SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46

Hi there! Thanks so much for joining me here today for Sundays With Celia Vol 46.

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Looking Back On Sunday

With our New York dwelling son in town, I only managed one post this week, sharing the delicious Dutch Baby recipe I prepared for him one morning.

DELICIOUS DUTCH BABY RECIPE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Another Visit To Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery

This week we paid another visit to our wonderful local winery, Sycamore Ranch. If you missed my post about Lake Arrowhead’s best kept secret you can read all about it here.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

During our previous visit we got to see the apples being picked that would be transformed into this year’s delicious hard cider.

LAKE ARROWHEAD'S BEST KEPT SECRET | Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

During this visit the apples had been pressed and winemaker Richard gave us a taste of the sweet apple cider right out of the barrel. What a treat!

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

We also saw their latest batch of Rosé being processed.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

And watched as they crushed, by hand, this year’s crop of newly harvested grapes.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Very soon they will be bottling their 2015 Estate Wine known as Altitude 4576, the exact altitude of the mountain winery. We can’t wait to return to purchase a few bottles of what will surly be another award winning, small batch wine.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

First Friday In Lake Arrowhead

The 1st Friday of every month one of our very special shops here in town called The Lake House hosts a wine and cheese event where they feature a local artist. This month my bestie, the very talented Maureen Stratton, was the featured artist. If you’re in the area on a first Friday this is a fun event not to be missed.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Artist Maureen Stratton at The Lake House | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Maureen’s beautiful works will continue to be on display at The Lake House for the next month.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Artist Maureen Stratton at The Lake House | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Artist Maureen Stratton at The Lake House | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

The Weather It Is A Changin’

Last Sunday I was able to serve our Dutch Baby breakfast outdoors on the terrace. But the weather changed dramatically this week so I imagine that will be our last outdoor meal for awhile. We were even able to enjoy the lake, visiting our dock and taking a ride in the boat. Next week the boat will be removed from the lake and placed in winter storage.

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Are you experiencing Fall in your area? Here in beautiful Lake Arrowhead our year-round weather is always about 20 degrees cooler than in the flatlands, 5,000 feet below. This is great in the summertime, as Southern California can be sweltering. But here on our mountaintop we truly experience the 4 seasons, so in the Fall we get cold much sooner than down the hill. That said, sometimes there are real advantages to living a mile high, like when it’s overcast and gloomy down below, those of us in Lake Arrowhead are truly living above the clouds. This week we were livin’ on cloud 9, literally!

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Living above the clouds in Lake Arrowhead, CA | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

But today the weather has changed dramatically and those clouds have floated ever higher and rain clouds are on the horizon. Am I ready? I guess I have no choice.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Lake Arrowhead, CA | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Lake Arrowhead, CA | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Halloween In The Hood

When we built our Lake Arrowhead home the neighborhood was filled with young families and we actually got a few trick-or-treaters. Now all the children have grown and are having their own kids. Lucky for us, one such neighbor has 5 grandchildren that visit our home every Halloween. Brad and I really find ourselves looking forward to their visit, and always make them a special Halloween treat. This year they were a family of Pirates.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Halloween In The Hood | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Halloween In The Hood | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Halloween In The Hood | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Halloween In The Hood | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Alice Was In DC This Halloween

Sadly, I only get to experience my own grandchildren’s Halloween from afar, in photos. This year my DC dwelling son and his family rocked Capitol Hill’s Wonderland.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Alice in Wonderland DC | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

My granddaughter is the queen of my heart!

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Alice in Wonderland DC | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Alice in Wonderland DC | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Goodbye Halloween, Here Comes Thanksgiving

Now that Halloween is gone, don’t throw away your jack-o-lanterns without removing their stems! That’s because you can use them to make cloth pumpkins which make wonderful fall decor. And they last year-after-year! In anticipation of Thanksgiving I’m rounding out my Fall decor by making a few more cloth pumpkins with this years pumpkin stems. I also made a few for my New York son to take home with him. These cloth pumpkins are easy to construct, just follow my simple DIY tutorial. They make great Thanksgiving hostess gifts too.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Cloth Pumpkins | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46 | Cloth Pumpkins | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I really enjoy fall decor and don’t start decorating for Christmas until just after Thanksgiving. However, I’m already seeing Christmas decorations going up in some homes around the mountain and I wonder, what’s the rush? Why not enjoy Thanksgiving and all that Fall has to offer before rushing into Christmas? In my way of thinking, waiting a little longer for Christmas makes it more special. What do you think? Let us know by taking my survey below.

 

Some Sunday Inspiration

In closing I wanted to share a very motivational video of a Commencement speech I ran across recently. It takes a few minutes to watch but I guarantee you’ll be inspired.

Did you remember to change your clocks back an hour last night?

So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 46

Thanks so much for dropping in! 

Express Yourself!

No blog post is truly complete without a word from you. I’d be so delighted if you’d leave a comment below. 

All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are the original property of Celia Becker @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com and may not be reproduced without specific permission. 

Comments

  • Maureen Stratton

    Celia, thank you for sharing my art work as a featured artist this past Friday. I had so much fun meeting and talking with all the art lovers that came to see my work. And thank you for coming and supporting me dear friend!

  • It was my pleasure to share your immense talent. Love your work and am very proud of you. XOX

  • We had a small handful of visits this Halloween and have also seen decline over the years but it was still a lot of fun. When I saw your original post on Sycamore Ranch I meant to comment because it reminded me of something I read many years ago about how the area is actually great for wine making. I remember at the time thinking that it is a great way to infuse additional tourism up in the hills! Thanks for posting the inspirational video. I actually sat and listened to the entire thing. He delivered a wonderful message in such a humorous fashion. His tips are things we should all remember on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing because sometimes its easy to lose sight of these little things.

  • Thank you for your thoughtful comment. You are correct in saying that this area seems to be good for wine making. In fact, Sycamore winemaker Richard told me that while his area is not considered an official “appellation” he considered it his very own. And yes, I do hope my blog posts will help Sycamore Ranch Winery garner some new visitors. In fact, their pick-up party is December 3rd and I’m getting excited! Glad you liked the video, what a terrific speaker he is!