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

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


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 “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 


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


  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 


  • 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…

Good Tuesday, Blogger’s

I guess I’ll be starting from scratch but at least I’m starting !! I’d hoped to have my blog’s new look up and running but not so much. I just have to get busy with AtoZ as we are already on the letter ” D ” OMG…

I started this blog with the idea of writing my cookbook. I am still moving in that direction and AtoZ will keep me focused. I am doing R E C I P E S from the family vault…Not really, but family favorites from Scarlett79.

I’m just going to start with the letter ” C “…Below is my recipe for “Chicken Tortilla Soup.” It is a basic recipe and you can add pretty much anything you want to make it your own. This recipe proved to be a good one for Sunday Afternoon’s with a houseful of guest watching a sporting event. Makes for good leftovers for the week too 😉 ..

Scarlet’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

Let’s just hope this gets a little bit easier as I go and I get back into the groove. I do so enjoy A to Z…Any comments that can help me to get this back to the way it was are welcome. But I’m here for the duration of April. Enjoy the recipes 😉 Love ya Blogger’s and AtoZ’ers…

Hello Sunday…

Jumping on my blog this Sunday…I am in the process of getting back here and making changes to give my blog a fresh look for Spring. Hopefully my IT guy won’t be 😉 Out of the Office toooo long. Set up a quick brunch this morning. It was wonderful…

Brunch/Happy St. Patrick’s Day
My Uniform 😉
My new toy 😉
Sneak Peak @Monday’s Masterpiece <3

Song Lyric Sunday

It’s Song Lyric Sunday again…The prompt comes from Di of pensitivity101….“Space, Planets and Alien.”

Space Odidity

Hosted this Sunday by JimThis song comes from way back in the days when I was up wasting my summer’s up in Wisconsin w/the cousins. Someone would start the countdown and we would have to sing the song… Great memories !!! <3 Love to grandmama <3

A few of the cousins at grandmama & grandpapa/Family Reunion 73′ The Farm

Space Oddity

David Bowie

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Ground Control to Major Tom (ten, nine, eight, seven, six)
Commencing countdown, engines on (five, four, three)
Check ignition and may God’s love be with you (two, one, liftoff)

This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare
“This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much she knows
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you “Here am I floating ’round my tin can
Far above the moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do”

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: David Bowie

Share Your World…January 30/31, 2022

What is one topic you love to talk about? I suppose one of my favorite topics is my planner, writing, and archiving…Love to document just about anything and everthing..

Ask the wonder question . ‘But so, suppose there was a magical wizard standing right in front of you and you could turn your life into anything you wanted, what would you do? ‘  For example: What, who, where, why? ‘  (Short explanation:  Suspend disbelief and suppose for a moment that you COULD turn your life into anything you wanted it to be.  Answer any or all of those “W” codicils as you wish)

For “What” I’m pretty sure my life as I know it would not change so much. My life is good. Definitely the “Who” wouldn‘t change either, I’m pretty much loving me 😉 . I think I would live somewhere warmer and by an ocean. Most likely the Atlantic. I would have a thriving, on-line business with the husband’s artwork. Throw in a couple of cats, a gourmet kitchen and a studio where the husband can create many more masterpieces !!! Sounds pretty perfect to me <3 .

(This one has been asked before in various ways)
Could you adjust to life without any internet?
This means the net has theoretically failed and there’s no cyber connection any longer.  Things have gone back to the old ways of land-line telephones (because cells don’t work without the ‘Net) and hand written letters.  Paper newspapers and magazines.  Hard bound books.  Having to actually do finances with ledgers, paper and pen or pencil.  There are a myriad of things the internet brings with it that I think we’ve all gotten so used to that we now take them for granted.   The Millennials and generations after them don’t know the ‘old ways’ at all really in my opinion.

I’m thinking I could survive w/o the internet. It would be an adjustment, but I think I could remember how to live. I’m thinking life was so much less complicated before the internet…

What do you think is unique about the human ‘animal’ (homo sapien)?

Human’s and their ability to reason and think compassionately. Life is not just black or white…


GRATITUDE SECTION  (As always, optional)

Share some encouraging words that you’d say to someone who was feeling down

Happy Song Lyric Sunday…

Always good for at least one song…The prompt for today is, “Movie Songs…”

I thought I would take from one of my favorite artist, Barbara Streisand. She is an amazing singer that has recorded many of my favorites…


This is from the musical, “West Side Story”

There’s a place for us
Somewhere a place for us
Peace and quiet and open air 
Wait for us somewhereThere’s a time for us
Someday a time for us
Time together and time to spare 
Time to look, time to care Someday 
We’ll find a new way of living
We’ll find a way of forgiving 
Somewhere There’s a place for us
Somewhere a place for us
Time together with time to spare 
Time to look, time to care Someday 
We’ll find a new way of living
We’ll find a way of forgiving 
SomewhereHold my hand and I’ll take you there 

Is it February yet 😉 …

Share Your World


Fill in: ‘If I were really completely honest, I would say that …’ This is a question for ‘radical honesty’. What are the things you wouldn’t normally say? Things you would otherwise actually hide?  What’s on your mind? What would you really like to be able to say?

I guess I normally don’t speak about my conservative morals & values b/c they aren’t likely to align with today. I don’t really hide them, it’s better just to keep your cards close to the vest. The people that really are important in my life know what they are and that is all that matters. Actually all that truly matters is me, but whatever. I write in my Common Place book quite often and one of the entries way back on February 16, 2013 was

Have you ever broken anything? What about rules?

I suppose that’s all I ever do is break the rules. The question I have to ask myself is who makes the rules?? Isn’t that why rules are made to be broken ?? I don’t care about these wordpress settings that keep changing and altering mid post, whatever…ugghhhhhhh

Are you  also  afraid of spiders? What is your biggest fear, other than spiders?  (if you’re not afraid of spiders, use your biggest phobia instead).

Spiders just creep me out. I mean how can you be afraid of something so small…Just smash it with a shoe or your foot. But whatever you do, don’t have your husband kill it b/c he hates them worse than you do and 9 x’s out of 10 he misses and it disappears under the bed!!! :0 Ahhhh OMGGGGGG

Do you think time goes faster as you get older?

I’m certain it does. Think of your life’s timeline as a roll of toilet paper…At the start it is big and bulky and takes some coaching to come down. When it gets to the end of the roll, well it just spins out of control right til it’s empty 😉 Am I right ??? You know I am 😉

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional)

Please share something that really inspired you from this last week or month.

Monday’s Masterpiece <3

Thankful Thursday

So I just realized that I have not been blogging. Totally in my January Slump. I don’t like January at all except for January 1st. I haven’t been doing anything that I am suppose too. That’s going to stop right now.

The husband is at work at I can’t tell you how that worries me. It’s not the same Chicago it was back in the day. Very dangerous place and I would rather he just work from home. A business man was attacked right out on Michigan Avenue, OMG stabbed right out in broad daylight !!!

There’s really nothing I can do about it and I can’t waste my days worrying about it. Hopefully he will retire soon and we can leave Illinois. As far as states go, it’s pretty horrible here.

My BFF called this morning so we chit chatted for a bit, as we do every morning. I’m her phone call as she drives to work. She works for the husband (i.e. he’s a dentist) at his office. We catch up on the day or whatever, I’m her ride to work. I look forward to that call everyday <3 . When she calls, I know it’s time to get to work 😉 … I’m thankful for her and our phone calls. It’s good to keep in touch with the people that you love <3 .

This afternoon the day started to drag and I needed to get something accomplished so I went through my recipes and found one that didn’t need a lot of ingredients or energy to make. I came across a really tasty one and you could even say it’s healthy, 😉 😉 … I’ll let you be the judge.

Let me know what you think ?? Im waiting for my Nespresso Coffee order to get here. It’s out on truck being delivered today, Y A Y … Love, love, love my coffee.

I have to get busy and get caught up on the challenges…Blessings blogger’s <3 .