SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64

Hello and welcome to Sundays With Celia Vol 64. I’m so happy you are here!

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What I’ve Been Up To

As usual I’ve had a crazy busy week which was all consumed with my son’s upcoming wedding that is now a short 4 weeks from yesterday! Yikes, I have no idea where the time went since his engagement in Yosemite almost one year ago!

SHE SAID YES | A Marriage Proposal in Yosemite | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

So this week I met with both the “Month Of” Wedding Coordinator, Heather from Willow Tree Weddings and the Caterer to finalize our plans. The menu for the wedding consists of foods from the combined heritages of both families: Spanish, Italian, Scandinavian and American. We wanted the caterer to make my Spanish Grandmother’s Gazpacho recipe as a first course. So I prepared it for her and we had a tasting during our meeting. The yummy, refreshing summer soup recipe will be up on the blog early next week so stay tuned. It’s a great way to use the wonderful fresh tomatoes that are so abundant this time of year.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64 | Gazpacho | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

A Going Away Garden Party

On Friday night we attended an enchanting garden party at the home of our dear friends Cindy & Robert. As wonderful as the evening was it was also bitter sweet. That’s because it was a going away gathering for our friends Brenda & Jim, whom I’ve introduced you to many times on this blog. As you might remember if you’re a regular here, Brad and I have a set of 3 other couples that we affectionately call our “Homie” group. This group will never be the same with the departure of Brenda & Jim.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64 | Goodbye Garden Party | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

We dined at a gorgeous table in the garden.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64 | Goodbye Garden Party | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64 | Goodbye Garden Party | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

The all-vegetarian feast with a French theme consisted of a delicious Lentil & Onion Soup followed by a Classic Nicoise Salad.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64 | Goodbye Garden Party | Classic Nicoise Salad | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

The Main Dish was a yummy Roasted Squash Galette. Mushroom Galette.For a similar dish try my recipe for

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64 | Goodbye Garden Party | Roasted Squash Galette | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

My contribution to the meal was my Fresh Fruit Pavlova. You can get my recipe for this wonderfully light and refreshing summer dessert by clicking here.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64 | Goodbye Garden Party | Pavlova Recipe | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Have You Entered My Contest for a Giveaway Yet?

Last week I introduced you to a terrific company called The Canvas Factory. I will be giving a canvas portrait from The Canvas Factory to my son & his bride as a wedding gift.

A WEDDING GIFT TO MY SON AND A GIVEAWAY The Canvas Factory | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I’m also giving away a 16″ x 20″ custom Canvas Print to one of my lucky blog followers. Your entry to win is a simple 1 click away here, then scroll to the bottom of the page. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to WIN! 

A WEDDING GIFT TO MY SON AND A GIVEAWAY The Canvas Factory | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

California Is Burning

In closing I just want to say how sad I am for all the folks all over the great state of California who are experiencing wildfires in their area. While the threat of fire is always great here in our beautiful mountain community, so far we have been untouched. Fingers and toes crossed that it remains that way. On the other hand the smoke and soot from fires burning down the mountain have permeated our air, reminding us of how near the danger lurks. One of the strange phenomenons of smoke in the air is how it turns our sunsets bright red. I captured these photos of the smoky sun setting in my backyard yesterday.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64 | A Smoky Red Sunset | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64 | A Smoky Red Sunset | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Well, this week’s Sunday With Celia is short and sweet. Gotta go do more wedding prep. See you next week!

So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 64

Thanks so much for dropping in! 

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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. 

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