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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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Ingenuity
What better way to celebrate the first 78 degree day than by having ice cream for dinner?  Keegan was completely confused by the concept.  He must think I lost my mind.  I had a banana split which is sort of nutritious.  We walked around the corner and up the street to the local walk up window.  We said "hi" to neighbors and passed the fire station.  It was so "main street America."  Afterwards Keegan played on the wooden trains and then we headed home.  A bath was on the agenda as he was covered by both school playground dirt and ice cream at that point.  I let him soak and play for a long time.  Then I drained the tub and expecting it to be done in seconds I went down the hall.  As I was coming back he announced, "the water isn't gone yet!"  Which was weird because it the fastest draining tub in the world.  When I went to investigate it became clear why it was still full.  He had shoved a washcloth, a rubber fish, rubber whale, a dolphin and a plastic fishing boat over the drain.  And he turned to me and smiled and said, "it isn't done yet."  And as I took the items out he pleaded, "but the fish is trying to return to the sea."  A compelling animal rights argument, but one he lost.
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