*enters kitchen, turns on the stove, takes a bite*
Hello, Cutie Pies! We’re b – a – a – a – c – k!
Hope you had a nice summer feasting on sweet corn on-the-cob, juicy watermelon, garden tomatoes and fresh peach pie. How was that hammock working for you?
Today there’s a lovely back-to-school-ish feeling in the air. New pens and pencils! New spiral-bound notebooks! Smell that clean, crisp paper — blank pages just begging to be written upon.
We’re munching on a little fruit danish this morning to celebrate Alphabet Soup’s 9th Birthday. I’m amazed that someone like me, who’s usually so *cough* quiet, always manages to find something to say. You know who’s to blame, don’t you? YOU!!
Yes, YOU!! You’re the one who’s kept me going, challenging me to do better, dropping by to chew the fat, telling me about new books I have to read, eating all my cookies. Really, I don’t mind. To you, I say, THANK YOU! Thank you for continuing to take a seat at this humble table, for reading my posts, commenting, sharing, and teaching me something new with every visit. In a world of a million blogs, I really appreciate your support!
Thanks, too, to all the authors, illustrators, poets, and indie artists who’ve chatted with me about their work over the years and shared personal recipes (about 200 now!).
In fact, I like you so much I don’t even mind sharing Colin and Aidan with you.. No, wait. I take that back. C&A are mine, all mine!!
Are the stars out tonight
I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright
I only have pies for you, dear.
A few of you with eagle eyes may have noticed we’ve given the blog a teensy makeover. The main column is a little wider, allowing room
for my expanding waistline for larger images. It’s nice to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out a bit. It used to feel like I was wearing a shirt two sizes too small.
And . . . please hold your applause . . . I learned a little shortcode to make the recipes I post here printable, so you don’t have to do the old copy and paste thing. I guess you can teach an old dog new recipe tricks. You’re welcome.
TWO THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FALL
- Poldark, Season 2 premieres on PBS September 25! You know what that means, ladies: beautiful Cornwall by the sea, windswept locks, galloping horsie rides, and AIDAN TURNER! Will he and Elizabeth re-kindle their old romance (sorry, Demelza)? Pass the Cornish pasties, please.
- Return of “The Gilmore Girls” on Netflix. Four brand new 90-minute mini movies will be released November 25, centered around each of the four seasons — apparently they decided to release them simultaneously rather than spreading them out just to please all the fans. Luke’s Diner, here I come!
I didn’t mean to treat you bad
Didn’t know just what I had
But honey now I do
Doughnuts make my brown eyes blue
COMING SOON TO ALPHABET SOUP
- Indie Artist Spotlight Interviews with Julie Schronk and Kristin Mayberry
- Musings about 2 parts of Susan Branch’s 3-part memoir, The Fairy Tale Girl and Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams (+ cookies)
- Review of The Pancake King by Phyllis La Farge and Seymour Chwast (+ recipe)
- Cookie Picture Book Roundup
- Interview with author/illustrator Elisa Kleven on her new picture book, The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy
- Poems by Lesléa Newman (+ recipe) and Alice Oswald
- Cool Things Roundups
- Review of The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter and Quentin Blake (+ snacks)
- Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday on September 13
- Usual mischief, maybe canoodling (don’t you love that word?)
Summer Brie, makes me feel fine . . .
This seems to be the year of the fox. Been seeing lots of foxy merchandise and books out there. We heartily approve of this trend, as we’ve lived with generations of foxes here at our little abode in the woods. Though they all descend from the Great Reynaldo (a legend in these parts), thanks to Len they’re all named “Fuzzy.”
We’ve had the pleasure of knowing many Fuzzies over the years, but none is as special as our current one. Over the summer, we trained him to come when called. Every evening around 7:30, we’ll open the kitchen door and call out, “Fuzzy, Dinner!” In about three seconds he’ll come bounding from the woods to devour our leftovers.
Chicken remains his favorite, followed by hot dogs, fish, and spare ribs. He will also eat bread, potatoes, pasta and fruit, but still doesn’t like veggies. Come Christmas, maybe we’ll read him the story of The Gingerbread Man.
There’s a somebody I’m longin’ to see
I hope that he, turns out to be
Salmon to watch over me.
Mr. Cornelius's Recipe for Having a Great Autumn
- Servings: 934
- Time: at your leisure
- Difficulty: easy
- dark chocolate bars, bonbons and chips
- a nice variety of mustaches
- 150 jars of thick-cut orange marmalade
- 32 dozen freshly baked warm scones
- 68 cute little jars of Devonshire clotted cream
- 37 jars of strawberry jam
- 60 gallons of Yorkshire Gold and Twinings Darjeeling tea
- dapper hats
- 21 dozen loaves of Mrs. Patmore’s best white bread
- 19 plump apple pies
- Each day of the season, wear a cool mustache and dapper hat.
- On some days, make sandwiches with the white bread and marmalade. Stash a couple under your hat. Have fun walking under falling leaves or picnicking in the park. Mind you don’t overflow the bathtub when you get home.
- On other days, eat warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Sip copious amounts of tea. Envision yourself at Highclere Castle with a handsome butler and vigorous footmen at your beck and call.
- When you’re in an especially chatty mood, invite friends over for apple pie (pies are always meant for sharing). Ask them to read aloud from your favorite novel.
- Every day, yes every day — eat some dark chocolate in whatever form you prefer. Read good books, write good stories and poems. Sing and play the piano. Tap dance.
- Bask in the splendor of this beautiful season and express gratitude for the multitude of small things and gracious people that enrich your life. Always be kind.
Teachers, Students, Librarians: Have a Wonderful School Year!
Authors, Illustrators, Poets, Good-looking Blog Readers: Happy Reading, Writing, Drawing, and Eating!!
See you next time with Beatrix Potter
another one bites the crust
*Overbaked song lyrics by Mr. Cornelius
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