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granny.jpgAmy at MomAdvice is doing a review of her Grocery Game trial. She’s a big Aldi fan (the Aldi Queen, in fact), so I’ll really be interested to hear what she has to say.

In celebration and solidarity, I thought I’d do another shamelessly commercial Thursday Thirteen to share my love for all things Aldi.

While doing random research for this post, I discovered that Trader Joe’s and Aldi are kissin’ cousins, which comes as no surprise to this gal. Some of my favorite products at Aldi, I once purchased at Trader Joe’s. I was especially glad when I stopped having to trek over to TJ’s for #3. Don’t get me wrong, I still head over every once in a while for a special treat, but it’s definitely something I do for special occasions rather than routine shops.

In my very unscientific trial, I am finding that I can often get things cheaper at Meijer using my Grocery Game list. But I do love many Aldi items, and their prices usually cannot be beat if you don’t combine sales with coupons. Here, in no particular order, are some of my faves:

  1. Milk and Honey hand soap
  2. Jasmine rice
  3. Frozen ‘haricot verts’-style green beans
  4. Canned baked beans
  5. Dee-licious canned corn
  6. Cat litter
  7. Tandil oxygen activated stain remover (don’t make me live without this)
  8. Their version of the Magic Eraser sponge (you need one)
  9. Apple juice (It is not pretty if we run out of apple juice in this house)
  10. Chex-style snack mix (I occasionally run out of this just on principal)
  11. Peppercorn potato chips (heaven)
  12. Ground turkey (haven’t found a better price)
  13. I love their frozen “crispy” chicken (combined with mashed potatoes and green beans for a quick, easy, comforting, kid-friendly meal)
What about you? What are your favorite Aldi products?

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(aka God-posts #7)

If you did not follow BooMama and Shannon on their trip to Uganda with Compassion International, you have to check out these posts from their journey (grab a hankie):

Our Boy at Rocks in my Dryer

(couples so nicely with this)

A Grateful People from Boomama

And here are a few of my other favorite “God-posts” since I last wrote:

Filling at OneThing

Hands at Antique Mommy

and

Longing for a Heavenly Country at Living Proof Ministries Blog

Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. ~Joel 2:13

Thank you all for pointing to Him.

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Yea! I won a prize, people. Ok, it was random, but it’s still a really great prize (a matted photo of Allison’s). And I got an honorable mention. And my honey is the haiku buckaroo! Go congratulate him and go check out the other winners. I thought everyone did a great job on this contest.

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Haiku Buckaroo voting

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Go enjoy the great haiku, and cast your vote for your faves.

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yeah, right…

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In case you can’t read the sign, that’s the “Key Wester” fish and pasta house here in icy Illinois.

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From their web site: “Looking for an escape? Then come to Key Wester Fish and Pasta House and enjoy the romance of the tropics in a casual dining atmosphere. “

HA!

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You are a great daughter, a good big sister, and a wonderful friend. You are beautiful. You are a joy. You are kind and thoughtful. I am so glad that God sent you to our family.

You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God. ~Isaiah 62:3

Love forever,
Mom

Short and sweet for my (no longer so little) sweetie. Emily’s having a contest which served as the impetus for this humble offering to my daughter this Valentine’s Day.

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So…there’s an “erotic haiku” category in the Haiku Buckaroo contest. If this makes you close your eyes, cover your ears, and start screaming “lalalalagoawaybadman,” click away now.

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Lips part, breath quickens
tongue searches for another
my love, kiss me now.

Legs jostle and rub
hurrying to the climax
savoring each step.

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Baby wipes his nose
on his shirt. Oh Lord, when will
February end?

try it

here’s a couple more…

Driveway slippery
snow forecast for tonight
d@*# shovel beckons

Bitter cold assaults
Nose hairs crystallize and stick
Lungs fill and empty

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Valentine’s craft

phoneval.jpgMy daughter and I are working on these for Valentine’s Day. Anyone have any ideas for the message inside? The sample says U R GR8, which I like; but I’d like to mix it up a little bit since we’ve gotta make at least 24. So far I’ve come up with:

U R A QT

U R EZ 2 likeĀ  (or love)

B Mine (or B Sweet, B Nice, etc.)

I won’t 4get U

I’m kinda worried that first graders who are just learning to read are going to be befuddled by the creative spelling, but they are so cute I couldn’t resist.

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