October food, fitness & dinner party

Hello ! How is your week going ? So far so good here in France. I had a great week last week and just wanted to give you a quick update on exercise and some great, fall meals.


Fitness :

I got in four exercise sessions last week :

  • Wednesday : 75 minutes of weights and ab work at the gym
  • Friday : 45 minutes aqua gym
  • Saturday : 11 km run
  • Sunday : 45 minutes swimming laps at the pool

My gym has started to open early on Wednesday, so I have been able to go before work. As I exercise quite intensely Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I am very glad to have Monday and Tuesday off. As I know I will be exercising early Wednesday morning, I have a lot less pressure (that I put on myself, I know) to exercise Monday and Tuesday. This has been my schedule the past few weeks and it really works out great.

I am really excited to start up again at the pool. It was closed for four months for maintenance… I went out and got 2 new bathing suits.

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Food :

Shopped Saturday morning at the farmer’s market :

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Apples and pears

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Choosing olives for our dinner party


Made some of my fall favorites… grilled Brussel sprouts, butternut squash.


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Cooked and prepped for a dinner party :

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To die for lasagne

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Party prep :

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Sorry, no pictures of food on plates… with dinner guests I had my mind on other things, but here is the final menu :

  • Before dinner drinks : Champagne with olives, peanuts and some dry sausage
  • Appetizer : Deviled eggs with crab meat, homemade mayo
  • Dinner : Lasagne and salad
  • Dessert : Apple and pear crisp

It was a great weekend overall !

How was your weekend ? Any fall veggies you are loving lately ?


Comments: 2

  1. Debbie @ Deb Runs October 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Your menu for your dinner party sounds delicious! And your grilled Brussels sprouts – yum!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration October 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm Reply

      Just be sure to “double cook” (boil first before broiling) the Brussel Sprouts or else you will have major gas !

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