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According to Runner’s World magazine, yesterday was National Married to a Runner Appreciation Day.  I brought Dave a piece of bread (hot from the oven) with peanut butter, a chocolate chip, and a glass of milk to say thank you for all the early race mornings, for listening to me obsess over runs, for making room in the budget for expensive race fees and shoes, and for dealing with the emotional hangovers that sometimes come after long runs.  Spouses of runner are unsung heroes.

Remember how I’ve had a soup addiction?  Given last night’s dinner, apparently my penchant for soups hasn’t died out yet!  This was a delicious keeper.  (Thanks, Abby, for the recipe!  I modified the one you sent!)

African Barley and Potato Soup

  • 3T. olive oil
  • 1-2 onions, chopped (1 large)
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 1/3c. peanut butter
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 large bakers potato, cubed
  • 1t. salt
  • 8c. vegetable stock (I did 4c. broth, 4c. water)
  • 2t. ground cumin
  • 1/2c. dried barley
  • 1 1/2c. salsa
  • 2c. dried white beans

Prepare white beans according to directions.  Set aside.  Prepare barley according to directions.  Set aside.

In a large pot, combine olive oil, onions, garlic, potato, zucchini, carrots, and salt.  Saute over medium high heat about 10-15 minutes, until the potato starts to get soft.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Simmer for 15 minutes.   Serves 6.

I’ve got another $45 to CSN Stores to give away! What have you been “needing” for your home lately?  A counter stool (we need 3), new bathroom towels, a kitchen gadget?

Here’s how to win: leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween costume – past or present. One comment per person.  I might have a post of pictures of past costumes for me coming up soon – trust me, I had some awesome ones.  I’ll announce the winner on Thursday morning.

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25 thoughts on “free money!

  1. I had no idea yesterday was National Married to a Runner Day 🙂 Thanks for that little tidbit of info!

    Halloween costume-my favorite wasn’t one I wore because I only dress up if forced (this year I’m Jesse from Toy Story because all of us teachers are dressing up as characters from the movie). My favorite costume that a friend and her husband wore to a party was a divided highway. They each wore grey sweats and had matchbox cars sewn all over them. The also wore traffic signs. “Curves Ahead” on her girls, “Do Not Enter” on his butt. You get the idea. It was hilarious and super cheap.

    Another funny one-some kid came to my door last year dressed as a “Chick Magnet”. He was a magnet with pictures of chickens stuck all over him. Gotta give the kid points for creativity.

  2. my favorite was when mom made me a Coca-Cola can costume. i also had orthodontic head gear at the time so that just made the costume that much better! i think it was in 5th grade and i won a prize!

  3. The most vivid Halloween costume I remember was being a ghost with a really gawdy necktie out of my dad’s closet. I don’t think I ever had really great costumes, but I remember that one.

  4. last year joel and i went as jim and pam from the office – the funniest part was pam was pregnant on the office last season and joel and i had just found out the day before that we were expecting!

  5. In sixth grade, my best friend and I went as an old man and old woman. I borrowed clothes from my grandma, powdered my hair gray and put it up old lady Mennonite style, had eyeliner wrinkles painted on my face and walked with a cane. We had a blast together. My friend tucked her hair under an old man’s chapeau, wore and old suit, had similar wrinkles painted on, along with a thin mustache.

  6. I don’t really remember the costume much but I’ve seen pictures of when my mom dressed me up like a clown, I was 2. She did a fantastic job but she said when I saw myself in the mirror, I started to cry.

    My favorite that I actually remember is the time I dressed up like a blue M&M for a work/office party that started early in the morning. I use to work in a payroll department and when Halloween rolled around, we would have goodies out for clients to eat on while they were getting their paychecks. The whole office would dress up and then after work we would go out to a bar/restaurant to eat. It was a lot of fun.

    As for the $45 CSN giveaway, I so need a saladshooter.

  7. the last time i dressed up, three friends and i were the four seasons, complete with coordinated skirts we made ourselves. i was fall: burnt orange skirt, leaf crown, and a brussels sprouts stalk wand.

  8. Hmmm…my best costume was when I went as a nun in the 4th grade. During VBS the previous summer we made cross necklaces out of cinnamon sticks and I thought mine looked just like the one the Reverend Mother wore in the Sound of Music. So when Halloween rolled around, I told my mom I wanted to be a nun and she shortened an old black dress of hers and made me a habit out of black and white fabric and cardboard.

    I loved it.

    In fact, I’m going to make it my fb profile pic. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. My favorite halloween costume wasn’t worn by me, it was worn by my college roommate. It was this red tight jumpsuit kind of thing. It was on the clearance rack at some kind of teen store (because really, where would you wear such a thing). She tried it on for fun & I was laughing like ohhh that’s really HOT! She bought it, and was HOT! for halloween. It was kinda hilarious, but you probably had to be there 🙂

  10. Awesome giveaway! I need a kitchen scale and some towels, among other things. My favorite Halloween costume was probably the time I went as Pippi Longstocking back in college. Actually, I think I wore that costume a second year too…

  11. I didn’t celebrate Halloween growing up but when I was in highschool there was a conference I went to every year that had a theme dinner. One year it was “what do you want to be when you grown up” and I got as punked out as possible and became a rockstar complete with a somewhat true to size cardboard guitar that I cut out and decorated. Lots of fun. The night was only slightly ruined when a girl look at my makeup and said “Oh you want to be a whore?”

  12. This is all true: We lived in an apartment when I was 6 until I was 10. A couple of years after we moved into the apartment my dad went to put some stuff in the attic of the apartment and found a box of old Halloween costumes. The box contained a clown costume, a scary old man mask, and a complete spandex 1960’s batman costume that was homemade. All the costumes gave off a palatable waves of musty stench. Needless to say I squeezed my 9 year old self into the Batman costume that year and went tricker treating. My twin brother didn’t want to be seen with me and my older sister made fun of me the whole night. For some reason I was oddly proud of the costume and didn’t accept any criticism about it at the time. I am not sure why I thought wearing a spandex Batman costume that smelled so bad that you could taste it a good idea at the time, but hey, I was THAT kid.

  13. We didn’t celebrate Halloween growing up…but I did dress up as a princess for a random party in February. I thoroughly enjoyed that. 🙂

  14. Oops! I should have shown my husband some lovin’ yesterday!

    My fave Halloween costume was last year when a coworker of mine went as Facebook! Let me know if you want to see pics 😉

  15. Perhaps not a favorite of ALL time, but sometime in middle school I went as a “farm-girl.” It was during my perm days (yikes!) and I had on jean overalls, a flannel shirt and it just was awkward all around. Truth be told, I don’t really like Halloween! I’ve never seemed to be creative enough for the task of dressing up but I do like seeing others’ crazy (creative-wise!) outfits. 🙂

  16. Gotta love hand-me-downs. Being the youngest, I got all my sister’s old clothes – including Halloween costumes. I’m pretty sure I can dig up a picture of one year my sister being Snow White, and about 4 years later – I’m donning the same costume.

    My favorite though – was the tube of Crest toothpaste that my brother trick-or-treated in. It was classic. Gotta have clean teeth! (fortunately, that was one costume that WASN’T handed down!)

  17. My favorite was the year that I was an M&M.. however, I was pretty upset when I was beat out at school for best costume by a girl that was dressed as a carrot… how ridiculous.

  18. My favorite costume was Princess Jasmine from when I was in third grade. My mom made it and it was awesome. Nevermind the fact that I have blond hair, I was an amazing Princess Jasmine 🙂

  19. I haven’t used this costume yet but i can’t wait. When I have a baby the baby will definately be dressed up as a baby business man. He/she will be wearing a 3 pieces suit and tie and carrying a briefcase. It will have a baby combover to hide the bald spot. This will be best when the baby is still small but can walk, so i am thinking between 2 and 3 years old. Check your email for a picture of what the baby will approximately look like.

  20. Well, I have to say that my favorite to date for the kids was when the older two were little cowboys at the age of 3. They were SO cute!

  21. Silas was a comma for his final trick or treat (so he says) 2 years ago. It was awesome (yes, you read that right…a comma). His own idea!
    C’mon big money!

  22. Strange this post is totaly unrelated to what I was searching google for, but it was listed on the first page. I guess your doing something right if Google likes you enough to put you on the first page of a non related search.

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