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Well Done!

Well done

This policeman really turned things around!

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We Are Reminded ……


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

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The History of Aprons

One of our chums, Cindy, found this article about aprons and we thought it bears repeating, especially if you had (or are) a grandmother who wears one 🙂 Read more

Fall + Fun + Food = Pumpkin

It’s Fall.  Everywhere you look there are pumpkins….those iconic symbols of the season.  They are great to decorate with but equally great to eat.  So we wanted to give you some new and fun ideas about how to use pumpkins each week throughout this Fall. Read more

The Highest of Holy Days – Yom Kippur


“…In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work … For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the L-RD.” -Leviticus 16:29-30 Read more

Dear Chums – Needing Sweet Success

cookies rosesAs you know we love getting letters and questions from you, our chums.  We got one just the other day from a chum called Kristen wondering if we had any ideas about what to make for a fund raising bake sale.  We sure do! Read more

Well Done – Random Act of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

A chum of ours sent this to us and we felt it was a MUST to share with all of you! Read more

A Super Concept! Well Done, Sir Richard Branson!

_77805935_77805934This is not the first time we have mentioned Sir Richard Branson, the Founder of Virgin Airlines amongst many other things.  He certainly thinks successfully outside of the box!

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Savvy Secrets for Parents

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We can all use some good ideas to be better, more effective parents no matter at what stage our children or grandchildren are  🙂 Read more

Encore – What’s for Dinner? – Spaghetti !


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

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Choose Red!


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

The Shofar – The Sound of Rosh Hashanah

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

Apple Honey Cake – A Rosh Hashanah Treat

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

Princess Dreams – Tiny Chums

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Know any little girl who needs to let her inner princess out? Read more

Why “Mayday”?


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

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Encore – A Potpourri of Shortcake


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

Chicken Vesuvio

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

Salad Days – Oriental Chicken Salad

Oreintal Chicken salad

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

Lemon Chicken

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

Have You Ever Wondered?


“Why?”, you might ask ….. Read more

…And Harry Gets A Dress


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

Encore – Cake Pops

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

Sweet Comfort

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

More Comfort

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

Comfort With A Surprise

M&C with bacon

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

Is It Really True?

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

Wine Left Over?


DO NOT pour it out!

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Tarragon Chicken Salad

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

Fall IS Coming!


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

Feeling Down?


Are you questioning a lot of things?

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No More Tears

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

Well Done – Robin Williams

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

Encore – Tangle – Free, Stress – Free Mornings

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

Rise and Shine – Swedish Pancakes

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

Salad Days – Chopped Salad With Shrimp

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

Guess Who!


Who do you think this is? Read more

Happiness Is …..


Unknown….. a choice!

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Well Done! – An Important Letter


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

Encore – Need a New Look? Spray Paint!


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

Two Chums – Tiny Chums

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

A Great Role Model




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

Neatness Counts

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

Sweet and Blue – Blueberry That Is!

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

Catherine Middleton Facts


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

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Encore – Minny’s Chocolate Pie

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


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

A Heart For Helping


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

Try This!


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Empanadas – Savory Hand Pies

Meat pies

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

More Great Advice!


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

Encore -The Perfect Chocolate Cake

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

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

Italian Delight – Amaretti

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

We Are All Very Rich!


Can you count that high? Read more

Celebrating In Style – Origami Party Hats

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

One Hundred Years Ago


One hundred years ago yesterday….. Read more

God Said, “No”

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

Encore – Hospitality, Being Company Ready


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

Tiny Chums – Fairies And Tea Parties

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

A Challenge


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

Ponderable Points


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

Super Advice!

1528625_708032462568060_4653914295868356681_n AMAZING! Read more

Savvy Secret – Clever Packing For Children

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

Encore – A Summer Savvy Secret

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

Cause For Great Celebration!


Yes, it is cause for ENORMOUS celebration! Read more

Well Done – I Will Rejoice!

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

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Sweet Peanut Butter Gems

Peanut Butter Dreams

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

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Another Touching Letter


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

Happy 1st Birthday Little Prince!

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

It’s Ooey, It’s Gooey – It’s Oobleck!

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

Encore – The Little Black Dress and A Strand of Pearls

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

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

We Are ALL Creative!


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

Look Up From Your Phone

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

Touched By A Letter



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

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

Homemade Fresh and Clean- Dryer Sheets

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

Vive La France! – French Macarons

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

Encore – A 50/50 Ice Cream Dream Come True

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

Brie Baked In Puff Pastry – Ooh La La!

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

Have You Ever Felt Maligned?


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Remember this because …………

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They Got It Right!


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

Salad Days – Panzanella

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

Savvy Secrets – Coffee Filters

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

Encore – The Bees Know

800px-watermelons-e1340785015480Ever since this post was first published we have had people ask again and again “Does that bee sting thing REALLY work for picking watermelons?”…The answer is
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She’s A Grand Old Flag – Happy 4th of July!

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

Sparkle Through Life!

10406796_790342837666012_4388826530941308913_nYes, go stun the world! Read more

“Just A Family Wedding”

Royal Wedding - Carriage Procession To Buckingham Palace And Departures

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

All Kinds Of Red, White and Blue!

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

Dear Chums – How Do I Strip?

Dear Chums
“Dear Chums,

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

Encore – Classic Quiche


This past week we had house guests and that led to making special breakfasts each morning and one of my favorite dishes…Classic Quiche.  I have made this so many times I have lost count.  We never seem to tire of it and it is one of the most requested in my repertoire of recipes.  You won’t be disappointed if you try it.  It is even good reheated the next day should you happen to have any left over.  For all those reasons it is this week’s Encore post.  Bon Appetit! Read more

A Very Good Start

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These little appetizers are creamy, crunchy, sweet and salty and just a little spicy.  Oh and did we mention… Read more

If Life Gives You Lemons…

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You can make Lemonade or you can make Lemon Pound Cake 🙂 Read more

The Challenge Becomes Golden!



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Peter Piper And The Pickles

pickles and peppers   Do you remember that old children’s rhyme, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”?  Well Peter isn’t the only one with pickles and pickled peppers 🙂 Read more

…And They’re Off!

o-ROYAL-ASCOT-facebookWe could not let this time go by without mentioning a wonderfully exciting activity that takes place in England every year at about this time.

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Encore – Carnations

baby carriage carnations Just last week I had a baby shower for a sweet friend who is having a baby girl in a couple of weeks.  What was the flower of choice for the centerpieces?…Yes that’s right…carnations.  One of the first posts we did here on Two Chums in March 2012 was about the virtues of, and our love for, carnations.  Using them at the shower last week reminded me that it was time to sing their praises again 🙂





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Staying Present

This is the season of graduations, showers, weddings, and then there are birthdays to celebrate all year long. Read more

Dear Chums – What Meal Should I Take?

Dear Chums

“Dear Chums,

I have offered to take dinner to a friend in need.  She has a family of four (including two toddlers). Read more

Salad Days – Breakfast Gone Green

Eggs on Spinach We could all use more greens in our diet, right?  Why wait for lunch or dinner?  A “green” breakfast can be delicious! Read more

Extra, Extra, Read All About It


The Duchess of Cambridge visits her elementary school, St. Andrews in Pangbourne, Berkshire (2012)

Apparently, Catherine Middleton at the age of about 12, whilst attending St Andrew’s School in Berkshire, England, starred in a the play “My Fair Lady” as Eliza Doolittle. Read more

Silver Paper


Ever wonder why, when you go to get some silver foil paper, the whole roll falls out of the box? Read more

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