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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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Take Your Breath Away

I have a lot of caching up to do and I am going to try not to rush through it.  I mentally update all the time.  Just never quite get it on the blog.  Sometimes that works out for those heat of the moment posts and other times I lose the detail.  Wednesday night Keegan and I did the ingredient shopping and recipe prep while Jeff picked up Isabelle.  Thanksgiving itself was very nice and mellow.  No long road trips and rushing around.  We went down to my parents' house.  The kids watched the parade and colored.  My mom handled the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.  Jeff and I did the side dishes, sauces and pecan pie.  Meanwhile my dad went to pick up my grandparents to bring them over.  It was a small group with lots of time to visit.  And I got a nap in while did Jeff most of the cleanup work.  We got home on time and after the kids went to bed were able to relax.

Friday we avoided the shopping madness and stayed close to home.  Except for taking Keegan to the doctor.  He had developed another cough and this one was a lot like barking.  I didn't want it to go on longer than necessary and it clearly was not getting better on it's own.  We got another prescription for the antibiotics and steriods he was on last time.  That night we took the kids to the movies.  We went to the place Jeff and I go where you can eat dinner too.  It was Keegan's first movie in a theater.  We saw Mr. Magorium's... and it was good but you lose the kids during the dialogue.  They loved the action though.  There was this part with a slinky that Keegan loved.  He has these levels of giggles when he is amused.  This was a level 10 giggle which is so filled with joy it is musical.  And contagious.  The woman in front of me turned and said, "I would pay $100 to hear that."

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