for a special reason. After several years of reading each other Jenny and I finally found a time to meet. She ran in the race and we met her and her family afterwards. Then we headed into downtown for ice cream and then took the kids to the park where they could watch boats and chase pigeons. I have been trying to think of a way to describe Jenny whom I like very much. Authentic, strong, welcoming, open and interesting. Other things I can't put words to. I just instantly liked her. And it's not because she told me that I am prettier than my pictures. ;)


More pics of the weekend in the gallery.

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