Hello! Thanks for stopping into the blog today for Sundays With Celia Vol 32. It’s very nice to have you here.


Still Fighting Jet Lag on Sunday

I’m still fighting jet lag after a trip to Philadelphia where we attended UPenn Medical School’s Residency Match Ceremony. It’s an emotion packed event where these Ivy League graduating medical students find out for the first time where they will be doing their Residencies. My son’s longtime girlfriend Ann has just completed her 4 years at UPenn Med, and we were over the moon excited when she opened her envelope to find she had been matched at Northwestern Children’s Hospital in Chicago, her first choice. She plans to be a Pediatrician and had hoped to make this match in order to be close to my son who is in Law School at The University of Chicago.


Founded in 1765, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the nation’s oldest medical school and is ranked #5. Below is an interesting video about the history of America’s 1st medical school.

During our visit to Philadelphia we stayed at the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton Hotel. You can read all about this lovely hotel in the blog post I wrote earlier this week by clicking here.


Singing Tennis Stars On Sunday

On another note I came across a great video this week featuring professional tennis players Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov & Tommy Haas singing their rendition of the classic hit song from Chicago, Hard To Say I’m Sorry. With David Foster on piano, the trio filmed their video right down the mountain from me during the 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. And yes, it really is them singing, albeit with the help of autotuning that makes them sound like the 3 Tenors, well almost.

Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend

Last year around this time I was making plans to attend Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone in Sonoma, California. I wrote about my wonderful wine country weekend after attending the event last year. Read the post here. If you’d like to celebrate with Sunset tickets are now on sale for this year’s Celebration Weekend, taking place May 20th & 21st. I had such a good time last year and highly recommend it. Get your tickets by clicking here. The VIP Admission gets you all kinds of special perks so spend the extra money, it’s worth it.




Looking Forward To Spring On Sunday

So it’s Spring and here in Lake Arrowhead Spring has actually sprung. We are enjoying beautiful sunny days and all the snow has melted. Actually I’m not quite sure I’m ready to let winter go. I love cosy winter days and the beauty of the snow. However, usually when I start to embrace Spring mother nature throws us a loop and surprises us with a late snowfall. In fact, I learned years ago never to plant my vegetable garden until we reach Mother’s Day. I learned the hard way several times when it snowed all over my veggies.

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Snow on my rhubarb & carrots

Celebrating Nowruz on Sunday

Did you know that last Tuesday, March 21st was NOWRUZ, The Persian New Year? Nowruz is always celebrated on the day of the Spring Equinox. Why, you say, is this significant, especially if you aren’t Persian? Well for me it’s a very good excuse to eat Persian food, which I simply adore. If I knew I was going to eat my last meal I would ask for Persian food for sure. Over the years I’ve learned to make some of my favorite Persian dishes and have included some of the recipes on this blog. In fact, my recipe for Kebab Koobideh is one of my all time most popular recipes. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it so I think it’s time I made some Persian food. You should too!

Persian Kebab Koobideh Recipe |

Kebab Koobideh

"Chelo" or Crispy Persian Rice Recipe | Celebrating Spring with a Typical Nowruz Feast |

Chelo | Crispy Persian Rice

Working On My Latest Fixer-Upper On Sunday

Lots of progress is being made over at The House on Cottage Grove. In fact, I purchased the interior paint yesterday which is always exciting because it signals getting closer to the finish line. I hope you’ll tune into the blog on Tuesday when I’ll be giving you a comprehensive update on the kitchen renovation.


The Ultimate Carpool Karaoke on Sunday

OK guys, this couple has got it all goin’ on…

Wishing you a very lovely day.

So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 32

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