Spring Beach Campfire

We had the most beautiful weather this past weekend.  It was such sweet relief after a week of gloom.  So, we were left with no choice but to take advantage.  Steve’s family and our friend Tom were out visiting and we thought, “Well, we are on Nantucket – let’s go to the beach!”   We packed up the cars, bundled up and headed out towards Great Point.  It was pretty cold and windy but the sun was shining so we were happy campers. beachfire beachfire2 beachfire3 beachfire4We enjoyed our afternoon Motto!  Tom invented this drink.  It is delicious.  It’s changed my life and I have given up coffee.  I’ve posted about it before. Read the latest news about Motto in the Boston Business Journal!!
beachfire5 beachfire6 The double coat look. beachfire7The sledgehammer toss competition.beachfire8 beachfire9 beachfire10 The spectators.beachfire11Ivy doesn’t want to leave!
beachfire12beachfire13 So happy that we are getting closer to beach weather!  Nantucket, please warm up a bit!!

The Farmer’s Market


Some of my favorite Sunday activities in LA include going on a hike, going out to brunch and going to one of the amazing Farmer’s Markets this city has to offer.  Doesn’t that sound like a perfect Sunday?


I got up yesterday, got dressed and then headed off to the Brentwood Farmer’s Market.  I thought, “Oh this will be perfect… I will get inspiration from what’s in season and I will get all the ingredients to whip up something fresh and delicious for dinner and I can even make a blog post out of it.  It will be easy.”  Like I am Giada or Ina Garten or something.


Well, it all sounded wonderful in my head… that’s not actually how it went down.


I was so overwhelmed by all the amazing fruits, vegetables, flowers, food, breads and pastries that the Farmer’s Market had to offer.  I wanted everything.  But there is just one of me so I couldn’t buy everything… it would go to waste!


Anyways, this is what I ended up with…


A huge thing of Celery

1/2 pound of Dates


and a yummy Soft Pretzel

UMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm……………….  What the heck was I planning to make for dinner with that??  I mean, I knew I didn’t have anything when I left.  I was like just get me out of here.  And next time I will come back with a plan.

Other bloggers make this all look so perfect and easy!  Well I’d like to announce that we are not perfect here at the Milly & Grace Girls.  We are real and don’t have it all together all of the time!

I sat at home for about an hour trying to figure out what I was going to do.  Anyways, I did come up with something.

A side dish that will be perfect for Easter!

Maple Roasted Carrots with Goats Cheese, Pecans and a Sweet and Hot Mustard Dressing


I don’t have measurements.  Because I literally just went with it and didn’t know what it was going to taste like until after I took this picture.

Think very rustic, Jamie Oliver, simple, very few ingredients.  These were all ingredients I had in my house (except the carrots).


Carrots (A lot of carrots if you are serving them for a big group.  They shrink down a little when you roast them.)

A little Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper and Maple Syrup

Crumbled Goats Cheese

Toasted Pecans (chopped)

Trader Joe’s Sweet and Hot Mustard


1. Cut carrots.  However you want.  They could be more rectangular or circles.  Whatevs.

2.  Put the carrots in a bowl. Drizzle a little olive oil, salt and pepper.  Then drizzle the Maple Syrup.

3.  Pour onto a roasting pan.  Roast at 400 until they look roasted. Like this or a little bit more roasted…


4.  Let them cool just a little.

5.  In the meantime, scoop some mustard into a bowl, whisk in olive oil until it looks like the consistency of a dressing.  Then pour a little Maple Syrup in… maybe salt and pepper?  Just taste it and see if you need to adjust.

6.  Now transfer carrots to your serving dish. Top with crumbled Goats Cheese (don’t be skimpy), add pecans and drizzle on the dressing.

7.  And then eat!!


Note 1:  The drizzle of the dressing wasn’t enough, I kept adding a little more.  So you can put it on the carrots before you finish it with the goats cheese and pecans.

Note 2:  I thought the dish needed a little green… I didn’t have any fresh herbs though.  So I just sprinkled on a little crushed up oregano.  If you have any fresh herbs like thyme or dill or maybe mint… I am sure any of those would be yummy!

Note 3:  I think this side dish would be perfect with an Easter Spiraled Ham!  OR even steak!

My advice for Farmer’s Markets

Go with a plan/recipes already in mind

Walk through the Farmer’s Market once to check out the best stalls…

Then go back through to make your picks!

And you can always freeze your fruits and vegetables!

Let me know if you try out the recipe or if you have any questions about it!

Getting ready to open Milly & Grace!

Spring has sprung.  That means it’s time to get the store ready to open! Over the winter we close up, clear everything out and freshen up the place. I also do all of the buying for the whole season. Every year April 1st rolls around and we start from scratch. Boxes upon boxes arrive daily and we fill the shop up with the goodies that I find over the winter. It feels like we are opening up a new store every year! It is so lovely to have the time to really think about the previous year – what worked and what didn’t and how can we make this next year better than last year.  Bring it on Year 5!  We have some fun new things in store for you!

We have a fresh coat of paint and brand new floors! season5 We are getting new fitting room curtains made – here is the fabric:season5aBlue and white is going to be HUGE this season. We are talking every shade of blue; navy to chambray! LoveShackFancy and Joie did blue & white in big way this spring.  season5c season5bBlack & White is also big for spring.  Digging this print from Joie.
season5d Tagging jewelry takes forever!!!!! season5e season5f I’ve been looking forward to these coming in! Might have to come up with a new cocktail inspired by this martini glass.season5g Karen Adams is coming out with some great new products! Here are some new designs:season5h Harry Barker, our new dog line arrived. We’ve done some product testing. Ivy approves.season5i Stay tuned! I’ll be posting more sneak peeks before we open on April 25th!