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Mud Pie

11 - 1Last week we gave you a simple and delicious recipe for coffee ice cream.  With the end of summer quickly approaching we wanted to give you another delicious way to enjoy that yummy coffee ice cream.  One that even those who don’t particularly like coffee find really delicious!   Read more

Loving Quilts

IMG_1430If you’ve ever owned a handmade quilt you will understand firsthand the nurture and comfort it can bring. Regardless what color or pattern it is, if someone you love took the time to make something to keep you warm, it becomes much more than just a “blanket” to you.   Read more

Savvy Secrets

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We found these wonderful Secrets on Facebook and wanted to make sure that you all saw them as well! Read more

Goodnight Moon

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There is hardly a person, especially amongst us moms, who has not heard of the book, “Goodnight Moon”.   Read more

Calendar Girls

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Our chum Sandy, shared a quote from the film Calendar Girls that we just had to share with all of you.  When you read it you will know why. Read more

Vanilla – 1-2-3

11 - 1That is how simple this ice cream is to make…as the song goes “as easy as 1-2-3”!   Read more

Need Cooling Down?

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There is a reason the Hawaiians choose to wear muumuus!   Read more

Coffee Anyone?

Coffee Ice CreamIt isn’t just good hot or iced.  It is perfectly delicious frozen too.  And this method is so simple you’ll be enjoying it any time you want!  They say that coffee is addictive.  This form of coffee certainly is. Once you’ve had this coffee ice cream you’ll be hooked! Read more

What’s In Your Freezer?

img_4455In these dog days of summer, we are all just thinking of ways to stay cool and refreshed.  Apparently, one of the favorite ways, (no wonder), Read more

A Sincere Thanks To ‘The Father Of Cool’

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What did those wonderful people do one hundred years ago on hot, muggy, summer days such as we have been having lately?   Read more

A Simple Danish Pastry

1 - 1Maybe your weekend needs something special.  If so, we have just the thing for you.  And it is easier than you might think!  I have always assumed that good Danish pastry would involve a yeast dough filled with butter and that it took hours to make.  Not this version.  This is simple and quite delicious….good to the very last crumb :-)

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Simple Danish Pastry

This pastry is made in two stages and then baked to golden brown perfection!

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First layer:
1 cup pf flour
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 tablespoons water

Cut butter into the flour using a pastry blender.  Mix in water and combine being careful not to over mix.  You just want to moisten the flour until it mostly holds together.  Form it into a ball.  Use you finger tips to pat the dough into a circle.

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Second layer:
1/2  cup of butter (1 stick)
1 cup of water
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs

This layer of pastry is also known by it’s French name – pate choux.  It is basically the same recipe used to make the pastry for eclairs.

Bring butter, water, and sugar to a boil in  a saucepan.  Remove from heat and add in almond extract.  Stir in flour and salt stirring quickly so that the flour doesn’t clump up.  Mix well.  Add in the eggs one at a time being sure to beat the mixture really hard after each egg is added, until it is completely smooth.  Spread this over the top of the first layer and use a spoon to make indentations or put the dough in a piping bag and pipe it out making “rings” to hold the pastry cream filling.

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Pastry cream filling:
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons  flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Stir milk and flour together well, and cook in a saucepan until thickened and bubbly. Reduce the heat and cook for 2 more minutes.  Remove from the heat and cool without stirring.  Cover the top of this mixture with plastic wrap so it doesn’t form a film or “skin” while cooling.  Set aside. While this mixture is cooling, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla and almond extracts until light and fluffy.  Slowly mix in half of the cooled mixture beating on very low speed, then beat in the second half of it until very smooth. Spoon the pastry cream into the circles or indentations in the second layer of pastry.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with glaze and top with slivered almonds. Cut into wedges and serve :-)

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1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons warm milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix well until smooth.   Drizzle over warm pastry.

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Enjoy!  It is good to the last crumb :-)

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Serves 8 generously

A Challenge – Make Someone Smile

2B3F90D600000578-3192436-image-m-4_1439219640355After losing both his parent, this little 6 year old boy has a goal of making 33,000 people smile.   After seeing this you are bound to be one of them. Read more

Brownie Brittle

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Have you tried it? If you haven’t, you certainly need to.  Yum!!!!   Read more

The Start of A Sweet Tradition

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In 1994, Mississippi couple Sherry and Craig Blackledge, adoptive parents to a little boy, adopted an 18-month-old girl named Brooke. It was then that Sherry decided to write a simple but sweet letter she would give to Brooke, on her wedding day. Now, more than 20 years later, right before Brooke walked down the aisle to marry boyfriend Tyler Zugg, she finally read the letter.

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All About Love

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We are always talking about loving and loving more…..  Read more

A Pie For All Seasons – Chocolate Cream Pie

11 - 1 (1)Some pies are associated with a particular season or holiday.  People just naturally think of pumpkin pie in the Fall or around the holidays for example.  And fresh fruit pies seem to be naturally associated with summer.  But chocolate cream pie? …. it’s just plain delicious any time of year :-)   Read more

Purple …….. Royal? Why?

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We ran across this on History.com and found it rather interesting….. Read more

Savvy Secrets – Epsom Salts

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Go For It!

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Melissa Kieling, CEO of PackIt, a line of freezable personal coolers, with her three children, Brennan, 18; Garrett, 16; and Emma, 11. 

Just five years ago, Melissa Kieling, a mother of three, was going though a divorce. Her suburban home outside of Los Angeles was in foreclosure, her car was repossessed, and she had $13 in the bank.

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Well Done To This Bride!

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This is the sweetest story…. Read more

Inside Out Jelly Donuts

1 - 1These are basically what one might call a “deconstructed” jelly donut, which is just a fancy way of saying it is a donut that you dip in the jelly on the outside rather than injecting the jelly on the inside.  Simpler to make, and every bit as yummy to eat!   Read more

Even This Needs To Be Cleaned!

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Have you ever felt that you want to give your garbage disposal a good clean?  Well, we have a recipe for you! Read more

Homemade “Nutella”

IMG_4918 (1)Our good chum, Jen, shared a recipe the other day, that she found for making a homemade version of Nutella.
In case you’ve never tried it, Nutella is an Italian delight made of hazelnuts and chocolate.  It is yummy on and in more things that  you can imagine. Read more

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

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Recently, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and the wife of Prince Charles, future King of England, celebrated her birthday.  Here are ten fun facts about Camilla. Read more

Freezing Fruit

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Need some tips on how to freeze this wonderful fruit that we have at this time of year? Read more

Encore – Sadie’s Homemade Lemonade

cherry-lemonade-2-e1399601336927It’s summer and in most places it’s hot.  What could be better to cool you off than a big tall glass of lemonade, especially Cherry Lemonade?  If Miss Sadie had her way you would all be using this easy and quick recipe to make your own, just like she did here for her mother on Mother’s Day a year ago.  (Actually she and her cousin Savannah make it all the time.)  So grab some lemons and a little sugar, a pitcher, some ice and celebrate summer everyone :-)  Read more

A Very Special Day!

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Happy Birthday To My Darling Chum!

Yes, today marks the day when Robin made her first grand appearance and blessed Dorthy and Bob Eccles with first-time parenthood. Read more

Easy Cheesy – Stuffed Shells

1773505_orig If you like cheesy goodness, easy preparation, and delicious Italian food (and who in their right mind doesn’t), we have a bright idea for dinner this weekend! Read more

Well Done – The Whole World Is In His Hands

Naomi-Feil-6We had to share this beautiful example of one person caring and touching another who seemed unreachable.  This lovely older Jewish white lady uses Christian songs to reach this dear older black woman with Alzheimer’s disease, who no longer speaks or makes eye contact, in an effort to communicate love and safety to her.  What happened was remarkable and very touching. Read more

Savvy Secret

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We came across this “recipe” for taking out stains and have to share it with you. Read more

It’s A Party!

tumblr_mn4httnkoD1rk7ndio1_r2_1280 For anyone planing a party or big get together this summer, one of the hardest things to figure out is how much you will need for your guests to drink.  No one wants to overbuy and spend money on drinks that they don’t need to spend, but running out is not an option anyone wants to face either.  Not having enough to drink turns a fun time into no fun at all.  So today we have a guideline for party beverages that just might help you estimate for that fun time you are planning.   Read more

Southern Kitchens

IMG_4628If you have been around Two  Chums for anytime at all you know that my family’s roots are from the South.  I didn’t realize growing up that I was being raised in a very Southern atmosphere where Southern culture permeated everything we did.  I didn’t know because my geographic upbringing was not in Texas, Virginia, South Carolina, or Louisiana where I currently have family living, or in Mississippi or Missouri where my children went to college, my physical home was in Southern California. Read more

Easy Cheesy – Enchiladas!!!!

IMG_4589If you like cheese and ease in cooking and delicious results we have a great dish for you! Read more

A Siri Tip

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In the middle of typing an e-mail on your iPhone and you decide that it would be quicker to call?
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Summer’s Icy Treat

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Next time you are having friends over and nice warm summer’s day make sure you have these in the freezer! Read more

“Let Them Eat Cake”

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In Paris, the Bastille was originally constructed in 1370 as a bastide, or “fortification,” to protect the walled city of Paris from English attack. It was later made into an independent stronghold, and its name–bastide–was corrupted to Bastille.  On this day, in 1789 Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops stormed and dismantled the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs.  This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie Antoinette, were executed.  And yes, Marie Antoinette is the one… Read more

Try A Little Tenderness

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Encore- Watermelon Salad

watermelon-salad-e1370402860498On Thursday we gave you a post that encouraged you to eat more watermelon, so we thought it only right to give you this Watermelon Salad as today’s Encore post. Read more

The Perfect Steak

IMG_4337So often we think of a BBQ when we think of cooking steak, but for a truly perfectly done steak try this cooking method instead.

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The Wonders Of Watermelon

Why You Should Be Eating Watermelon EverydayThough most of us enjoy watermelon occasionally during the summer, we came across some reasons why you might want to think about including it in your diet daily. Read more

Well Done!

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Last week a gentleman passed on – he was 106 years old.  His name was Nicholas Winton…..Sir Nicholas Winton. Read more

What On Earth Is A “Double Rub”?

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Your Two Chums have been enjoying working with the beauty of interior design for many, many years but had never heard of the term “double rubs”! Read more

She Has Been Christened!

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Yesterday marked the day of HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana’s  christening!  Hers was slightly different from George’s, 2 years ago. Read more

Encore – Set the Alarm

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Red, White And Sweet!

StrawberryCoconutMacaroonsRecipe (1)Need a last minute treat for your 4th of July celebration that is quick and easy?  We’ve got that! Read more

Celebrate But Don’t Forget!

 

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Firecracker Chicken

IMG_4036Crunchy, spicy, sweet, sticky and did we mention DELICIOUS? Firecracker chicken. This might just be the perfect thing for you to serve at your 4th of July celebration ! Read more

Who Said Wedding Dresses Should Be White?

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The notion that white symbolized purity, or that wedding gowns in particular were supposed to be white, is an idea that dates only as far back as 1840.

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Little Known Facts About Buckingham Palace

Buckingham_Palace_2007_2-1Buckingham Palace has been in the news a lot lately as, apparently, there are a lot of renovations that need to take place in order to keep it safe and up to date. Did you know all of these facts?

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First Impressions

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For everyone who comes to visit you, the look of your front door is their first impression of your home. Read more

Tres Leches Cake

IMG_3502Moist delicious cake covered with whipped cream and maraschino cherries.  How can that be anything but yummy? Read more

Savvy Secret – Boost The Bounty

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Yesterday we shared the best way to store some of the bounty of summer.  Today we want to give all you gardeners out there a savvy secret to increase the bounty of summer. Read more

Proper Storage Of Summer’s Bounty

paleo3Now that summer is here there will be a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables.  There will be casual get-togethers and BBQ’s. And with children out of school and out of town relatives coming for a visit, most of us will have more food in our home than we usually would.  So what and how is the best way to store all that food so it doesn’t spoil before we can enjoy it?  We are glad you asked :-) Read more

Play With Your Napkin

1e24f9a927d4dbdc88a18ec13f0bec4fA little over a week ago we gave you some Savvy Secrets – Fun With NapkinsToday we want to show you some fun ways to display those napkins.  Your Two Chums simply LOVE using cloth napkins! Read more

Happy Father’s Day – In Tribute To My Father

IMG_3792Every child should be fortunate and blessed enough to have a loving father.  I certainly was. People often think it so important that little boys have their father and of course that is true.  But it is equally important for little girls to have their fathers present.  After all, a little girl learns how to be a woman from her mother, but she practices with her daddy. Read more

Cookies And Cream For Dad

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Everyone loves ice-cream and who doesn’t love a good cookie?  So put them together and any Dad you might be celebrating this weekend is bound to feel loved.  And you will LOVE making this very simple ice cream…just three ingredients and you are on your way to creamy deliciousness :-)  Read more

Royal “Green” – Juice That Is

Juice-Lean-Green-Machine-horizNow that summer is officially here, wouldn’t we all like to be healthy and slim?  Us Weekly recently reported that Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa, has arranged to have green juice (juices made from leafy greens, fruits and vegetables), delivered to the mommy of two little ones, three times a week.  Green juices are the latest trend in healthy living. They give you a great big boost of vitamins and minerals, contribute to your daily vegetable servings, and keep you hydrated all at the same time. Knowing how fabulous she looks, our chum, Wendy, asked us if we could find out what is in that juice that Kate is drinking. Read more

130 Years Ago, She Arrived!

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According to history.com on this day in 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrived in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The copper and iron statue, which was reassembled and dedicated the following year in a ceremony presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland, became known around the world as an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy. Read more

Goofing Off?

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Polo is the sport of Kings and certainly a sport that the British royals have great fun with.  They all seem to feel very comfortable on the back of a horse, including Queen Elizabeth who still enjoys going out for a ride. Read more

Queen, King, King, King

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This past Saturday, England celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s 89th birthday by having what they call the “Trooping of the Colour”.  And here you have it:  Queen Elizabeth, future King Charles (her son), future King William (her grandson), future King George (her great grandson). Read more

Salad Days – Steakhouse Thousand Island Dressing

IMG_3606Everywhere you turn you can find innovative and creative ways to cook and serve food.  TV and magazines, not to mention the internet, are all full of cooking shows and ideas for new food dishes, or at least new takes on old dishes.  But sometimes old school just hits the spot.   Read more

Savvy Secrets – Fun With Napkins

812JQHTknQL._SL1500_We think cloth napkins are very underrated in the contribution they can make to any event or even to a simple table setting.  Today we’ve got some fun and creative ways, that you may not have seen, to use your cloth napkins at your next party or event. Read more

Rise and Shine – Breakfast In Seconds

IMG_3513We all know breakfast is an important start to the day.  But finding time to make and eat a healthy and satisfying breakfast can be a challenge. Read more

$$ For Spring Cleaning

garage-sale-2-1024x624 It could very well be time to have a yard sale before summer officially begins.  We have a list that was put together by the experts at Real Simple, of the items most in demand at yard sales.  Your welcome :-) Read more

How Sweet!

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte taken by their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge

The newest member of Britain’s royal family, 1-month-old Princess Charlotte, will be christened in a private ceremony next month, royal officials have said.  You might well ask, “Where?”. Read more

What’s For Dinner? – Sweet Hawaiian Chicken

CHICKENIf you are like many of us, you have at one time or another stood in your kitchen, looked a  package of chicken and thought, “What can I make for dinner that isn’t the same old tired chicken?” Well, we’ve got an easy and delicious answer for you! Read more

Prince Charles’ Wife?


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Just who is Prince Charles wife? Read more

How True!

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On The Side – Cauliflower

IMG_2475Often veggies get a bad rap.  This may partly be due to the bland taste rendered in some cooking methods and the mealy texture of some overcooked foods.  But done right and prepared well, vegetables can be truly delicious and we all know they are good for us because our mothers told us so!  We have a most delicious way to prepare an often very maligned veggie….cauliflower :-)

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Next Stop – Touring The Tea Houses

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Now it is definitely time for  a cuppa?  Our “tea tour” has resumed.   Read more

Encore – Old Things – New Life

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Have you ever thought about what your decorating style is?  Are you more French, English, or American in your tastes?  This Encore post from September 2012 will help you answer that question and is one of our most popular on Pinterest so we thought it worth repeating today :-) Read more

JFK

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No matter what your politics, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a very dynamic President and one we can thank for a lot of things including the ultimate sacrifice, the giving of his life for his country. Read more

Tea Anyone?

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Your Two Chums love nothing more than enjoying a good cup of tea with each other, whether at home or at a cozy tearoom.  One of our dear chums, Faith, who happens to live in Belgium, shared the delightful info about these wonderful tea rooms.  What could be better than a trip around the British Isles sipping tea and taking in the sights at these charming tea houses? Read more

Savvy Secrets – Turning The Sour Sweet

Savvy secrets photoVinegar may have a sour taste but we have some uses for apple cider vinegar that we think you will find, as they say,…”sweet”! Read more

How High?

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Ever wonder what the correct height is for a painting or print on the wall? Read more

Going Back a Few Years

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One of the designs for the Queen’s coronation dress by Norman Hartwell

This is a super fun article by Jennifer Wright, going back years with the Royals!   Read more

Memorial Day – Final Salute

 

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This day, Memorial Day, is set aside not as a reason for BBQ’s and anticipating summer’s arrival, but rather to remember and honor those brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.  Service in our military has been completely voluntary since the Vietnam War ended.  That means all those who have died since then are soldiers who have chosen to go into battle.

“Never leave a Marine behind.” The tradition began in 1775, and continues today via officers like Marine Colonel Steve Beck, whose job it is to notify the families of the loss of a loved one. Read more

Sharing Love

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Guess who has an anniversary today? Read more

New Surprises and Old Standbys

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This weekend many of us will gather together with family and friends to celebrate Memorial Day.  Your Two Chums believe strongly that this holiday should keep it’s significance as we honor and remember those who have given their lives in service to us and their country.  Chances are as we talk about those who deserve our honor and respect it will happen over a gathering that includes a meal. Read more

We Dare You!

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We saw this and could not help but share it with all of you… Read more

Chesterfield or Camelback?

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Do you know the name of the style and shape of sofa that you prefer?  Are you thinking about buying a new one or recovering one you already have?  Do you know how much fabric you would need to reupholster your sofa? We have a list that just might help:-) Read more

Spray It!

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Well Done! A Sincere Well Done!

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A fast-food joint isn’t exactly a place where you’d expect to have your heart warmed, but, last week, Ridge Quarles proved us all wrong.  Read more

Different In Cannes!

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Your Two Chums could not help noticing something very glaring in this photograph! Read more

And The Queen Said…

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Contrary to what a lot of people are trying to say about how the Queen feels about the Duchess of Cambridge, we honestly feel that she thinks a great deal of Catherine and … Read more

Floored – Some Creative Ideas

stenciled floorThe other day, in a fun new little French cafe in L.A., we were waiting for our food to arrive and taking in the creative decor when we snapped the photo seen here of the great stenciled cement floor. It got us to thinking about some other creative ideas for decorating. Read more

Is The Game Playing Your Kid?

Joe's BookAre you, and/or your children using your smart phone, iPad, iPod, Kindle, or computer for recreation and playing games? Are you sure it is you or your children who are playing the game and not the other way around?   There is a new book out today that we think everyone could benefit from reading:-)

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…And Here They Will Stay

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Princess Charlotte was taken to their country home by her parents along with her big brother, George, and their nanny. Read more

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy-Mothers-Day-Card-24Whether you are a mother yourself, or have a mother or grandmother you want to celebrate today, we want you to know we are celebrating with you! Read more

Encore – Family Tree – A Royal One

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The royal family has been the subject of much discussion and interest in the last few days.  So we thought it was time to have an Encore of a post we did in October of 2013.  There are a couple of updates that have occurred since we first published this post.  The most exciting one being, the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana this past week:-) Read more

VE Day

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Seventy years ago today, victory was declared in Europe of the Second World War. Read more

Savvy Secrets – Keep Your Sandbox Bug-Free!

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Who Knew shared a great secret…. Read more

Who Is This Nanny?

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When Prince George was born, Catherine and William opted to not hire a nanny as they obviously want to be “hands on” parents.  But….

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Snacks Fit For A Princess!

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Following up from last week’s post of a healthy snack, we ran across many, many more snack ideas on Realfarmacy.com and just HAD to share them with all of you.   Read more

…A Beautiful, Bountiful Name!

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Yes, HRH, Princess of Cambridge has a name! Read more

She Is Now “The Spare”

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There has always been pressure on the reigning monarch and her successors to produce “an heir” and “a spare”, i.e. an heir to the throne and another child to be “the spare” if anything should happen to the heir. Read more

A to Z Facts

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From A to Z…these are the facts about the royal birth, according to Robin Millard of Yahoo News… Read more

Encore – Rock-A-Bye “Royal” Baby

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Not quite two years ago the world was preparing to welcome the future King of England.  Not knowing then if he was to be a prince or a princess, we were speculating about what the nursery of the future monarch would look like.  Today the world welcomed little George’s sister.  We are again speculating as to what the “world” of her nursery might be like.  Welcome little one. Read more

May Flowers

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The Greatest of These…..

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…is Love.  (1 Corinthians 13:13) Read more

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