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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Burning For You

I inadvertently got a four day weekend. Friday morning Keegan woke up with a horrible rash. Welts, redness, itchy, burning, the works. After momentarily freaking out I did some investigating and it appeared only on exposed areas of his body. So not a virus. And suspiciously only on the parts of his body to which you would apply sunscreen. I made an appointment with the pediatrician with this in mind. So despite the fact that I had bought a brand new bottle of wat*er babies, labeled it with his name, dropped it at daycare where they slathered him before heading to the playground, everyone did everything right, the poor kid was doomed. He has never had a reaction before but then again he is my son. So the doctor recommended the most hypo-allergenic brand he could find. Titanium dioxide is the key here. Master Keegan will be using an Australian brand, Blue Lizard, which probably costs a fortune. And at first I could not find a retailer within 30 miles but it turns out they carry it at all CVS pharmacies. I used the sample packs the doctor gave me and he did much better over the weekend although his arms are still healing from the rash. So obviously money is no object. This also lead me to the conclusion that the reaction I had in St. Croix was probably also an allergy to sunscreen. Nevermind that I have used Copp*ertone Sport for years with no problem. But I had used Aveeno on my face and it was fine. So I might try Aveeno for body or Neutrogena. Apparently every time the manufacturer changes the chemicals in the cream or lotion base you run the risk of discovering a new allergy. When I do get skin reactions it is always something rare. Looks like Keegan may be stuck with that legacy.

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