It’s Scary Here

So I love all the talk of the spooky, whether it is ghost stories or aliens. Love it all. One of my favorite podcasts that I listen to weekly is the Scared to Death show with comedian Dan Cummins and his fabulous and funny wife, Lynze. I have not been able to listen to the new episode from this week but it got me thinking, maybe I should share my experiences with the spooky things and see if any of you have tales to share in return. So, here we go!

I bought a farm house in Michigan in 2010. The house was modest on 2 acres. It was build in 1899 and was at one point farm laborer housing for an apple orchard that was in the area. The man that I purchased the home from had given me all the tax records dating back to the early 1940s. So much history, so interesting.

And most of my experiences in the home were interesting too. My very first experience I had was a few weeks after we moved in. I was doing more organizing and cleaning in the downstairs living room which had a huge picture window facing east toward my driveway and barn. As I am standing in the middle of the living room facing my tv that was off, I see the reflection of a child, maybe 10 years old run past my window. I thought to myself, why is that kid in my yard? So I run to my door getting ready to yell at the kid, and there was no one there.

Second experience was that summer. I had gotten up in the night to go to the bathroom, and as I walked past the guest room, I could see a woman wearing all white standing in my driveway. And it appeared as though she were dancing. I went to the bathroom quickly, got back in bed, and pulled the covers over my head.

It was an old house. Things would bang or ping all the time. But I learned those noises and noises that were not normal. For instance one evening I was sitting downstairs, finishing a tv show so I could head to bed. I lived alone, and no one was over visiting. All of a sudden, from upstairs, I hear a crash. Like something heavy fell on the floor, most likely in the bathroom since it was one area not carpeted. I told myself, it must have been one of my two cats, they knocked something down. But then I look over on the couch and both of the cats were fast asleep next to me. So I go upstairs and check every room, only to find nothing out of place. Nothing fell down. Nothing at all.

A few months later I was down in the basement doing laundry. Hated that basement. It was super creepy. But as I was getting one load out of the washer and dryer, I heard what sounded like someone running from one end of my house to the other. Loud heavy running, maybe that of an older child. What the hell was going on? Did someone break into my house in the middle of the day? So I drop the clothes and run upstairs only to find…no one. All of the doors were locked and everything was where it needed to be.

Lastly, I was in bed one night having a hard time sleeping. Tossing and turning. Could not get comfortable. As I am laying there, I feel the blankets slowly being pulled straight down off of me, as though someone was standing at the end of the bed pulling them. I gave a hearty pull of the blankets back toward me and it stopped.

I finally decided that I was going to put my house up for sale, and I decided to do some digging on the property and who lived there. With the use of the internet and my local library I was able to piece together a pretty amazing story. So a family bought the house in the 1940s after the man of the house returned from war. They had two children. Apparently one of the children was killed just down the road from the house in a sledding accident in the 1950s. The family remained in the home until the mid 1980s when the lady of the house passed away in her nineties. That is when the house was put up for sale.

Makes me wonder, was that the lady and child I saw? Is the child the one running through the house, knocking things down?

I have since moved into a new house, which compared to my old home seems quiet. But I do happen to have the rare oddities that happen, and some that my young daughter notices. Maybe I have a wild imagination, maybe I have some medium abilities, maybe I am just plain crazy. Or maybe what I saw is real.

Maybe…

Do you have any stories to tell? I would love to hear!

Oh, and if you get a chance, go check out the podcast! Its fantastic!

Food

Sometimes it is really hard for me to find food that I can eat. I have been following a completely gluten free diet for more than 2 years now and strictly limit how I consume dairy and eggs. For health reasons that are beyond my understanding, I avoid these foods because the havoc that happens to my body after eating these items are horrible. With that being said, it can be rather difficult to find food that I like and that tastes great.

Now I have my staples that I eat that get me through, but sometimes I long for food of my past. Like doughnuts. Or cinnamon rolls. It can be challenging. So there are times where I go to the best place-Pinterest. Sometimes I need to find something new to eat and it is my go to. Now, I am sure many of you hop on there, find something you like and make it only to find that the recipe was completely messed up. Been there. Too many times. So I thought that I would periodically share some of my fav recipes from Pinterest that are legit and work well. Along with sharing any modifications to them.

Original link: https://pin.it/sqlvisxfk46jjw

I came across this recipe a while ago from kirbiecravings.com and it is so amazing. I have a hard time finding gluten free cookie recipes that don’t call for a bazillion eggs. This recipe only calls for one egg. I can handle that as long as I don’t eat the whole batch. And they are naturally gluten free since there is no flour in them and they take care of a sweet tooth. Now my husband likes to bake more than I do, so I let him try these out and they are amazing. He made them once with almond butter and once with peanut butter; both were very good. But I did find that peanut butter was a bit too sweet. And you could use any butter you wanted to and they would be great. We also did notice that the description for the size of the cookies yielded huge cookies so the second time around we made them smaller. They were just the right size.

Ingredients to make the cookies are:

1 egg

1 cup almond butter (or what ever you like)

1tsp baking soda

1 cup coconut sugar

3/4 cup chocolate chips

*mix cookie dough thoroughly

Preheat oven to 350. Please remember ovens will cook differently based on elevation where you live. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place 1 tablespoon sized balls of dough on the lined baking sheet. Place cookies in oven and cook for 18-20 minutes. The recipe says to cook for 10 minutes but the cookies where no where done at that time. We also noticed that when the cookies were just done, they started to collapse a bit in the oven. Take them out. These cookies can be a little over done because they will have more chew to them the next day. Also it is so so so important to leave them on the baking sheet to completely cool to room temperature.

These cookies are easy and so tasty. Next time that sweet tooth strikes, give these a try.

Who Dis

Honestly, I have no idea. I am a person who had one life then decided to have a baby. Now I am that person living with a child but really don’t have a clue who I am. What do I even like anymore? What makes me tick? What makes me happy? I am having to relearn all of this. I am sure every mom has gone through this to some extent, but it’s like I had amnesia and now have to relearn who I am all over again.

So with that, I do remember my name. I am Heather. I live in Michigan. I am married and have a 6 year old daughter. Beyond that I am trying to figure it out. Sometimes I think I know, sometimes not so much. But what I do know is life is short, and I want to do as much as I can in my limited time. So I am gonna do what I like. And I am going to do things and fail. I am going to succeed. And laugh so hard I pee my pants.

I plan on sharing a little of everything. This blog is not a one size fits all. Not just fashion or my kid. Not just food recipes or new restaurants. I want it to be all the things because life is all the things. Life is the hectic, the good and bad, with some ugly. Sometimes it’s sad or upsetting. And sometimes it’s a blast. I want to share it all.

So stay tuned. We have a wild ride ahead.