Baking, Rome and a Gr8 Dinner

Baking, Rome and a Gr8 Dinner This week we participated in World Baking Day by getting together and doing, what else, but baking! Then we shared all the delicious recipes we made.Who even knew there was a World Baking Day? Then we learned about Debbie and Phil’s last two days in the beautiful Italian city of Rome with their reviews of an enoteca and a cafe/wine bar. Check out their posts on this romantic city. Heck…

Brunch Torte

This recipe was introduced to our group by Jurga, who got it from her sister in Toronto. A web search for the origin produced several versions on sites such as allrecipes.com and food.com. We’ve each made a few changes from the original to suit our individual tastes; Anna adds 2 more eggs; and Jurga goes lighter with the potatoes. Add and subtract to your taste, and for those spice lovers serve with a fresh salsa or…

Last Call for Anchor Ball!

It was 1998. We were just four women with different backgrounds and experiences, but one thing in common… our commitment to service. It was the perfect “meet cute” for four future best friends. We all knew that the best part of volunteering on a committee or chairing an event, was meeting other parents. We each used our skills and talents to help orchestrate The Anchor Ball, the event benefiting our children’s school. Little did we know, we would become…

Finale in Rome

Very close to the Bed & Breakfast where we stayed, Cornary Courtyard, were many quaint eateries and shops along the neighboring streets.  Etabli, a hip and happening bar/restaurant, is where we found ourselves stopping in regularly for a quick pre-dinner sip of our favorites: Aperol Spritz for me and Negroni for Phil. Sitting at the bar, watching the bartender mix up his own creations or serving the standards (like ours), people watching was always interesting. We knew it…

Roma at Last!

Although excited to be onboard Trenitalia heading to Rome, it was sad knowing it was our last city of this amazing two week trip, but we quickly snapped out of it and began making the list of our must sees! Returning to this ancient city again after ten years, we were sure to revisit the usual spots: Vatican City, Trevi Fountain (under construction), and Plaza Novana, to name a few. As for our dining choices, first time places were a…

Happy World Baking Day!

Never heard of it? Neither had we. But when we learned of this holiday, we knew that Great Eight Friends needed to celebrate; because what better holiday to define us than one that exists specifically to bake for friends! Check out the World Baking Day website. Giving someone a homemade cake is a brilliant way to let them know how much you care. We can forget to tell the people who matter most why they make our lives a little…

Ahhh Firenze…and a Birthday and More!

Ahhh Firenze! Did you visit Florence with us on Monday and Tuesday? Debbie and Phil shared all their wonderful tips for a Gr8 vacation in Florence. We also celebrated a birthday, girl style; such fun for us! Then we learned how to make fresh lemonade for those hot summer days. It’s a little extra trouble, but well worth the work. If you haven’t ever had lemonade fresh squeezed, this is a definite must try! And let…

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