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The modern world is unbelievably amazing. I love appliances and gadgets, they save us so much time. I love having the ability to shop online and see something arrive within 1-2 days. I love that if I need to know how to do something, I can easily turn to YouTube or Pinterest and learn what I need to know within minutes.
Aside from all of that, one of the greatest things in the history of my life as a stay-at-home-mom happened last week.
I discovered that Giant Eagle offers personal shoppers and curbside pickup. Rainbows and shooting stars appeared over my house!
This is me, lounging on the couch, grocery shopping in my Hobbit slippers.
I do like grocery shopping. I love picking out food and trying new items. But I truly hate going out grocery shopping. I just simply hate leaving my house. Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express is a dream come true for me. The store is right in the vicinity of all of my son’s activities, so I can order my groceries the day before and pick them up on the way home from whatever activity we happen to be at.
If you are immediately thinking that this brilliant feature will be too expensive for you to take advantage of, you are wrong. Your first 3 pickups are free and after that, the fee is only $4.95. (Or $9.95 if you want a same-day pickup.) Since shopping often takes an hour or more, this $4.95 fee is nothing compared to the value of my time. Not going into the store also saves on impulse purchases, which my son and I are both very guilty of.
Shopping online with Curbside Express couldn’t be easier. Your first steps are to create your account, choose your store, and link your Giant Eagle Advantage Card. Linking your card ensures that you’ll receive the sale prices.
You can also replicate previous orders with one click, create standard shopping lists, search for sale items, filter by brand, and filter by dietary concern.
Over 90 results for pumpkin! Everything from fresh to packaged products. You can review and edit your cart list at any time.
Selecting a time slot is also really easy.
When you arrive at the store, simply pull into the Curbside Express lane near the front of the store, call the phone number listed on the sign. Within 2 minutes, someone came out to my car to take my payment and my groceries were loaded into my trunk. No finding a parking space, no pushing shopping carts, no waiting in line at the checkout counter, no chance of running into people at the store that you don’t want to talk to.
If you are not aware of Giant Eagle’s store brand, Nature’s Basket, you should definitely try them out. On our latest shopping trip, we purchased Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Granola, Ginger Snap Granola, Salted Caramel Apple Cider, and Pear Ginger Apple Cider.
Both flavors tasted delicious in fruit smoothies, in place of the standard apple juice that we normally use. Our fruit smoothies usually consist of:
- frozen berry blend (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry)
- frozen spinach cubes (I make these myself by pureeing fresh spinach with water in the Vitamix)
- frozen avocado cubes (same as above)
- ground flax seeds (extra nutrition)
- ground chia seeds (extra nutrition)
Now the GRANOLA. Holy cow. I think I ate half the bag while making some granola energy balls.
Granola energy balls are excellent for kids, especially teenage boys who are always hungry, need energy bursts to get through the day, and crave sweet things. To make energy balls, you’ll need the following:
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup granola
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- extra dried fruit or nuts if you prefer
I am still snacking on the Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Granola as I make these!!
Combine all of the ingredients, except the granola, in the food processor for about 2-3 minutes. Add the granola in for about the last 20 seconds. This way, chunks of the granola will remain and give the energy balls an extra crunch.
If your mixture is not sticky enough, add a bit more honey. Then use a tablespoon to scoop out the mixture and mold it into a ball using your hands. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up.
Give Curbside Express a chance and receive $5 off on your order of $50 or more!
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