{Fresh Friday}

Happy Friday to everyone:)
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving....
Ours turned out really nice~
I actually got my husband to wear something a little nice~

I got to wear something nice...I was pretty proud of this outfit. I just got back into these pants after they haven't fit for a long time. BUT by the end of the evening I popped the button and had to use a safety pin:) Darn rolls!

Ruby tried to behave...

but as you can see.....she likes to jump on people and give them kisses! At least this time it was just my husband.

Our dining room table looked more like Christmas because I has already decorated for Christmas....Owell....it was still pretty~I made all the usual Thanksgiving suspects for everyone....but I made my Butternut Squash Lasagna for myself. Here's my plate.....Nevermind I went back for seconds and maybe even thirds~I also made this tasty salad.....pomegranates, figs and walnuts! At least I had some greens in my day~

ALRIGHT....enough of that....Now it's time for Fresh Friday and I am so happy because I actually took the time to measure out every little ingredient so I can give you a REAL recipe:)
I made
~Spicy Black Bean Baby Cakes with Guacamole and Tropical Salsa~
First...the Guacamole
~2 large avocados
~1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
~1/4 cup chopped white onions
~1 Tablespoon diced jalapeno
~1/4 cup loose packed cilantro
~juice of 1/2 a lime
~1 teaspoon minced garlic
Throw all the ingredients in the food processor
and waa-la...
Tropical Salsa
~1 can tropical fruit salad (in it's own juice) chopped
~1 Tablespoon diced jalapeno
~1 teaspoon chili powder
~1/2 teaspoon cumin
~1 /4 cup loose packed chopped cilantro
~1/4 c. chopped onion
Throw it all in a bowl
It's just that simple and the possibilities are endless for this salsa! Sometimes I even put black beans in it and use it with tortilla chips...Or you could serve it atop fish or chicken~
Now the
Spicy Black Bean Baby Cakes
~1 can black beans
~1/4 cup corn
~1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
~1/4 cup corn
~1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
~1 teaspoon chili powder
~1 teaspoon cumin
~juice of 1/2 a lime

mix all ingredients, except the corn, in the food processor
take out and mix in the corn and form into patties
cook in a 400 degree oven about 8-10 minutes on each side
take out and let cool

These ROCKED!! I served it all atop a bed of lettuce....but you could make sandwiches out of these too!

That's all I can say:)Ok....well I am off to the gym to try and work off some of those rolls I ate yesterday! And then we are going to Saugatuck for a Christmas lighting Ceremony. I'll share that later!!
Have a Happy Friday~
"There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama & the people who create it & surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard you forget the bad and focus soley on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy." unknown


  1. Looks like you had a wonderful day! Everything looks yummy!

  2. Everything looks super yummy! The Chirstmas decorations look great too: )

    I LOVE your fresh Friday posts - tons of fabulous ideas! They all look awesome, can't wait to try these.

    Have fun at the gym. We are celebrating today (and no exercise for me - eeek) so I will certainly be hitting the gym tomorrow!!!

  3. You've managed to make me hungry again! Looks healthy and delicious! Can't wait to try it!

  4. I am perusing a lot to catch up on what I missed and everything looks so wonderful, including your decorations. But I do have to say how delicious those baby cakes look. I'll have to try those.


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