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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.
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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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It looks like I will have the townhouse rented in time for the other lease to be up. I was able to work out a split month between the old tenants and the new ones. I just need a signed lease and a check and I will feel less stress.

A miracle happened last night. Keegan willingly ate chicken. Real chicken not processed chicken parts covered in batter. I made him a chicken quesadilla. He has had cheese ones but nothing more. But recently he discovered he likes tacos, which is the only form of beef he will eat. The key is the taco seasoning. So I put taco seasoning on real chicken and stuffed in the middle. And at first he complained but he did try it and then he ate it all. Meanwhile Jeff and I had Chicken Tamale Casserole. I picked the recipe but was a little skeptical of how good it was going to turn out the whole time we made it. It was delicious. I took the reviewers' comments and modified according to their tips. The recipe I post here will be the modified one.

Keegan's new school follows the nearby school district so he had a snow day yesterday. At his old place it would have still been open but delayed. It's a small price to pay for him to be at the new place. Harper's daycare was open. Jeff worked from home and kept Keegan amused. They swung by the library for some books and scored "Martha Speaks" stickers and coloring sheets. That is Keegan's favorite show lately. And it got him to try alphabet soup too.

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