March 6, 2018

Kale Chips - A More Delicious Way to Get your Greens

If you're like me, you probably need a creative way to eat your veggies. I usually have to sneak them into a fruity smoothie, or I end up eating the same picks over and over (shout-out to Brussel sprouts and asparagus). I've got to credit Trader Joes for making it easier to eat the foods I don't love by turning them all into chips! Shout-out to Beet Chips, Seaweed Thins and of course, Kale Chips.

After spending way too much money every few weeks buying the TJ's Kale Chips, I figured, that I could probably make these myself pretty easily... turns out I could, so, cool! I love making these and taking them to work for a snack OR sometimes I make them and make a salad out of them by adding in some Chicken and nuts. I know, WILD. But seriously, even if you hate kale or greens, these little chips are so crispy, light and amazing if you want a salty little snack. You're probably going to roll your eyes at HOW easy the recipe is, but trust me, you're gonna love these very (VERY) easy kale chips!

V Easy Kale Chips Recipe

Bundle or Bag of Kale
Olive Oil

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. If you're Kale is on the stalk, trim it off to get more of the leafy sections & cut into pieces.
3. Spread your chopped up kale onto a pan with foil or parchment paper underneath.
4. Sprinkle the kale lightly with olive oil (LIGHTLY is the word here! You don't want soggy "chips.")
5. Sprinkle the kale with salt
6. Place the kale into the oven for 15 minutes or until the kale is crispy - THIS IS V IMPORTANT! If you don't let the kale bake until it is crispy, you will just have soggy baked kale and not real kale chips! The kale should shrivel up a bit and bit brown on the edges or crispy to the touch.
7. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

March 2, 2018

Health & Wellness - What's Happening with my Blog?

If you follow me on Instagram (@molliebellezza) you may have noticed a slight shift in my posts and maybe even a poll or two on there asking how everyone would feel about a change.

Let's back up and talk about why I started my blog initially. I started my blog because I love(d) beauty products. I still do, but at this point in my life, my likes and dislikes in the beauty and fashion world are pretty much the same and not at all groundbreaking.

I have dry skin, I love hydrating beauty products.
I love classic style. Invest in classic staples, mix in trendy pieces that are inexpensive.

I felt like such a broken record, and it's not anything new that you guys didn't know. That being said, I won't completely cut out beauty and fashion from the blog, after all, those things are a part of  wellness as a whole... I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's reroute.

As I've gotten older, I've gotten much more into fitness and nutrition. I've always been an athlete, loved working out, and love food. Over the past few years I've gotten really into eating better, but also eating what sounds good - a nice balance, if you will. I have enjoyed so much more making my food posts the last few months, and the numbers show that you guys have enjoyed it to. I've decided to move more into that direction:
Lots of food, a fair amount of fitness, and a little bit of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle bits. I'm definitely NOT saying I'm the most fit or healthy person in the world - I believe life is all about balance and enjoying one's self, but I would like to explore more into the realm of healthy eating, cool new places to work out, etc.

I hope this change doesn't disappoint you guys, but I am really excited for what is happening and what is to come. Please let me know if you have any requests for anything! Look forward to more Cooking for Max's, Wedding Fitness Updates (wedding updates in general), Healthy Recipes and Fun Workouts - as well as the occasional beauty and fashion post!

Thank you guys for sticking with me, and seriously let me know if you have any suggestions!


February 14, 2018

Heart-Shaped Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Love is all about compromise right? I love a thin and crunchy chocolate chip cookie, and Max loves a soft and fluffy cookie. I thought I'd finally give in for Valentine's Day and make him some super soft cookies to come home to as a surprise. This recipe is SO easy and really, honestly delicious, which says a lot from a crispy-cookie lover! You can make them for your honey, your girlfriends, or even for yourself. Either way they are delicious!

Heart Shaping, optional.

Soft & Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 Cup of White Sugar
1/2 of Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 3/4 Cup of Flour (I use whole wheat)
1 Cup of Chocolate Chips or Chunks

1. Combine butter and sugars with a standing or hand mixer until fluffy, about 5 minutes
2. Add in the egg and vanilla until even incorporated
3. Add in the baking soda and powder until evenly incorporated
4. Mix in the flour a little at a time until evenly distributed and undetectable in mixture
5. Fold in the chocolate chips by hand
6. Let the dough chill in the fridge for 2 hours (VERY IMPORTANT)
7. After the dough is finished chilling, preheat the oven to 350F
8. Roll the dough into balls (or shape into hearts!) and place on a lined baking sheet. This mixture should make about 12 cookies.
9. Bake the cookies for 11-13 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!!

Happy Valentines Day!

February 8, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift for Him: A Unique & Timeless Watch (+ A Giveaway!)

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm sure everyone is thinking about what gift they can give their significant other this year. It's always hard for me to find a great gift for Max, because he is truly the guy who already has everything! Luckily,
JORD Watches reached out to me and asked if I would like one of their unique wooden watches to give to my Fiance this year, and I'm so glad I said yes!

Max loves watches, but what makes JORD watches unique is that they are beautifully crafted out of wood. Their website is filled with not only unique watches, but amazing watches for men and woman that can be given as a special gift. To make the watches even more special, JORD offers engraving which means you can write a special note to your loved one that they will not only have, but will wear, forever. I chose the Kosso and Gray watch for Max because the style was beautiful, and the face of the watch will go wonderfully with any of his outfits. JORD watches are so unique but versatile, that anyone who receives one will feel how special of a gift it is.

JORD has also been so amazing and has included a giveaway link so one of my lucky readers and win $100 off one of their gorgeous watches and ALL who enter will receive a 10% coupon code towards a JORD watch. Click HERE to enter! The giveaway will close February 18th, 2018, at 11:59pm. All coupon codes (the $100 & the 10% off, will expire March 4th, 2018).

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