So the other night I participated in something really cool. My friend Reena had this exquisite idea and it was to get a group of ambitious business entrepreneurs together and exchange our knowledge, ideas, and experience amongst one another. The group happened to be comprised of all ladies, who for the most part had previously met one another and some are even close friends. She called our entrepreneur group meeting “Who Run the World” after the one and only Beyoncé, of course.
How our Beyoncé inspired program works is that each night we meet, there is a different business owner in the spotlight. She hosts the gathering, wherever it may be, and presents her business to the rest of the gals. The presenter reveals to us what her brand represents, what her successful points have been and of course, what her objectives are. Once the group hears her out, we then chime in with our millions of ideas suitable for her business growth and success. All of us are all involved in relatively different industries and so it was interesting to hear from a variety of women across the board. We all found that we learned a lot of helpful tips that we could also apply to our own businesses despite the fact that we are all flourishing in different fields. I highly suggest you get a group of savvy and ambitious entrepreneurs that you can do this with because it was truly a beneficial night for all; and it was only our first meet!
Our first meeting was hosted by my friend Reena who owns her own acting studio for children called Expressions Film Studio. Reena has an incredible list of qualifications under her belt to properly teach young children and adults how to act professionally. She prides in the fact that her drive does not come from whether or not her students make it big, but in the fact that her students learn how to truly express themselves throughout their training. Her face literally lit up when she told us stories of her students. She has seen the most tremendous occurrences happen under her watch. Kids feel safe in her studio and there is not an ounce of bullying. Everybody from all walks of life become the best of friends. Introverted and shy students blossom into these confident characters that turn out to be themselves. She teaches creative and imaginative kids to embrace their individual traits. She preaches about self-love and respect all while teaching them how to act. All while teaching them how to act so brilliantly that many of land roles in film. What a place to be for a kid right?! I would have loved being in Reena’s class when I was younger! I had (and still have) the wildest imagination and I know it would have been put to good use had it been placed in her hands. Instead, I was put into everything else under the sun because I got so bored and so fast. Yeah, I was one of those. I did gymnastics, swimming, brownies, karate, tae kwon do, mmm and I can’t remember what else. Perhaps if I had been placed into acting I would be graciously strolling the red carpets in my shiny brand name dresses covered in sparkles alongside all of my celebrity friends. But no, my parents had to put me into gymnastics.
Can you imagine if I was an actress? I wouldn’t be food blogging I’ll tell ya that much. So I guess you can thank my parents for their choice on gymnastics because here I am today, giving you a stellar recipe that is guaranteed to win you some friends. I have a little factoid for you though, friends are overrated so just eat it all yourself. You'll want to!
Apple Berry Crumble
*Makes 9 large squares
- 3 apples, chopped into cubes
- 1 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
- 3 cups mixed berries (I used blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries)
- ½ Tbsp. arrowroot powder
- Squirt of fresh lemon juice
- 1 ½ cup oats
- ¾ cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup nuts of your choice (I used almonds and pecans)
- 1 ½ Tbsp. ground flax
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/3 cup ghee (or coconut oil for a vegan recipe)
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 5 Tbsp. honey (or coconut nectar for a vegan recipe)
- ¼ cup oats
- 1 Tbsp. coconut palm sugar
- Preheat oven to 350*F.
- In a medium bowl, mash together the apples and berries. I left mine a little chunky but mashed enough to separate the berries.
- Add the applesauce, arrowroot powder, and lemon juice and set aside.
- In a large blender or food processor, add the first 1 ½ cup of oats, brown rice flour, nuts, flax, baking soda, cinnamon, ghee, coconut oil, and honey and pulse until everything is blended.
- Place all of the blended mixture at the bottom of a lightly greased or sprayed 8x8 inch pan and press the mixture down firmly.
- Spread the fruit mixture evenly on top.
- Sprinkle the ¼ cup oats and coconut palm sugar on top of the fruit layer.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes and cut into squares once the crumble has cooled.
For more information on Expressions Film Studio, check out their website [here]. They even have summer camp classes so hello to all you parents out there that don't know what to do with their kidlets summer holidays!