It was incredibly hot here again today, so I was craving something cold. Sadly, I didn’t have strawberries to make a smoothie, but realized I did have a paint brush so I decided to make the calorie-free version. Honestly, I love smoothies as they feel like eating dessert while resting confident in the fact that you’re actually being healthy. But as I gaze at this, I can’t help but crave a good old-fashioned strawberry shake with enough calories to complete your recommend daily intake. In younger years, I wouldn’t have had to choose between the two, but these days I’ll have to stick with blended yogurt and fruit. By these days, I mean that time in your life when your metabolism just stops impolitely, without bothering to warn you first or explain why.
Of course, obliterated strawberries on their own don’t quite pack the sweet punch to make a smoothie edible so a little bit of sugar is still in most recipes. I’m sure there are folks who take their strawberries pure in a smoothie, but sugar is to strawberries like salt is to most other foods. It changes strawberries from casually tasty to genuinely delightful. This also makes me think of chocolate which can create something truly magical when combined with this fruit. Crap. Now, I’m totally thinking about rushing to the grocery store to get some strawberries, but that would mean leaving my glass of wine. Oh, don’t worry, wine is healthy too in hamster-sized quantities as I’ve previously described.
Since, this Sophie’s Choice moment is too much for me to bear, I’ll just stick with the wine and imagine what could have been. I’ll be sure to pick some strawberries up for the weekend, though. Maybe I’ll also get some other fabulous fruits I can blend into a crazy summer concoction. And, I hope all of you are enjoying your summer! To my friends here on WordPress, I’m woefully behind on getting to everyone’s blogs and responding to comments. But please don’t let that stop you, as you know I’ll be there! Turns out hosting a worldwide celebration for thousands of people is a bit more time consuming than I expected. I honestly didn’t expect this many people would paint with me, but I’m thrilled you showed up! Oh, please make sure to check the social media links at worldwatercolor.com each day. It’s a beautiful way to instantly paint your day with amazing watercolors! Happy painting!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Ultramarine Blue, Gamboge, Pyrrol Red, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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