October 30, 2011

Ghost Stories and Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Hi there.  Come on in and sit a while.  I'll put on a pot of coffee and we can munch on some Apple Oatmeal Cookies while we share ghost stories!

Lemp Mansion

Since the building of this establishment with funds gained from the sale of beer, it has served as a residence, boarding house, and a restaurant. During the course of the thriving brewery business, four of the Lemp family members committed suicide. After prohibition began, the brewery business became bankrupt and the house went into disrepair. During restoration, the workers reported a feeling of being watched, tools disappearing, and strange sounds which resulted in many workers quitting. While being used as a restaurant, the employees have reported seeing glasses floating off the bar, sounds with no explanation, the piano playing by itself, and apparitions appearing and disappearing at will. The “Lavender Lady”, the divorced wife of William Lemp Jr., has also been spotted before wearing her lavender colored dress. In the basement, a secret door was found, which leads to one of the many caves on the Mississippi River. These caves were used to smuggle slaves, and during Prohibition, alcohol. In 1980, LIFE magazine named the site as “one of the most haunted places in America”.   ~ www.realhaunts.com


Many believers claim that this road is just plain evil. At a restaurant named 4-wind, Satanism is practiced, and people/ghosts have been seen to vanish into thin air. On a bridge named Black Tram, it is said that is a person parks their car at midnight and yells “Come and get me” three times, a car will appear and attempt to drive you off the road. There is also a ghostly couple who tries to flag down approaching cars, but when they come near, the couple vanishes. Going one direction on this road, a person may notice a side-road, Old Black Well Rd., but if they approach the road from the opposite direction, it will mysteriously be gone.  ~ www.realhaunts.com

Happy Halloween!
Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Yield: about 60 cookies

  • 1 3/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup finely chopped apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. In a medium bowl, stir together the quick oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg. Stir the oatmeal mixture into the batter until well blended then fold in the apples and walnuts. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Servings: 1 cookie
Calories: 65
Total Fat:  3.0 g
Cholesterol:  7 mg.
Sodium:  74 mg.
Protein:  1.2 g.


  1. Great stories! :-) And great cookies! This combination sounds heavenly!

  2. Not sure if I believe the stories either but they were fun and they still gave me the chills! Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites too!

  3. That would be fun! I went with my dad to Alton for a Ghost Tour one year. It was fun! Nothing ghostly that I was aware of. If you go though, take the cookies!

  4. Thanks Katherine! Hope you're having a great weekend!

  5. Thanks Ryan! That would be totally fun if we didn't live so far away from each other! We should have a foodie meet up some time.

  6. Thank you :) Happy Halloween!

  7. Mrs. Baron xo10.2.12


  8. jess_gonzalez2210.2.12

    Who would've thought to put apples into oatmeal cookies? Sounds fab :D Will definitely be trying this one out

  9. Jennifer Ferris10.2.12

    We have a friend that is trying to convince us to do an overnight at Lemp Mansion!  I have to admit I hate being scared!  But, if I had these cookies with me I think I would be okay.  Maybe I could bribe the ghosts with them?

  10. i don't believe any of the ghost stories but boy, I'd love some of these cookies! love oatmeal cookies! 

  11. Fun ghost stories! And these cookies look awesome.

  12. I never believe in there is ghost but I believe this cookies taste awesome!

  13. Oooh fun! I'll be right over!! :) These cookies look amazing-- I wish I didn't live, like, 15 states away! 

  14. yummy flavourful combination for these cookies


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