Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is the day we celebrate the life of Dr. King and honor the man who is synonymous with the American Civil Rights movement. He is remembered with gratitude and respect for many things. But perhaps nothing he said in all his many speeches and national and international addresses was more profound, more powerful, or more pertinent to us today, than these words about light and love. Read more
Yesterday we asked (and answered) the question “Why Times Square?” with regard to the long and time honored New Years tradition in New York of celebrating New Years Eve. So today, we bring you the story of the New Years festivities that occur on the other side of the country to celebrate New Years Day, The Rose Parade. Read more
Your Two Chums are all about “etiquette” (just another word for social rules or boundaries) and feel badly that this word conjures up a horrible feeling in a lot of people. A feeling of, “what on earth do we need that for?”, or “I don’t know anything about the proper etiquette so let’s get rid of having to use it.” Read more
You might be thinking we are using the British holiday greeting. The Brits say “Happy Christmas” rather than “Merry Christmas”, as we do here. But this is about something different than how we greet each other at the holidays. This is a story about making choices. Read more
We reported on Meghan Markle’s invitation to Christmas with the Queen yesterday, but we have more royal news for you today. The Christmas card of Prince William and family was released yesterday. No matter how much of a Royal watcher you are, or are not, you must admit they are a beautiful family. Read more
Photography by Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
We are right in the middle of Hanukkah. Every holiday needs something sweet. The New York Times, known for it’s food section and recipes, is offering a spin on a classic toffee recipe, substituting matzo for the usual saltine crackers, and adding a bit of zing with ginger! Read more
The holidays are upon us and opportunities for get togethers to celebrate with family and friends are abundant. Though our holiday parties usually happen in the evenings, who says they have to be night time events. Why not have a brunch gathering instead? Read more
Often we hear people say that the hardest person on their holiday gift list to buy for is their dad, their husband, their brother, their close male friend….you get the idea. Men are sometimes difficult when it comes to finding something to buy for them without breaking the bank. If that’s you too, we have some ideas for you today 🙂 Read more
Thanksgiving is just two days away. If you are still deciding about dessert, we have a pretty delicious idea for you. This is a new twist on two old favorites…cheesecake and sweet potato pie! Read more
Seventy years ago today, Princess Elizabeth married her prince, who became HRH Prince Philip (of Greece and Denmark), Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day. A few short years after they were married, Elizabeth became Queen and, we feel sure, not only did her life change forever but that of her husband probably changed more! Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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