Greetings! I hope you are enjoying a long, relaxing and festive Labor Day holiday weekend. Thanks so much for stopping in for Sundays with Celia Vol 11.

Getting Sentimental on Sunday

As I sat at my desk deciding what to share with you this Sunday the phone rang and it was my DC dwelling son calling me on his way home from work. I’m happy that he often uses this drive time to check in with his mom who lives 3,000 miles away. We got caught up on what’s happening in his life and talked about my grandbabies who are, of course, also 3,000 miles away. That means I miss most of the special things they are involved in: back to school night, preschool graduations…


getting to babysit when their parents have date nights, having sleepovers with Grandma, and this week, missing my Grandaughter’s Ballet recital. SO SAD. But I loved the photo they shared with me and thought I’d share this little bit of girly cuteness with you too. My ballerina is the little princess seated on the far lower right. I think she looks like the Good Witch in the Wizard of Oz. But wait a minute, this is from Frozen.


And, I also missed their recent visit to the Smithsonian National Zoo where kids can cool off near the seal exhibit.


But I’m happy that not only does my son call home, he also braves the airport with kids & dog in tow to visit regularly. So, this will have to do for now.


What to do on Sunday

Last month my book club read the novel The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. We all loved it!!

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 11 | The Light Between Oceans |

It was one of those books I just couldn’t put down about a lighthouse keeper on a tiny, isolated island off of the coast of Australia who is a devoted husband to a woman who can’t bear his child. When a small boat washes up on their island shore with a baby aboard, the couple is faced with a moral quandary. Do they keep the baby and raise it as their own, or do they do what is right and turn the baby over to the authorities on the mainland. You won’t believe what happens next in this gripping novel which has now been made into a film that arrived in theaters on Friday. Sadly, it’s not playing at our local theater so I think I’ll have to wait and see it next week when I visit my middle son in Chicago. But I bet it’s playing in your local theater. Have you seen it yet?? Did you love it?? If not have a look at the movie trailer below…

My Week In Review on Sunday

Did you catch my post earlier this week entitled “How To Host an Amazing Backyard Luau”? With summer coming quickly to a close I felt it was now or never to give you my Luau “How To’s.”


But what I didn’t show you in that post was how to prepare one of Hawaii’s favorite Pupus: Cream Cheese Filled Lychees with Macadamia Nuts.

Cream Cheese Filled Lychees with Macadamia Nuts |

In my 8 years living on the island of Oahu I would often bring this well loved Hawaiian appetizer to parties. And it’s the perfect appetizer (Pupu) to serve at a Luau. Here’s how you make them.

Start with a can or two of Lychee. This is an exotic Asian fruit that can sometimes be found in your local supermarket or get them online here. Lychees are high in vitamin C and have great antioxidant properties so they are not only delicious but healthy. They taste a bit like a grape.

Cream Cheese Filled Lychees with Macadamia Nuts |

Using a small spoon, fill the cavity of each Lychee with cream cheese and top it with a toasted & salted macadamia nut. It’s that simple to make this impressive appetizer for your next party.

Cream Cheese Filled Lychees with Macadamia Nuts |

Celia’s Sunday Suggestion

Frame Dish Towels as Wall Art

As I mentioned in a previous post, we are in escrow on the sale of our Fawnskin Vacation Rental Home, Stone Hill Cottage. We offered it for sale fully furnished with all of the decor items, including the framed art on the walls. I try never to get too attached to the things I use to decorate my income properties because I must assume that at some point they will no longer belong to me. That’s because 2nd homes in our mountain community are almost always sold turnkey, fully furnished and outfitted so the new buyers can arrive with little more than their toothbrushes. So, as I bid farewell to Stone Hill Cottage I thought I’d share my little trick for creating great, inexpensive wall art. I frame dishtowels! YES, DISH TOWELS! They actually make really great pieces of art. They may be printed simply with words of wisdom or have pretty pictures printed on textured fabric, but unless I reveal my design secret, nobody guesses that they are actually framed dish towels, which are far cheaper than prints or posters.

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But I’m finding myself getting a bit nostalgic about the dish towels I’ll be leaving behind with Stone Hill Cottage. They were inexpensive but they all held special sentiments that touched me. I also used inexpensive frames from IKEA but still, it will a bit difficult to part with the Santorini/Nice one because it reminds me of two of my favorite places to visit in Europe.

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Then there’s the one I purchased at the old lighthouse giftshop on the island of Bermuda last summer.

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And the cute Boulangerie dish towel reminds me of our trip to Paris last November.

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This one has a sweet sentiment that makes me feel good.

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Oh well, hopefully my dish towel art will also be loved by the new owners. In any case I think it’s a good suggestion on this Sunday for something you too might want to incorporate in your home decor.

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What I’m Cooking on Sunday

Do you guys follow Heather over on her great baking blog, Sprinkle Bakes? This week she shared a recipe for Pimento Cheese Quick Bread that simply called my name. One of my most favorite recipes on my blog is this one for Pimento Goat Cheese Dip. In fact, you should make this classic southern dip with a twist (goat cheese) tomorrow for Labor Day! Click here for the recipe.

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I love the old southern favorite, Pimento Cheese, which is a spread that’s normally slathered on bread. In Heather’s recipe she combined the two and created a savory quick bread that I thought would be divine with some vegetable soup I was preparing. The recipe uses mayonnaise, butter & buttermilk. I’ve never used mayo in a quick bread before and I was looking to use up some buttermilk that I had on hand, so voila, I made it and loved it. You can get the recipe here. Doesn’t it look moist, cheesy and yummy? The only thing I would do differently when I make it again is use regular paprika, not the smoked paprika that the recipe calls for.

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Celia’s Sunday Sentiment

A while back I wrote a blog post entitled “Why I Live in Lake Arrowhead.”  In it I expressed my joy in the fact that living in Lake Arrowhead means that I live in an area with very distinct seasons.  So, as we celebrate this Labor Day weekend I am reminded that like clockwork every single Labor Day, fall begins to make her appearance with the promise of winter just behind. While it’s always sad to bid farewell to summer and our time spent on the lake, I enjoy change and I’m always ready for everything that fall brings with it. So bring her on!


So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 11

Thanks so much for dropping in! 

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  • diane

    it is so generous of you to share all these tidbits of your life with all of us. And your grandbabies are adorable. I am so fortunate that mine live in town because, as you already know, they grow up so fast! Soon the Frozen costumes will be replaced with high heels and make-up and little time for Grandma 🙁

    Looking forward to your next fixer upper project. Enjoy the changing seasons, it is even happening here in San Diego!

  • Thank you Diane. Aren’t Grandbabies the best! And to have a little girl in my life is so special. I’m looking forward to my next fixer-upper too. We are house hunting so do stay tuned!

  • I completely understand the longing for everyday time with grand babies when they live out of state. One of our sons lives in Austin, one a 15 minute drive from our home. Both have a daughter so we get to spend lots of time with one…less with the other. Fortunately, Face Time keeps the distance manageable.

  • The enchanted home

    As always a fun and interesting post, I’m a little young for grandchildren but I sure wouldn’t mind them and I can only imagine how hard it must be for you to be that far away and not being able to partake in the regular every day activities… They are so adorable ! I also love the picture of your son with his daughter and pooch that is so cute . Read the light between oceans and it was fantastic, the movie promises to be as good and looks like it was very well cast . Creative way to use the dishtowels… Love it wishing you a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day .

  • Thank you Tina. I love that airport photo of my son too. My daughter in law captured it perfectly. If truth be told I wouldn’t want to be him, traveling with 2 toddlers, a dog, strollers, etc. I’m glad those days are over for me but I can’t wait until the kids are old enough to be put on a plane and sent to visit me. Happy Labor Day to you too. I know you are having a good time in some exotic local!

  • How lucky you are to have at least one grandchild nearby! I try to Facetime with my grandchildren too but it’s not always convenient for the parents. One day soon I plan to give my granddaughter her own phone just so she can Facetime with me without having to reply on her parents to hook us up. Happy Labor Day!

  • Happy Labor Day!
    I can’t believe this is volume 11 already. Where had the time gone. I look forward to your sunday posts.

    I agree with Tina, the picture of your son, granddaughter and dog is lovely. He looks so happy! Thank you for sharing a bit of your personal life. It’s always nice to hear about the person behind the blog…something I am trying to work on!

    I really love the idea of dishtowels as art. They can be unique and affordable art pieces. But what I particularly love is hearing the story behind them, their meaning and why they are so special. I hope the new owners get to hear all about them. Or at least read this post! It’s always more special to have a home filled with stories, rather than just things.

  • Hi Vanessa, yes, it surprised me too to learn that I’ve been doing my Sunday series for 3 months already! I am delighted to hear that you are enjoying it. And you are so right about having a story behind things in a home, it’s truly what makes a house a home. That’s why I’m turned off by people that let professionals completely design the homes they live in. They end up being so impersonal. By the way, I loved your DIY art/framing project on your blog today!

  • grammalarson

    Just found your blog after seeing photos of your lovely Stone Hill Cottage. I love the way you decorated it. I’m planning to frame some dish towels I recently received as gifts. One from my daughter-in-law that says “Mimi is the name and spoiling is my game” and one from my daughter that says “I love you like biscuits and gravy”!! They both have beautiful black text on white/ivory backgrounds with embroidery. Maybe you can give me your thoughts on frames for them? We live in the forest of northern AZ with lots of wood and soft green, rust, light gold, tan and brown colors inside. I don’t have a black and white decor scheme going on so I’m not sure how black frames will look? I plan to hang them in the breakfast area in the kitchen, which is painted a soft gold. Thanks for any help!

  • Hi there! So happy you discovered my blog. I am delighted to hear that you too plan to frame some dishtowels. The sentiments on yours are so sweet. It’s hard to know how to advise you without seeing the room but it sounds like maybe you will want to go with a wood in a tone matching wood in your breakfast room. Good luck with your project.

  • grammalarson

    Thanks so much for your help! It’s what I was thinking too.

  • Congratulations on the sale of Stone Hill Cottage. The buyers are very lucky to benefit from your wonderful sense of style! Loved that book…didn’t know it was a movie!

  • Thank you Cindy, I will miss Stone Hill Cottage but I’m excited about my newest project, more details coming soon. Yes, the book Light Between Oceans was very good. The movie was too and the acting was fantastic.