Tuesday, February 14, 2012

project life: week 5 and thrift tip

Here we are, week 6 and I'm still a week behind. I have a feeling I won't ever be able to have the week done by Tuesday so I think I'm going to settle for just sharing the previous week's pages each Tuesday. With that said, here is week 5:

Isaac helped his daddy put together his new bike seat and then we took it for a spin!

Dinner at BJ's. Isaac sat in a booster seat and his daddy helped him color the kids menu.

I've been trying more vegetarian recipes lately. This is one of my own creations, inspired by the awesome baked potatoes at BJ's. It's a baked potato stuffed with steamed veggies and covered in homemade alfredo sauce. It was super delicious. Be on the look out for that recipe on the blog.

I baked bread this week using the spent grain left over from Ben's homebrew (beer). I used this recipe. Ben loved it. I thought it was a little dry. I'll probably make a few adjustments next time. When the beer is done, I'm planning to make a loaf of this beer bread. Yum yum, right?

For both of the food photos I just added a white label sticker right on top. It just makes it easy to add a short caption.

Isaac got his first pair of brand new shoes this week. All be it they are from Walmart. But I finally found a pair of shoes that slip right on and aren't too big. We brought them home, put them on and he could not stop walking around and around and around. He loves shuffling around outside in the backyard. And now he walks himself all the way from the house to the car. I think he would climb in if he could. But we're not quite there yet.

These two have been best buds this week. For this caption I just wrote a note on a white card, added an arrow sticker and stapled it to the photo. Simple and cute.

The Mom Creative

And onto today's thrift tip. This one won't save you a ton of money, but it is fun.

My husband has been talking about homebrewing for a couple years now. At first it was just an idea. Then it was an idea for further down the road. And then it became an idea for a hobby he wanted to start, like now.


For Christmas, I researched beer brewing kits, types, costs, etc. I found a class on our city's deal saver (half price) and bought him the basic starter kit. Ladies, don't know what to get your husband for birthday or Christmas? Beer brewing kit. He'll love you forever.


thrift tip: brew your own beer


Let's say the average case of Sam Adam's is about $35. Ben is currently brewing a beer that is similar. He paid $40 for the kit. It made 52 beers. In the end we saved about $10. Plus, according to the beer connoisseur to which I'm married, it tastes way better. And it's a fun hobby to boot!


  1. Love your pages - I do "stickers" on the photos as well (I am digital - so no real stickers, but still!). Homebrewing, huh? I may have to look into that!

  2. Love your pages! Love the picture of your son smiling in his bike seat...so sweet!

    Also, your food pictures look delicious!!

    Have a great week!

  3. A week behind is so not a bad thing.
    Just have to say I love the little guys' helmet. Cute.

  4. your pages are lovely and so sweet!!

  5. i love these posts! How cute is that Chargers shirt on him! :) Adorable. I want to eat that baked potato right nowwwwwwww!