Friends! Family! I feel like it has been a long time since I’ve checked in to this blog. And now we are welcoming November… usually accompanied by fallen leaves, crisp air and the fear of snow in the near future…but for me, things are taking a new route. Today the high was in the 80s, people are still comfortably wearing shorts and there has been no sight of winter coats, scarves or Uggs! So crazy! Living in the South is like a whole new world, but I am continuing to try and accept the change and keep on living life.

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state fair in the fall: that’s how the South does it
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the haul.

On a completely unrelated note, today was payday which meant that I could go grocery shopping and stock my fridge back up with yummy food! All good things! Knowing that I had the evening completely free of plans I decided to cook an actual recipe for the first time in forever. I found something that I had pinned on Pinterest months ago: Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole. And let me tell you it was everything fall and more. There may be vProcessed with VSCO with hb2 presetery few leaves on the ground, I may feel dumb wearing a sweater come the middle of the day when it’s still 70-80 degrees outside, but this was fall in your mouth minus the pumpkin! It sort of just looked like a pile of melted cheese atop veggies, but it was colorful nonetheless and tasted beyond delicious in my opinion (and my roommate’s! Thanks Katherine for trusting me and trying it out!!)

I definitely recommend all to try this recipe and experience the greatness! I missed the sour cream on the ingredient list while writing up my own grocery list, but it was still delicious nonetheless! I will be making it again in the future, that’s for sure, but for now I will just enjoy it for the next week or more, because it made so much!

Processed with VSCO with kk2 presetFor those that are wondering: Life here in Columbia just keeps on keeping on…There are good days, bad days, good weeks, bad weeks. It ebbs and flows cause that’s life! More than anything though I just can’t wait to head home! I fly back to Minnesota in just 47 days :)) And I can not wait! I miss my family, my friends and just home in general. December 19th cannot get here quick enough! To not be home/with family for Thanksgiving for the first time will be very strange, but it makes me even more grateful for a full 12 days to be home around Christmastime ❤️ So here’s to the next 47 days, 6 Nutcracker performances and lots and lots of work and rehearsal and glorious food!

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