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
On this Memorial we want to take a moment to remember the brave me and women of the armed forces who have made that ultimate sacrifice, giving their very lives, to defend our freedom. They have gone into dark and dangerous places so that we, and our children and our children’s children might be safe. For that we are a grateful nation and we honor those who have fallen today. Several years ago on November 13, 2010 Lt General John Kelly USMC, delivered a speech about the dedication and valor of our young men and women who step forward each and every day to protect us. Having lost his own son, Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC, just 4 days earlier, General Kelly spoke from his heart.
He closed the speech with the moving account of the last six seconds in the lives of two young Marines who died with rifles blazing to protect their brother Marines. During the speech, he never mentioned the loss of his own son. 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
If there is one dessert that we have requests for again and again and again at events from birthdays to holidays it would have to be a Strawberry Meringue. This Strawberry Lemon Meringue, is a variation of that favorite dessert. 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
The end of the school year is fast approaching. Children will say goodbye to their classmates and their teachers. Telling those teachers “thank you” and letting them know how very appreciated they are for all they have done should never be overlooked. Your words and small tokens of appreciation can mean more than you might realize to those women and men who help to shape our children’s world and even their futures. But sometimes finding the right words or small gift to give as a token of your appreciation can be hard. So today we have a few suggestions for you 🙂 Read more
The name of this dish says it all…well, almost all. These sandwiches are most certainly drippy, but what the name doesn’t tell you is that they aren’t just dripping with juice but also dripping with flavor 🙂 Read more
On Mother’s Day we celebrate those women who gave us life. Here in the United States that day is the second Sunday in May. This year is it is this Sunday, May 14th. But today, May 10th is always Mother’s Day in Mexico no matter what day of the week it falls on. Read more
My very dear chum, and life long mentor posted something on her Facebook page with the request that if you feel the same as she does, you might pass this message along. It struck me so deeply, and is such a profound message I felt I wanted to share it with each and every one of you. Read more
This Magic Bar recipe has been around for decades. This is one of those recipes that once you’ve tried it you make it again and again. You just can’t go wrong with these Magic Bars. They are “magic” because they are simple to make, and simply yummy! Read more
If you are asking yourself “Who is Jeremy and what is his Orange Chicken all about?”, the answer is simple. Jeremy is my 13 year old grandson and his Orange chicken is all about deliciousness! 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
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