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Happy New Year – Chinese New Year, That Is!

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Today, there are great celebrations taking place amongst all of the Chinese population all over the world. Read more

Chinese Garlic Noodles

IMG_1329Chinese New Year is Monday.  Need something easy and yummy to make for your celebration?  We’ve got that! Read more

Savvy Secrets For Your Freezer?

Savvy secrets photoOur dear chum Jennifer, recently sent us a list of some unexpected ways to use your freezer. Your freezer has more ability to be of service to you than just keeping ice or ice cream frozen.   Read more

Tennis, Anyone?

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As Queen Elizabeth II nears her 90th birthday, she is relinguishing some of her royal responsibilities and passing them on down to some of the younger royals. Read more

Did We See A Groundhog’s Shadow?

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Yes, today is the day that, when historically, we look for the groundhog to foretell the weather.  So… Read more

Harry To The Rescue – Well Done!

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Fix It Or Trash It?

IMG_1148Do you have something broken you should throw away but can’t quite bring yourself to do it?   Read more

Free Gift With Purchase

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Have you ever received a “gift with purchase”?  Well… Read more

To Zoe – From Savannah

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It is hard to have a friend move away…not a particularly happy time, but this event sparked a happy idea. Read more

Hair Dryer Savvy Secrets

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Holy smokes!  Look at what Bob Vila of Yahoo has shared!  All of the ways we can use our hair dryer (beyond the obvious). Read more

When Life Gives You Lemons…

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Celebrate!  You have something really special on your hands…or in your kitchen.  We’ve got some uses for lemons you may never have known.   Read more

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Joy!

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Out With The Old…In With The New

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Thinking about making some interior decorating changes?   Read more

Little Free Library

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Little Free Libraries are popping up all over.  The Wall Street Journal proclaims, “Little Free Library is a Global Sensation!” Read more

Radish Envy

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Reviewing the list of health benefits and possible ways to enjoy the daikon radish, one might think it is the envy of the veggie world 🙂 Read more

Martin Luther King

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Celebrations today are being conducted to remember the great Martin Luther King.  We found some interesting facts on one of our favorite sites, History.com that we thought you would enjoy. Read more

Start The New Year With Kindness

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Isn’t it great when we find a company that practices wonderful customer service?
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Start Your New Year Clean With Savvy Secrets!

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Thanks to Lifemix.today, we have some great Savvy Secrets for you – all about keeping clean! Read more

Start Your New Year Warm And Chocolatey

IMG_0693When the days are cold, something warm and chocolatey is always welcome 🙂   Read more

Start Your New Year Soft

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Start Your Year With, You Guessed It……Gratitude!

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As you no doubt know, your Two Chums feel that the expression of gratitude in life ……. Read more

Start Your New Year With Celebration!

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Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be celebrated tomorrow!  Her birthday will be one, no doubt, of sweet celebration with her family and dear friends. Read more

Start Your New Year Sweet

IMG_0479No hype here….new year or anytime, this is THE BEST tea cake, we’ve ever eaten! Read more

Start Your New Year By Helping

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Your Two Chums always love to share a good piece that they find in the news and this one is no exception!  Certainly, this lady, Tippi Hedren, helped many many! Read more

Start Your New Year Clean!

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There are products and remedies for every kind of laundry issue you can imagine.  We’ve got a simple chart to make getting, and staying,, clean in 2016, easy peasy! Read more

Teach Your Children Well -Part 5

1The holidays are over and for some of us this is when the let down and fatigue of all the activities of the season set in.  We are just plain tired. With very little “margin” for the frustration of accidents or bad behavior, our patience can be worn very thin.  Here are some things to consider as you are interacting with those little ones who sometimes are the reason for your frustration. Read more

Happy New Year!

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As the amazing inspirational writer Helen Steiner Rice said: Read more

Here’s To A “Cheesy” New Year

wedge-of-cheese-cut-from-wheelWell not really!  While we wouldn’t want your actually new year to be cheesy, it wouldn’t hurt if the dips you ate to bring it in were 🙂 Read more

Sparkle!

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Your Two Chums are reminded of the importance of “sparkle”. Read more

New Year – New Complexion

turmeric-skin-mask-2-300x227The new year is right around the corner. It never hurts to have something you can use at home to start the new year off with a brighter, healthier looking complexion 🙂 Read more

No Christmas in Massachusetts?

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Even when compared to Ebenezer Scrooge, the Puritans who ruled the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600s were downright Grinchian. Not only were the Puritans contemptuous of Christmas, they outlawed public celebration of the Yuletide holiday for an entire generation.

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Merry Christmas

manger-and-animalsMerry Christmas from your Two Chums and… Read more

A New Orleans Christmas

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Every region of this country has customs and traditions that are unique, especially when it comes to food.  But you would be hard pressed to find any that would be more delicious than a New Orleans Christmas Dinner. Read more

Christmas Trees – Cupcake “Trees”

3 treesIf you are looking for a last minute dessert for your Christmas feast we’ve got a fun, easy and tasty one for you today 🙂 Read more

Don’t Forget The Cookies and Milk for Santa!

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This Thursday night, millions of little girls and boys, before they get tucked into bed, will go to the fridge and pour a glass of milk and then find some cookies to put on a plate. Read more

Tis The Season For EggNog

12.09.11_FA_EggnogWe aren’t sure why it is that this flavorful drink makes an appearance only during the holidays but we know we are glad it does. Read more

Meringue “Mushrooms”

1 (7) These are a delightful surprise.  They actually look like real mushrooms but a sweet and delicious bite that also happen to be gluten free. Read more

Meringues Will Be Here Very Shortly!

Stay tuned, our dear chums!  The meringue mushrooms are waiting to be published.  They should be up very shortly!

Buche Noel – Christmas Yule Log

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The French call this classic dessert Buche Noel.  The English call it a Yule Log.  We just call it DELICIOUS! Read more

Take A Moment

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          Clouds reflecting in Loch Alsh, seen from Eilean Donan castle, in the Scottish Highlands

With just over a week until Christmas day, we feel impelled to remind you to take a moment to …. Read more

Creative Ways to Give Money

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Want to give someone you love money or a gift card for Christmas but want a creative way to give it?  We found some really fun ideas! Read more

Napkin “Trees”

FR9G9S2I3THE9GP.MEDIUMHere is a really fun way to take an ordinary napkin and fold it into a “tree” for your Christmas table. Read more

Little Acorns

1 (5)You may need a fun and easy little bite of something sweet to make this holiday season. We’ve got just the thing for you…some little acorns 🙂 Read more

Well Done Chuck Williams!

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!

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As you no doubt know, your Two Chums love the website History.com and found some fun information there today. Read more

Kindling The Lights

1 (2)Last night was the second night of the 8 day celebration of Hanukkah.  I feel very fortunate and blessed to be able to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas with my family.   Read more

Picking The Perfect Tree

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If you have not yet got your Christmas tree, here are some really useful points to consider.  They are in an article by Lizbeth Scordo of Yahoo Parenting and we felt sure you would appreciate it. Read more

Favorite Things – Provocalips

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Favorite Things – Provocalips

hwthumb.aspWe rarely endorse a product, but we when we find a really great one, we just have to share it with our chums! Read more

Well Done!

This undated photograph released by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial shows World War II, United States Army Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds. Edmonds is being posthumously recognized with "Righteous Among the Nations" Israel's highest honor for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II. He's the first American serviceman to earn the honor. (Courtesy of Yad Vashem via AP)

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Seventy years ago, during World War II, Sgt. Roddie Edmonds saved the lives of many Jewish people. Read more

Savvy Secrets – Holiday Decorating

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Oh my gosh – we found these wonderful, what we call, “Savvy Secrets” from Jenny Chang on Buzz Feed and just HAD to share them with you. Read more

Teach Your Children Well -Part 4

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In the midst of some of the busy-ness and craziness of the holiday season, with so much to do, take a minute to remember your most important job is how you interact with the young ones in your life. Read more

Happy Birthday, Sir Winston!

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Our gratitude continues into this week (and forever, for that matter) and, today being the day that Sir Winston Churchill was born, 141 years ago, we are celebrating his life and feeling immensely grateful for all that he did for the world. Read more

A Twist On Leftovers

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Giving Thanks!

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We set aside this day to remember all our blessings…. Read more

Thanksgiving’s Favorite Guest- Pies!

img_9312We thought just in case you were still trying to decide what to make for dessert tomorrow we would give you our favorite choices for pies! Read more

Guest Check List

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The Holidays often bring house guests and wonderful “together times”.  But…. Read more

Centerpiece “How-To’s”

 

1 (2)Flowers aren’t the only option for your Thanksgiving table centerpiece. Read more

A Culmination of Gratitude

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“Thank you” in sign language

For those of you who have been following us for a long time, you know how very important we feel gratitude is …. and… Read more

Pumpkin “Starter”

1 (2)Thanksgiving…..It is one week away! Read more

Life Lessons

lifelessonsThey come from all different places don’t they?  They come in relationships, as experiences, sometimes as a word from a friend, or reading something that strikes us from someone we may never meet. Our chum Wendy, shared this list of anecdotes about some of life’s most valuable lessons and we wanted to share them with you:

1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”

 2.Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70s- what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”

 3.Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.   When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”

 4.Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.  And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

5. Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work.   At 3PM I got laid off.  On my drive home I got a flat tire.  When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.   A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job.  I start tomorrow.

 6.Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”

 7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed.   About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.  I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.”   I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?”  Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.

 9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics,  I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

10.Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the  way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”

 11. Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant.  When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you today.  If you need me, I’m a phone call away.”  It was from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.

12. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.  Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.

Whether it is understanding what real success is, or experiencing the love of a true friend, or appreciating the family God gave us, or being willing to share whatever it is we have, or recognizing God’s provision for us, we all need to be taught these life lessons, sometimes again and again.   Each person in them learned something different but really they can all be summed up in what the Bible calls the two most important lessons or commandments:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.  And love your neighbor as yourself.”

Your chums are grateful to be learning right along with you.  What we want most of all, for each of you and ourselves, are lives very abundant with love and joy!

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Last Minute Appetizer

1 (3)The holidays are upon us and one of the fun aspects is the company we have.  Maybe more than any other time of the year we have friends or family in our homes.  Sometimes we are expecting them and sometimes they just drop in 🙂   Read more

“Look For The Helpers”

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In light of the happenings in Paris on Friday night, we turn to a quote from Mr. Rogers… Read more

Thank You For Serving

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Jeremy And The S’Mores Cake

1 (10)This is a tale (albeit a short but sweet one) of how my clever grandson, Jeremy, who it just so happens came to make a cake that tastes like s’mores.   Read more

The 11th Day of November

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Today at exactly 11:11 a.m. and every Veteran’s Day every year at 11:11 a.m……. Read more

Remembering

 

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Mmm Mmmm – French Onion Soup!

1 (2)Now that the evenings are beginning to have a bit of a chill, what better to serve your family than a hot bowl of home made French onion soup?  This recipe is sooo easy and quite delicious.

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Beautiful, Wavy Butter!

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With this very special Holiday Season coming up, we felt you would all have the need for one of these! Read more

What Joy!

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We absolutely LOVE sharing stories of joy and this is one that is full to the brim with JOY! Read more

Through The Years

We thought it would be fun to share with you some photographs of the Royal Family through the years.   Read more

A Pumpkin Message Of Thanks

pumpkinsHalloween is over and Thanksgiving is coming quickly. But before you throw out those pumpkins you used for decorating we have an idea for you. Read more

Teach Your Children Well – Part 3

1Our greatest job is loving and nurturing the little people God has entrusted to us. Nothing is more important or has more significance than the mark we leave on another human being. Read more

Halloween Treats and Pumpkin Tricks

leader photoThe spookiest day of the year is tomorrow.  Are you ready? Read more

Need Halloween Games? We’ve Got Those!

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Having a party and need some game ideas?  You have come to the right place!

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Not Bought Your Halloween Candy Yet?

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Yahoo conducted a survey as to what types of candy people most enjoy at Halloween and here’s what they found:

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Look Who!

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Need a fun and easy dessert for your Halloween get together?  We can help with that!

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Who WAS Queen Victoria?

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With all this talk about Queen Elizabeth II now being the longest reigning monarch in the United Kingdom, having just surpassed the length of Queen Victoria’s reign, we thought it might be fun to look at some facts about Queen Victoria.  Besides the fact that hers was a love affair with her husband, Albert, which is what we often hear of this Queen, she accomplished a great deal in her lengthy reign. Read more

Encore – When Is Halloween?

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Halloween is just a week away.  My granddaughter Sadie loves to write.  Though she is almost 10 years old now, she was only 7 years old when she wrote her Halloween poe.   We think it’s a special one and bears repeating 🙂 Read more

The Cookie – A Template For Tastiness

1 (7)What day couldn’t be made a little sweeter with a warm delicious cookie? Read more

Going As A Group?

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All Eyes On Catherine

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There are few people who do “pomp” better than the British and this was proved, yet again, yesterday when the Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in London.  He and his wife were met by the Queen and apparently taken to their suite at the Palace by Queen Elizabeth herself. Read more

Halloween Party Planning

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Are you having a Halloween party and need some extra fun things to do? Read more

We Are Back To The Future

51ZHI6dGLCLIn 1989, in the hit film “Back To The Future II”, you may remember that Doc Brown and Marty McFly visited the future in October 21, 2015.  Most of us remember this iconic movie series.  We cheered for Marty and Doc and enjoyed the “crazy” gizmos they used and found in the future.  In two days it will be October 21, 2015 and we will all be “Back To The Future”.    Read more

Inspirational Friday

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The lightbulb went on and lit up the whole room! Read more

Easy Cheesy – Grits Souffle

IMG_8040It’s easy….it’s cheesy…..and it is soooo good!  It’s Cheesy Grits Souffle 🙂 Read more

Cutting The Cake Gets Better!

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Certainly, the traditional way to cut a round cake is to vaguely find the center and cut triangles from that point.   Read more

The Common Made Uncommon – The Dishtowel

1 What could be more of a common household item than say…the dish towel?  But we have some ideas to use those common towels in new ways! Read more

Olive Oil

olives-and-olive-oilOften the simplest and purest products are the best.  Olive oil, it turns out, is evidence to that rule. Read more

The Countdown Begins!

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These seven girls have gone through a grueling exercise over the past few months and have ended up being the pick of the crop! Read more

Sprucing Up For The Holidays!

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On seeing this DIY post from Tess Panser and Yahoo, your Two Chums were reminded of a time when one of our daughters was getting married and we could not find the right colored shoes to match the bridesmaids outfits. Read more

The Goblins Are Coming!

1264238_430217010428143_525279733_oHalloween is just around the corner.  We’ve found some fun ideas, both for decorating and for food at your Halloween celebration 🙂 Read more

Did You Know These Things About James Dean?

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Just over 60 years ago, on September 30, 1955, budding movie star James Dean died at age 24 when his sports car slammed into a Ford sedan near Bakersfield, California—just prior to the release of his signature film, “Rebel Without a Cause.” Six decades later, we explore some surprising facts about the persistent cultural icon, who’s sometimes referred to as “the first American teenager.”

Teach Your Children Well -Part 2

6a00d834515c5469e201bb0794bdfc970dThis is our next installment in some reminders about raising great kiddos 🙂  Read more

Apple Roses

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Time Zones

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We take all of the different time zones for granted but what did the world do before there were “official” time zones? Read more

A New Piece of Jewelry?

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We have heard, through the grapevine, that the Queen has given Catherine a very special piece of jewelry! Read more

Well Done See See

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Fun For The LIttles

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We saw this on Facebook and just had to share it with you. Read more

What’s For Dinner? – Woodchuck Sandwich

1 (5)If you Google “Woodchuck Sandwich” and look at images, you will see a plethora of photos that look nothing alike.  It would almost seem that any sandwich could have the label Woodchuck. Read more

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