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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Nature Calls

Right now I become one of those mothers who talks about her child's bowel movements. Keegan has gifted us with a diaper free household since last Fri. He has had one accident at school (couldn't tear himself away from circle time) and one here (sleeping too hard to wake up to pee). He has been telling the world about his underwear. It's Elmo. Because you can't find any that is just plain. At least with Elmo we are supporting PBS. I was nervous because he hadn't had a BM since switching over and I figured he was holding out. Last night on the big potty he was successful. We celebrated with a conga style victory dance, stopping every few feet to say "raise your hand if you pooped in the potty!" We did two laps. And this morning he went again on the little potty. He turned to observe his work and declared, "Mommy! I made a pinecone!" Gross but cute. Last year one of his teachers told me she thought he was the kind of kid who would train over a weekend. I told her today that she was right. Keegan's other phase is "The policeman says 'No! Don't pee in your underwear.'" So for now at least he respects authority.

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