Boys loft space.

I have a friend.
She has 4 boys.
They are the kind of boys that are sweet, well- behaved and liked by everyone.
In their spare time they go around the state winning chess championships.  When they aren’t doing that, they’re out winning tennis, baseball and basketball trophies.
I have no doubt they’ll probably run the country in a few short years.
They’re like the modern day version of the Kennedy’s…living right down the street.
She’ll laugh, but it’s true.

They live in this house that was made for a family with boys.
Two of the bedrooms have tall ladders that go straight up to their own private loft.
Can you imagine? It’s like Narnia except the closet is a loft.
For Christmas she was thinking of surprising them by giving the lofts a mini-makeover.

The space is going to be used for the boys and their friends who will coming in to their teenage years shortly.  Video games, Kendama-ing, talking about girls (?).  Of course the first thought was to deck it out like a man cave and do sports memorabilia everywhere.  While that’s fun, I’ve found that kids outgrow that look rather quickly even though they may still love sports.   I’m envisioning the space to be centered around things they’re interested in yet still be able to grow with them.

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All furniture that will go in the loft needs to be carried up a ladder.  A plumbing pipe bookcase is perfect because it can be carried up in several pieces then put together on site.  In addition, it’s also perfectly customizable to the space.  You can make space for the the tv, video games and the hundreds of trophies they have.  The ceilings are really tall.  These chord pendants are great because they can give light off at any height plus they are a fun pop of color.

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When it comes to seating, bean bags are perfect for tweens.  They’re great for lounging and they can be easily transported up that huge ladder.  $200.  might be a bit pricey for 3 or 4 bags so I’ve offered a DIY version as well.

When it comes to kids (especially boys) carpet tiles are a no-brainer.  They offer the cushion for wrestling boys and they can also be removed and cleaned right in the sink if there’s a spill.  Flor offers fantastic options.  For an inexpensive option, I was at Dollar Tree the other day and found a whole box of gray striped ones for $1.00!  They say sold out on their site but I’ve seen tons of them in store.  Mix them up and you can make an awesome pattern.

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Huge prints of the boys is a great way to personalize a space.  Staples will do Engineered Prints for less than $10.00 and they are BIG!  Magnetic boards are also a great solution for tweens as well because they can arrange whatever they want on the wall and it’s not permanent.

So “A”…are you ready to get to work?

Hot scones.

Sunday, 5 pm.
The usual time we all get a little hankering for something easy. And sweet. And a little naughty…”food-wise” (what were you thinking)?

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Sunday scones.
It’s the last Sunday night “hoorah” splurge on something that will for sure make us want to get back on the diet Monday morning.
I like them with melted butter, oozing honey and a dusting of powdered sugar…
Little man #3 prefers them with jelly…
You can also put chili and cheese on them to make a Navajo taco.

Scones, fry bread, donuts…call them what you will…they’re yummy goodness.

Here’s how you make them:

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You start with dough.
I use Rhodes frozen dinner roll dough.

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Next, put frozen rolls in to a greased dish and cover with plastic wrap so they may rise.

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When rolls have doubled in size they are ready (I let these rise a bit too much but it’s not a problem for scones).

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Fill up a fry pan so that there is about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil on the bottom.
Set stove to medium heat and let warm for just a few minutes.

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Take one roll (it will deflate immediately) and pull the dough to make a round-ish circle.

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Place dough in fry pan using tongs.  Oil is the right temperature when it there is a gentle bubble and sizzle around dough.  You want it to cook slowly.  With tongs, check the bottom for a light brown color.  It if cooks too quickly it will be tough and crispy.  Turn down the heat little by little.  When done, place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.

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Top with desired toppings and enjoy!

(Late addition…apparently we are ruffling a few feathers by calling these “scones”. I understand “scone” is not the technical, traditional name for them. But hey…the Mr. calls them scones and as long as he’s willing to step foot in the kitchen and do some cooking…he can call them elephants for all I care). :)

Sweet Mustard Pretzel Bites.

Food contributor Kami Kilgore from No Diets Allowed is sharing a a delicious treat today, just in time for the weekend! Take it away girl…

These are the ultimate sweet and salty snack. You’ll love these soft and fluffy pretzel bites sprinkled with a sugary mustard salt. You won’t be able to resist licking your fingers before going back for more.

Not only are they finger-licking-good, but they are also fun to make! Your children will enjoy making a rope out of the dough and dunking them in the egg batter after you cut the individual bites. Food should be enjoyable to eat and to make.

Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites- No Diets Allowed

Sweet Mustard Pretzel Bites

1 and 1/2 cup warm water

2 tsp active yeast

1 Tbs brown sugar

1 Tbs olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups bread flour (set aside additional 1 cup flour)

1 egg, beaten

2 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

3/4 tsp mustard powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1) Preheat oven to 425°F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 2) In a large bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Let sit until the yeast dissolves (about 2-3 minutes).
  • 3) Stir the brown sugar and oil into the yeast mixture until dissolved.
  • 4) Add the flour and salt. Stir and knead to combine. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead with floured hands until smooth.
  • 5) In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg. Set aside.
  • 6) In another small bowl, combine salt, sugar, mustard powder, onion powder and garlic powder.
  • 7) Divide the dough into 5 portions. Working with one at a time, roll the dough balls out into ropes that are about 1 inch in diameter. Use a sharp knife to cut 1-inch lengths of dough.
  • 8) Drop each of the dough pieces into the egg mixture and immediately transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Place them about 1/2 inch apart. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • 9) Slide the tray into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Repeat the process until all the dough has been cooked.
  • 10) Melt the butter and brush all the pretzel bites with butter. Sprinkle sweet mustard mixture evenly over pretzel bites and toss to coat well. Serve warm for best results!

Come visit No Diets Allowed for more healthy and quick snack recipes. Thanks, Michelle, for letting me stopover.

Kami Kilgore contributor blurb