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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Saturday after the hospital tour we headed home.  Jeff took the kids on a bike ride to the park while I fertilized the lawn.  By the time they came back I was taking a nap.  I slept through lunch and them taking their naps.  Then Jeff took them to run errands and when they came back they disappeared outside to make presents for Mother's Day.  On Sunday I was woken up and told to come downstairs in 5 minutes.  Jeff made me waffles with whipped cream and strawberries and he made the kids nutella pancakes with banana topping.  Then I got my presents, two hand painted flower pots with seeds already planted, two homemade cards, a ginger grater, a car air freshener (?) and an Alex Sepkus (same designer as my engagement ring) letter "k" to start my mother's necklace.  Jeff left to take Isabelle to Maine and I took Keegan for a haircut.  He needed one even before he got green paint in it from the flower pots.  Then we had lunch at P*nera because I keep craving their fuji apple salad.  When we got home he was past ready for a nap and so was I.  I tried to read for a while but lost that battle.  While I slept Jeff came home and prepped dinner, made a Raspberry Almond Cake and went out to do some yard work.  My parents came over for dinner and I excitedly showed them my big find.  Three well established rhubarb plants.  I have to start churning out recipes and then put some in the freezer for later in the year.  I think my love affair with rhubarb started when we lived in England.  I remember having it for tea time as a crisp with custard on top.  To die for.  It was a very nice weekend.  I was spoiled.  Most importantly I got to spend time with my family.  And be reminded once again of how awesome my husband is.  And...not to jinx it but my rash is getting better.  Maybe this round of PUPPP is a much more mild one.
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