Monday, October 17, 2011

- quick recipe of the week -

So, I not only survived the weekend away from my baby, but I really enjoyed the break and had a great time! It was nice to get away with just the hubby and enjoy some toddler free time...although, I'm not going to sugar coat it, I missed her like CRAZY! However, I am now definitely recharged and ready to take on this upcoming crazy week! We had some great food, watched a few awesome live bands, and slept in on both Saturday and Sunday morning! It was definitely a great weekend!

So, now, back to the week ahead of us. The most exciting thing about this week is that it is FINALLY time for me to feature one of the most amazing momma bloggers I know. Meet Melanie from Happy Jax . Melanie might be one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever met through my blog. This girl is absolutely filled with positivity and always has a smile on her face! Her blog just radiates happiness all the time! Not to mention how gorgeous she is, both inside and out. I don't even remember how we stumbled upon each other's blogs, but we've been great blogger friends ever since! I would love so much to meet this sweetie in person and have a glass of wine with her!

(Image credit Melanie)

And please look how cute her son, Jax, is. He has a million dollar smile that just lights up the room!

(Image credit Melanie)

 Melanie is a stay at home momma that loves taking care of her three year old boy. She recently fell in love w/ photography, & even though she doesn't have a fancy camera (yet) she doesn't let that stop her from pretending she's a pro! (her pictures are really great! Super creative composition!) Her family is her everything and she loves capturing their crazy, normal, everyday life with her lil camera! Melanie is truly one of the friendliest people ever and her blog makes me smile every time I go visit it. I guarantee you won't regret getting to know this momma! She's one of those people that make you feel more complete once you get to know her! I truly mean that....I adore this girl!

Homemade Mozzarella Cheesy Sticks
1 package (8 ounces) string cheese
2 & 1/4 cups original Bisquick
2/3 cups milk
1 can of marinara sauce for dipping (heated) OR if your feeling extra saucy ranch is yummy!
1 tablespoon butter (melted)
1/3 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix together baking mix & milk until a soft dough forms. Place dough on hard flat surface sprinkled w/ baking mix powder. Gently roll in the baking mix, coating the dough w/ a bit of the powder. Roll formed dough into a large ball shape (Knead for about 10 seconds). Roll out w/ rolling pin (you want it to be about 1/4 inch thick). Cut into 8 rectangle shapes (about 6x2 rectangles). Roll each piece of dough around each piece of string cheese pinching the ends together. Place seam side down on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8-12 minutes @ 450 or until golden brown. Brush w/ melted butter & garlic powder before removing from baking sheet.
(An excellent add on idea is to also wrap some turkey or ham lunch meat around the string cheese, before rolling in the dough!)
(Image credit Melanie)

Yummy yum yum! Those sound delicious! A great side dish to some warm homemade soup, or chili. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us Melanie! And all of  you lovely readers, please take a minute to visit Melanie's blog, Happy Jax and get to know her and her charming family!


Natalie said...

This is a genius recipe.

Anonymous said...

Awww My sweet friend... You made me tear up, thank you for the kindest words ever! Dude, I sound pretty awesome. Lol! No seriously, I am honored to be on your FABulous blog Miss Thang!! We are so having that glass/bottle (lol) of wine one day, and our littles would have the best play date. Obviously not at the same time! Sending you the biggest hug.....

My ipod won't let me sign in, so I'm Miss anonymous today)

P/S It used to bug me a ton when people used "lol" all the time. Now I'm one of them! Uggg. Lol

Anonymous said...

Stopping by (saw you on Y&R sponsor post)
Your daughter is BEAUTIFUL! I secretly wished my daughter had big blue eyes... but she got her Daddys.
I am having my family pics. done this weekend- love the outfits you picked for yours (black, white and yellow).

Meg said...

That recipe looks delish! Found your site through the blog hop : )

Courtney B said...

Ah! I LOVE Mel so so much! And this recipe sounds amazing... definitely on my list now!

So glad you had a great weekend Kyna! Sometimes a weekend away makes us better wives/mommies :)

KERRY said...

I'm going to swing by and visit Melanie!

KERRY said...

P.S. Glad you had a nice weekend away :)

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