Skip to content

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

.ac001e4237e396e69802cacc7766c1a8
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 :-)

Read more

A New Baby Is Coming!

1413800953_kate-article

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

Savvy Secrets

Savvy secrets photo

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

tomatosoup1
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

147422587771963651_TlEgBwcY_c1_thumb
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

Joy!

10377078_10205167016399336_4754310884871827045_n

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

Columbus Day or Thanksgiving?

question-mark

In some parts of the world, it is both!

Read more

Encore – Hot Dog!

Bacon-Cheese-Dog-e1369187025720

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

Butter cover

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!

Read more

We Are Reminded ……

Thanksgiving_grace_1942

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

Read more

The History of Aprons

10303733_10152109083201188_4967952481676223509_n
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

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

21595567-israel--circa-2010-a-stamp-printed-in-israel-shows-a-religious-jew-blowing-to-the-shofar-from-the-se

“…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!

Read more

Savvy Secrets for Parents

Savvy secrets photo
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

Encore – What’s for Dinner? – Spaghetti !

Why-do-they-want-dinner1-e1331071797556

Coming up with ideas for dinner is one of those things that is relentless.  After all we have to eat something every night.  Having something you can make in a quantity that everyone likes and you can keep on hand to make dinner quickly on those crazy nights is genius!

Read more

Choose Red!

75

Don’t let this Coke can be misleading!  It is the color we are going for! Read more

The Shofar – The Sound of Rosh Hashanah

shofar
Today is Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of what is known as the “High Holidays” in Jewish life.  What you see pictured here is a shofar.  The shofar is the sound of Rosh Hashanah, a blast of horns to start the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. Read more

Apple Honey Cake – A Rosh Hashanah Treat

Cake
At the Jewish New Year, otherwise known as Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to eat apples dipped in honey. This is meant to evoke sweetness in the coming year. Read more

Princess Dreams – Tiny Chums

Princesses A & E
Know any little girl who needs to let her inner princess out? Read more

Why “Mayday”?

question-mark

Have you ever wondered why we use the word “Mayday” when in trouble?

Read more

Encore – A Potpourri of Shortcake

IMG_4259-e1346308439855

Before summer is officially over we thought you might want to make these yummy tastes of summer just one more time :-) Read more

Chicken Vesuvio

Cooked chickenI like most any chicken dish.  This particular one I actually crave sometimes….it is that good! Read more

Salad Days – Oriental Chicken Salad

Oreintal Chicken salad

Everyone has had a version of this salad at one time or another…we think ours is rather tasty :-) Read more

Lemon Chicken

Lemon chickenNeed a new chicken dish?  We have one that uses simple ingredients and that is quick and easy to prepare :-)Read more

Have You Ever Wondered?

MENS_NAVY

“Why?”, you might ask ….. Read more

…And Harry Gets A Dress

2dc1e4f0-338b-11e4-9317-e798c0bc7058_Princess-Diana-Prince-Charles-090314

Today, we wish Prince Harry many happy returns as he turns thirty ……. and what do you think he gets for his birthday?! Read more

Encore – Cake Pops

CakepopWhen it comes to birthday celebrations, nothing seems more fun than pretty cake pops! Read more

Sweet Comfort

Banana Cream PieWe finish out our week with a yummy dessert that we think surely falls in the category of comfort foods…Banana Cream Pie! Read more

More Comfort

RR - sliced

We don’t know about you, but for us, a great loaf of bread is maybe the best comfort food of all.  And we have a really great loaf for you today :-)Read more

Comfort With A Surprise

M&C with bacon

Everyone knows that macaroni and cheese is one of the all time favorite comfort foods.  “What could possibly make it better?” you ask….. Read more

Is It Really True?

93097-britains-prince-william-and-catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-after-their We have heard from many tabloid sources in the past ten months that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant.  Is it really true this time? Read more

Wine Left Over?

pouring-out-wine

DO NOT pour it out!

Read more

Tarragon Chicken Salad

CSSweet, salty, savory, crunchy….all words that describe this classic salad…not to mention the most important word…DELICIOUS! Read more

Fall IS Coming!

10540863_10152464196428248_1446687341660282618_n

When you are ready to admit that fall is coming, we found this great “door piece” to share with you. Read more

Feeling Down?

question-mark

Are you questioning a lot of things?

Read more

No More Tears

onion1 You can get from this point….. Read more

Well Done – Robin Williams

10348289_10150430256394984_5821745393132334478_n
We have not forgotten that today is Labor Day.  This is the day that annually we celebrate the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  So today in celebration of this national holiday we want to highlight a story you probably have never heard about how one American made sure he used his status to bring work and well being to others… Read more

Encore – Tangle – Free, Stress – Free Mornings

41-e1376539339713As the new school year begins, every mother knows any help she can get to make mornings more calm, and easier to manage, is invaluable.  This post from last August has been by far one of our most popular on Pinterest.  So we thought it was worth an Encore :-) Read more

Rise and Shine – Swedish Pancakes

Jelly Pancakes - RolledOne of the best things about the weekend is the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch :-) Read more

Salad Days – Chopped Salad With Shrimp

IMG_5993 Summer may be coming to an end soon, but the desire for a great salad is strong in any season … Read more

Guess Who!

10626308_326761040816787_5019375536219387998_o

Who do you think this is? Read more

Happiness Is …..

 

Unknown….. a choice!

Read more

Well Done! – An Important Letter

160894_300

Your Two Chums came across this wonderful letter that a mother wrote to her son, Chase, just before the school year started.  Read more

Encore – Need a New Look? Spray Paint!

images1

As the start of the school year approaches it always feels like new beginnings are on the horizon not only for our children but for each of us.  New clothes for school, new schedules, and new friends to be made. With all the “newness”  the beginning of the school year brings it is a good idea to freshen up our homes and surrounding too.  Without costing a lot we can make some quick improvements and give  some  “newness” to that place we call home :-) Read more

Two Chums – Tiny Chums

4 Mermids on a wallIf you know a little one who would LOVE to be a mermaid we have great news for you! Read more

A Great Role Model

 

 

081411ProudMoment

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what it’s all about. Read more

Neatness Counts

Towels hangingI admit it…I love things that are neat and tidy… Read more

Sweet and Blue – Blueberry That Is!

BB piece

Blueberries are sweet and ripe this time of year, and plentiful.  Here is a cool, creamy and crunchy way to enjoy them :-) Read more

Catherine Middleton Facts

kate_middleton_120730_360

Although once known as a commoner, The Duchess of Cambridge, nee Catherine Middleton, is now a household name.  Here are some fun facts.

Read more

Encore – Minny’s Chocolate Pie

Slice-of-Pie-e1330328648308
Last week we did an Encore of our favorite chocolate cake recipe, so we figured this week we would would give equal time to chocolate pie…and not just any old chocolate pie.  This is Minny’s Chocolate Pie! Read more

“Becall-isms”

This week, a classy lady passed on …….. Read more

A Heart For Helping

10354236_782095245145641_4462916267682923961_n

Not surprisingly, Prince William has a heart for people! Read more

Try This!

 

10592691_755446651179517_4823997807608118441_n
Read more

Empanadas – Savory Hand Pies

Meat pies

These little gems are easy to make and delicious to eat…..a winning combination! Read more

More Great Advice!

1925270_701728056551009_9208748753947498792_n

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines, demands greatness from us all! Read more

Encore -The Perfect Chocolate Cake

chocolate-cake-lazy-womans-I  give you, again, this post with the recipe for The Perfect Chocolate Cake.  If it were not for my sweet husband, Randy, whose birthday just happens to be today, this story and more importantly, this perfectly delicious chocolate cake recipe, would never have appeared on Two Chums.  Happy Birthday honey and thank you for being so persistent in wanting me to find just the “right” recipe :-)  Aren’t I lucky that even before I found this recipe that I love, I first found just the “right”guy to love:-)

So here it is as it first appeared on Two Chums in February of 2012. This is the story of how it is that I came to have the recipe for The Perfect Chocolate CakeRead more

Italian Delight – Amaretti

Espresso and amaretti
These classic Italian cookies have a crunchy exterior and a lightly chewy interior and a really yummy almond flavor.  And they have the added benefit of being gluten-free! Read more

We Are All Very Rich!

10509533_615337371915219_5665204925803539683_n

Can you count that high? Read more

Celebrating In Style – Origami Party Hats

Party HatWant to really celebrate in style?  Make these fun and festive party hats!  Here’s a photo step by step instruction for this party project :-) Read more

One Hundred Years Ago

first-world-war-palace-chee

One hundred years ago yesterday….. Read more

God Said, “No”

Unknown
Our chum Wendy sent this to us. As you begin your week, you may be asking God for help but are you asking for the right things? Read more

Encore – Hospitality, Being Company Ready

Bedroom-e1386234048791

When we originally shared this post it was to help you get your guest room ready for company at the holidays when family members tend to visit.  But the month of August is also known for being the month of visits from family and friends on a summer holiday.  Here are our best tips for getting your  guest room company ready :-) Read more

Tiny Chums – Fairies And Tea Parties

1- Tea Party What a lovely way to spend some happy time with your little ones! Read more

A Challenge

bright_sun_some_clouds

Your Two Chums are going to give you a challenge today! Read more

Ponderable Points

question-mark

Thanks to Mental Floss, we found these fun and interesting facts! Read more

Super Advice!

1528625_708032462568060_4653914295868356681_n AMAZING! Read more

Savvy Secret – Clever Packing For Children

Savvy secrets photo Need a clever way to pack an extra set of clothes for your kids…we’ve got that! Read more

Encore – A Summer Savvy Secret

Savvy secrets photoThis one Savvy Secret alone, which appeared in a post in 2012, has made our summer beach excursions soooo much nicer! Read more

Cause For Great Celebration!

tamura

Yes, it is cause for ENORMOUS celebration! Read more

Well Done – I Will Rejoice!

10524618_10152284770307569_7518984384785500516_nA week ago today, Kay Warren, the wife of noted pastor and author of the best seller, The Purpose Driven Life, wrote a very powerful and unexpected message on joy.  It also happened to be the anniversary of the birth of her youngest son who tragically took his own life just last year.

Read more

Sweet Peanut Butter Gems

Peanut Butter Dreams

Peanut Butter and Chocolate…..need we say more?

Read more

Another Touching Letter

victoria200-c2e0f2abf5e8eabb25379e0817c7e4d027d4010a-s3-c85

When President Lincoln was shot, Mary Todd Lincoln received this letter from Queen Victoria. Read more

Happy 1st Birthday Little Prince!

Happy-Birthday-Royal-Baby-cover1Today marks the first birthday of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. Read more

It’s Ooey, It’s Gooey – It’s Oobleck!

670px-Make-Oobleck-Step-4 It’s just about that time.  You know what we mean…it’s the middle of summer, kids are getting a little bored and maybe you and your children could use a fun project that is easy to do, cheap to make and will keep them entertained all afternoon.  We’ve got just the thing :-) Read more

Encore – The Little Black Dress and A Strand of Pearls

Audrey
Summertime always seems to bring a flood of parties and social opportunities.  Sometimes they are casual, sometimes formal but sometimes we aren’t sure what our attire should be.  Enter Coco Chanel and her fashion wisdom.

No matter what your style is, there are two things that are timeless ~ the “little black dress” and pearls. Read more

We Are ALL Creative!

0914010143529jancreativity

                                                                                                          Courtesy of blog.foodem.com

Yes!  We re ALL creative….and if you believe that you are not creative, take a look at what these well-known people have to say about it! Read more

Look Up From Your Phone

Mobile devices
In an effort to live up to our mantra of love, joy and abundant living, we wanted to share this video that we think has some really good points to make for any of us who has a cell phone, tablet and/or computer….so basically ALL of us! Read more

Touched By A Letter

10421138_767459689942530_7417321645837136857_n

10463878_767459709942528_4119348527902205824_n

                                                    Pages 1 and 3 of letter – please see below for type written version of the whole letter

How touching a hand written letter, such as this, is! Read more

Homemade Fresh and Clean- Dryer Sheets

UnknownYou can make your own dryer sheets in a snap and for next to nothing…here’s how :-) Read more

Vive La France! – French Macarons

Box of macaronsToday is Bastille Day. All over France there are celebrations going on.  There is a parade down the Champs-Élysées in the morning and fireworks over the Eiffel Tower at night. Read more

Encore – A 50/50 Ice Cream Dream Come True


vanilla-orange-ice-cream-e1341558508491
If you grew up in the Baby Boomer era you no doubt remember that consummate icon of summer ….the Good Humor Ice Cream truck. Read more

Brie Baked In Puff Pastry – Ooh La La!

Brie - cover photo

If your mouth isn’t watering already, it will be once you taste this! Read more

Have You Ever Felt Maligned?

10405373_10152610445462228_3082305719273891596_n

Courtesy of MarcAndAngel.com

Remember this because …………

Read more

They Got It Right!

176312

Yes, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie certainly had great wardrobe picks last week! Read more

Salad Days – Panzanella

Panzanella Salad
Salad made from bread?  It may sound odd but the taste is satisfying and delicious! Read more

Savvy Secrets – Coffee Filters

Savvy secrets photo Who knew there were SO many uses around the house for the humble coffee filter?  We have a list we think you’ll be glad to have :-) Read more

Encore – The Bees Know

800px-watermelons-e1340785015480Ever since this post was first published we have had people ask again and again “Does that bee sting thing REALLY work for picking watermelons?”…The answer is
Read more

She’s A Grand Old Flag – Happy 4th of July!

She is indeed A Grand Old Flag!  This song like so many others embolden our national pride. Every July 4th, since our children were very small, as we watch the fireworks show we burst into patriotic songs :-) Read more

Sparkle Through Life!

10406796_790342837666012_4388826530941308913_nYes, go stun the world! Read more

“Just A Family Wedding”

Royal Wedding - Carriage Procession To Buckingham Palace And Departures

As time led up to the wedding of Catherine and William, the Middleton family, according to Pippa, viewed it as “just a family wedding with all the family members doing their bit”. Read more

All Kinds Of Red, White and Blue!

raspberry-peach-blueberry-e1340952761488We have some fun and delicious ideas for your Independence Day celebration! Read more

Dear Chums – How Do I Strip?

Dear Chums
“Dear Chums,

We recently moved into a new home where every room (and some ceilings) are covered
in wallpaper. Read more

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