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I think I’ve already posted our grapevine clubhouse – but wanted to add more pictures here. We’ve kind of taken the ‘wait and see’ approach with our new garden. And I have to say, it may’ve worked to our advantage. The grapevine is sprawling, we’ve made a patch for zucchini and tomatoes where forsythia use to be (we’ve now dragged the forsythia to the front yard) and honestly our quantity of bees and mosquitos has kind of diminished. Maybe due to having weeds and plants indigenous to our area? Not sure… but I’ve heard it’s good for pollinators to let some weeds grow and not over-coif the garden. I do know a woman rang our door bell and asked to photograph the white flowers in our front yard. I was nearly bowled over to find a brand new bush had cropped up almost overnight yielding about 12 – 8 inch white flowers. I think she was just as confused when I stepped out on our front step and said “where on earth did those come from?”
THAT’s how our garden grows, lately.

(as a side note, we JUST got some new plants from my in-laws so we should have some new garden pix soon!)

the garden by night, lots of weeds looking pretty

the garden by night, lots of weeds looking pretty

the white hibiscus flowers that are stopping people on the street

the white hibiscus flowers that are stopping people on the street

eating a lot of home-grown, baby tomatoes this summer

eating a lot of home-grown, baby tomatoes this summer

we did purchase some coleus and it's growing like crazy!

we did purchase some coleus and it’s growing like crazy!

a little wary at first

a little wary at first

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he's in!

he’s in!

and there are snacks inside!

and there are snacks inside!

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Oh my poor neglected blog… it’s been too long. I’ve left these photos in the phone forever and now finally have them to show; Ezra’s very grown-out hair and all.

This all happened way back at the beginning of the summer when the weather was even a bit cool. I don’t know what we were thinking – Crawfish, yum? When we got there and saw a gazillion crawfish in a basket I think we all collectively thought “Crawfish, ew!” So in the end we didn’t eat any, but we enjoyed the transported orangey sand and the live bands, and of course the art on the island is always great.

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nope... not gonna eat dat

nope… not gonna eat dat

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silly Brooklyn benches!

silly Brooklyn benches!

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bring it on! Lemonade stands and watermelon consumption starts now…

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Ok it’s a little embarrassing that this happened several weeks ago – you can tell by the photos that we were still wearing coats outdoors and the trees still didn’t have any leaves on them!  We’ve been to the Tribeca Family Fest several years in a row, and this time around we got to be part of the cooking session with Angelo Sosa from Anejo!  We learned to put some pomegranate or smoked pumpkin seeds on our guacamole, and of course a street fair isn’t a fair unless Zoe has her face painted.

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We are back to a more spring-like cold snap today, but a few days ago the temperatures soared up to the high 70s — and Ezra was BEYOND excited that our new alley neighbors wanted to create a lemonade stand with him. I think he was in heaven for a day – we all were. We stayed outdoors and planted things. And Ezra and his crew made enough money to pay back the parents for their supplies, and still have a few dollars in their pockets ! (I hear the ‘competition’ on the other side of the alley donated all their hard earned cash to a charity.) I hope the better weather returns soon!

Malachy, Ezra and Maude get their business up and running

Malachy, Ezra and Maude get their business up and running

taste test - and Ezra keeps wanting to chip a penny off the price to be competitive!

taste test – and Ezra keeps wanting to chip a penny off the price to be competitive!

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The 'competition' on the other side of the alley offered baked goods!

The ‘competition’ on the other side of the alley offered baked goods!

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While we went to Target to get Zoe her prize for sleeping in her own bed, a snow storm hit and we needed to stop somewhere warm and cozy to eat. What better cold-weather dish than broth and noodles in this the more authentic Chinatown of Queens? We did a bit of walking around to find an underground ‘mall’ of more restaurants, and discovered how dumplings are made. Biang’s panda prints and green dumplings are hands down the best!

LOVE these panda prints on the walls of Biang

LOVE these panda prints on the walls of Biang

such a cold and blustery night

such a cold and blustery night

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some remaining bits of Chinese New Year

some remaining bits of Chinese New Year

Zoe checks out the dumpling making

Zoe checks out the dumpling making

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this basement mall of food feels more like a trip to Hong Kong

this basement mall of food feels more like a trip to Hong Kong

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We’ve been meaning to do this for a long time now but finally both Ezra and Zoe are old enough to sit still and appreciate a live show. Every Sunday from 2-3 pm Jazz Standard (under Blue Smoke restaurant) has a kid’s live jazz show – starring other kid jazz performers! Inspiring to watch – especially for kids who are also learning to play an instrument. And of course Ezra had the sample the city’s best beef ribs, which are on the kid menu!

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