On the Move Lunch Idea

MasonjarsaladSalad in a Mason jar?

When I googled “portable lunch no sandwiches,” this adorable idea came up.

The salad lasts for five days in the refrigerator, the dressing is on the bottom – first layer – so it is not soggy until you shake it up and it is pretty to look at. Add to that my own requirements for something easy to bring on a kayak and healthy, and this is a winner.

I made mine with red onion, carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, basil leaves and feta. You can add chicken, beans, anything you like. The key is to put the dressing in the bottom of the jar and then add the veggies least likely to absorb the dressing. In my case this was the onion, carrot and tomatoes.

I love the idea of prepping the salad once on a Sunday and then having it available in the refrigerator ready to go for the rest of the week. This could become a regular thing.

There are lots and lots of recipe ideas online. Taco salads, Greek salads, etc. Try http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/06/mason-jar-salads_n_5452313.html as a start.

Pretty soon I will be packing mine with veggies all grown in the garden!

Kayaking Lake George

Amazingly beautifulA day on the water with friends was just what I needed.

Mind and body have been buzzing lately.

This Spring has been a busy one. There’s a lot going on and I’m a ruminator.

In the wee hours of the morning, I think about things. I lie awake pondering possibilities before falling back to sleep.

Today cleared my mind. Lake George does that for me. I found myself thoroughly immersed in what I was seeing…the first of the yellow waterlilies, the reflection of the sun on the rocks, the turtles, the red-wing blackbirds, the frogs…the sounds of croaks and calls.

It felt so good to be in the moment, recognize the beauty and go with the flow.

I needed that.

Eastern Painted Turtle, two

I just finished this painting of an Eastern Painted Turtle. I saw this fellow this Spring basking in the sun on Lake George in upstate New York. I was out in my kayak and he was back in the marsh off Huddle Bay. Most of the other turtles splashed into the water as I approached but this handsome fellow was brave enough to just watch as I shot photo after photo. The painting measures 9 by 12 and is for sale.