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Well Done – Choose Light And Love

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  It is the day we celebrate the life of Dr. King and honor the man who is synonymous with the American Civil Rights movement.  He is remembered with gratitude and respect for many things.  But perhaps nothing he said in all his many speeches and national and international addresses was more profound, more powerful, or more pertinent to us today, than these words about light and love. Read more

Teach Your Children Well

I have been reflecting this week on the Christmas holidays and pondering the moments our family experienced together this year.  Without question all of our children agreed that what we did Christmas night was the most meaningful indeed…as they said “It was the best part of Christmas”.   Read more

A Tasty Hedge Hog

If you’ve never tried making garlicky cheese bread, now is the time to start.  This Hedge Hog Bread is DELICIOUS!   Read more

The Perfect Gift For The Queen

Well, well!

We are told that Meghan Markle’s choice for a Christmas gift for HRM Queen Elizabeth, her future grandmother-in-law, was a huge hit! Read more

Black Outs!

Ever found that you or members of your family are waking way too early in the morning – the moment of the first morning’s beam? Read more

An Inspiring New Years Tradition

(Photo courtesy of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Melinda Gates is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  And recently we read of her very special New Years tradition that we think bears passing along to you, our chums.   Read more

Old Things Made New – Bread Pudding

It’s a new year.  Time for new things.  But sometimes the best “new” things come from “old” things.   Read more

Why Pasadena?

Yesterday we asked (and answered) the question “Why Times Square?” with regard to the long and time honored New Years tradition in New York of celebrating New Years Eve.   So today, we bring you the story of the New Years festivities that occur on the other side of the country to celebrate New Years Day, The Rose Parade.   Read more

Why Times Square?

Have you ever wondered why Times Square and the “Ball Drop” are synonymous with New Year’s Eve? Read more

Be Kind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always, be kind! Read more

Old Favorites For The New Year

If you are planning a New Years Eve gathering or a get together for New Years Day, we have a list here of some old favorites that can help you ring in the New Year in a tasty way.   Read more

Social Etiquette – Let’s Make Sure That It’s Here to Stay!

Your Two Chums are all about “etiquette” (just another word for social rules or boundaries) and feel badly that this word conjures up a horrible feeling in a lot of people.  A feeling of, “what on earth do we need that for?”, or “I don’t know anything about the proper etiquette so let’s get rid of having to use it.” Read more

Crackers – Christmas Crackers At That!


We feel sure that at least a few of you had Christmas crackers at your table on Monday.   Read more

Did You Know? – Boxing Day

For some, Boxing Day refers to the day after Christmas when things get “boxed up”.  But did you know there is another meaning and purpose to the day that pertains to us all?   Read more

Happy Christmas!

You might be thinking we are using the British holiday greeting.  The Brits say “Happy Christmas” rather than “Merry Christmas”, as we do here.  But this is about something different than how we greet each other at the holidays.  This is a story about making choices.   Read more

‘Tis The Season

As the familiar song goes, “‘Tis the season to be jolly”

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Lightbulb Moment!

Saw this from the Virtues Project and HAD to share! Read more

A Royal Christmas Card

(photography by Chris Jackson of Getty images)

We reported on Meghan Markle’s invitation to Christmas with the Queen yesterday, but we have more royal news for you today.  The Christmas card of Prince William and family was released yesterday.  No matter how much of a Royal watcher you are, or are not, you must admit they are a beautiful family.   Read more

A Royal Christmas Celebration

                                     Sandringham, where the Queen and Prince Philip always spend Christmas

As we all know, Prince Harry asked Meghan Markle to marry him and she said “yes”! Read more

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

Popovers

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

JUST. ONE. WORD.

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 awarenessact.com 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

                                                            (Photo curtesy of Associated Press)
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

Cabbage?

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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What

…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!

FOUR

PLUS

ONE

EQUAL

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

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