Posts Tagged ‘man cave’

Man Cave Recipes

Monday, October 7th, 2013

If you have even a small corner of your house that you can call your own, and you’ve been able to turn that space into a man cave – even if it is only furnished with a sofa, a TV and a pool table – consider yourself lucky. And invite all of your friends who aren’t quite so fortunate to enjoy a game with you.

To plan the perfect man-cave gathering, you’ll need a game schedule, some extra seating, a variety of drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and lots of food. While bags of chips and bowls of peanuts, as well as delivered pizza, will also work, consider preparing a few of our favorite man-cave recipes that are simple enough you won’t have to ask for help in the kitchen.

Pizza Rolls

You could buy the frozen ones, but if you’re looking for something a little more stylish, these are easy enough to make. All you need is pizza dough, sauce, cheese and your favorite meat topping. This video from Man Cave Meals will walk you through the process of making these delicious man-cave treats.

Nachos

These may be messy, but they are oh-so-delicious. Our favorite recipe starts with a sturdy taco chip of your choice. Then add nacho cheese, taco meat, black olives, jalapeños, onions, salsa, sour cream and guacamole. Pile the ingredients high. And be sure you have plenty of napkins on hand.

Beer Cheese Soup

While this one takes a little more prep time, you can leave it on the stove once it’s done, keeping it warm. You can go back for more whenever you want. The ingredients are simple enough: onion, a bottle of beer, Worcestershire sauce, flour, butter, chicken broth, mustard, and cheese. Learn how to make this recipe from Man Cave Munchies.

Popcorn on Demand

No man cave is complete (guests or no guests) without popcorn. We make it easy for you enjoy this treat with the Paragon Cineplex Popcorn Machine. Popcorn can be at the ready whenever you are ready to escape.

 

 

 

Fall Weather Means More Time Indoors

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The rainy season has kicked in for most areas, and the nights are starting to get cooler. It’s also getting dark earlier, and while you still might sneak outside to grill up some steaks, it’s likely that you’re spending a lot more time inside than out these days. While we’re all sad to see the summer come to an end so quickly, there are benefits to spending more time inside, especially if you spend some of that time away from the TV.

Football season is in high gear and that may dominate your thoughts for much of each week. But when you are ready for a stretch and a break from staring at the TV screen, consider playing a game of table tennis. You can actually burn 400-600 calories! That’s more than you’d burn going for a walk through the neighborhood and almost enough to compensate for a Big Mac or up to four cans of beer (PSA: Always drink responsibly).

If you’re looking for a way to keep that extra pizza you eat on Monday nights from adding to your waistline, make Tuesday night table tennis night. Include the family and have a table tennis tournament, or just head to your game room or man cave with a buddy and burn off some steam (this can be especially effective if your fantasy football team isn’t doing as well as expected).

If you still don’t have a table, eFamilyFun offers a wide variety of table tennis options, including this Killerspin Professional Table Tennis Table that qualifies for free shipping. All you’ve got to lose is your waistline!

The Revival of Shuffleboard

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

It’s happening all over the country: Bars and clubs are installing shuffleboard tables, and people, anxious to play, are flocking to them. Even though the game has been around for decades, it is experiencing a sudden surge in popularity. In Florida, for example, the sport is becoming more popular than golf!

While shuffleboard began as a deck game, the table version is becoming a serious contender against pool tables and dart boards around the country, and it’s beginning to make its way into the man caves and game rooms of lucky homes as well.

Shuffleboard tables come in a variety of sizes that make it easier to choose one that will fit your space, and while it takes some time and effort to master the game, the challenge and enjoyment is infectious.

The International Shuffleboard Association was founded in St. Petersburg in 1979. The club, whose members play the deck form of the game, struggled to maintain membership, dropping to 35 members in 2005 after seeing a peak of 8,000 members in the late 40s. Now membership has spiked to 200 and continues to grow. The 2013 World Shuffleboard Singles Championship will be held at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club in late October 2013.

Whether you’re brushing up on your game, to attend the championship, or just can’t get enough of shuffleboard in your neighborhood, consider one of the fine shuffleboards available at eFamilyFun, such as the Playcraft Woodbridge Shuffleboard Table in Honey Oak, available in 9’, 12’, 14’ and 16’ lengths and qualifies for free shipping. It makes a perfect addition to your  man cave or game room; it also can be a draw for your club or bar.

Want to learn how to play shuffleboard? Check out our tutorial.

 

4 Not-So-Common Must-Haves for Your Man Cave

Monday, September 9th, 2013

When you start furnishing your man cave or game room, there are a few standard items that every man cave will have in common, such as a big-screen TV, a pool table and some comfortable chairs. But when you’re really ready to take your man cave (man pad, manctuary, estrogen-free zone) to the next level, these are the must-have items you need to consider. And with winter just around the corner, you’ll want to be ready for the extra indoor time that you’ll gain by not having to mow the lawn every week.

Neon Lighting for Your Man Cave

Nothing says “man cave” better than neon. Whether you choose to honor your favorite sport team or promote your favorite game (as with this Texas Hold ‘Em sign), neon is a necessary addition to any man cave.

A Jaxx Lounger for Your Man Cave

This foam-filled bean bag lounger fits up to three people, but it’s the perfect spot for you and a special someone whether you’re watching the game together or enjoying a romantic night in. Every man cave should have one.

A Hot Dog Steamer for Your Man Cave

So that you never have to leave your man cave, you need food – easy food that is readily accessible – like this Paragon Dog Hut Hot Dog Steamer. Imagine how handy it will be to reach for a hot dog without missing even a moment of the big game.

A Popcorn Maker for Your Man Cave

The perfect accompaniment for beer, popcorn, is not only the perfect man cave snack but also a health food. The Paragon 1911 8 oz Popcorn Machine is the perfect way to make sure that you can survive extended stays in your man cave without losing the benefit of a healthy source of food.

What else would you add to your man cave? Let us know!

Any Room can be Your Game Room

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The Man Caves television series has been broadcasting for several years, providing hope to many home owners who dream of a room that they can call their own and inspiration for a number of different game room modifications. However, the very notion of a man cave or game room demands, at the very least, extra space, either in a spare room, a basement or a garage. What do you do, though, when you can’t quite fit your huge dreams into your small home?

Many of us do not have the resources necessary to construct a game room in the style of Cameron and Siragusa, and many of us would not be able to do it ourselves, even if we had the resources. What you do have, however, is an imagination.

Imagine that your living or dining room doesn’t necessarily have to behave like a living or dining room. Many of us have been raised in environments where living rooms were quiet gathering places at the end of the day or shrines for knick-knacks and various antiques; dining rooms were for meal time only. Woe to the person who dared to touch or soil anything within these rooms! Many of these rooms still exist, but in many cases, these rooms are but a shadow of what they used to be, and they collect dust just the same. Consider the possibility that your living or dining room can be more than what it is, what it once was or what it should be.

If you and your family are not in the habit of using a dining table, would you be more apt to spend time in the room if the dining table was replaced with a convertible billiard table? You could use a convertible table top, should the need arise, to still serve a meal there. Would you be more apt to spend time in your living room if your stereo console was replaced with a touch-screen jukebox? How much more fun would you have with a foosball coffee table than with a stereotypical coffee table?

The rules of foosball and billiards may be the same as they were decades ago, but the rules of decorating are evolving. In virtually all cases, you can make your own rules. You can have your game room. By replacing some of your “priceless” knick-knacks and antiques with recreational furniture, you will enjoy something far more priceless: memories.

How Billiards Evolved into the “P” Word

Monday, August 5th, 2013
Oh we got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital “T”
And that rhymes with “P”
And that stands for pool.

The message in “Ya Got Trouble,” a song from The Music Man, was critical of pool, denouncing the game as “the devil’s tool” and one capable of corrupting a person. However peculiar this may seem, the game of pool did become associated with billiards as a direct result of gambling.

Once a lawn game not unlike croquet, billiards evolved into an indoor game, played on a table covered with a green grass-like cloth. Today a number of games played on this table are collectively known as billiards. Native to Europe, billiards gained popularity in 19th-century England. English Billiards was the most popular game played at that time; however, snooker is nowadays played regularly and competitively.

Billiard games, including the pocket billiards game that we are familiar with today, became popular in America in the late 19th century. During that time period, a “pool” was a collective bet (as in poker), and a pool room was place where a person could place bets on horse races. As a means to fill time between horse races, pool room owners installed billiard tables. The public then began to associate betting or “pools” with billiard tables, and the negative connotation of pool rooms resulted from the gambling and not billiards.

Set in the early twentieth century, The Music Man recalls a time when pool rooms were a place that men assembled to hang out, play, bet and (sometimes) fight. With the success of the movies The Hustler and The Color of Money (in 1961 and 1986, respectively), however, pool – and billiards – has realized renewed popularity and substantial growth. Billiards is now considered to be a reputable sport and an acceptable pastime.