SALE at Patina Marquet!

I have some good news and some bad news…

The GOOD news is that our favorite home decor store is having a fabulous sale all weekend! Everything – yes, everything – at Patina Marquet is on SALE today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday)! Discounts range from 10-30% off and increase with purchase totals. Now is the time to save big on the beautiful handcrafted furnishings and home accessories you’ve been pining after…

Not that I would know.

{Lies. I totally know. Let’s just say I was in the 30% range…}

I should also mention that Patina is the perfect place to find a Christmas gift for that person that has everything. It’s hard to go wrong with an original creation! You can see some of these creations on the Patina Marquet Facebook page.

The BAD news…and possibly good news…is that Patina is also FOR SALE. Sad face! I love this specialty store full of friendly faces and one-of-a-kind pieces. I can’t even tell you how many little accessories I’ve made room for in my own tiny living space! Serving trays, kitchen towels, vintage signs, and the sturdiest ottoman I’ve ever seen top the list. BUT the Patina Marquet crew is holding out hope that the perfect buyer will come along and snatch up this cute little shop.

So heads up, all you crafty people! This place is gold!

Patina Marquet, we consider you a major #Willmarwin and we hold out hope that this is just a “see ya later” before the right buyer makes the decision to continue on with the charming shop you’ve created!

Kandiyohi County Fair Opens Today!

It’s county fair time!

The Kandiyohi County Fair opens its gates today (Wednesday, August 5th) and runs through Saturday, August 8th.

Prepare yourself for cotton candy, carnival rides, and deep-fried overload! (Or maybe it’s just me that goes solely for the food?)

A full schedule of events can be found here, and be sure to take advantage of the free shuttles to save yourself all the hassle of parking and walking!

Check out for detailed info. See you at the fair!

Caribou Caffeination: August Edition

How is it already August?

It’s hard to accept that summer is slowly coming to a close and that our remaining lake days are numbered.

But summer’s not over yet!

And Caribou Coffee has the perfect plan to keep you cool and caffeinated over the next few weeks of warmth.

Caribou Perks has introduced an August rewards plan that gives opportunities for special deals each Thursday in August. All you do is check in at Caribou each Monday, and each Thursday you’ll get a special Caribou Perk!

If you check in each week, you’ll also earn a bonus Perk at the end of the month – a free medium coffee of choice!

And we know it’s all about the freebies around here. 🙂

Happy Monday, friends! Grab your coffees and let’s get to work – it’s going to be a good week! ☕️

Willmar Fests Week!

Our annual Willmar Fest celebration is nearing to a close, but the fun isn’t over yet!

Tonight, while the Stingers played on the west side of town, The Goodness hosted a free concert in the heart of our downtown area. Folks young and old came to hear season six American Idol contestant Sean Michel perform out in the sunshine following a short-lived thunderstorm, and Michel was joined by Dan Israel and Martin Devaney.

A friend and I stopped by the Folkfest to grab some coffees and check out the event. I ended up staying almost the whole time, enjoying my very delicious blended matcha latte and chatting with other friends who were there. A pretty neat event for Downtown Willmar!

Tomorrow night marks the end of our festival week, going out with a (literal) bang as Works Over Water takes place at Robbins Island at 10:30 p.m. Before that, though, there’s the parade, the coronation, the ski show…a whole day of community events to choose from.

I, for one, won’t miss the impressive fireworks display! I love how Q102 makes it extra fun by syncing the show to music. Whether you’re at Robbins Island in person or pulled over to the side of the road with your radio tuned in, it’s a fun night for the whole family and a tradition I’ve looked forward to since I was a kid. See you there!


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

Papa Murphy’s Celebrates Tax Day

In honor of everybody’s favorite holiday, Tax Day, Papa Murphy’s Take-and-Bake Pizza is offering a special deal today!

If you visit Papa Murphy’s today, you can get a one-topping Fresh Pan pizza and a large Faves pizza (cheese, pepperoni, or sausage) for $10.40.

Dinner, anyone?

Valid Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 only.

CCS Auction at the Willmar Civic Center

Happy Saturday!

The sun is out, the forecast is beautiful, and if you’re looking for something to do this morning before the temps reach 70, head on out to the Willmar Civic Center!

Community Christian School of Willmar is hosting its annual auction fundraiser. There’s a live auction, a silent auction, a bake sale, and tons of activities for kids.

I also happen to have some of my yummy Birthday Oreo Cupcakes for sale at the auction today, so grab them before they go! They’re my baked-from-scratch vanilla cupcakes with Birthday Cake Oreos mixed in, swirled with homemade Oreo buttercream and topped with Oreo pieces and sprinkles.


I happen to be a proud alumnus of CCS, and I am very thankful that I had the privilege to go there as a kid. The education, teachers, and Bible-based principles are well worth the investment. I definitely think Community Christian School is an organization worth supporting!

Be sure to stop by the Civic Center today…and check out my cupcakes if you’re so inclined! 🙂

Where to Dine in the Willmar Area This Easter

I don’t think I can recall ever dining in a restaurant on Easter Sunday.

Usually Easters past have been spent at my grandma’s or in my mom’s kitchen, the smell of turkey permeating every nook and cranny.

Not this year!

Although I love a homemade Easter meal, this year the list of family in the area is small, so we decided to do dinner out instead.

I’ve had fun exploring all the options, and without further ado, here’s the comprehensive list of eateries hosting Easter meals tomorrow!*

Bello Cucina
Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
194 Progress Way
Spicer, MN 56288
(320) 796-0203
More info can be found on Facebook.
Reservations recommended.

Green Mill
Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Willmar Conference Center
$17.95 per person, including beverages
($15.95 for seniors and $7.95 for children 5-12)
Regular Green Mill hours resume in the restaurant at 5:00 p.m.
2100 E Highway 12
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 231-2301
Reservations recommended.

Hillcrest Restaurant
Open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Features: Pit Ham and Yankee Pot Roast
16451 Highway 71 NE
New London, MN 56273
(320) 354-4545

Kandi Entertainment Center
500 19th Ave NE
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-3800
Reservations recommended.

McMillan’s Family Restaurant
Buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2620 1st St S
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-7213

The Oaks at Eagle Creek
Buffet brunch served from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
$14.95 per person
($12.95 for seniors 60+ and $6.95 for children 6-10)
1000 26th Ave NE
Willmar, MN 56201

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Hours: 12:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
2645 South Highway 71
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-5957


*More local restaurants may offer Easter meals, but this list is limited only to the ones I could confirm.

Easter Services in Willmar, MN


Happy Easter!

I love this holiday and all it stands for – the Savior that gave his life for us, the resurrection that provided hope for all…and yes, the chocolate eggs and bunnies, too. Even if the candy pales in comparison to an eternity in heaven, I’ve got to admit that it’s pretty great. 🙂

All bunnies aside, let’s focus on the real reason we celebrate Easter: the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

The Willmar area does not lack in churches to attend, and most of them host special Easter services this time of year. Here’s a comprehensive list of Willmar churches to consider this Easter Sunday!

Bethel Lutheran Church
Services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
411 Becker Ave
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-5450

Calvary Lutheran Church
Sunrise Service at 6:15 a.m.
Easter Worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.
302 Olena Ave SE
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-2508

Church of the Nazarene
Worship at 10:45 a.m.
515 12th St SW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-1717

Church of St. Mary
Easter Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Easter Mass in Spanish at 12:00 p.m.
713 12th St SW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-0118

Cornerstone Baptist Church
Easter Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
Service at 10:30 a.m.
602 SW 5th St
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-8211

Eagle Lake Lutheran Church
Traditional Worship: 8:30 a.m.
Contemporary Worship: 10:30 a.m.
1650 60th Ave NE
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
(320) 231-3114

Evangelical Free Church of Willmar
Easter Celebrations at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
1305 19th Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-4317

First Baptist Church
Services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
1000 SE 6th St
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-2326

First Covenant Church
Easter Celebrations at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Easter Breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
801 Willmar Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-3010

First Presbyterian Church
Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m.
Worship with Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.
312 SW 6th St
(320) 231-1263
Willmar, MN 56201

Grace Baptist Church
Worship at 10:45 a.m.
4703 18th St NE
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 231-0863

Harvest Community Church
Easter Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.
905 Litchfield Ave SW
Willmar MN 56201
(320) 235-2106

Redeemer Lutheran Church
Services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
1401 6th St SW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-4685

Vinje Lutheran Church
Services: 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 10:45 a.m.
1101 Willmar Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-1441

Willmar Assembly of God
Services at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3821 Abbott Drive
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-2529

Willmar Bible Church
Breakfast from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m.
Service at 10:00 a.m.
364 County Road 9 SE
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-0102

Willmar Christian Reformed Church
Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.
1708 SW 8th St
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-3060

Willmar United Methodist Church
Contemporary Worship at 8:15 a.m.
Traditional Worship at 10:45 a.m.
1818 9th St
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-5403

Word of Faith Family Church
Service at 10:00 a.m.
3010 7th Ave NW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-7655

May you all know the truth this Easter – that you are loved beyond comprehension by a Savior who died so that you might live eternally.

BOGO at Dunn Bros today!

Happy April Fool’s Day! Hope you’ve managed to dodge any and all pranks so far on this warm Minnesota day.

I am proud to report that this is no joke, ladies and gentlemen: Dunn Bros of Willmar has buy-one-get-one-free coffees today! Grab a friend or surprise someone special with a refreshing IceCrema this afternoon! I recommend the mocha flavor – with whipped cream. 🙂