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On this brisk and beautiful autumn day, a little feast for the eyes. Ladies, brace yourselves.

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THE LOOK
by Sara Teasdale

Strephon kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Strephon’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.

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I love this little gem by Sara Teasdale. It’s light, lyrical, flirty, and touches on the essence of romance. I am reminded of Charlotte Brontë, whose primary literary theme was unrequited love. The “what might have been’s” and the fantasies surrounding an idealized love often make for a better story with its inherent longing and suspense, setting the stage for a good old-fashioned chase.

The question now is, has anyone ever given you “the look”?

While you’re pondering that, let’s look some more at Mr. Firth looking at us. Put your bibs on to catch all the drool. :)

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Here’s the scoop:

Now you can have your cake and wear it too, thanks to the Shoe Bakery. :)

This Orlando-based company, founded by designer Chris Campbell, creates custom, handmade ice cream and cake shoe designs. None of them are edible, but apparently very wearable. I’ve seen shoe sculptures before which pretty much live in art galleries and are for ogling only. But these heels, flats, and wedges like to go out on the town and make unforgettable fashion statements at weddings and other special occasions. Fun!

Enjoy this little dessert tray to get your week off to a sweet start. :)

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My Dear Friends,

Please allow me to thank you for ardently admiring and loving me. I trust your parents are in good health?

I’ve been summoned by a certain Monsieur Random Integer Generator to announce the winner of the Goodnight Mr. Darcy Giveaway.

Before I proceed, may I be so bold as to convey my deepest appreciation to Miss Coombs and Miss Arnold for their splendid portrayal of my hot hook-up fortuitous assignation with one Elizabeth Bennet?

I confess I would have addressed you sooner, but I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.

Can you blame me? She’s hot, right?

There was also the dilemma of selecting just one recipient amongst a bevy of bosom-heaving broads an impressive coterie, all in possession of sizable fortunes and enviable connections.

As an honorable man, I assure you I employed all means at my disposal to arrive at a fair and impartial decision.

I wrote to esteemed colleagues for advice.

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Dear Mr. Firth,

You must allow us to tell you how ardently we admire and love you.

To celebrate your 54th birthday, we’re serving up a 3-course repast here at Alphabet Soup: a brand new picture book, a spot of tea, and you.

Whether as Fitzwilliam Darcy or Mark Darcy, you truly take the cake. May we be so bold as to say you are stunning wet, dry, and everything in-between?

And boy, can you rock a cravat and waistcoat.

We remain your loyal fans, wishing you the best birthday ever.

With deep affection and hearts a-flutter,

Every female in the world with a pulse
xoxoxoxo

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♥ FIRST COURSE ♥
Goodnight Mr. Darcy by Kate Coombs and Alli Arnold

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an earnest writer and a department store sniffing artist in possession of talent and wit must be in want of a good parody.

For award winning author Kate Coombs and award-winning illustrator Alli Arnold, a send-up of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice à la beloved children’s classic Goodnight Moon was just the thing to set their bonnets a-twirl.

In the great ballroom
There was a country dance
And a well-played tune
And Elizabeth Bennet –

So begins this tidy tale of moonlight and romance, as all are gathered at the Netherfield Ball — Lydia and Kitty looking pretty, Mr. Darcy surprised by a pair of fine eyes, Jane with a blush and Mr. Bingley turned to mush, and let’s not forget a certain gossiping mother and a father saying ‘hush’.

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Those familiar with Pride and Prejudice know that the Ball is a crucial scene — where Darcy has singled out Elizabeth, and caught off-guard, she agrees to dance with him. They are allowed to engage in unchaperoned conversation (gasp!), their unguarded repartee ever-so-temptingly weakening their resolve.

In Goodnight Mr. Darcy (Gibbs Smith, 2014), Kate has retained the simple rhyming structure and lulling cadence of Brown’s Goodnight Moon, but with a brilliant tongue-against-blushing cheek makeover that outlines all the delectable aspects of the prim and proper Darcy/Lizzy conscious coupling from ‘cute meet’ at the dance to mutual mooning over each other at home to happily ever after. The Mr. Bingley and Jane pairing adds a bit of ‘mushy’ humor boys will appreciate, while the whole concept of a fancy dress ball with tipping of top hats, flitting of fans and oh-so-civilized how-de-do’s will have special appeal to girls.

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The other day I stumbled upon these wonderful old photos while I was researching vintage kitchens. I love seeing some of my favorite stars and celebrities cookin’ up somethin’ tasty.

How many of them can you identify? Answers at the end of the post. :)

sophialoren

shirley

waltdisney

paulandjoanne

 

marlonbrando

lucy1940's

liza

judy

bobmitchum

billieholiday

bettywhite

annblyth1952

audreyearltheisen1953

photo by Earl Theisen (1953)

colsanders

desiarnaz

dorisday1950

gingerrogers

joancrawford

jeanharlow

gvanderbilt

jaynemansfield

junecleaver

lenahorne

natwood6marthaholmes1944

by Martha Holmes (1944)

margaretthatcher

lucilleball

by Gene Lester

 

♦ ANSWER KEY ♦

Sophia Loren

Shirley Temple

Walt Disney

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Marlon Brando

Lucille Ball

Liza Minnelli

Judy Garland

Robert Mitchum

Billie Holiday

Betty White

Ann Blyth

Audrey Hepburn

Colonel Sanders

Desi Arnaz

Doris Day

Ginger Rogers

Joan Crawford

Jean Harlow

Gloria Vanderbilt

Jayne Mansfield

Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver)

Lena Horne

Natalie Wood

Margaret Thatcher

Lucille Ball

Groucho Marx

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Wouldn’t it be fun to taste Betty White’s cake, Lucy’s pot roast or Joan Crawford’s pie? I especially love the pics of Shirley Temple, Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood (didn’t realize Shirley was a leftie). And I love the old stoves.

Paul and Joanne look so “normal,” and who would have thought a former Prime Minister did her own washing up?  Hmm, Robert Mitchum can wash my dishes any time. :)

HAPPY MONDAY!!

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Copyright © 2014 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

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