five happy things on a tuesday

Hello, June!

Everything’s green and growing, and good things are happening . . .

1. Big Congratulations to Jorge Argueta and Margarita Sada for winning an International Latino Book Award for Guacamole: A Cooking Poem! The award was given for best Children’s Fiction Picture Book (Bilingual). Most of you know how much I love Jorge’s Cooking Poem series, and I’m sooooo glad to see a poetry book win in this category. Read my interview with Jorge to find out more about Guacamole.:)

jorge's award

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2. Happy Happy Book Birthday to Tara Lazar!!! Her debut picture book illustrated by James Burks, The Monstore (Aladdin/S&S, 2013), is officially out today!! Finally, finally, I’ll know just where to shop for all my monsterly needs. Sounds like such a wild and funny book — can’t wait to get my mitts on a copy. You can learn more by reading Tara’s recent interviews at Literary Friendships and Watch. Connect. Read.

monstore cover

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3. Since June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, we’re featuring several of Cris Arbo’s beautiful illustrations from What’s in the Garden? (Dawn Publications, 2013) in our blog header. Can’t wait to tell you more about this delicious book in my Poetry Friday post!

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4. Speaking of fresh veggies, I can’t wait to try this recipe for Asparagus Frittata, charmingly illustrated by Aliona Bereghici. Aliona’s recipe was selected as They Draw & Cook’s favorite for May 2013.

asparagus frittata
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5. Finally, have you ever tried to grow a vegetable garden from kitchen scraps? The only thing I’ve ever done involved an avocado pit mounted on toothpicks. Check out this thoroughly cool video created by my niece Cobi at Veggietorials.com for some great ideas, and be sure to read her corresponding blog post for more detailed instructions.

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Know what else is good about June? Sir Paul McCartney’s birthday is on the 18th — he’s going to be 71!

“So if I’m cooking, I’ll be steaming vegetables, making salad, that kind of stuff.”

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24 thoughts on “five happy things on a tuesday

  1. What a happy post to wake up to! It’s barely 6:30 am, and I’m already hankering for asparagus and avocados. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of the latter, a staple in our house (hmm, guac on toast?). Thanks, Jama, and congrats to all!

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  2. Those illustrations by Cris Arbo look wonderful, Jama! And I had no idea one could grow all those things from the scraps. I’ve just done the avocado/toothpick plant, and a sweet potato vine in the past, mostly for my kids. Thanks for all the updates of good, and yummy, things!

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    1. I had no idea either. At this rate, we only have to buy things like garlic, celery, pineapples once in our lifetimes — with the money we save, we could buy more chocolate😀 . . .

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  3. Thanks for the mention, Jama! And my book is mentioned with Guacamole, They Draw & Cook *and* Sir Paul–three of my favorite things! WOO HOO! Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Oh, another Paul fan? You have excellent taste, Tara. Happy Pub Day and Big Congrats on your first picture book. A landmark day, a big accomplishment!

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  4. I tried to grow a pineapple once but didn’t have success. Too bad I didn’t have your niece to help me! Look at those eyelashes on young Paul. I remember his wife Linda was very into cooking…didn’t she have a line of frozen foods?

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