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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Steady As She Goes

My plan tonight was to either work late or go look for a wedding dress. I was able to do both and pickup the produce from our CSA share in between. I figured the best approach to the wedding dress thing is to get out and figure out the options. And really I wouldn't have been so motivated if people didn't keep acting shocked that I don't have one yet. So without anyone available to come along I headed south to the wedding store conglomerate. My least favorite part of any bridal shop is how they assault you at the door and then they try to bully you into setting up an appointment. But I wanted to try things on today so I stayed in the formal wear and wedding party section to explore. As I was going in the dressing room with all of the things I collected, Barb (SIL not SIL) returned my earlier call. So even though technically I was alone she insisted on staying on the phone while I tried things on so I'd have someone to experience it with. Which was really fun and hilarious as I tried to navigate the various pieces and describe them to her. And she was so good about asking questions and giving tips. And as I came out in one top I solely chose on a whim, I declared I actually liked it just as the sales girl did too. The issue is that it only comes in pink, red, black and periwinkle. So I didn't leave with anything definite but I did find some possibilities and I know what I didn't like. The dream of finding something off the rack is still alive.

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