Hello friends. Welcome to Sundays With Celia Vol 103. I appreciate you being here today. How are you holding up? So far I know of no one in my group of family or friends who has been infected by this invisible enemy. I hope the same is true for you. Yet I have a feeling that before we defeat this thing, it will have impacted most of us in some way. It’s safe to say the whole world is feeling overwhelmed, as it’s so difficult knowing that a killer is in our midst, yet we can’t see it! I believe the uncertainty of it all is the biggest challenge, as we can only imagine for now how it will impact our health and our way of life as we have known it.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 103 | Spring in Lake Arrowhead, California | #HouseForSale

My Snowy Front Porch This Week


As empty nesters, my husband and I are holed-up here at home together, and have been enjoying a nightly walk in our neighborhood.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 103 | Spring in Lake Arrowhead, California |

We feel very fortunate to be living in a rural area right now, where the population is small, the density of homes is low, the supermarket isn’t particularly busy, and we are nicely isolated from the crazy urban world while we wait out this pandemic.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 103 | Spring in Lake Arrowhead, California |

Our children and grandchildren are doing their best to isolate themselves way across the country from us. We FaceTime with each of them regularly, as they share the various ways they are coping. So today I thought I’d share some of their pandemic coping skills with you.


My DC dwelling daughter-in-law reports she is “channeling me” by finally teaching herself to cook, albeit with the help of Washington’s Green Grocer. They deliver farm-fresh meal kits and farm boxes to the greater DC area. She also reports that she is making her own homemade Iced Tea.


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By making your own Iced Tea you save a ton of money and plastic bottles at the same time. She and I both us the Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker which makes brewing Iced Tea so simple. Honestly I couldn’t live with out mine. I use it several times a week, every week, even in winter. It’s how I stay hydrated, which is very important for fighting the virus. To make my special Iced Tea I use 5 bags of Bigelow Cranberry Apple Herbal Tea. You can’t buy this flavor of Bigelow tea in stores, as it’s made especially for restaurants. So, I purchase it here on Amazon and always have a few boxes on hand.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 103 | Quarantine Cooking | Homemade Iced Tea | #IcedTea #MrCoffeeIcedTeaMaker #Bigelow

Once brewed I add the juice of 2 fresh lemons and 3 tablespoons of Truvia (I hate to drink calories). The vitamin C in the lemons is also supposed to be good for fighting off Coronavirus.

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My Chicago dwelling daughter-in-law was inspired by what she called “Chef’s Table Quarantine Edition” and the making of a Milk Bar Birthday Cake. After watching Christina Tosi on Chef’s Table she was inspired to try her hand at making the famous cake. I think it turned out pretty darn good. I SO would like a BIG slice right now!

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I told you about the time I got to eat Milk Bar’s Birthday Cake in this post. You can watch Christina make Momofuku Milk Bar Birthday Cake in the video below, and if you want to try your hand at making it, here’s the recipe. I previously shared Christina Tosi’s delicious recipe for Freeze Dried Sweet Corn Cookies, which would be another delicious thing to make while you are Quarantine Cooking. And, Christina Tosi is also having a Quarantine Baking Club Challenge on her Instagram page here. Each day she lists a group of ingredients and challenges followers to bake-up while she does a demo insta video.

My DC Dwelling Granddaughter is also being a creative chef, dreaming up her own brand of baking. Here she shapes dough into dots and flavors them with various spices, even labeling her parchment paper with the flavors. Having been given free-rein to mix up her own concoction of flour, sugar, etc., sans a recipe, she’s being creative, having fun, and passing the time indoors. Why not let the little ones in your life do the same? Their creations might not taste so good but who cares if they are enjoying themselves?  Of course you will need to have extra flour and sugar on hand.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 103 | Quarantine Cooking | www.AfterOrangeCounty.


My Chicago dwelling kids join their neighbors each evening at 8:00pm for a Chicago-Wide Window Sing-a-Long. The song of the evening is posted on this Facebook page, then everyone congregates on their balconies with flashlights and joins together in song.

Had a blast with the neighbors! Which song are we doing tomorrow? I nominate Bohemian Rhapsody#chicagosingalong

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Singing is such good medicine, and this type of sing-a-long is being repeated everywhere in the world in such a beautiful way. I just loved this one from Barcelona! Look closely and I believe that’s the Sagrada Família Cathedral in the background. Correct me if I’m wrong.


My Chicago dwelling son reports that in his free time he’s been putting together the National Park Puzzle I gave him for Christmas. Puzzle making is a relaxing pastime for the whole family.

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Here are some fun and educational puzzles you might like for your family. Click on the image to take you to the source…

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When he’s not putting together puzzles my Chicago dwelling son enjoys watching his quarantined cat frolic with feathered friends on the big screen. It’s just hilarious how Oliver bats at the birds on the screen.


We can look at staying at home from a positive light and consider it a gift of extra time to spend with our loved ones, especially our children. This week my DC dwelling son made an erupting volcano with his kids. Here’s a link with instructions on how you too can make your own volcano.

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They also went biking in the neighborhood…


had some hair-raising fun on the backyard trampoline…

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and climbed a tree in the front yard.

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During these unprecedented times I have gained a greater appreciation for my family and friends. Friday night our group of “besties” had a virtual happy hour on Zoom. It was SO MUCH FUN! We came together from here in Lake Arrowhead | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho | Reno, Nevada | & Palm Springs. It’s sad not knowing when we will be able to be together in person again, but in the meantime this is the next best thing. We’ve decided we are going to make this a regular thing.

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In closing I wanted to share this VERY BEAUTIFUL duet sung by a darling and super talented 14-year-old girl and her dad. Another lovely example of how families around the world are finding ways to cope through music. And we are so lucky to be the recipient. ENJOY!

Stay safe and well. 

So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 103

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