Sunday, July 26, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away!

What is with this lousy weather? The entire weekend has been rainy, or ready to rain.
In fact,the entire season has been like this, and every once in a while, we get to see a few minutes of sun! (insert sarcasm here). Since I can't do anything about this, I may as well make the best of it. Hey, at least it keeps me inside where I can paint or draw :-)
Believe me, it is not easy to look on the bright side, when I love summer. However, in one week, I am off to Greece, for a well deserved vacation. I haven't been in 9 years!

From the time I decided to go, I had 2 months to get in shape. No problem, I thought! I would do yoga, go to the gym, swim, walk, and watch my diet. Well, you can guess where this is going right? haha! not a chance...I swear this was easier to do when I was younger. Now I understand why women complain about that stubborn belly fat! I thought it would melt off with a bit of exercise, and salads every day. Oh well, I will keep reminding myself that my relatives love me no matter what I look like in a bikini, lol!

Speaking of salads, I thought I'd share one of my favorite ones with you. It is delicious, easy and healthy.

Pink's Berrylicious Salad

Spinach or a mix of baby greens
Slices of yellow pepper
Sliced vidalia onion (adds interest, but not necessary)
Any, or all of the following: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, tangerine slices
Any of the following: walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pecans
Dried cranberries
A wee bit of Brie cheese for protein, and because its good! (goat cheese works as well)

Dressing: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, raspberry vinaigrette (or your fave fruity salad dressing)

The dressing is really simple. Add olive oil to the greens, peppers and vidalia. Don't be stingy with the olive oil, its good for you :-)
Then add balsamic vinegar to taste, and mix well. Then add some of the raspberry vinaigrette for sweetness. Now toss in your fruits, nuts, cranberries and cheese, and enjoy!

Avocado and dried fruit are also nice in this.

Ok, must get back to painting :-D


Linda said...

That salad sounds delicious. I'm definitely gonna try it.

And that trip to Greece, I'm sure you need someone to help with the luggage right? ;) I am so jealous. I've been dying to get to Greece and Italy.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I have an award for you on my blog to say thank you for always being so supportive. Please stop by and have a look. :)

Pam said...

Betty, I love this one, she is beautiful. We have had lots of hot +30 weather here in Alberta, but quite a few storms last 2 weeks, had a ton of huge lightning last night, well lets just say I was awake until 5AM lol.

Wow I am sooooo jealous, going to Greece, I would love that! I hope you have a fantastic wonderful awesome time, and be sure and post some pictures here so I can drool.


Poetic Artist said...

I love the sketch..
I wish I was going to Greece..I have that on my next trip list.
Which will be awhile..Take lots of pictures and share..So I can dream.

NatashaMay said...

Very sweet.

Marlene said...

Betty, love your girl in the rain! I wish I could send you some sunshine. Lucky you getting to go to Greece - take lots of pictures to make us all drool.

Renee said...

Okay, I just looked at all your illustration girls. FANTASTIC.

I hope you have the most amazing time in Greece Betty. Greece is the most favourite place I have ever traveled to.

Betty thank you for your prayers. I appreciate them very much.

Love Renee xoxo

Kelly said...

We've been having similar weather here. At least one storm or shower a day.

Love the little umbrella girl. Such a sweet expression. Painting on the book pages really makes the girls stand out. Lovely work.

Have fun in Greece.What an awesome destination.

Am going to make the salad tonight w/ dinner.

sanda reynolds Mullingar,Ireland said...

She is lovely! I kmow what you mean about the weather! It's awful here in Ireland too! But you're right, more time to paint!
Have a fabulous time in Greece!
Hugs, Sanda xx

LuLu said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit and for your welcome-back words! Oh yeah! I am ready and in the mood to play! Lovely art and lovely blog! Take care, LuLu

Cyrille said...

If only I don't spend most of my money buying painkillers for my younger brother's injured back at I would've spent enough money to have a vacation at a glorious beach somewhere. I envy you. by the way, I find your paintings whimsically beautiful. I love their softness and the wide eyed expression makes them exude innocence! Gorgeous works!

Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

Greece! You lucky duck! Be sure to take lots of pictures!

We haven't had much rain here except for the last week. 100+ everyday instead. BLeh.

Bevie said...

Oh gee you lucky girl...I'm sure you are so excited and rightly so!!! Take lots of photos so you can share!!!
I'll miss you sweetie..

WingingIt said...

loving the painting with the text as the back ground....thanks for sharing!!!