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Mary Biever | One Writing Mother |

How Tri-State Women Turned My Life Upside Down in a Single Year

At Thursday night’s Christmas party with Tri-State Women, I shared how they had changed my life in a single year.

A year ago, I went to their Christmas party, when Cheryl Mochau, a visitor, spoke about her book He Knew I Would Tell. She had recently published it to share stories of God moments in her life and those of others. Because I had been to a Living Hell to Living Well retreat earlier that fall, hosted by TSW’s founder Kimberly Delcoco, where I had set a goal of writing a book within 5 years, I was intrigued.

So Cheryl and I made an appointment for a 1:1 over coffee, just before a January meeting of Tri-State Women.  Cheryl shared that she felt called to write a book and prayed to ask how to fit time to write it. She woke up early and realized God was giving her the time.

Always ready with a wisecrack, I told her that when God was ready for me to write a book, he would wake me up early to do it. I told her when it happened, I would write “Good morning” on her Facebook wall, and she would know what it meant.

Cheryl told me, “Don’t joke like that. God will take you seriously.”

The next morning, I woke up at 3 a.m. I realized it was time and started writing, getting up early and writing daily for a month. At the end of that month, my book He Uses It for Good was written. It took a lot of the rest of the year to work through the publication process.

But in that full circle of life, this year, it was my book I was talking about at Tri-State Women. After I told how my book began, Kim added insights I have to share.

It wasn’t just what happened to me that changed my life this year. It was my listening to God and saying yes when called. It was about Cheryl and me – and the other women like us – who encouraged one another and worked to inspire each other. In the process, that made an impact on our own lives, the lives of our friends, then our community, and beyond.

What I never expected after finishing my book was the tremendous relief born of sharing a story I had held inside for a lifetime, waiting for the time to be right to tell it. As I wrote the story, I prayed at each step for God to close doors and stop me if the time were wrong or if I should stay silent. Every single time, He pushed me forward.

And I said yes.

With that yes, my whole world is a little brighter – sort of like seeing the colors in the land of Oz after spending a lifetime in Kansas. I can open the door in the morning, hear birds chirping, and get so excited I call my family to the door so they too can hear their music.

Now I see that I had to tell my own story before I could write those of others.  This was not an end but was a beginning – future books will include a cookbook, a children’s story book which I hope  my husband will illustrate, and a book of meditations inspired by great hymns that sustained me for a lifetime.

Once I said yes to God, whole worlds of possibilities presented themselves.

And I learned that when you surround yourself with kind, compassionate friends who encourage you to aim higher and try new adventures, great things happen.

Thanks, Tri-State Women, most especially Kim and Cheryl.


Facebook Gone Bad; What Block, Restrict, and Hide Do and Mean

It’s hard to do, but a key survival rule in the Facebook jungle is to not get tangled in the swamplands. Don’t take things personally. There are times we need to know some ways to protect ourselves and to understand when others have restricted their access as well. Here are 3 ways:

Block – If you block someone, that person cannot find your profile in search, cannot see your wall, cannot see you tagged in a photo, and cannot see our comments. It is as if you do not exist. If you have a mutual friend, you may see that person in a photograph, but the person’s name will not be tagged. If you block someone and later rethink that decision, consider carefully before unblocking. Facebook will not allow you to reblock that person for 48 hours. There are people I block, and I am sure others have blocked me. That’s their choice – I’m fine with that.  The key is to not take it personally. To block someone, click on the drop down arrow in the upper right corner, Privacy Settings, and then Blocked People and Apps. This is where you type in the person’s name or email to block.

Restrict – In your smart list on the left of your Home page, there is a list called Restricted. If you have a friend you need to keep as a friend for business reasons, but you don’t want that friend to have access to all your information, then click on that restricted list. In the upper right hand corner, click on Manage List, Add Members. Add that friend to the list. After you do so, that person will still be your friend. However, the only parts of your wall’s information that will be visible are posts you make global, or public. (I don’t recommend public posts on Facebook because once you do a public post it’s easy to not reset it so all future posts are public instead of restricted to friends.) There are people on my restricted list for varied and personal reasons. There are also “friends” who have opted to restrict my access to their walls. That’s their right. It gets awkward when it was one way and they later restrict it and I realize it. The key is to not take it personally.

Hide – Some of my friends are hot heads who enjoy more drama in their lives than I do in my middle-aged years. I go to Facebook to connect and build communities. If someone continually starts fights or is angry, I will most likely hide (or unsubscribe) from that friend’s updates. We can still be friends. My friend will never know the news feed is hidden. But I can enjoy my morning coffee without a heaping spoonful of angry ranting stirred into it.

You can choose who to invite into your own home. Same for who you invite into your social media world.


Facebook = Zuckerberg Tycoon

Facebook and those who use it (I’m one of them) remind me of the pseudo SimCity games Roller Coaster Tycoon and Zoo Tycoon that my kids used to play. Both games were a great way for kids to play in a virtual world and learn business management lessons. The game’s player would design a virtual property, a theme park in Roller Coaster Tycoon or a zoo in Zoo Tycoon. The player would need to spend money to build rides or exhibits, in adddition to food vendors, restrooms, gift shops, and more. Employees would need to be hired and assigned to areas to work.

The games included consequences. If no employees were hired to clean animal litter in the zoo, the exhibits would stink and no patrons would visit. If there weren’t enough restrooms, the patrons would be unhappy, would quit spending money, and might leave the park. So it was up to the game’s player to get employees to clean the animal litter, build the bathrooms, keep enough food vendors, and more to keep the customers happy.

There was a flip side too. The game’s player had to observe cash flow. If the player spent all his or her money, then there was nothing in reserve for repairs or unexpected expenses. That could lead to bad outcomes as well. As  a result, the player had to learn to play the game all successful business owners know very well: juggling meeting multiple customer needs with a limited budget. When the player did well, both the roller coaster and the zoo flourished.

That’s the neat, academic analysis of Roller Coaster Tycoon and Zoo Tycoon. Bear in mind that these games get played by ornery kids. Sometimes they make mistakes just to see what will happen. In Zoo Tycoon, if you put predatory animals in the same animal exhibit as small animals, the predators will eat the small ones. Or for more fun, you can fill your zoo with exhibits of animals, get happy patrons, and then remove all the exhibit cages. Then the animals will run amok and patrons will run screaming for their lives. In Roller Coaster Tycoon, you can design a roller coaster that’s so thrill-filled that all its riders throw up during the ride.

And yes, there are children who do all of the above just to see what happens so they can laugh. I could be related to some kids who did this. It’s part of the game.

Translate that to Facebook World. The game has 800 million players and is still growing strong. We are the virtual zoo and roller coaster patrons. We do different things in Facebook World – share pictures, talk with friends, and express ourselves. Some of us play the arcade games like Farmville or Bejeweled. Others shop in the theme park/zoo shops, clicking on the ads on the sides to spend our money.

Some of us, business owners, set up shop in Facebook World, hoping to build our own businesses. The problem with that is it’s Zuckerberg World, where Mark Zuckerberg makes the rules because he is the Creator. He can change the rules or guidelines on a whim, just as my kids could in Zoo Tycoon and Roller Coaster Tycoon. We don’t pay to be there – he pays the bills, he built the game, and he makes the rules. The business rules are called promotional guidelines.

So what’s a business owner to do? Our customers are all playing at Facebook World. We need the face time with them. If we resolve to never set foot in Facebook World, we lose opportunities. If we build our entire business in Facebook World, without other outlets, we place ourselves at the mercy of Zuckerberg. So what we do is create virtual storefronts in the virtual Facebook World – store fronts that offer a window back to our real business. We link blogs and links back to our website. We post great photos, promote special events, and build our communities.

The challenge then becomes maintaining a consistent flow of information on a business Facebook page – content that your customers like and respond to. That can take so much time it’s hard to run your real business.  Some business owners then hire experts (not interns) to help them develop strategies so they can be smart and fun with their Facebook World adventures.

Zoo Tycoon and Roller Coaster Tycoon provided hours of great fun for my kids. Facebook World offers me opportunities to have fun and get to know people better. But never ever forget that we aren’t the creators; we are the players in a virtual world who sometimes have to escape to the real world just like Tron.

And when we do, we may pause if someone asks us if we want the blue Facebook pill, or the red Twitter pill, or whatever new pill colors the Creators develop next.


Whats & Whys for the New Mass Responses

Decades ago, I tutored a girl learning English as a second language with her English composition class. In an essay, she wrote, “My brother pulled my legs off.” I explained to her the difference between what she wrote and the cliche which would have been, “My brother pulled my leg.” Translations are more art than science, and we both laughed after I explained the difference between what she wrote and what she meant.

Some translations are better than others.  Good things happen when we work to improve a translation; we think through what words really mean and what we are saying.

We often say that we are what we eat; we are also what we speak. The words we speak and the thoughts we think work together to impact who we are and what we do. 

One of the ways my parish prepared for the new responses was hosting the first of many workshops on whats and whys for the responses. We learned how Latin helped the spread of the early Church. Paul asked to go to Rome because it was the center of the Empire. As he shared his message and was martyred there, he witnessed to many who spread the Word to the far reaches of the Roman Empire. All roads lead to Rome, and those roads at that time led to the evangelization of distant lands.

As the evangelization spread, Latin became the universal language used for worship. In my own parish, which hosts a Spanish Mass in addition to English masses, when we had a bilingual Mass, our congregation united when we sang some responses in Latin. The Latin united us in a way that neither English nor Spanish could. That said, responding in the Mass in our native tongue gives us opportunities for full participation.

I like the new responses because they give us an opportunity to think about what we are saying, to learn more about the Bible, and to deepen our faith. The new responses are intended to lift our thoughts and our language higher, aimed more towards God, just as the buttresses and windows in Gothic cathedrals pointed up to direct us heavenwards.

Parishes need to offer workshops on what we say and why we say it so our Mass responses are more intentional. Parishioners need to attend those workshops; if you haven’t made the time to study the whats and whys of the new responses, then don’t complain about the changes.

Examples of my top 10 new Mass responses that I like:

  1. “And with your spirit” – I only missed this response once last Sunday with an “And also with you.” When we say this, we are recognizing the work the Holy Spirit does in our priests and how the Holy Spirit transforms the priest’s heart. We’re also more closely remembering Biblical references of  Galatians 6:18, Philippians 4:23, and 2 Timothy 4:22. This more closely reflects the Semitic greetings (see Ruth 2:4 and 1 Chronicles 22:11 for early precursors) and those of the early Church. St. Hippolytus of Rome wrote of this exchange in The Apostolic Tradition in 215 A.D.
  2.  “I believe” now begins the Nicene Creed instead of  “We believe.” This puts our translation of the creed in line with other languages who have always said “I believe.” This makes our declaration of the creed a personal commitment and binds us more closely to what we are saying.
  3. “Visible and invisible” – In the Creed, we now say we believe in things “visible and invisible” instead of “seen and unseen.” I can’t see the other side of the planet, but we all know it’s there. When we instead say visible and invisible, we acknowledge the spiritual realm which is not visible but which directly impacts us all. When the Vatican Collection toured art museums in 1998, the title of the exhibit was “The Invisible Made Visible; Angels from the Vatican.” The exhibit brought the Vatican’s greatest artistic renderings of divine and angelic intervention to museums across the United States. Now, when we say the creed, we can better recognize that spiritual realm. This refers to Col. 1:16.
  4. “Consubstantial with the Father”  - Before in the Creed, we said “one in being with the Father.” Now, we say “consubstantial with the Father.” Jesus is both God and Man, which means He has a human and a divine nature. “Consubstantial” (with substance) gives us the opportunity to recognize His divine nature. This gives us a chance to review Church history and why the Council of Nicea (which produced the Nicene Creed) was called in 325 A.D. The Council was called to review and refute the Arian heresy: that Jesus was human but not divine.  As I increasingly see the Arian heresy again rearing its head such that good people misunderstand that Jesus was human and divine, I think this change is very much needed.
  5. “Was incarnate of the Virgin Mary”  – The previous statement was “born of the Virgin Mary.” We are all born. The new phraseology recognizes that Jesus was not merely born but was made incarnate, with the Holy Spirit, and He was both human and divine from the moment of conception. This helps us again recognize His divine nature.
  6. Gloria thanks – in the former Gloria, we used 3 verbs: worship, give (you thanks), and praise. Now we use 5: praise, bless, adore, glorify, and give (you thanks). This hammers home the rejoicing of the Mass and makes it deeper. Just as the Eskimos have more words for snow than we do, as we use more verbs here we more fully reflect our worship.
  7. “Lord Jesus Christ” in the Gloria – The previous version included in our praise “Lord Jesus Christ, only son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God.” Now, we will sing, “Lord Jesus Christ, only begotten son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father.” This reminds us of John 3:16, that Jesus is the son of God.
  8. “You take away the sins of the world” in the Gloria. Before, we sang to Jesus, “you are seated at the right hand of the Father, receive our prayer.” Now, we sing, “you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. You are seated at the right hand of the father, have mercy on us.” So we begin our Mass with a more direct thanking of Jesus for taking the sins of the world and a prayer asking for His mercy.
  9. “For many” – the new Roman Missal includes in the Eucharist: “which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Previously, it said “for you and for all.” Christ’s salvation is open to all, but not all choose to receive it. This more accurately reflects the Gospels in the Last Supper, Matthew 26:28 and Mark 14:24.
  10. “under my roof” – In the earlier Mass, we said, “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you. But only say the word and I shall be healed.” That was beautiful, but I like the new version more, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”  Read the story of Jesus and the centurion (Matthew 8:5-13) who came to Jesus asking for his servant to be healed. The Roman centurion told Jesus, “I am not worthy to have you under my roof,” after which he asked for healing. Jesus said yes. This story gives me comfort – I was a centurion, an outsider, who asked Jesus under my roof so my soul would be healed. As I say that every time I attend Mass, that will remind me of the miracle of my salvation.
The new Dismissal Rites do not include an option for “Y’all come back now, ya hear!” They do call us to go forth and live the Gospel. And we will still respond, “Thanks be to God.”
So we have a new challenge: to update our Mass responses and in the process review what our faith means and renew how it applies in our lives.  What greater challenge is there for a new liturgical year?
Let’s go for it!

Resources:

Roman Missal Resources – links to several excellent resources by Our Sunday Visitor

Welcoming the Roman Missal - by USCCB

Catholic Lane – 10 Good Reasons to Get Excited About the New Mass

Catholic Lane – “And With Your Spirit”

Catholic Lane – A Fresh Encounter with the Liturgy

 

 

Catholic Lane – The Mystery of the Eucharistic Union

 

Catholic Lane – There Will be Blood

 

Catholic Lane – Focus on Christology

 


How 4-H Helps With College & Scholarship Applications`

“My 4-H achievement record is a waste of time that no one will ever look at,” a teen grumbled at me this summer. I disagreed.

Now that I’m the mother of a daughter on the quest for college acceptance letters and scholarship offers, I can back up my disagreement. Each college has its own questions on its application. They want more than the grades and test scores; they want to see a well-rounded person. As a youth development program, 4-H can make that happen.

Each year, we update my kids’ 4-H achievement records. It’s a headache and a pain. I rank it as being just as pleasurable as filing income taxes and having my toenails yanked off one at a time.

However, that lifetime 4-H record is a lifesaver with college and scholarship applications. Different applications ask information about activities in different ways. Whatever they ask, the 4-H record has the answer:

  • Membership and offices
  • Community service
  • Awards
  • Workshops

For years, in our 4-H achievement record workshops, we hav encouraged members to include outside community service and other activities on their records. Now that I see my daughter completing these applications, I see even more benefit to this practice.

As a high school senior, it’s hard to remember every accomplishment and activity for all 4 years of high school. The achievement record gives a quick reference that answers questions, saving time and improving the overall quality of the application submitted. Further, with varied essay questions, the 4-H record offers substantive background. College and scholarship applicants can illustrate with concrete examples a strong depth of involvement, beyond the club name and office title.

Hint to 4-H members and their families: make the time to do those achievement records well. It is definitely worth it come college application time.


How to Cut Costs & Add Flavor With Thanksgiving Dinners

Every year I shrug when I see what  a Thanksgiving meal should cost. There are ways to add flavor, spend less money, and make healthier cooking choices. Here are a few:

  • 2 days before the dinner: cook something with plain rice and save 2 cups of the rice to include in your dressing recipe. The rice will add a different layer and depth to your dressing. If you want to make cornbread dressing, bake cornbread to use for the crumbs – do NOT use the corn muffin mixes as they include sugar which will not taste good in your dressing.
  • Day before the dinner: Make your own chicken broth to use while cooking the day of the dinner. Buy a fryer on sale. Remove skin and fat from the fryer and cook that on low in a 4-5 quart stockpot with water, 2 carrots, 1 onion, 2 stalks of celery, pepper, and 1 bay leaf. Simmer until the chicken falls off the bone. Let the fryer cool and bone it. Freeze the chicken meat to use in recipes later. Strain the broth and refrigerate. I usually go through 1 gallon of chicken broth prepping Thanksgiving dinner. Discard the bay leaf. Grind the carrots, celery, and onion in a blender and refrigerate to add extra flavor to the dressing. If you plan to make mashed potatoes, peel the potatoes and let them soak in water overnight to save you time on dinner day. Make your desserts and salads the day before the dinner.
  • Dinner day: Skim any fat from the top of the broth and use it to flavor the dressing and also to baste the turkey during baking. Make your turkey and side dishes.
  • Sweet Potatoes: My family prefers a sweet potato casserole. The best way I’ve found to make it is to clean the potatoes, cut them into pieces, and boil them. When the potatoes are tender, then I drain them, remove the skins, and mix ingredients for sweet potato casserole.
  • Mashed Potatoes: I use 1 can of evaporated milk for 5 lbs. of potatoes. I put the evaporated milk into a saucepan with 1/2 stick of butter and heat gently. When the potatoes have cooked, I drain them, put them in my mixer, turn it on, and slowly pour the milk/butter mixture into the bowl. Warm milk with melted butter makes a better mashed potato product. If the potatoes need more liquid, add milk. If they need more substance, I slip in instant mashed potatoes, 1 tablespoon at a time. Calculate your mashed potatoes at 2-3 people per pound of potatoes.
  • Gravy:  Simmer the turkey neck and giblets while the turkey is baking. Use that broth in the gravy, along with drippings from the turkey roaster. Deglaze the roaster pan and use that flavoring as well for a richer gravy.
  • Dressing: I use a mix of a bag of herbed bread crumbs, 1/2 loaf of wheat bread torn apart, rice, and a sleeve of crushed crackers.  If I did it my way, I would also add the cornbread crumbs from above. However, no one else in my family likes dressing that way, so I don’t use them. Be sure to add the ground vegetables into the dressing for moisture and flavor. In addition, saute 2 cups of onions and celery in 3T oil in a frying pan to add to the dressing. Cook the onions and celery until the onions are all clear and have begun to caramelize. You’ll get the best flavor after they caramelize.
  • After the dinner: Refrigerate the turkey carcass immediately after serving. The day after Thanksgiving, make liquid gold: turkey broth. In a giant stockpot, simmer the carcass with 3 carrots, 3 stalks of celery, 3 onions, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 bay leaf, and pepper. Cook until you have a golden broth. It will make your house smell fantastic. To cool it, I turn the pan off and let it set about 30 minutes. When this cools, pour into 2-4 cup plastic containers and freeze. You want to separate it into smaller containers so it will cool faster. I usually include the vegetables and turkey scraps in at least 1 container and label it turkey soup starter. This will provide you with fantastic flavoring for countless dishes after the holiday. Turkey broth is richer and has a flavor much better than traditional chicken broth. My turkey this year yielded 8 quarts of turkey broth and 1 gallon of turkey soup starter. Calculating the cost of buying chicken broth, and it would cost more than I spent buying the turkey on sale.
I sometimes keep 1-2 cans of commercial chicken broth in my pantry.  However, making your own is healthier. Note I add no salt to my broth. Combining that with skimming the fat makes it a lower-fat, healthier, and cheaper way to add flavor to your menu.
 
With these tricks, your turkey broth comes at a minimal cost; you’ve frozen the chicken from the fryer to use later. You’ve ground the broth vegetables to include in your dressing.  So you’re stretching your dollar and packing more vegetables into your stuffing at the same time.

Our Thanksgiving Menu

Blogging will be light today as I’ll be cooking. What’s for Thanksgiving dinner?

Salad – made with romaine & curly lettuce, spinach, daikon radishes, kohlrabi, sweet banana peppers, carrots, and tomatoes, with most ingredients from Seton Harvest‘s CSA.

Turkey and gravy – flavored with herbs freshly picked from Seton Harvest.

Country-style dressing, flavored with sage from Seton Harvest.

Garlic-mashed Yukon potatoes, with garlic from Seton Harvest.

Sweet potato casserole, with sweet potatoes from Seton Harvest, topped with walnuts.

Corn, with corn we froze fresh from the field this summer.

Cranberry relish, made with cranberries, oranges, apples, and walnuts

Green beans

Honey wheat rolls, with freshly ground Montana prairie gold and bronze chief wheat

Desserts:

Banana Pudding, made by my son

Apple Pie, made from scratch with Granny Smith apples by my daughter

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

 

The best part is the leftovers! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

 

 


Thanksgiving Backwards, Forwards, and Now

I’m never alone when I’m cooking or knitting; if no one is there, I chat with God in continuous prayer. Those are the most inspirational moments of my life. This Thanksgiving, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do in my life.
Eternal clock

Back

I think back on 20 years of Thanksgivings with Richard and those early years with new babies and toddlers.

Ten years ago Thanksgiving, we had just moved back into our home after a fire. We had a couch and folding chairs in our living room. Two small, borrowed tables of different heights were in our kitchen with tablecloths. Our new refrigerator was delivered on the Monday of Thanksgiving week.

I had planned to replace most of my kitchen equipment on Black Friday, so cooking dinner was an exercise in creative use of borrowed pots and pans.

Our kids, ages 5 and 7, enjoyed being home instead of our temporary apartment. My son had broken his arm after a failed attempt pretending to be Adam West doing the Batman Bat Climb up our backyard slide with a jump rope. I had just hit a buck a couple of days before  with my car and was waiting on it to be fixed.

But we were home together.

Forwards

I’ve no idea what future years will bring. Our daughter leaves for college next fall. We don’t know whether she will be close to home or far away. This year, sometimes our large kitchen table is covered with food prep. Other times, it’s home base for a laptop and paperwork as my daughter completes college and scholarship applications.

Next year, at this time, we may be driving to a college to bring her home for Thanksgiving. Or she might venture from a local dorm to return home. As 1 of her former teachers told me last weekend, “She’s ready to spread her wings, go after her dreams, and soar. That means you did your job.”

As soon as she goes, we will begin the same journey of letting go with our son.

So our lives are on the cusp of change. God only knows where they will go or what they will do. This is our last Thanksgiving before the kids begin their own adventures.

Now

Enough pondering. Time to enjoy the here, the now, and to savor these precious, fleeting moments.

It’s time to give thanks for my family, given to me by God, who have utterly transformed my life and given me more joy than I ever imagined possible.

The giving of thanks often happens in the celebration of the simple moments at home, with those I love, in the now.


Yes, Your Small Business Does Need Social Media

I thought I was sitting in a lunch from 2005 as the business person next to me began, “I’m the only business owner in my national franchise who refuses to do social media. It’s a total waste of money.”

After I listened to him expound the shallow waste of Facebook et all social media a few minutes, I asked him, “Do you know what I do for a living?”

“What?”

“I work with small businesses, with their social media, their websites, and their blogs to build them businesses to grow their customer bases. Helping businesses grow by way of Facebook is how I make my living.”

End of conversation. I didn’t expect that conversation at the end of 2011. We were at a social function where I could not share what I know and what I see:

  1. With our own marketing business, if we had not embraced social media 5 years ago, I do not believe we would be in existence today. It’s a key method by which we build stronger and deeper relationships with our out-of-state clients.
  2. Facebook shares provide over 1/3 of the traffic to my website. Twitter, Google, and LinkedIn combine to direct even more traffic there. With my blog, Facebook is the primary route by which my blog attracts new readers.
  3. Most of the new business opportunities I’ve enjoyed in the past 2 years are the direct result of my work on social media.
That doesn’t mean slapping together a Facebook business page, posting on it for a few weeks and then getting bored and quitting. It means developing a strategic plan of consistent engagement which integrates blogging, the web, and social media. It can include video, a mobile app and email strategies as well.  Often, this is more than a sole business entrepreneur can handle, and they delegate parts of their marketing to other people.
That doesn’t mean slapping together a Facebook business page that is as annoying as the TV furniture/car commercials I mute and walk out of the room. It means finding a way by which your company can interact with your target market – with words and images that connect with people.
The good news is social media marketing is measurable. It’s possible to determine which times and approaches generate the best business sales.

Thanksgiving Recipe Go To Guide

If you are trying to figure out how to make basics for Thanksgiving dinner, this blog offers links to good recipes and cooking tips. Remember to follow food safety tips with any family dinner celebration!:

How to Organize Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey:

Food Safety

Dressing:

Side Dishes:

Desserts:

Roll Recipe
Cutting Calories & Adding Nutrition: