I was born on July 10th, 1997, which means that yesterday, I turned 20! For the big day, my parents invited my friends and family over for a sushi party. We spent all afternoon preparing sushi, sashimi, and Asian-style chicken wings. It was our first time making sushi at home, and I thought the experience was so fun (not to mention, the sushi was delicious). I'm so thankful for times like these, when I get to make memories with the people I love. I am blessed!
I hope you all enjoy some of the photos from our day down below. We made our sushi and sashimi with variations of cucumbers, avocados, shrimp, salmon, scallions, and tuna. We also prepared Sriracha mayo, wasabi mayo, wasabi paste, ginger, and soy sauce to garnish with. I would give you all exact recipes, but honestly, we kind of winged it! :)
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This year, my grandmother gifted our family a vacation to Smith Mountain Lake. My parents, siblings, nephews, niece, and I stayed in a big, beautiful lake house right on the water. We had a full week of kayaking, boating, tanning, swimming, tubing (or attempting to), shopping, and eating, but somehow, it ended up being one of the most relaxing vacations I've been on in a long time! There truly is nothing better than quality time with family. #BLESSED!
Below is a mix of photos my family and I took on my camera and our iPhones. Enjoy, and feel free to share. :)
My parents and I drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway today. We couldn't help but capture each precious, beautiful moment. It is moments like these that humble me and bring my mind and body peace. Enjoy!
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On Saturday, my best friend (Trisha Westfall from Typically Trish) and I visited Cave Ridge Vineyard for the Taste of Shenandoah. We tasted delicious local foods, enjoyed a performance from my dad, Randy Black, and strolled through the vineyard. Cave Ridge is absolutely beautiful, and we were so happy to visit it while we were on fall break. We also hiked to The Overlook during our weekend off. Be sure to check out that blog post, and then enjoy the photos below! :)
For fall break, my best friend (Trisha Westfall of Typically Trish) and I took a trip to the Shenandoah Valley. I'm from the small town of Broadway, Virginia, and I couldn't wait to show Trisha all that the Valley has to offer.
The area is especially beautiful in the fall: scenic views, crisp air, burnt orange leaves. We had to begin our weekend with a hike. My dad refers to this hike as "The Overlook" though most people don't know what it's official name is. It's in the George Washington National Forest, near New Market, and it branches off of the Wildflower Trail. It's a beautiful secret that ends in a breathtaking view of the Valley. The only semi-official reference I've seen to this trail is in this blog post.
Side note: this isn't an easy one. It is fairly long, steep and rocky (but well worth it). Check out the photos below!