Lisa Simpson Pancake

Say what you will, but this pancake I made looks like Lisa Simpson’s profile. And I can even see her eye and ear.  I didn’t try to sell it on ebay, as someone suggested, but I ate it! These pancakes were made using Sprouts’ whole grain pancake mix (bulk in the bins).  I use 1/3 cup of water, 1/3 cup of the mix, and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. I let it sit for a few minutes. Then, I heat up my cast iron skillet, and spray a teensy bit of coconut oil nonstick spray.  It makes 2 pancakes. Or 3 small pancakes. The Lisa Simpson one? … I do not know how that stuff happens!

lisa simpson pancake

Thanks for reading,                                                                                                                                    Rose


1 Comment July 8, 2013

Six Biscuits

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These are tender, puffy, yummy, smooth textured biscuits. They do not contain butter, shortening or lard, as in traditional biscuits. I have been using organic virgin coconut oil for baking, but mine liquifies in the summertime, and gets too hard in the fridge, so  Earth Balance organic Coconut Spread is a good replacement. I found it at Sprouts.It is surprisingly buttery tasting. If you haven’t baked with coconut oil, don’t worry… your biscuits will not taste like coconuts. It is just a healthier fat.

I baked these outside in a vintage small NESCO oven. You can of course use a regular oven, or even a good toaster oven (on the bake setting). Just make sure to check it right at 10 minutes.  I don’t use regular sized food processor.  I use a Kitchen Aid 3 cup mini chopper, it works like a food processor. It is really small, inexpensive, and less cumbersome. I love mini appliances. I have seen that Cuisinart has a 4 cup mini food prep at Big Lots, which might be really nice too. You can make your own buttermilk, by putting a teasp. of white vinegar or lemon juice into the 1/2 cup of milk and letting is sit for 5 – 10 minutes. I used white whole wheat flour, but you can use whole wheat or 1/4 c. whole wheat and 1/4 c. unbleached all purpose white flour, I just happened to have white whole wheat flour in the cupboard. It is 100% whole wheat that is simply ground a bit more finely. It is really nice for more delicate baked goods, or for people that are transitioning from white to whole wheat. You can find it in a regular grocery store.

Recipe:          Preheat oven to 450 degrees

1 cup whole wheat white flour

2 teasp. baking powder

1/8 teasp. salt

1  teasp. agave nectar

1/8 cup of coconut spread, or coconut oil

1/2 cup of buttermilk

Put dry ingredients in food processor (or use pasty cutter). Pulse about 8-10 times… or until combined. It will resemble cornmeal. Put in med bowl. Stir in agave nectar(or honey) and buttermilk. Stir gently. Put onto cutting board (including crumbs).  Knead 8 times. Ever so lightly, flour the cutting board. Pat by hand until about 3/4 inches thick.  Use 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter, to make 6 biscuits. Place on ungreased small baking sheet or small cake pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 450 degrees. Remove. Allow to cool slightly. Enjoy.


Leave a Comment July 5, 2013

Expectations Art Show

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That’s me and Jaxinta painting at 6th AVE GALLERY for the “Expectations” Art Show.


Finished Belly Painting.


This is me painting… in an article that was in the Arizona Republic Newspaper!

Leave a Comment July 4, 2013

I just googled rosecortina, under images…

…and WOW, lots of “makings” show up… so very cool. I am so very happy to see my new site up and running. It is going to be filled with healthy food ideas, organic gardening, knitting,  jewelry and last but not least… ART. So keep visiting. I was able to streamline my two blogs…formerly Knittnrose, and Beadnrose, and which was my ART site. Having had two recent, exciting gallery shows, which exceeded my expectations… I knew my art site needed to be interactive. I did have to put a “captcha” at the bottom for posts… please don’t take it too seriously. It is just a spam filter. I have spent so much time recently learning to cook  healthy  foods  that are delicious!  I wanted to put everything together in to one site. This is the beginning of that journey.

Rose with JJ

Thanks for reading,
– Rose



3 Comments July 4, 2013

I just spotted some cucumber.

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So nice to see the little cucs starting to grow. Today it felt like a little miracle as I peeked under the leaves. I had thought only the cantaloupes sprouted. To me the cantaloupe vines and the cucumber vines look so similar. Baby cucs are so cute.

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Here are the ripe cucumber, they were so good this summer.

Thanks for reading,   Rose


2 Comments June 2, 2013

“A Walk in the Park”

This is my hand painted stiletto that was part of a very wonderful art show at 6th AVE Gallery in Phoenix last month… Torres Marquez Communications and the Gallery got together and asked artists to transform a single black stiletto shoe into a work of art. The name of the show was “Inspired Soles”. This is my shoe. Thank You Scottsdale Fashionista for the photo. This shoe did very well at the Live Auction to benefit Artlink Inc. They are the generous people who promote the thriving art community in downtown Phoenix. Art Detour on the First Friday of each month is the place to be. Thank you TMC, and 6th Ave Gallery for allowing me to be a part of such a great Benefit Show. And thanks Fox 10 for putting my little stiletto shoe on TV! Out of 60 to 70 submissions , only four shoes were chosen for the Live Auction on Opening night. My shoe was not only one of the four, but was referred to as “the most talked about shoe of the night “. This was an exciting month for me.
Thanks for reading,

7 Comments May 5, 2013

Got TuTu?

This is fun stuff!  My aunt (thank you, aunt Lo!) sent me a couple of beautiful yarns.  This one is called “TuTu” from Crystal Palace Yarns. I am knitting ruffles!  Such fun!

2 Comments May 28, 2012

Ten Things to do…

A friend gave me some yarn when she saw I knitted dishcloths…      so I made her a tiny washcloth, and made a list of ten things to do with a miniature knitted dishcloth.     

  1. use it as a tiny face cloth
  2. use it as a key chain
  3. use it as a coaster for a tiny cup
  4. hang it in your rear view mirror
  5. use it to turn on the ignition when it is too hot
  6. hang it on your Christmas tree.
  7. use it to clean up a mini mess
  8. use it for a “rug” in a dollhouse
  9. wash a tiny hand
  10. give it to a friend 🙂

 Thanks! ….   Rose

Leave a Comment April 21, 2012

Lizzies scarf

used three strands of different types of yarn. took a quick pic
before mailing to her.

Leave a Comment November 14, 2011

“kitty ate my sweater status”

Recently a friend wrote and asked how the sweater project turned out. I got out the project which I hadn’t finished. I did make some progress on the knitted lace, so I am posting for my friend. (also hoping this will remind me to finish)

Not that there is need to rush… this is Arizona and I won’t need the sweater for a bit. Well, except for “too cold” air conditioned places this summer. Here is the WIP:

2 Comments April 14, 2011

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