As you know, my chance to host my book club has served as inspiration for tackling all sorts of projects I might otherwise never have finished. Because of the looming excitement/threat of actual humans seeing my home (instead of the bits of my home I choose to share on this blog!), I tackled baseboards, bookshelves, touch-up paint, art, and - worst of all - cleaning!
Most impressively, however, playing hostess actually inspired me to COOK. As in, pots and pans and real dishes. I even turned on the oven. THREE TIMES. (That likely shows my inefficiency rather than my skills but just go with it.) I took photos to prove I really did make things, since those who know me best probably wouldn't believe it without evidence.
The book we read was A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, by Michael Dorris.
I mention this not because I suggest you read it (I wasn't a fan) but because the title allowed me to tackle a truly inspired food theme. Since all my dishes are blue, I sent in search of yellow foods. I avoided the ones that fail the work time/eating time ratio (deviled eggs) and skipped the ones that required another oven round (cornbread muffins) but still ended up with a fun menu:
Mango salsa with blue corn tortilla chips
Yellow bell pepper dip holders (on blue plates, of course!)
Lemon bars (with blue "rivers" of gel frosting)
I threw in shishkebob-style meat on skewers since man cannot live on bell peppers alone. And for good measure, I made braided bread (braids play a symbolic role in the book, for those who can stick with it until the end of the depressing story).
It was really, really fun to have people over and I hope to do it again soon...I still have that cornbread muffin mix, after all!
And for those who are dedicated enough to wonder what I did with the bare wall behind the couch after the map art fail, fear not: dad came through with an outstanding suggestion. I moved the big Paris art from the guest room! I kind of like it there...at least until I get to implement the great suggestions my friends have sent my way for reviving the maps.