If you missed our weekly TV segment this week, we talked about saving money at Aldi’s.
Since both my and my husband’s family live out off town, we will be traveling quite a bit this Christmas. The past two years, I found myself at the grocery store on Christmas Eve, I promised myself last year it would be my last. This year, I started stocking up much earlier on the items I would need to prepare our meals for my family. To maximize both my time and savings I made a trip to Aldi earlier this week. I’ve included a list of the items I purchased below, along with how I’ll be using most of them. Many of the items I purchased are considered part of their seasonal offering, meaning they are only available this time of the year. You can see a full list here. I was really happy that I was able to save so much, I only paid $55.10 for all the items listed below!
Christmas Eve Smorgasbord
- Spiral Sliced Honey Glazed Ham
- Cheese Cubes
- Red and Green Tortilla Chips (My kids LOVE these!)
- Fresh Produce for Veggie Platter – Carrots, Celery & Cucumbers
- Fresh Pineapple
- Mixed Nuts
- Lasagna Noodles – I already had everything else for my special Homemade Crockpot Lasagna)
- Lettuce – Salad
- Yeast – Homemade Garlic Bread
Christmas Baking Items
- Coconut – Coconut Cake Balls
- Marshmallow Crème – Homemade Fudge
- Sugar – Homemade Pine Bark
- Flour – Homemade Bread
- Hershey’s Kisses – Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths
- Pretzels – Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths, Party Mix & Snowman Crunch
- Rice and Corn Cereal – Party Mix and Snowman Crunch!
- Cheese Crackers – Party Mix
- Saltine Crackers – Homemade Pine Bark
- Butter – Homemade Pine Bark, Fudge, & Coconut Cake Balls
- Sugar – Fudge, Homemade Pine Bark, and Coconut Cake Balls
If you happen to be entertaining family and friends this Christmas season, Aldi put together a great list of Holiday Entertaining Tips here.
I’ve included two super simple recipes below in case you missed them in our 25 Days of Christmas Fun blog series. Both of the recipes are super simple to make!
Here’s a simple fun party mix I made up for the kids today while they were waiting on the regular Party Mix to bake. I dubbed it Snowman Crunch!
- Corn & Rice Cereal
- M & M’s
- Cheese Crackers (although when I told Jamie she said she’d never eat Marshmallows with Cheese Crackers so if you feel the same way omit).
Combine all ingredients together and enjoy. You could also add other Christmas candy you have on hand. This is an easy-peasy recipe, change it up as you desire. My kids loved it and were so excited to munch on marshmallows and M & M’s!
I’ve been making these Chocolate Pretzel Wreath’s for my family at Christmas for years. It’s one of the easiest recipes, and every time I take it to a Christmas party it’s always a favorite! Since it’s so simple my kids can almost make it by themselves as long as I supervise and handle any steps that require the oven or microwave.
Chocolate Pretzel Wreath’s
- Pretzels – I used round this year but have also used square, and regular pretzel mini’s
- Bag of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses
- M & M’s
- 1/4 cup White Chocolate Chips, melted
Spread out pretzels in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Place one unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss on top of the pretzel. Place in a 275 degree preheated oven for 3 minutes to soften the chocolate. Remove from oven, SLOWLY push down Hershey’s Kiss with a M & M. Allow to cool – if you are in a hurry to start snacking, place in fridge to cool. Measure 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and pour in zip lock bag (unsealed) in the microwave for 1 minute on 50% power. Turn over, continue to warm in 30 second intervals on 50% power until the white chocolate chips melt. They keep their shape,so you’ll need to feel with the back of a spoon. Cut a tiny hole in one of the bottom corners of the zip lock bag, push all of the melted white chocolate chips to the opening, then squeeze bag to drizzle on top of the Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths. Finish with red and green sprinkles. Enjoy! Warning – these are highly addictive!!
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for ALDI. I received a gift certificate to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating. Read my full disclosure here.