Easy Cheese Sticks

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How’s 2013 working for ya so far?

I’ve been trying to rekindle a romance with my treadmill, but so far I’m receiving the cold shoulder.  I had my husband move it back into my living room from the garage hoping that we would be more inspired to work on our relationship if we had actual face to face contact everyday, but nothing.

I don’t know, maybe it’s me.

If this continues, we made need to see a counselor. 

It is currently snowing here (!), but not the pretty kind.  It’s the yucky, messy kind that makes me glad that I don’t live where it snows all the time, although from reading Facebook this morning, you’d think we are getting 12 inches.  Facebook people, let me let you in on a little scientific secret…..snow is ice and ice freezes at 32 degrees and right now it’s 36 degrees and climbing with a high of 51 today.  It’s not gonna happen.  I’m truly sorry.

But I guess it is fun to live in a delusional winter wonderland every now and then.

So I have a quick and easy kid-approved recipe for you today.  I made these the other day in an attempt to get food down my ever so picky grandson.  It worked.  He loved them and ate all four of them in one sitting which does not happen often.  It’s less of a recipe and more of an idea to turn a grilled cheese sandwich into something a little more exciting if you are a kid.

Here are my notes:
–I used a whole grain bread to bump up nutrition a little, but whole wheat or white bread would work too.
–I found that 1 string cheese stick was too long for the bread and it oozed out too much, so I cut off about a third of it, then used my leftover pieces for the fourth one.
– Some of the cheese oozed out, so I quickly just used a spatula to push it back in.  

Easy Cheese Sticks
4 slices of whole grain or whole wheat bread
3 sticks of mozzarella string cheese
1/2 tablespoon melted butter
Marinara sauce for dipping, if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut the crusts off the bread and place one slice diagonally on cutting board.  Roll with a rolling pin until very flat.  Cut off about 1/3 of the end of one of the string cheese sticks and reserve; place the other 2/3 portion on the bread in one corner diagonally, and roll up tightly.  Place on a baking sheet, seam side down.  Repeat with remaining ingredients, using the reserved three cut ends for the last cheese stick.  Brush with butter.  Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes.  If cheese oozes out the end, us a spatula to press it back in while it is still warm.  Serve with marinara sauce, if desired.