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
Sometimes we make things for dinner that taste really good, but are not necessarily so good for us. Then there are those healthy meals that leave something to be desired with regard to taste. This one is both good and good for you! 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!
If you have been around Two Chums for any amount of time you probably know your chums LOVEEEE macaroni and cheese! We shared a favorite recipe for Father’s Day in 2012. That was Mac N’ Cheese 1.0 Then last July we shared another method we came across for makingthis family favorite. That was Mac N’ Cheese 2.0 Now we have the 3.0 version to share with you and you won’t want to miss this one! Read more
Though they sell any number of combinations and types of pizza, according to a number of sites, the most popular pizza at CPK is BBQ Chicken Pizza. They are responsible for introducing this pizza to the world. Almost every pizza outlet now offers some form of this iconic pizza, but you can make a delicious version at home and have it hot and fresh in minutes. Making this delicious pizza is much easier than you might think it would be. Read more
Last year, at Chinese New Year, we shared with you one of our favorite noodle dishes, Chinese Garlic Noodles. They have been a favorite of adults and children alike, and certainly are delicious any time of year, not just at New Year. But this year we made a discovery. Read more
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
There is little that is better for you, in a whole variety of ways, than a really good laugh. A good laugh makes you feel better, boosts your immune system, exercises your stomach muscles, and brightens your spirits. And if what makes you laugh actually happened to someone…well prepare to have a really good belly laugh. As Homer Simpson says “It’s funny cause it’s true!” Today, we have a doozy of a story for you 🙂 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
When people retire, going from being very engaged and busy with an active full life, to suddenly having no where you have to be and nothing you have to do can be a big shock. So retired people often travel, play golf, spend time with grandchildren, or take up a hobby. Taking up a “hobby” is precisely what the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, has done…he has taken up painting portraits. And not just any portraits either. Read more
Everyone loves a clean tub. But let’s face it…not everyone loves cleaning that tub! Today we have a great way to get that sparkling clean bathtub in the easiest imaginable way. A chum shared this savvy secret with us and we are happy to pass it along. With just 2 simple ingredients, and little to no scrubbing, you can have the cleanest tub around.
Here is this amazing savvy secret to getting the cleanest tub around:
Here’s to clean bathrooms and the joy they bring…not to mention that sense of abundant living 🙂
Last week we did a post about an old mid-century dresser, purchased at our local thrift store, that we painted and refinished. One of the best features of that great old dresser was the hardware. 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
If someone told you a story about a black man accused of dealing drugs, and a white cop, who later became the best of friends, you’d say a little skeptically “well….maybe”. But if they told you it was the white cop who accused and arrested the black man, and had him sent to prison, you’d be even more leary of the story. But guess what? That isn’t even the half of it! this one has a twist you will never see coming. This is one of the most remarkable and powerful stories….true stories…we’ve ever heard. Read more
(photo curtesy of CBS News)
When a little boy in Ohio found $20 in a parking lot, neither he nor his mother could possibly have imagined all the good that could come from investing that $20 bill in kindness. Read more
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
This past Sunday, a wonderful new mini series on the life and history of Queen Victoria, began on PBS. Tomorrow we will witness our own history as the transfer of power from one administration, that of President Obama, to that of the President-elect, Donald Trump takes place at his inauguration. What I was struck by in watching the first episode of Victoria, is that in every country, it seems, there is a period of adjustment as a new ruler comes to power. Read more
As you may know, if you have been around Two Chums for any length of time, though born Canadian, Jackie lived a good part of her younger life in England and often uses “British” English. I on the other hand, am a product of the stars and stripes form of English. So though we both speak English, there are terms, especially kitchen terms…or cookery terms, that need interpretation. If you happen to own a British cookbook or read any British food magazines, knowing the vernacular can be helpful. If you don’t, knowing it can just be fun! Read more
This savvy secret is the easiest of ways to insure you will have clean, fresh sweet smelling laundry. No matter what detergent you choose, or how often you use your washing machine, there can develop a musty or moldy smell. It can cause your laundry to take on that smell. But there is a simple solution to this. Read more
(photo from DailyMail.co.uk)
It was 8 years ago that the Obama family moved into the White House. Sasha and Malia Obama, the first family sisters, were greeted by the Bush sisters who had lived there before them. Sisters, Barbara and Jenna Bush, left a letter for Sasha and Malia welcoming them to their new home and encouraging them as they started the new adventure they were about to have. As the Obama girls leave what has been their home for the last 8 years, and make their way in life outside the White House, the Bush sisters have again written them another letter to encourage them on this next chapter of their lives. Read more
Whether you want a craft area of your own, or a place to have tea with friends, or just a quiet spot away from dishes and laundry where you can sit and read, there is a place women can create for themselves that is the equivalent to the “man cave”. It’s called….are you ready?….a “she shed” 🙂 Read more
We have, over the years, given you many uses for baking soda. Everything from cleaning to cooking, there are endless uses for baking soda. Those uses include it being the main ingredient in the recipes for our homemade deodorant and toothpaste. But today we have another place to use this common household item Read more
As the season has brought rain, and in some cases snow, and colder weather just about everywhere, we can all need and enjoy something warm and comforting to eat. If it happens to be simple to make and only involves a few ingredients most of us have in the pantry and refrigerator…well, that’s all the better! Read more
These two adorables attended the world famous Rose Parade this past Monday, January 2nd and this photo of them ended up in the local newspaper. Thanks to some very generous friends, our group had very coveted front row seats at the parade. What these girls and everyone around them witnessed though, was much more than just pretty floats and marching bands. Read more
Soon children and, in some homes, adults, will hang their stockings on the fireplace expecting Santa to come and fill them with goodies. “What a very funny tradition”, you might say! “How on earth did it start?” you might ask. Read more
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
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