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Recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole
It's That Good!

In my family, sweet potato casserole is a must on a holiday table. For years, it was the one with the gooey marshmallow topping. About eight years ago, we discovered the scrumptious recipe I want to share with you today.

At Thanksgiving, our families gather at the table for perhaps one of the few times during the year. 

We woman pour our love of family into preparing that meal. Sometimes, skill or luck run against us and the turkey is undercooked or dry. Or the gravy is lumpy.

But there is one dish that requires minimal effort and is always delicious. 
Anyone who eats it begs for leftovers and the recipe.

That wonder dish is the Legendary Sweet Potato Casserole.
This casserole goes as well with the Thanksgiving Turkey as the Easter Ham.
The next day, we often eat it by itself as a dessert.

One last warning before I share this recipe for the ultimate sweet potato bake. Once you make this once, it will be required on every holiday table from now on.

It’s that good!

Legendary Sweet Potato Casserole

3 large sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (egg substitute works fine)
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract

Crunch Topping (hint: you may want to double the topping)
1/3 cup melted butter
1/3 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 Tblsp cinnamon

Boil the sweet potatoes until tender. When cooled enough, peal the skins off. In a large bowl, whip potatoes until fluffy. Mix in the sugar, eggs, softened butter and vanilla.
Spray a glass 9x13” pan with cooking spray. Pour in potatoes and top with crunch topping. 
Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving!
May you have all your loved ones around your table.

If you're looking for a free Word Template to make an eCookbook of your family recipes, click here.

What is Heart Disease -
How Does it Affect Women?

A friend of mine, in her early 40s, had been having odd shoulder pains and general achiness for several months. She had gone to doctors, had x-rays and other tests done but nothing could be found about why her shoulder hurt constantly.

Then she started having pains in her chest. This time when she went to the doctor, he immediately sent her to the emergency room because she had super high blood pressure.

They immediately did Angioplasty surgery and put a stint into one of the arteries in her heart. Her artery had been 90 % blocked.

What they didn’t tell her for another week was why they had her on blood thinners and bed rest. The reason was that while they were in there, they saw that her other artery was also 90% blocked. They couldn’t put a stint in the other one at the same time without putting her at risk during the procedure itself.

So a week later, after she had recovered from the first procedure, they told her she needed another one. After the second stint was put into the second clogged artery...
she noticed that her chronic shoulder pain had disappeared.

Her unexplained chronic shoulder pain had been a sign of heart disease but no one made the connection. None of the doctors she had been seeing even thought of heart disease as a possibility.

Her main arteries had gotten to 90% clogged before anyone thought she had a problem.

I did some research. I found information put out by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.

This information said that…

Heart disease symptoms in women are very different from men. Often the symptoms in women are overlooked or misdiagnosed.

This was definitely true in my friend’s case.

After seeing what my friend went through, I wanted to share this information I found so other women could be aware of how different heart disease and heart attack symptoms are for women.

I’ve recorded an audio CD that explains what some of the risk factors are for heart disease, heart attack and Coronary Artery Disease based on the information found from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.

This audio also explains how some of these risk factors can be reduced.

If you think that a heart attack is something you don’t need to think about for another 20 or 30 years, let my friend’s story be a wake up call. She’s not even 45 yet!

Find out now how you can reduce some of your risk of heart problems. You don’t want an emergency trip to the hospital to be your wake up call on this.

Do yourself a favor, get this audio CD.
And get a copy for a friend you can’t bear to live without.


Read Their Minds, It’s Not as Hard as It Sounds

If you like hearing advice from someone who give you no-nonsense, straight talk, then have I got a book to tell you about!

Business mentor, Sandi Kradowski, has just released a new book called “Read Their Minds.”

This book is about finding out what your potential customers are thinking by thinking like them. She gives a lot of logic behind her advice.

If you have any ideas of starting a business, this book is a MUST READ.

And what’s even better is that it’s FREE!

This book is so good, even my dogs couldn't keep their noses off it!

How Do You Post a Blog

During the month of November, I will be creating a book one blog post at a time.
Click Here to see the Table of Contents for this book and other chapters as they become available.

How Do You Post a Blog

Log in to your Blogger.com account.
On the dashboard, click NEW POST under your blog.

Add a Title at the top of your post.

Then begin writing your post. You have many of the same formatting tools as you have in MS Word. You can choose from a few font styles, a few font sizes and some font colors.

You have the ability to add links
If you use your cursor to highlight a sentence or a few words, you can click the LINK button and add a link to any webpage you like. Those words you highlighted will show up as underlined in your final post. If anyone clicks on those words, they will go to the page you added the link for.

Adding a photo to your post is just as easy.
Put your cursor where you want the photo to be. Click the photo icon. It will let you either pick a photo from your own computer or from somewhere on the web. Once the photo is inserted, you can click once on the photo and you have an option of different sizes.

At the bottom of your post window, there is a field called LABELS. Labels can either be categories or keyword phrases. This field is optional but helpful.

Post Options
Below that are the words “Post Options”.  Click on those words. Of all the options that appear, the only ones that you need right now are READER COMMENTS and POST DATE AND TIME.

If you like to let people leave comments on your post, check ALLOW.  Since a big part of blogging is community interaction, this is a good thing to do.

The other option of interest is when to show your post to the world or when to publish it.
If you choose AUTOMATIC, the post will publish as soon as you hit the PUBLISH POST button.

If you choose SCHEDULE AT, you can say what date and time in the future you want the post to publish. This is great if you write a lot of posts on one day and want them to publish all week. For example, if you write all your posts on the weekend, then you can schedule them to publish one at a time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This is quite helpful if you have a busy week or go on vacation.

Publish your post and show it to the world.
Once you’ve written your post, given it a title and picked when it should publish, the only thing left to do is hit the PUBLISH POST button.

It’s that easy. You’ve just published your first blog post!

How Do You Get a Blog?

During the month of November, I will be creating a book one blog post at a time.
Click Here to see the Table of Contents for this book and other chapters as they become available.

Chapter 1 - 

How Do You Get a Blog?

There are several types of software (platforms) that you could use to create a blog. 
Many people will strongly urge you to use Wordpress. However, Wordpress is not as beginner-friendly to use as Blogger.
In the beginning, it is more important that you feel comfortable and confident with the software or you won't use it.
So for a beginner, I strongly suggest setting up your first blog on Blogger. And that set up is what we will step through.

Are you ready to create your first Blogger blog?

Go to Blogger.com
If you don’t already have a Blogger account, sign up for your free one. Then sign into your Blogger account.

You will be taken to your “dashboard”. This is your home page on Blogger. If you create multiple blogs, this is where you can see them all.

Click on “Create a Blog”

You will type your blog name into 2 places on this screen. In the first line, type it as separate words if it is multiple words. I typed “Boomers on Blogger”. This is the title of the blog that people can read.

In the second line, type the blog name as one word in front of the “.blogspot.com”. This will be the URL address for your new blog. So your blog address will be:
http://yourblogname.blogspot .com

Choose the “Simple” template.
In later posts we will customize this template so it helps if we all start out with the same template.

There! That was all there was to creating your blog.

From here you can create your first post or just go see what your basis blog looks like.

Above is what your basic blog looks like. The title you see at the top of my example blog is the one I typed in at the first line near the beginning of this tutorial.

Go ahead and set up your blog using this tutorial.

In future posts throughout the month, I will be writing about how to create your first post, insert photos and customize your blog a bit.
By the end of this month, I will have the rough draft of a complete How-to Book for Creating Your Own Blog in a Weekend.

Can you please help me improve my book?

If there was anything unclear in this tutorial or anything that needed more explanation, please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me an email. (My email address is at the top right of this page, below my photo.)

Write Nonfiction in November

During the month of November, use blog posts to write a book by the end of the month.

Subject of the book:
Create your own blog as an electronic “home” for any future ventures online.

Why you would want to create an electronic home now rather than wait until later:
Several reasons:
  1. If you wish to write your own book and publish it on Kindle, having a blog to connect with your readers is a good idea.
  2. If you have ideas or expertise you would like to share, a blog is a good place to start.
  3. Also, in the online world, age is a good thing. The longer a site has been around and active, the more fondly search engines like Google look at the site.

Many people say that if you are really serious about creating an online business, you should create your blog using self-hosted Wordpress. Well, that's fine and good if you are ready to jump into the deep end of the pool and spend the money and time it takes to figure out Wordpress and the hosting site.

But what if you only want to wade ankle-deep into the water?
What if you're not ready to spend a lot of time understanding how to set up a Wordpress site?

A good way for someone who has never had a website or blog before is through Blogger.com.
Blogger has an especially easy to use setup. You can keep your blog super simple. Or you can jazz it up a bit and even get a custom website name (URL). Even that amount of customizing your new site is still easy to do and minimal cost.

I'll walk you through creating a simple blog.

Twelve Steps to Create Your Own Website in a Weekend

  1. Setting up your initial account. See #2.
  2. How to insert a picture.
  3. Where are your pictures stored?
  4. How to format your post to make your font larger, bold or different colors.
  5. How to format your post to catch your readers eye
  6. What is a Widget and How to add it to your blog.
  7. How to create a custom header (the banner at the top of the blog)
  8. How to get someone to inexpensively make a custom header for you.
  9. How to put a custom header into your blog
  10. How to customize the colors of your blog

These twelve steps will get you started with a blog that you can be proud to tell your friends about.

I will be posting these steps throughout this month.

Is there anything you think I should include in this list? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks to Nina at http://writenonfictioninnovember.com/ for the idea to write a non-fiction book in the month of Novemeber.

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