Interior Design — How To Design A Two-Storey Family Room

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Interior Design —  How To Design A Two-Storey Family Room
Designers Rachel Keach and Diane Ernjakovic of One Three Design share a bright main floor they designed for a young family. See how they used architectural detail, warm neutrals, pattern and color to update the open-concept living room, kitchen and dining room.

The family room has 18-foot ceilings, so Rachel and Diane added wall panelling to draw the eye up. Neutral-hued walls create a bright, yet intimate atmosphere, while mid-to-dark fabric on the furniture ensures the space is pet and kid friendly. Though there was no budget for a kitchen reno, a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets and new hardware gives the space a facelift. In the dining area just off the kitchen, an airy light fixture modernizes the existing wood table. Two plush chairs bring a bay window to life, making it the perfect nook for a morning coffee.

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Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits | Food Network

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Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits | Food Network
Get the recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/almost-famous-cheddar-biscuits-recipe-1973038

Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits
Total: 35 min
Active: 15 min
Yield: 12-14 biscuits
Level: Easy

Ingredients

For the biscuits:
Cooking spray
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, at room temperature
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 ounces grated yellow cheddar cheese (about 1 1/4 cups)
3/4 cup whole milk
For the garlic butter:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees. Lightly mist a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

Make the biscuits: Pulse the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add the shortening and pulse until combined. Add the butter; pulse 4 or 5 times, or until the butter is in pea-size pieces. Add the cheese and pulse 2 or 3 times. Pour in the milk and pulse just until the mixture is moistened and forms a shaggy dough. Turn out onto a clean surface and gently knead until the dough comes together. Do not overwork the dough or the biscuits will be tough.

Drop the dough onto the baking sheet in scant 1/4-cup portions, 2 inches apart, and bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the garlic butter: Melt the butter with the garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley. Brush the biscuits with the garlic butter and serve warm.

Photograph by Kate Mathis

Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine

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DIY Floral Hula Hoop Wreath – HGTV

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DIY Floral Hula Hoop Wreath - HGTV
A little spray paint and a lot of faux flowers disguise the hula hoop frame for this welcoming wreath.

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Culinary Fight Club taps KC for Pitmaster Battle

Kansas City’s pitmasters will soon go head-to-head in the Culinary Fight Club’s Pitmaster Battle. The national food sport organization chose just eight battle cities, which also include Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans and Charleston, S.C.

A panel of judges, including local barbecue experts, will judge the contestants on taste and gourmet style. Typically, Culinary Fight Club’s competitions give competitors 45 seconds to choose from 15 ingredients and then 60 minutes to cook and impress the judges.…

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