New Kemps Locally Crafted Flavors Are Here!

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Do you have a go-to dessert choice in your family? If it happens to be ice cream and you live in Minnesota, then you’re probably already a big fan of Kemps. Now there is even more reason to be a fan with brand new Kemps Locally Crafted flavors.

Do you remember a few months ago when we all had a chance to vote in the Kemps Locally Crafted Sweepstakes? Well, the results are in and four delicious flavors have been chosen from hundreds of entries! Unfortunately they didn’t pick my idea (which I thought was pretty good), but they DID choose four amazing new flavors with lots of variety to please everyone in the family.

The brand new Kemps Locally Crafted flavors are:

  • Cherry & Spoon: This flavor is a real work of art with its whimsical vanilla ice cream, drizzles of chocolaty fudge, real cherries and chunks of brownie.
  • You Betcha Berry: Are we thankful this one was created? You betcha! Indulge in a sweet Tahitian vanilla ice cream with a swirl of raspberry, real blueberries and delicious pound cake.
  • Up North Blend: Escape for a moment to a crisp day in the north woods, and enjoy a cup of java ice cream with swirls of salted caramel, shaved chocolate, and bits of brownies.
  • Muddy Mississippi: Even though it sounds mainstream this is one exceptionally decadent chocolate ice cream. Treat yourself with a dancing swirl of fudge, a sprinkle of chocolaty toffee and shaved chocolate.

Which one will you try first? I headed to Target to pick up my Kemps Locally Crafted and first up for me was Cherry & Spoon. I think it is so fitting to have this new flavor debuting not long after the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, home of the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry, was recently reopened after renovation. The little chunks of brownie in Cherry & Spoon are SO GOOD and blend perfectly with the cherry and vanilla flavors.

Now that the four new flavors have been introduced, Kemps conducted another sweepstakes survey to see which of the four flavors takes top honors. Stay tuned to their Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for the announcement of the winner!

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Farmers Markets

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Each year I attempt a garden.  I sure don’t have my Grandma’s green thumb that’s for sure.  Tomatoes seem to grow plentiful but they aren’t my favorite to eat.  Would love for our green peppers to grow better than they do, they seem to prefer to the fall months for some reason.  Thankfully there are Farmers Markets where there’s plenty of fresh produce, fruit, flowers and other local items to be found.

Take a look at the locations and schedules, some of the markets have special events and you may even be able to pick up lunch or dinner while you’re shopping.

Lunds & Byerlys 99¢ Picnic Sale!

Let’s hope this rainy weather doesn’t stick around too long because it’s time to plan some outdoor meals – Lunds & Byerlys is having a 99¢ Picnic Sale! They have deals on everything you need for a picnic or backyard barbecue with some great prices. These deals are all available with an additional $10 purchase while supplies last through May 24, 2017.

I have to say that my favorite thing on this list are the Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips – the Chipotle Ranch style is amazingly delicious! The rest of the items in the picnic sale include:

Lunds & Byerlys Fresh All-Natural Brats – 99¢ ea.
4 oz. (Save $1 ea.)

Fresh 85% Lean Premium Ground Beef Patties – 99¢ ea.
4 oz. (Save 60¢ ea.)

Ball Park Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns – 99¢
8 count – Limit 2 (Save $2.20)

Bi-Color Sweet Corn – 3/99¢
Limit 6 (Save $1.26 on 3)

Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce – 99¢
18 oz. – Limit 2 (Save $1.36)

Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips – 99¢
8 oz. – Limit 4 (Save $2)

Heinz Ketchup – 99¢
20 oz. – Limit 2 (Save $1.50)

With additional $10 purchase. While supplies last. Prices valid May 18-24, 2017 only.

Whistler Soda Launch Party!

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We first wrote about Minnesota made Whistler Soda, about a year ago when they had an open house in Forest Lake.  Whistler Soda now has a new home, located in Spring Lake Park, at the Blue Sun Soda Shop.  To celebrate the move, they are hosting a Whistler Soda Launch Party.  It takes place this Saturday, January 14th from 10-8pm.

Come Celebrate Whistler Sodas new home!
See a 1952 Dixie Bottling machine in action making Minnesota’s ONLY returnable bottle soda!
All Day long we will have:
– Free Whistler Soda Tastings. 40 Flavors!
– Tour the OPERATING Bottling Line and learn about making soda.
– Free Pinball
– Free Popcorn
– Bottle for a Buck! Whistler Soda discounted to just 99 cents a bottle Saturday ONLY. No limit on how many you can grab. (Deposit on bottle still applies)
– AND Only $20 a full case!(24 bottles) Mix and match all the flavors you want!
– Billy The Soda Jerk will be here

Saturday at the Soda Factory

 

Walmart Online Grocery Pickup – Saving Time in the Twin Cities Area

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Its here! Walmart Online Grocery Pickup is now available in multiple locations in the Twin Cities Metro. This holiday season, when we all can use some extra time in our busy schedules, you can cross spending time grocery shopping off the list!

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Walmart Online Grocery Pickup is a new way to shop for groceries. You simply order your groceries online using your computer or smartphone, select a pickup time, arrive at the store, and a Walmart associate brings your groceries to your car and loads them up for you. And to top it off,  the service is completely FREE! There are no service fees or price mark-ups, so we get the same Every Day Low Prices we find in Walmart stores. Locally, you can pick up your Walmart Online Grocery order in Maple Grove, Elk River, Monticello, Cottage Grove, Shakopee, Oak Park Heights or Hastings.

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Here’s exactly how Walmart Online Grocery Pickup works:

I used the Walmart Online Grocery Pickup service for the first time last week and it was so easy! I ordered my groceries from my desktop at Walmart Online Grocery, but you can also order right from your smartphone (more about that later). I was happy to see how easy it was to find everything I wanted. For most of my groceries I just entered a search term like “cream cheese” or “spinach” and all the related options came up for me to make my choices. I was also able to do some browsing. I knew I wanted to find some type of frozen meal because things have been super hectic here recently, so I clicked on “Shop by Department” to select “Frozen” and then “Frozen Meals”. I could then browse through everything available. I appreciated that I could click through on each item to get more details before making my choices. I also like that I can choose from departments throughout the store including dairy, produce, deli, meat, bakery and more.

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Once I had all my groceries selected I just had to pay and select when and where I wanted to pick up my order. Pick-up times are available in one hour time slots starting the day after you’re placing your order.

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Then I was all done until the next day but I decided I would download the Walmart Grocery app (available for iPhone and Android). Once downloading I realized we can also order our groceries right from the app itself.

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The next day I received an email that my order was ready for pick-up at the Elk River store. When I was ready to go pick it up, I checked in via the app to let the store know I was on my way. The app told the store how far away I was, letting the pick-up associate know to have my order ready. (If you don’t want to use the app, you can call when you’re on the way for your pick-up.)

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Once I got to the store it was easy to find the pick-up location by following the orange signs in the parking lot. I pulled into a waiting spot and waited a few minutes for an associate to come out with my order and load the whole thing into my car. I didn’t even have to step out into the cold, which is a BIG plus during a Minnesota December!

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The associate who helped me, Sarah, was SO nice and even showed me the bananas she chose for me to make sure they were the ripeness I preferred. She got it perfectly with nice yellow bananas with just a bit of green at the stems. I was impressed at how much care she obviously puts into selecting the very best items.

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From start to finish the Walmart Online Grocery Pickup experience was smooth sailing and a huge timesaver. While I like the service simply because it saves time I know others who like the service for other reasons. I have a friend who suffers from anxiety and grocery shopping causes her a lot of stress. With grocery pick-up she can avoid that entirely. For elderly or disabled shoppers, the pick-up option lets them get everything they need without having to make their way through the store. For mom’s with little ones they don’t have to wrangle their kids while trying to get the shopping done. I think I could go on and on!

Check out Walmart Online Grocery Pickup and let us know what you’ll be doing with YOUR extra time!

 

FREE + FOOD + FUN = FARM FEST at Valley Natural Foods

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FREE + FOOD + FUN = FARM FEST at Valley Natural Foods this coming Saturday, September 17th from 12-3. Located in the parking lot of Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville. It will take place rain or shine.  Activities for kids, free food sampling, music and more.

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FREE Food – A record number of local companies are attending this year, which means there will be plenty of delicious food to try!* See below for the list of participating local producers and what they’ll be sampling.

FREE Essential Oil Samples.

FREE Inflatable Kayak Giveaway For One Lucky Winner. Visit Board of Directors Table to Enter Drawing.

FREE For the Kids – Face Painting, Food Stamping Art, Lawn Bowling and Bean Bag Toss.

FREE Goodie Bag to First 100 In-Store Purchases of $75.

FREE Compostable Bracelets from Dakota County Master Recycler/Composters.

FREE Music by DJ UPBEAT!

SPECIAL DEALS ON SELECTED PRODUCTS AND A STORE COUPON TOO.  

Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store

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Just recently we were heading west on a road trip.   Our journey took us past the Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, so we had to stop.  The huge yellow building just beckons people to stop.  They’ve added on to the already giant place, since our last visit, hard to imagine it could be any bigger than it was previously.   If you’ve never been, it’s certainly a place to add to your bucket list of destinations.  Yes, worth it for a day trip, or even to go a little out of the way if you are sort of near it.  The amazing part of this place,  was the customer service.  No I am not getting paid to say that.  Between the three of us, I think we talked to at least four of the employees.  Asking them where different candies and snacks were, or if they even had them.  All of the employees were amazing and either knew exactly where it was, or to tell us they usually had it, but were currently out.  Very friendly and didn’t just stare at us and say “I don’t know”.  I have to say, I was very impressed, and proud that this place is in MN.

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To be honest, we did not load up on a bunch of candy.  We were heading out of state for a few days, so we each bought some of our favorite soda (pop). They have shelves and shelves filled with bottles of the stuff.  We love their beef jerky and it’s in a cooler up near the front of the store, it comes in the perfect size to share.  The fresh kettle corn was also one of our snacks we chose, another great thing to share along the way.  I’m pretty sure I will be finding kettle corn hidden in nooks and crannies of the car for a while, but soooo delicious!.   Yes we each chose some candy as well, carefully seeking out things we don’t find elsewhere.

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Old Time Candy Site Wide Sale! Save 10% On These Great Candy Items

Lunds & Byerlys 99¢ Baking Sale

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I always wait for this sale to come back every fall. It’s the Lunds & Byerlys 99¢ Baking Sale! It’s the perfect time to stock up for holiday baking. All of these deals are available with an additional $10 purchase. You can also get their weekly deal with that $10 purchase, which this week is a bag of Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips for 99¢ – the Chipotle Ranch flavor is so good! (Grab that weekly coupon HERE.)

You can see the full list of this week’s deals here.

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FREE Organic Bananas at Lunds and Byerly’s Plus Soup Deals

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This week, you can get a FREE pound of organic bananas with a $10 purchase at Lunds or Byerly’s. You can print the coupon HERE or show it to the cashier on your smartphone. For your $10 purchase, you might want to check out their soup deals this week. Progresso Heart Healthy and Light Soups are on sale 8 for $10 and Lunds & Byerlys Frozen Soups (which are REALLY good) are 5 for $10.

Lunds and Byerly’s 99¢ Baking Sale Returns!

Lunds Holiday Baking Sale Just the other day I was wondering when this sale would be back at Lunds and Byerly’s again. I always wait for their 99¢ Baking Sale to stock up! All of these deals are available with an additional $10 purchase. You can also get their weekly deal with that $10 purchase, which this week is a bag of Tostitos for 99¢. (Grab that weekly coupon HERE.) Also, be sure you are signed up for their text offers to get another weekly deal. (Sorry – don’t have my phone on me to see what this week’s is – It will be a surprise for you!) Then starting on December 12th, they will be having 12 Days of Savings with a different deal each day for twelve days. You can see the full list of deals here. Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 11.52.42 AM