THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT ARM — PITS?!

problem areas — we all got em.

mine?  my arms.  always. — always always.  and as i get older they aren’t making it any easier to fit into my favorite ole blazer.  so i’ve started using those little 2 pound weights my mother so thoughtfully got me for Christmas one year, and yeah!  it’s kinda working!

but then.

what is up with the weird flappy arm meets side business?  it’s like a little bum (or tiny front bum) that just sits there, one on each side, just flapping about.  lame!

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so my girlfriend and i were talking and she tells me that her mom uses a ball to work out her pits (and give more lift to her boobs to boot!) and, well, I LOVE MOM TIPS! sooo.. i got a cute little squeeze ball with yin yang on it and i leave it in the living room.  Now every time i see it i have to squeeze it for a minute.


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I am already seeing results!

but — what do you think?   Is it working?!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

i hope you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend!

we’re in Rhode Island for the weekend and the weather is just stunning.  we are going to walk down to the beach soon to smell some salty air and watch the waves crash on the rocks…  and we wont even need coats!

every year my mother and i cook Thanksgiving dinner for my whole family.  Adam helps by chopping and prepping, my father makes a cheesecake and everyone else shows up with some sort of appetizer and healthy appetites!

Happy Thanksgiving! I Love You Nonetheless

Happy Thanksgiving! I Love You Nonethelesscarrot soup with sweet pea cream, served in my great grandmothers china.

we only use the Meito gold encrusted china a few times a year, and i just adore it when we do.  i love to think about all the special meals that have been served on these dishes, how many family members and friends that have used these over the last 80+ years…

Happy Thanksgiving! I Love You Nonetheless“the” meal

turkey, cranberry, mashed potatoes, yams and butternut squash, stuffing, string beans and braised brussel sprouts with bacon and a maple syrup glaze

Happy Thanksgiving! I Love You Nonetheless

pumpkin spice cheesecake — the perfect balance of creamy goodness, fall flavors and just the perfect amount of sweet

oh hai!

hi hi hi!

has it been FOREVER?!  YES!

so – how aah yah?  im greeeeeat! cause, i like, got married!  whaaaaaaat?! yep! totally happened.  sorry ladies, he’s mine now!  boom!

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Tina Nguyen http://daaamntina.com/

i imagine this means i’ll have time to chat again.  can you believe it?  i’ve been so MIA for the last few months, who knew if i was even going to come back?!  well, i did.  TA-DAH!

anyway, lemme reign my manic-self in and let you enjoy some of my wedding pics… there will be more of these, more of those and more of the other to come.. i have waaaaay too much to tell you about, we’ll see how well i do. ha.  in the meantime, enjoy some candids shot by some of our amazing guests.


Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Tina Nguyen http://daaamntina.com/bride con chowder

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Tina Nguyen http://daaamntina.com/craned

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Christina Brown

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Christina Brown   Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Linda Smyth

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Christina Brown

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Shoko Hachiya

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Christina Brown

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Tina Nguyen http://daaamntina.com/

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Tina Nguyen http://daaamntina.com/getting clam baked

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Tina Nguyen http://daaamntina.com/

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Tina Nguyen
Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Tina Nguyen http://daaamntina.com/his and hers one of a kind Brompton folding bikes!

Carrie Morrissey and Adam Phillips Wedding photo by Tina Nguyen http://daaamntina.com/jewels :: my great grandmothers massive smokey topaz ring, linda’s ring that i borrowed for a bit, THE rings: crafted by the incredible Nikky Bergman

photos from Tina, Linda, AndChristina 

More Food Than You Can Shake A Stick At; Yummy Brooklyn

roasted potato leek soup with sour cream (i keep the skins on)“S on an S” kale and salad. (gravy made with potato leek soup)granola makingoil and honeydried apple, walnut, almond and coconut flake granola, chocolate cherry soy ice creamtofu with chipotle goat cheese sauce, zucchini and mushrooms, caramelized red onion and parsnipthe last of the potato leek soup, spicy chipotle onions and tofudouble cut pork chop, onion rings, brussel sproutsobligatory topless winter jenny cream ale shotgunour new neighborscan’t wait to sample some of this goodness! Homemade bbq from the biker boys of the Shopit’s time for the percolator dinner partymushrooms, three types, Williamsburg Farmers Markethave i ever told you, mushrooms are my favorite food?they are.this one reminded me of a hedgehog, and it had a deep earthy flavor unlike anything ive ever had, and while cooking perfumed the entire houselocal potatoes and celery roothairy rootsome beautiful local beefyou say potato, and i say correct! that is a potato!old man celery rooti spent a lot of time photographing these mushrooms.  i was so excited to eat them!  if you have 10 minutes and want your mind blown, take a look at how mushrooms will save the world!itisinside the fuzzy mushroommmmmmmmmmushrooms (and herbes de provence we brought back from france)roasted winter veggies, perfectly cooked roast, mushroomsfam.nacho nacho nachos!savory sweet asian rice puff tower (asian rice krispie treat)regulate.sometimes, this is ALL i need.chicken, fish, taties, and sprouts. nom.Bao, three ways: Tofu, Beef and Pork from Baohaus“Pipeline Chevre” from Vermont lemony and firm. reminded me of birch trees when whole, truffles when i sliced it.way too much steak, organic pasta and brussel sproutsbreakfast of championsketel one vodka.. what is this, ice?roasted peppersfreshly pickled: tomats and half soursKarnatzlacklove, Sammy’s style“jewish olive oil” ie, chicken fatlatkes and applesaucewhole roasted chickenhomemade potato chipsRomanian SteakSalmon Steak a smattering of delights, Sammy’s Romanian Steak Housesteak n potatoa voice like Sinatra, a face like Dr Steve Brulesomewhere between a pancake and a cookie these chocolate chip treats liveeggcream action shotsuper dense foamSammy’s Romanian Steak Houseroasted banana and cream cheese stuffed french toast with apple, pear, and slivered almond compote. bacon.homemade mac a cheeegg drop soup

Chic Travelers; Manhattan

it’s almost T-Gives (best holiday EVER) so i thought some chic travelers would be appropriate.  There is nothing like luxe luggage to say chic, but when it’s paired with a elbow patch blazer (him) and phenom riding boots (her) there is just no way to go wrong!

i can’t wait for thanksgiving!  it is my favorite holiday.. i love cooking with my mother, family coming and going, the crisp fall air in Rhode Island, trying new recipes and bring out old favorites.. my aunt and grandmother have both moved to RI recently, and we now all get to have an unhurried time together.. laughing and drinking wine, sampling cheeses and keeping the boys out of the kitchen. we never eat until later in the evening, as i’ve been brought up appreciating the time it take to cook things, not just feeling like we must rush to eat by 1pm. after i think we are going to watch despicable me, eat a bunch of pie (my aunt nancy makes the BEST pecan pie EVER) and pass out on the couch, swearing we will never eat another bite. until the next day, when we’ll make the leftover sammies!

do you have traditions you celebrate with your family or friends around thanksgiving? anything you can’t wait to do again, or never again? recipes you want to share? tell me — i want to know!!

tea parties and picnics