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Carlsbad Strawberry Farm

A fixture along Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, California – the Carlsbad Strawberry Company has owned the farmland that can be seen from the freeway since 1948. 

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This local farm sells Strawberries at Farmer’s Markets around San Diego County, packages and sells them commercially by Aviara Farms, AND even better there is an area open to the public as “U-Pick”.

When in season this Farm is on my “San Diego Favorites” List. 

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Red, White & Blue Cookie Bar

aIMG_2117Happy Memorial Day!  Today we remember all of those who served in the US Military and gave the ultimate sacrifice while in service.  God bless them and their families.  Thank you.  And thank you to former & retired service members and those who are currently serving to protect our great nation.

In celebration of our freedom and the service men and women who protect our freedom I made Red, White & Blue Cookie Bars.  They make a perfect treat to add to an afternoon picnic or BBQ.

a-wl-IMG_0159Cookie Bar Ingredients:
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Powder Sugar
1 Cup Butter (room temperature)
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Almond Milk
1 tsp Vanilla

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add parchment paper to a 9×9 baking pan leaving a little overhang for easy removal.  In a medium mixing bowl stir Four, Powder Sugar, Butter, Egg, Milk & a-wl-IMG_2100Vanilla with a wooden spoon until combined then knead with hands creating a dough ball.  Place dough into baking pan and press down to even out the dough.  Bake 30-35 minutes, or until edges are golden and the middle of the cookie bar passes the toothpick test.

Filling Ingredients:
1 Block (8oz) Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1/4 Cup Splenda Sugar Blend
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Lemon Juice

a-wl-IMG_2104Fruit Toppings:
1 Cups Sliced Strawberries
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1/2 Cup Raspberries

Directions:  Add Cream Cheese, Sugar, Vanilla & Lemon Juice to a small mixing bowl, mix until well blended.  After Cookie Bar has cooled, remove from pan then spread filling mixture to cover cookie bar then top with fruit.  Cut into bars, keep refrigerated.
Enjoy!  – T

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Double Berry Green Smoothie

This Double Berry (not so green in color) Green Smoothie is a great way to start the day.  It contains both Strawberries and Blueberries however it is not very sweet.  The Honey & Vanilla Protein Powder add some sweetness but if you are looking for a sweeter Double Berry Green Smoothie substitute the Avocado with a Banana.

Double Berry Green Smoothie - DS
Ingredients:

1 Handful of Spinach
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Avocado
(for a sweeter smoothie; replace Avocado with Banana)
1 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Honey (omit if using Banana)
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Protein Powder

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in blender; blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Serves two.

Happy day!
– T

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