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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My Favorite Times

Life has changed a lot here at our house since Harper's arrival. Not as much as a first baby does but we made some adjustments. It most effects our evenings. We used to put the kids to bed and then have time to talk, watch TV and be a couple. Now after the older kids go to bed it is Harper time for most of the evening and then I go to sleep. But we have found ways to preserve that couple time. During the last feeding before his bedtime we sit in the nursery. While one of us feeds him the other hangs out in the room too. We spend this time talking. About the kids, the day, work, playtime, plans for the summer, still learning new things about our lives before each other.

My other favorite times is right before we go to sleep. All the kids are tucked in and quiet and we lay in our bed talking. This is why we don't have a TV in the bedroom. Sometimes he reads me interesting things off the internet or from his Schott's Miscellany. Last night he tested me on my knowledge of Yiddish. And often we wrap our arms around each other and talk about our relationship. How we fell in love. How much we love each other. How we can't believe it has only been three years. How lucky we are.

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