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

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 “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…

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…

Share Your World

Questions

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?
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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?
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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).
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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?
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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

Jusjojan…

January Blogging Challenge/Widget

Tempest in a teapot and storm in a teacup

tempest in a teapot is a small problem or event that has been blown out of proportion. A tempest in a teapot is an American idiom, the British equivalent is a storm in a teacup. Other languages have similar idioms, including the French une tempete dans un verre d’eau, or a storm in a glass of water. The basic sentiment of a tempest in a teapot and a storm in a teacup seems to have originated in 52 B.C.E. in the writings of Cicero, in a phrase that translates as stirring up billows in a ladle. The Duke of Ormand, in a letter written in 1678, refers to something that is but a storm in a cream bowl. Both of the idioms a tempest in a teapot and a storm in a teacup seem to have originated in Scotland in the early half of the 1800s.

Who knew the reference was that. Like I said I always do what comes to mind first. When I looked at the prompt for #jusjojan and it was, “Tempest” this is what I thought of. Not only that in my reading for the New Year it said to learn something new everyday. Two birds with one stone, except I’m a day late as per usual with the prompt.

There are many times in my life I have experienced a, “Tempest in a Teapot 😉 ” I think that would be a good thing to control. Keeping life in a calmer perspective…How important is something ???

Like just not giving a care to how my blog is looking right now. Still trying to figure out this wonky wordpress…Whatever 😉 another snow storm is on the way but I don’t care. It’s Saturday and I’m in my warm house with my two favorite people, the husband and Rosie (albeit she’s our doogie <3 . )

Our Rosie <3
Sullivan’s Christmas Eve <3
What will be, will be Que Sera, Sera <3

I’m setting up my planner and going to have my leftover’s from dinner at Rosebud’s last night, so it’s all good.

AtoZ Challenge Letter

Happy Tuesday AtoZer’s…Hope your week is going good. The weather is absolutely gorgeous with sun and temps in the 80’s. Believe you me that is a rarity for April in the Midwest i.e. Chicago. We could still be having snow, not kidding.

I thought this might be challenging to find a painting that I could use that the Artist did for the letter “E” but then he said just use Elvis. Of course, one of his favorite performer’s and naturally he has a few different images of The King 😉

Maybe we could do a little music with today’s post (One of my favorite songs by the King) and now I get how the Artist could do so many different looks with his painting’s. He sure was a handsome guy <3

Elvis/Promised Land

Elvis/The King
Elvis/The Early Years
Elvis/Las Vegas

All of the Artist’s paintings can be purchased on the above link. Have a great rest of your Tuesday, thanks for stopping by. Blessings <3 .

Happy Song Lyric Sunday

Happy Easter Sunday too !! It is a beautius day out here in the Midwest. I thought this would be a good song for Song Lyric Sunday…Mr. Jim’s prompt for today is

Blossom/Cherry/Flower

This is a blast from the past with two of my favorite performer’s, “Neil Diamond & Barbara Striesand singing You Don’t Bring Me Flower’s.”

You don’t bring me flowers

You don’t bring me flowers
You don’t sing me love songs
You hardly talk to me anymore
When I come through the door at the end of the day

I remember when
You couldn’t wait to love me
Used to hate to leave me
Now after lovin’ me late at night

When it’s good for you, babe
And you’re feeling alright

Well, you just roll over
And you turn out the light
And you don’t bring me flowers anymore

It used to be so natural (Used to be)
To talk about forever
But used-to-be’s don’t count anymore
They just lay on the floor ’til we sweep them away

And baby, I remember
All the things you taught me

I learned how to laugh
And I learned how to cry

Well I learned how to love
And I learned how to lie

So you’d think I could learn
How to tell you goodbye

You don’t bring me flowers anymore

Well, you’d think I could learn
How to tell you goodbye

You don’t sing to me

And you don’t sing me love songs

You don’t bring me flowers anymore

AtoZ Challenge/Letter

The Artist does really well when it comes to sketching & painting real people. Everyone he has ever recreated in his artwork, he brings that person alive with feeling albeit in a very subtle way…The 1st person is Winston (C)hurchill, a graphite sketch as his medium and the 2nd painting is an oil …

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill/Oil Painting

These next two sketches are using a graphite medium and they are (C)owboy’s i.e. John Wayne…

The Shootist/John Bernard Books

True Grit/Rooster Cogburn

My final choice for today is a sketch he did in graphite for me personally and put it right in front on my desk where I would see it first thing every morning. It is a graphite sketch of Leonard Cohen who wrote and recorded the song, “Hallelujah.” He was a tortured artist who worked very hard to get this piece of music done. It has a fascinating back story. I hope you’ll take a minute and read about it. I promise you it will give a whole new meaning to this song and the person who wrote it !!!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallelujah_(Leonard_Cohen_song)

Leonard Cohen/Hallelujah

This is one of my all time favorite songs !!!

I thought I would do a couple more of the Artist for the letter

Paintings b/c he just has so many very cool ones. It’s hard to choose…

Civil War
Connor/Connie 4th Son <3

He really is an amazing artist !!! You can check out more on our Amazon Handmade Acct, linked below…Happy Easter Saturday.

https://www.amazon.com/handmade/Elan-Creations

Questions

Happy Saturday and Spring will finally arrive tonight I think that’s what they say. I’ll be asleep when it gets here at like 4 am. Just breaking the ice and browsing the reader and came upon these questions from my fellow blogger Mz. Janet . Great questions and looking forward to AtoZ.

  • What is your favorite quote. I collect them. “Fate whisper’s to the warrior, You cannot withstand the storm !!! The warrior whisper’s back, I am the storm !!!”
  • If money were no object where would you go? Alaska, I love, love, love that state…I have never been there but the adventures look endless and the weather has got to be totally amazing to experience.
  • How many places have you lived or jobs have you held? I have lived in two places, Chicago, IL and Portland, ME…I have really only had two jobs, the 1st working for the Illinois Central Gulf RR, Commuter Side/Randolph Street Station, Chicago IL and my present job for the last 42 years, Wife/Mother/Homemaker which I have loved every minute of <3 …
  • Have you tried meditation? Not in the conventional way but yes… Did it help you? It always helps. I consider mediation laying down, quieting all the noise in my mind and going to a place I have been that I loved or imagining doing something that I think would be amazing i.e. vacationing, moving to a place I would love to live. So many things and thoughts that bring me so much comfort.
  • Who would you like to meet (living or dead) for dinner?  I don’t know if this would count, but I would have to say Jesus…So many questions I have to ask and I could finally get an answer in person. Why, about so many things, what about tomorrow, when will it all be okay or when will this stop or go away. I’m not sure I would want to hear the answers but it might be comforting just sitting there talking with him. Of course I have had many conversations, albeit one-sided with him b/c, well you know. He’s a constant in my life and every day. I’ve just always talked with him 😉 and those conversations have given me peace and kept me going in the right direction.

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