I have also been swapping art around on walls and it is still not where I want it to be. Grr. However, good art is everywhere and is even sometimes incredibly cheap - I am thinking about buying the digital download of this amazing thing and hanging it over the bed, which would be one nice big thing to center that room around. But not right away as framing is still not free. Maybe after the holidays.
Party Thoughts: the party is two weeks from today. I need to dig out the entertaining box from the garage, it is the magical place where all spare paper cups and napkins hibernate until needed, as well as the big coffee percolating urn thing that gets filled with cider and keeps it hot and on tap for me. So here is the list/plan so far. A Costco trip is pending as of next Tuesday.
Cookbook's amazing bourbon balls
Nut/shortbread bars (I am addicted to these and am only allowed to make them once a year)
(possible new recipe) Smitten Kitchen's lemon bars from the new cookbook
Some kind of thumbprint cookie to use the insane pineapple guava jam I made from free pineapple guavas, or at least some kind of shortbread sandwich cookie for the same purpose. Trying to decide if it could work in ischler, which are Hungarian sandwich cookies made with ground almonds (may test this with hippie almond flour as they can be dense) and chocolate on top.
Cut up veggies with hummus (possibly two kinds, last year it was roasted garlic vs. roasted red pepper)
Baguette with cheeses (this is another potential place to serve that bonkers pineapple guava jam)
Baked brie with cranberry sauce for something hot and holiday-ish
Trader Joe's mushroom tartlets (I usually forget to serve anything warm so this is one thing)
This highly exciting savory version of hamentaschen, but I need a filling other than mushrooms if I do the TJ's stuff. Or maybe I should do these instead and go with the mushrooms? They will get a test run next weekend, they just look sooooo good to me
Korozot, my grandmother's highly addicting Hungarian blue cheese based dip
Mini bagels with shmear (korozot is also good here) - this was a random thing my mom brought last year and it was a HUGE HIT
Smoked salmon (great with the tiny bagels)
Antipasto plate with olives, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, salami and prosciutto, possibly with the little mozzarella balls...
90% of this can be made ahead of time, served at room temp. and eaten with fingers or toothpicks. Somebody is threatening to bring a crock pot o' meatballs and I have to figure out what that involves, utensil-wise. But I figure if the brie is warm as well as the mushroom tart things I can get away with mostly cold stuff other than that.
Next up, thoughts about decorating. I need to get a tree soon!
And because Eve Moneypenny had the best costumes in Skyfall and I want them all.
That red outfit might be good for a holiday party...