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[songs + recipe] Celebrating Paul’s 80th Birthday + a summer blog break

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“What I have to say is all in the music. If I want to say anything, I write a song.” ~ Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney turns 80 tomorrow!

We’re celebrating Macca’s milestone birthday by sipping English tea, nibbling on fairy cakes, and listening again to several of his best songs.

photo by Mary McCartney (2020)

We all have our favorite McCartney tunes – from his time with the Beatles, Wings, and as a solo artist. But have you ever wondered which of Paul’s songs he likes most?

I imagine “I Lost My Little Girl” will always hold a special place in his heart, since it’s the first song he ever wrote at age 14. He composed it on his Zenith acoustic guitar shortly after his mother Mary died.

Yes, he still has that Zenith!

Here he is on MTV Unplugged (1991). Can you detect the Buddy Holly influence? 🙂


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May 24 – National Brothers Day


About the Holiday

Today we take time to celebrate brothers! Whether you grew up with one brother or a few or have a friend you love like a brother, today’s holiday gives you a terrific reason to spend time together or get in touch and make some new memories! This year, as we’re spending more time working and playing with family, today’s book is certainly a home run!

Calvin Gets the Last Word

Written by Margo Sorenson | Illustrated by Mike Deas


Calvin’s dictionary is well-positioned to know all about (and describe) Calvin’s life because from the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to bed, that dictionary is in his hands. “Why? Because Calvin loves words—I mean REALLY loves words,” the dictionary says. And Calvin won’t rest until he’s found the perfect “word for everything—especially his rascally brother.” Take this morning, for example. Calvin grabs his…

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just call me strawberry girl

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“Strawberry picking is my jam.” ~ Anonymous

Art by Madison Safer

Since May is National Strawberry Month, thought we’d have a little fun going berry picking shopping.

There’s just something about seeing those red heart-shaped beauties on everything from socks to tea towels that makes me happy. And of course there are some cool strawberry toys too. Yes, please.

So grab a shopping cart and happy picking! Just click on the images for more info. 🙂


“Strawberries in Green Cocktail Glass” original oil painting by Diana Fritch.

Strawberry Onesie by SnuggleMonkeysCC(also comes in long sleeve).

Hand-knitted Top Handle Bag by Hailing Crafts.

Handmade Strawberry Shortcake Mug by The Native Element.

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[sticky review] Paddington’s Easter Egg Hunt by Michael Bond and Karen Jankel, with art by R.W. Alley

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Guess what?! The Easter Bunny left a surprise on our doorstep – a brand new Paddington Bear picture book! WooHoo!

Needless to say, all the furry Alphabet Soup kitchen helpers, especially the 70-something resident Paddingtons, are simply beside themselves. After several jubilant paw pumps and back flips, they cartwheeled from room to room before finally settling down long enough to actually crack open the book.

This new story is a welcome treasure, truly a rare gift for all Paddington fans, since dear Mr Bond passed away in 2017 (and we’ve all missed him terribly). But. It seems his agent discovered an old story Mr Bond had written with his daughter Karen Jankel for a charity newsletter back in 1995. Why not turn it into a picture book?

So Paddington illustrator extraordinaire R.W. Alley created some brand new illustrations, and, I must say, he’s really outdone himself. 🙂

In this toothsome…

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$.99 Sale–Today, Only!

TODAY ONLY! For just $.99, you can travel back to the middle ages and meet (oh, be still my heart!) Lord Hugh, he of the intense blue-eyed gaze, and Lady Eleanor, who is determined to prove to him she’s no ninny, despite his condescension! @entangledpub

You can find it, here: https://entangledpublishing.com/books/torch-in-the-forest

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my darling, my toaster

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“The smell of that buttered toast simply spoke to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cozy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender; of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.” ~ Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows, 1908)

Good morning!

Though most of you probably greet each new day worshipping at the ‘altar of drip coffee maker’, my wake-up appliance of choice is my humble yet decidedly adorable toaster.

Love this clever and well deserved ‘toast to toasters’ by Allan Chochinov. 🙂

“Rosebud” watercolor by Denny Bond (2011)

by Allan Chochinov Ode to my toaster, so shiny and clean You’re the butterknife's foe, you're the bread's trampoline You're the lightest, the darkest, the coolest and proud You’re…

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Medieval Romance Sale–Find Out Why Lady Eleanor Can Vanquish Lord Hugh (He of the Intense, Blue-Eyed Gaze) *Fans Self*

Huge sale, dear #romance fans! Please feel free to share in your groups! You’ll discover why Lady Eleanor is ready to show Lord Hugh (oh, he of the intense, blue-eyed gaze) that, despite her being a “mere woman” (oh. PLEASE!), she is no ninny, and, in fact, can best him at any game he chooses—including finding those responsible for poaching in their adjoining forests. Good luck, Lord Hugh—you have met your match!

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Torch in the Forest


Torch in the Forest

Beautiful young widow, Countess Eleanor, believes wholeheartedly in her Blystoke family motto of <i>Honor et Fides</i>, honor and loyalty, and works hard to live up to it, taking care of her younger sister, Mary, and of all her late husband’s estates

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Outlandish Fun with Bannocks and Biscuits, Parritch and Kilts (+ a holiday blog break)

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Don your kilts and pour yourself a wee dram. Today we’re serving up a little festive cheer à la Outlander.

Sláinte Mhath! Cheers!

While others may be channeling elves, sugarplum fairies, and red-nosed reindeer, we in the Alphabet Soup kitchen are getting our Scots on.

Je suis prest. Et vous?

Ever since experiencing a long Scot summer binge-watching the Outlander TV series and taking a deep dive into Diana Gabaldon’s novels, all we can think about is men in kilts fascinating Scottish history time traveling between the 18th and 20th centuries.

Central characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) contemplate potatoes.

You can really work up an appetite falling through the stones and zipping around places like Boston, Inverness, Edinburgh, Paris, Jamaica, and North Carolina. Thank goodness for the fortifying recipes in Theresa Carle-Sanders’s Outlander Kitchen cookbooks.

Based in Pender Island, Canada, chef and diehard Outlander fan Carle-Sanders…

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November 10 – It’s Young Readers Week

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