Carlsbad Strawberry Fields

I’m dedicating an entire blog post on these Strawberry fields that Steven & I went to yesterday! WOW WOW WOW. I’ve always seen pictures of people picking apples, strawberries, raspberries – all types of fruit in a huge farm. But I’ve never done it before until YESTERDAY.

On Monday, we moved to Carlsbad, CA for 6 weeks until we go to our study abroad at Oxford University in July! So it’s our temporary home – but it’s the perfect home because you can see the ocean and we’re only ONE mile away from it! We found out that the Carlsbad Flower Fields were right next to Steven’s parents house but we just missed their season! They opened until May 8 & that’s the day we moved to Carlsbad.  But, then his mom said there were strawberry fields right next to them and there was a stand where you could buy fresh strawberries or pick them!

I googled it & found some reviews on YELP and i decided that we had to go!! The fields were only 7 minutes away from the beach house! We got there & there were about 2 cars there because it was in the middle of the day on a Wednesday – so basically we had the whole fields to ourselves!! I was so excited when we got up to the stand and I told the lady that it was my first time and I asked her where in the fields is the best place to pick the best strawberries and she said “go all the way to the top!”

We bought our bucket – Wait – here’s some advice: If you are going with your significant other or on a date buy the biggest bucket which is $20 and comes with 2 admission tickets (Valued at $5) so the $20 bucket gets two people in AND the best part is that you can eat ALL YOU CAN EAT STRAWBERRIES WHILE YOU PICK THEM. If you are going with a family with kids – I would still buy the $20 bucket and share that with 2 kids and then if you have more kids buy the smaller $10 bucket which gives you bucket and 1 person admission. There are rules though – you can’t overfill the bucket where they keep falling out – still be courteous and respectful of these fields!

There were soooooo many strawberries – I was in STRAWBERRY HEAVEN. They were so juicy and sweet and so delicious omg writing about it makes me want to eat all of the ones I picked right now (but i can’t… saving them for a cake). Steven thought picking strawberries was going to be boring but i think he had more fun than me! We filled our bucket until we could

n’t put anymore in and when we were done the lady at the stand guessed it was about 8 pounds.. 8 POUNDS OF STRAWBERRIES FOR $20 AND ALL YOU CAN EAT.

Best tips on finding the best strawberries:

  • Go alllll the way to the top
  • If you want to eat them right away – avoid white because they still need time to grow
  • LOOK FOR BUGS on the strawberries before you eat any
  • If you plan on using the strawberries a couple of days later – go for the ones that have some white on them because they will ripen in your kitchen
  • If you have bad luck finding good strawberries KEEP LOOKING cuz they are out there.

So if you’re in the Carlsbad/San Diego area from April – July… GO TO THE STRAWBERRY FIELDS!!! You won’t regret it!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Christmas in Carlsbad & Las Vegas

Our first “married” christmas together! Steven and I left Provo Wednesday, the 23rd and headed south to sunny Las Vegas, NV! We spent 2 days with my family before heading down to Carlsbad! It was nice because my mom and stepdad made an effort to actually have some sort of “Christmas” at our house for Steven.  Growing up, we would always have a Christmas tree but not a lot of presents under the tree because my parents would just give my brother and I money in a Chinese Red envelope. My parents worked the graveyard shifts at the Casinos so they were always asleep Christmas morning.  (I know, so sad..) Anyways, we brought gifts for my family and my family had gifts under the tree for Steven and I! We had the chance to open our gifts on Christmas Eve and it was a ton of fun! It was a special time for me especially because my parents put the effort in to make sure we had a Christmas in our home before we left for Carlsbad. My mom really loves Steven and it’s tender to see that I married the right guy who loves my family and vice versa!

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(That’s Shark Fin… A Chinese delicacy… worth $2,000)

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We also had the chance to spend time with my baby brother George, my dad and my stepmom Sandy! We had a huge FEAST at their home with Sandy’s family as well. After spending time with my dad’s family, we went to Erick Yamagata’s annual family Christmas party.  They are basically like my second family and every year i’ve gone to their family Christmas party! I brought Steven (Obviously) & introduced him to everyone of Erick’s family. I’m glad Erick & Tricia could get to know Steven better!

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Christmas Day –

We left Vegas and drove South another 5 hours to Carlsbad, CA where Steven’s parents live! We got to open presents with his family and it was a ton of fun seeing his nieces & nephews open their gifts! The BEST gift that was given was fart silly putty. hahaha you press your fingers down into this putty stuff and it makes a loud fart noise.  The kids were going crazy and Steven’s dad bought it for $.99 at the dollar store!! Also, Steven’s family stays in their Christmas PJ’s all day for Christmas.  But, when you’re married you buy your own PJs and Steven forgot about that so… sweatpants & leggings for us hahaha next year we’ll get matching PJs.

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(Steven’s dad in his Darth Vader ONESIE LOL)

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(I helped Ethan, Kylie & Lexi make their gingerbread house!)

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(First Christmas with my husband was perfect.  I can’t wait for many more!!)

I love love spending time with both of our families. I’m grateful for this Christmas season that reminds us of what matters most in life & how we can spread cheer to everyone that we see! Check out this AWESOME video and I hope you all have a great holiday break with your families wherever you may be!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson