Monday, December 26, 2011

A little party cheer with #Aldi

Yes, Christmas has come and gone but there is one other holiday lurking just a few days away! Do you know what holiday that is? Yep! You guessed it! New Year’s Eve! And what do you do on New Year’s Eve? PAR-TAY! Well, at least I used to until I had kids. Then it became more of putting the kids to bed and then actually trying to get some sleep myself. Granted I did try to stay up until the ball dropped but never seem to make it!
Well, this year is going to be different! I have some great neighbors and we want to throw a little adult/kid friendly New Years Eve Event. Now are we going to make it to the ball drop? I doubt it. However, we are going to have some great holiday refreshments thanks to me! I was picked to take $50, head on over to my local Aldi grocery store and pick up some holiday party refreshments.
So off I went supplied with my shopping list that I was provided with. I was surprised to see WINE at the top of my list. Yes, wine!! I didn’t even know Aldi sold wine. I’m a big wine fan so I couldn’t wait to try it out. We all know that Aldi is famous for having awesome LOW prices so I couldn’t wait to try out a low price wine and see if it lived up to all the hype! So I picked up three wines, one red, one white, and one to use for this awesome Baked Brie recipe (see recipe below) that I am going to make. Along with the wine and the ingredients for the Brie I also picked up a ton more! $50 goes a super LONG way at Aldi. I got everything on my list and more! I picked up a few kid appropriate snacks including some sparkling cider. Winking smile
In case you are wondering how much I was able to get then check out my picture and list below (the second picture is of the 3 bottles of wine and the 1 sparkling cider):
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  • Gonfalone Chianti
  • Burlwood Chardonnay
  • Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio
  • Red Grape Sparkling Juice
  • Savoritz Pita Crackers
  • edenVale Brie Cheese round
  • Southern Grove Dried cranberries
  • Savoritz Entertainment crackers
  • Belmont Premium Petite Cheesecake sampler
  • edenVale Honey Goat Cheese
  • Port wine cheese ball (recommended by a customer)
  • Berryhill Blackberry fruit spread
  • Crescent rolls
  • Rice Krispie Holiday house treats (for kids)
  • Savoritz Cheese crackers (for kids)
  • (2 paper bags because I forgot to bring my reusable ones inside)
WOW! Was all I could say! I ended up paying $1.93 out of pocket and I have enough to throw our party! I was so impressed with the quality and prices of the Aldi products. And the customer service was awesome! When I couldn’t find the dried cranberries, the manager went out of her way to take me right to where they were stocked. Then when I was checking out and trying to stay at my limit the cashier was super helpful even suggesting other options to help me stay on budget! How awesome! I can’t wait to share how the party goes. And to help you out with your own party here’s the Baked Brie recipe that I will be using:
  • 1 wheel edenVale Brie Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Southern Grove Dried Cranberries
  • 1 cup Burlwood Cellars Chardonnay
  • 1/2 cup Berryhill Blackberry Fruit Spread
  • 1 can of crescent rolls (optional)
Preheat oven to 350degrees. Place unwrapped brie on a foil-lined baking sheet. Hear in over 12-15 minutes or until brie is warmed through and soft to touch. (I’m actually going to take the crescent rolls, roll out the dough, wrap it around the brie and then bake it for a nice little crust).
Meanwhile, bring dried cranberries and white wine to a boil in a small saucepan. Add fruit spread, reduce heat to medium high and simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Sauce is ready when liquid has thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
To serve, pour over warm brie. Can be eaten alone or spread on crackers.
Enjoy! And stay tuned for my post on how our Aldi inspired New Year’s party went!
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ALDI and received a gift certificate to facilitate my review.”

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