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:









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What are your favorite pizza toppings.

Photo Wall–Cut It Out Frames & Giveaway

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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.


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.


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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Here are some of our favorite recipes this week!


Heather’s Favorite

DIY Photo Clipboard by Live, Laugh, Rowe

Such a fun way to display photos and printables!

Simple and lovely DIY Photo Clipboards with


Mique’s Favorite

Pool Noodle Luminaries by Create, Craft, Love

Love this idea for Summer and Pool Parties!

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Amy’s Favorite

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

Birthday in a jar - printable birthday tags

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Back to School Printables

I can’t even believe we are getting close enough to going Back to School.  Summer just got started!  But alas, all good things come to an end…luckily we still have a few weeks…but I have several friends who start back to school in just two weeks!  Only one of my kids is looking forward to going back to school…and I am sure it’s because she is excited about being able to eat lunch at the school…finally!  haha!

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Our little group of bloggers, have teamed up once again this month to bring you some fun Back-to-School Printables.  I created a fun Back-to-School Countdown to help decorate your home or Back-to-School party to help get you and the kids thinking about school and schedules again.  We will be hanging this in the kitchen on our hutch in a couple of weeks and will use it at our annual Back-To-School dinner we like to have the week before school starts.


I am obsessed with Library Card Catalogs and am hoping to be able to build a replica of one (cross your fingers for me) for a piece of furniture in my home, I saw some old Library Cards!  I thought they would be fun to use as a Back To School printable.  I used them in a Countdown Banner to get my kids excited (or prepared) for the new School Year to start.

They would also make super cute bookmarks, or Back to School party invitations.  You could also print them out and write a little thank you note on them for your School Teachers.  Another idea I thought of would be to use them to drop a fun little note to your child in their school lunch boxes or back packs.  There really are a lot of fun ways to use these and they are pretty simple to make.

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I simply used this printable that I found from My Paper Pony and made my own Countdown Calendar with it.  Hers were perfect and JUST what I had had in mind.  Use hers if you would like a blank copy of it for a little note card!


To make the little envelopes, I simply cut out some fun patterned scrapbook papers and wrapped them around the bottom of the cards.  I have a printable template for you to use as a pattern if you would like to recreate what I made exactly!  I simply cut them out and taped them together on the sides of the cards.



I also have the printable Back to School Countdown Calendar for you to print out and use if you would like as well!  Then I simply hung them on a string and attached them with some large and small paper clips!  You could also use some small clothespins.  I opted for the paper clips to keep it on a back to school theme.


Now we can look forward to our new school year with this fun and easy to make Back to School Countdown Calendar!  If you would like to make your Countdown longer, simply download the blank calendar and add some more days to it!


To download the printables simply click on the following links:

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Back to School Countdown 9-10

Library Card Envelope Pattern

Now, be sure to head on over to these other fantastic sites and see what other fun Back To School Printables they are sharing with you today! So many fun ideas!  I am headed over to grab a few for my family too!

When do your kids head back to school?


1. Paging Supermom: Print and frame this Alphabet Art for your wall or to give to teacher.
2. Kiki & Company: Send this fun toy in their lunch, sure to spark some giggles with friends.
3. Eighteen25: Share this pep talk print with the kids before sending them off to school.
4. The Idea Room: Get the kids ready for Back-to-School with this fun Countdown Banner.
5. Simple As That: Inspire a young reader with this free set of printable bookmarks.
6. Whipperberry: Help everybody get in the school routine with this after-school checklist.
7. Thirty Handmade Days: Send your kids back to school with these lunch-box jokes.
8. The Crafting Chicks: Make a sweet gift for teacher with these fill-in notes.

Snickerdoodle Recipe

During our Fourth of July family BBQ, the adults and some of the older kids were sitting around talking about our sister and brother-in-law who were missing from the festivities.  They moved out to Florida last year the day after the Fourth and we were missing them.  My sister always brought her yummy Snickerdoodles to family functions.  My older brother was missing the Snickerdoodles almost as much as we were missing their family!  Since he shares a birthday with my 10 year old daughter (which was yesterday), we thought it would be fun to make him some Snickerdoodles with my sister’s recipe.


These Snickerdoodles are so tasty.  They are crispy on the outside and soft, moist and chewy on the inside.  The perfect combination for a cookie in my humble opinion.  These cookies taste just as great over the next couple of days too.  I usually only like cookies right after they are baked…or straight out of the freezer.  We also usually double the recipe so that we can freeze the rest of the cookies and pull them out for later.


Snickerdoodle Recipe


  • 1/2 cup shortening (we use Butter Flavor Crisco)
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 2/3 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • Cinnamon & Sugar Topping
  • 1 TBSP Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Add butter, shortening and sugar in a mixer on beat together on medium speed until the mixture is fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla.
  4. Add the dry ingredients one at a time while continuing to mix together.
  5. Turn off mixer and set aside.
  6. Make the Cinnamon and Sugar Topping in a small bowl.
  7. Roll the cookie dough into small 1 to 1 and 1/2 inch balls.
  8. Roll each cookie ball in the Cinnamon and Sugar mix.
  9. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
  11. Should be a nice golden brown color that is crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.


During the school year…if I plan ahead, the kids can pull a cookie out of the freezer and place it in their home lunch, so that it is perfectly thawed in time to eat it at school.


These cookies remind me of my sister so much!  Wishing she were actually the one here to make them…but they will have to do until we can see her and her family again.

Do you have an all time favorite cookie recipe?


Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This summer, we restarted a dinner making schedule with the kids! We have done this before when the kids were younger and it only lasted for a few months.  This time around the kids are older and the kids are actually enjoying it.  This means that each one of my five children are in charge of making our family meal one night a week.  On Sunday we plan our weekly menu and each kid is encouraged to come up with the menu for their dinner.  I help with suggestions and we try to come up with something different each time.


I am telling you…a mom could get used to this! The kids have been really excited about their meals and it has been fun to see how serious they are taking this.  I have had to reign some of them in from creating a 5 course meal…haha! I thought they would grumble more about it…but give it some time…right?!  6 weeks in and we are still doing pretty good.

Some of the best things that have come out of this are the following:

  • Kids are learning how to cook and bake.
  • WAY less complaining about what we are eating for dinner because they are in charge.
  • They realize how much work goes into making a meal and have been much more helpful with the clean up.
  • They are eating things that would normally elicit groans and “nose plugged eating”.
  • They are branching out and searching out fun new recipes…by themselves!!

We shall see how long it lasts!


My eldest daughter wanted to make some Homemade Macaroni and Cheese in the Crock Pot since we had a really busy day on her dinner night last week.  We got this recipe from a friend a couple of years ago…and if you like Macaroni and Cheese…and easy Crock Pot Dinners…you will have to give this one a try.  You can also make this in a 9×13 pan and bake it in the oven if you don’t have or don’t want to use a Crock Pot.

Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

8 ounces cooked elbow macaroni
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick ) of butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2 large eggs, beaten
Sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (about 5 cups)
Dash of paprika

  1. In a large 4-quart slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray, mix the macaroni, evaporated milk, milk, butter, salt, pepper, eggs and all but 1/2 cup of the grated cheese.
  2. Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top of the mixture and then sprinkle with paprika.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours and 15 minutes.
  4. Turn off the slow cooker, stir the mixture and serve hot.

*If you don’t have a slow cooker, grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan with butter, add the mixture and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.


What NOT to Do During A Temper Tantrum


July already? Where is the summer going? Heather here, from, and today I am sharing a few “what not to do’s” when it comes to temper tantrums. Because even though school might be out for the summer, our parenting gig never gets a summer break.

Temper tantrums are a normal part of childhood. For a complete step by step guide on how to prevent and deal with temper tantrums, check out these posts. Temper Tantrums Part 1 and Part 2.

In the heat of the tantrum, there are few things most parents try, that just don’t work. Here is a quick reference guide of 4 things you should NOT DO when the tantrum breaks out.

First, Don’t Ask Questions. Ugh, I find myself guilty of this one. In the middle of a tantrum I want to ask “why are you throwing a fit”, “what happened”, “talk to me and tell me what is wrong.” But, small children don’t have the mental development or language skills to express what they are feeling. So asking them questions in the heat of the fit, will most likely add frustration and prolong the tantrum.

Second, Loose the Empty Threats. Don’t threaten to take away the treat, or put them in their room, or take them to sit in the car, if you are not going to follow through. Just don’t do it. Empty threats actually teach kids to misbehave. Plus, not following through sets us up to loose our position of authority with our children. If we are going to threaten, we have to follow through. Quickly and without emotion. The key is to be consistent. If you can’t follow through with the threat, don’t threaten.

Third, Don’t Use Reason. In the middle of a temper tantrum is not the time to explain to your two year old that eating a 6th piece of licorice is not a great idea because of the red die in the candy. Or that the weather man says it is going to rain and she is going to need to wear the coat she is refusing to put on. There will be time for reasoning and explaining later on. During the tantrum, our children can’t access their rationalizing and reasoning skills. Tantrums are about emotion, not reason, so trying to use reason won’t help us.

Fourth, Don’t Yell. Our kids are looking for attention when they throw a tantrum. They want a reaction and it doesn’t matter if it comes from positive behavior, or negative behavior. Yelling gives them the attention they are looking for, so we can’t do it. Instead we need to take a deep breath, count to ten in our head, and remember that we are the adult, and then act like one. Solid research shows that parents who yell and get angry, have children who demonstrate the same behavior. So when we yell, we are actually teaching our children to yell and be angry too. Teaching them to do exactly what we say we don’t want them to do.

Tantrums are challenging. Instead of yelling and throwing out empty threats, give your child a hug, or stay close to them and assure them you are going to stay with them until “they are done”. Remember, Compassion is always more powerful than anger.

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Here are some of our favorite recipes this week!


Heather’s Favorite

Chicken Alfredo Pizza by Belle of The Kitchen

Perfect for lunch or dinner… Yum!

Belle of the Kitchen | Chicken Alfredo Pizza



Mique’s Favorite

No Bake Mint Chocolate Bars at Life With The Crust

This is an easy enough recipe for kids to help!

No Bake Mint Chocolate Brownies



Amy’s Favorite

Root Beer Whirl at Your Homebased Mom

What a yummy Summer treat!




Desiree’s Favorite

Lemon Cooler Cookies at Uncommon Designs

I love anything lemon!

Tender, Buttery Lemon Cooler Cookies Recipe

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Tissue Paper Pom Poms Tutorial

A few months ago I shared with you the reveal of my youngest daughter’s bedroom.  I had just one more project that I wanted to do in her room before it was completely finished but I just hadn’t had a chance to get around to making them.  This summer, with the help of my three girls, we finally were able to find the time to make some  Tissue Paper Pom Poms.


The room needed some more color and I was having a hard time initially deciding on how to decorate her room to fit her sweet personality.  She LOVES the color pink, so I knew I would try to find ways to incorporate that into her room.  I had a blank space above her headboard that I felt empty, but I wasn’t sure what to put there.  These tissue pom poms fill the space nicely and add some needed color and whimsy to her room.


You will not believe how easy these are to make!  These are all over the internet, but I will share with you how I made mine.

Materials needed for one Tissue Pom Pom:

15 Sheets of Tissue Paper ( larger sheets make a larger pom pom)

thin piece of wire of twist tie


fishing line

command strip hook (or small nail or tack)

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  1. Place all 15 sheets of tissue paper together.
  2. Fold into an accordian with the folds so they are evenly spaced measuring from 1 to 2 inches in width.  This will vary depending on how large your tissue paper is to begin with.
  3. Cut the tips of the folds so that they are rounded at each end.  You can also cut them into a point if you prefer a pointy look pom pom.  Mine were rounded.
  4. Fold the accordian in half and then wrap the wire or twist tie around the middle of the accordian.  The fold will show you were to put the wire.
  5. At the end of the top of the wire be sure to make a loop.  This is where you will attach the fishing line to hang the pom pom from the ceiling.
  6. Spread out one half of the accordian and pull apart one sheet at a time from the bottom (so you don’t tear the sheets…as I learned from experience).
  7. Continue this for each sheet so that you form a ball shape.
  8. Turn over to the other half and repeat for the other half.Fluff out the tissue paper so that it is full all around the pom pom.
  9. Tie the fishing line to the loop.  I used a double knot to secure it firmly.  I didn’t want them to fall on my daughter when she was in her bed…although they would be super soft.  Leave the fishing line long.
  10. Determine where you want the tissue pom poms hanging from the ceiling and then tie the fishing line to your nail so it reaches the right length.
  11. Nail into place (or use your tacks or command strips).

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These are really pretty easy and quick to put together compared to these Tissue Rosette Kissing Balls that I have in my middle daughter’s room now.  I found my tissue paper at a local party supply store and was able to find several colors I liked.  I really love how they finish off the room.  These would be fun in a nursery too wouldn’t they?


I have seen them used for shower and wedding decor as well.  Such a fun a versatile little craft that you can whip up while catching up on your favorite movie or television show! I don’t always take a lot of time to sit down and watch tv, so sometimes I enjoy crafts that give me an excuse to catch up on a show!


I am now getting requests from my other girls to add a couple of these Tissue Pom Poms to their rooms!  I might even want some for my room…not sure the husband would go for that though (haha!)

If you missed the other details of her room and are interested, you can find more details and photos in this past post…Girls Room Reveal.


Watermelon Sorbet


It’s hot out there!  And you need a way to cool off that is tasty, refreshing and not a million calories…right?!  If you love watermelon, you are going to love this refreshing Watermelon Sorbet Recipe.  This is a perfect way to beat the heat this summer.  Whip some up for an afternoon snack or to serve at a party or BBQ.


Watermelon Sorbet Recipe


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cups watermelon



1.  Cook the sugar, water and lemon juice together, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
2.  Remove from heat and chill.
3.  Cut up the watermelon and remove all seeds.
4.  Puree in a blender or food processor.
5.  Stir into chilled syrup.
6.  Freeze in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
7.  Pack into an airtight container and store in the freezer.


Serve this up immediately in small cups or bowls to your guests because that summer heat will melt this quickly!  If you are looking for some more great summer recipes to cool you off, you may want to check out this Watermelon Slush Recipe I shared a couple of weeks ago.


Need some more cool and refreshing summer treats? Check out these past Idea Room recipes!

Strawberry Lemonade Slush Recipe

Frozen Lemonade Recipe

Orange Julius Recipe

Coconut Lime Sorbet

Orange Sorbet

Fruit Popsicles

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Lemon Ice

Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Limeade Recipe


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