I purchased all of this for only $25…. #ALDIbdaySurprise

$25 at ALDI

 

Have I mentioned lately how much I love ALDI? I so desperately wish they would open a store in Montgomery! I’m tired of driving an hour and 15 minutes to Alabaster every time I want to go- which is ALL the time!

 

ALDI sent me a gift card for my birthday, and look at everything it bought! I would have spent at least $50 dollars at any other grocery store for these items- even if many of them were on sale!

 

If you notice in this picture, I have several breakfast items (including organic pumpkin flax granola and organic steel cut oats AND  my favorite coffee and creamer!), and major components of at least three meals: gluten-free pasta, (chicken) caesar salad, and chicken pot pie (with organic chicken broth!) Plus, I scored my favorite squeezable water flavor and salt-free seasoning. Happiness!

 

Have you checked out the Aldi-licious series here on Simply Frugal Living lately? You’ll find some great recipes featuring ingredients exclusively from ALDI!

 

Thanks, ALDI!

 

Now, what can I do to convince you to come to Montgomery??

 

 

By the way…

You might like to see what’s on sale this week, and be sure to find a store near you!

 

 



An ALDI-licious birthday breakfast!

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Today is a fun day in our house. It’s my husband’s birthday!

 

Food is always a fun part of birthday celebrations in our house, so of course we had to have a yummy breakfast. 🙂 I realized afterward that everything we enjoyed came from a recent ALDI trip! Pancakes made from ALDI’s baking mix, fresh sausage, cranberry orange muffins, and freshly-ground coffee! The coffee was delicious…and if you want a chance to win a free three-month supply, plus a $25 ALDI gift certificate, come enter my giveaway! The giveaway ends Sunday, February 8th.

The giveaway ends at midnight, Sunday, February 8th. – See more at: http://simplyfrugalliving.com/2015/01/28/aldi-giveaway-3-month-coffee-supply-25-gift-certificate/#sthash.BRNXERLC.dpuf
The giveaway ends at midnight, Sunday, February 8th. – See more at: http://simplyfrugalliving.com/2015/01/28/aldi-giveaway-3-month-coffee-supply-25-gift-certificate/#sthash.BRNXERLC.dpuf
The giveaway ends at midnight, Sunday, February 8th. – See more at: http://simplyfrugalliving.com/2015/01/28/aldi-giveaway-3-month-coffee-supply-25-gift-certificate/#sthash.BRNXERLC.dpuf

 

Happy birthday, Todd! I can’t imagine a more loving and devoted husband and father, friend and companion in life! I LOVE YOU!

 

Todd and boys

Aldi-licious: Famous Black Bean Salad

Famous Black Bean Salad

 

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from Aldi!

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Famous Black Bean Salad
adapted from “Once Upon A Tart”

 

Early this summer I stumbled across this recipe in a favorite cookbook. I haven’t stopped making it! The ingredients are easy to come by and everyone who tastes it wants the recipe! It is healthy, very tasty, and inexpensive as well! It’s the perfect dish to take to a picnic or BBQ.

 

SALAD:
3 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 small red onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 medium avocado, diced

 

VINAIGRETTE:
juice of 2 limes
1 tsp. salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. curry powder (or you can use cumin)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

Put the beans in a bowl and pour over the vinegar. Stir and let sit while you chop and add the rest of the vegetables, except the avocado. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and pour over the salad, adding the avocado at the end. Serve at room temperature.

 

See all the recipes in the Aldi-licious series here!

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Heather is a wife and mother living in the American Midwest. She is a Christian who delights in enjoying God’s beautiful creation, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, and a myriad of other handcrafts. Blackberry Rambles is her place for beauty and inspiration and for recording the normal, everyday things that happen in the life of her family. I encourage you to take a moment to stop by her Etsy store: Felted Flower Shop where you will find her own beautiful creations and vintage finds.

Aldi-licious: Pilgrim Meatloaf

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from Aldi!

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Meatloaf is often thought of as comfort food and this meatloaf, made with ground turkey, is perfect for this festive time of year! It combines all the delicious flavors of the holidays without as much work, or expense!

Pilgrim Meatloaf
adapted from a recipe by Rachael Ray

3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 to 3 small stalks celery, finely chopped
1 small apple, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups cubed seasoned cornbread or traditional stuffing cubes (you can also use cubed gluten free bread!)
1 to 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries
2 pounds of ground turkey (Aldi sells ground turkey in containers slightly larger than 1 pound — I just used two Aldi containers)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. dried sage
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 400F. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the thyme, celery, apple, onion, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until tender, about 7 or 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the dried cranberries.

Pulse the stuffing cubes in a food processor or blender until crumbs form, then transfer to a bowl and moisten with the chicken stock to soften.

Put the turkey in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the stuffing crumbs, onion and celery mixture, cheese, herbs, and egg and mix gently to combine.

On a parchment or foil lined baking sheet, form the turkey mixture into a loaf that is 10 inches long and 4 inches high. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until golden and cooked through, about 50 to 60 minutes.

Slice the meatloaf and serve with Gravy and Cranberry Sauce.

Gravy:

3 Tbsp. butter
2 rounded Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken or turkey stock
1/2 cup apple juice
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper

Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking for 2 minutes. Whisk in the stock, apple juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until the gravy is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Transfer to a serving dish.

 

This recipe serves 8-10.

See all the recipes in the Aldi-licious series here!

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Heather is a wife and mother living in the American Midwest. She is a Christian who delights in enjoying God’s beautiful creation, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, and a myriad of other handcrafts. Blackberry Rambles is her place for beauty and inspiration and for recording the normal, everyday things that happen in the life of her family. Be sure to check out her store filled with delightful handmade gifts at 308 Maple Street.

My Trip to Aldi’s Headquarters this Weekend!

Aldi

 

Just had to share…I’m on my way to an event at Aldi’s headquarters in Batavia, IL tomorrow! I’ll be testing their recipes and learning from a food stylist and food photographer. Do you have any questions you’d like me to ask them? Now is your chance! Leave a comment on my Facebook page or right here on this post. I’ll ask and get your your answer after the event.

An online recipe book featuring holiday recipes straight from the ALDI Test Kitchen is available at www.aldi.us. The book includes recipes for a variety of meals and sweet treats – and the ability to search by categories like appetizers or desserts, and create a shopping list. Be sure to check it out and get some creative ideas!

Wish me well! I’m super excited!!

P.S. Have you seen the Aldi-licious recipe series featured on Simply Frugal Living?

My Fun Summer Aldi Kabob Party!

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I had the awesome opportunity to host a summer kabob party sponsored by Aldi, featuring food and beverages purchased exclusively from Aldi! My guests enjoyed fruit, dinner, and dessert kabobs, as well as some delicious beverages.

Here’s a detailed description of everything featured in my party…

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Fruit Kabobs

I purchased strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, and grapes for these scrumptious rainbow fruit kabobs. I got the idea from a picture on Pinterest and loved it. (I chose to use kiwi instead of green grapes, and it was a great choice but just took a bit longer because I had to peel and cut the kiwi pieces.)

The fruit kabobs were a HUGE hit with my guests…they loved the pretty display and commented on how refreshing the fruit tasted.

 

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Dinner Kabobs

BBQ Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs

Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless fresh chicken breasts
  • Red, yellow, and green peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Whatever you want, really!

Marinade:

  • Aldi’s Tuscan Garden Classics Teriyaki 30-minute Marinade

I used wooden skewers; be sure to soak them for a few hours before grilling. The pineapple was a delicious touch with the chicken and veggies and worked perfectly with the marinade. My guests absolutely loved these kabobs! I made a whole bunch of them and we have a small grill, so it took my husband about an hour to grill them all, but it was worth it!!

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Dessert Kabobs

These dessert kabobs were super easy and very yummy. Another big hit with my guests!

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Mini-marshmallows (Aldi also sells large ones; you could use either)
  • Strawberry cream filled waffle cookies
  • Brownies (purchased Aldi’s brownie mix and made it- quick and easy!)

You can add anything else that you’d like to these- I just love the combination of strawberries and chocolate. 🙂

 

Drinks and Extras

I absolutely LOVE Aldi’s Fit&Active line (see a whole list of products available here), so I decided to give their Fit&Active fruit-flavored drinks a try. I was not disappointed! We also tried the Fruit Dazzle sparkling water, and all I can say is….WOW!!! So delicious and refreshing!! My guests’ favorite was the black cherry.

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I couldn’t believe how perfect this was: Aldi was selling kabob plates at napkins at the time of my party about two weeks ago. Check it out- they might still be available in your store!

There’s plenty of time to head to Aldi and grab these items for your own fantastic summer kabob party! Locate your closest store here. Check out the yummy summer recipes on Aldi’s website here.

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For more delicious recipes featuring ingredients purchased exclusively at Aldi, check out my Aldi-licious Recipe Series!

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A guest helps me pass out Aldi’s summer catalog.

Our Delicious Aldi Holiday Party!

I had an opportunity to host a holiday party for family and friends sponsored by Aldi, featuring food purchased exclusively from Aldi! The ten people attending enjoyed some delectable appetizers, a main course, and dessert.

Here’s a detailed description of everything featured in our party…

Appetizers

from top to bottom and left to right:

  • Appetitos Mozzarella Cheese Sticks with Marinara Sauce (freezer section)
  • Appetizer tray (we created) with the following:

Green pears
Braeburn Apples
Clementines
Southern Grove Dried Cranberries
Brie Cheese Round
Happy Farms Cheddar Cheese Cubes
Savoritz 6 cracker assortment box
chocolate-covered cranberries

  • Southern Grove All-Natural Whole Almonds, Choceur Chocolate Coins, chocolate-covered cranberries

Main Course

Chinese Chicken Salad and L’oven Fresh Artisan French Baguette

Ingredients for salad:

  • four Kirkwood frozen, boneless chicken breasts
  • one head of cabbage, chopped finely
  • two cans of mandarin oranges
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • one package ramen soup noodles, crunched finely
  • one bag of Southern Grove Slivered Almonds, toasted in butter
  • one container water chestnuts

Dressing:

  • three parts canola oil (3/4 c.) to one part apple cider vinegar (1/4 c.)
  • 3/4 – 1 c. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Drinks and Desserts

 

  • Nature’s Nectar Sparkling Cider
  • Nature’s Nectar Non-Alcoholic Red Grape Juice Cocktail
  • Nature’s Nectar Non-Alcoholic White Grape Juice Cocktail
  • L’oven Fresh Orange Cranberry Breakfast Cake (currently on clearance at my store for $1.49)

  • Belmont Key Lime pie (freezer section)
  • Choceur Cocoa Dusted Truffles
  • Choceur Belgian Seashells
  • Choceur Chocolate Coins
  • Peppermint bark
  • Clementines

 

There’s still time to run to the store and grab these items for your own fantastic New Year’s party! Many of the seasonal food items are reduced right now, making Aldi’s super low prices even lower! Locate your closest store here. Check out the amazing holiday recipes on Aldi’s website here.

 

For more delicious recipes featuring ingredients purchased exclusively at Aldi, check out my Aldi-licious Recipe Series!

Aldi-licious: Pilgrim Meatloaf

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from Aldi!

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Meatloaf is often thought of as comfort food and this meatloaf, made with ground turkey, is perfect for this festive time of year! It combines all the delicious flavors of the holidays without as much work, or expense!

Pilgrim Meatloaf
adapted from a recipe by Rachael Ray

3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 to 3 small stalks celery, finely chopped
1 small apple, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups cubed seasoned cornbread or traditional stuffing cubes (you can also use cubed gluten free bread!)
1 to 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries
2 pounds of ground turkey (Aldi sells ground turkey in containers slightly larger than 1 pound — I just used two Aldi containers)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. dried sage
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 400F. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the thyme, celery, apple, onion, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until tender, about 7 or 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the dried cranberries.

Pulse the stuffing cubes in a food processor or blender until crumbs form, then transfer to a bowl and moisten with the chicken stock to soften.

Put the turkey in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the stuffing crumbs, onion and celery mixture, cheese, herbs, and egg and mix gently to combine.

On a parchment or foil lined baking sheet, form the turkey mixture into a loaf that is 10 inches long and 4 inches high. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until golden and cooked through, about 50 to 60 minutes.

Slice the meatloaf and serve with Gravy and Cranberry Sauce.

Gravy:

3 Tbsp. butter
2 rounded Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken or turkey stock
1/2 cup apple juice
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper

Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking for 2 minutes. Whisk in the stock, apple juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until the gravy is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Transfer to a serving dish.

 

This recipe serves 8-10.

See all the recipes in the Aldi-licious series here!

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Heather is a wife and mother living in the American Midwest. She is a Christian who delights in enjoying God’s beautiful creation, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, and a myriad of other handcrafts. Blackberry Rambles is her place for beauty and inspiration and for recording the normal, everyday things that happen in the life of her family. Be sure to check out her store filled with delightful handmade gifts at 308 Maple Street.

Aldi-licious: Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from Aldi!

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Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup is ideal for this time of year when the weather makes us crave warm comfort food like soup. The addition of pumpkin to black beans takes this to a whole new level and makes for a very festive dinner.

Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup

(adapted from Once Upon a Tart)

1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 Tbsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 can black beans, drained and rinsed

Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil in a large soup pot over high heat, stirring frequently until the onion softens, about 5-10 minutes. Lower heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and translucent, about 10 more minutes.

Add the tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, salt and pepper to the soup pot. Pour in the stock, pumpkin, vinegar, and beans.

Bring the soup to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to develop.

Remove the soup from the heat and puree, leaving just a little bit of texture. Serve with sour cream and chopped cilantro (optional).

Serves 6.

 

See all the recipes in the Aldi-licious series here!

 

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Heather is a wife and mother living in the American Midwest. She is a Christian who delights in enjoying God’s beautiful creation, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, and a myriad of other handcrafts. Blackberry Rambles is her place for beauty and inspiration and for recording the normal, everyday things that happen in the life of her family. Be sure to check out her store filled with delightful handmade gifts at 308 Maple Street.

Aldi-licious: Pizza Pasta Salad

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from Aldi!

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Pizza Pasta Salad

1 box pasta, prepared according to box directions
1 package pepperoni, chopped
2 8-oz. packages of fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 box of grape tomatoes
1 colored pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 can black olives, sliced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil

Italian salad dressing

Combine the warm pasta with the remaining ingredients. Toss with Italian salad dressing and serve warm. You may substitute other pizza toppings that your family may enjoy such as mushrooms, cooked chicken, cooked sausage, or chopped ham.

Serves 6.

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Heather is a wife and mother living in the American Midwest. She is a Christian who delights in enjoying God’s beautiful creation, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, and a myriad of other handcrafts. Blackberry Rambles is her place for beauty and inspiration and for recording the normal, everyday things that happen in the life of her family. Be sure to check out her store filled with delightful handmade gifts at 308 Maple Street.
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