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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.
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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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It was so nice to be able to play outside this weekend. A neighbor and I took a long walk while our two boys rode their bikes. Jeff cleaned out the mice nests from the grill, thoroughly disinfected it and replaced the lava rocks and grill rack. He was worried about catching a disease from the mice but turning the grill up to high for ten minutes before cooking anything was sure to kill whatever germs may have remained. Yum, burgers and Grilled Asparagus.
Sunday was another awesome weather day. We went to buy pansies for the Amish basket out front and then took Keegan to the park. After a lunch of Italian Sausage and White Beans and some rest time Keegan and Jeff went to pickup Isabelle. I met my second cousin and her fiance to show them Tom's house. They are getting married in September and would like to buy something before then. I haven't seen her in two years and wasn't even aware that they lived in NH until my mom talked to her mom. For dinner the kids had grilled pizza made with Flatout bread and we made Grilled Pizza Blanca. We will be grilling pizza a lot more often because it was delicious.
I leave tonight for MD and return on Wednesday night. The timing of the trip stinks with other work obligations but it is an absolute requirement that I attend. And I will get to celebrate Andra's son Ben's first birthday while I am there.

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