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Sunday, October 23, 2016

A BIENTôT À PARIS!

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.

TTYL

37 comments:

  1. I love the photo of the braised pork, complete with Teddy nose. Have a wonderful time and enjoy your travels!

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  2. What a blast you will have. Envious...in a good way!

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  3. I hope your trip is magical! Your travel outfits look smart and I love your choice of shoes too. Travel well, xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  4. Have a wonderful time in Paris!

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    1. Thanks, Sue...I think you'll be there shortly after I am!

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  6. Have a fabulous time in Paris!

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  7. All the best for your trip. I hope you eat as well there as you did on your pork shoulder:).

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  8. You and Shams will be the best dressed travelers! Have a wonderful time. Teddy is adorable.

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  9. Have a wonderful fun and safe trip. I just requested to follow on Instagram :)

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  10. Have a stupendous wonderful memorable time!

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  11. Have a great time in Paris in your amazing new wardrobe!

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  12. Seeing all these fabulous garments I wonder how you'll ever choose what stays and what goes. I travel frequently and limit myself to a 23" suitcase. What size bag do you take? Have a wonderful trip! Karen

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    1. Thanks, Karen...my suitcase is an Eagle Creek Tarmac 25 Wheeled Upright. It's referred to as a 25". I've had it for many years and it keeps me from packing more than I can carry!

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  13. I'm coming over to eat! Hahaha!! Really, I don't know which you do better - cook or sew? And happy decisions there trying to narrow down the trip wardrobe. I adore your poncho. Just take that - that's all you need. Heh. If only. Everything would look stunning. And I laughed that Teddy loves running on the pool. Glad your foot is better as well. You are going to have so much contentment on your trip.

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    1. Thanks, Mel...I bet I'd get a lot of attention if I wore only the poncho....

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  14. Margy-have a wonderful time in Paris!

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  15. Wish I was there!!!!
    Although I might be slightly fashion-challenged with your collection.
    Have a brilliant time and tell us all about it on your return.

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    1. Thanks, Ruth...you...fashion challenged? I don't think so!

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  16. Where did you get the red purse from? I just love it!

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    1. It's a "Highway" bag; I got my first one from the MOMA years ago...and I've probably bought half a dozen over the years. They are great bags and last FOREVER!

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  17. I'm sure your not just visible on Monday but every day of the week! Stunning coat and perfect for strolling around Paris.

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