TCBY – 9 Mile Road

It is ridiculous that it has taken me so long to write about one of our more recent favorite spots to grab a sweet treat!  The TCBY on 9 Mile Road opened up during the summer and the cooler temperatures don’t seem to be keeping people away because every time we go in there, there is a crowd.

This TCBY is a self-serve yogurt shop located in the Target shopping center on 9 Mile Road and University Parkway.  When you walk in, employees will help you sample any and all flavors before you make your choice and serve it up in a bowl.  There are a number of flavors to choose from on any given day and they range from run of the mill like vanilla and chocolate to more interesting flavors like strawberry kiwi, mountain blackberry and birthday cake.

After you have chosen your desired flavor, you can choose from a number of toppings like fruits, candies, and syrups.  When you are all finished, you take it to the cash register to weigh it and you pay by the ounce.

You can take your frozen yogurt to go but my kids love to sit in the fun, brightly-colored chairs and couches.

I knew that we had visited too often when we walked in after several visits and the young employee remembered that my daughter liked pink colored yogurt!  She was excited we came in for a visit because they had just gotten in a new yogurt flavor that was colored pink!  Little S was thrilled!

TCBY offers a loyalty card and after you collect a certain number of points, you get a few ounces of yogurt for free.  Be sure to get one when you go in for the first time and then register it online so that you can collect your points.

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Like other self-serve yogurt bars, be careful as too how much you fill your cup.  The cups are large and can be deceiving!
  • Though I did see some cones while I was there last time, as far as I know, this TCBY is not participating in Waffle Cone Wednesday.
  • You can use your loyalty card before you register it online but you can’t collect your free yogurt points until it has been registered.

34th Annual Seafood Festival

What: Seafood Festival; Where: Seville Square, Downtown Pensacola; When: September 23-25; Cost: FREE (some events have a cost associated with them, see website for details)

To me, the 34th Annual Seafood Festival is a sign that fall is officially here even if it doesn’t feel like it.  The Seafood Festival is held every fall in September.  There are rows and rows of vendors selling their handcrafted goods.  We often pick up a few things to give as Christmas gifts while we are there.  Try some new seafood or stick to your tried and true favorites.  There will be live music throughout the festival as well.

There is a children’s area with arts and crafts, jump houses and a rock climbing wall.  There is a small cost associated with some of the activities so be prepared with cash on hand.  The children’s area will be open from Saturday at 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Seafood Festival hours are as follows:

Friday, September 23 11am to 11pm

Saturday, September 24 10am to 11pm

Sunday, September 25 11am to 5pm

Berry Yogurt

What: frozen yogurt; Where: 6301 N. 9th Ave; When: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

We saw the sign go up in front of the building and we had a feeling it would be a frozen yogurt place but we weren’t certain until we saw the newspaper article about it.  Berry Yogurt is a fun frozen yogurt shop off of Tippin and 9thAvenue in the same shopping center as Innerlight.  The yogurt is self-serve and sold by the ounce.  If you have never been, the staff will help you figure out what to do.  You grab a cup, fill it with your desired flavor and toppings, then the cashier will weigh it and give you your total.  

The cups are large, which can sometimes be deceiving when you fill them up.  The first time we went, I put way too much yogurt in the kids’ cups and the little one had a hard time finishing it.  There are a number of different toppings and I love that there are all sorts of different yogurt flavors.  You can mix and match whatever you would like to make your own perfect creation.  Not only are there a lot of choices but the choices include things like coconut, green tea, and blueberry tart.  I have firsthand knowledge that the blueberry tart is absolutely divine…not that I have eaten it on three separate trips…really, I promise.

The inside of Berry Yogurt is brightly decorated with fun tables and chairs and there is a ping pong table off to one side. 

Berry Yogurt is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm.  Connect with them on Facebook to keep up to date with the daily flavors and giveaways.

First Day of School Tradition – A Special Treat

Do you have any first day of school traditions?  On the first day of Kindergarten, we went to grab some ice cream afterwards and every year since so we have officially made it our first day of school tradition.  We eat pretty healthy around here but if you follow PWK you know that I love our little treats!  Here are some places to grab a special treat to celebrate the success of a first day of school!

TCBY – There are two locations – one at Bayou and one at 9 Mile Road.  We visited the new 9 Mile Road store and had yummy yogurt and fun family time this weekend.  This just might be where we end up this afternoon!  You could also try Baskin Robbins or Dolce!

Oh Snap! Cupcakes or the Cupcake Emporium – If you would rather have a cupcake, try one of these spots!

Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts – Grab a donut for the kids and enjoy a cup of coffee to keep you going for the rest of day.

How do you celebrate the first day?  I hope that everyone had a smooth first day of school!

Pensacola Snow

*Pensacola Snow is no longer in business.

What: New Orleans Style Snowcones; Where: 937 Creigton Rd in the red food truck; When: Hours vary; Cost: Prices begin around $2

Pensacola Snow is a bright red food truck that serves up New Orleans Style snowballs.  We stopped by at the beginning of the summer but I didn’t post about it because they announced that they were moving locations.  I stopped by their Facebook page the other day and saw that as of July 5th, they will be stationed at 937 Creighton Road next to Louisiana Crawfish Sales.

The Pensacola snowcones are an icy, tasty treat for a hot summer day.  When we went, there were six of us and we tried six different flavors (my favorite was banana!).  The hours listed on the Pensacola Snow Facebook page are Tuesday-Saturday from 12noon to 7pm and Sunday 12noon to 5pm.  I recommend checking the Facebook page before you go because sometimes they post new hours for the day.

If you make it to Pensacola Snow, cross it off of your 55 Days of Summer in Pensacola list!

National Doughnut Day – Free Doughnuts!

Celebrate National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 3rd, with a free doughnut at participating Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts (I have not called to see if our local stores are participating yet.  If you know, please let us know!).  Dunkin’ Donuts will give one free donut with a beverage purchase and Krispy Kreme has no purchase necessary according to their press release.

Blueberry Picking in Pensacola

Those sweet blueberries are ripe and ready for picking in the Pensacola area!  Blueberry picking is such a fun family-friendly activity.  Not only is it a reasonably priced activity, but you also get to take home a product for your money spent!  I always know when it is time to go blueberry picking again because I have finished up the last few bags of blueberries hidden in the back of the freezer! 

One of our favorite blueberry farms is A & N Blueberries in Molino.  We love to go here because the owners are so kind, the blueberry bushes are tall enough that you won’t have to bend over to pick but they are also low enough that the children can reach plenty of blueberries for themselves, and the price is right for us at a dollar a pound!  I also love that they have other produce for sale like potatoes, squash and corn.

Most blueberry farms provide gallon buckets to use during blueberry picking but you can also bring your own buckets or baskets to use. 

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Bring an empty cooler with you.  If you plan on picking more than a few pounds of blueberries, you will want an empty cooler to put the berries in.  Not only will it keep them cool in the hot sun, but it will also keep the berries off of the ground where ants can find them.   It doubles as a good seat for tired children, too!
  • Bring a small cooler full of ice, water, drinks of your choice and snacks depending on how long you will be out there. 
  • Hats and sunscreen will keep you protected out in the hot sun.
  • Bubbles or something just as quiet will keep the kids entertained when they are finished picking blueberries but you are not. 
  • We bring plastic bags to pour the blueberries in if we are still picking but our buckets are full!
  • Be sure to bring cash.  Some blueberry farms take checks but most are cash only. 

Here are some blueberry farms in the area in alphabetical order.  If you know of one to add to the list, leave us a comment!  I listed the hours and price from their websites/Facebook pages.  Remember these hours and prices are always subject to change.  Call to confirm before you go.

A&N Blueberry Farm

  • Address: 4040 Suncrest Lane, Molino, FL 32577
  • Contact number: 850.341.9767
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 7am to sundown
  • Cost: $1.00/lb. U-Pick; $3.00/lb. We-Pick orders

Beulah Berries

  • Address: 6658 Suwanee Rd, Pensacola, FL, 32526
  • Contact Number: 850.453.2383
  • Hours of Operation: 7am-7pm daily
  • Cost: $5 a half gallon/$10 a gallon

Cambridge Farms

  • Address: 3230 DeLoach Lane, Milton, FL 32570
  • Contact Number: 850.855.6420
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday 7am-4pm or by appointment

Petsel’s Blueberries

  • Address: 7711 Helms Rd, Pensacola, FL 32526
  • Contact Number: 850.944.5224
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday 7am to dark
  • Cost: $1.50 a pound

Touchablue Berry Farm

  • Address: 7100 Molino Road, Molino, FL 32577
  • Contact Number: 850.587.5072

31 Cent Scoop Night

Mark your calendars!  It is almost time for the annual Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night.  On April 27, head to your participating Baskin Robbins and purchase a 31 cent scoop! 

Clean Eating with Freeze Your Way Fit

My pal, Briony, has started a new blog called Freeze Your Way Fit.  I have learned so much from Briony over the past two years on how to eat cleaner and healthier, waste less food, and save more money!  I am so excited to share her new blog with you!

Freeze Your Way Fit includes information on how to start eating healthier, utilize your freezer as a tool to help you cook less often and save money on groceries through couponing. 

Every Monday, she posts a weekly meal plan with healthy recipes and coupon link ups.  She also shares stockpile scenarios that will help you save money in the long run. 

One of my favorite things to see now is my stockpiled freezer.  For example, whenever I make a lasagna I will make two.  We eat one and freeze one.  It helps me to save time and I have a healthy meal waiting for me in my freezer.  Last night, we had leftovers that freeze well.  Instead of putting it in my fridge where I know it will just move into the back until I finally clean it out and throw it away, I freeze the leftovers and have entire meals ready for me in minutes! 

Here are a few of my favorite recipes (I have made these at home on my own and they really are easy!):

Clean Eating Healther Granola Bars

Joan’s Homemade Hummus

And these are some of the site’s most popular recipes:

Homemade Yogurt in the Crockpot

Sneaky Sloppy Joes

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

If you aren’t sure how to begin couponing, freezing or moving to a healthier eating lifestyle, stop by her Getting Started Page.

The thing that I love about Briony is that she shares easy techniques to help everyone get started without making you feel overwhelmed.  Making it easy for all of us comes easy to her because she changed her eating habits gradually.  Here is Briony’s story!

Changing our eating habits was a very gradual process for our family. It all started when I was pregnant for the first time. I was sitting at the dinner table after reading the section in What to Expect When You’re Expecting about nutrition during pregnancy. I’m one of those people that can never do anything half way… and I want a book for everything. I had sat down earlier that day and made a chart to ensure that I was fulfilling every category of nutrient every day (seriously, I’m that crazy… I do this sort of thing regularly). I realized I was behind for the day so I made whole wheat pasta with meat sauce for dinner. I put ¼ cup of wheat germ into mine because I needed my dose of folic acid for the day. On the side I had ½ a red pepper and a baked potato w/ cheese. 

I took one bite of the pasta and started to cry. The wheat germ was way too much and made the sauce totally thick and dry. On top of that, we always ate white pasta so the whole wheat pasta seemed too heavy and just added to the thick, pasty mess. The amount of food surrounding me was simply overwhelming. “I can’t eat this. Our baby is going to be nutrient deficient!!” I wailed. My husband, Matt, was very sympathetic and reassuring… he kept his laughter down to a low giggle.

I ended up just eating the baked potato and the rest of my pregnancy consisted mainly of eating mac n’ cheese out of a box. The fact of the matter was that it was just too much of a change all at once and I was completely overloaded with information. I was so stressed out trying to get a check in each nutritional box that I wasn’t able to enjoy my food. Okay, pregnancy hormones might have had a little bit to do with it as well.  It was too big of a leap from what I was used to, which made it harder to stick with.

So how did I go from eating only simple carbs and processed cheese for nine months to the way we are now? It all started with baby food. Once Colwynn was old enough to start solids, my friend lent me Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. I already thought that we ate well. After all, I cooked dinner every night and I liked fruits and vegetables. However, my version of “cooking dinner” was anything from chicken stir fry (good) to Hamburger Helper (not so good). As I read through the book I learned a lot about how to make better food choices and what foods were more nutrient dense than others. I started making Colwynn’s baby food and began making VERY gradual changes to what Matt and I were eating as well.

Super Baby Food helped me develop an incredibly efficient system of using my freezer to make big batches of food for Colwynn and then use it one portion at a time. As Colwynn got older and started eating non-pureed foods, I began making even more changes to what Matt and I ate. I didn’t want to have to cook more than one meal for dinner so I started planning meals for us that Colwynn could eat too. Because the change had been gradual over a few months and we started making small substitutions and changes at a time, we didn’t notice as much and it was easy to keep up.

A little while later another friend introduced me to Clean Eating magazine. I combined the concepts of Clean Eating with the methods of batch cooking and freezing to develop a system of only cooking three or four times a week and utilizing our “freezer stash” so that we were still eating a nutritious, home cooked meal every night. Then I started adding different veggie purees into regular dishes to increase the nutritional content.

When we first moved to Pensacola, our family was living on one income and paying two mortgage payments. We needed to really watch our spending so I started looking into couponing. I checked out some how-to sites and planned my first trip to Publix. I walked out with an entire cart full of groceries for less than $20 and I was totally hooked! I found at first that it was difficult to save a lot of money on the things I wanted to feed my family. But once I got the hang of stockpiling and creative meal planning, I was regularly saving 50% or more a week.

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Briony!  If you want to learn more, be sure to connect with Briony on the Freeze Your Way Fit Facebook page!

Daylight Donuts – Pensacola, Florida

What: Donut Shop; Where: 6560 Pensacola Blvd; When: Open at 6am Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday); Cost: Donuts start at 89 cents

Daylight Donuts is a great place to meet your friends with the kids if you are looking for a sweet treat.  They have designed the interior with children in mind.  In one room, there are a few tables and a train table where the little ones will stay entertained.  In another part of the dining room, there are several booths, couches and a large flat screen television.  They have wifi so I plan on making it one of my regular locations to write and get some work done when I need to get out of the house!

I met a friend at Daylight Donuts for a meeting and we were very pleased with everything about our visit.  The donut I tried was delicious (I had the blueberry cake and my friend had a chocolate nut) and of course we love to support locally owned businesses at PWK! 

There is a drive thru window if you don’t have time to stop inside.

Daylight Donuts is located at 6560 Pensacola Blvd between Ruby Tuesdays and Quality Inn.  They are open at 6am Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).  You can connect with them on the Daylight Donuts Facebook page where they often post deals and coupons.