I’m 30!

I had a very happy birthday.  I was surrounded by my family and friends – THE  most thoughtful, sweet and generous people around.  It was a night full of love, laughs, delicious bites, Pink & Grays and photo booth fun.  Thank you everyone for coming out in the snow storm to celebrate with me!  My heart is full.
A special thank you to my Mom for always throwing us the best birthday parties and for coming up with the cutest party decor!  To her partner in crime, Caroline, who helped with the vision.  Your attention to details and execution is going to serve you well ;) Dad, thank you for putting up with our love for entertaining!  To my Allie, you were there in spirit!
Miss Annie, you came all the way from Boston to whip up the most scrumptious bites for all of us to enjoy – all that for me?!  To Steve, who built that photo booth and squeezed all the grapefruits (37) for the Pink & Grays.  To Diane, it was so sweet of you to bring the cheese and veggie platters – no party is complete without them!  To Jen, for bringing your fab shrimp app! To Tim, you officially make the best party playlists ever!  To Tom, who stepped off the ferry and jumped right in to helped with the last dash preparations!  And to Miss Julia, thank you for suppling the best photo booth props!
30.  I think that means that I am officially a grown up?  Everyone keeps saying that 30 is the best decade – My 20’s were pretty wonderful so I am excited to see what my 30s have in store for me!
Now it’s time for the moment of truth – the final review of the 30 things to do before I’m 30.
Well friends, I wish I could say to you today that I checked everything off.  But alas, there are still a few things left to do.    The last month of my 20s was super hectic.  Thanksgiving, Stroll, holiday parties, Christmas preparations etc etc and I just couldn’t get it all done.  One thing my 20s did teach me was that life happens – you have to welcome it and be ok with it.  No matter how long your To Do list is, your day can’t only be about checking everything off.  While my personality is constantly fighting this, I work everyday to be better about accepting it.  So if I want to sit on the floor and cuddle my cute puppy for an hour, for goodness sake I am going to do it!  BUT I will say, that by making this list, I accomplished many more of the things that I’ve been wanting to do than I would have had I not written a list.  So I would encourage all of you to make one of your own!! And please share it with me!!  I plan to finish my list so I will keep you all informed :)
Note: A few of  my things, like #28 – really learn to surf and #19 – be better about saving money, won’t ever get checked off because they are ongoing goals of mine.
1. Launch the Milly & Grace online store! 
2. Host a beach BBQ. 
3. Bake a pie from scratch.  
4. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
5. Clean out my closet.
6. Learn to grill 
7. Continue our Hollister tradition for the 3rd year in a row – The Nantucket Stay-cation!
8. Write a “just because” handwritten note every week. 
9. Get a puppy! 
10. Visit the “other” island- Martha’s Vineyard!
11. Read the Great Gatsby
12. Start practicing yoga again.
13. Pay for the coffee for person in line behind me.
14. Go strawberry picking at Bartlett Farm.
15. Send someone flowers. 
16. Create my own cocktail! 
17. Visit Tuckernuck 
18. Participate in a workshop to help me become a better blogger.
19.  Be better about saving my money! 
20. Roast a chicken.
21. Try paddle boarding
22. Watch Casablanca.
23. Go skinny dipping!
24. Break my magazine hoarding habit.
25. Organize all my recipes.
26. Find the Hidden Forest out here on Nantucket!
27. Get a massage. (Or 2 or 3)
28. Really learn to surf – Actually catch a wave without Steve’s help!
29. Connect with and commit to a non profit organization that really matters to me. 
30. Enjoy the sunrise & sunset all in the same day.
Now that I’m 30, does this mean I need to start working on my 40 before 40 list?  Ahhhh!!!!

 Me at my 3rd and my 30th birthday parties. 3 -30

The Pink & Gray – My Signature Drink

One of my favorite and hardest things on my list of 30 things to do before I’m 30 was #16: create my own signature cocktail.  Steve is famous for his “Stever” and so I needed one of my own!  I enlisted the help of a my good friend Tom Olcott who is an excellent mixologist –  he created Motto so… yep, I went to the right person.  May I introduce to you the Pink & Gray!


p&gingredientsThe Ingredients:

  • 2 oz of  tequilla blanco
  • 2 large fresh basil leaves
  • 2 oz of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz of agave
  • 3/4 oz of Pom
  • Club soda
  • Pepper


Grab your citrus squeezer and start juicing those grapefruits!


A 1/2 a grapefruit usually yields about 3-4 oz.

p&ggrapefruitHow to make it: Fill your cocktail shaker with a handful of ice.  Roughly break up the basil and add it to the shaker.  Now add the grapefruit juice, tequila, agave and Pom.  Shake it up!!
p&gbasilPour into a glass and top with a little club soda.  (It is delicious strait up or on the rocks.)   And now for the gray… A little garnish of pepper!

And here she is in all her glory…The Pink & Gray on the Gray lady! p&ggrayladyEnjoy!!

Roasting a Chicken – It’s easy!

Time is ticking and one of the things on my list of 30 things to do before I’m 30 is to roast a chicken.  Check!

Lesson Learned:  People, we should not be afraid of roasting a chicken!!  It is super easy, so delicious and totally rewarding.  You will be totally impressed with yourself that you can do this!!

I’ve been inspired by Julia Child’s famous roasted chicken recipe and Jamie Oliver’s “naked chef” cooking techniques and this is what I’ve come up with:

Here is what you will need:


  • A 5lb (give or take) chicken
  • Lemon
  • Fresh thyme & rosemary
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cooking string
  • A 10 inch stainless steel sauté pan.  If you don’t have this, just use a baking dish that leaves about an inch of space between the chicken and the dish. (I would avoid non stick).

Here are the steps:

Clean the chicken: Remove whatever is in the inside cavity of the chicken.  (So technical right?!)  Rinse the chicken inside and out with hot water and pat dry with a paper towel.  Cut out the wishbone for easier carving.  (Here is a youtube video for prepping a chicken)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Reserve 1TB of butter and then melt the rest of the stick in the 10-inch sauté pan.

Salt and pepper the cavity of the chicken.  Cut the reserved butter in 4 pieces and put 2 of the pieces in the cavity of the chicken.  Take the lemon and pierce it all over with a fork. This is your moment to let out some aggression!  (Although don’t hurt your hand) Throw that lemon inside the chicken.  Add some springs of thyme & rosemary and the remaining butter pieces.

Truss the Chicken – which is the fancy way of saying tie up that chicken.  Here is a step by step guide.


Now place the chicken in the pan of melted butter (move off the heat). Baste the chicken with butter.  Generously season with salt & pepper and add thyme & rosemary leaves.


Now just throw it in the oven!  Cooking time is always tough depending on your oven.  I cooked mine  for an hour and 10 minutes.  Pull it out about halfway through and baste.

The chicken is done when your meat thermometer registers at 165 degrees.  When you pull out the thermometer, the juices should run clear.  Baste the chicken again.  Lift the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.  This is so important because it allows the juices to evenly distribute through out the chicken.  Cut away the string and remove the lemon.

Roasted Chicken

To carve begin by cutting right down the middle of the bird.  (Removing the wishbone allows you to do this easily).  Then cut out the breasts by running the knife on the outside of the bird.  Remove the legs and serve it up!!


It was so delicious that I forgot to take a pretty plated picture. Oh well…  I hope you all give it a try!!  Let me know how it goes or if you have any tips!