Hwy 12 Dairy Queen: NOW OPEN!

I have officially been granted permission to announce what Willmar’s been waiting for since last fall!

Drumroll, please…

The newly-constructed Dairy Queen on Willmar’s Highway 12 is open for business as of TODAY!!

I’m super excited to share this news with my fellow ice-cream-loving Willmarites. (Soft-serve, if we’re being specific.) The brand new Highway 12 location has all the classic DQ favorites – cones, Blizzards, Dilly Bars, and MooLattes – plus a wide selection of savory meals, too. Whether you’re in the mood for a burger, buying chicken strips for your kids, or wanting to try one of the new buffalo chicken wraps, there are all kinds of entrees to choose from!

5 buck lunch from the Hwy 12 Dairy Queen in Willmar, MN

And, of course, there’s always the famed Dairy Queen ice cream cake. Enough said.

I had the privilege of attending a pre-opening event yesterday, and I was impressed by it all – the 5-buck lunch; the clean, modern design with retro accents; the warm friendliness of each staff member; and, naturally, the yummy soft-serve.

Just what the doctor ordered for a sunny Thursday! I’m sure of it.

The new Highway 12 Dairy Queen location in Willmar, Minnesota!

And I might have taken one of these incredible Cookie Dough Blizzard cake confections home:

DQ cookie dough ice cream cake from the Highway 12 Dairy Queen in Willmar, Minnesota

Possibly. I’ll never tell.

I, for one, am pumped about this new DQ location that’s accessible for both out-of-towners and those who live and work anywhere in between the 1st Street and Spicer locations.

You can find this new DQ next to the Best Western at 610 Litchfield Ave SE. Like the Highway 12 Dairy Queen on Facebook for more info and up-to-date posts!

Inside the new Willmar Dairy Queen on Hwy 12

Let’s be real: it’s gonna be tough to resist the temptation of a $5 lunch that includes ice cream now that summer’s (hopefully) here to stay! Lunch breaks just met a game-changer and so did my wallet. I’m a proud penny-pincher and this fits the bill…no pun intended. 😉

Hot eats + cool treats + a nice price = heaven right here in Willmar, Minnesota.

Don’t be surprised if you see me in the drive-thru tomorrow! Happy Friday!

DQ cookie dough ice cream cake from the Hwy 12 Dairy Queen in Willmar

Bring a Friend Day at the Kandiyohi County Area YMCA!

Good morning to all you fitness fanatics!

In case you haven’t heard, the YMCA in Willmar hosts “Bring a Friend Day” every third Thursday of the month. Today, Thursday, May 21st, is the day!

If you are a Kandiyohi County YMCA member, you can bring one guest with you today for free! Your guest must present a photo ID to be admitted.

And if you don’t have a membership but are interested in trying out the Y, find a friend who’s a member and stop by a fitness class or the pool today!

This event is a great opportunity to check out or get new friends interested in the local Y, and it happens every month! See you there!

Take your mom out this Mother’s Day!

 

 

Let’s face it: moms are pretty much rockstars. They cook, they clean, they care for, they cheer us on…

Moms are awesome. Just ask Kid President.

So how are you treating your mom today?

A suggestion? Take her out for a  meal. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anything in between.  It doesn’t matter which one or where, as long as it’s something that considers her tastes and doesn’t require her to do the dishes.

Here are my top picks in the Willmar area:
Applebee’s: Whether your mom’s craving surf and turf or the best salad in town, Applebee’s has it all.
Bello Cucina: Open especially for Mother’s Day if your mom’s in the mood for a meal with European flair. Brunch is $17.00.
Caribou Coffee: For the moms who need an afternoon pick-me-up. Extra whip, please!
Cherry Berry: A froyo break is the perfect afternoon snack to share with your mama…plus it’s on the healthier side!
Dairy Queen: Treat your mom to a classic cone or Blizzard this afternoon. Cotton Candy is the flavor of the month!
Green Mill: The most popular brunch in town! There’s pasta, seafood, prime rib, and something for everybody.
Hillcrest: Classic diner food draws families in every year when they want to give Mom a break from the kitchen!
LuLu Beans: A Willmar original with the best blended mocha in town!
McMillan’s: The place to go for a buffet that includes unlimited pie from the pie case. 🙂
The Oaks: An elegant place to dine for brunch or dinner.
Perkins: Let your mom enjoy French toast, French silk pie, a Mammoth Muffin, or the Tremendous Twelve!

Still uninspired? Try that special place your mom loves but rarely treats herself to. Whether it’s ice cream or steak, Chinese or coffee, treat your mom today. She deserves it. ❤️

Happy Mother’s Day, moms! We love you!

All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes at Middle Fork!

Helpful hint for the hungry: it’s Pancake Saturday!!

Grab your appetite and head on over to the Middle Fork Café this morning for a pancake feast! All-you-can-eat pancakes are served the first Saturday of every month, and this special event is quite the affair. The warm, fluffy pancakes are ready in a jiffy (no pun intended – I’m certain no boxed mixes are involved in the preparation of this gourmet breakfast!), served in a steaming stack and ready to be loaded with toppings.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes from Middle Fork Cafe!

There’s a full table devoted to the accompaniments for your pancakes – fruit, chocolate, maple syrup, applesauce…and of course a little bit of whipped cream.

Or a lot. Your call.

I stopped by to try the endless pancake special for myself last month, and this deal is no joke! I had myself and my stomach convinced that I could down a lot more pancakes than I actually could…but my one full plate plus toppings did it for me. Next time I’ll have to come even hungrier. 🙂

All-you-can-eat pancakes are served from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. They cost $5.95 for adults or $3.95 for children.

Don’t miss this fun breakfast tomorrow morning! Happy May!