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: You’re The Berry Best!TBy Angie Bridgeso me, strawberries are one of the berry best fruits there are. After every family dinner (everyday6pm sharp!) we finished with cut up fruit and strawberries always made me super happy.Strawberries are native to North America and indigenous people used them in many ways besides a food source. They also used them to treat burns and sores.The first colonists In America shipped strawberry plants back to Europe as early as the 1600’s. These beautiful red jewels are loaded with high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols and they are sodium free, fat free, cholesterol free low calories food with one cup only having 55 calories.While delicious eaten fresh and excellent in smoothies and yogurt they lend themselves beautifully to many different cooking applications like jams, jellies, and preserves, and baking of muffins and some quick breads. This month I’m sharing with you one of my favorite “old school” dessert recipes that I love to make for my friends andloved ones. You can change the JELLO flavor if you want, but in my book, strawberry is the ONLY way to go.Ciao for Now, AngieStrawberry Pretzel SurpriseYou’ll Need: 1 1⁄2 sticks unsalted butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 cups crushed pretzels, 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 3 cups washed dried and sliced fresh strawberries, 1, 8 oz block softened cream cheese, 1 TBS vanilla extract, 1, 8 oz tub cool whip, 1 6 oz package strawberry JELLO, 1 1⁄2 cups boiling water. Directions: Pretzel Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, stir together melted butter, sugar, and crushed pretzels. Press firmly in the bottom of the pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before topping with the cream cheese filling. In a large bowl, beat together sifted powdered sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla until well combined. Beat in cool whip. Spread evenly onto the completely cooled pretzel crust. Top evenlywith sliced strawberries. Chill in the fridge for 30-60 minutes while you make and cool the top layer. Place JELLO mix into a large bowl, then pour hot water over. Stir until completely dissolved then cool at room temperature for 30-60 minutes while your middle layer is chilling. Pour over the chilled middle layer. Cover with plastic wrap, then store in the refrigerator until the JELLO has set and serve. (Can top with more whipped cream if desired) Enjoy!Angie Bridges is ownerof Copa Wine Bar inStone Oak along withher husband, Jeff Bridges. Angie is also the founder of the Taste of the Northside Fiesta event and is the original Queen of the Vine.It’s All About Sealing!SBy Alissa Reinhardummer is around the corner meaning the pool is about to be officially open for business.In fact, you’re probably spending a lot more time outdoors, soaking up the sun, grilling out, maybe doing a little yard work. Take a look around. Are you satisfied with your outdoor space? Have you ever thought about sealing your deck, patio, pool surface, or fence? After talking to Barry Hagendorf at Deck and Patio Care, I learned about proper sealing techniques for many different surfaces.Different types of wood each have their own unique chemistry, meaning you must choose the proper sealant. For example, treated yellow pine must be sealed with an oil-based penetrating sealer designed to look for dry cell structure in the wood. The secret is to seal wood from the inside out, not just to put a coating on the surface.Pebblestone must also be properly1-ON-1 ASSISTED STRETCHING STUDIONOW OPEN IN STONE OAK!50-MINUTE INTRO STRETCH $95 VALUEFirst time visit onlyCONTACT US TO BOOK A STRETCHStretchLab Stone Oak18415 Blanco Rd. Suite 102 | San Antonio, TX 78258 | (210) 782-9592 |•• Improved posture & relaxation • Increased sports performance • Reduced recovery time14www.stoneoakhighlights.comMay 2022sealed for two reasons. First, to protect the surface, keeping the rocks from popping out. Second, to enhance the look. Construction of pebblestone leaves a concrete film on the rocks. Acid washing the rocks will remove this concrete film. Sealing the stone with acrylic will leave behind a beautiful, dewy look.And don’t forget the fence! Sealing a wooden fence is important. Without proper sealing, the bottom of the boards can act like straws, sucking water into the board. Thin boards can also allow for moisture from all six sides. Sealing a fence can eventually double its life!Have more questions about proper sealing techniques for your outdoor deck, patio, fence or other surface (pebblestone, flagstone, limestone, etc)? Contact Barry today for a free consultation! Deck & patio care 210-822-9147.

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