Samhain's Sirens: October 11, 2017

Welcome to Witchy Wednesday on Samhain's Sirens!

Before we move into new business, we need to announce the winner of yesterday's goodies from The Lapis Dragon. Without further adieu, here is our winner:

Lynn G!!!

Congratulations! Please be sure to send your mailing address to within the next 48 hours, so Sharon can get it to you.

Now, onto today's celebratory fun!

Today's Music: The Animal by Disturbed

For Renee :)

Spirit Meetups: Toddler Edition
Sam Curtin

If you have been following along for the past few years to Samhain’s Sirens, you’ll notice that my Spirit Meetups have become a fixture. Not a year goes by that I don’t have a long laundry list of spirits that I’ve come in contact with.

This year is a bit different. I had my share of spirits, but this is the first year that I’ve notice my 18 month old daughter P (as we’ll call her for purposes of this post) has had her own encounters. Now it is important to note that my mother recalls my own interactions with spirits from a very young age. I still can’t recall those memories so it is interesting to see or hear about P’s interaction with them. 
The first encounters of her were of the two spirits that inhabit our house. We have two male spirits – one that hangs out in the upstairs hallway (and still thinks it’s hilarious to show himself in the reflection on our living room T.V.) and one in the garage. The one in the hallway is much more active and I first caught him interacting with P about four months ago. 

P is up and walking now and one of her favorite things is to pick random items up and bring them to you as an offering. It took me a few times to notice that she does this with our hallway spirit. She’ll grab something, offer it to me, and then try to offer it to the hallway spirit as well. Apparently he says or does something hilarious back because most often I hear her giggling after their interaction. 
Since he’s roams that hallway sometimes he does wander it her room, or at least the doorframe. A few times the video monitor picked up movement by her closet (which is next to the door), which would then be followed by her laughing and/or babbling. As in tune as I am with this spirit it did unnerve me a bit he’s taken a liking to P, so of course I have all the proper protections around our house. What helps ease my worry is our Pit Bull, Atom, seems to be unbothered by the spirit. 

The garage spirit interactions aren’t as frequent but she tends to wave to him when we get in and out of my car. He seems much shyer of the two so I wasn’t sure he’d even show himself to her. Most of my interactions with him involve him telling me something is wrong in the garage such as the door is left open, I forgot to take out the trash, or I left one of Atom’s poop bags laying out. This is usually done with him making a loud banging sound, which apparently P also finds hilarious.

The most recent interaction P had with spirits was told to me through a third party, so I can only go off of what I was told. One of the things I love about P’s teachers is that they’re both very open to spirits. It’s a joke around the school that the infant/toddler area is haunted. A few times they’ve mentioned that P will wave into empty corners or start laughing/babbling at nothing. Whether or not that’s just toddler behavior or spirit encounters, the next story I most certainly believe.

About a month ago, P’s teacher was out of school for over three weeks because her grandmother and sister died within days of each other. Upon her return, her teacher said that P kept waving next to her and smiling before looking at her teacher herself. It is the teacher’s thought that either her grandmother or sister has been hanging around. She was in tears telling me this; she thanked me for this gift of solace that P had given her. 

I’m happy that my abilities have been passed down to P and I am both excited and cautious with these new experiences. I do take comfort in the fact that I have experienced so much myself in my 27 years that I can share with P and help her use the right tools to ensure her safety. 

Samantha (Sam) Curtin is a pagan author with a passion for horror, dark fantasy, anthropology, technology, and religion. Sam showcases these passions in her blog “Chronicles of an Anthropology Nerd.” Her first books Dark Cell, Deal with the Devil, and Summer’s Hollow are available on All books are published through her publishing company “Behind the Curtin Publications.”

Today's Recipe: Grilled Steak Strips with Grated Root Vegetable Hash

submitted by Paula Lupi

My husband, Pete, is the griller of the house and luckily our daughter picked up his passion for it. His preferred method is to use a natural charcoal with no added chemicals. As long as the weather isn’t to disagreeable he can be found grilling or smoking food.

Grilled Strip Steaks with Grated Root Vegetable Hash
The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook

Prep: 20 minutes Stand: 20 minutes Grill: 10 minutes Stand: 5 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons grated fresh horseradish
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 strip steaks (also called top loin), cut about 1 inch thick
2 medium parsnips, peeled
1 large sweet potato, peeled
1 medium turnip, peeled
1 or 2 shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme

1. In a small bowl stir together 1 tablespoon of the oil, horseradish, orange peel, cumin, and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper. Spread the mixture over steaks; cover and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile for hash, using a box grater or a food processor fitted with the shredding blade, shred the parsnips, sweet potato, and turnip. Place shredded vegetables in a large bowl; add shallot(s). In a small bowl combine the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper, garlic, and thyme. Drizzle over vegetables; toss to mix thoroughly. Fold a 36x18-inch piece of heavy foil in half to make a double thickness of foil that measures 18x18 inches. Place vegetable mixture in the center of the foil; bring up opposite edges of foil and seal with a double fold. Fold remaining edges to completely enclose the vegetables, leaving space for steam to build.

3. For charcoal or gas grill, place steaks and foil packet on the grill rack directly over medium heat. Cover and grill steaks for 10 to 12 minutes for medium rare (145°F) or 12 to15 minutes for medium (160°), turning once halfway through grilling. Grill packet for 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Let steaks stand for 5 minutes while vegetables finish cooking. Divide vegetable hash among four serving plates; top with steaks.

Paula Lupi does what she can to keep herself and family healthy. One of the steps towards that was eating more in the Paleo side of choices. While integrating these changes into every day meals Paula also learned that she has a gluten sensitivity. She is a mother of three, but two are now out of the house, and a wife and partner to her husband of 27 years. Paula enjoys spending time outdoors with Mother Nature, her hands in the dirt, and sweet talking the herbs and vegetable to grow healthy for the table. She has two Boxers – Izzy and Vino, a polydactyl cat – Scrunch, two lizards – Ford and Karma, and her Chilean Rose Tarantula – Morticia.

Today's Giveaway

The Summer's Hollow Series by Sam Curtin
Come follow the adventures of Rylie Bradford in this fascinating books series!

Retail value: $25.00
Summer's Hollow
High School is hard for teenage girls as it is. For Rylie Bradford, she has the added stress of being flung into a world of vengeful spirits, bloody apparitions, and mysterious deaths. It all begins when Rylie and her friend Andy find an amulet that belonged to the legendary town witch. It looked simple enough; little did she know that it would cause murder and mayhem to ensue on the town of Summer's Hollow. 

Return to Summer's Hollow
Rylie has everything she could want in her life: a PhD in archaeology, a job at one of the top institutions in the country, and a man to spend the rest of her life with. What she doesn’t have is closure from those events that happened thirteen years ago in the small town she left behind.

Plagued by visions of the spirits she thought defeated, Rylie journeys home to Summer’s Hollow and discovers that legends never die. Rylie comes face to face with both her inner and outer demons, as she attempts to silence the Pascal family once and for all during this twisted reunion.

The Pascals
Family can be a driving force in a person’s life but for the past thirteen years Rylie has avoided what remains of hers. Now that she has her own family growing inside of her, new visions plague her and drive her back to the very family she left behind.

In this third and final installment of the Summer’s Hollow series, Rylie discovers that even though the spirits of the Pascals may be gone, their darkness courses through her very veins.

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