May 30, 2015

ALDI Recipes

I took my first trip to our new RVA ALDI last month. After visiting the store and then later looking around on their website, I discovered a bunch of great recipes posted on the site. I am always looking for new dinner ideas for my weekly menu planner so I decided to try out a few dishes.

We have a love of Mexican food at our house so first up was Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Corn Salsa. I highly recommend this recipe. It is a great weeknight meal that doesn’t require a ton of preparation.

I grabbed all of these ingredients at the ALDI on Parham Road. 

All the products were as expected in terms of taste. I had no issues with the quality of the meat, produce or dairy. The chicken breasts were $5.40 which I think is fairy affordable for a 3 pack of fresh poultry. The canned corn was only 49 cents. The tortilla chips were very inexpensive at $1.19.

And voila here is our final product…Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Corn Salsa!

I am also so happy to have this easy summer side dish. We will definitely be adding this Corn Salsa to the meal rotation…Michael loved it!

We also tried the Lighter Baked Gnocchi Bolognese and it was really tasty!

Photo courtesy: ALDI

Photo courtesy: ALDI

There are hundreds of recipes on the ALDI website and they even have a Kid Craves section and a seasonal section with dishes for different holidays. I bought all of the ingredients to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches with Camille and Clyde. Can’t wait to try them.  YUM! Be sure to check out the ALDI blog for even more recipes. You can also “like” them on Facebook

Photo courtesy: ALDI

This is a sponsored post however all opinions are my own. Thank you to ALDI for partnering with me.

May 17, 2015

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Clyde turned 6 on Friday! We spent the weekend celebrating with putt-putt, dinner at his favorite restaurant, Glory Days and a birthday party at every six year old's favorite party destination, Chuck E Cheese! Are you catching the game theme here?

Lots of end of the year school activities for Clyde this week and Camille will be starting swim team!I feel spring into summer is always so busy for me personally as well as professionally. I am ready for a little downtime at the beach. :)

Here is what's for dinner this week...

Sunday - Southwestern Chicken Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Monday - Lighter Baked Gnocchi Bolognese

Tuesday - Lemon Butter Chicken, Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto, Salad

Wednesday - Crispy Apricot Pork Chops, Quiona, Broccoli

Thursday - Summer Corn & White Bean Soup, Corn Muffins

May 13, 2015

Mother's Day

We spent most of last weekend in the hospital with Clyde. He fell off his bike on Friday evening and the handlebars pushed far into his belly. He woke up in tons of pain in the middle of the night Friday. We decided to take him to the ER and they ran a bunch of tests. The doctors were worried about internal injuries. Thankfully he is completely fine.

Oh and also poor little Camille broke her toe last week in music class. They were playing a game that involved galloping and someone stepped on her foot! She is doing much better but in the boot for three weeks. :(

So now that we have met our insurance deductible, we are ready for everyone to be well!

I still enjoyed a great Mother's Day with these two. I am lucky to be their mama!

May 3, 2015

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

We lost our sweet Cougar on Friday. We discovered last fall that she had cancer and we tried some things to prolong her life but decided at the end of last week that she was now suffering. We are feeling some comfort in the fact that she is in a better place now. It is still a hard adjustment for everyone.

Camille and I went for pedicures yesterday to celebrate her great report card.

Today is supposed to be gorgeous in Richmond and I have an open house at my new listing. Hopefully I will have a good turnout!

Here goes with this week's menu planner.

Sunday - Burgers & Hot Dogs, Southwestern Edamame Salad

Monday - Teriyaki Salmon with Sriracha Cream Sauce, Brussels Sprouts (anyone have a good goal is always not to burn them and I am rarely successful.)

Tuesday - Chicken Caesar Salad

Wednesday - Ancho Chicken Tacos w/ Cilantro Slaw & Avocado Cream, Re-fried Black Beans

Thursday - Pizza for kids & Michael. Girl's Night for me!

April 30, 2015

My experience at ALDI and a Giveaway!

Last week, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to preview the new ALDI on Parham Road prior to the grand opening. I had never been to an ALDI store and knew very little about the concept. Some of the most notable facts about ALDI.

ALDI customers save up to 50 percent* per month on their grocery bills. One way ALDI is able to keep prices low is by having customers bring their own bags. Paper bags are available for purchase at 6 cents each or you can purchase reusable bags at ALDI or bring your own.

 After checking out, customers also bag their own groceries in a staging area near the check out.

Customers also “rent” a shopping cart. You put a quarter in to unlock the cart and then get your quarter back when you return it.

Over 90% of ALDI’s products are exclusive brands and sold only in their stores. However, there are some brand name products that are so popular with customers that ALDI carries these items on their shelves. My snack-lover, Clyde, will be happy to hear they have Goldfish!

Clyde’s wine-loving mommy is excited to learn they sell beer and wine! And it is affordable and award winning! I see this Chardonnay in my future.

ALDI also carries a gluten free line called liveGfree. We tasted a gluten free snickerdoodle at the store that was delicious! They also sell organic produce and have a line of Fit & Active products.

They also sell a variety of meat and dairy products at affordable pricing. Great place to pick up specialty cheese for an appetizer. We tried the dill havarti on the store tour and it was yummy!

ALDI also carries some products you would not expect to find in a typical grocery store. They have a section stocked with weekly Special Buys and Red Hot Specials that last until they sell out. For Red Hot Specials, they guarantee customers won’t find similar products for less anywhere else. I picked up slip on tennis shoes for Clyde for $6.99!

An example of a Special Buy that is going on right now is home d├ęcor items such as these cute decorative mirrors and baskets.

I need to go back to do more shopping but some of products I am most excited about are a 12-pack of single serve coffee cups for $4.99. Also, mixed nuts for $2.49!

I have partnered with ALDI to offer one of my readers a $25 gift certificate!

To enter…

   1. “Like” ALDI USA on Facebook AND
   2. Leave a comment here telling me if you have ever shopped at an ALDI or not.

Although it is not required for the giveaway, I would love to hear about your favorite products!

Winner will be selected on May 6, 2015 via US Entries only, please.
This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Gina Wildorchid! 

This is a sponsored post however all opinions are my own. Thank you to ALDI for partnering with me.
*Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

April 19, 2015

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

We had a productive and fun weekend. Yesterday, Michael and I did a bunch of yard work. I would say he did most of the work but I helped some and was also great moral support. ;)

Last night, Camille, Clyde and I had a pizza dinner at our neighbors....a really fun way to end a gorgeous, warm day!

Did you shop the Lilly for Target sale? I really thought the items were cute and such a great price point but wasn't sure I wanted to be waiting in Black Friday like lines to get them. I woke up this morning about 7 and sat at my computer and shopped! I fortunately scored two cute items for Camille.

Here goes with this week's menu planner.

Monday - Veal Piccata,  Sauteed Squash & Zucchini

Thursday - Chicken Rollatini, Salad, Bread

April 12, 2015

Spring Break Recap & Menu Planner

I have to say the start of our spring break was far from exciting. We just went to Disney so I don't feel too bad about it. Also, sometimes it is nice just to be able to sleep in and not be rushing out the door to catch the bus at 7:15 am every morning! On Thursday, we did skip town and head to Sandbridge to visit Michael's parents. The weather was great and we were able to spend a few hours on the beach on Friday.

There was also time for croquet!

Today was a gorgeous one in RVA! We spent a lot of time working in the yard. Camille and Clyde selected their own flowers and planted into the two terracotta pots picture below. Hoping we can keep them alive!

Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Sunday - Homemade Chicken Ranch Pizza

Monday - Steaks, Spinach, Red Potatoes

Tuesday - Skinnytaste Chicken Enchiladas

Wednesday - Pork Loin with Mango Salsa, Boxed Rice Mix

Thursday - Honey Sriracha Chicken