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When You Deserve a Little Treat…Try This

In North San Diego County, Oceanside, San Diego County, Vista on February 29, 2012 at 8:41 am


Every once in a while you run into a special treat that you just feel like you have to share. Well, I ran into one of those recently when I visited the Vista Farmer’s Market. The sign that said Leroy’s Sweet Potato Shack caught my eye because I LOVE a good sweet potato pie. Lately, I have not had one that I would consider exceptional so I did not take one of the samples, happy to stay with memories of one of my favorite treats rather than chance being disappointed with something that did not live up to my anticipations.

I talked a little with the young man at the booth about the key lime cake, which he said was a favorite, and he shared the story of how Leroy, now 71, had a love of baking and had shared that love through baking for his church. Long story made short, Leroy was encouraged to create a bakery business so that he could share the love with everyone and Leroy’s Sweet Potato Shack was born. Bryan, the young man who runs the booth at the market, explained how I could order a whole pie and pick it up at the Farmer’s Market or at their Storefront in Oceanside. I asked for his card and he said he could just give me the number to put in my cell phone and when I wanted to order a pie just call with a 48 hour notice and they would bake one right up for me.

Well Thanksgiving rolled around and I decided it would be a good time to try out Leroy’s pie baking ability. I ordered a sweet potato pie and picked it up at the storefront. After Thanksgiving dinner, out came the pie and the moment of pie judgment. Pie judgment at my house can be a bit harsh as my mother made fabulous pie and as far as my husband is concerned pie equals love.

I am sure you know by now that the pie was great because I am writing about it. It was not too sweet, and not too heavy. The filling was light and fluffy with just the right amount of seasoning and sweet potato flavor. It was actually so good that I often drop by to pick up pie at the storefront in Oceanside and have gotten to know Bryan as more than a great baker. He also works to help young people in foster care to become successful independent adults. So, if you happen to need a little treat in your life I would definitely suggest that you stop by one of the Farmer’s Markets (times and places listed below) and try out a piece of cake, or pie, or cheesecake, or a cookie or two.

Farmer’s Market Locations: Monday’s 1p-5p Lawrence Welk Resort Farmer’s Market Tuesday’s 3p-6:30p Escondido Farmer’s Market (postponed) Thursday’s 5p-9p Oceanside Sunset Market Saturday’s 8a-12p Vista Farmer’s Market Every other Sunday 9a – 1p La Jolla Open Aire Market * IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER, WE MAY NOT ATTEND MARKETS. NORMAL MARKET PICKUPS THEN BECOME STOREFRONT PICKUPS. WE’LL BE IN THE BAKERY!

Bakery Hours: Monday through Friday 9a – 5p* Saturday 12p – 5p (scheduled pick-ups) * May close early due to farmer’s market attendance DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 5 – Exit Oceanside Blvd and go East Turn Left on Corporate Centre Dr Turn Right on Oceanic Dr Turn Left into first diveway Turn Left towards 3800 building We’re on the corner – Suite 118

To check out their website click here http://www.sweetpotatoshack.com/Home.html


Oceana 55+ Community in Oceanside

In Oceanside, Real Estate, Retirement homes, San Diego County on February 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm
English: Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, Ca...

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If you or someone you love and care about is thinking about retirement or just scaling down as you move closer to retirement, you may want to explore one of the many Oceana neighborhoods in Oceanside .   These 55+ communities have so many positive qualities and have been selling at prices that offer lots of value.

Golf lovers will love that there are Oceana neighborhoods that are adjacent to the EMERALD ISLE GOLF COURSE.  This is a public course and offers a 25% discount on greens fees to residents of Oceana.

If golf is not your thing, there are multiple activities that are available through the clubhouse.  Meetings include groups with interests ranging from yoga, poker, gardening, even computers.  There seems to be an almost limitless list of different interests that can be pursued here.

Of course, joining groups is not for everyone and if a quiet, peaceful place to get away from it all is what you prefer you can find that here too.

Homes here have a variety of floor plans and many have large enclosed patio areas that can be enjoyed as outside sitting areas, or gardens.  The grounds are well manicured and there are flowers and greenbelt areas to enjoy.

If you have an interest in buying in one of the Oceana neighborhoods please give me a call.  I am a buyer’s agent and would love to help you find the perfect home for the next step in your life.

For interesting current market information on Oceana check my Facebook page KarenUrataRealtor.

Karen Urata

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