Recipes to Serve at Your Olympic Watch Party

Believe it or not, the Olympics are almost over! But don’t worry, there is still plenty of action to catch and plenty of time to have some friends over to root for the USA.

When hosting friends and family, there’s one thing to always keep in mind: Snacks!

So, what should you serve at your next Olympics watch party? We’re glad you asked. Here are six Olympic-themed recipes to try:

Olympic Cookies

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This treat has all of the categories covered. Tasty, festive and easy to make! You’ll love this soft, delicious sugar cookie with buttercream frosting and m&m’s that are symbolic of the Olympic rings. See the full recipe and ingredients.

Olympic Medal Treats

Everyone is a winner with these treats! This fun and easy craft project will definitely excite Bozman Farms kids at your next watch party. All you need is 24 inches of ribbon, 1 chocolate gold coin, markers, glue and circle page reinforcements. Find the full the list of instructions here.

Olympic Torch Cupcakes

No Olympic Games watching party is complete without a torch! These are not your average cupcakes, and will take a little bit of preparation, but the outcome will be so worth it for you and your family, friends and neighbors. Learn how to make Olympic torch cupcakes here.

Two Torches is Better Than One

As previously mentioned, what is an Olympic watch party without a torch? Well if you are looking for something a little easier, this is your recipe. What will you need? Ice cream cones and cheese popcorn are all you will need! For even more fun, you can also turn these simple concoctions into a game. Fill the cups and have your kids race across the room without spilling any!

The Olympics is a fun event for the athletes competing in Rio. But they’re also fun for those of us watching back home in Bozman Farms! Whether you are getting outside and enjoying the Bozman Farms amenities or staying inside and enjoying the action, don’t forget about the snacks!

Meet the 2016 Olympian from Wylie, TX

With the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in full swing, it’s time to take a closer look at one athlete that is representing the great city of Wylie, Texas!

Meet Jackie Calloway:

Wylie Olympian

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About Jackie Galloway:

Height: 5-10

Weight: 161 lbs

DOB: 12/27/1995

High School: Wylie High School, Class of 2014

College: SMU, Mechanical Engineering

Jackie was born in Crownpoint, Texas but was raised here in Wylie and attended Wylie High School. An accomplished athlete in martial arts, this will be her very first Olympic Games. She will compete in Taekwondo at the Rio Games at the weight of +73 kg. Jackie is primarily coached by her father, Gary Galloway.

Some of her career highlights include:

2015 Bronze Medalist (-73kg) at the World Championships, 2016 Pan American Championships Silver Medalist (+73kg), 2015 Pan American Games Gold Medalist (+67kg), 2014 Pan American Championships Gold Medalist, 2014 Grand Prix (Kazakhstan) Gold Medalist, 2014 Collegiate World Championships Gold Medalist, 2012 Junior World Championships Bronze Medalist. 

Aside from competition, Jackie is an avid reader who enjoys authentic Thai food, pho and Korean BBQ. On competition days, she likes to start off with oatmeal, scrambled eggs and coffee. Her favorite movie is Step Brothers and, like many others, her favorite athlete is UFC’s Ronda Rousey. Her favorite television shows include cult-classic The Office and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. You can learn more about Jackie here, our very own Wylie Olympian.

The city of Wylie, Texas is a great place to raise a family. The Wylie Independent School District not only provides the best in academics but also helps to mold your child’s mind with top-notch athletics, arts and other various extracurricular activities.

Learn more about Wylie, Texas and the master-planned community of Bozman Farms by exploring our website today!

Six Ideas for Your Own Summer Olympics

Tomorrow, the 2016 Olympics will officially begin! If you have kiddos running around your Bozman Farms home, they might not get the significance or have the attention span to sit down and watch the numerous events.

But to get your kids into the spirit, we have put together a list of kid-friendly crafts and activities to celebrate the Summer Olympics.

Ice Cream Torch

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Every Olympics needs a grand Opening Ceremony! Cool off with some ice cream and waffle cones to make your very own Olympics torches. Take a picture of your kids each hold these up and they’re sure to be a hit on social media.

The 40-Yard Dash

This event is easy to set up, for obvious reasons. Just create your start and finish line and have everyone participating line up. Once you’re ready, use a horn or your hands to make a loud noise and they’re off!

Shot Put 

To replicate the shot put competition, all you’ll need is some bocce balls! Once again place your starting point and record the distance to see who can throw it the farthest.

Discus

If you have a Frisbee, you have a discus! Once again, see who can throw it the farthest to determine the winner.

Bean Bag Toss

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Another great contest to include in your Bozman Farms Olympics – the bean bag toss! You’ll just need a corn hole set. Assign points by each bean bag made in the hole and each bean bag that lands on the board!

Closing Ceremonies

While you can make the games as fun as you’d like, you can also assign values to each game and then decide a winner at the very end. When dealing with kids, a simple pizza party with a celebration will do!

Bozman Farms has plenty of space to host your Bozman Farms Olympic Games! With plenty of open green spaces, your games will have the whole neighborhood talking. Learn more about Bozman Farms and see why Wylie is the perfect fit for you!

 

 

Three Family-Fun Things to Do Before Summer Ends

Don’t look now, but it’s nearly August! Where did the summer go? With one month left, there is still plenty of time to enjoy with your kids before the focus will shift from summer to back-to-school. Here are 10 family-fun things to do before summer ends:

 

Hit The Lake

Lake Lavon, like Wylie, is located within Collin County. Not only can you get out on the water, but you can also relax on the beaches, camp, hike, bike, and enjoy other outdoor activities among the lush green grass and trees. If you want even more lake, consider Lake Ray Hubbard in the neighboring Rockwall. Enjoy the great lake front views as you stroll along the harbor or have a delicious lunch or dinner with great lake views.

 

Take a Road Trip

The wonderful thing about North Texas is that there are plenty of great options for a weekend getaway! If you’re looking to take the kids somewhere within just a few hours, consider Austin, TX. There’s Hamilton Pool which features an incredible view and a natural slide or visit Barton Springs Pool to lay out and enjoy some cool water!

 

Catch a Ballgame

When the summer heats up, so does baseball season! Globe Life Park in Arlington is located in the center of the DFW Metroplex and is easily accessible via 121 to 360 or I30. The Texas Rangers currently sit in first place and have nearly 70 games still to play. If you don’t want to make the journey to Arlington, consider the minor-league affiliate, Frisco RoughRiders. The RoughRiders play at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX located directly off of the Dallas North Tollway. Games are filled with fun activities to keep the kids entertained and feature a lot of future MLB talent.

 

Summer is almost over, but the fun doesn’t have to end! Bozman Farms, located in Wylie, TX is perfectly located to easily get around the DFW Metroplex. There are also a lot of great amenities within the master-planned community that make it easy to enjoy a day with the family without leaving the neighborhood!

 

Learn more about the Bozman Farms builders and see why Wylie is the perfect fit for you!

What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus

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At Bozman Farms, keeping the master-planned community safe and happy is at the top of the priority list. The Zika virus has been in the headlines recently for its increasing threat to the Americas – specifically the states of Texas, Arizona and California. Concern has also been cast over the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with several athletes dropping out due to the potential threat of the Zika virus. So, what is the Zika virus and is it really this serious? Here’s what you need to know about the Zika virus to keep your family safe in Wylie, TX:

What is the Zika virus and how is it spread?

The virus is primarily spread through a mosquito, much like Dengue fever, or can be sexually transmitted. The illness causes little to mild symptoms and can last for a couple of days to a week.

Where is the virus located?

The virus was first identified in Africa in 1947 and has since been detected in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia and most recently in the Americas.

How do I know if I have the virus?

Symptoms are often mild or very minor for many people infected with the virus. To ensure you and your family know what to watch out for, the most common symptoms of Zika are:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint Paint
  • Conjunctivitis

It is important to note that while the virus has caused concern, illness typically lasts only a couple of days to a week with some people not even realizing they are infected. It is not common to be sick enough to visit the hospital, and death by Zika is extremely rare.

Who is at most risk?

 Pregnant women are at serious risk if they become infected with the virus. Zika is known to cause serious birth defects and fetal brain defects. If you believe you are infected and are pregnant, visit the doctor immediately.

How do I treat it?

Treatment for infected persons is simple: rest, drink fluids and take medicine that reduces fever and pain.

Stay safe and prepared by learning as much as you can about the Zika virus. To learn more about Wylie, TX and the master-planned community of Bozman Farms, visit our website today!

Top Three Restaurants Near Bozman Farms

There are many benefits to living in the master-planned community of Bozman Farms. From the exceptional amenities to high-quality education for your kids, we think you’ll love everything Bozman Farms has to offer!

One of the best parts of living in Bozman Farms is the close proximity to plenty of great restaurants! With so many great options nearby, it’s easy to find a place to celebrate a birthday, entertain friends, or have a nice dinner out with the family. Here are the top three restaurants near Bozman Farms.

Ballard Street Café & Grill

112 N. Ballard Ave, Wylie, TX 75098

If you live in Wylie, Texas, you’ll definitely need to pay a visit to Ballard Street Café! Rated as the best restaurant in Wylie, you can expect high-quality service, the best in home cooking, breakfast and the best chicken fried steak in the city.

Taste of Home

302 N. Ballard Ave, Wylie, Texas 75098

To say Taste of Home is a Wylie classic would be an understatement. Although it originally opened in 1999, in 2008 Scot and Kathy Goodwin moved Taste of Home into a home in historic downtown Wylie, which was built in 1901. You can stop by any time of day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served, and there’s even a full bar! Throughout the month, Taste of Home will also put on special events.

Meteor Hamburgers

600 N. Hwy 78, Suite 627 Wylie, Texas 75098

Family owned and operated, Meteor Hamburgers is the local burger joint you’ve always wanted. They offer grilled to order burgers, hand-cut fries cooked to perfection and occasional car shows on the weekends! Once you visit, you’ll keep coming back.

These are just a few of the best restaurants in Wylie, Texas! There are plenty more options in the area to get great food. To learn more about Wylie, Texas and the master-planned community of Bozman Farms, visit our website today.

Fun and Creative 4th of July Festivities

July 4th is just a couple weeks away! If you’re planning to host an Independence Day party in your Bozman Farms home, here are six America-themed essentials:

The Classics

Independence Day and grilling go hand-in-hand. There are the basics like burgers, hot dogs, sausage and chicken. Then there’s Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs with Whiskey Marinade, Loaded Baked Potato Salad and Dr. Pepper Baked Beans! Take your cookout to the next level by trying out a new recipe or two.

The Desserts

4th of July Desserts
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Nothing says America like a layout full of tasty sweets colored red, white and blue! The desserts can be simple, such as cupcakes with white frosting and red Twizzlers on the top, or you can go all out. Try making an America Cake, Strawberry Shortcake No-Churn Ice Cream, or America Pie! Be sure to decorate the dessert table with flags, plates and even red, white and blue napkins.

The Fruit

While everyone enjoys the delicious food and desserts on July 4th, a bowl of seasonal fruit like strawberries, blueberries and watermelon will give your guests a refreshing and healthy snack for a hot, summer day.

The Photo Booth

A photo booth complete with America-themed props is a great way to create lasting memories at your party! Include a simple backdrop, maybe a navy blue fabric, some streamers and something that says “July 4th, 2016”!

The Drinks

No party is complete without a good selection of drinks for the adults. There’s Red, White & Blue Sangria, Boozy Snow Cones or Firecracker Punch! You can also make any of these drinks without alcohol so the kids can enjoy too.

The Fire Pit

Once the night begins to wind down, there’s nothing like sitting around a fire, exchanging stories, jokes and great conversation with your guests.

This Fourth of July is going to be one to remember! With these party essentials, your guests won’t be able to wait for Round 2 in 2017!

If you’re looking for available homes in Wylie, TX, visit the Bozman Farms website and contact us today!

Fun Things to Do at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo

In Texas, the rodeo is a big deal.

At the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, located just down the road in Mesquite, Texas, there’s something for everyone.

So, what is the Mesquite Championship Rodeo?

Founded in 1958, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo started from humble beginnings but has gone on to become one of the most popular rodeos in the world. The season typically runs from June – August and is supplemented with other great events at the Mesquite Arena.

Here are some fun things to do at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo:

See The Rodeo!

Ok, this one was obvious, but the rodeo is an action-packed event. If you haven’t been at least once, you’re missing out! The season begins Saturday, July 2nd and is every Saturday night through October 1st.

Stop by the BBQ Buffet

Much like the rodeo, BBQ is a Texas tradition. Mesquite Arena offers one of the finest dining pleasures where you can fill up on some good food before the rodeo starts. The menu includes:

  • Hickory Smoked Brisket of Beef
  • Texas Hill Country Smoked Sausage
  • Country Potato Salad
  • Rodeo Beans
  • Southwest Cabbage Slaw
  • Fresh Rolls
  • Fruit Cobbler
  • Iced Tea, Lemonade and soft drinks

What’s not to love?

The 8-Second Club Membership

This VIP area, with membership, gives you access to many perks within Mesquite Arena. From VIP seating for rodeos and arena events to all-inclusive food and beverages, you’ll definitely have a good time mixing and mingling. The best part? This club is accessible 365 days a year!

Live Music

To commemorate the Mesquite Championship Rodeo Opening Day, there will be live music from Tyrone Vaughan! Doors open at 6:30 so be sure to get there early!

The master-planned community of Bozman Farms is surrounded by fun things to do! Located in Wylie, Texas good times are always just a short drive away.

Five Things to Do Near Wylie, TX

Within a few days, summer will officially begin for all of the students of Bozman Farms!

While this is an exciting time for kids to get a break from school, that means a lot of free time. Don’t worry, parents! We’ve put together a list of the fivr things to do near Wylie, TX that you can do with your family to enjoy summer break.

In-Sync Exotics
Tigers, lions, leopards, lynx, cheetahs, and cougars! This great non-profit organization, which was officially established in 2000, is a safe haven for felines who have been neglected, abused or unwanted. This is a great way for kids to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic animals. Self-guided tours are available on the weekends where you can learn about each animal and their unique personalities!

Collin Park
Collin Park is the perfect place to visit for nature or outdoor lovers! You can rent a campsite, go hiking, rent a boat, or even take advantage of the horseback riding trails! In the digital era, this is a great place to visit and unplug.

Downtown Rockwall
Explore the charm that is Downtown Rockwall! Shop, eat, and overlook Lake Ray Hubbard on a sunny summer afternoon with the family.

Bowlarama
There’s nothing quite like a night out with the family at the bowling alley! With 26 bowling lanes, a full arcade, bar, grill, and pool tables, everyone can enjoy themselves.

Horseback Riding
If you were to ask anyone around the country, they’d all assume everyone in Texas has horses. Since that isn’t the case, you can take the short drive to the North Texas Equestrian Center! Prices range from $20 to $60 for an introductory lesson and meet & greet. Your kids will love it!

With so many great options surrounding Bozman Farms in Wylie, Texas, you don’t have to travel far to have a good time! You can find even more fun activities near Wylie to make summer 2016 the best one yet. If you are interested in moving into our beautiful master-planned community, you can visit our website and contact us today!

Unique Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Near Bozman Farms

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you can show your appreciation for your dad.

Here are 5 unique ways you can celebrate Father’s Day with your dad!

Early Morning Fishing

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There’s nothing like quality time spent bonding and enjoying the peaceful scenery of a morning spent fishing. You don’t even have to leave Bozman Farms to do this fun bonding activity! Your dad will be happy to enjoy your company and cast a line in the peaceful nature of Bozman Farms. It’s a great way to start Father’s Day!

Go-Karting

When is the last time you went go-karting? Chances are, it’s been a while. This is a fun way to challenge your dad to a little friendly competition on the racetrack!

Check Out a Local Brewery

If your dad enjoys craft beer, consider checking out one of the many DFW breweries! Most have an area to sit back and relax either on a patio or inside.

Hit The Links

Dads and golf go hand-in-hand. With an incredible selection of golf courses in North Texas, finding a golf course for you and your dad to spend a day on will certainly make for an afternoon of fun! Another fun way to incorporate golf into Father’s Day is to head over to Top Golf in Allen, TX. The best part about Top Golf is that you don’t have to be a pro to beat your competition!

Relaxation

At the end of the day, treat your dad to some quiet time with a gift certificate to a massage! If you want to take it a step further, you could also book an appointment for your dad to get a haircut and a shave.

Father’s Day will be here before you know it! We hope you will try out a few of these ideas to make your dad feel loved on his special day.  If you’re looking for available homes in Wylie, TX, visit the Bozman Farms website and contact us today!