03.07.2012

Online Grocery Shopping


 

I recently started using Peapod (associated with Giant grocery stores) to do my online shopping.  And boy am I in love!  I have always felt that grocery shopping was such a waste of time.  No matter how quickly I try and get it done, it always takes me at least an hour.  The first time I tried Peapod, it took me about 15  minutes.  Now that I already have ordered, I can pull up past orders and easily click items that I get weekly.  I like to use the search feature and type in what I'm looking for...I can type much faster than I can wander through aisles!  I haven't done a direct comparison myself, but from what I've read, some products online are slightly more expensive, some less and some the same.  In the end, I think it balances out.  I'm pretty versed in product prices (I should really get on Price is Right) so I've been able to judge when I should skip something or when it's a good deal.  Most companies have a delivery fee, however you can generally find codes online to receive free or discounted delivery.  Also, if they are coming to your area already, you can save money by selecting a delivery time close to when they'll be in the neighborhood.

 

When my groceries arrived, they were even placed on my counter for me.  Everything was cold that was supposed to be cold and the produce was absolutely fantastic!  I didn't have any damaged items and received everything I needed.  Consider me sold!  I'm going to be so sad when we move back home for the sumer because we don't have a service like this in my area.  Boo!

 

Here are the 5 reasons I find online shopping to be a win:

 

No more grabbing random food items because you're hungry or because you see them sitting there in front of you.  I figure by not buying the 2+ extra products I would normally buy on impulse, the delivery fee becomes null.

 

Do you only want to spend $100? $200? $346.92?  You can add and remove items in your cart until your total is exactly what you want it to be.  It makes sticking with a monthly budget MUCH easier!

 

 

Even when I head to the store with a list, I still end up forgetting something on the list.  Now you can make sure you have everything on your list.  You are even able to change your order until the night before delivery!

 

Do I need to say anything else?!?!?!  This is by far my favorite part.  Instead, we can go play at a park or do something that they will actually enjoy.  I'm also finding that with two, I have to shop at certain stores who have cart accommodations for me.  Out here in the DC area, there aren't too many!

 

Am I the only who bring their coupons and forgets to use them nearly every single time?  Now there is a special area on the online checkout to input the coupon codes so you can't forget.  I also like that it shows me all the weekly specials on the home page so I can quickly see if there is anything I need already on sale.

 

Have you given online grocery shopping a try?  What did you think?

 

*This review was done on my own...I was not asked or compensated...just really, truly loved it!*

25.06.2012

Creamy Lemon Oat Bars


I stumbled on this recipe for Creamy Lemon Oat Bars on Simple Daily Recipes.  I'm normally a "must have chocolate or I don't care about it" dessert girl, but I was feeling a little adventurous yesterday and made these bars instead.  I thought they were really delicious and a perfect summer treat, even without any chocolate.  I made one small change to the original recipe so I'll post the recipe here.

 

 

Creamy Lemon Oat Bars

 

  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

 

Heat oven to 375ºF degrees. Spray 8x8 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Mix the milk, lemon zest and lemon juice in medium bowl until thickened; set aside. Mix remaining ingredients in medium bowl until crumbly.
 

Press half of the crumbly mixture in pan; bake about 10 minutes or until set.
 

Spread lemon milk mixture over baked crust. Sprinkle remaining crumbly mixture over the lemon milk mixture, press down gently. Bake about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is set but soft. Cool and serve.