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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!

View of People in KitchenTrying to be perfect is IMPOSSIBLE!

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
(images used from Pexels)

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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Smoothie Bowls

Good morning my loves and all my foodie loves!

This week on the blog is all about FOOD. You read that right. We are diving into the wonderful world of deliciousness, but more specifically, smoothie bowls!

I came to fall in love with this blend of food when I was surfing Pinterest furiously.

Seriously, I was looking for a specific dish where I was determined to get the EXACT thing, nothing else by any means necessary. While I was soooo ambitious for this one item, I got side tracked by a chocolate smoothie bowl by Bakerita.

This thing looked so good I have to insert my “faint.” Like, this is how my tastebuds reacted from a picture

After drooling on one side of my lip, my whole agenda changed. I sought out to make my own smoothie bowl.

Now, I made this bowl during my break from work so, number one, that should tell you it doesn’t take long. (Don’t get too technical with the timing 😏). Secondly, it came out absolutely amazing. The ONLY thing I would change is the liquid to solid (frozen) fruit I used.

There were a few bloopers but not too outrageous only because some of the fruit sank into the smoothie. That’s where the tweaking comes in with the ratio.

But, here is the recipe I counted based upon what I used specifically. You have the total right to change it up, mix it up and flavor it to your liking. This was my first time ever!

Ingredients

8 whole frozen strawberries
1 1/2 cup of almond milk
5 black berries
Half of a sliced banana
1/3 cup of granola
12 almonds
Whipped cream for topping

Recipe

First, blend strawberries and almond milk together.

Second, pour into a serving dish of your own.

Then, choose the dedicated fruit of your choice and layer neatly along the bowl.

Lastly, after you are satisfied with the results image wise, mix that bad boy up and enjoy!

Simple as that. You can either choose to use exactly what I did or get even more creative. Regardless of what you do, enjoy it and be happy.

All photos are subject to copyright.

Tinzley’s 2018 Settle Free Mixer

Good Morning My Loves! I have a quick check-in post for you all!

This year, I will be attending Tinzley’s 2018 Settle Free Mixer AGAIN! (YAY)Image may contain: Tinzley Bradford, smiling, standing and shoes

Last year, I took away soooo much personally. I mean, I learned things about my finances that are recipes for success, relationship advice to keep my marriage fresh and exciting and mindset changes to push for a life of being #SETTLEFREE…

And this year she’s stepping it up a notch. Ya’ll, Tinzley is bringing EVERYBODY to the table. You do not want to miss this at all.

There will be food, entertainment, special performances by:

Cammie Tappin and

Latasha Stevens.

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This experience will be life changing for all. Oh, and if you are a person wondering about what “type” of food will be there…well Kim’s A La Carte will be catering! If you missed one of my last blog posts, then check it out here. Her food is truly guided by an anointed hand and her business is taking off.

You just have to let it speak for itself but don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

Check out one of Tinzley’s proud sponsors all the way from NYC!

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Read this snippet about Nando!

“Initially founded in 2007, his blog, nandoism.com, draws over 2,000 views every day from curious daters looking for the insightful, random, and sometimes naughty experiences Nando offers up in his sarcastic, self-examining style. In it, he shares his dating stories, observations and advice—from Texas to New York, and from the heartfelt to the icky and sticky. Nando looks into the dating world and calls ’em as he sees ’em, including examining the chemical effects of love (“the brain’s the sexiest love organ, after all”), earning him the title of the Love Scientist.”

Here is a list of additional sponsors for the evening as well:

  • TLC (Transformative Life Coaching)
  • Golden Professional Realty Group
  • Bold Favor Media Group
  • The Regina Sunshine Show
  • Red Ink Consulting
  • Two Cameras and a Brush
  • LSC Lateka S Carter 
  • LTLC (Leading Through Living)
  • Chill Zone Entertainment

If you want to purchase tickets, it’s  not too late! Click here and be apart of the party!

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I hope to see all of you there! Make sure you hashtag #SettleFree when you attend. Let’s get this mixer worldwide! Much love to you all.