Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Our visit to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Or alternatively know as "this place is a piece of trash." -Kinsey

Let's start with some backstory, shall we? Brian loves Egyptology and was a big fan of The Mummy movies which we came across on Netflix recently. Kinsey begged to watch them and was really into them (the girl also loves Jurassic World, she has many tastes) so I thought it'd be awesome to go to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and get in some real life learning. This was our first time going.

And quite possibly our last.

I spent a few days before our mini road trip, printing out fun things off their site and creating our own little scavenger hunt just to drum up excitement. I spent wayyy too much time physically cutting and pasting but was feeling super prepared smug. I even checked the Weather app on my phone to make sure we were dressed appropriately. 
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
I had all the bases covered and I was sitting pretty. Too pretty. Because as soon as we arrived IT began. Holy cow is San Jose h-o-t. I am used to a high of 68 with a cold ocean breeze the majority of the year, so that oppressive city heat gets me twisted. Thankfully there was free parking and it wasn't crowded. We walked through a side little garden and found this cool statue and hieroglyphs and then made it to the main entrance. 
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
The entrance is so gorgeous!
Let me preface this by saying I didn't get a whole lot of pictures inside. It was sooo dark (to preserve the antiquities) and no flash was allowed (not that I ever use flash anyway) and someone was more interested in running around and getting reprimanded by docents, haha.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
A reproduction of Tutankhamen sarcophagus. 
A baboon mummy
A kitten mummy
They're sitting the same way, ha!
Walk like an Egyptian
Brian was having a good ole time taking a million pictures. Brielana was just along for the ride. And I was studiously checking off things from my homemade Scavenger Hunt, because it had to be used! 
It took us maybe a little over an hour to go through all the rooms and it was clear Kinsey was not impressed. 
Me: "Did you like the museum?"
Kinsey: "It's a piece of trash museum."
Me: "What?! Why?"
Kinsey: "There weren't any mummies walking around popping out at me."

And there you have it. Pop culture movies have ruined our youth ;) I was dying laughing. The girl is too much. After that slight disappointment we raised our spirits with lunch at Mimi's Cafe and did some shopping at the Outlets. Because retail therapy always helps.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Shadow Puppets {Summer Lovin}

Kinsey was gifted this darling Princess Paradise Shadow Puppet set for her birthday and I stowed it away for a fun Summer's night activity! 
It was definitely worth the wait and the intricate paper puppets would make beautiful decorations in and of themselves. 
Just turn off the lights and add a flashlight!
Princess PJs optional :)

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Plum Crazy

plum crazy, sharing recipes we loved using the fruit off our backyard plum tree
Our plum tree has been a beast this summer. Every morning we would go out and lo and behold, a dozen plus fruits just sitting on the ground waiting for us to come and gather them up. At the height of production we had to go out several times throughout the day to gather up the fruit. This lasted pretty much the whole of June. I was up to my eyeballs in plums. I naively picked some not-yet-ripe plums off the tree because I just couldn't wait. And then a week later I was cursing the world that there were more dang plums on the ground! 
 I also had a super cute helper who didn't mind getting down and dirty collecting them.
So, instead of letting all these beauties go to rot, I searched Pinterest for some recipes and got to cooking! These are my top three favorites and I highly recommend that you make them for yourself. 
homemade plum fruit leather, only 2 ingredients
I felt soooo Miss Suzy Homemaker making these fruit leather rolls. It was a simple enough process but because of the dehydrator taking 8+ hours to set these babies up it felt like a huge ordeal. I didn't realize how tart our plums are (not even sure what variety they are?) that adding more sugar than suggested would have been ideal. Now I know for next time! These were a hit with Brielana and Kinsey, the latter calling them "candy wrappers" haha (no clue why!)
Plum crumble bar- the best crumble recipe I've tasted! Works well with blueberries too!
This is one of the best crumble bars I have ever put in my mouth. Soft, flaky, not-too-sweet, deliciousness. Because our plums are so tart I made a simple powdered sugar and milk drizzle and fancied it up a bit. I love this recipe so much I've used it with blueberries too! 
This recipe may have gotten the better of me. In my haste to use the last of the plums, I neglected to put the ice cream maker drum into the freezer, doh! So instead of waiting another day I forged ahead and winged it. Everything came together but the freezing process was less than perfect and instead of getting creamy ice cream, I got crystallized sorbet. Still tasty, just not what I had envisioned. Lesson learned: freeze that ice cream maker drum!

I have a new love and appreciation for backyard gardening and our faithful plum tree. I'm already looking forward to next summer :)

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