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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


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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!

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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?

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

On This Day in 1792 …

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…the cornerstone for the White House was laid. Read more

Christopher Columbus

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Today, we celebrate Columbus Day and, yes, we are most grateful to Christopher Columbus!

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A Favorite With A Twist

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Some time ago we gave you the recipe for one of our favorite cakes.  Today we are giving it to you again but this time with a slight twist:-).   Read more

From Rags To Riches

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Yes, you guessed it . . . . that wonderful story of the family who discovered oil and headed for Beverly Hills! Read more

Let’s All Stand . . . .

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. . . . for the Star Spangled Banner! Read more

Yes, Enjoy!

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This being the last holiday of the summer, enjoy! Read more

Let’s Hear It For Betty White!

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Betty White has received numerous awards for her long career, but her most recent recognition was for her overall television career. Read more

Happy Birthday Coco!

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Last Friday would have been Coco Channel’s 133rd birthday!  Hard to believe, but true.  What an amazing legend she is and what a legacy she left us! Read more

A Belated Happy Birthday, Princess Anne

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ca. November 1973, UK — Her Royal Highness Princess Royal Anne wears a white fur coat and crown for a Vogue photo shoot. — Image by © Norman Parkinson/Sygma/Corbis

We cannot believe that we missed it but Monday was Princess Anne’s birthday.  Princess Anne is Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter and although we do not hear much about her on this side of the ocean, she is very well known in England and Europe.  She does a lot for the Royal Family and one of her passions is horses.  The last place she was seen publicly was at the Olympics cheering on the British team.  Here are some fun facts about her. Read more

What Are They Made Of?

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Are the Olympic gold medals really made of gold? Read more

A La Mrs. John F. Kennedy

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Last Thursday would have been Jacqueline Kennedy’s 87th birthday!  What a very gracious lady she was.   Read more

Happy Birthday, Three-Year Old

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This past Friday marked the third birthday of the lovable Prince George. Read more

Wrap It Up

IMG_4434If you know anything about Two Chums, you know we love a well wrapped, pretty package 🙂   Read more

Synonymous With California

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There are many things that are synonymous with California but one thing that is at the top of the list is… Read more

Itsy Bitsy Bikini

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It is hard to believe that seventy years have gone by since the bikini became “the thing” for the beach! Read more

Hail To The Red, White and Blue!

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All Hail to the Red, White and Blue…. Read more

Jefferson and Adams

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On the 4th of July in 1826, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were once fellow Patriots and then adversaries, died on the same day within five hours of each other. Read more

Fun Food For The 4th!

407601We gave you some fun decorating ideas yesterday for your 4th of July party.  Today we have some fun food ideas 🙂 Read more

Bandana Fun For The 4th!

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Gone With The Wind

gone-with-the-wind-gone-with-the-wind-3046350-1024-768Gone With The Wind…a true American classic! Read more

Americana Facts

It is hard to believe that June is almost over and the Fourth of July quickly looms.  Read more

Well Done! More Should Be This Way!

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Minutes after Temar Boggs heard that 5-year old Jocelyn Rojas had gone missing, he noticed a suspicious car careening in and out of the side streets of his neighborhood.

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Something Sweet For Dad – Butter Cake

IMG_4696Sunday fathers everywhere around this country will be celebrated.  Most likely at lunch or dinner, families will gather together to honor “dear ol’ Dad”.  We suspect your families are no different than ours in that.  So whether you are still thinking about what to serve for dessert, or what you could give Dad that he doesn’t already have, we’ve got an idea for you….and it’s a yummy one at that!  Everyone will love a piece of this classic Butter Cake.   Read more

Long Live The Queen!

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Saturday, 11 June, marked the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth and was quite a celebration….the whole weekend! Read more

Happy Birthday, HRH Prince Philip

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There is a lot going on in England this month and today is no different.  Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, turns 95 today!  He has been a very colorful gentleman through the years.  One of the things he says the Queen loves about him is that he makes her laugh! Read more

Well Done – Celebrating Black Music Month

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In June of 1979, then President Jimmy Carter decreed that June would be Black Music Month.   Read more

Some Interesting Vice Presidential Facts

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With the election here in the U.S. heating up, and the prospect of potential Vice Presidents being announced, here are some little known facts. Read more

Tea Anyone?

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Needing a hostess gift for someone special?  Here’s a great idea. Read more

Hot Dog It’s Memorial Day

IMG_4096Come Monday, millions of Americans will gather with family and friends to celebrate (and hopefully honor) those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  These celebrations usually, if not always, involve food.  Hot dogs are often the food of choice on this holiday.  So we have a particularly yummy one to share with you today.   Read more

Did You Know?

Your Two Chums always love sharing fun facts.  Here are some we feel sure you will get a kick out of! Read more

This Was A First!

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On this day in 1929 the very first Academy Awards were presented! Read more

She Stands Tall and Proud

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Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte

1024x1024-1A week ago today, May 2nd, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge celebrated her 1st birthday.  Here is how her family and some heads of state from around the world marked the occasion. Read more

He Lives On

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Over four hundred years after he has left us, his writings continue to effect our lives and terms that he brought into vogue are still being used. Read more

Stamp It, Gan Gan

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In commemoration of the Queen’s 90th birthday,  Read more

Happy Passover

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Her Majesty The Queen Turns 90!

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Celebrations are happening all over Great Britain and beyond today as Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday! Read more

India, Here They Come!

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Catherine does it again!  A home run, we would say! Read more

Keep On Dancin’!

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The tradition was started at a high school in Regina, Saskatchewan by an English teacher 28 years ago.

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Well Done!

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Easter Egg Casserole

IMG_2544Easter Brunch is always a fun way to celebrate the holiday with family and friends.  And we’ve got an easy and delicious dish that everyone will love.  It just happens to be gluten-free too!   Read more

“Tie” Dyeing Your Eggs

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There are all kinds of ways to color or decorate Easter eggs.  The one we have for you today was the top Easter egg decorating segment of all time on the Martha Stewart show.  This method came from the great grandmother of one of Martha Stewarts staff members. Read more

Celebrating Macarons

Macarons-at-Bottega-Louis-e1405231178355Yesterday was officially “Macaron Day”.  Who decides these things anyway? But we think any day (and everyday) is a good day for macarons! Read more

From Caterpillars To Butterflies!

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Always wanting to share the good that we find, here is a super idea! Read more

Homemade Irish Cream

IMG_1938What could be better for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day then your own delicious and homemade Irish Cream Liqueur?   Read more

Happy Birthday, Mr. Einstein!

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former”    – A. Einstein

 On this day in 1879, Albert Einstein was born. Born to a Jewish electrical engineer in Ulm, Germany, Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity, as we know, drastically altered, and continue to alter, man’s view of the universe.  We feel sure there is more to learn from this amazing gentleman!

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A Special Dinner

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Last night, for the first time in over twenty years, the Canadian Prime Minister and his wife were entertained at the White House with a State Dinner Read more

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