Stephanie in Phoenix

After graduating from ASU in 2003 I started work as a nurse. Throughout the years I have dabbled in cooking and crafting always experimenting to make the recipes or crafts my own. This is my domestic journal.


Meatless Monday: Cilantro-Lime Quinoa

Today marks the first meatless monday of 2014! Even though im having a smoothie, I made Dan my…

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Pizza Bites

I saw this recipe on pinterest and since I am not into baking I thought I would dust off my muffin tin and give it a go!


  • 1/3 pound ground beef (I substituted Meatless Ground Beef)
  • salt and pepper
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 3/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese (7 oz)
  • 1 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (7 oz)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • (optional) basil for garnish
  • First I sauteed the onion and garlic together until the onion was translucent. Then I added the meatless ground beef to heat it up.  I used the Gimme Lean meatless beef but I have recently discovered Gardein Meatless Ground Beef and found that it cooks up much nicer.
  • Place the wonton papers into the muffin tin and FILL! This would be super fun for little helpers :)
  • They look quite dark in this photo but they were lighter. They were super yummy and not as heavy as pizza dough. I think it would be fun to experiment adding veggies next time!


Meatless Mondays

One of my new favorite websites for culinary inspiration  I really like that she has a “Meatless Monday” recipe section.  I have made one or two of her recipes in the past but this one was definitely the most complex. 

                                      Tomato, Zucchini and Vidalia Galette

     A few things about this recipe:

  1. Using the frozen puff pastry added a LOT of unnecessary calories to this dish.  EACH puff pastry sheet has roughly 1000 calories.  So I suggest that if you choose this recipe that it be as a side dish or an appetizer because it is CALORIE packed once you add goat cheese.
  2. The puff pastry gets very flaky when done and thus MESSY.  This may not be the best recipe if you have kiddos.
  3. Although meatless, it’s not vegetarian as it calls for both goat cheese and parmesan.

My Modifications:

  1. Couldn’t find Vidalia onions so I didn’t use any onions at all.  
  2. Used skim mozzarella instead of parmesan cheese.
  3. Added yellow squash leftover from a recipe I tried earlier in the week.
  4. Added spinach under the zucchini for a little veggie load.

First Attempt:

** Although this looks quite delicious, I slightly under-cooked it.  I didn’t follow the instructions and actually put it in the oven at 400 degrees while it was still heating up to 450.  I still cooked it for 20 minutes and it was still delicious.

Second Attempt:

** OK. THIS time I added a little egg-wash to the edges, cooked it at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, and it turned out fabulous! I garnished with basil and green onion (no additional olive oil) and viola! I hope you try this recipe or any one of the many that are located at


Part 2: Pendants

Countless hours spent on prompted me to try another project with Scrabble Letters.  Using the same batch I purchased to make Jagger’s gift, I decided to make a necklace for his mom Josalyn who’s birthday is shortly after her sons.  I started searching around on the internet and decided to use this set of instructions, and then I added my own little flair. 

First, pick out some scrapbook paper that would look good on the back of your letter. Something that would look good on a small tile.

Next, I decided to use a Swarovski crystal as an embellishment, but you can use anything.

For my variation on this project I decided to drill a hole through the scrabble letter (this is where influenced my craft).  Instead of attaching a silver bail to the letter.  I just thought this would give it a more antique and professional look. As you can see above, I have some jewelry making items: a ring for fastening, a long metal piece with a ring at the end and a fastener.  You can use the fastener to make the letter into a tab for a jacket or a back pack.  I didn’t use it here.

Next, I used a little tacky glue to stick the letter to the scrapbook paper on the other side of the section I want to use. Make sure you spread the glue or it will dimple a little.

Once you cut it out the image from your scrapbook paper will be glue to the back of the scrabble letter.  The edges can be a little torn but when you decoupage it will smooth out. BUT if you just can not stand it, the website I recommended also recommends a metal file to smooth the edges.  Once you have the paper glued, you will need to use a needle to puncture the hole you previously drilled. Do this from the picture side so the edges go into the hole.  I tried this both before and after applying mod podge and found that it works best after.

Don’t be TOO generous with the mod podge.  I found that applying a thin layer prevents the edges from lifting.  It also helps to spread the tacky glue to the edge of the letter tile before applying the paper in preventing the edges from lifting.

Next, I super glued the Swarovski crystal to add embellishment. I threaded the long metal piece through the letter and wrapped it around using the blunted pliers you can see in my first photo.  I had to practice this on a few letters first.

The website I first listed recommends Diamond Glaze to finish the project. I truly didn’t find any value in adding this.  I wasn’t really sure why I would need it and it didn’t add to the luster of the pendant so I nixed it on this letter.

Hope this inspires you in some way today!


Scrabble Letters

My new favorite craft medium are scrabble letters.  I used them here in a shadow box for my best friend’s son’s first birthday present.  This was a fun project.  I combined my love for scrapbooking with this new idea and ran with it.  You can purchase scrabble letters on (I recommend XOSupplies) or through Hasbro.