I cheated on today’s Mugshot Monday. I don’t actually own the mug and once you see it, you may understand because it’s kind of gross. Check out the hair follicles and blood spurt on this one:
I found this mug in the wonderland that is the Minnesota History Center gift shop last Thursday evening when I attended Heavy Table’s North Coast Nosh curated by The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman. The event was an incredible celebration of native food traditions that awakened all of my senses. We left fortified by nourishing food and words and I can still hear the powerful drumming that reverberated throughout the building. Four days have passed since the event and I’m still buzzing with excitement about everything I tasted and experienced. I’ll share more soon.
Like most museum gift shops, the Minnesota History Center‘s is fascinating. My cousin Alexandra and I spent a lot of time oohing and aahing over decorative pillows adorned with vintage Minnesota artwork, cookbooks written by local authors and Nordic Ware mini bundt pans. We found these mugs in a little corner with other mosquito-themed items that hit a little too close to home for those of us that grew up with this unofficial state bird.
I never imagined that I’d get so excited about Minnesota-themed gifts. It’s a surprising reaction that we’ve noticed since moving from our hometowns. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud to have been a North Dakotan for two years and an Iowan for a year and a half, but a big part of my heart will always remain tied to my home state of Minnesota, mosquitos and all.
Coming Up Next: I spent last week at a hotel training for a new job role. There’s nothing in the world that sounds more divine than home cooking. I can’t wait to be queen of my own kitchen again and try some new recipes. Feel free to send me suggestions. I’m also adding the final touches to my blog post/video review of Crumb’s Bake Shop giant cupcake monstrosity. It’s difficult choosing the perfect soundtrack to accompany this boxed mix fail.
Finally, I’m very honored the Des Moines Register included me in a profile of four Iowa food bloggers. I’m in good company.