nine cool things on a tuesday


1. Well, now, here’s something I haven’t done before: get my daily dose of Vitamin C from a pair of boots! Orange you just tickled by these? Certainly a fun way to brighten up a rainy day.

In case you haven’t noticed, I have a “thing” for fake food. When I visited Japan years ago, I LOVED all the fake food dishes displayed in the restaurant windows. They looked very realistic and handily solved the problem of not being able to read the menu. ūüôā

Dan Dan Noodles
Sausage Variety Plate

Fake Food Hatanaka sells these orange boots and other accessories, along with plates and bowls of amazing deliciousness: Chinese, Japanese, or Western food, sweets, fruits, sandwiches, and drinks. They also do miniatures if you’re a dollhouse person. Get Google to translate the Japanese to English on the site, purchase via Paypal, and you’re all set!

Ice Cream Boots


2. New picture book alert: Sweet Competition by Liz and Jimmy Reed (HarperCollins, 2016).

coolsweetcompeititionLiz and Jimmy Reed, the creators of the Cuddles and Rage webcomic, have whipped up a truly delectable picture book debut featuring the antics of competitive twin cherries who will do anything to outsweet er, outsmart one another.

For this pair of twin cherries, everything is a competition. If Girl Cherry can swing higher, Boy Cherry will boast that he can swing lower. If one is smarter, then the other is cooler. So when they enter a contest to build the best dessert ever, they immediately pit themselves against each other. But when you’re attached at the stem, there’s only so much you can do on your own. Things could be easy as pie so to speak if they put aside their differences and join forces. Will Boy Cherry and Girl Cherry cream the competition by working together or will one try to be the cherry on top?

With loveable characters and laugh-out-loud situations, Sweet Competition is the perfect addition to any child’s bookshelf. After all, there’s always room for dessert!

Find out more from the creators at All the Wonders!


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sweet baby pie


Ooh, ooh!

Today is National Pie Day!!

Just in case you didn’t know, thought I’d send out a little reminder that it is your civic duty to eat, bake, share and/or revel in the wonder that is pie. Wouldn’t a piece of warm deep dish apple pie taste good right about now with a nice cup of tea? Perfect comfort food for a cold winter’s day.

I love all the fruit pies pictured above, and have baked all of them at some point in my life. Which do you prefer, the crust or the filling? A good shortcrust, light and flaky, is the mark of a good baker. I’d better go practice . . .

Meanwhile, this guy can bake me a pie anytime. Sweet!

What kind of pie are you having today?

♥ More 2011 Comfort and Joy posts here.

*Pie photo by Steve Buchanan/flickr.

Copyright © 2011 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan’s alphabet soup. All rights reserved.

song for monday

Love this retro moment! Keep its beautiful lyricism close to your heart as you make your way through the day.

Have a good week!

♥ My post about "Sweet Baby James," my all-time favorite JT comfort song, is here.

friday feast: how sweet he is

“I believe 100% in the power and importance of music . .¬†. I¬†don’t know much¬†about God. But if everything does originate with God, then certainly songs do¬†as well.” ~ James¬†Taylor

photo: Danny Clinch


So, it’s all about comfort here at alphabet soup this month, and whenever I want to lick my wounds,¬†find my center,¬†or just kick back and reflect, James Taylor, who turned 61 yesterday,¬†is my man.

Not too long ago, a fan forum on Facebook asked us to name our top five James Taylor songs. Immediately, these came to mind:

Carolina in My Mind
Sweet Baby James
Close Your Eyes
Long Ago and Far Away
You’ve Got a Friend

All but the last¬†are Taylor’s own compositions. Each is gorgeously lyrical, calming and reassuring. His unmistakable, warm¬†baritone voice has been described as the equivalent of¬†a photogenic face. Some things just come to this world whole and perfect.

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