Skip to content

Worth One’s Salt?


Where on earth did that saying come from? Read more

Peppers – Boys or Girls?

bellpepDid you know that bell peppers have a gender? And that it might actually matter to you what they are! Read more

One Stitch Closer – Well Done Veronika Scott

heroicdesignveronikaVeronika Scott grew up the child of addicts but she has defied the odds. Read more

Most Loved Disney Quotes


A little while back, Disney asked everyone to tell them which Disney quotes keep them dreaming and believing.  Read more

A Blessing

IMG_1503Though it is not our usual Encore post for a Saturday… Read more

Breakfast Is Served – Egg Muffins

muffins cover
Maybe you think you don’t have time to make a great breakfast each morning, but guess what? Now you can! Read more

Well Done – Making His 45 Seconds Count

11019585_830242287065807_1584115583432432037_n If you had 45 seconds to say something that might make a difference to a billion people watching on television, what would you say? Read more

Stale Tortilla Chips?


What to do with all of the half full bags of tortilla chips that you have in your larder? Read more

Why Are The Academy Awards nicknamed “Oscars”?


Why Oscar? Read more

The Hills Are Still Alive!

lady-gaga-oscars-sound-of-music-2015-billboard-650Some things are timeless and classic… The Sound of Music is one of them :-) Read more

Encore -Minny’s Chocolate Pie

Slice-of-Pie-e1330328648308Three years ago, when the movie The Help was nominated for several Academy Awards, we brought you the recipe for what became known as Minny’s Chocolate Pie.  We thought this was a good time to remind you of the delicious dessert from the very popular movie.  It is just in time for you to make this for your Oscar celebration tomorrow :-)  Read more

Sunshine On A Plate – Flourless Orange Cake

orange cakeGluten free, dairy free and full of yummy flavor! Read more

Cleaning Up – DIY Bleach Pen

If you want cleaner laundry and whiter whites, we’ve got some good news and a “recipe” that is a must-have!. Read more

A Recipe For Softer Hands

If you want softer, moister, younger looking hands we’ve got a recipe for success! Read more

“Bobbies”, You Say?


Have you ever wondered why the English policemen are called “bobbies”? Read more

The Tales of a Few Presidents

Today we celebrate “Presidents Day” to show respect for all of those men who have given of their lives to serve this wonderful country. Read more

Above All, Love!


Today, with Valentine in mind, we charge you to love! Read more

A Valentine’s Treat – Chocolate Truffle Cake

Truffle cream cake

Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day.  This Valentine’s Day we have a delicious way to celebrate this day of love.  Sweet, rich, chocolatey, and gluten free too! Read more

Perfect Timing

7-eye-of-the-drain-sinkIn photography, as in life, timing is everything.  We came across some spectacular photos that were taken at just the right moment.  We wanted to share them with you, our chums. Read more

Rise And Shine – Cheese Danish Casserole

a sliceValentine’s Day is only days away.  But dinner is not the only time to celebrate with your family or special someone.  The day of love can be celebrated all day long beginning with this yummy breakfast idea :-) Read more

Meet Joe – Trader Joe

edit-14874-1402088673-35Joe Coulombe opened the first Trader Joe store in 1967 in Pasadena, California.  It has been an enormous success story and is now in many States throughout the United States.  We found these fun facts about Trader Joes and thought you would enjoy reading them.

Read more

Encore – Love Letters

loveletter2With Valentine’s Day only a week away, this post from the 9th of February, 2012 seemed like a very appropriate Encore post for today :-) Read more

The Chewiest Cookie!

CookiesOoey, gooey, soft and chewy! Read more

Mothers and Daughters – Part II


A few weeks ago, we published what we thought was a great list to share with your ten year old daughter.  Recently, we came upon another list of wonderful ideas that Whitney Fleming wrote to her 9 year old “at half time” – half way to her adult year of 18.   Read more

Harper Lee Writes “Again”

FILE PHOTO:  50th Anniversary Edition Of The 1962 Film Classic - To Kill A Mockingbird Is ReleasedIn those games where someone asks you “If you only had one movie to see for the rest of your life what would it be?”…my answer is always the same…”To Kill A Mockingbird”.  And the same kind of question in the game of “What is your favorite novel?” brings the same answer from me everytime…”To Kill A Mocking Bird”. Read more

Soups On – Spicy Asian Noodle Soup

Spicy Thai Turkey Noodle Soup
Well Betty  has come a long way now!  Betty Crocker that is :-) Read more

A Spare Closet?


Do you have a spare closet?  We have a great idea for it! Read more

Chum and Sous – A You Tube Channel


Read more

Ready For Game Day!

Unless you have been living in a cave, you know that Sunday will bring people all over the country to sit in front of their televisions as they watch one of America’s best loved sporting events…the Super Bowl.  The only thing more important than the teams that are playing to the fans who are watching, is the food being served! Read more

Throwback Thursday with Royals!

Sarah And Diana At EpsomLook at these two lovelies! Read more

Good Nights

made bed
You spend one third of your life there…why not make it as nice as you can? Read more

How Green Is Your Tea?

what in green tea_628x363
Did you know that besides water, tea is the most popular drink on the planet?   Tea is considered the most consumed beverage in the world behind water, however 78% of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20% is green. Read more

The Golden Rule


Lately, we have been considering what a wonderful place the world would be if we all REALLY practiced the Golden Rule. Read more

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!

Read more

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

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

MORE Savvy Secrets!

Savvy secrets photo

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!

Savvy secrets photo

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…
Read more

A Potpourri of Savvy Secrets

Savvy secrets photo

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…..

Read more

Savvy Secrets – A Place for Everything

Savvy secrets photo
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!

Merry Christmas photo

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!


Photo courtesy of

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

Brownie Torte
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

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

Encouragers Wanted!



Read more

Easy Supper – Turkey Meatballs

turkey meatballs
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

Centerpiece closeup
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?

Finshed snowman

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”.

Read more

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!

Read more

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 :-)

Read more

Yes, Write It Down!


 Photo courtesy of


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

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

Read more

Pies for Thanksgiving!


Photograph courtesy of

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.

Read more

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
%d bloggers like this: