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Encore – Eat Your Vegetables

Vegetables-e1330934818706You can never go wrong with some fresh and colorful veggies! Read more

Mocktail Margarita

Mock margaritaIf you like a refreshing and tasty drink this is for you.  And if you prefer a drink that doesn’t include any alcohol you are especially going to love this one!

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Cheesey Goodness

The Greeks call this Tiropita, the Armenians call them Cheese Boregs. But you …. Read more

She Counts On These Three

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes her seat in a State Carriage for the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace in London

With Catherine Middleton’s busy schedule,  she counts on many people but these three, according to Polina Marinova of Fortune, are her “go to” people. Read more

I Saw The Dream

southern belles As you know yesterday was the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. As it happens, I found that some of Dr. King’s words were very profound and intensely personal in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. Read more

Only Love!


We feel compelled to share this with you as well on this, Martin Luther King day. Read more

“I Have A Dream”


In March of 1963, there was a civil rights march on Washington, DC .  Martin Luther King was involved in the march. Read more

Encore -Detox H2O

With all the goodies and rich food we have all consumed during the holidays, it may just be time to take a few days to detox.  Here is a post we shared a few months ago that is simple to do and just may have you feeling healthier and lighter in no time :-) Read more

Dinner In Minutes

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In 5 minutes with 5 simple ingredients you can have a delicious dinner on the table :-) Read more

MORE Savvy Secrets!

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These were sent in by a dear chum.   Read more

A Word To The Wise

These are some good words…wise words to remember!… Read more

Simple Pleasures – Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

We all know there are some things in life that, though they are simple, bring us great pleasure.  These might be activities we can do with our children, fun crafts for our homes, or, like today’s post, something delicious to eat.  Often times those yummy things we love to eat are what we call comfort foods.  Though not always simple, these biscuits are really simple.  And who doesn’t love the comfort of a Flaky Buttermilk Biscuit? Read more

Light Bulb Goes On – Great Storage Ideas


We feel compelled to share these fun ideas with you.  Bob Vila of Yahoo is the originator! Read more

Mothers and Daughters


We saw these “Ten Things Your Daughter Should Know by the Time She is Ten” by HuffPost contributor Laura Usky and thought our chums would appreciate reading them. Read more

Savvy Secrets – Use Baking Soda!

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We found these great tips by Jade Copple and could not resist sharing them… Read more

Snickers Treat


We received this yummy-looking recipe from one of our chums and HAD to share it with you! Read more

Dear Chums

Dear Chums

We received this question from one of our chums…
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A Potpourri of Savvy Secrets

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A dear Chum sent us these wonderful Savvy Secrets! Read more



Have you picked some new year’s resolutions? Read more

A Happy New Year!!!

29-2-balldrop-pass-nycFrom our homes to yours…. Read more

Happy 2015!


A  little New Year’s Eve trivia.  Be sure you…..

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Savvy Secrets – A Place for Everything

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Decorating for the holidays is always so much fun.  But un-decorating can be a different story.  We have some Savvy Secrets that will make the chore of packing up your holiday decorations so much better! Read more

Savvy Secrets – Everything In Its Place

…..coming tomorrow!

What The Queen Said This Christmas


As we mentioned last week, each year, Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, broadcasts a message on Christmas afternoon.  Written by the Queen herself, it is watched by most of the country. Read more

Don’t Wait – Say Thanks

loveletter1All your gifts have been unwrapped, left over food has been put away, the house is probably more quiet than it has been in days… Read more

Merry Christmas!

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Though it is customary in England, (where Jackie grew up), and other parts of the world to wish others a Happy Christmas…. Read more

The Spirit of Christmas!


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Your Two Chums love the Christmas season and love the spirit for which it stands.  Yes, it is a holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus and therefore stands for the Christly spirit. Read more

Sweet Chocolatey Goodness

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We have the perfect dessert for your holiday gathering…A Brownie Torte! Read more

The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast – 2013


For those of us who do not live in the UK, we thought it would be fun to post Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas broadcast for last year. Read more

Sweet Potato Pie – Pumpkin’s Southern Cousin

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If you have never tried Sweet Potato Pie, you know for sure that you are NOT a Southerner! Read more

Encouragers Wanted!



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Easy Supper – Turkey Meatballs

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Need an easy and hearty dinner your whole family will enjoy?  We’ve got that! Read more

The Festival of Lights Begins!


Hanukkah, the celebration of a miracle of God. begins tonight after sundown and continues for the next 8 days. Read more

How He Has Grown!


It seems like yesterday that the world heard of Prince George’s arrival on the scene and look at him now! Read more

Sugar Coated Holidays

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Need an easy, timeless idea for a centerpiece or table decoration?  We’ve got that and it is sugar coated! Read more

Christmas Cheer – Some Fun Facts


We found these in the English newspaper, “The Mirror” and thought it would be fun to share them with you. Read more

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

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If you are hosting little ones this holiday season and want a very fun craft to do, here is just what you are looking for! Read more

Lennon’s Words



Besides being a wonderful musician, John Lennon certainly knew what life was all about. Read more

They Have Arrived!


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka William and Catherine, have arrived! Read more

Don’t Stop Believing!

Normally our Saturday posts are what we call Encores.  We repost some of our most popular posts from the past.  Today is different.  This is not something we have ever posted before… Read more

Well Done Walgreens – Love Wins


10845895_10152852352099710_6186313340503360774_n This story was a post an old friend made on Facebook about something that happened to a friend of hers.  The last two words say everything… Read more

Courageous As A Lion!


We saw this wonderful little snippet and had to share! Read more

Elvis’s Rolls

Elvis cookbookMy darling chum, Jackie, and her dear husband, Dennis, were recently in Memphis.  Dennis loves Elvis (as do I) and while they were there he visited Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home.  The spoils of their trip for me resulted in an Elvis Cookbook.  The spoils for you, our chums, is a recipe for some very delicious rolls! Read more

Teaching Gratitude


Now that we have enjoyed our wonderful Thanksgiving week and established the need of gratitude, let’s see what Beth Greenfield of Yahoo Parenting has to say about teaching our children to be grateful. Read more

Did You Know?


With the Christmas season officially started, we thought it would be fun to share these facts about “It’s A Wonderful Life” that we found. Read more

Encore – PS Don’t Forget The Christmas Crackers!

While you’re out this weekend getting a jump on your Christmas shopping don’t forget the Christmas crackers :-) Read more

Dare To Be

Well done

We found these wonderful words by Steve Maraboli and hope that you will all enjoy them as much as we do. Read more

A Day of Thanksgiving


What a wonderful thought – “a day completely dedicated to giving thanks”.

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Maple Pumpkin Butter

This is a yummy and versatile recipe that allows you  to use pumpkin puree from breakfast to dinner. This might turn out to be your new Thanksgiving tradition:-) Read more

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Not sure you like cranberry sauce?  Try this and you will :-) Read more

Well Done!

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Encore – A Taste of Southern Thanksgiving – Pecan Pie

When most people think of a Thanksgiving pie they automatically think pumpkin. But in my family it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Pecan Pie:) Read more

Pumpkins At The Center

How about using a pumpkin as your Thanksgiving table centerpiece?  Here are some fun ways to use them :-) Read more

You’ve Got A Place At The Table

We think a place card of any kind sends the message “We planned on you coming to join us. We’re glad you are here!” We’ve got some creative ways to send that message :-)

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Yes, Write It Down!


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As we mentioned yesterday, we found this great idea and wanted to share it with you, our chums! Read more

Write It Down!

We just saw this wonderful idea and wanted to share it with all of you, our chums! Read more

Mortimer or Mickey?


We all know him as Mickey but has he always been  known by that name? Read more

Live By Them!


We are so excited to share these wonderful quotes from well-known children’s books!   Read more

Encore – Gratitude Will Turn Your Life Around!

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, there could hardly be a more perfect book to read or give as a gift.  If you  don’t have a copy, or haven’t read it yet, get a copy as soon as possible.  If you do have the book, read it again.  The message and lesson it teaches are timeless! Read more

Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Muffins

We told you we would be posting pumpkin recipes and cranberry recipes throughout this holiday season.  So today   Read more



Need a Christmas idea for the person who has everything?  We realize we are a little early with recommending Christmas gifts but this one may take a while to order. Read more

Great Parenting Tips


If you are a normal parent, you have found yourself regretting, at some time or another, that you have shouted at your children. Read more

God Bless America – The Rest Of The Story

flag-cIn 1939 on November 11th, Armistice Day, or what we now celebrate as Veteran’s Day, the iconic American anthem, God Bless America, was first performed by the then great radio star, Kate Smith. Read more

Jewish Penicillin – A New Twist

Chicken SoupChicken soup has long been referred to by many as Jewish penicillin. Long before the common antibiotics that are so often overused today were even in existence, there were Jewish mothers and chicken soup.  It has great curative qualities that Jewish mothers and grandmothers have used for years.  Read more

Mind Your Manners!


“Are ‘good manners’ really important?”, one might ask. Read more

Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothy

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Why pumpkin in a breakfast smoothy? Here’s why…

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Pies for Thanksgiving!


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We realize that it is a few weeks until Thanksgiving but we thought it might not be too early to start thinking about what you might serve or take.

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Ah ha – Thanksgiving = Cranberries


The pilgrims were introduced to the cranberry by the Native Americans and, oh, what a great introduction that was!

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Thanksgiving Table


Feel you need a new dining room table to have your family over for Thanksgiving?   Read more

Don’t Be Afraid

What is it you have been wanting to do, or try, but have let fear stop you?  What dream have you put away Read more

Encore – Happy Pumpkin Day!

Halloween may be over, but our taste for anything pumpkin lives on.  So today we have an Encore post from Halloween in 2012,  Pumpkin bread or Pumpkin cupcakes are good all Fall so get busy and enjoy some today :-) Read more

Maple Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bacon Spread

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread
It sounds like a mouthful to say, but it is even better when you get a mouth full of this yummy dip/spread! Read more

Tricks And Treats For Halloween Decor

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While your Two Chums don’t go in much for things of a really ghoulish nature, we couldn’t resist the creativity that these decor and food serving ideas represent… Read more

Apple Fritters

bowl of frittersStop whatever it is you were planning to do next and go make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and a batch of these! Read more

The Healing Power of Gratitude


As you know, your Two Chums believe deeply in the power of gratitude! Read more

Funny Monday

We think that besides starting off your week by praying, starting it off laughing will get you on course for a really great week! Read more

Encore – Comfort and Love, Joy and Abundant Living


We couldn’t think of anything better to go with the wonderful bread we shared with you yesterday, than this great comfort food we first wrote about in a post that marked our 1 year anniversary of Two Chums.  We have been visiting with you everyday for almost 3 years now and still are so grateful to each and every one of you, our chums :-) Read more

Dutch Oven French Bread

perfect loafHow could anyone resist such a treat as this?  And when you see how simple and easy this is you’ll be baking it yourself in no time! Read more

The Dutch and Their Ovens

img59oHave you ever wondered just what a Dutch oven really is, how it is supposed to be used, and if it really came from the Dutch? Read more

Fun With Pumpkins

Not all pumpkins have to be scary or even necessarily carved in a traditional way. This pumpkin owl is just one of several ideas we have for you today as a way to use this ever popular icon of the season….the pumpkin :-)

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A New Baby Is Coming!


Yes, April will mark the birth of the newest royal baby….. Read more

Savvy Secrets

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Here are some great Savvy Secrets to help us keep our food fresh, courtesy of “Bottom Line” Read more

Encore – Tomato Bisque and Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

It is finally Fall and this is one of our favorite comfort food meals for this time of year when the weather turns cooler, so we thought it bears repeating :-) Read more

Loving Your Children And Grandchildren Well

Like everyone, we gather information and inspiration from other sources and from our own life experiences.  Usually we take the parts that pertain to a topic we are writing on and add those to other things we have gathered or experienced, and create something new, be it a recipe, a decorating or party idea, or a list of Savvy Secrets.  Today is different.  It is different because we came across something that, like Mary Poppins says of herself, is “practically perfect in every way”.  So we are offering it just as we found it. Read more

Pumpkin – Italian Style

dinner tableLasagna is one of those recipes every cook should have in her repertoire.  It always involves flat wide pasta and delicious cheeses along with yummy sauce.  But who says the sauce always has to be tomato? Read more

Forever Young!

4 princesses and a queenNo matter what your age, never EVER forget how to have fun and you will stay forever young :-) Read more



Yes!  Practice this and you will find …. Read more

Columbus Day or Thanksgiving?


In some parts of the world, it is both!

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Encore – Hot Dog!


It’s that time of year.  If you are a baseball fan there are playoff games and the excitement is growing to see who will ultimately be this years National Champions.  And for football fans there are both college and professional games  on every sports channel all weekend long.  So it begs the question…what do we eat while enjoying these games and rooting our teams on?  Why HOT DOGS of course.  And not just any hot dog either…. Read more

Butter- Italian Style

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Unless this is your first visit to Two Chums, you already know of the love affair we have with butter :-) Read more

Well Done!

Well done

This policeman really turned things around!

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We Are Reminded ……


With Canadian Thanksgiving approaching (Monday, 13 October), we are reminded …….

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The History of Aprons

One of our chums, Cindy, found this article about aprons and we thought it bears repeating, especially if you had (or are) a grandmother who wears one :-) Read more

Fall + Fun + Food = Pumpkin

It’s Fall.  Everywhere you look there are pumpkins….those iconic symbols of the season.  They are great to decorate with but equally great to eat.  So we wanted to give you some new and fun ideas about how to use pumpkins each week throughout this Fall. Read more

The Highest of Holy Days – Yom Kippur


“…In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work … For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the L-RD.” -Leviticus 16:29-30 Read more

Dear Chums – Needing Sweet Success

cookies rosesAs you know we love getting letters and questions from you, our chums.  We got one just the other day from a chum called Kristen wondering if we had any ideas about what to make for a fund raising bake sale.  We sure do! Read more

Well Done – Random Act of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

A chum of ours sent this to us and we felt it was a MUST to share with all of you! Read more

A Super Concept! Well Done, Sir Richard Branson!

_77805935_77805934This is not the first time we have mentioned Sir Richard Branson, the Founder of Virgin Airlines amongst many other things.  He certainly thinks successfully outside of the box!

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Savvy Secrets for Parents

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We can all use some good ideas to be better, more effective parents no matter at what stage our children or grandchildren are  :-) Read more

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