This is the third and final post in our ALDI 101 series. But I have to be honest — I kind of don’t want this series to end!
I have been having so much fun reading your comments over email, tweets, Facebook, Instagram, and in the comment section below about Aldi! From those of you who have been longtime fans and have shared your great tips and favorite items, to those of you who may have never set foot in an Aldi but are considering giving it a try, it has been so cool to hear about each person’s unique experience with the store. I have to admit that a reader totally made my day when she shared that she ventured into an Aldi for the first time this week, and loved it. That is so cool!!!! :-)
ALDI 101 continues! For those of you who are just tuning in, I am taking a mini-break from recipe posting to share a 3-part series with you about one of my favorite places – ALDI! After my first post yesterday on Why I Shop At Aldi, we are continuing today with How To Shop At Aldi. Then be sure to tune in tomorrow too for What To Buy At Aldi.
As I mentioned yesterday, I do about 50% of my grocery shopping at Aldi and am a huge fan of the store. But without a doubt, there are a few quirks that differentiate Aldi from traditional grocery stores. So I thought it would be fun to do a little “how to” post about the entire shopping experience there — from planning your trip, to arriving, to finding your way around, to checking out, and then leaving with your bags and boxes of affordable Aldi goodness.
Ok, I’m interrupting our regularly scheduled recipe programming to hop on a little soapbox and share a 3-part series with you about one of my favorite places as a foodie — ALDI!
Over the years, countless friends have been surprised and intrigued when I tell them that I do at least half of my grocery shopping at Aldi. Yes, I also frequent Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s (did you know they are owned by the same company that owns Aldi?), and our local Kansas City large grocery stores. But about eight years ago, I set foot in my first Aldi and have been a happy and loyal customer ever since!
We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled food programming today to bring you…a crafty DIY post!!!
This simple art project was actually inspired by a going-away gift that I made for my sweet friend and neighbor, Cassie, as she and her husband Paul moved away from Kansas City this past week. I knew that Cassie shared my love for both sprinkles and Missouri, so I thought it would be fun to combine the two into a simple piece of DIY art that they could take to their new home. The picture I gave Cassie had two hearts for their two homes. But when some friends were over and saw the piece in progress, they mentioned that they wanted to try making one for themselves with a single city. So I decided to make a second version and photograph the process to share with you all!
Before I head off to go hang out with friends and snack on game day food galore (ok, and maybe watch a few minutes of football in there somewhere), I wanted to pop in and share this week’s Gimme Some Weekend Roundup! We have all sorts of great things to share this week, including:
With all of the craziness of leaving the country for nearly a month, and then trying to play massive game up of catch-up during the month of January, I have missed doing our Gimme Some Weekly Roundups. This is a bummer, because there have been some fabulous posts all over the site in the past two months! From my trip all over Europe on Gimme Some Life, to all things Golden Globes and Oscars at Gimme Some Film, to all things DIY, to literary walks, books and great quotes at Gimme Some Reads, to winter fashions and home decor at Gimme Some Style, there are so many great things already happening in the new year!
Ok, since I wrote so much on the post of MY Top 12 recipes of ’12 from Gimme Some Oven, I’ll keep this one short and sweet! :)
Here are YOUR Top 12 of ’12, based on the number of pageviews for recipes on the site. I always love looking at these at the end of the year. Some were recipes I expected, and some were total surprises — which I love!! Hope that you might see some of your favorites on here, and then catch a few more ideas for some new recipes to bookmark for 2013.
I can hardly believe that another year has come and gone, but an eventful year it has been! In my personal life, I left my full-time job of 7+ years to pursue blogging mostly full-time, I sold my house and moved across town to a loft in downtown KC, and then I decided to end the year with a 3.5 week tour around Europe. Craziness! If you would have asked me a year ago where I would be at the end of 2012, I never would have guessed any of this in my wildest dreams. But it has been an amazing year, and each day I am profoundly grateful.
I’m joining bloggers across the country today to pause and remember Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine Hsu, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison N. Wyatt, Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Nancy Lanza, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach and Victoria Soto.
Please join us in taking some extra time to ponder the small ways we can each bring more peace into the world during such a sorrowful time. Kansas City based artist Jeremy Collins is selling prints and cards of the image above to raise money to help families pay for funeral costs. Contribute if you wish.