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For All Of You History Buffs…

…what happened on this day in 1959? Read more

Hope Can Change The World

In these difficult days, this is a message for everyone regardless of your social, economic, ethnic or political status.  A good word indeed! Read more

Stakin’ Snacks!

What a great find!  Read more

Back to School Treats – Strawberry Rolls-Ups

As promised on Monday, throughout the next couple of weeks we will be sharing some yummy strawberry recipes that anyone can make and everyone can enjoy.  This is our first installment on strawberry treats 🙂   Read more

This Definitely Needs To Be Said!

We were scrolling through Facebook and this wonderful piece popped up which had been reprinted by Randy, Randy Northrup.  We know all of our chums will appreciate reading this. Read more

Strawberries

                                                                    All photos courtesy of Getty Images

They are colorful, juicy, sweet and one of the most iconic fruits of summer…strawberries.  Over the next couple of weeks we will share with you some info and recipes for this delicious gift of summer.  Today we will start with some fun facts about the strawberry 🙂   Read more

Stories From Windsor Castle

If you have been around Two Chums for any time at all you know our love for all things royal.  We enjoy everything about the royal family….their events, their fashion, and of course their homes.  This Sunday, August 13th,  a special 4 part series will begin about one of the most beloved of royal residences… Windsor Castle.   Read more

Savvy Secrets – Cleaning Up

Can’t we all use some new ideas for old problems when it comes to cleaning up?  Today we’ve got that 🙂   Read more

On Being A Gentleman

The world is full of boys and men.  Gentlemen of any age are in shorter supply.   Read more

Stand Out!

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Read more

This Tooth Fairy is Very Clever!

“One mom in Waco, Texas, came up with a creative and constructive response when her son asked the tooth fairy for more money. . .” Read more

Aunt Mary’s Lemon Vanilla Ice Cream

It’s hot! Want to keep cool and enjoy the cooling off too?  We have just the thing you’re looking for right here 🙂   Read more

At 96!

After a lifetime of public service by the side of his wife Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip finally retired on Wednesday at the age of 96. Read more

F.W. What?

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To a lot of our readers, the two initials can only mean one thing:  F.W. Woolworth or the 5 and dime store! Read more

Do What You Love

Is it possible to always do what you love? Read more

Lemony Blueberry Sorbet

If you love lemon, or blueberries, or both…you’re in for a treat today! Read more

A Touch of Gold!


Sometimes all we need to brighten something up is a touch of gold.   Read more

We Say, “Well Done”!

“It was late on a Friday night and Nicholas Tate was nearing the end of his shift at Walmart when the line at his checkout counter started grow. . . ” Read more

Summer Delight

When is describing something using the word crumble NOT a bad thing? Why when it’s a Blackberry Crumble!   Read more

Tennis Anyone?

        Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain’s Johanna Konta, during their Women’s Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 13, 2017.         (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

We could not help but stop and read this wonderful article by Francis Bridges, a Forbes Contributor and then…. just HAD to share it!

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Is Etiquette Still Important?

Etiquette.  Is it still relevant in today’s world? Read more

The Soup

It’s the dead of summer and it’s hot outside….day and night.  So why, you may be asking yourself, are we doing a post about soup?  The answer is simple.  It isn’t just about soup.  It’s about THE SOUP!   Read more

The Epitome of Humility

When on a recent official trip to Poland with her family, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was told that she “looked perfect”. Read more

Aunt Sandy’s Lemon Pie

This is a classic.  If you like lemon meringue pie, you can’t do better than this one!  For as  long as we can remember our chum, Sandy, (who also happens to be Robin’s cousin), has been making the yummiest lemon meringue pie.  Even people who don’t like lemon, or meringue, love this pie.  So you can imagine what a hit it is with people who do like them!   Read more

Well Done, Camilla!

Yes, well done, Camilla!   Read more

Savvy Secret – Travel

Oh golly it is quite a while since we did any Savvy Secrets and with this being summer and the time a lot of people travel we thought we would share a tip we heard about that will give you the most “bang for your buck”. Read more

A Romantic, For Sure!

According to People, Prince Harry acquired this very romantic piece (pieces) of artwork… Read more

Summer Refreshment – Minted Watermelon Lemonade

As the dog days of summer come upon us, we can all use some tasty refreshment. And what could be better than some homemade Minted Watermelon Lemonade!   Read more

…He Wears The Trousers

Queen Elizabeth II holds the record of being the monarch of the United Kingdom who has been married for the longest time.  She wears the crown BUT “her husband wears the trousers”, according to biographer, Gyles Brandreth.. Read more

Simple Chicken Sandwich

Sometimes the simplest things can be some of the best.  This simple chicken and avocado sandwich is a perfect example!   Read more

Smart Packing

If you have travel plans for this summer, we have a tip for you to make your packing and unpacking a snap!

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The Most Important Ingredient

Don’t forget the most important ingredient whenever you are making something. Read more

In Good Company

You might be thinking of changing your hairstyle this summer.  If so, you will be in very good company.  Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, just changed hers too 🙂   Read more

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday USA!  Yes, today is the commemoration of Independence Day so remember…. Read more

Did You Know?

The United States of America have a lot of things in common with England but this one thing you may not realize. Read more

Made With Love – Sour Cream Cake

Earlier this week I returned home from a week long trip with my oldest daughter, Sara, and granddaughter, Sadie.  When we arrived home from the airport there was a sweet surprise awaiting us…Sour Cream Cake 🙂   Read more

A Film Great

On this day in 2003, Katherine Hepburn left us at the wonderful age of 96.  She left us physically but left us with a golden legacy!  When she died, the lights on Broadway were dimmed for an hour to mark the passing of one of entertainment’s brightest stars. Read more

Get Ready for the 4th!

You will definitely need one of these to stay cool on the 4th!

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Ever Been There?

Your Two Chums consider themselves to be very good shoppers.  We shop at the high end and we shop at the low end…monetarily, that is. Read more

Making Food Fun


Summer is here and maybe you are looking for ways to get your little ones to try foods they don’t normally eat.  Or maybe you have some really good eaters but you need some activities to keep little hands and minds busy so you don’t hear those awful words “I’m bored!”  If that’s you, we’ve got some fun ideas for you today 🙂 Read more

Cool Down!

We seem to be experiencing a rather hot, hot time right now and we have just the answer to help you to stay cool. Read more

Lead By Example

This is an entry from a very popular site on Instagram, called AussieDave.  Each day there is a new inspiration or devotional taken from the Bible, that relates so beautifully to real life and the situations we all find ourselves in on a regular basis.  Following is an excerpt from the entry that accompanied this photo.  We think is outstanding and wanted to share it with you our chums.   Read more

Trooping of the Colour

Last Saturday was a very special day in England…… Read more

Cousins and Cake

Who can argue that the first time a little one has “Happy Birthday” sung to them, or they have their first bite of birthday cake isn’t a sweet moment for everyone involved!  And even if the party is a simple family affair, if it includes yummy cake, and cousins, the whole thing is sure to be a hit 🙂 Read more

Elevate An Outfit

According to Audrey Hepburn Read more

Tomahawk Steak

As promised yesterday, here is our pick for a delicious way to celebrate Dad this Sunday 🙂   Read more

Father’s Day Dinner Menu


Sunday is the day we celebrate Dad!  Making him yummy dinner may just be his favorite gift of all.  We have a suggestion for making a flavorful meal he is sure to love:-)   Read more

Smashed and Crispy

There is hardly any better way to describe these potatoes than smashed and crispy 🙂   Read more

The Final Bow

The death of Diana, Princess of Wales, saddened the world and brought with it great emotion. Read more

Tear Down The Wall

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan visited West Berlin to deliver a speech.

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Sugared Lemons – Savvy Secret


This may not be what you think it is 🙂  If you thought this lemon was part of a drinking ritual or some kind of bug repellent or a substitute for cleanser, you guessed wrongly. Read more

Cheesy Spinach Maria

This is delicious anytime, but with Father’s Day less than 2 weeks away, this could be a great start to your dinner to honor Dad! Read more

Savvy Secrets – Organize Your Closet

Summer is fast approaching.  Maybe this is a good time for some clean out and organization in your closets and drawers.  If so, we’ve got some good ideas for you to make more space and get organized. Read more

New Jersey was The Place!

Eighty-four years ago today Camden, New Jersey shot to fame. Read more

Prince Phillip Looks Proudly On

If that isn’t the look of a proud husband, we don’t know what is! Read more

A Shower And A Blower

For those of you who are wondering what on earth this post is about, it is NOT a shower that you get wet in and a hair blower! Read more

Buttermilk Tea Cake

Buttermilk is a workhorse in the kitchen.  Used in baked goods, salad dressings, dips and drinks, it makes everything you use it in taste better.  This yummy Tea Cake is no exception.  The tang of buttermilk gives this cake added flavor and tenderness.   Read more

A Mamma’s Heart is Ferocious!

We had to share this wonderful true story of a Mother’s love. Read more

One Hundred Years Ago, Yesterday

                                                           John F. Kennedy, (1917-1963), 35th President of the United States

John F. Kennedy would have been 100 years old yesterday…hard to believe but there you have it. Read more

Some Gave All

On this Memorial we want to take a moment to remember the brave me and women of the armed forces who have made that ultimate sacrifice, giving their very lives, to defend our freedom.  They have gone into dark and dangerous places so that we, and our children and our children’s children might be safe.  For that we are a grateful nation and we honor those who have fallen today.  Several years ago on November 13, 2010 Lt General John Kelly USMC, delivered a speech about the dedication and valor of our young men and women who step forward each and every day to protect us.  Having lost his own son, Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC, just 4 days earlier, General Kelly spoke from his heart.

He closed the speech with the moving account of the last six seconds in the lives of two young Marines who died with rifles blazing to protect their brother Marines.  During the speech, he never mentioned the loss of his own son. Read more

You Can Bloom

We all find ourselves in difficult places at one time or another.  We came across a lovely encouragement that we could all use from time to time.   Read more

Well Done -Walking The Red Carpet

The Oscars, Emmy’s or Golden Globes aren’t the only place you’ll see a Red Carpet.  This year at the high school in Newman, California, students attending the prom walked a red carpet to go into the dance. Read more

What To Eat

No matter where you are headed this summer for your vacation, you can find some delicious food.  And we can help!   Read more

A Twist On A Favorite


If there is one dessert that we have requests for again and again and again at events from birthdays to holidays it would have to be  a Strawberry Meringue.  This Strawberry Lemon Meringue, is a variation of that favorite dessert.   Read more

Classic and Elegant, For Sure!

The intimate high-society event—only 100 -150 guests were expected to attend, according to the Times—was held a short distance from where Pippa Middleton grew up with her siblings in the village of Bucklebury, at the St. Mark’s 12th-century church in Englefield, Berkshire.  And yes, your Two Chums can certainly say that she reached her mark of “classic” and “elegant”! Read more

Here Comes The Bride!

Tomorrow is a big day for the Middleton clan!  Their Bucklebury home is full to the brim with activity as they get last minute details secured and roll into a huge party after the marriage of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. Read more

Teacher Appreciation

The end of the school year is fast approaching.  Children will say goodbye to their classmates and their teachers. Telling those teachers “thank you” and letting them know how very appreciated they are for all they have done should never be overlooked.  Your words and small tokens of appreciation can mean more than you might realize to those women and men who help to shape our children’s world and even their futures.  But sometimes finding the right words or small gift to give as a token of your appreciation can be hard.  So today we have a few suggestions for you 🙂 Read more

Lessons From Andy Rooney

Andy Rooney was a television star, writer and humorist.  Here are a few profound things he shared with us. Read more

Drippy Beef Sandwiches

The name of this dish says it all…well, almost all.  These sandwiches are most certainly drippy, but what the name doesn’t tell you is that they aren’t just dripping with juice but also dripping with flavor 🙂   Read more

A Royal Promise for Mummy

We had to share this excerpt from an article we read in Bazaar. Read more

By An Unknown Author

Many of you may have read this before, these very touching words, but we thought today to be a good day to share it with you…. Read more

Mother’s Day Flowers

All mother’s love flowers…any kind of flowers. But flowers you can eat?  All the better 🙂   Read more

Another Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day we celebrate those women who gave us life.  Here in the United States that day is the second Sunday in May. This year is it is this Sunday, May 14th.  But today, May 10th is always Mother’s Day in Mexico no matter what day of the week it falls on. Read more

A Flurry Of Activity

There was a flurry of activity at Buckingham Palace last Thursday evening and everyone was all abuzz! Read more

My Door Is Always Open

My very dear chum, and life long mentor posted something on her Facebook page with the request that if you feel the same as she does, you might pass this message along.  It struck me so deeply, and is such a profound message I felt I wanted to share it with each and every one of you.   Read more

An Oldie But Goodie With A Twist

This Magic Bar recipe has been around for decades.  This is one of those recipes that once you’ve tried it you make it again and again.  You just can’t go wrong with these Magic Bars.  They are “magic” because they are simple to make, and simply yummy!
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Terrific Two!

Your Two Chums seem to be running to catch up this week but we could not let this celebration go by without posting something about it.   Read more

Jeremy’s Orange Chicken

If you are asking yourself “Who is Jeremy and what is his Orange Chicken all about?”, the answer is simple.  Jeremy is my 13 year old grandson and his Orange chicken is all about deliciousness!   Read more

It’s Been Six Years!

                                                                                 AP Photo – Matt Dunham

Catherine Middleton and  Prince William certainly have packed a lot into the last six years!  In some ways, it seems that they have always been together but, of course, we are reminded always that they have not always been together and, in fact, Catherine was a “commoner” Read more

May Flowers


“April showers bring May flowers. But what do May flowers bring?”  If you are in elementary school your answer to this riddle is supposed to be “Pilgrims!”  But we would say that  May flowers, like those pictured here, will bring nothing short of delight and joy to the one who receives them 🙂 Read more

May Day Is On It’s Way

Only 3 more days until May! What better way to celebrate than with a floral wreath for your hair.  In Medieval times these wreaths were called flower crowns.  They are sometimes referred to as fairy rings.  The Hawaiians call them haku leis.   Read more

Ice Cream – Minty And Fresh

If you love the flavor of fresh mint, love chocolate and love ice cream, you are going to LOVE  this easy and delicious mint chocolate chip ice cream!   Read more

Happiness is ….

What is happiness?   Read more

91 And Full Steam Ahead!

There’s no stopping her now! Read more

Simple Reminders

In almost every home there are articles that have emotional attachments associated with them. Read more

Dinner – Healthy and Delicious

Sometimes we make things for dinner that taste really good, but are not necessarily so good for us.  Then there are those healthy meals that leave something to be desired with regard to taste.  This one is both good and good for you!   Read more

Savvy Secrets

Don’t have too much time for ironing?  Apparently, this is going to help you. Read more

Peanut Butter Pie

If you love peanut butter, or like the candy called Abba Zaba…this is the pie for you!   Read more

Respect

According to royal etiquette, ladies must curtsy and gentlemen must bow from the neck when they see royalty for the first time in any given day. Read more

Making The Ordinary Matter

Recently we came across an admonition regarding appreciating the ordinary. We thought it so extraordinary that we wanted to share it with you, our chums.   Read more

No Ordinary Egg

The Imperial Coronation Egg,one of the most famous and iconic of Faberge eggs.

What is the story behind these very beautiful Faberge eggs? Read more

In Her Easter Bonnet

On Sunday, ladies all over the world, even women who never wear hats, will head to church and don their Easter bonnets.  While hats are not as common today as they once were, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is certainly no stranger to them.   Read more

Easter Fun

Leading up to this blessed day of Easter, we wanted to share a few fun facts. Read more

Sixty-Four Years Later

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Always wanting to share the good, we are passing on a story that struck us as wonderful originally shared by Elisa Murphy of GMA. Read more

Good Pesach

In Jewish neighborhoods and homes across the world tonight,  the greeting, “Good Pesach” will be heard as Passover begins.   Read more

Double Duty Eggs

In a few days it will be Easter and eggs will take a central role at Easter celebrations everywhere.  Today we want to share a way they can do double duty at your Easter dinner table.  Dyed or decorated eggs are common at Easter.  There are as many ways to decorate your Easter eggs as there are people who decorate them.  But we have some ways to use your decorated eggs as place cards or favors for your guests.

1. You can use decorative rubber stamps like this one of a chick that we picked up at Michaels in the $1 bin.  We simply coated the stamp with ink from a pink stamp pad and, rolling the stamp over the surface of the egg, transferred the image to the egg.  This is easier than you might think.
The one you see here was actually our first try.  You can dye the egg first or leave it white.  Also you can blow out the egg or use a hard boiled egg.  Once you have the image on the egg, simple use a Sharpie in a contrasting color and draw a small bow on the bird or on a flower or whatever image you are using and then draw a “tag” at the end of the ribbon bow you drew and then write the name of one of your guests on the “tag”.  Now you not only have a decorated egg, but a place card too.

2. Another way to have your dyed egg double as a place card is to use bakers twine or very thin yarn to wrap the egg as a “gift” and place a tag with a guests name tied to the end of the twine.  To make it easier to use the twine or yarn on the egg, first dip the string in some water and cornstarch or water and white glue.  This will make the string slightly sticky which will help to hold it in place as you tie the bow.

3. You may not be seating your guests but choose to have them leave with a reminder of the fun day you have provided.  You can decorate an egg and leave one at each place at the table.  That way each person has a little favor to take home to remember the happy celebration.  To make a bouquet of flowers start by placing dots of yellow paint as the center of your flowers.  Next use another color and, with your tiny paint brush, make colorful dots around each yellow center.  Using the same brush, make small sweeping green brush marks to be the leaves on your bouquet.

Happy and beautiful celebrations with people we love can bring such joy and that is surely abundant living!

Mac N’ Cheese – 3.0

If you have been around Two Chums for any amount of time you probably know your chums LOVEEEE  macaroni and cheese! We shared a favorite recipe for Father’s Day in 2012.  That was Mac N’ Cheese 1.0  Then last July we shared another method we came across for making this family favorite.  That was Mac N’ Cheese 2.0  Now we have the 3.0 version to share with you and you won’t want to miss this one! Read more

A Lesson For All Of Us From The Mouth of a Babe

Jihan Forbes of Yahoo shared this inspiring story with us.

Brandi Benner describes how an otherwise uneventful excursion to buy her daughter a doll took an unexpected turn once her family got to the register.  Read more

Out, Damn’d Spot!

If we listen to Macbeth, it sounds as though Shakespeare knew a lot about laundry.   Read more

Use Both Hands!

There she goes again!  Both hands! Read more

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