Musings of a Museum Fanatic: February 2017

2.27.2017

Museum Hack Tour

**I was given a free tour in exchange for a review. All views and thoughts are my own.**


A few years ago a company broke on to the museum scene in New York and totally started to change the tour scene. That company is Museum Hack. After hearing about them taking the museums in New York by storm I was super excited that they finally made their way to the third coast! Even more excited to actually go on one of their Art Institute tours with Becky, 




We started off the tour with a a resounding start! Then we took off right away on a brisk Chicago commuter pace led by our guide Mark. Our first stop was one of my favorite pieces, the Frank Lloyd Wright window. Mark started off our tour just as I had hoped by telling us all of the juicy back stories. We heard all about Frankie boy and his crazy hi-jinx throughout the years.





Mark took us to pieces that I probably would have overlooked most days. Like the little monkey figurines below. I had just been in Art Institute a couple of weeks before and I remember walking by and not even giving them a second glance. The stories that Mark told us about them were fantastic. Then when we picked our favorite instrument and gave a three second symphony was even better but the looks that a lady gave us as she walked by was the most fantastic part of the whole thing!





I even saw more in pieces that I really like in a whole new light like Greyed Rainbow. 



Things took a turn for the interesting when we found Mark's twin in the modern wing. As you can see the twin is ready to take over and leave Mark in a pod ...




By far the craziest part was when we had our own dance party in the modern wing. We all fanned out and made our own dance moves based on the titles of various pieces of art. It was pretty hilarious. I personally think Becky's move looked more like the shot and not the coffee mug but that's just me.



At the beginning of the tour we were tasked with finding our soul mates. It was put out that no one had ever captured a real human soul mate so obviously I accepted that challenge. His name is Bob and we're in love.





One of the most surprising parts of the tour is seeing a whole entire room at a museum you've been to a numbers of times that you had no idea existed. The Tadao Ando room. The screens in the room were gorgeous and it is the perfect room to get away from everything and reconnect with yourself. I will be visiting that room again now that I know it's there!



All in all Museum Hack definitely delivered on the wild and crazy museum tour they promised. I look forward to seeing them expand in Chicago and hack more museums!




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2.24.2017

Grandma's Casserole


I know we all have those dishes that totally sum up our childhood and that we can remember being such a staple in those early years. Grandma's Casserole is that dish for me and my family. It's like a warm hug on your plate and immediately brings back so many memories, I can literally picture us sitting at the table in each house we've lived in eating this dish.

I've posted this recipe before but since then I've totally upped my photo skills and thought I'd update this post!

Grandma's Casserole

Ingredients: 
3 medium Russet Potatoes 
Milk 
Butter
1 lb. ground beef
1 can creamed corn

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 365 degrees. Peel and cut up potatoes. Then add them to the pot of water to boil. 


2. While potatoes are boiling brown the ground beef. Flavor ground beef with onion powder and garlic powder. 


3. Mash cooked potatoes mixing in butter and milk. Everyone has their different amounts they like to put in so it's up to you. In the end you want mashed potatoes. 


4. Spread cooked ground beef on bottom of casserole dish.


 5. Spread mashed potatoes on top of ground beef layer make sure to leave enough room for third layer. Smooth them out so the top layer will sit nicely


6. Pour creamed corn on top of potatoes and put into over for 30 minutes. You can cover the dish or leave uncovered.


7. Serve & Enjoy!




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2.15.2017

2016 365 Day Challenge

I finally compiled my photos from my 2016 365 Day challenge! It was tough and there were some days that I missed but overall I did really well taking a photo each day. I was also able to figure out YouTube's copyright policy with regards to music!! It was pretty amusing watching through the entire video when I finished because you definitely notice that I really enjoy certain things haha.


I hope you enjoy a look at our 2016.



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2.13.2017

Celebrating Valentine's Day on a Spending Frost


Going on a spending frost can be tough especially when you have a holiday like Valentine's day during the same month. Here are some tricks I've learned along the way the past couple of years.

1. Up your grocery game
The grocery stores offer lots of great deals for the fancier things right around Valentine's day, like filet and lobster tales. Instead of heading out to a restaurant and paying three times as much you can get the ingredients for a fabulous dinner and spend the night at home. It could be a chance to get out of your cooking comfort zone

2. Earn money to cover it
So maybe you're not a cook it at home type person and you still really want to go out to celebrate with your significant other. Earn some extra money through means like Swagbucks or online surveys to cover your night out. That way you're spending the money you've just earned and not taking it from your normal accounts.

3. Gift card it
I know I'm not the only one who has random gift cards just hanging out in their wallet. Pull those babies out and have dinner on yourself and whomever gave you that gift card that's been taking up space in your wallet for four years.

4. Find a deal
In an effort to get people through the door so many restaurants offer great deals. Places offer multi course dinners, deals for two and so many other offers. It's a great way to get a little more bang for your buck. There is always Groupon and Living Social for deals as well. There are so many ways to knock down the cost of dinner.

5. Plan for it
One the traits of our spending frost is looking at our calendars and if there is already something on them planning and budgeting for it ahead of time. For instance I knew that Kevin and I wanted to go out for dinner for Valentine's so I earned enough money through Swagbucks to cover 3/4 of the bill and then set aside money for the rest.

6. Skip it
Maybe you just skip doing anything crazy big this year. You can save doing something special for a another time. Just hang out at home and chill out. Sometimes it can be just as satisfying to relax and not put pressure on yourself to doing something big and over the top.

What tips and tricks to do have for celebrating any occasion during a spending frost?



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2.08.2017

Saved by the Max

If you've been in Chicago in the past year and aren't living under a rock you've heard of Saved by the Max. Saved by the Max is a Saved by the Bell themed pop up restaurant located in Wicker Park. Becky and I talked about making a reservation but every time they extended the run the reservations filled up within the first half an hour! 

So when Becky and I had our downtown day in January we thought we'd try to just walk in. The say on the website that there are a certain number of walk ins per evening. We ended up getting to the restaurant at 4:50 and I figured we were too late to get in. Lo and behold we were actually early and the first ones in line!!  



Becky and I had never been first in line for anything before! We felt very cool haha. Since we were first in line we were definitely able to get in for dinner.




The decor was was totally da bomb. Everyone was taking photos with everything and asking everyone else to take photos for them. It was fantastic. I mean just look at all the ridiculously fantastic photo opportunities.




Becky went for The Kelly Kapowski and I had the Bayside Burger. The burger was great, the flavor of the patties was delicious and cooked perfectly. I would definitely go back for that burger.




I cannot say how awesome the photo opportunities were. We had a blast taking photos of everything. Let's be honest I know you're really just scanning the post for the photos.










Becky and I are super happy that we just went for it and tried to walk in. I would highly recommend checking out the reservations (if you're ok eating and 9pm!) or getting there when the restaurant opens to score that walk in spot. Well worth it!



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