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I panicked today because I thought I had lost all the video clips I had taken of Asher prior to age 4...eventually tracked down the baby ones on a tape in my old camcorder, and found the ones for ages 1-3 buried in picture directories imported from two computers ago. So glad to have located everything...now I just need to figure out something to do with them all. I'm wondering if those places that do video transfer can also do something with digital files. It would be neat to have everything on a DVD. Anyone undertaken a project like this?

Calling local knitters

Local knitters on my friendslist (Especially thinking of tersa), my dear friend and talented knitting designer Amy Herzog is offering a 6-hour Fit to Flatter workshop at Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale on Dec. 10. Call the shop to sign up. You can learn more about Fit to Flatter here:


Anxious to Please

I took Asher (and Ronan, semi-asleep in his carseat) out to lunch at the Cup and Saucer and then to Michael's to pick out some new dinosaurs. At one point he looked up at me and said:

"You're wonderful, Mommy. I love you all the time."


"Is that a good thing to say to a girl?" (Which he pronounces something like GOY-YULE)

Also, as we were leaving, I asked him if he had a nice time, and he said:

"Yes! I'll remember this day always."



Decided to treat myself to a long-desired copy of the complete "Upstairs, Downstairs" TV show with some holiday money. Found the best price on barnesandnoble.com (where I have a membership), with free shipping to boot. And I had a coupon code for an additional 10% off for members, which would take care of sales tax. Except, inexplicably, the code wasn't working. I read the exclusions five times and still couldn't figure out why it wasn't working.

Decided to give their support line a call. Spent at least 1/2 an hour-40 minutes on the phone with a nice tech who also couldn't figure out why the code wasn't working. Supposedly, they're going to refund my $6 and some odd cents at some point.

It would have been aggravating not to get a discount that was due to me, but I also feel robbed of my time at this point.

PSA --- Children's Tylenol Recall

(Cross-posted to facebook)


A number of liquid Children's Tylenol products have been recalled. Check your lot numbers. We had to toss two bottles. Affected products were manufactured in 2008, but the bottles I had to throw away didn't expire until 2010. (No, Asher didn't get sick from taking this stuff --- I think this is a precautionary recall rather than one prompted by actual deaths/illnesses. But why take chances?)

Asher turned three last Saturday. Happy birthday, little man!

I would like to do a longer post about his party and what he's like at the age of 3, but in the meantime, I wanted to record two of his more delightfully misconstrued words/phrases:

1) Base, used as a verb, in the context of baseball or T-ball. "I'm going to base that ball."

2) Frosted Mini Vans, in place of Frosted Mini Wheats. "Can I have a bowl of frosted mini vans, Mom?" (What can I say --- he likes cars.)

Help with Curry Paste

I'm really hoping that someone can provide me with some guidance.

I'm preparing this recipe now for tonight's dinner. It calls for 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of prepared South Asian curry paste (recommended: Patak). I found a small jar of Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste at the grocery. The sample recipe on the jar (a shrimp curry) calls for 1/2 to 1 tbs of curry paste, and also includes a warning to use very small amounts to start and build up to taste.

I'm worried about the amount called for in my recipe. I would like to go for mild and have Neil add additional curry paste to his bowl to taste. What do you guys think? How much would you put in?

Thanks for your help --- a quick reply is appreciated since I'm going to go start cooking this now.

Edit: Thanks for the help --- I combined some of the suggestions I received here and elsewhere and went with 1/2 tablespoon of the red curry paste mixed with 1/3 cup of chicken broth, plus added 2 heaping teaspoons of non-spicy curry powder for depth of flavor. I'll know how it turned out six hours from now, and will share the results in my Suburban Kitchen food blog. 
I want to start a Wordpress food blog. I'm planning to chronicle feeding my family out of a farm box and our garden plus various supplemental shopping trips, and write the occasional restaurant/food product review.

I'm trying to come up with a name for the blog. Some that I was interested in (sweet tooth, toasted cheese) were taken. Neil suggested working in the word suburban since that helps give me a locale.

Poll #1326533 Food Blog Name
This poll is closed.

What should I name my food blog?

Suburban Foodie (suburbanfoodie.wordpress.com)
Suburban Gourmand (suburbangourmand.wordpress.com)
Suburban Kitchen (suburbankitchen.wordpress.com)
Something else entirely (leave in comments)
Thanks for your feedback! Once I'm in business, I'll post a feed so you can follow the blog from livejournal, if you like. 
Happy birthday diony  and many happy returns of the day!

Little pumpkin

Asher finishes his lunch. Mommy decides to treat him to the other half of the large pumpkin cookie that she bought for him yesterday.

Mommy ruffles Asher's hair. "I love you, my little pumpkin."

Asher grins, his teeth full of orange sprinkles. "I love you, too, my big pumpkin."