Greetings and welcome to Sundays With Celia Vol 52. I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend.


Last Sunday I woke up to a heavy rainstorm. Did you see this video of our storm? Today I awoke to a pretty little dusting of snow.  Looks like we’ll be getting a little more snow on Thursday. I say, “Bring it on!”

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52 | Snow in Lake Arrowhead |

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52 | Snow in Lake Arrowhead |

What I’ve Been Up To

Brad and I had a fun couple of days this week. In late celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary (which was 2 days after Christmas and therefore never gets celebrated until later) Brad purchased tickets for the musical Jersey Boys, which was coming to the Fox Theater in the nearby town of Riverside. We had seen Jersey Boys previously in Las Vegas and LOVED IT! So, I was delighted to see it again, this time with a different cast and what seemed like a different set and choreography.


Brad also booked us a room at the beautiful, historic and iconic Mission Inn for the night. Next week I plan to show you much more of The Mission Inn in a blog post dedicated to our visit there. Even though it is located only an hour away from our home in Lake Arrowhead, a night at The Mission Inn transported us, making us feel almost as though we had traveled to Spain.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA | The Mission Inn |

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA | The Mission Inn |

A Vicarious Visit To San Miguel de Allende

And, speaking of being transported, as I mentioned last Sunday, my DC dwelling son visited San Miguel de Allende, Mexico last week. I think it is the most charming city in Mexico, owing largely to the heavy Spanish Colonial influence. Here are a few photos my son shared with me, giving me the itch to return there someday soon.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52 | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico |

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52 | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico |

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52 | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico |

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52 | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico |

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52 | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico |

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52 | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico |

 Serving Soup on Sunday

It’s that time of year when nothing is better than a warming bowl of comforting, delicious and nutritious soup. So I decided to whip up a batch of my yummy Roasted Cauliflower Soup and take it over to a friend who is recovering from surgery. This soup is especially yummy when accompanied by my Simply Irresistible Cream Biscuits. Give both recipes a try, you’ll be glad you did.



My Most Popular Recipe

What To Watch On Sunday

Awhile back I told you about a fantastic show on PBS called “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”. Ever since his first 6-part series, Phil’s fans (like me) have been anxiously awaiting his return. Well, good news Phil fans! He’s back with an all new show entitled “Somebody Feed Phil!” Phil makes me laugh, he makes me happy, and he makes me hungry. So check it out and watch Phil Rosenthal, the creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” travel the globe making new connections through food. Somebody Feed Phil. Only on Netflix.


Condolences On Sunday

British writer Peter Mayle, the author best known for writing, A Year in Provence, died this week at age 78. The 1989 book chronicled his move from England to the south of France where he and his wife renovated a 200-year-old farm house. Funny and frustrating encounters with local tradesmen, lawyers and bureaucrats, plus his forays into truffle and boar hunting made readers want to pick up and move to France as well.  The book became one of the most successful travel books of all time. It was also one of my favorites. 

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52 | Peter Mayle | www.AfterOrangeCounty.comSUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52 | Peter Mayle |

Mayle also penned, A Good Year, which was made into a film of the same name in 2006, starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard.

Thank you Peter Mayle for entertaining me with great reads and a good movie. RIP.

So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 52

Thanks so much for dropping in! 

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  • Cindy MacSween

    Celia, I came to your blog from Mary Ann’s Classic Casual Home. I loved your remodel of the lake cottage and have enjoy trying out your family recipes. Thanks for the notification about Peter Mayle. I hadn’t heard about his passing. I am a big fan too. My brother-in-law’s family has a house in Tourette Sur Loup in the south of France and I enjoyed all Mayle’s books about his time there. They transported me to the villages of that part of France and village life when I read his books.

  • Hi Cindy, so very nice to meet you! I’ll have to thank Mary Ann for the introduction! I’m delighted to hear that you are enjoying my blog and I so appreciate hearing that. Yes, Peter Mayle sure did transport us. Sounds like you are very fortunate to have a special connection to the area. I hope your brother-in-law invites you often.

  • Hi Celia, the snow looks lovely. I love seeing images of it. It’s hard to imagine that it’s just a couple hours away since the temps have been so mild here lately (yesterday I was running around in a t-shirt and sweater…cashmere, at least!).
    Happy belated anniversary wishes. I am so happy you and you and Brad were able to getaway. The Mission Inn is really a beautiful place. It’s not far from the mountain but I bet you felt truly transported. I’ve only visited once and not during the holidays. I’ve heard and seen pictures of how lovely it looks during Christmas. I can’t wait to see your upcoming posts and your pictures. I’ve never been to Mexico (I don’t count a trip to Ensenada during my high school years!). From what I’ve seen, I would agree that it does remind me of Spain. If I ever go, I definitely want your tile source…ha! Thank your DC dwelling son for sharing his pictures with your readers. I hope he had a great trip. All the best…V.

  • Thank you for the kind anniversary wishes. Yes, it is like a whole different world up here on our mountaintop. I really enjoy living in the 4 seasons but then in an hour I can escape the snow if I wish and enjoy the beach! It’s also great to be able to escape to a place like The Mission Inn, a real California treasure. It is wonderful during the holidays. Book dinner at Duane’s and go there next Christmas for a real treat.

  • I missed the news about Peter Mayle’s passing. His books are a favorite and it may be time to revisit them. We’ve been in Coronado for a couple of months and will be heading home (boo hoo) to the chilly PNW later this week . . . your cauliflower soup and biscuit recipes are coming with me. Happy New Year!

  • Yes, the homes in San Miguel are so beautiful. They are so surprising too, because they are hidden behind wall. Once you enter you can’t believe your eyes. And the courtyards are wonderful!

  • Yes, I am motivated to read Peter Mayle’s books again too. I’ll be going to Coronado for a wedding in a couple of weeks. Love it there! Thanks for trying the recipes. I hope you enjoy them!