Happy almost birthday, America! Here is a great recipe and an invitation for everyone!

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Can you believe it is almost the 4th of July?  Wow, we are past the mid-way point of the year! 


I am going to have my 2nd annual Fourth of July Bounce class – just $4.  You have heard me say before, come bounce and the burn will last for 8 to 10 hours.  And bring the kids to class too!  Last Wednesday one of my students brought her 3 children, ages 3, 5 & 8.  My ladies were so sweet to them.  And I have to tell you, the kids kept up.  The most precious was the little 3 year old girl – she didn’t miss a beat and I had to laugh because when we do the cool down, I sometimes close my eyes – and I had just opened them to check the class out and this precious child was so into rolling her head and breathing deeply.  She had her eyes closed.  I just loved it!  So come join us at 10 – we will have a ball!

A_Child_Bouncing_on_a_Ball_Royalty_Free_Clipart_Picture_090318-176460-380052Ok, clip art – but that is exactly what she looked like!


Later in the afternoon hubby & I are going to a bar-b-que.  We take our own meat and bring something to share.  Well, I decided to do a little experimenting.  I came up with a confetti salad mixture and put it on slices of red peppers.  See that little hole on the plate?  My hubby snagged one before I could take the picture.



Here is the recipe:


2 fresh ears of corn

1 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 avocado, diced

2 stalks of celery

2 green onions

2 – 3 plum tomatoes – remove seeds and membrane

1 Jalapeno pepper

2 radishes

 2 to 3 red peppers – remove membranes and seeds and cut into 2 inch pieces

Approximately ¼ – ½ cup cilantro

1 clove garlic

Juice from 2 limes

1 teaspoon taco seasoning (I use my son’s special mixture)

Salt & pepper to taste

 3 to 4 leaves of green leaf lettuce/


Using a knife, remove the corn kernels from cob – place in large bowl

Place rinsed black beans in the bowl (I used about ¾ of the can – use your judgment on the amount.  Add chopped avocado.  Squeeze a bit of lime juice on avocado.


Roughly chop the celery, green onions, radishes and garlic. Place in food processor (I used my NutriBullet)

Pulse several times to dice.  (You can also chop by hand).  Place on top of corn and beans.


Cut Jalapeno into quarters (be very careful not to touch your eyes – will burn)!  I did not use the whole Jalapeno because I do not like really spicy food.

Place Jalapenos, tomatoes, cilantro & lime juice in blender and pulse several times.  Voila!  Salsa!


Pour this mixture over the other ingredients.  Add seasonings to taste.


Garnish a platter with green leaf lettuce.  Using a teaspoon, fill the pepper pieces with corn mixture.  Place on platter.  For additional garnish, add a sprig of cilantro on each piece. 


So good and good for you!  Happy 4thminnie4th

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