July 19, 2009 |  Category:   family life seasonal













No, this isn’t our garden (I wish), but it’s my dad’s, so close enough. We also had a garden growing up, as well as a small greenhouse in the backyard of our old house, but I don’t really recall this much variety. My dad grows tomatoes, japanese eggplants, red and green leaf lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, squash, pumpkins, persimmons, and a bunch of Korean greens that nobody seems to know what the English equivalent is. He’s even successfully grown watermelons and cantaloupes. Summers in the burbs are the only time that Claudine will even consider eating a cucumber, which she gets to pluck herself. Being the self-proclaimed lettuce lover (remember the lettuce-themed birthday party she’s planned for next year?) Mia loves to eat lettuce wrapped with rice, meat and a little soybean paste, just like the grownups. This is usually the summer time meal in the evenings. After dinner, the girls sometime sit out in the porch with popsicles.

We come out to the burbs whenever we can because it’s really the only way we can get away from work. And completing the perfect trifecta in equipment and electronics fail this week, Mark’s iphone fell into the bathwater. We stuck it in a bag of rice because that’s what you’re supposed to do, apparently, to try to draw the moisture out, but the verdict is out still on whether or not it’s gone for good. I didn’t bring my phone charger with me so we were both iphone-less this weekend. It was fine, actually.

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  • unha July 20, 2009 at 1:47 am

    ah. sounds relaxing. no iphones. blessing in disguise!

    having a family in long island is nice! think i’ll ask my parents to move to the burb..

    your dad is such an urban farmer!

  • Cadmiumgold July 20, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Your dad’s garden looks amazing and that last shot of him, Mark and your girls is quite cute 🙂 I love the look on Claudine’s face as she looks at her grandfather.

  • lauren nicole love July 20, 2009 at 6:37 am

    i just stumbled across your blog and saw this post. it made me miss my garden so much that i’m pretty sure i can’t function anymore without one.

    my goodness.


  • jennifer July 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

    nice garden porn!

  • Annie From Seattle July 20, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Oh, I think this is one of my favorite posts you’ve ever done. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a backyard garden look so amazing. That last shot with your dad and the girls is a treasure, too.

    I have had several misses with water of various kinds and the iphone so I cringed when I read about Mark’s. So, so sorry. Hoping to hear if the rice trick worked.

    Just wondering…because Mia’s favorite meal is also my new favorite meal this summer…is the soybean paste she likes called “sanju” in Korean? Is it red? I asked at the big Asian grocery store, trying to describe what I liked at Korean restaurants, and came home with a green box with no English writing. It’s delicious and just want I wanted but I am wondering if it spoils? I don’t have any idea if that’s what you are taking about because I don’t know what it is made from. I have been keeping it in the fridge for a few weeks and it seems fine….

  • Jenna July 21, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Annie, rice trick didn’t work for us, but I’ve heard it working for some.
    “sanju” is the word for the rice being wrapped in lettuce. Are you talking about the red spicy sauce? Or the soyban paste? Or sometimes they mix it. Just keep it in the fridge. It lasts for awhile. I actually think I’ve had some in the fridge for a year and it still seems fine. I think.

  • naomi July 21, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Extra lovely pics:)

  • clouds July 25, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    love the little butterfly pin on her teeny singlet. so cute!