Musings of a Museum Fanatic: February 2018

2.23.2018

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2.19.2018

5 Conservatories to Visit in the Chicago Area


By the time February rolls around everyone in the Chicago area is ready for spring. Unfortunately for us spring is still a number of weeks away. When you need a little spring weather in your life there are several places to go and enjoy lovely weather without buying a plane ticket. That's where a visit to one of the amazing Chicago area conservatories is a must. They're beautiful all year round and a wonderful escape from the crazy winter weather.

Garfield Park Conservatory
Chicago, IL
The big mac daddy of the conservatories in the Chicago area this west side institution is the perfect place to visit. Since it's so large you can definitely explore all the nooks and crannies the entire day. I shared my nice, warm visit earlier this month so head over to that post for all the beautiful photos.


Wilder Park Conservatory
Elmhurst, IL
This was a new one for me. Earlier in January my family gifted my mom with a family photo session and Bethany found Wilder online, I surprisingly didn't even know it was there. It was a perfect little conservatory with a lovely water feature and rock formation. There were even elves hiding all over from the holiday season. 

Oak Park Conservatory
Oak Park, IL
Two years ago I got the opportunity to visit during a museum conference. I see it every time we take 88 into the city and was excited to finally get the chance to visit. When you see it from the highway it doesn't look like it's large but it's actually quite good sized. Since it was still somewhat nice out when I visited we got to see their new outside children's garden area. 


Lincoln Park Conservatory
This is one of those place where I don't tend to seek it out specifically but always love stopping in while we're visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo. My favorite room in this conservatory is definitely the orchid room. Always gorgeous flowers in that room. Even in the winter it's great to pair your conservatory visit with a visit to the park or the zoo. 



Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory
Joliet, IL 
While Bird Haven is on the outskirts of the Chicagoland area it looks like it's definitely worth the hike. Covering about 3 acres this is definitely no small fry conservatory. I'll definitely be adding it to my list when I visit the museums in Joliet. 

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2.16.2018

Super Simple Veggie Pizza


Everyone has their go to recipe for nights at home, bringing to potlucks and other fun events. Mine is this Super Simple Veggie Pizza! It's a great dish that can be customized to whatever veggies you like. The best part is that you can make it the night before it will still be fantastic and it stays delicious for several days after.  Enjoy!

Super Simple Veggie Pizza

Ingredients:
1 can Pillsbury regular pizza crust
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayo
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
1/2 tsp. dill
Small shred cheddar cheese
Veggies, diced tiny
- I used baby carrots, broccoli, cucumber (seeds removed)
- you can also use green peppers, black olives and whatever other vegetables you'd like


Directions:



1. Full bake the pizza crust according to the package directions. Cooks tip - be sure to poke the dough all over with a fork so the crust doesn't puff up too much!



2. While crust is cooking mix together cream cheese, mayo, ranch dressing mix and dill.


3. Cool the crust then spread the spread evenly over the entire crust leaving edge. 


4. Sprinkle the different veggies all over the pizza. 


 5. Cut pizza into squares. 



6. Sprinkle cheese all over cut slices & enjoy!



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2.14.2018

Brunch at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

When the end of January hits Chicago everyone gets excited for Chicago Restaurant Week. This year I got the chance to try out a new meal at an old favorite! My friend Jackie invited myself and other friends to brunch at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba has long been one of my favorite tapas places in the Chicago area but I'd never been there for brunch. 

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

As part of the set menu we all got to kick of our meal with two pinxtos or bites. I picked the chicken and waffle bite (on the left & below) along with the deviled egg. I could have eaten three more of the chicken and waffle pinxtos. It was savory chicken sausage wrapped in a delicious sweet waffle batter.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

The other ladies enjoyed the multi bite pinxtos of citrus french toast sticks and short stacks of pancakes. We couldn't believe how much we got with just our little appetizer bites. Deviled eggs with bacon are anything but evil!

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Our main course tapas were all delicious. From the Spanish Cubano (above) to the waffles and bacon mac n cheese below. Everything was rich, filling and just as good as we expected.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

The bacon mac n' cheese was probably my favorite of the tapas. It was so deliciously gooey and cheesy. I know that's what you expect from mac n' cheese but it was definitely one of the better ones I've had. It originally came with a poached egg but I abstained from that. The whole runny yolk thing still weirds me out.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

My other pick for my tapas with their Spanish shrimp and grits which was actually fried shrimp with chorizo polenta. Grits and polenta isn't something I usually go for but I'm glad I did. With the flavor of the chorizo and the shrimp I really enjoyed this dish.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

I enjoyed the food so much I almost forgot to share the amazing drinks. For their brunch Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba hosts a bloody Mary bar. I'm not a fan of bloody Marys but if I was I'd definitely indulge here. With add ins from bacon to olives and all sorts of goodies in between it's a bloody Mary heaven. What I love to indulge in at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is their sangria! My favorite is the bright sunny yellow passion fruit sangria. You can enjoy it by yourself or get a pitcher for everyone. Just be careful it can be on the strong side!

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

It's kind of amazing that we could actually eat any of our desserts after that spread! Especially with them being so incredibly rich. I never thought of Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba as a good place for brunch but now thanks to our Restaurant Week visit it's tops of my list!

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2.12.2018

Do People Actually Buy This?! Volume 3


This months edition of Do People Actually Buy This?! is brought to you by sequins. We started off the year with a little bit of everything and are now moving into February plenty of sparkle.


Fanny packs are actually a thing again. Which that in itself is kinda insane but the fact that a sequined fanny pack is a thing at a major retailer. 


This shoe says to me business in the front and party in the back.


I have so many questions when it comes to this. Do you wear this on top of a shirt? Or a bikini top? Does this get worn just by itself?? What occasion would call for a rhinestone bikini?


There was so much going on with this rack it was slightly insane. As you can see to both sides of the white one there were some interesting tops. I thought that this one was slightly more crazy than the black one.


This is definitely the year of the furry coat. I've spotted so many different colors, shapes and sizes of furry coats it's somewhat insane. Hopefully no one is wearing one of these out and about in the woods.



They look like an owl to me but yet it's not feathers it's fur. I don't understand?!


What is with the pom poms everywhere these days?! I just can't. You can't even put this phone in your back pocket it's so big.


These earrings are deceptive. They were HUGE. Huge gold flowery earrings. I'm not surprised they were in the clearance section. 

Have you seen any crazy items during your shopping trips lately?
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2.09.2018

6 Reasons Why Your Local Library Rocks

6 Reasons Why Your Local Library Rocks by Musings of a Museum Fanatic


One of my favorite places to go throughout my entire life has been my local library. Since my mom worked in libraries for most of my life I grew up almost living in them I'd spend so much time there. With everything being digital these days libraries have moved to the back burner for many people. Well they're missing out! Libraries totally rock and are a wealth of resources, many of which can be free. 

1. Free books, DVDs & CDs
This is the biggest and most obvious draw of why your library is amazing. Who wants to spend thousands of dollars on books and stuff that you're only going to read or watch once? Not this girl. Plus you can try out a new author without the commitment!

Another awesome bandwagon that many libraries have jumped on has be the e-book trend. For many years now lots of libraries offer e-books to their patrons. Most libraries you get the download for a certain amount of time but like their physical books it's all free to patrons.

2. Learn something new 
This sort of goes along with the first one. Want to try out some of those new recipes in your favorite chefs new cookbook but don't think you want all of them? That's where the library comes in handy! You can learn almost anything through your library. Check out a book about coding or how to make origami.

3. They have the resources
This is a big one for me and my job. Many libraries subscribe to resources that are then free to patrons. These can include online newspaper databases to technology websites. I found out recently that the library my mom used to work for you can access websites like Lynda.com, which is awesome website with TONS of  instructional videos for everything from Photoshop to writing. How awesome that you don't have to pay for something like that but can use it at any time?!

We're not just talking about digital resources either. Many have all sorts of physical resources you're able to use. You can now use their recording studios or make something on the 3-D printer they just hooked up. I've even heard of some setting up maker spaces. 

4. They have space
Many libraries have space for you to camp out and work on your own projects. This is perfect. You don't have to pay for the space or get the stink eye from the barista when you haven't ordered a coffee in four hours. Many have spaces for you to be able to work with a small group. Some even have larger spaces you can meet with larger groups. I know my local library will allow community groups to book their community room at no cost. 

5. Genealogy resources
Sometimes the local library is the place to go in your community for genealogical materials and help. There are some libraries that are the keepers of historical documents like all of the town's newspapers. Some libraries even have specific dedicated genealogy librarians. This would be a great resource if you're just starting out and not sure how to start off. They can definitely help you out and get you started down a good path.

6. Free programs
I'm not sure if you've noticed a pattern by this point but the library has so many awesome things that you can use for free. Another perk is the programming that they offer. I know that some don't offer much but you could have one that offers a TON of free programming. Right now Kevin and I live in a community that has a smaller library but they still offer plenty of programs like a knitting circle, book discussions and programs about travel to name just a couple. 

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2.07.2018

10 Celebrities Born in the Chicago Area


Being born in the Chicago area is something I'm very proud of. There are many celebrities, alive and dead, that I'm very proud to say are from the Chicago area! There are definitely a few who I'm not sure I'd like to claim so they're not on this list. That might be a list for another day. There are definitely a few on this list that I had no idea were born in the area. Anyone on this list surprise you?

Walt Disney
Chicago, IL

Robin Williams
Chicago, IL

Hugh Hefner
Chicago, IL

Jane Lynch
Evergreen Park, IL

Mr. T
Chicago, IL

Nick Offerman
Joliet, IL

Hillary Clinton
Chicago/Park Ridge, IL

Fred & Ben Savage
Chicago, IL

Cindy Crawford
DeKalb, IL

John & Jim Belushi
Chicago, IL

Seth Meyers
Evanston, IL

Harrison Ford
Chicago, IL

John C. Reilly
Chicago, IL

Betty White
Oak Park, IL

Craig Robinson
Chicago, IL

Sherri Shepherd
Chicago, IL

Pete Wentz
Wilmette, IL

John Cusack
Evanston, IL

Bill Murray
Evanston, IL

Bonnie Hunt
Chicago, IL

Melissa McCarthy
Plainfield, IL

Kathryn Hahn
Westchester, IL

Billy Corgan
Elk Grove Village, IL

Gary Sinise
Blue Island, IL

Bob Newhart
Oak Park, IL

Bernie Mac
Chicago, IL

Michael Flatley
Chicago, IL




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2.05.2018

10 Good Things That Happened in January

I know that I've already shared how 2018 is going to be our year of organizing but I'm also going to work on myself in other areas as well. The past couple of years I haven't been as nice to myself mentally as I could be and I've let myself get down and stay down too often. This year I'm focusing on the good to keep myself happy and keep things in perspective. I know in the past I've shared happenings and good things but I'm going to try and do it once a month to give myself a moment to reflect on how awesome the month really was!


1. I've been working on an exhibit for about seven months now and I finally finished it! Although we did get more from the donor that will have to be included in the exhibit so it's not totally done. It's super awesome though. This exhibit really pushed me past what I'm already good at and made me learn a number of new things like the amount of design work I did for it was more than anything I've ever done. I scanned those images from historical documents and created those collage pieces (among like 50 others). I created them and they look amazing! I created an push button interactive where you can flip through a bible from the 1860s too. It's nothing super high tech but my museum has never had anything like that before and I've never created one before.

2. The weather this past month was pretty amazing for this time of year in Chicago. As someone who hates driving in the snow having what I can only recall as being like 3/4 of the month over 35 degrees it was amazing.


3. For Christmas this year we gave my mom the Christmas present of family portraits taken by her third unbiological daughter, Becky. We took advantage of the first Saturday in January to actually take them at the Wilder Conservatory. It was definitely interesting getting two kids 3 and under to take a good photo all at once but we think we got some!


4. I got to spend my President's day museuming and meeting up with some fabulous ladies. Yes I work at a museum and spend my days off at museums. I am that big of a museum nerd ... although I'm sure you've realized that by now haha. Not only did I visit museums I did a whirlwind through the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium. Since it was a free day and a day off school I knew it would be crazy so I wanted to get my photos for future posts and not get swept up in the crazy.


5. We had our yearly family get together with Kevin's parents, aunt, uncle and cousins. This year Kevin's brother and wife were in town and able to join us. It was a fun evening. We even tried out a Pinterest hack. You can burn a crayon as a light for about half an hour. Although it will burn through the paper plates you put it on! We might have burned a hole into Rennae's table cloth ...

6. Kevin and I enjoyed bowling and lunch at one of our favorite places with his friend Niraj and his wife Amisha. It was lots of fun. My scores were terrible but it was lots of fun. Plus getting to share our favorite place to get sushi was fun.


7. Becky knows I really enjoy puzzles so decided to give me one for Christmas. Not only did she get me a puzzle she got me a 1500 piece Disney villains puzzle. 1500 pieces! She said she got the one with the most pieces because she loves me the most. Working on it maybe 30-60 minutes a day it took me two weeks to finish. I finished it though without any help from Kevin.

8. This past month has been a month full of Oreos. I've shared on Instagram my break crew's obsession with Oreos but we've definitely taken it to the next level. We're starting to branch out into other items that have Oreos incorporated and as part of them. We enjoyed Oreo churros and Valentine's Day Oreo heart doughnuts along with the two new Oreo flavors. It's been a good Oreo month.


9. I kicked off Chicago Restaurant Week with brunch with one of my best friends, her sister and some of their other friends at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. I've only ever enjoyed dinner there so it was fun to get a taste of their brunch menu. Plus you can never go wrong with going during restaurant week when you can taste more for one lovely price.

10. My niece Elowen turned one January 13! The past couple of years the days seem to go slow but the years are flying by. I can't believe how much she has changed in the past year. That cute little face, I could squish her cheeks all day. Now that she's almost ready to walk and is starting to make sounds that sound more like words I know things will definitely get more interesting, especially for her big brother!



What good things happened with you this month??

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2.03.2018

Get $3 when you sign up for Swagbucks in February!!!

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2.02.2018

Garfield Park Conservatory

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Located west of the Loop you'll find a a massive glass building rising from the park. This is the Garfield Park Conservatory. This 4.5 acre space was built in 1908 by Jens Jensen a world renowned Danish-American landscape architect.  

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

The oasis in the middle of the city is free and open to the public 365 days a year! This makes it the perfect place to go any time of year and especially in the winter as a nice warm escape when it hits below zero numbers in Chicago. There are nine main rooms in the conservatory itself, ranging from the Desert House to the Fern Room. 

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

My favorite room during our visit was the Fern Room. It was luscious, gorgeous and so nice an warm! There were beautiful water features that made you feel like you were somewhere amazing.

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

By far the Fern Room was the largest room in the Garfield Park Conservatory. You could get lost in this huge almost other worldly room. I loved all of the different water features with the fish and little waterfalls. According to the Garfield Park Conservatory's website it was created like this to give visitors a chance to see what life would have been like in Illinois millions of years ago. I'm not sure about anyone else but I could definitely use some of this warm, luscious weather in January and February.

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

In several places throughout the conservatory you'll find man made art pieces. My favorites are the yellow flowers above and the pumpkin. They actually change around the shapes for different holidays, I saw on their Instagram that they had a turkey this past Thanksgiving.

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

I also really enjoyed the Desert House. Since I haven't been to the southwest yet this was as close as I've come to the desert. My favorite plants were the succulents. We visited earlier in the fall so it was still possible for us to head outside and enjoy the end of the season for the outside gardens.

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Throughout the year the Conservatory holds a number of awesome events for everyone of every age. From lectures to even yoga! Can you imagine relaxing during yoga and enjoying spring in the dead of winter? It sounds heavenly right now. Many of their programs are free as well so it's perfect if you're on a budget. 

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Take a look at Chicago's beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

This is a definite add to everyone's Chicago bucket list!

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