Greetings and thank you for stopping in today for Sundays With Celia Vol 45. I hope you are enjoying beautiful Fall weather as we are here in Lake Arrowhead.

Looking Back On Sunday

I started the week off here at After Orange County with a discussion about the latest and greatest new appliance that has cooks all over the country clamoring for this handy device known as the Instant Pot. I shared my yummy recipe for Creamy Instant Pot Rice PuddingDon’t have an Instant Pot Yet? My friend made it in her Rice Cooker with good success.


Next I shared Lake Arrowhead’s Best Kept Secret. What is it??? Well click here and find out. It’s a real treasure to our mountain community. So if you live in Southern California or are planning to visit, you’ll want to know about this very special place.

LAKE ARROWHEAD'S BEST KEPT SECRET | Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery |

The Top 25 Happiest Cities in the United States

As much as I believe I have found great happiness here in Lake Arrowhead, I find myself often considering if the grass is greener somewhere else. Do you do that? Are you always looking for paradise just in case it might exist somewhere else? In fact, I just returned from a trip to Asheville, North Carolina where we visited friends who were doing just that: trying to find the perfect place to live. So, for the past several years they’ve been testing the waters in Asheville. They have rented several different homes for extended periods of time to see how they like it. As it turns out they may very well move to Asheville permanently next year. In the meantime Brad and I still feel that there is no place like home right here in Lake Arrowhead.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 45 | 25 Happiest Cities in America |

Recently National Geographic Explorer searched for the happiest American Cities. Where they found them surprised me. Number one on the list is Boulder, Colorado where our youngest son lives. Brad and I wouldn’t live in this congested, pot infested town if you paid us! Sorry Boulder.

Our Asheville renting friends are considering moving to Asheville (not on the list) from Naples, Florida which is, ironically, #11 on the list!  Go figure.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 45 | 25 Happiest Cities in America |

Well, I guess I’ll have to keep looking. Or maybe I just need to face the fact that paradise really is right here in my own backyard.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 38 | Lake Arrowhead |

Are You Ready For Halloween?

Now that I’m an empty nester Halloween is a holiday that is pretty much in the rear view window. However, there is one tradition I think I’ll always observe and that’s my traditional Halloween Night Dinner. And, even though my kids have all moved out, my oldest son observes our family Halloween tradition with his 2 children in Washington, DC. It’s a warm and comforting meal to have just before going off to trick-or-treat. Our Halloween meal starts with my yummy recipe for Potato Cheese Soup.

Potato Cheese Soup Recipe |

I serve it with my delicious recipe for Sweet Cornbread.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 45 | Sweet Cornbread |

And for dessert I make the first Pumpkin Pie of the season using my recipe for Pumpkin Pie In The Sky.


What are your Halloween traditions?

At my son’s offices in DC they are pretty darn good at pumpkin carving. Check this out…

While on the subject of Halloween you might also like these posts:


A DIY IDEA FOR SPECIAL HALLOWEEN TREATS | Scary Gloved Hand Full of Halloween Candy |


IT'S A PINTERESTING HALLOWEEN | Great ideas for Halloween |

Christmas is only 56 Days Away!

Oh my, where does the time go? Once Halloween is here we know Thanksgiving is not far away and Christmas is right on its heels. In preparation for the Christmas holiday season and the inevitable party planning, Shutterfly has published their list of 40+Party Themes for a Festive Celebration. What’s particularly special about their list is the fact that they’ve included 2 of my very own parties in their post! They are:

How To Host A Casual Holiday Comfort Food Dinner…


and my tutorial on DIY Golden Christmas Tree Centerpieces.

DIY Golden Christmas Tree Centerpieces | A Tutorial @

Thank you very much Shutterfly for including After Orange County in your article.

So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 45

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