Clothing Swap Party

I don’t know where this idea came from, but about a year ago I decided I wanted to host a “Clothing Swap Party”. I would ask everyone to clean out their closets and bring over anything they no longer wore. We wanted items that were in good shape and that someone else might want to take home.

I invited my girlfriends over last Saturday hoping everyone would follow directions and bring some clothes. I was amazed at the turnout! Everyone came with a full bag to swap. I also made it a pot-luck, so everyone brought a dish or booze. My dad was kind enough to grill for us too.

We decided to lay everything out, garage-sale style. My mom’s clothesline was helpful, although we came close to breaking it with the weight.

Felipe was the life of the party as per usual. He kissed at least 5 people on the mouth, which is his goal in life.

We all took home some great stuff! There were even a number of brand new items, since we’ve all had the experience of buying something we loved on the rack but couldn’t pull off.

When we had finished choosing our items, we still had a ton of stuff leftover. We filled 3 garbage bags and a shopping bag with tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, necklaces and bags. I gave them to Babcie (my grandmother) who has her hand in many charitable organizations. She texted me the next day saying, “Clothes have been given to very happy people”. That made this party an all around win!

PS. These pictures are courtesy of my friend Kelsey (thanks, Kels!), because I forgot my camera.

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You Can Do It! Ten Step Pad Thai Recipe

Although Thai is probably my favorite genre of food, I never thought I would master cooking it at home. The ingredients alone overwhelmed me, but I decided to give it a shot this week.

I am very proud to announce that this meal turned out so well that three of my boyfriend’s coworkers approached him to find out what smelled so good when he brought the leftovers for lunch! That, ladies and gentlemen, just might be the true measure of culinary success.

I used a recipe from Quick Cook Vegetarian and made changes based on what I had available.

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1. Place the rice noodles in a large bowl and cover in warm water. Let them soak for 10 – 15 minutes.

2. Slice the tofu into small pieces and pat dry. Saute in vegetable (or olive) oil until golden.

3. Mix equal parts soy sauce, brown sugar, and white vinegar together in a small bowl. Set aside.

4. When the tofu is cooked, place it in a bowl and keep warm.

5. Add more oil to the pan and saute garlic and scallions. Add mushrooms.

6. Drain the noodles and add them to the pan.20140326-144653.jpg

7. Slide everything over to the side of your pan (or grab a different one) and add two scrambled eggs. Let them cook and then chop the eggs up and mix them around the pan.

8. Add your sauce (soy, vinegar and brown sugar) to the pan and stir.

9. Optional: Add carrots, onions, parsley, or bean sprouts.

10. Sprinkle peanuts and lime juice on top and enjoy!