Last blog post before I leave for Paris! I am getting SOOOO excited! I managed to make one last pair of pants to go in my travel wardrobe…

I used my 

“Trifecta”pants pattern and a gorgeous cotton/silk blend cross-dyed fabric

I am pleased and highly relieved that my foot is much better and will not slow me down in Paris. I went twice a week for three weeks to my chiropractor who specializes in sports injuries, and he performed the magic!

Teddy has continued to dominate our lives…he is growing so tall, and he 
LEAPS at the counters in the kitchen in the hopes of getting up there. Luckily, when we built the house, we added several inches to the height of the counters.
We’ll be safe for a little while…

Here he is, flying back from a run on the (covered) pool.He seems to like it equally, with or without water…

Even though we haven’t gotten lower temperatures in our area, the trees and vineyards are turning colors and my thoughts turn to heartier fall dishes.
I made “Drunken Beans” from a recipe from Rancho Gordo and they were wonderful!

This morning, I started a new-to-me recipe;Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with
Caramelized Onions and Apple Confit. I chose not to use my Instant Pot, but to do it in a Dutch oven on stove-top and then in the oven for 2 1/2 hours.

Here are the onions, caramelizing…

and here is the pot coming out of the oven. I’ll serve it with wide noodles and roasted delicata squash. YUMMMMMMMY!

No, he didn’t get any, and yes, it was a fantastic 5-star meal!

I’ve done my travel wardrobe planning a little differently this year…here are the “finalists” from which I will choose:

Let me know what you think of this way. Now the hard part comes, deciding which items stay, and which have to go.

I will be joining up with Patti’s Visible Monday, so come on over and say hi!

I probably will not blog from Paris; I’ll have only my iPad and very little free time. I think I’ll 
follow Shams’ example and post pictures on Instagram instead. I’m mhoutz4 if you want to
follow me.


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