Eat Your Vegetables!

Summer is my favorite time of year to visit Manassero Farms. Although produce is available almost all year at our local supermarkets, the greatest nutritional value and flavor is found when they are at their peak of freshness. Because fruits and vegetables are at their best quality and price during certain months, going to the farm offers many choices of organic produce in the peak of their season, they are picked fresh and offered right at the source. In July…

Easy Vanilla Ice Cream

If you have ever compared store-bought to home-made ice cream, you know there’s a huge difference, not only in texture and flavor, but most importantly, in wholesome ingredients. So the next time you reach for store-bought ice cream, stop!  With a little time and patience, you can create your own delicious vanilla ice cream with this easy recipe. No fancy equipment is required. Just to let you know, some of the links on this page…

Mosaic Bar and Grille at the Montage Laguna Beach

Mosaic Bar and Grille at the Montage in Laguna Beach, California, is a restaurant like no other. This is one of those restaurants that’s pricey but Vince and I try to go to dinner there at least once a summer. There is nothing better than eating outside on a beautiful evening, add to that the view of the ocean (it’s right there!), and a solo guitarist singing popular songs, old and new, and you have the…

Gr8 Grandbaby Shower

We are having a baby! Well, we aren’t really having a baby. Anna and Vince are having a baby! Well, ok, Anna and Vince aren’t really having a baby either. Their son and daughter-in-law are having a baby! So……Anna and Vince are going to be first time Grandparents and this is a first for Great Eight Friends! Well then, we need to celebr8! Of course we do! So, for our Gr8 dinner this year, Joel…

The Original Rum Daiquiri

Gr8 Friends! Have you ever had a moment when you realize that something that you’ve always thought of as one way only was originally something much more simple and pure? When we were in Puerto Rico visiting the Bacardi factory we learned the original recipe for a Rum Daiquiri is nothing like the frozen drink that most bars make! The Original Rum Daiquiri is more like a mojito type of drink. With only 3 ingredients (that’s…

Java Almond Fudge Ice Cream

When I was younger, on the weekends, my best friend Gina and I would ride our bikes to the ice cream shop, Baskin- Robbins. Back in the day it was called “Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors”. We called it “31 Flavors”  because, believe it or not, they actually had a menu of 31 flavors! So many to choose from, but for me there was only 1, Jamoca Almond Fudge! A creamy coffee flavored ice cream with ribbons…

The Bluest Skies in Seattle

“The bluest skies you’ve ever seen in Seattle, and the hills the greenest green in Seattle…” This song perfectly describes the beauty of this northwest city. The bluest skies in Seattle. Oh sure, sometimes it’s rainy and damp. But when the sun is shining, Seattle truly is an incredible city. And to be honest, it’s even lovely when it’s misty and rainy. Recently my friend, Kim, and I took…

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