The Party Bunch-Linky Party

Before you link up please let me introduce to you The Party Bunch!
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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorite recipes this week!

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Fruit Flavored Milk at Your Homebased Mom

This looks like something my kids would love!

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Mique’s Favorite

Grilled Donuts a la Mode by Shaken Together Life

Oh. My. Goodness! This looks amazing!

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Amy’s Favorite

Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Cream Cheese

at White Lights on Wednesday

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Desiree’s Favorite

Printable Nature Scavenger Hunt by Simple As That

This recipe had me at lemon!

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August Photo A Day Challenge

Hey guys! Summer is way too much fun and has been keeping us busy over here.  So much so, that I have been TERRIBLE at the photo challenge this past month.  Do you forgive me?  So glad so many of you are still going strong!  I promise to try harder!  When the kids go back to school I might have more brain space freed up to remember to get my pictures posted!  I am also going to have to forego features this month as I have not been able to check.  I promise next month we will get the features up and showcase some of your amazing photos!

So…here is the new challenge…just (barely) in time for a new month!

August Photo A Day Challenge

What exactly is photo-a-day you say?

Every month I share with you some photo prompts or suggestions for each day of the month.  You can play along by taking a picture of your interpretation of the prompt (or come up with your own if you don’t like it).

How do I play along?

You can share your photos through any of the social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your Blog, Flickr, etc. You can tag me @theidearoom on your social media sites too if you want me to be able to see it!  I love to see what my readers are sharing!  It makes my day! Simply add the hashtag #theidearoom so that the rest of us who are playing can follow along and we can all see your photos.

What is a hashtag and how does it work?

A hashtag is the pound sign (#) followed by a word of short phrase (without a space) that describes or classifies your tweet or photo on Twitter or Instagram.  If you click on a hashtag you will be taken to a list of tweets or pictures all containing the same hashtag.

How can I see other people’s photos?

Once you’ve shared your own photo, and included the hashtag #theidearoom, simply click on the the hashtag.  You will be taken to a screen with everyone’s photos who have also added #theidearoom hashtag.  Go ahead and comment and like each other’s photos.  This way everyone has fun!

What if you forget a day…or 2…or 20?

Not a big deal…really! Just start up again.  You can play catch up, or just start again.  No one will care…I promise.  Heck…I skipped plenty of days when life got too crazy and the prompts are mine!!  Share with your friends and family!  Have fun.  The point is to get you to record your everyday moments.  To capture a small snapshot of your day. But remember…The Idea Room is a family friendly site!  Let’s keep it that way people! Want to play along? Want to follow The Idea Room on one of my various Social Media Platforms?  You can find me here:

The Idea Room on Facebook

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Want to know what the past Photo Challenges have been?  You can check them out here:

July Photo A Day Challenge

June Photo-a-Day Challenge

May Photo-a-Day Challenge

April 2014 Photo-a-Day Challenge

March 2014 Photo-a-Day Challenge

February 2014 Photo-a-Day Challenge

January 2014 Photo-a-Day Challenge



Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

I don’t know about your house, but Ranch Dressing is a favorite of the whole family, especially a great Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.  Ranch Dressing tends to make an appearance on our dinner table quite often and is used on a variety of items, other than just a green salad.  With my food allergy and intolerances, we have been making a concerted effort to cut out chemicals and preservatives in our foods (especially mine) where we can.

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So I set out to find a homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing that we could whip up to replace our store bought bottle.  This stuff tastes so much better and everyone in the family really liked it.  So I think this will be our new go to Ranch Dressing (until we find something better…cause you know…I always like to try something to see if it really is better).

It is so simple to make and takes about 10 minutes to put it all together and serve it up.

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

1 tsp to 1 Tbsp Dill (depending on your love of dill…my family prefers less…but I like a lot!)

1 clove Garlic (or 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder)

1 Tbsp Onion Powder

1 Tbsp Parsley

1 tsp Lemon Juice

1/3 cup Mayonnaise

1/8 tsp Dry Mustard

1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 cup Buttermilk

3/4 cup Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt)

Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth and well combined.  Pour into a serving jar and serve immediately or refrigerate up to a couple of weeks in an air tight container.


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Whip up yourself a fresh bottle.  This is also a great way to get those fresh veggies in your kids belly’s.  My kids are always more eager to have fresh veggies for a snack if they have a delicious Buttermilk Ranch Dressing to dip them in.  And this Ranch Dressing has ingredients that you can trust.

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Are you a fan of Ranch Dressing?



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The Party Bunch–Linky Party

Before you link up please let me introduce to you The Party Bunch!
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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorite recipes this week!

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Free Fonts at Elegance and Enchantment

These free fonts are adorable for any occasion!

Free Fonts for Your Wedding Invitations, DIY Projects and Blogging

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Mique’s Favorite

Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe at Roxana’s Home Baking

Oh my! This pie looks delicious!

Flaky pie crust, incredible rich chocolate layer and light whipped cream make this Mississippi mud pie quite impossible for anyone to resist it.

 

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Teacher’s Survival Kit Gift Idea at Classy Clutter

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Lemon Bread Recipe by Mom On Timeout

This recipe had me at lemon!

Glazed Light Lemon Bread made with buttermilk and coconut oil! | MomOnTimeout.com

As always thank you for so may fabulous projects and recipes!

We hope you take a minute and button up HERE!

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We are featuring more of our favorite projects and recipes from the link party on this board!

Now it is time to party!

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Here are a few things to remember before you link up!

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Tips to Avoid Overprotective Parenting

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As parents and grandparents, we all want our children to be safe. We worry about them and don’t want them to get hurt, deal with hurtful experiences, or even have to deal with stress and strain. But, if we are not careful, our quest to keep our children safe and stress free, overprotecting parenting will actually do more harm to them, than good.

How? Because being overprotective robs our children of the opportunity to develop all the skills they need to be a strong and successful adult. It has a negative effect on their self esteem, sends the message to children that they are unable to handle things themselves, and teaches them to doubt their own decisions because we are always telling them what to do and they are never given a chance to choose.

Being overprotective teaches our children to be fearful, creates children who turn into adults who are incapable of making decisions, standing on their own two feet, or handling rejection. The grow up without learning to evaluate, handle, and navigate life.

The risks we expose them to, because we have been overprotective are actually greater than what we are protecting them from. We leave them vulnerable, unable to handle the bigger challenges that life will throw at them.

So, how do we know if we are being overprotective?

When we start taking over things that our children should be managing on their own, We are being overprotective. Try to rarely or never do anything for your child that they can do for themselves. 

If they can put on their own shoes, let them. If they can feed themselves, allow them. BUT… in every situation, teach them first. Teach them to use the fork and spoon beforehand, opposed to having them use their hands and throw food on the floor. This will require us to be patient and put their best interest before our own.

How can we avoid being overprotective?


First, Keep the end goal in mind. 

As parents, our goal is to raise the next generation of responsible, capable, useful, happy people. It is our job to prepare them to function without us. We are to love them and protect them. To help them gain wisdom as they grow. And although we don’t ever want them to feel pain, disappointment, or frustration, they are going to. We have to accept that, and instead of trying to keep them from ever experiencing real life, we need to teach them HOW to handle real life.

As we parent and grandparent, we should be thinking, “are my decisions helping my child develop the skills necessary to thrive as an adult”?

Second, we need to assess our motives.

Stop for a minute and think about why we are being overprotective. Is it so we don’t have to do extra work?

Because our parents were overprotective?

Because we don’t want our children to face rejection like we felt when we were younger?

Because we are impatient?

Are we seeking power?

Because we don’t trust our child?

Because we are unfamiliar with the situation?

Because we don’t know enough about our child?

I know for me there are times when I become overprotective because I don’t want to do more work. For example, I overprotect and micromanage the kids when they are outside to keep them from getting dirty, so I don’t have to do more laundry. Or I don’t let our 3 year old climb into her carseat by herself because I am impatient. Or I don’t let our older kids get their own cereal, because I don’t want to clean up their mess or spill (that might occur because they are learning). These are all situations where I am overprotecting. I am doing things for them that they are capable of doing themselves. They are not safety issues, which are different.

 

Third, Respect PLAY!

Play is how children learn. It provides the ultimate school room for learning and development. Kids are meant to run and jump and climb and play. It is through play that kids develop. So let them play!

Let them try new things, build forts, get dirty and get in arguments with the neighbors about a game. Let them solve problems without you stepping in. And teach them before hand what to do if they are playing and there is a stranger, or a new situation.

It has actually been found that kids fall and get hurt LESS when they are left to play by themselves, than with parents who are constantly telling them to be careful and jumping in at the smallest sign of danger. 

Avoid over-scheduling kids, so they can have time to play. One, maybe two activities for each child is plenty. Be sure there is unstructured time each day and let them solve their own problems. Don’t tell them what to do, but instead encourage them to entertain themselves. You don’t need to provide a million toys and games. Let them explore the leaves and dirt and rocks and trees.

Kids who don’t play enough, are less creative, more likely to struggle with depression and mental disorders, less empathetic, more likely to struggle with an anxiety disorder, struggle to play with other kids, solve problems, make decisions, etc…

 

Fourth, Teach them the how and why.

For example, guns and swimming pools. Teach them gun safety and teach them how to swim and be safe by the pool. Because they are going to run into both situations in their life and you cannot always be there to tell them what to do. Teach them so they can handle the situations that they will surely encounter.

The key is to warn them (and teach them BEFORE the situations arise, instead of during). That way you are not overprotecting. For example, if you are going for a walk by the river, teach them before hand of the water dangers and how to be safe, but still explore. NOT when they are in the water and you are on the shore yelling at them to “get back here”, “don’t do that”, “too dangerous, come back here right now.”


Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

Last week some of my siblings and I, along with our parents and a few of our kids went up to a relative’s berry farm and picked some fresh raspberries.  I LOVE me some fresh raspberries.  I think they have to be one of my favorite fresh fruits, or at least right up there with fresh peaches and cherries!  I used most of the raspberries we picked to make some Raspberry Jam (which I will share here soon), froze some for smoothies, and still had a few left over to sprinkle over our cereal and to throw in these yummy cookies.

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I wanted to make some raspberry scones, but at the last minute decided to make up a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies and throw in some of the fresh raspberries!  Oh…My….Goodness!  They are so good!  The chocolate and the tangy raspberries make the perfect combination of sweet and tart when combined.  I especially liked them when they were warm right out of the oven.

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I simply made a few adjustments to one of our Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes and threw in some white chocolate chips along with the raspberries.  I wanted the raspberries to remain as whole as possible instead of being smashed in the cookie, so I was very careful with the cookie dough.  I made the dough all the way up and added the raspberries at the very end.  I simply broke the dough apart and added a little at a time to a fresh bowl and then sprinkled the raspberries in the bowl in layers.  Does that make sense?

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Then when the scooped the cookie dough into balls, I scooped up some raspberries in each ball with an ice cream scoop, so that the raspberries were spread evenly to each cookie.  If you don’t have access to fresh raspberries, you could just as easily use some frozen raspberries straight from the freezer.

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Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raspberries

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Cream the butter & sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extract and mix well together.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add white & semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  6. Place cookie dough into separate bowl by breaking into pieces and scatter the raspberries in the dough so they are distributed evenly and do not get smashed up.
  7. Scoop out cookie dough with a spoon or ice cream scoop making sure to grab a couple of raspberries for each cookie.
  8. Place on greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake in a 350° oven for 12-15 minutes depending on how big you make your cookies.
  10. The cookies should be golden brown on the edges and white an fluffy in the centers.
  11. Cool on a baking rack.
  12. Makes about 48 cookies depending on the size.
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These Chocolate Raspberry cookies are a fun and unique twist to the regular chocolate chip cookie!  They will be gobbled up quickly though so be sure and pull some aside for yourself before your family and friends eat them all!

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These would be fun to serve to your girlfriends at a Bridal or wedding shower…or serve at your book club meeting!

What are some of your favorite fresh fruits?

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Pizza Dough Recipe

Do you love pizza? All of my kids LOVE it when we make homemade pizza.  We even make our pizza dough from scratch most of the time.   If you haven’t ever made pizza dough from scratch, you won’t believe how easy it is.

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This pizza dough can be made in your mixer or by hand.  We usually just mix it up by hand so that I don’t have to clean the mixer…is that lazy? haha!

Pizza Dough Recipe

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/4 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  •  5 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour, divided

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  1. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Combine 1 1/4 cups cold water, oil, sugar, and salt in a small bowl and stir together.
  3. Combine 5 cups of the flour, yeast mixture, and cold water mixture in bowl and mix together until fully incorporated.
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface from the left over flour. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 2 minutes).  Add the rest of the flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).
  5. Set dough aside while finishing your dinner prep if you are using the dough within the next hour to bake.
  6. Divide dough into two large balls and roll out into two pizza crusts.  Roll them thin as they will rise and thicken while baking.  (or break into several small pizza dough balls for individual pizzas).
  7. Top the pizza crusts with your favorite toppings and Bake at 400 fro 18-25 minutes depending on how thick the pizza crust is.
  8. If you are making the dough to use later, simply divide the dough in half (or more individual pieces), and place in a ziploc bag coated with cooking spray. Seal and chill in the fridge overnight or up to 2 days. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before using.
  9. You can freeze the dough in heavy-duty, freezer-safe zip-top plastic bags for up to 2 months; thaw dough overnight in the refrigerator.

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We love to add a variety of toppings for the kids to throw onto their pizza.  Some of our favorites are:

Cheese

Ham

Mushrooms

Olives

Pepperoni

Artichokes

Peppers

Tomatoes

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What are your favorite pizza toppings.



Photo Wall–Cut It Out Frames & Giveaway

*Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored by Cut It Out.  However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

Since we moved in our home over 11 years ago, we have never added any decor to the “game room” or “play room” in our basement.  It was kind of just a catch all room for our junk and items we had no where else to store…and the kids toys.  It was just kind of there.  A room to shut the door to when you had company over.

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Now that my kids are older, they want to have a place to hang out with their friends.  So we decided it was time to finally pay attention that this room and actually put some photos up on the walls.  Since it was our “game room” we decided to hang some photos of our family “playing” together.  I used some photo frames that I got from Cut It Out.

If you have been following me on Instagram, than you might have already seen me share some other rooms in my home where I have also used frames from Cut It Out.  I LOVE these frames.  They come in a lot of different shapes and sizes and the prices can NOT be beat.  The frames are a great way to add some fun decor to your walls while displaying photos of your friends and family.

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The frames come unfinished so that you can paint them the perfect color for your taste and your room decor.  In this room, I went with all of the same frames in the Balboa style in both 8×10′s and 11×14′s.  Then I simply painted them in a white satin paint.  We still have a few more finishing touches to the room but we have made some great progress making this room…well…a room we don’t need to shut the door to.  If you are interested in how we made our DIY Ping Pong Table Top you can see the post here:  DIY Ping Pong Table

Guess who gets to give one of you some of your own Cut It Out Frames?  Me!

One lucky Idea Room reader will be given a $100 Credit to the Cut It Out Shop.  The winner will be able to order their own frames (or other items) with the $100 Credit and the frames will be shipped to them free of charge (in the US only).

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The Party Bunch–Linky Party

It’s Friday! Show us what you got!!
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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorite recipes this week!

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DIY Photo Clipboard by Live, Laugh, Rowe

Such a fun way to display photos and printables!

Simple and lovely DIY Photo Clipboards with livelaughrowe.com

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Pool Noodle Luminaries by Create, Craft, Love

Love this idea for Summer and Pool Parties!

Create these Pool Noodle Luminaries for your next pool party!  via createcraftlove.com

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Bedroom Makeover by Thislewood Farms

This room is super bright and gorgeous!

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Birthday in a Jar by A Pumpkin and a Princess

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As always thank you for so may fabulous projects and recipes!

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