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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Friday evening Jeff had to take Isabelle to Maine so Keegan and I were on our own for dinner. I picked him up from school and took him to the KFC drive through. I haven't been there in at least five years and he has never been there. I have been craving fried chicken for a couple of weeks. Plus it is perfect portable food. We drove to the park down the street and loaded Harper into the stroller. He hung out while Keegan and I spread out our blanket and ate a picnic dinner. Keegan got to play on the playground and we both checked out the swimming pool. It was really nice to have some quiet time together.

Saturday we went to the farmer's market downtown. We bought more baked goods than produce but we couldn't help it. Everything looked so good. We also picked up organic onion/dill bread and some Hungarian cookies to take to my parents' on Sunday. Keegan chose a giant sunflower and I bought a rhubarb soda to try later. After the market we went to the bagel place and then Home Dep*t for the kids workshop. Keegan built a flag holder in celebration of the Olympics. On the way home we saw a giant yard sale and had to stop. We scored 22 books for $2.00. All in good shape some never looked opened at all. There were a bunch of Usborne books and some kids craft project books. We also got a craft kit for ten cents where you make two dragonflies out of pompoms. After lunch and rest time Keegan and I put them together. The key is to let the glue dry thoroughly and I have found being a mom has honed my ability to apply googly eyes. We also got to stop by an unfinished furniture place to look at storage pieces for the playroom. I think we might end up having something custom built and it will still be cheaper than PBKids.

Sunday morning Jeff picked Isabelle up and came home to make a big breakfast. We went down to my parents' to spend more time with my niece before she flew home to Virginia. Despite intermittent showers and some ominous thunder the kids had a great time.When we returned home the kids were pretty tuckered out so we decided to play board games in the playroom. Then the power went out so we moved upstairs. Jeff, Isabelle and I played each other in Perfection while Keegan watched. And then Jeff and I played Battleship while the kids helped out with the red and white pegs. We were going to play Stratego next but the power came back and we needed to make dinner.

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