Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet Celia Becker from After Orange County…A New Blog You Will Love

There are so many blogs out there it is hard for a new blogger to garner a following.  I remember when my mom and my daughter were my only followers.  Here is a new blog I think you all will enjoy. Think Martha Stewart meets Ree Drummond . She is a fabulous cook and entertains at her lovely Lake Arrowhead home in a wonderfully relaxed style that she makes look simple.
In her own words Celia” fled the chaos of Orange County for a home in the hills on Lake Arrowhead”.  I have to say I had no clue where Lake Arrowhead was until I started reading her blog.  In “my neck of the woods” people have places in Tahoe or (like us) at Lake Nacimiento.  I kept spotting all of these wonderful recipes on Pinterest so I thought I should check out her blog. Even though Celia and her husband ditched their frenzied Orange County life for a calmer more agrarian existence she did not abandon her love for innovative and stylish gatherings.
Here are a few of her recipes that I have personally tried and devoured.  Her mushroom mostaccioli happens to have two of my favorite ingredients…mushrooms and pasta…yum!! You can find the recipe here
MUSHROOM MOSTACCIOLI | Recipe By www.AfterOrangeCounty.com
We had a work weekend at my daughter’s house last weekend and I knew we would not have a lot of time to cook so I took this recipe for this appetizer (which happens to be composed of three premade Trader Joe’s ingredients).  Her is the recipe for her lentil, bruschetta & feta cheese appetizer http://afterorangecounty.com/category/cook/page/4/.  Guaranteed to please and it is SIMPLE!!! I purchased a bag of chopped kale for my daughter.  Celia tosses the leftovers over kale for a next day salad! My daughter ate it for her lunch today and loved it!
They say every great party has a great host. Did I also mention that she entertains with style even on her dock? This was her Fourth of July spread that she prepared for friends. Doestn’t this dock look inviting? Wouldn’t you love to cruise up in your boat up for a fabulous dinner on the lake prepared by Celia?
OUR 4TH OF JULY ON THE LAKE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com
She prepared the amazing feast below to honor these two lovely ladies on their birthdays.
How To Throw A Beautiful Birthday Party | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com
How To Throw A Beautiful Birthday Party | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Doesn’t this Roasted Beet Salad look heavenly served in these pretty glasses?
Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese in a Lemon Vinaigrette | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com
Here she shares all kinds of clever ideas here for a graduation party
How To Throw A Great Graduation Party | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com
That is a sneak peek of her lovely home in the background
How To Throw A Great Graduation Party | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com
Wouldn’t you love to dine under the pines like this?
How To Throw A Great Graduation Party | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com
Celia is Spanish so every Christmas she makes her famous Paella.  I have made many Paella recipes but I think she has it down to a science.  Doesn’t this look fabulous? Find the recipe here http://afterorangecounty.com/2013/12/22/christmas-spanish-style-your-invitation-to-my-paella-party/
Christmas Spanish Style, A Paella Party in Lake Arrowhead, California, www.AfterOrangeCounty.com
I have yet to catch up on all of her recipes and entertaining tips.  My advice to you, do as I have,  grab a glass of wine and savor all of her past posts.  You can follow Celia’s blog here http://afterorangecounty.com/

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Fun Stuff…Tahoe Notebook The Bunkroom

The bunkroom in the Lake Tahoe house is going to be really fun.  The owner and I worked all day yesterday on all the final fabric selections
The sliding barn doors and bunks will be constructed of reclaimed barn wood something like this only a little bit more refined.

love the barn door between the bedroom and bathroom . . . and the ceiling is amazing! ♥

Cabin Bunk Room. Gstaad
The window seats will be upholstered in this sturdy stripe from Kravet

These darling quilts from RH Baby and Child are going on the bunks and daybeds

We are using one these Pottery Barn Pillows on each bunk (sorry they are already sold out)
Trish Banner from Cottage by Design is whipping up a pillow with each grandchild's name to go on each bed in these colors
We are really getting excited for the project to be completed.  I can’t wait to get up there and see everything!!