And the winners are...

And the winners are…

We received lots of AMAZING entries for April’s Haiku contest in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  We hope you had fun!  You truly inspired us with vivid imagery that brought your words to life!

If you didn’t get a chance to participate, Button Jar will be hosting another Creative Contest in May (hint: you’ll need to get your hands dirty).  We’ll be sharing details the week of May 2nd so stay tuned!

And now…without further ado…we are so pleased to share the creativity and passion of the Haiku contest winners (and two honorable mentions)!    The three poets who have earned some serious bragging rights (and a prize) are:

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Recipe of the Week: Veggie Frittata

Recipe of the Week: Veggie Frittata

Posted by Katie Gambone

We usually send out the weekly recipe on Friday but we are switching it up a bit this week because we will be announcing the winners of the Haiku Contest on Friday.  We had such great entries!

This week’s recipe is inspired by the fact that Carlo and I forget to take meat out of the freezer for dinner at least once a week.  I always try to have ingredients on hand for at least one meal that doesn’t require thawing something, otherwise we end up ordering food.

Breakfast foods are surprisingly delicious for dinner and usually take hardly any time to cook.   You can make a Frittata with just about any ingredients, but I am sharing this recipe, which I found in the April 8, 2016 issue of Cooking Light magazine because it is packed with veggies and they recommended trying evaporated milk instead of half-and-half, which ended up being a fantastic substitute.  If you can get your hands on this issue of Cooking Light I highly recommend purchasing it.  I have tried about 10 recipes and they have all been delicious, quick to make, and healthy.  Cooking Light also has a really helpful website, where the recipe I am sharing below is also posted.

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Bathroom Makeover Part II: Budget and Inspiration Pictures

Bathroom Makeover Part II: Budget and Inspiration Pictures

Posted by Alicia Sell

Now that we have successfully painted the bathroom cabinet, we want to make some more improvements to the master bathroom.

It is safe to say I could go absolutely crazy in here with updates, but Randall and I had a talk about what was realistic for the space and our budget.We settled on a number that was big enough to get some stuff done but that we could pay for up front.  This is always important to Randall, and good for me since I am an impulse buyer.

To  start, we made a list of what we really hated about the bathroom and what we just wished was different. Our lists did not match up exactly so there was some negotiating that had to take place.  We researched the “must do” list to see if those items would fit into our budget.  If it looked to be a budget buster, it got cut from the list.

Fortunately, the bathroom is really big and the layout works fine for us, so that is a big cost saver.  The things that need to charge are all cosmetic.  Here is the list of what we agreed needed updating.

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Friday Favorite: Homemade Stromboli

Friday Favorite: Homemade Stromboli

Posted by Alicia Sell

I should really call this post “How my husband accidentally baked his wedding ring into the Stromboli,” but we will get to that in a minute.

This week’s recipe is an oldie but a goodie at our house and originally comes from the blog Mom’s Need to Know.  It is extremely easy to make and is a fun alternative to ordering pizza on a Friday night.  It got major accolades from my son Colin, who would live on bread alone if he were permitted.  There are lots of options for trying a variety of cheeses and meats to please everyone.

Okay so the wedding ring.  Randall somehow lost his wedding band in the cooking/photographing of this recipe.  We searched and searched the kitchen while the food was cooking in the oven.  He was stressed.  When we cut open the yummy Stromboli, we saw his ring shining amongst the melted cheese and ham. That’s right, he had somehow cooked his ring into the Stromboli!  We were both relieved to find it and that was the piece he got to eat for dinner!  Are his fingers getting thinner?  I don’t know how that happens.  I have to ply my ring off it is getting so tight!

Clearly, I digress.  Back to the recipe.

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An Honest Review of Wayfair

Posted by Alicia Sell

I have been working away on the bathroom remodel (excited to show you the results in a couple of weeks!) and through this process I have been reviewing a lot of different options for buying bathroom fixtures and a few other things for around the house.  We did look at our go-to home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.  They have some nice stuff, but we wanted to try something different.

Enter my first shopping experience on Wayfair.

I will preface this review by saying that I do not receive any benefits for reviewing Wayfair or any of their other retail brands like Joss and Main, Birch Lane, etc.  This is strictly a review of my first experience.

There were some pros and cons for shopping on Wayfair, and some hard lessons learned.  Overall I would say it was a positive experience and I would use Wayfair again.  In fact, I have used them and Joss and Main for another project and had great success.  But there are some things to keep in mind when shopping on Wayfair to make your experience positive.

So, let’s  start with the good:

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