(This giveaway has closed)
Oh it’s frigid, frosty.
The polar vortex is upon us but for some reason, in December, it doesn’t seem so bad. At least not to me. I don’t mind the cold around Christmas when there are so many fun things to do in Chicago – zoo lights and Chriskindlemarket, ice skating, the lights on magnificent mile. It’s a pretty Christmas city. I do however, mind the ice storms we have in April.
I also love all of the holiday parties. It’s cold outside, so everyone is fine with gathering around, cozying up and catching-up with no agenda in sight. But with all of the get togethers, sometimes I feel like I’m at the grocery store every day. And my grocery store is more than half a mile away. Doesn’t sound so bad in theory, but when you’re trying to haul home toilet paper, 6 bottles of wine, canned goods and a case of Lacroix – all in a blizzard and wicked winds – it can be more exhausting than a trip to the gym.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, does peapod in my building. With not being situated by a grocery store, it’s the obvious (and far less cold/exhausting) option. I actually can’t believe I’ve never done it before.
Image from Stay On Pace
Don’t know about Peapod? I’m sorry. Here’s the scoop:
- It’s the longest operating and country’s leading internet grocery in 24 markets throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, DC, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
- It was founded in 1989 – I’m sharing this as a fun fact, because what a genius the founders Andrew and Thomas Parkinson are to have seen this trend so far ahead of everyone else.
- PodPass – it’s a subscription service that comes in 3, 6 and 12 month options. You pay for unlimited deliveries once and then never again (well, until your subscription runs out)
- Peapod has EVERYTHING. I was like a kid in a candy store. You can pick organic. Choose your favorite brands. They have sales. THEY EVEN HAVE WINE.
- They remember your order so it makes re-ordering soooo easy.
So yea, Peapod is pretty much the Santa Claus of grocery stores. You just search add to cart, choose a delivery time and method (you can select it to be packaged so perishables will be fine sitting out) and then it magically appears at your doorstep, via the Peapod elves.
So I filled my cart with heavy and bulky items because those are the worst to have to schlep home and things I knew I would need for upcoming holiday parties. I ordered wine, party crackers, cleaning supplies and a gigantic thing of paper towel.
I also ordered a butternut squash for soup. I love having lots of frozen soup this time of year – then when you are hosting friends, you thaw it and bam, dinner is served. This soup is easy – the worst part is cutting up the squash and roasting it, but Peapod has a pre-cut option, so that makes it a bit easier. Beyond that, it’s a one dish meal – that’s comforting, simple and easy. Don’t say I never gave you anything.
Speaking of giving, I’m kind of panicking. I’m not quite done with Christmas shopping….errr…not even really that close. Apparently Saturday was “panic Saturday” when everyone realizes they have no gifts. So what does that make today (writing this on Monday)? What’s worse than a panic attack? Heart attack Monday? I have been trying to put a lot of effort into the things I’m getting – so I’m justifying the procrastination by telling myself that it’s because I’m putting so much heart into it. You can’t rush the perfect present.
Want the good news? I get to be a little elf today – i have A PRESENT FOR YOU. We’re giving away a PodPass (value: $119) to one Chicago resident. Deliveries, FO FREE.
HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
Follow me on Instagram, find the post with this giveaway and tag a friend in the comments. tag, tag, tag until your thumb goes numb.
(This giveaway is for Chicago residents only. It will close Wednesday morning, December 28th. I’ll pick a winner using Random.org, and then I’ll holler at you!)
I’ve partnered with Peapod to create this content. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own (and you know I have a lot of them).
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced (or be smarter than me and buy pre-diced)
- 3 cups coconut milk
- 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 1/3 cup onion, diced
- season with salt, pepper and nutmeg
- preheat oven to 400 degrees