You guys, I hosted a clothing swap with a bunch of my girlfriends, and I highly recommend you do the same.
I cleaned out everything – my closet, under my bed, my drawers, and my jewelry box! It was an unintentional spring cleaning, but regardless, it was BIG (7 bags stuffed to the brim!), and it feels so liberating.
Granted, it’s an arduous process pulling everything out, evaluating an item’s current fashion status, trying it on, and finally, weighing the likelihood of how often you’ll sport your clothes that have fallen out of favor, but the de-cluttering is worth the work.
It’s especially worth it when it comes with a party and gazpacho, cherry gin sours, and avocado cilantro dip. For the cherry gin sour, just replace the simple syrup with cherry syrup, and follow the rest of the recipe. To my gazpacho, I added three slices of good white country bread to the bowl first to let them soak in the tomato juice and vinegar to soften before blending.
Now for the avocado cilantro dip! …keep reading!
One of the coolest parts of my new environmental job?!…Lunch co-ops!!! Each co-op has four people- one for each day of the work week. Yes, Fridays off. What up. We each cook for each other one day a week and get to just enjoy other people’s cooking on the other three days! It makes my mornings more beautiful and relaxing. My Sunday nights are, however, somewhat of a scramble when I haven’t gone grocery shopping. But this week I was prepared! With the idea inspired by a chef, I ran with this three bean salad and totally rocked it. It was silly good, and my co-op buddies agreed whole-heartedly :)
Here’s what I did:
-A can each of organic black, red, and white beans
-One big, diced tomato
-A perfectly ripe, diced avocado
-Half of an onion, finely chopped
-An entire bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
-The juice of one lime
-Salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, a dash of cayenne pepper
Mix all together and enjoy your gorgeous, healthy, Californian summer salad! (Add fresh corn too if you have it! That would be phenomenal!)
**French phrase for fun:
J’adore les salades pendant l’été.
I love salads in the summer.