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Happy February and Happy Groundhog's Day!

Christopher made this mitten cookie just for you.

Care to share my breakfast? Hot oatmeal on a cold winter's day really hits the spot!

We got snow over the weekend!

How are all of you pajama-clad beauties doing? I must say, you look fabulous in flannel! Here's what I'm wearing today. You like? 

Since I'm prone to cabin fever around this time of year, I like to wear my words to keep me on track. More fun than a thesaurus, and, *wait for it*, these pjs glow in the dark! After sitting under a bright lamp for a few minutes, then going to a place that's completely dark (like my closet), the words, "what are you looking at," appear everywhere. Hmmm. A good reminder to get back to work! ☺

I hope you're hungry, because today I'm serving up a nice little platter of goodies to keep those February blues away. I'm sure you'll find something here to please the palette, delight the senses, and stir the creative juices. 

First, check out the January 2010 Carnival of Children's Literature at Jenny's Wonderland of Books. Loads of links to some mighty fine blog reading -- reviews, interviews, original poems, musings, literacy news, etc., from all over the kidlitosphere. 

 "Flapjacks," by Marilyn Murphy.

Now, you know how much I love desserts -- even better when they're Flying Desserts! Alimentum: The Literature of Food, is featuring a cool, whimsical group of paintings by Marilyn Murphy in the Art Gallery. Are you up for some chicken pudding, pickles, pie, and profiteroles? I thought so. You can tell your friends you've seen "Dangerous Jello."

           This poster is available for purchase here.

February is Black History Month, and the Queen of Resources, Elaine Magliaro at Wild Rose Reader, has posted another comprehensive list of links featuring recommended books, activities, and ideas for classroom, home, or library. She's also included some of her previous posts spotlighting many wonderful poetry books and picture book biographies of notable African Americans.


Just wondering if you've run into a blog called Style Rookie in your internet travels? No, it's not yet another children's book blog, but a fashion blog supposedly written by a child -- of thirteen or so, named "Tavi." I was hooked by the voice -- surprising, fresh, articulate, off-the-wall. She posts pictures of herself demonstrating her unique sense of style, reviews fashion shows, has appeared in major fashion magazines, and has a huge following. I think for tween/teen writers it's worth a look. Her posts make me feel rather stodgy, prehistoric. Tavi's blog has personality, that elusive something all bloggers strive for. Here's a little article about Tavi from The New Yorker. Do you think she's really only 13?


Tanita S. Davis has just created a brand new Facebook Fan Page for elusive children's author, Sesyle Joslin (Hines). Do you remember her two most well-known titles, What Do You Do, Dear? and What Do You Say, Dear?, both illustrated by Maurice Sendak? Tanita had blogged about Sesyle's books recently as part of the Wicked Cool Challenge (great books that have been overlooked or not given their fair share of attention).

Despite the fact that Ms. Joslin won a Caldecott Honor, very little information is available about her. Intriguing, no? Well, through Camille P., who commented on Tanita's blog, we've learned that Sesyle's daughter is on Facebook! Please become a fan to share what you know about Sesyle, or if you'd like to learn more about her, or maybe just hang out and wait with us breathlessly to see if Sesyle herself shows up!


Here's a great post about Cooking with Kids from the kitchn. A tasty list of titles to check out if you're looking for things to do when it's too cold to play outdoors. Was excited to see one of my long time favorites, Fanny at Chez Panisse, listed. Warm up the oven! Roll out that dough! Eat the spoils. Yum! Thanks to Pinot and Prose for the link!

photo by ColorMeKatie.

Finally, February is the month of LOVE ♥ ♥ ♥! A good time to remember that little things mean a lot, small gestures of kindness never go wasted, and there is simply no such thing as too much love. If you're looking for a cute, inexpensive way to share the love, try making a flip book, as demonstrated here at Color Me Katie. Who wouldn't love a "Kiss in Your Pocket"?

Well, I think there's more than enough here to quell your hunger pangs for at least an hour or two. Just in case, here's something sweet for the road:
          photo by andrewcullen.net.

Have a great day, and don't forget to smile at the next person you see!

More Pajama Party posts here.

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Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Ooh - a pastry the size of my head would be just the thing!

I adore your PJs, but the glow-in-the-darkness of them troubles me just a smidge. How funny, though - I would totally try to "charge" them up and then run into dark rooms, if I had a pair!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, well, what you said. It's very tempting to charge them up at regular intervals :D. Yesterday, I ran into the closet and closed the door, and panicked for a second because I thought I had locked myself in!

Pastry the size of my head is my ultimate fantasy. I am especially partial to the big pie.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)

I want -- no, covet -- your wordy pajamas! And I'm smiling at the thought of pocket-sized kisses and (oh wow, yummy) flapjacks.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Wordy pajamas are indeed inspiring. Besides words like "funny" and "alluring," I like "forty winks." ;)

BTW, didn't get to tell you how much I love your GrapeMo collage!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
I love the PJs! Where did you get them? And I'm intrigued by the Marilyn Murphy painting - flapjacks are (at least here in the UK) made with oats and honey or syrup and are cut into squares or rectangles. What's in the painting looks more like what I'd call Scotch pancakes. Is this a case of American vs British English or is there more to the title than I'm getting?
Feb. 2nd, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
The PJs are very old -- brand is Joe Boxer. Got them at a local mall more than 10 years ago.

Interesting about the flapjacks! I lived in England for 3 years and never had any cut into squares or rectangles. I just assumed all flapjacks/pancakes were round.

In America "flapjacks" are synonymous with "pancakes." Though most often made with wheat flour, eggs, and milk, some are made with cornmeal, a combination of grains, and with oats (my current favorite). In fact, I'm dying to try a new pancake recipe that calls for oatmeal and buttermilk.

Are the flapjacks you're familiar with fried or baked? And are they much different from something like a Yorkshire oatcake?

Feb. 2nd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
(UK) Flapjacks are baked - here's a classic recipe from a stalwart of British cooking (Delia Smith)
I would say they are more like (very) sweet and thick oatcakes than pancakes. In fact, I've just had one now with my cup of tea!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I could sleep in glow-in-the-dark jammies, but the idea is adorable for general loungewear! (I once made the mistake of attending a student film festival wearing a t-shirt with my name written in glow-in-the-dark paint. Since the lights kept going off and on at the end of every film (so the film-makers could answer questions), I ended up having to keep my hand over it, lest I shine like a beacon and ruin the viewing conditions for those around me!)

Anyway - I'm not in my PJs, but I'm having a lazy, loung-y day nontheless. Achievements thus far: zero. Feels good. :D (Guilt-inducing, but good.)
Feb. 2nd, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
LOL! Reminds me of those black light posters popular in the 60's. I imagine everyone around you assumed you had a glowing personality. BTW, these PJs don't glow unless exposed to concentrated light -- regular overhead light doesn't really activate the glowing words -- so no probs sleeping in them. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
I am like a little kid with glow-in-the-dark stuff, forever running in and out of closets to see whatever the glow-in-the-dark item happens to be glowing.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
I love that about you!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. :) When I was a wee preschooler, I also liked to play with my Lite Brite in the back of the coat closet, so it may be something with me and closets.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Tanita Says :)
Jama - thank you so much for posting about Sesyle Joslin Hine -- I meant to, but this week has been INSANE thus far.

And I PLAN TO email Ms. Hine and invite her personally----- I have her EMAIL ADDRESS! I'm just waiting for a few more fans! Her birthday is August 30 - maybe I'll do it for her 1/2 birthday...which would be February 30th. Hm. Okay, March 1 it is!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Tanita Says :)
And I would LOVE glowy pj's! That's so cool!

And since we're having breakfast in our jammies, Elle has made waffles; (http://feedingmyenthusiasms.blogspot.com/2010/01/bread-in-any-other-form-smells-as-great.html) I don't have a waffle iron in this country (which sometimes makes me very upset!!!) but I'm going to make pancakes with this overnight recipe.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Tanita Says :)
Squee! Can't wait to see what happens when you email Ms. Hines!

Thanks for the waffles link. They DO look good, don't they? I like Mollie Katzen's recipes as a rule. We haven't had waffles in a long time, but maybe this weekend . . .
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
I seriously covet those jammies.

Feb. 4th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
They complement the Bridgewater coffee mug nicely! :)
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