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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Winter Reprieve
Last night turned into a cliffhanger.  Both with the primary and the house.  Well you know how the primary turned out.  As far as the house I don't have much news to share.  They are still considering our offer but have not countered.  We are thinking that is a good sign.  That they are being very thoughtful with their response because they are trying to meet us at our offer.  The asking price is not out of our range.  We just figured why pay more than we should?  As for our house we have not sold it yet.  We do have showing tomorrow.  If we haven't gotten a contract by the end of this month we will take it off the market and rent it.  I have renters lined up as soon as we say the word.  I don't really want to be in a landlord situation but we no longer have the luxury of waiting any longer.  This preggo has got to nest.  We have three great recipes this week:
Corn-Fish Chowder
Slow-Cooker Meat Loaf with Shiitake Mushrooms
Moo Shu Shrimp (Truly awesome)

Tonight is selfish mom's and we are meeting at a restaurant so nothing to cook and bring.  It's Mexican which is good because I have been having a craving for avocados the last few weeks.  We went out to our favorite local place last week on our date night.  We also saw Into The Wild in the new non-profit theater.  It was a great movie.  I had read the book years ago several times. But seeing it play out was very intense.  It was one of Tom's favorite books.  A guy sheds his family and responsibilities and material things to go live in the wilderness in Alaska.  What wouldn't Tom like about that?  Both of them loved being in the shadow of Denali.  When Jeff and I were in Alaska last year we stayed near where the story took place.  In fact Jeff drove up to the road that Alex/Chris was dropped off at to hike into the wild.  The movie ends by telling you his sister went to retrieve his ashes and bring them back to the East Coast in a backpack.  I felt it odd that we brought Tom's ashes from the East Coast back to Alaska in a backpack.
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