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
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The Blue Box

Amazing that a month ago I had Keegan at the doctor because I was worried about his eating. I couldn't believe that a living thing could exist on so little food. In the past few weeks his appetite has improved considerably. Tonight he put away an impressive amount of mac and cheese, a piece of string cheese and a drinkable yogurt. Later on the couch he ate all the rest of the blueberries and then asked to finish off the grapes. If only I could find a vegetable he liked so well.
After work we went to exchange his shoes since it turns out his feet are bigger than I remembered. Unlike his mother he is not a good shoe shopper which is why I usually leave him out of the loop. But I wanted to get back before the sales were over. As expected he disappeared behind the racks while I fished out the right size. He indulged me as I measured his foot but would not try on the sneakers. "Sandal shoe! Sandal shoe!" So he wore a new pair of brown sandals out of the store and I was surprised when he actually agreed to remove them at home. I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of them this summer.

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