BTB Winter Retreat 2019

Good morning my loves! The beginning of this year has been a transformation to say the least, and you will never guess how much has changed in such a short time! Although my initial change transpired began before the “BTB Winter Retreat 2019”, I’m going to give you a quick backstory about everything.

Last year, I was the go to advocate for excuses, motivation-LESS, and truly carrying the weight of what should have been dead in my life a long time ago. Fast forward to now, I have had a refreshing in my spirit, my mind, and body.

I began this year fasting for 21 days which i COMPLETED! Yes, I said that magical word. COMPLETED. Afterwards, I had a real reality observation and decided to act on things that would ground me better spiritually. Then, we approach February 1, 2019.

I could not have prepared myself for what would happen starting that day.

It was a pleasure to be picked as the photographer and assistant to Tenisha Bibbs for her “Behind the Beauti Winter Retreat” that weekend. My God, I tell you, what I am about to share with you all, should move you to be curious about what this movement is all about.

On the first day, we of course had a hilarious, yet fun ride there with all the locals. I guess we were driving too slow for them. (Even though we were already like 10 mph over the speed limit.) The closer we got to the house, the more lost we became. I mean, we went in a circle so many times, but that’s the beauty of a road trip right? Right.

Oh my goodness, I have to tell y’all, Ms. Tenisha had me rolling when she saw a deep cliff on the passenger side. She dropped her phone, her eyes bugged out, and I promise she almost stuttered. We laughed so hard about that tears were falling. So that’s my warning if you decide to be adventurous and go up in the mountains.

After we finally circled around for a bit and found the home, it was GO time. We all buckled down for those who were present, and flipped that house. We had a deadline to get the decorations done, tables up, food set up and more. Thankfully, we did it and it felt good when it was done.

Later that night, we commenced our night by getting to know each other, pleasuring our taste buds with an amazing dinner by Chef V, and a small fireside chat with Morale Ocain. I was so adamant about sleeping in the room with others because didn’t want to be that bear in the room. When I get a good sleep, I’m out like a light. Nonetheless, I climbed my happy hips on the top bunk and enjoyed my roomies. They were perfect.



Next day, we were blessed with a powerful sunrise prayer and mediation. The power of the Holy Spirit fell so heavily, I could barely take pictures. I felt such a weight of relief, healing, and peace like the hand of God stretched forth and touched each one of us. Once prayer was over, Mrs. Jean Turner led the ladies in a morning stretch and Glory Walk. We then followed with Breakfast, Coffee, and Conversation and that’s when we really hit the meat of the day. We also enjoyed another catetered meal from Chef V for lunch!

We spent the entire day with speakers such as April Reason, Kristole Pierce, Faye Shaw, Jean Turner, and Yvette Gavin.

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These speakers were on fire! I also wanted to share the reason why I chose these pictures. When you look at them, they all tell a story. I belive that is where the beauty comes in, because these are raw, uncut, and down to the core. These are speakers who didn’t sugarcoat anything and they shared what needed to shared.

Starting from Mrs. Yvette Gavin to April Reason, the anointing just flowed down. April set the platform and made the room an altar. When I tell you, she gathered us altogether and then prayed for Ms. Tenisha! My God did she pray a hedge of protection over her. Afterwards, I felt an unction to get my healing. Why? Because, the atmosphere was conducive for a shift to take place. Before I knew it, I was on the floor praising God for what I didn’t know was being held onto was finally released off of my spirit.

ABSOLUTELY POWERFUL I TELL YOU.

After we gathered ourselves from what I call chuch (insert southern accent) we had a few activities to enjoy from jewelry making with Ayana Glaze to an image styling session later that night with Marcella Thomas. Some of the other ladies enjoyed Massages by Mac while others rested up and enjoyed the company of one another.

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I truly believe we slept very well that night with a packed day. My heart is so full from meeting the ladies to the conclusion of the event. It really gave me a different perspective on how to allow my purpose to be manifested from healing.

If you are interested in attending the next retreat, I have a surprise for you. Registration is open to purchase tickets early, but we are also having a “Behind the Beauti Experience Conference” coming up July 19th and 20th at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, GA. Stay tuned for more to come! Learn about your true BEAUTI!

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A few moments of recognition go out to:

YURLP Productions for photography and videography

Our sponsor Fit, Foxy 50 & BEYOND

Enjoy the snippets below from the “BTB Winter Retreat 2019” below and grab those tickets!

(Pictures are property of Let’s Get Relle and TB Media Group for the Behind the Beauti brand. Permission must be granted before republication)



Ready To Give Up

Forget the typical greeting…yall I’m ready to give up! Seriously…I’m over it.

Now, hear me out real good. I have my reasons why I’m starting this segment out so heavy.

In all actuality, I’m not ready to give up nor will I ever. I needed to get your attention because most of the time, when life smacks you left and right, you’re ready to throw in the towel.

Honey, do me a favor and pick your head up.

It took me a long time, even with me being a young lady, to overcome A LOT in a short period of time. But now, let me also be transparent with you..

But seriously, this is a heavy moment of transparency…

You know how easy it is to get lost in thought when you’re so low? Man…I tell you that can be such a dangerous place. I didn’t want to live forever at a certain point in life. Actually, many people don’t know my story and every detail. All I can say is, God intervened when I hit my lowest point in life. I was sitting in my room, scrolling on social media, watching all the people I used to look up look up to living their life and question why mine is so messed up.

This was typed on 8/17/18.

WOW is all I can say. It’s amazing how God sets you up to have reminders throughout the day to help you remember why you must keep moving forward.

I honestly didn’t realize this post would have been so encouraging but, because I was in such a low point in life, I didn’t feel as if I had the right to encourage anyone else. Fortunately for myself, I know the authority I have and trust me, it’s about time my voice is consistently heard.

I’m actually going to end this off because I made a very specific action towards how I would like my 2019 to shift. I pray you all will be encouraged on this day and remember what God instilled in you and the calling on your life. Stay on the lookout for more updates! they’re headed your way.

Love,

Relle

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Refreshed Renewed Rejuvenated

Good morning you guys! I hope you all are beginning your day on a positive note because I have a little inspiration to sprinkle over your day. Beware, this may or may not be long, but with animation added of course! So, why did I title this post “Refreshed  Renewed Rejuvenated”? Well, you will have to read further in order to find that out.

As I’ve been taking a much needed hiatus from my blog intentionally and unintentionally, I’ve also had A LOT of time to think. There have been so many thoughts running rampant in my mind that it consumed my time. When I went M.I.A, that was the moment when I realized it started getting a little out of hand.

But, have you ever really thought about how intricate the mind is? The fact that you can get lost into a daydream, a pain from the past, even a fear of yours?

Seriously, everything I did had to be perfect in my eyes. If an idea or topic wasn’t up to par for my standards, I refused to go forward with it. On top of that, I allowed a lot of fear to creep in. I mean, as much as I would preach and encourage people to never let fear take refuge in their mind, my mind was in a battle of fear itself. It was so crazy. I was emotional, angry because I felt like everything was going wrong and I questioned God. Now don’t go rolling crazy on me and respond “Oh my goodness, she has no right questioning God”. I mean ask yourself this…

 “When my back is against the wall and my life is falling apart conveniently day after day, how would I react”?

I think you may have a question or ten. You know..

In my case, i tossed and turned night after night. I would wake up sleepless the next morning simply because I couldn’t watch the back of my eyelids. In fact I was staring at a white ceiling, laying flat on my back and sighing out of frustration in the wee hours of the morning. It was killer man. Although in the natural I was focused on my emotions, I lost sight of my spiritual relationship and walk. I didn’t fall by the wayside but I did fall prey to  my circumstances which hindered my cycle of thinking clearly.

My battle was like a pendulum. The moment one of my marbles went a different direction, I just allowed myself to keep going that same direction even if it was the road I shouldn’t cross. But hello, NEWS FLASH!

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Which leads me to my main reason for writing this. My blog was about to get shut down. Not by anyone else, but by me. I wanted to quit so bad. My laptop wasn’t working in my favor, my phone deleted ALL of my contacts and my email app AND texts! It’s one thing to be consumed by your phone constantly, but it’s another when you have notes, networking partners and opportunities saved in those threads. I was able to cope with my laptop giving out but seriously, my phone?! I learned to never trust technology for good and go back to pen and paper.

So, why should I keep blogging right? Having to ask people to borrow their computer or resources just to get a blog posted was pointless to me. I saw everyone I looked up to pursuing new business endeavors, creative teams and traveling together. Why wasn’t this happening for me? I felt all alone to be completely honest. But then I realized my peace, joy and ultimate happiness was more important first before I begin juggling my brand.  After that, I began organizing myself, setting out to network with individuals with the same mindset mentally and spiritually as myself.

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Cause ya’ll, I have a hard time with people…like forreal. Sometimes they have me looking like before I lose my salvation.

Low and behold, that is when I officially met Jayla White. I reached out to her after the pull was so strong and I’m glad I connected with her. She was so honest and true to her word with direction and a plan in order. I have really been praying for the right people to come into my life and I tell you I’m still being shown that God has my back. In the midst of everything going on in my life, I still receive a glimpse of sunshine.

If you’ve ever been in a dark space or questioning things in your life, hear me out…Pray, fast, and talk to someone.

Don’t allow your pain to be sheltered and keep you from breathing. The whole reason I wanted to give up was all because I couldn’t breathe. It seems so easy to allow your life to just go the way it’s going, but there comes a time where you need to fight. A time where you need to remember that you should be refreshed renewed and rejuvenated with Christ as the center of your life over the material things you want to gain.

Don’t give up! The fight is meant for you to win.

Come back next time because I have a complete revamp of my site, content and partnerships headed your way.

Until then xoxo 

-Relle

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Stuffed Chicken Breast

O M G! You guys, I’ve neglected y’all for a few days. BUT, it was all for positive purposes.

Today, I’m featuring Stuffed Chicken Breasts 😍

Each time I post a self cooked meal, I also want you all to know that I will be very transparency about everything. Even down to my bloopers lol.

But, I was in the mood for stuffed chicken randomly. In actuality, I had no idea how I wanted to cook these HUGE chicken breasts, but I knew the basics of what I wanted to be the side.

An average day of figuring out what to cook usually follows with me doing my typical “food inspiration” google search. Interestingly, I came across a “keto based” recipe for stuffed chicken. There is a lot of hype about keto, I think to myself…”I guess we can go ahead and be slightly healthier today.”

And to my knowledge, it was EXCELLENT! I mean, down to the tenderness, I couldn’t help but to post a preview video. Absolute Success!

Below is the recipe I referenced and afterwards you will read my personal touches.

•Recipe is from Gimme Delicious 

Author: Layla

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 4 oz chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 2 cups fresh spinach chopped or 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 4 oz cream cheese at room temp
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste

Photo: Gimme Delicious

Instructions

To Make filling: In a medium bowl, combine spinach, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic, and salt + pepper until fully combined.

To Butterfly your chicken breasts: Lay them flat on a sturdy surface. Place one hand on top to hold it in place and then slice 3/4 of the way through the chicken breast (be careful not to slice all the way through).

To Stuff the Chicken: Season the outside of the chicken with chili powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Spoon 1/4 of cheese mixture into the middle of the cut chicken breasts and fold the chicken so the cream cheese is sealed inside. Use toothpicks to secure chicken if desired.

To Cook: Heat a non-stick skillet on medium high and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook the chicken, covering the pan with a lid, for about 9-10 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through.

Now, a few “edits” I made with this recipe:

It began with the seasoning and prepping. Always be sure to clean your chicken first and foremost.

Secondly, on top of the yummy seasonings, I used Meat Tenderizer and Seasoned Salt. (Now, I did not go overboard and completely coat the chicken with the salt because I didn’t want to take away too much from the true keto made recipe so I suggest sprinkling it lightly.)

Thirdly, I personally used a tad too much Italian seasoning but it did not kill any flavor. Depending on what that type of seasoning goes on determines how much of it I like.

And last, I did NOT butterfly my chicken breast. Instead, I cut a deep slit through the top of the thickest part as far as I could before my knife tip came out another end. So I literally stuffed the chicken which I feel helped the flavor set in even more then cooked it in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Being that it was actually stuffed, the cook time also varies.

But, there was so much cheesy goodness once you cut into it so no complaints here! 😋

Be sure to comment and subscribe! Drop a pic of your creation if you tried it too ❤

Dutch Apple Fritters

It’s Sunday! It’s a bit late but I have apple fritters to share with you guys!

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So, this is a really quick, yummy sounding, good looking post I am about to share with you  guys!

Ok, here goes…

I made Dutch Apple Fritters which, in the Dutch language is Appelflappen. Now, I don’t know where my interest sparked to make these and learn more about their culture, but I’m not disappointed about it.

These easy desserts can be coupled with a variety of things such as:

  • Ice Cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • Glaze 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Syrup 

and so much more!

First, being that these were my initial testers to make photogenic fritters, I must warn you they aren’t. I had a slight fail with these only because I might not have either had a thick enough batter or I cooked them too fast. Secondly, they tasted pretty good though as a balance for the appearance

 

Check out the recipe I used from The Kiwi Cook below:

APPELFLAPPEN (DUTCH APPLE FRITTERS)

Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Dutch
Serves: For 4-5 people

INGREDIENTS
For the apple fritters:

  • 4 apples (I used ‘granny smiths’)
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
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For the batter:

  • 1/2 cup of standard flour (I used spelt flour)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

To serve:
Icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar), to sprinkle

INSTRUCTIONS
For the apple fritters:

Peel the whole apples. Grab a small knife and, working with one apple at a time, slice off each end to create straight edges. Now, working from one end, slice the apple horizontally in quarter inch rounds. Take each slice and cut out the core to create a ‘hole’. Take a lemon half and rub it over each slice – this ensures it won’t brown – and put the apple slices into a bowl. Repeat with the remaining apples.

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle over the apples and toss together. Leave for about 15-20 minutes, during which time you can make the batter.

For the batter:

In a bowl, add the flour, milk, egg, baking powder and salt and whisk until smooth. The batter is meant to be quite runny (for a tempura style batter), however you can adjust the texture by adding more flour (to make it thicker) or more milk (to make it thinner).

To cook:
Heat up the oil in your deep fryer. Once at full heat, take some metal tongs, pick up an apple slice, dunk it into the batter ensuring it is fully covered, and drop carefully into the oil (continue to add as many apple slices as your deep fryer has room for without crowding).

When the fritter is golden brown, flip it over to cook the other side. When done, lift the fritter out of the oil shaking off the excess oil, then place on a large plate covered in absorbent kitchen paper (this step is important – if you don’t drain the excess oil the fritters will be limp).

Repeat with remaining fritters.
Transfer the fritters to a serving plate, dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.

NOTES
Appelflappen can be served either warm or at room temperature. If you wish to serve them warm, you may want to cook them in batches and serve as you go. Or, keep them in a warmer drawer while you do the rest.

Im always down to try new things and this was one of them. A few of my notes to take away from how I cooked them to help you all avoid this happening are:

  • Drain the fritters well
  • Slightly thicken the batter
  • Cut the rings smaller to be easily fried
  • Use Peanut Oil if possible
  • Constantly  flip them (they cook fast)

Thats it! Make sure you come back this week because travel is next! I’ll be doing posts on the Netherlands and all about

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