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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

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

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

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

Light Up for Halloween!

Why not adorn your door with bat lights or pumpkin lights or black cat lights;   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

Never Too Early!

It’s never too early to get your Halloween costumes organized.  Here are some really fun ideas! Read more

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

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

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

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

Why White?

In the late-1830’s, most brides wore colored wedding dresses but Queen Victoria had another idea in mind. 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

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

A Little “Bit of Royal”

Have you ever wondered what title you would get if you married a King? Read more

For All Of You History Buffs…

…what happened on this day in 1959? Read more

Stories From Windsor Castle

If you have been around Two Chums for any time at all you know our love for all things royal.  We enjoy everything about the royal family….their events, their fashion, and of course their homes.  This Sunday, August 13th,  a special 4 part series will begin about one of the most beloved of royal residences… Windsor Castle.   Read more

At 96!

After a lifetime of public service by the side of his wife Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip finally retired on Wednesday at the age of 96. Read more

F.W. What?

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To a lot of our readers, the two initials can only mean one thing:  F.W. Woolworth or the 5 and dime store! Read more

Well Done, Camilla!

Yes, well done, Camilla!   Read more

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday USA!  Yes, today is the commemoration of Independence Day so remember…. Read more

Did You Know?

The United States of America have a lot of things in common with England but this one thing you may not realize. Read more

A Film Great

On this day in 2003, Katherine Hepburn left us at the wonderful age of 96.  She left us physically but left us with a golden legacy!  When she died, the lights on Broadway were dimmed for an hour to mark the passing of one of entertainment’s brightest stars. Read more

Get Ready for the 4th!

You will definitely need one of these to stay cool on the 4th!

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Trooping of the Colour

Last Saturday was a very special day in England…… Read more

Cousins and Cake

Who can argue that the first time a little one has “Happy Birthday” sung to them, or they have their first bite of birthday cake isn’t a sweet moment for everyone involved!  And even if the party is a simple family affair, if it includes yummy cake, and cousins, the whole thing is sure to be a hit 🙂 Read more

Elevate An Outfit

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Tear Down The Wall

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan visited West Berlin to deliver a speech.

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Prince Phillip Looks Proudly On

If that isn’t the look of a proud husband, we don’t know what is! Read more

Buttermilk Tea Cake

Buttermilk is a workhorse in the kitchen.  Used in baked goods, salad dressings, dips and drinks, it makes everything you use it in taste better.  This yummy Tea Cake is no exception.  The tang of buttermilk gives this cake added flavor and tenderness.   Read more

One Hundred Years Ago, Yesterday

                                                           John F. Kennedy, (1917-1963), 35th President of the United States

John F. Kennedy would have been 100 years old yesterday…hard to believe but there you have it. Read more

Well Done -Walking The Red Carpet

The Oscars, Emmy’s or Golden Globes aren’t the only place you’ll see a Red Carpet.  This year at the high school in Newman, California, students attending the prom walked a red carpet to go into the dance. Read more

Classic and Elegant, For Sure!

The intimate high-society event—only 100 -150 guests were expected to attend, according to the Times—was held a short distance from where Pippa Middleton grew up with her siblings in the village of Bucklebury, at the St. Mark’s 12th-century church in Englefield, Berkshire.  And yes, your Two Chums can certainly say that she reached her mark of “classic” and “elegant”! Read more

Here Comes The Bride!

Tomorrow is a big day for the Middleton clan!  Their Bucklebury home is full to the brim with activity as they get last minute details secured and roll into a huge party after the marriage of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. Read more

A Flurry Of Activity

There was a flurry of activity at Buckingham Palace last Thursday evening and everyone was all abuzz! Read more

Terrific Two!

Your Two Chums seem to be running to catch up this week but we could not let this celebration go by without posting something about it.   Read more

It’s Been Six Years!

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Catherine Middleton and  Prince William certainly have packed a lot into the last six years!  In some ways, it seems that they have always been together but, of course, we are reminded always that they have not always been together and, in fact, Catherine was a “commoner” Read more

May Flowers


“April showers bring May flowers. But what do May flowers bring?”  If you are in elementary school your answer to this riddle is supposed to be “Pilgrims!”  But we would say that  May flowers, like those pictured here, will bring nothing short of delight and joy to the one who receives them 🙂 Read more

May Day Is On It’s Way

Only 3 more days until May! What better way to celebrate than with a floral wreath for your hair.  In Medieval times these wreaths were called flower crowns.  They are sometimes referred to as fairy rings.  The Hawaiians call them haku leis.   Read more

91 And Full Steam Ahead!

There’s no stopping her now! Read more

Respect

According to royal etiquette, ladies must curtsy and gentlemen must bow from the neck when they see royalty for the first time in any given day. Read more

No Ordinary Egg

The Imperial Coronation Egg,one of the most famous and iconic of Faberge eggs.

What is the story behind these very beautiful Faberge eggs? Read more

In Her Easter Bonnet

On Sunday, ladies all over the world, even women who never wear hats, will head to church and don their Easter bonnets.  While hats are not as common today as they once were, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is certainly no stranger to them.   Read more

Sixty-Four Years Later

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Always wanting to share the good, we are passing on a story that struck us as wonderful originally shared by Elisa Murphy of GMA. Read more

Good Pesach

In Jewish neighborhoods and homes across the world tonight,  the greeting, “Good Pesach” will be heard as Passover begins.   Read more

Double Duty Eggs

In a few days it will be Easter and eggs will take a central role at Easter celebrations everywhere.  Today we want to share a way they can do double duty at your Easter dinner table.  Dyed or decorated eggs are common at Easter.  There are as many ways to decorate your Easter eggs as there are people who decorate them.  But we have some ways to use your decorated eggs as place cards or favors for your guests.

1. You can use decorative rubber stamps like this one of a chick that we picked up at Michaels in the $1 bin.  We simply coated the stamp with ink from a pink stamp pad and, rolling the stamp over the surface of the egg, transferred the image to the egg.  This is easier than you might think.
The one you see here was actually our first try.  You can dye the egg first or leave it white.  Also you can blow out the egg or use a hard boiled egg.  Once you have the image on the egg, simple use a Sharpie in a contrasting color and draw a small bow on the bird or on a flower or whatever image you are using and then draw a “tag” at the end of the ribbon bow you drew and then write the name of one of your guests on the “tag”.  Now you not only have a decorated egg, but a place card too.

2. Another way to have your dyed egg double as a place card is to use bakers twine or very thin yarn to wrap the egg as a “gift” and place a tag with a guests name tied to the end of the twine.  To make it easier to use the twine or yarn on the egg, first dip the string in some water and cornstarch or water and white glue.  This will make the string slightly sticky which will help to hold it in place as you tie the bow.

3. You may not be seating your guests but choose to have them leave with a reminder of the fun day you have provided.  You can decorate an egg and leave one at each place at the table.  That way each person has a little favor to take home to remember the happy celebration.  To make a bouquet of flowers start by placing dots of yellow paint as the center of your flowers.  Next use another color and, with your tiny paint brush, make colorful dots around each yellow center.  Using the same brush, make small sweeping green brush marks to be the leaves on your bouquet.

Happy and beautiful celebrations with people we love can bring such joy and that is surely abundant living!

The Luck Of The


The Luck of the Irish 
is a popular phrase, as well as the title of a 1948 film.  It happens to be one we have not yet seen but now will make it a point to see.  Here’s why….   Read more

A Dr. Seuss St. Patrick’s Day

Tomorrow everyone will be Irish, as all over the country people will celebrate that most famous Irishman, St. Patrick.  While a corned beef dinner is the norm on St. Patrick’s Day, we know that not everyone loves corned beef, especially perhaps, the little ones in your family.  So we have a suggestion that can still allow the adults to celebrate the day and serve something your children can eat and enjoy too…a meal Dr. Seuss would happily approve of…. Read more

Night Night. Sleep Tight. Keep Your Hair Right.

You know how sometimes you go to bed at night and you feel your hair looks perfect and worry about what a night’s sleep will do to it? Read more

Tally-Ho! There Goes HRM!

And there she goes.  At 90 years old, HRM Queen Elizabeth II, is still riding and loving it! Read more

Celebrate!

Sophie and Justin Trudeau

On March 8 every year, a lot of our world celebrates International Women’s Day.  Clearly initiated as a feminist movement, it continues that way but Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, wants to be sure that she celebrates it with “her man”. Read more

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Lay-zEh leh bAwn taw rOO-leh!  Today is the day!  Yes, today IS the day! Read more

Mardi Gras Crazy Sista Gumbo

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras…or Fat Tuesday as it’s translated into English.  It is the day before Ash Wednesday when the Lenten season begins.  Typically people give up rich foods for Lent, so on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, they celebrate eating delicious fare and celebrating before Lent begins.  Today we’ve got a really delicious recipe for you for your Mardi Gras celebration… Gumbo! Read more

Square Celebrations

Whether you are having an Oscar party this weekend, or will be having an anniversary or birthday party soon, or just want to add some pizazz to drinks with friends before a night out, today we’ve got some simple and easy to prepare hors d’ouvres that you and your guests are sure to enjoy 🙂   Read more

Ramping up to the Oscars!

It is hard to believe ~ it’s that time of year once again!   Read more

Gone With The Wind

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Yes, it’s Oscar time again.  The big day is less than two weeks away and Hollywood is abuzz. Read more

It’s In His Kiss

We are told in the popular Shoop Shoop Song  of 1964, “If you want to know if he loves you so…it’s in his kiss!”  Turns out the song may not be too far off!   Read more

The Language Of Flowers

Flowers have had meaning attributed to them for thousands of years. But in Victorian times, the language of flowers found a special meaning.   Read more

First Star of Fame

It is hard to imagine Hollywood without the Walk of Fame where anybody who is anybody has a star on the walkway. Read more

Sapphire Jubilee

This is a very important day in England. Read more

Hollywood is Born

Did you know that on this day, the first day of February, one hundred and thirty years ago, Hollywood was born? Read more

Seeing God’s Hand

Do you believe in coincidence? What you may see as coincidence, your Two Chums see as God’s hand or His plans.  We have an amazing story to share with you today.   Read more

No Matter What Your Age, You Can Walk The Runway!

 
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One would never think that an eighty-five year old woman would still be walking the runway but Carmen Dell’Orefice proved differently this week! Read more

Red Lipstick?

If you are anything like your Two Chums, you enjoy wearing red lipstick every so often. Read more

A Gift From Queen Victoria

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The widely viewed PBS Masterpiece special “Victoria” is such an enlightening program.  We have no doubt  Read more

On This Day

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Inaugural Fashion

All politics asides, there was some spectacular fashion to be sure at this weekend’s inaugural festivities.

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Inaugural Chocolate

Today after the swearing in of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, prior to the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and The White House, there will be a luncheon honoring the new President, and Vice-President and their families, in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.  This is a tradition that began more than a century ago.   Read more

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

There is a changing of the guard going on in this country.   Read more

Christmas Savvy Secrets

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You know how much we love History.com and today, we found these very fun facts about Christmas.  A bit of Christmas Trivia around the holidays makes for a lot of fun. Read more

A Very Important Portrait

A supplied image obtained Saturday, 18, 2016. A photograph of the Queen and Prince Charles taken in May 2016 in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, prior to the final night of The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Pageant. The photo is being released by Clarence House to mark the end of the year of celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday. (AAP Image/PA, Nick Knight) NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO SALES, NO COMMERCIAL USE, NO BOOKS OR MERCHANDISING. NO MANIPULATION, OTHER THAN CROPPING. NOT FOR USE AFTER SUNDAY DECEMBER 25, 2016

Photograph taken by Nick Knight in May 2016 in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

Though a lovely photo, you might wonder why such a portrait would be deemed so important.  True it was taken as a part of the year long celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, but the signal this portrait allegedly sends is a big one for Prince Charles and for the British people.   Read more

Who Put The “Jingle” in Jingle Bells?

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Well, our trusty History.com has helped us again!  Christopher Klein shared these interesting facts about Jingle Bells and, for a carol that we all know by heart (from age 2 on up), it is amazing that there is so much we DO NOT KNOW about it! Read more

Home For Christmas!

WELL

DONE

 

 

We read this heartwarming story by Avianne Tan of Good Morning America and trust that you will enjoy it as much as we did.

“A train conductor recently saved the life of a stowaway cat he said he found “frozen in ice and snow” under the engine of a train at a station in Canada. Read more

What’s Your Favorite Carol?

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Christmas is coming fast! And Christmas music is playing everywhere you go.   Read more

Santa Claus?

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Some of you may have already read this or thought of this but we definitely think it is touching enough to repeat. Read more

Don’t Forget The Gold and Silver

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Oh golly!  It is that time of the year again!  We know we have mentioned this before but this bears repeating! Read more

Christmas “Jumpers”

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For those of you who do not know, the word “jumper” is what the English use for the word “sweater”.  This is an amazingly funny photograph of The Royals in their Christmas jumpers. Read more

More Thanks!

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It should not surprise our Chums that we have not put away the “Gratitude Thoughts” just yet!  In fact, we found this really interesting article on History.com about how some other countries celebrate Thanksgiving. Read more

Well Done!

Well done

Oh, how we love to share touching moments!  We are always so grateful to hear of them!  Here is one from Avianne Tan of Good Morning America that was over-the-top generous. Read more

Time To Unite

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We came across this wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal, written by Melanie Kirkpatrick and just HAD to share it with all of you. Read more

Your Thanksgiving Table Decor

img_9256Fresh flowers are always lovely, but they aren’t the only option for a centerpiece or decorations at your Thanksgiving gathering.   Read more

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

img_9312It may be “old fashioned” but we think Pumpkin Pie is always in style! Read more

Gratitude For Their Service

soldier-in-iraq-a-poem-of-life-and-loss-by-jevonte-lockhart-dw4cmj-clipartToday, across the nation, we are celebrating Veterans Day.  Most of us know or are related to a someone who has served our country in military service.   Read more

A Super Fun Gift Idea

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Need a great gift idea? Read more

“The Crown”

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If you are a fan of the British royal family and you have access to Netflix, The Crown is a must see. Read more

Upon His Shoulders

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The government is upon His shoulders! Read more

Well Done! Super Dad!

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A lovely story hit the news this week about a Dad on board a plane with his daughter. Read more

Jack-O-Lanterns

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Most of us will have some sort of carved pumpkin on our porches or next to our front doors or in our front windows tonight in celebration of Halloween!  This is Jack-O-Lanterns big day!  Here are some last minute ideas for carving your pumpkin and keeping it preserved a bit better. Read more

All Dressed Up For Trick Or Treat

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Sage Butter

butternut-squash-ravioli-with-sage-browned-butter It’s Fall and Halloween is just days away.  So what better way to celebrate the season than with pumpkin for dinner? Much less something so easy and delicious as this is!  This could honestly not be much easier or more delicious and satisfying.  By substituting wonton wrappers for the pasta, and using canned pumpkin puree for the filling, and topping the whole thing off with a delicious nutty tasting browned butter sage sauce, you can have this elegant and really yummy dinner ready in a flash.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Sage Butter
(adapted from blog.Williams-Sonoma.com)

For the filling:
1 can pumpkin puree* (you could also use cooked butternut squash or sweet potato )
1 shallot minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg, yolk and white separated
2 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
1 to 2 Tbs. dried bread crumbs
Wonton wrappers

Place the pumpkin puree in a bowl. Melt the butter in a pan and lightly sauce the minced shallot until it is soft.  Add the shallot to the pumpkin puree along with the egg yolk, parmesan cheese, sugar, nutmeg and salt.  Stir well to combine.  Add bread crumbs to bind the filling together if it seems a little runny.

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Put the egg white in a bowl and beat it with a fork. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of each wrapper with the beaten egg white. Place a heaping teaspoon of the pumpkin filling in the middle of each wrapper. Top each with another wrapper, pressing firmly to seal the edges and making sure to press out any air bubbles.

Lower the heat under the boiling water and bring it to a simmer.  Place the ravioli, 6 at a time, into the simmering water and cook for about 4 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon and  place on a buttered baking dish in a warm oven (about 200 degrees) while you cook the remaining ravioli.

For the sauce:
1 stick of butter
a bunch of fresh sage leaves
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving

Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the sage leaves. Cook until the sage leaves are crispy and the butter is brown, this should take about about 3 – 5 minutes. Carefully add the ravioli to the pan, 6 at a time, and turn gently to coat with the brown butter. Transfer the ravioli to each dinner plate. Top with the remaining butter and sage leaves in the pan, sprinkle with the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Add a fresh green salad and some crusty French bread and “dinner is served”!

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Fairies, Gnomes and Mermaids – Oh My!

img_3435 Halloween is right around the corner just a little over two short weeks away.  If you haven’t yet decided on a costume or what your little one will be for Halloween, we have some ideas for you 🙂 Read more

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