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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!

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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

Lemon Olive Oil Corn Cake

This yummy confection is part corn bread, part lemon cake, part coffee cake, and totally delicious!   Read more

Find The Good

Just a gentle reminder… Read more

BBQ Chicken Pizza


Though they sell any number of combinations and types of pizza, according to a number of sites, the most popular pizza at CPK is BBQ Chicken Pizza.  They are responsible for introducing this pizza to the world. Almost every pizza outlet now offers some form of this iconic pizza, but you can make a delicious version at home and have it hot and fresh in minutes.  Making this delicious pizza is much easier than you might think it would be.   Read more

A Few More Laughs!

Well, we feel that a wonderful medicine is laughter and so, with the help of many fine people, thought we would provide you with some…

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Well Done! No one Sits Alone!

We read, with joy, this article, The Power of Humanity by Taylor Pittman and just HAD to share it with all of you! Read more

It’s Slime Time

Unless you have children or grandchildren, or have been in a craft store recently, you may not know what the latest craze is with kids…..it’s SLIME 🙂  Read more

Sweet Words From The Princes, William and Harry

Some of you may have read these sweet words (written by Brittney Stephens) recently but they are too touching not to spread! Read more

More Deeply Resonating Quotes

And again, thanks to Encurious, here are some more inspirational quotes which, hopefully, will help your days go wonderfully well. Read more

Garlic Noodle Salad

Last year, at Chinese New Year, we shared with you one of our favorite noodle dishes, Chinese Garlic Noodles.  They have been a favorite of adults and children alike, and certainly are delicious any time of year, not just at New Year.  But this year we made a discovery.   Read more

“The Cherry At The Top”

Paul Burrell was quoted in an interview with the Mirror as saying, “Buckingham Palace is a village, a world of its own.  The cherry on the cake is Her Majesty at the top of it all.” Read more

The Luck Of The


The Luck of the Irish 
is a popular phrase, as well as the title of a 1948 film.  It happens to be one we have not yet seen but now will make it a point to see.  Here’s why….   Read more

A Dr. Seuss St. Patrick’s Day

Tomorrow everyone will be Irish, as all over the country people will celebrate that most famous Irishman, St. Patrick.  While a corned beef dinner is the norm on St. Patrick’s Day, we know that not everyone loves corned beef, especially perhaps, the little ones in your family.  So we have a suggestion that can still allow the adults to celebrate the day and serve something your children can eat and enjoy too…a meal Dr. Seuss would happily approve of…. Read more

Night Night. Sleep Tight. Keep Your Hair Right.

You know how sometimes you go to bed at night and you feel your hair looks perfect and worry about what a night’s sleep will do to it? Read more

For Children Of All Ages

We feel sure you will hold onto these wonderful quotes which were shared by Encurious.

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A Good Laugh – It’s Funny ‘Cause It’s True!


There is little that is better for you, in a whole variety of ways, than a really good laugh.   A good laugh makes you feel better, boosts your immune system, exercises your stomach muscles, and brightens your spirits.  And if what makes you laugh actually happened to someone…well prepare to have a really good belly laugh.  As Homer Simpson says “It’s funny cause it’s true!”  Today, we have a doozy of a story for you 🙂 Read more

Royal-Tea For Royalty -Jam Pennies

Yesterday we told you that HRM Queen Elizabeth II is still riding her beloved horse and loving every minute of it.  Today we are going to tell you, after she rides, what she has for tea.   Read more

Tally-Ho! There Goes HRM!

And there she goes.  At 90 years old, HRM Queen Elizabeth II, is still riding and loving it! Read more

Celebrate!

Sophie and Justin Trudeau

On March 8 every year, a lot of our world celebrates International Women’s Day.  Clearly initiated as a feminist movement, it continues that way but Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, wants to be sure that she celebrates it with “her man”. Read more

Well Done – Portraits Of Courage

When people retire, going from being very engaged and busy with an active full life, to suddenly having no where you have to be and nothing you have to do can be a big shock.  So retired people often travel, play golf, spend time with grandchildren, or take up a hobby.  Taking up a “hobby” is precisely what the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, has done…he has taken up painting portraits.  And not just any portraits either.   Read more

Not Decided Yet?

Yes, Lent has indeed started but we came across a wonderful list that we just HAD to share. Read more

Savvy Secrets – A Cleaner Tub

Everyone loves a clean tub.  But let’s face it…not everyone loves cleaning that tub!  Today we have a great way to get that sparkling clean bathtub in the easiest imaginable way.  A chum shared this savvy secret with us and we are happy to pass it along.  With just 2 simple ingredients, and little to no scrubbing, you can have the cleanest tub around.

Here is this amazing savvy secret to getting the cleanest tub around:

Here’s to clean bathrooms and the joy they bring…not to mention that sense of abundant living 🙂

Old Is New Again-Part 2

Last week we did a post about an old mid-century dresser, purchased at our local thrift store, that we painted and refinished.  One of the best features of that great old dresser was the hardware.   Read more

When Charles Becomes King

Charles and Camilla on their wedding day in April, 2005

The wife of the King is always known as “Queen Consort,” usually abbreviated to ‘Queen’. Read more

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Lay-zEh leh bAwn taw rOO-leh!  Today is the day!  Yes, today IS the day! Read more

Mardi Gras Crazy Sista Gumbo

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras…or Fat Tuesday as it’s translated into English.  It is the day before Ash Wednesday when the Lenten season begins.  Typically people give up rich foods for Lent, so on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, they celebrate eating delicious fare and celebrating before Lent begins.  Today we’ve got a really delicious recipe for you for your Mardi Gras celebration… Gumbo! Read more

Square Celebrations

Whether you are having an Oscar party this weekend, or will be having an anniversary or birthday party soon, or just want to add some pizazz to drinks with friends before a night out, today we’ve got some simple and easy to prepare hors d’ouvres that you and your guests are sure to enjoy 🙂   Read more

Soups On! – Southwestern Chicken Soup

When the weather is cold and rainy or snowy, nothing is more comforting than a nice streaming hot bowl of soup.  We’ve got a yummy one for you today 🙂   Read more

Words, words!

Who doesn’t love and need inspiration?  We know we do! Read more

Ramping up to the Oscars!

It is hard to believe ~ it’s that time of year once again!   Read more

Old Is New Again

 
With a few dollars, a little “elbow grease”, and a can of paint, you can transform a thrift store find into a treasure.   Read more

Can’t?

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Her Majesty Queen (Alexandrina) Victoria

Queen Victoria…a name well known today – well known for many reasons. Read more

Gone With The Wind

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Yes, it’s Oscar time again.  The big day is less than two weeks away and Hollywood is abuzz. Read more

It’s In His Kiss

We are told in the popular Shoop Shoop Song  of 1964, “If you want to know if he loves you so…it’s in his kiss!”  Turns out the song may not be too far off!   Read more

Did You Know?

With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we thought we would share a bit of trivia with you… Read more

The Language Of Flowers

Flowers have had meaning attributed to them for thousands of years. But in Victorian times, the language of flowers found a special meaning.   Read more

First Star of Fame

It is hard to imagine Hollywood without the Walk of Fame where anybody who is anybody has a star on the walkway. Read more

Lightbulb Moment

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Well Done – A Lesson In Forgiveness

If someone told you a story about a black man accused of dealing drugs, and a white cop, who later became the best of friends, you’d say a little skeptically “well….maybe”. But if they told you it was the white cop who accused and arrested the black man, and had him sent to prison, you’d be even more leary of the story. But guess what? That isn’t even the half of it!  this one has a twist you will never see coming.  This is one of the most remarkable and powerful stories….true stories…we’ve ever heard. Read more

Sapphire Jubilee

This is a very important day in England. Read more

Super Supper For Super Bowl

Do you want a yummy and hearty meal for Sunday’s Super Bowl that everyone will enjoy, and that you can make a day ahead?  We’ve got that!   Read more

Well Done – A Currency Of Kindness

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When a little boy in Ohio found $20 in a parking lot, neither he nor his mother could possibly have imagined all the good that could come from investing that $20 bill in kindness.   Read more

Hollywood is Born

Did you know that on this day, the first day of February, one hundred and thirty years ago, Hollywood was born? Read more

No Ring?

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When Prince William married the then Catherine Middleton, one thing that is fairly often practiced at wedding ceremonies in the United States did not happen. Read more

Seeing God’s Hand

Do you believe in coincidence? What you may see as coincidence, your Two Chums see as God’s hand or His plans.  We have an amazing story to share with you today.   Read more

No Matter What Your Age, You Can Walk The Runway!

 
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One would never think that an eighty-five year old woman would still be walking the runway but Carmen Dell’Orefice proved differently this week! Read more

Red Lipstick?

If you are anything like your Two Chums, you enjoy wearing red lipstick every so often. Read more

A Gift From Queen Victoria

Photo Opportunity with Members of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force/Headquarters European Theater of Operations US Army Veterans Association.  (Courtesy Wikipedia)

The widely viewed PBS Masterpiece special “Victoria” is such an enlightening program.  We have no doubt  Read more

On This Day

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Inaugural Fashion

All politics asides, there was some spectacular fashion to be sure at this weekend’s inaugural festivities.

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Inaugural Chocolate

Today after the swearing in of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, prior to the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and The White House, there will be a luncheon honoring the new President, and Vice-President and their families, in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.  This is a tradition that began more than a century ago.   Read more

Victoria

This past Sunday, a wonderful new mini series on the life and history of Queen Victoria, began on PBS.   Tomorrow we will witness our own history as the transfer of power from one administration, that of President Obama, to that of the President-elect, Donald Trump takes place at his inauguration.  What I was struck by in watching the first episode of Victoria, is that in every country, it seems, there is a period of adjustment as a new ruler comes to power. Read more

Do You Speak English In The Kitchen?

 
As you may know, if you have been around Two Chums for any length of time, though born Canadian, Jackie lived a good part of her younger life in England and often uses “British” English.  I on the other hand, am a product of the stars and stripes form of English. So though we both speak English, there are terms, especially kitchen terms…or cookery terms, that need interpretation.  If you happen to own a British cookbook or read any British food magazines, knowing the vernacular can be helpful.  If you don’t, knowing it can just be fun! Read more

Savvy Secret -Sweet Smelling Laundry

This savvy secret is the easiest of ways to insure you will have clean, fresh sweet smelling laundry.  No matter what detergent you choose, or how often you use your washing machine, there can develop a musty or moldy smell.  It can cause your laundry to take on that smell.  But there is a simple solution to this. Read more

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Love And Forgiveness

Today we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Among his many accomplishments, stands his wisdom when it came to matters of love, hate and forgiveness.   Read more

Well Done – A Touching Letter

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It was 8 years ago that the Obama family moved into the White House. Sasha and Malia Obama, the first family sisters, were greeted by the Bush sisters who had lived there before them.  Sisters, Barbara and Jenna Bush, left a letter for Sasha and Malia welcoming them to their new home and encouraging them as they started the new adventure they were about to have.  As the Obama girls leave what has been their home for the last 8 years, and make their way in life outside the White House, the Bush sisters have again written them another letter to encourage them on this next chapter of their lives.   Read more

A Place For Her

Whether you want a craft area of your own, or a place to have tea with friends, or just a quiet spot away from dishes and laundry where you can sit and read, there is a place women can create for themselves that is the equivalent to the “man cave”.  It’s called….are you ready?….a “she shed” 🙂   Read more

Be Kind

Sometimes the simplest reminders can be the most powerful…. Read more

More Savvy Secrets For Baking Soda

We have, over the years, given you many uses for baking soda.  Everything from cleaning to cooking, there are endless uses for baking soda.  Those uses include it being the main ingredient in the recipes for our homemade deodorant and toothpaste.  But today we have another place to use this common household item Read more

Warm and Comforting – Simple Potato Soup

img_9265As the season has brought rain, and in some cases snow, and colder weather just about everywhere, we can all need and enjoy something warm and comforting to eat.  If it happens to be simple to make and only involves a few ingredients most of us have in the pantry and refrigerator…well, that’s all the better!   Read more

The Final Curtsy: A Royal Memoir by the Queen’s Cousin

51m8owt8ygl-_sx349_bo1204203200_ For those of our chums who love the Royals, we are reading a wonderful book at the moment.  It is called The Final Curtsy:  A Royal Memoir by the Queen’s Cousin and is written by none other than the Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes.

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Well Done – A Lesson In Honor

img_9254These two adorables attended the world famous Rose Parade this past Monday, January 2nd and this photo of them ended up in the local newspaper.  Thanks to some very generous friends, our group had very coveted front row seats at the parade.  What these girls and everyone around them witnessed though, was much more than just pretty floats and marching bands.   Read more

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