Pink Grapefruit

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I have made so many great connections via tweeting.  Including @Sunkist — they are the folks at Sunkist Growers. One of @Sunkist’s tweets today?  How do you eat your grapefruit – au naturel or sprinkled with sugar? I tweeted back.  I’m au natural. My kids like to sprinkle sugar on top. Fav fruit in our house.

This exchange made me think of my Pink Grapefruit poem and watercolor picture from the “yet to be published” MORE Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies.  Check it out!  And @Sunkist, hope you take a peek too!

ENJOY!  And remember, healthy eating starts with a poem!

Pink Grapefruit

Pink shirt

Pink socks

Pink bow

Atop my locks

Pink pants

Pink boots

Best of all

Pink fruits

The only one of which I know?

The pink grapefruit pictured below.




eggplantLet’s talk about eggplant for the rest of the week. We will discuss recipes, poems and art…let’s begin!

We are starting with a poem and illustration from my book Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies – Where Healthy Eating Starts With a Poem.

I love this silly poem…and when I first recited it to my children, some five years ago, they were worried that the last line in the poem would fool children into thinking eggplant really comes from eggs. So far, all the kids I read to get the joke.  Phew!


Crack an egg

Mix it up

Shells and yolk and all

Dig a hole

In the ground

Just as wide as tall

Pour the egg

In the hole

Using love and care

Cover it

Up with dirt

Water, sit and stare

See a leaf

Sprout right up

Don’t say that you can’t

Now you ask

What it is?

Naturally, eggplant

If you don’t believe me

Then go ask your mother

If you do believe me

I’ll tell you another


WatermelonOn this beautiful day, I can’t help but think of eating outdoors, barbecues, and of course a dessert of watermelon! Cold, juicy, sweet and naturally delicious! And perhaps a contest afterward, to see exactly whom can spit a slippery, black watermelon pit the farthest! The only time spitting is okay, right? Let me be honest here…the winner will not be be!  But I will have fun trying! Enjoy this poem from my book Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies!


Every time I take a bite

To cure my hearty appetite

Watermelon juicy sweet

Drips down my chin and to my feet

Drip, dribble, spit and spath

I love a watermelon bath

Bok Choy Painting and Poem!

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100Good morning all you fruits and veggies lovers! As I promised here is my watercolor painting of Bok Choy. I wrote the poem and painted the picture for my next book MORE Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies – the sequel to Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies. This special, healthy book isn’t published yet…seeking publisher now…don’t want to self-pub this time.  Any publishers/editors out there checking out this blog? Healthy Eating Starts With a Poem? Read Healthy…Eat Healthy? Ping me.

Bok Choy

Oh boy

With joy


Bok Choy

Cut it

Shred it

Bok Choy won’t you

Get it



Mix into the

Bok Choy

Add salt

Add sweet

If you want to

Add heat

A crunch

With punch

On some Bok Choy

Please munch

Young Author’s Day – Warren, NJ

Screen shot 2013-04-24 at 7.04.25 AM On Friday, April 19 I was invited to Central School in Warren to participate in Young Author’s Day.  I was the featured illustrator.  David A. Adler was the featured author.  (Yes!  That David A. Adler.  He has written over 200 books and is the one and only creator of all things Cam Jansen!)  It was so wonderful to meet him.  Well, we were featured on the Warren Patch!  And here I am showing the children how I go about using watercolor paints.  It is all about layering the paints on gradually, patiently, until you get the depth, color and shadows your subject requires.  You are seeing the early stages of my Bok Choy painting.

Hmmmm…maybe I will post a Bok Choy recipe tomorrow!