a colorful chat with cathryn falwell about rainbow stew

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Mmmmm, somebody’s making something yummy! It’s a special stew made with a rainbow of freshly picked garden vegetables — red tomatoes, purple eggplant, green peas and beans, rosy radishes, brown potatoes and yellow peppers. Care for a bowl?

rainbow stew coverIt’s such a treat to welcome award winning author/illustrator Cathryn Falwell to Alphabet Soup today. She’s just published an uncommonly delicious new picture book called Rainbow Stew (Lee & Low, 2013), which contains all the ingredients I love most about good stories: food, family, and fun. 🙂

A very cool grandfather (who makes yummy pancakes for breakfast) makes the most of a rainy summer day by suggesting everyone go outside to “find some colors for my famous Rainbow Stew!”  So he and his three grandchildren don their rain gear and go searching for ripe veggies under the drippy leaves. With treasures like radishes, carrots, cucumbers and cabbage, and time enough to “jump around like grasshoppers and buzz about like bees,” everyone has a muddy grand time.

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a little bouquet of color for the winter weary

Had enough of bare trees, brown grass, and grey skies?

Enter the world of living color:

Flowers by Majlee
Rainbow Sandwich by D. Sharon Pruitt
Colorful Ice Creams by _poseidon_
Party Umbrellas by D. Sharon Pruitt
Pink Summer Cherry Love by D. Sharon Pruitt
Colorful Hats by anwarash ahmad
Rainbow Cake by Cypriotchick
Macarons by Julien Haler

Won’t be long now —

Ukranian Easter Eggs by tanya zivkovic

You’re a rainbow. Have a beautiful day!!


Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

orange crush!

*Especially for orange lovers Julia Denos and Sara Lewis Holmes.

Pippi by Meanest Indian/flickr


Sonia Luna/flickr

Thomas Hawk/flickr

Sofia Katariina/flickr

laura the artist/flickr

Orange Cream Dessert Squares recipe at Pillsbury.com.

Orange Cream Soda Pop Cupcakes by vanessacontessa/flickr.




Cheers, Dahlings! Do you know I have a crush on you?

Hope you have a colorful adventure or two today ☺!

Carrot Soup by digiyesica/flickr.

the soup maker

**More Color posts here.

Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan’s alphabet soup. All rights reserved.

blue monday

“Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.” ~ L. Frank Baum

“Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?” ~ James Montgomery

“Country Blues” by Lisa Lorenz (available for purchase here).

Blue’s the coolest color on a sizzling summer’s day.

Let’s sit back and chill while those blues drift this way . . .

photo by Woody the bear.

       Show me your blue books!
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a splash of color for the winter weary

"A hush is over everything, Silent as women wait for love; The world is waiting for the Spring." ~ Sara Teasdale

Thanks for brightening my world with your friendship!

If you’ve been doing a lot of snow shoveling recently, you definitely deserve one of these:

 Flower Bite Cookies by chiccookiekits.

Tra-la and on your way!

More Pajama Party posts here.

More colors here!

♥ Gorgeous floral photos from Majlee’s flickr photostream.

Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan’s alphabet soup. All rights reserved.