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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There is a family in a little town west of the capitol of New Hampshire. This family has three children and two parents who are not expecting Santa this year. The ice storm left them without power for many days. And times were already tight with the car breaking down and all of the money going to heat and food. But recovering from the ice storm took the last little bit they had put aside for Christmas. And the mom had been hoping to get some money this week but has not been able to work because schools have been closed also due to the ice storm. And they are too late to benefit from any lists of children in need because the ice storm just happened and wiped them out. So their parents had to tell them that Santa had been effected by the ice storm too and therefore they would not be getting a visit from him. In the midst of this they still found a way to open their home to a friend who lost power on Sunday after working a 14 hour shift at the emergency operations center. This friend works in my building. And she ran into another person who she shared her story with. That person is my friend who had spent time this morning telling me about the difficulties in her life. She came into my cubicle and told me she felt terrible complaining after hearing this story. She and I agreed there is no way we can let those kids go without Christmas presents. So my friend is taking our money (which she does not have extra of herself) and going shopping tonight. Tomorrow we will make sure that those gifts get to the the friend in this buidling who has promised to deliver them to those three kids in time. When I think about those kids waking up to nothing it breaks my heart even more so as a parent than ever before.

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