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Sweet Hanukkah – Matzo Toffee

Photography by Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

We are right in the middle of Hanukkah.  Every holiday needs something sweet. The New York Times, known for it’s food section and recipes, is offering a spin on a classic toffee recipe, substituting matzo for the usual saltine crackers, and adding a bit of zing with ginger!   Read more

A Great Party Planning Checklist

We realize that a lot of Holiday Parties have already taken place – at least you have assembled a guest list and the  invitations have gone out ….. BUT Read more

Above All, Be Kind

It seems with all of the hustle and the bustle of this time of year, things can get pretty crazy Read more

Savvy Secrets for Traveling

This is the time of year when many people are traveling…traveling home for the Holidays, perhaps.  We have a few great tips on how to do that! Read more

The Christmas Pickle

What does Christmas have to do with a pickle?  As we’ve learned, it wouldn’t be Christmas without one in many homes.   Read more

South Of The Border Brunch

The holidays are upon us and opportunities for get togethers to celebrate with family and friends are abundant.  Though our holiday parties usually happen in the evenings, who says they have to be night time events.  Why not have a brunch gathering  instead?   Read more

Gifts For Him

Often we hear people say that the hardest person on their holiday gift list to buy for is their dad, their husband, their brother, their close male friend….you get the idea.  Men are sometimes difficult when it comes to finding something to buy for them without breaking the bank.  If that’s you too, we have some ideas for you today 🙂   Read more


Last week, when we gave our chums the recipe for one of our favorite Winter soups, Pasta e Fagipoli,  we also promised to give you the recipe for the popovers that we served with the soup.  Today we are making good on that promise 🙂   Read more

Fun Little Somethings To Take Along

You’ve got lots of gatherings to go to and need some inexpensive gifts to take along.  We can help you with that! Read more

Savvy Secrets

With the Holiday Season right here, we wanted to share some Savvy Secrets that we hope you find useful. Read more

Cherishing Your Tree

For your Two Chums, at least, it is hard to believe that this wonderful time of year has rolled around….so quickly! Read more

In 1874

On this day in 1874 the one and only Winston Churchill was born! Read more

A Lesson From A Little One

You may well wonder what this photo is all about.  Well, other than the obvious, some child’s toys, dolls, sitting on a table, there is actually a profound and important lesson here.   Read more

Soup’s On – Pasta e Fagioli

After all the “heavy” eating most of us have done since Thanksgiving and all weekend long with leftovers, it’s time for something a bit “lighter” and more simple.  We think this soup is just the thing!   Read more

Let’s Keep This Going

Even though the official “Thanksgiving Day” has come and gone for another year, let’s keep the gratitude going. Read more


GRATITUDE! Read more

Thanksgiving- The Supporting Cast

Turkey will be the star of the show on most tables around the country tomorrow.  But we have some side dishes that make a great supporting cast!   Read more

Marbled Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Thanksgiving is just two days away.  If you are still deciding about dessert, we have a pretty delicious idea for you.  This is a new twist on two old favorites…cheesecake and sweet potato pie!   Read more

70 Years and Counting!

Seventy years ago today, Princess Elizabeth married her prince, who became HRH Prince Philip (of Greece and Denmark), Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day.  A few short years after they were married, Elizabeth became Queen and, we feel sure, not only did her life change forever but that of her husband probably changed more! Read more

Holiday Help -Baking

With the holidays upon us we feel sure many of you will be doing more cooking than usual, and certainly more baking.   Read more

Savvy Secrets – Some Fun Stocking Stuffers!

Ah yes!  Some great Savvy Secrets! Read more

And Don’t Forget…

about that gratitude list!  Lead up to Thanksgiving Day with… Read more

The Orient Express

The remake of an old movie has just come out called, “Murder On The Orient Express”.   Read more

Well Done – Tyler Perry

Last Wednesday evening, ABC broadcasted the annual Country Music Awards show.  As the title says, it’s an awards show, and by definition many in attendance were recognized for their achievements.  Awards were handed out to those who stood out amongst their peers.

One person though, stood head and shoulders above the others for a simple observation and a call to come together.  That man is NOT a singer sharing his thoughts through his music.  But he is a talented and Godly man who shared his words boldly to an audience who not only received his message, but gave him a standing ovation for his obvious wisdom and courage to call out what so badly needed to be called out.  His name is Tyler Perry.   Read more

Poppies and Remembering

Yes, that is the “Queen Mum” with several red poppies on her shoulder. Read more

Food Matters

Anyone who has been around Two Chums for any length of time probably knows that we love good food.  We think good food really matters, but for more than the obvious reason. Read more

Worth Repeating!

We found these thirteen traits of people with integrity on and felt compelled to share… Read more

Savvy Secrets

Yes!  Some Savvy Secrets! Read more

Pie Art

With Thanksgiving just a little over 2 weeks away no doubt the foods we associate with our  family feasts are already on our minds.  Chief among those delicious foods….pie!   Read more

At The Center

Do we have an amazing centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table for you?   Read more

Create A New Drawer!

It may sound hard but we have the answer! Read more

Wel Done – Yu Darvish

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You may not recognize this face or his name.  But read on.   Read more

Old Classic – New Twist

If you need a quick and yummy last minute treat for your Halloween celebration we’ve got just the thing for you.  This is an old classic with a new twist.   Read more

A Few Last Minute Costume Ideas

Well, here we are the day before Halloween.  Golly, where did the time go? Read more

Pumpkins In Plaid

Who says Halloween pumpkins have to have scary or funny faces?  We have another idea 🙂   Read more

Souper Thursday – Black Bean Soup

Soup is one of those dishes that seems right anytime.   Black Bean Soup is simple and hearty and really tasty too.  This one you will make again and again 🙂   Read more

A Single Savvy Secret – One You Will LOVE!

We found this most amazing way of keeping you shoes organized. Read more

Buckingham Palace. Is That A Fact?

Buckingham Palace has become a household name and yes, indeed, it is the London home of Queen Elizabeth.  We found some interesting things about “Buck House” as we like to call it. Read more

Jumping The Broom

A sweet couple we know was married on Saturday and like so many before them, Jazmine and Cormac chose to conclude their ceremony and solidify their marriage vows with the lovely long-standing African American tradition of “jumping the broom”. Read more

What’s In A Ring?

Everyone’s engagement ring is the most beautiful one in the world to the person having received it.  But, there is one engagement ring that is known by many more people than just the young lady who received it. Read more

Well Done! Do What You Have To Do!

Northern California has been experiencing some awful, in some cases fatal, wildfires in the past week and, according to Fox News, people are “doing what they have to do” to make things happen. Read more

Light Up for Halloween!

Why not adorn your door with bat lights or pumpkin lights or black cat lights;   Read more

Salad Days – Bright And Beautiful

Salad doesn’t have to be bland and boring.  This one is not only healthy and tasty, but bright and beautiful too! Read more

A Loving Heart

We came across this quote and thought it was a great way to begin the week.   Read more

Tell It!

If you like an outfit that you see on a person walking along the sidewalk, tell her! Read more

Well Done!

The B5 Motors dealership in Gilbert, Arizona, took to Facebook last Wednesday to ask the public for help to track down former Marine, Taylor Winston.  You see, Taylor Winston had done a great thing. Read more

A Happy Birthday Surprise!

What a wonderful moment when you get the opportunity to celebrate a wonderful person on her birthday.  There is just such a joy for all, the moment the “birthday girl” enters the room to the collective shout “SURPRISE!”   Read more

True Blue

Did you ever wonder where the saying “true blue” comes from?   Read more

The “Academy” of Pooh

Winnie The Pooh has become known to, we dare say, ALL children on all parts of the globe.  Quite a story, to be sure. Read more

Never Too Early!

It’s never too early to get your Halloween costumes organized.  Here are some really fun ideas! Read more

Words To Live By

Let there be peace on earth. . .

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Happy Face

If you want to know how a child is feeling, have that child make a mask.  It will tell you a lot.   Read more

Adding One More Thing

Adding one more what?   Read more

Good Messages

When we so often see questionable or unpleasant messages on children’s clothing, we were thrilled to see some with really good messages:-)   Read more

Cup ‘O Joe Day

Today is National Coffee Day!  And we have some fun news for you 🙂   Read more

“Well done”, we say, “Well done!”

These two people, Brittany and Clayton Cook, had just said their vows and become husband and wife. Read more

Paint Your Pumpkin

The simple pumpkin is one of the cheapest, easiest, and most readily available elements for decorating this Fall season.  There is just something so festive and pleasant about seeing home after home with pretty orange pumpkins in all kinds of shapes and sizes adorning walkways and porches.  But not everyone is a fan of pumpkin’s common orange color for decorating inside their homes.  There is a simple, easy, fun and cheap remedy for that decorating challenge….PAINT YOUR PUMPKIN!   Read more


Yes, cabbage! Read more

Mind My p’s and q’s?

P’s and Q’s …..what on EARTH? Read more

Savvy Secrets

Yes, it’s time for Saaaaavvy Secrets! Read more

Royals Marrying “Commoners”

With all this talk about Prince Harry “about to propose” to Meghan Markle, we thought we would take a look at what it takes for a “Royal” to marry a “Commoner”. Read more

Today Is The Day

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…is on your gratitude list today? Read more

Racial Reconciliation Cheesecake

This cheesecake, you may take notice, is black and white.  Both black and white are enjoyable by themselves, yet together, these elements create an even sweeter and more satisfying experience than either of them could produce alone.   Read more

Cleaning Your Pearls

Pearls are one of those items of jewelry that most women like, no matter what their style is.  If you are fortunate enough to own pearl jewelry of any kind, you should know the right way to clean them to keep them looking their best.   Read more

Make Mine A Watercolor

When we find something fun we always want to share it.  And what better place to share than right here with all of you, our chums 🙂 Read more

Why White?

In the late-1830’s, most brides wore colored wedding dresses but Queen Victoria had another idea in mind. Read more

“Use” Love

As you know, your Two Chums are all about more love, more joy, more abundant living! Read more

The Best Story You Never Heard

Today marks the 16th anniversary of one the greatest American tragedies in history.  Much has been written and reported about that terrible day 16 years ago, but there is a story that happened that we think maybe few have heard.  We had not until now, but thought today especially, it is well worth sharing with our chums. Read more

Savvy Secrets

We found these very fun Savvy Secrets (as we know them) at Buzz Feed.  Lots of food for thought here to spruce up your dwelling! Read more

Salad Days – Green Salad With Roasted Strawberries

Today we have yet another recipe for a delicious salad with strawberries used in a more unusual way….roasted.   Read more

Candle In The Wind

It was 20 years ago today that the people of London gathered in the streets along the route of Diana’s coffin to celebrate her life. Read more

There Will Now Be Five!






Yes, their little family will go from four to five! Read more

Labor Day -The End Of Summer

Here’s a great tip for your Labor Day BBQ…. Read more

Ac-centuate The Positive!

Be sure you do! Read more

Twenty Years Ago Today

It is hard to believe that twenty years ago today, Lady Diana Spencer, later, Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris. Read more

You Can Help

It is so heart wrenching to see the images, and hear the interviews, of people who have been ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.  It is now known as Tropical Storm Harvey.  But no matter what you call it, in Texas today, there are hundreds of thousands of victims of its power and destruction.  It is terrible seeing the devastation and watching the rescue of little ones, and the elderly, and single mothers with children, and people with their beloved pets, from flooded homes and from cars trapped in flooded streets.  It can surely make anyone watching feel helpless.  But the truth is we aren’t helpless.   Read more

Old Chairs Into New!

                                                                                  Photo Buzz Feed

Once the children are back in school, it is never too early to start thinking about the holidays and a little sprucing up! Read more

Pretty, Pink and Sweet

Last week we told you we would be bringing you some yummy recipes using those plentiful strawberries you find in every grocery store right now.  So today we have a great one for you.  It’s so easy, so sweet and yummy and so pink.  And as if that wasn’t enough, these delicious oversized meringues are gluten-free too!   Read more

Well Done – A Coffee Break

Today could be a special day…for you…for someone you don’t see eye to eye with…for the country, because today could be the day we start talking to each other again. Read more

Sadie’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Crackers

I came home from a trip to the market recently, to find these yummy treats that my 11 year old granddaughter, Sadie had whipped up on her own while I was gone.  ” What recipe did you use?”, I asked her.  “The one I just made up!”, was her answer 🙂 Read more

Let’s Hear It For Gratitude!

It is a known fact that expressing gratitude, whether verbally or just in our thinking, makes us happier, healthier and generally more fun to be with. Read more

A Little “Bit of Royal”

Have you ever wondered what title you would get if you married a King? Read more

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


                                                                    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

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