One of the things I love about blogging is that it helps me to discover new things – in this case, that we live near an ALDI store!
I grew up shopping at ALDI stores in Europe, and when we moved back to the US I was very disappointed to search and find that there wasn’t one near us. Looked for it, didn’t find it, stopped thinking about it.
Fast forward six years to a Mom Central campaign email, and I ran an internet search and there is NOW an ALDI within driving distance of our home! ALDI is an awesome place to find great products at amazing prices – like these gingerbread houses, that came with everything – tray, candy, frosting, and house pieces – for $5.99, the kind of price where each kid got their own house. That’s three-year-old Lily’s house above (Mike put some of the frosting on it for her).
Not close enough to shop there all the time, but a decent driving distance! We stocked up on delicious European chocolates, great cheeses (Specially Selected Havarti, anyone?), and Café Bistro Glazed Gingerbread (thankfully only a seasonal item, because I find it highly addictive).
This is five-year-old Johnny’s house. He went for the abstract decorating approach. One side of the house is completely blank. In part because he also went for the “eat most of your candy while decorating approach”.
ALDI also have more typical grocery items – amazingly priced milk, grapes, tomatoes, salad – pretty much everything you need. And (my favorite part of the store, growing up), a section of the store with household items and toys, where what you see is what you get and if you want it buy it quick! I loved all the interesting things you could buy there. When we went they had a slow cooker that came with a fondue melting pot for $19.99. In high school I once bought two needlework tablecloths there – I finished one, and am still working on the other one!
Six-year-old Emma went for a traditional look – and did a great job, with zero help! I think I would live in her house!
Do you shop at ALDI? What’s your favorite thing to buy there? Are you decorating gingerbread houses this year?