Thankful Thursday …

I told myself today I am going to sit here and write a blog !!!! I’m not getting up til I post something. I miss you guys and I’m sorry for not posting all summer, but summer’s are for being outside and enjoying the sun and warm temps. It’s also time to love the storms, what can I say I am a weather geek…

This morning I got up at my usual, 7 am ish and drove the husband to the train, to go to work yadayadayada… I decided I would post today and as we all know life happens, distractions, you know. I was cleaning out a closet and came across some old pics. Hard copies, that you can actually hold an look at. Seriously, on some of them I tried to enlarge them with my fingers like I was viewing them on my phone, but it doesn’t work that way with the old pics from back in the day…sorry I digress. I smiled to think how much our world has changed.

I had a bit of a scare last week that I’ll start out with. I didn’t feel very well and it woke me up early on Labor Day Sunday. I couldn’t feel my hands and that scared me b/c I wasn’t laying on them. I thought I was having a stroke. I jumped out of bed and started doing the, “stroke protocols” that I know b/c I’ve been surrounded by nurses my whole life. The husband just said, “Let’s just go to the Hospital and get you checked out.” His father died when he was very young from a stroke/aneursym.

Out the door we went to the ER. I got checked in and they started the usual triage on me. It was making me a bit nervous. They started an IV and started hooking me up to heart monitor’s. Then the creepiness started to set in. I watched real close to what they were doing. I ask a lot questions b/c that’s what I’ve been taught by all the nurses in my life. The looks on their faces rivaled the faces of a Hollywood movie i.e. think “Independence Day” when they saw the spaceship. I’m like, what are you looking at. Fast forward to them starting another line, i.e. a second IV in my other arm and then moving me to a “B I G G E R R O O M” Me, “I don’t want to go to a bigger room, this one is fine and what is that second IV about. Them, the nurses, “Just in cast we need another line.”

I was not prepared for any of this. I figured it was just a sudden drop in blood sugar and here’s some juice and you’ll be fine. OMG this was not the way it was going. Me again, let’s just forget the whole thing and everything is fine. Can I go now ??? Two IV’s, all kinds of heart monitor leads, ECG, x-ray machines…WT..you know the last letter. Drawing blood, chest X-rays and then the emergency room doctor was sitting by my bed taking my pulse, watching the monitor, and he has that look on his face that everyone knows not a good look. He gets up and leaves. Me and the husband have been in hospitals enough to know this is not going in a the direction that we are hoping it would go too. I told the husband to call our RN Daughter (our personal nurse) and get her here.

One phone call and she was there … Fast. I realized when she got there she’s me, only younger. She had 2 bags (1 was a purse), starbucks and an extra drink in her thermal cup, just in case for later. I smiled 🙂 …

Scarlet’s in the Emergency Room !!!

Scarlet’s in the Emergency Room taking a Selfie…

Okay so back comes the ER Doctor and he said all my test results were fine and he consulted with the Cardiologist on call because he thought he saw something when he was sitting next to me. The Cardiologist says it was just a, “Blip” it was nothing. Basically I had a $6000 anxiety attack. First mistake was saying what a great weekend we were having. That’s the kiss of death 😉 …

I know long story short, I’m fine…Really, but I am really thankful for everything being good. I was reminded of how quickly life can happen. Anyone who knows me, knows about my car accident I had when I was a new bride.

I suffered a traumatic brain injury, (i.e. coma) hospitalized 5 weeks. Left side paralyzed, physical therapy to get me walking again… That was an experience that changed me for the better, it changed me for good <3 … That was my first experience learning about how fast life can come at you. I don’t remember any of it. My poor family had to watch and wait and pray that I would come back to them…Remember it’s always a good day when you are present <3 …

God wasn’t quite ready for me that day. I had to go on to bring 5 tiny human’s into the world and leave my mark. Today for me I am thankful to be alive and well, as is my family. When I was cleaning out the closet, I came across these pictures from my car accident. Seeing the pictures of that accident along with the trip to the ER last week, reminded me just be thankful. Life is to short to be anything but happy. I love my life and I’m happy to be here. Let’s have the best day ever !!!!!

FYI My featured picture is me wearing the Bengal’s T-Shirt that my sweet daughter Lizzie the RN & Cordell her other half, bought for me from their weekend trip out to Cincinnati…I love it<3 … I’m not a Bengal’s Fan but it’s a gift from two of my favorite people…I love you guys to the moon and thank you so much for being there for me and dad…Family is everything always<3 …

Scarlet & Cordell

Love the shirt…It has been a great year so far !!! No I’m not a Bengal’s fan, but love the shirt !!! Thank you Lizzie & Cordell !! Your mother loves you to the moon …

We always find our way back…This one’s for you … Your mom loves you !!!!

Because I new you !!!

Family Reunion…

It’s that time of year … So Very excited !!! Our first family reunion since the pandemic. We are going to have a blast. Can’t wait…

Happy Song Lyric Sunday

So happy to be back this Sunday morning!!! I’m totally feeling the today’s prompt for SLS, brought to us by Mr. Jim. This weeks theme is, “Songs that hit the top of the charts.”

Lake Shore Drive


There’s a road I’d like to tell you about, lives in my home town
Lake Shore Drive the road is called and it’ll take you up or down
From rags on up to riches fifteen minutes you can fly
Pretty blue lights along the way, help you right on by
And the blue lights shining with a heavenly grace, help you right on by

And there ain’t no road just like it
Anywhere I found
Running south on Lake Shore Drive heading into town
Just slippin’ on by on LSD, Friday night trouble bound

And it starts up north from Hollywood, water on the driving side
Concrete mountains rearing up, throwing shadows just about five
Sometimes you can smell the green if your mind is feeling fine
There ain’t no finer place to be, than running Lake Shore Drive
And there’s no peace of mind, or place you see, than riding on Lake Shore Drive

And there ain’t no road just like it
Anywhere I found
Running south on Lake Shore drive heading into town
Just slicking on by on LSD, Friday night trouble bound

And it’s Friday night and you’re looking clean
Too early to start the rounds
A ten minute ride from the Gold Coast back make sure you’re pleasure bound
And it’s four o’clock in the morning and all of the people have gone away
Just you and your mind and Lake Shore Drive, tomorrow is another day
And the sunshine’s fine in the morning time, tomorrow is another day

And there ain’t no road just like it
Anywhere I found
Running south on Lake Shore drive heading into town
Just snaking on by on LSD, Friday night trouble bound

Songwriters: Skip Haynes

Lake Shore Drive lyrics © Sony/atv Harmony, Artport Music, Universal Polygram Int. Publishing Inc.

AtoZBloggingChallenge

Good Friday Morning fellow bloggers and I really did mean Happy Friday b/c I just realized it is Good Friday 🙂 I am just happy to still hanging be hanging in there w/the AtoZ Challenge. Didn’t have a great editorial calendar for this year’s challenge but I figure I get a pass b/c I am just trying to get my site back up an running.

Today’s letter is ‘L’ so I’m going to go with that … I know it’s really ‘M’ but I’ll get to that but first let’s do ‘L’ …

Scarlet’s Italian Fresh Cream Lemon Cake

This is a great cake for Spring and Easter…Enjoy <3

Good Song Lyric Sunday Morning

I’m up and ready to start this Sunday. I must be honest, I’m just not really feeling it today. It was easy to get a song for today’s prompt. I really love this guy. Me and the husband saw Toby Keith in Las Vegas back in the day. He put on a really great show.

The today’s prompt is, “Army, Soldier, War” for SLS comes from Mr. Jim.

Lyrics

I’m just trying to be a father
Raise a daughter and a son
Be a lover to their mother
Everything to everyone
Up and at ’em bright and early
I’m all business in my suit
Yeah, I’m dressed up for success
From my head down to my boots

I don’t do it for the money
There’s bills that I can’t pay
I don’t do it for the glory
I just do it anyway
Providing for our future’s my responsibility
Yeah, I’m real good under pressure
Being all that I can be

And I can’t call in sick on Mondays
When the weekends been too strong
I just work straight through the holidays
And sometimes all night long
You can bet that I stand ready
When the wolf growls at the door
Hey, I’m solid, hey I’m steady
Hey I’m true down to the core

And I will always do my duty
No matter what the price
I’ve counted up the cost
I know the sacrifice
Oh, and I don’t want to die for you
But if dyin’s asked of me
I’ll bear that cross with honor
‘Cause freedom don’t come free

I’m an American soldier, an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters
I will proudly take a stand
When liberty’s in jeopardy
I will always do what’s right
I’m out here on the front lines
sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I’m an American soldier

yeah, an American soldier, an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters
I will proudly take a stand
When liberty’s in jeopardy
I will always do what’s right
I’m out here on the front lines
so sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I’m an American

an American
an American soldier

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Chuck Cannon / Toby Keith

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend. Looking forward to warmer days !!! Happy Monday, Happy Spring 🙂

AtoZ Blogging Challenge…Letter “F”

Welcome Blogger’s to Scarlett’s Secret Recipe Vault i.e. the AtoZ Blogging Challenge 😉

Today we will be covering Baked (Overnight) (F)rench Toast Casserole in a link right here.

Below is my go to recipe for all of my frosting:

This is my go to recipe for all of my (f)rosting. I use pretty much the same recipe for all of my frosting… Then will flavor it with whatever works for the recipe. Sometimes strawberries … My fresh strawberry buttercream is to die for … It’s a keeper. That is a bit more complicated. I make a strawberry puree w/fresh strawberries…Delish <3

Easy Vanilla Buttercream (F)rosting

Ingredients

1/2 Cup of butter, softened

4 1/2 Cups confectioner’s sugar

1-1/2 tsps. vanilla extract

5/6 Tbl. 2 percent milk

Last but not least my Fruit Topped Almond Cream….

Y U M…

Fun Food

AtoZBloggingChallenge…Letter “E”

Scarlet’s Enchiladas

Ingredients

Brown 1 lb. Ground Beef, drain/ set aside…

8 Flour Enchiladas (Keep Warm/Set aside)

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Resv. 1/2 Cup)

2 Tbl.Chopped Parsley

1 tsp.salt 1/4 tsp.pepper

Stir in remaining ingredients except flour enchiladas, cover and reserve.

In a separate pan, mix together

15 oz. Can of Tomatoe Sauce, 2/3 Cup of water, 1/3 Cup of Chopped Green Pepper, 1 Tbl. Chili Powder, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/4 tsp. Cumin, 1 Clove of Garlic ( Double the sauce for more juice)…

Heat above ingredients to boiling, stirring occasionally; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes. Pour Enchiladas Sauce into a pie plate (9″) . Dip each tortilla into the sauce to coat both side. Spoon about 1/4 C. of hamburger mixture into each tortilla; roll tortilla up around filling. Arrange beef enchiladas into a greased 13 x 9 x 2 ” baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas. Cook uncovered in a 350 degree oven until bubbly (20 min). Garnish with reserved/shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream…

AtoZBloggingChallenge “A”

I’m a couple of days late…But it’s better late, well you know 🙂 Long story short, I kind of crashed my my site so I’m feeling a bit wonky. Then my IT guy is not available when I thought he would be and I guess I’m going to have to figure this out, sooooo stay tuned. It out to be fun 😉

Today is the beginning of a challenge that I started way back when I first started blogging. Looking around for all of my deleted widgets OMG. I’m just trying to find everything. Then I guess I have a different site that keeps popping up and that’s not even the site that I blog on. What do I do to change it back.

I digress, sorry. Back to AtoZ. Today I am going to start on Scarlet’s Family Recipe’s (from the family vault 😉 ) …

Apple Mixture

  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter 
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 

Pancake

  • 1 cup Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix (Just Add Water) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 3/4 cup water 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 

Topping

  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 

Steps

  • 1MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: In 9-inch microwave-safe pie pan or round cake pan, microwave margarine on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds or until margarine is melted. Stir in all remaining apple mixture ingredients. Cover; microwave on HIGH for 3 to 4 minutes or until apples are tender.
  • 2In medium bowl, combine all pancake ingredients; blend well. Pour batter evenly over cooked apples. In small bowl, combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter.
  • 3Microwave on HIGH for 3 to 5 minutes or until toothpick inserted 1 1/2 to 2 inches from edge comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes on flat surface. Invert onto serving plate. Cut into wedges to serve.
  • 41. CONVENTIONAL DIRECTIONS: Heat oven to 350°F. In 9-inch pie pan or round cake pan, melt margarine in oven. Stir in all remaining apple mixture ingredients. Bake at 350°F. for 10 minutes. 2. In medium bowl, combine all pancake ingredients; blend well. Pour batter evenly over cooked apples. In small bowl, combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. 3. Bake at 350°F. for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 2 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Cut into wedges to serve.

This is really good w/american cheese…