January 10, 2017
A few weeks ago, Alexia was kind enough to provide a complimentary bag of their waffle fries, and they sat in the back of my freezer for for all of two or three days... When I went to finally try them for lunch one afternoon, they were all gone. J had eaten the whole bag, behind my back while I was at work. At first I wasn't sure I was going to post about these, because they're a $6 bag of waffle fries, but when the man of the house enthusiastically signs off on a food item, it's worth writing about, since he's a boring and picky eater. Alexia was kind enough to provide another complimentary bag, so I'm finally giving them a try for myself.
Here's the thing: I'm a bargain shopper when it comes to groceries. Back when we were newlyweds trying to get on our feet financially, the only grocery store I shopped at was Aldi. The prices are so low you don't even need coupons. The trade off? You have to be okay with mainly buying/eating store brand foods. Cheerios are traded for Crispy Oats, and Hillshire Farms is subbed for Friendly Farms. It wasn't a huge deal for me, but sometimes you really can tell a difference in taste (*note: they do still sell some national brands but not many).
Now, even though our budget is more stable, I still shop at Aldi for our weekly groceries. The habit has formed, and I don't think I can ever go back to traditional grocery prices again. I go there to grab my main staples like almond milk, fresh produce, sparkling water, pasta, and rice, and I also pick up a bag of their store brand waffle fries almost every week. They're good, but they're bland, so you definitely have to add your own seasonings for flavor. In addition to my weekly Aldi run, I've branched out to Trader Joe's and (very occasionally) Whole Foods since it's only about 5 minutes away from our house. Whole Foods is where I first noticed the Alexia brand of fries.
For fun, here's a peek inside our freezer (admittedly something I never, ever thought I'd post, ever):
January 8, 2017
I was playing around with my camera and taking random pictures on this bright Sunday morning, and I realized I didn't include any books in my 2016 favorites. I thought about going back to update/revise the post, but honestly, I didn't have any favorite books last year. I had favorite music picks, easily (thank you, Meredith for my vinyl copy of ASATT - I love it); I had favorite movie picks too, but as far as reading goes, 2016 was a slump year for me.
I started reading so many titles only to have my library checkout expire before I could really dig into it. Nothing really held my attention past 20ish pages, except for The Vegetarian, by Han Kang, and even that book didn't really end on a fulfilling note. I also have a handful of titles in my personal library on which I have yet to crack the spine.
Like many, I've hopped on the train of "intention" recently. I only want to bring things into my home that really deserve to be here because I really love them. I'm not buying more books unless I've read them already and love them enough to re-read again and again a few years down the line. I'm not buying music unless I can listen to the whole record, without wanting to skip a single song. The downside of vinyl is that you can't just jump to the next track, but this is also a good thing as it forces you to enjoy every song the way the artist(s) intended for them to be enjoyed. Also, no more buying clothes if the item doesn't go with a bunch of other things already in my closet.