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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The Name Game

I was spelling my last name on the phone today (as I do many times a day) and was doing the usual routine. I always do the Druzba part slowly. D as in david r, u, z as in zebra but this time I said "boy" instead of b as in boy, a. So it came out as Druzboya which I only realized after she emailed me. The sad part is that the Butler part gets misspelled all the time. I get Bulter a lot and one time it was Vutler which is why they couldn't find my hotel reservation.

In other news we had a nice fall weekend. After Keegan's soccer practice on Saturday we went to pick out pumpkins. The kids each picked kid sized pumpkin and then picked a little one for Harper. I picked a medium one and then Jeff picks a giant one. I got to pick it up because Jeff had Harper in the snugli. I also got to the pull the wagon. Jeff got to pay.

That afternoon we took the kids to the circus and my parents joined us. It was really great and watching the kids was the best part. Harper ate through the first part and then slept through the end on my mom's lap. Keegan's jaw was wide open most of the show. It was miracle anyone slept that night after consuming the cotton candy.

Sunday Jeff took the Keegan and Isabelle hiking up north while Harper and I ran errands and cooked. I roasted garlic for soup for tonight and timed dinner for the boys' return last night. Harper loves to sit and watch everything happen around him. He has good enough upper body strength to spend a little time in the exersaucer but gets frustrated not being able to move much. I can't believe he will be 4 months old on Friday.

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