(My First & Only Thanksgiving Day Spread in 2007)


Dear Diary,


My daughter is going through a finicky phase.  She only eats certain foods, usually pasta or cheese puffs.  When she first started solids, she didn’t turn her head away to green beans. She ate all of her vegetables and sometimes cried for seconds. My family and pediatrician say, “When she’s hungry she’ll eat!”  Nonetheless, I want to make sure I give her a lot of options.  One dish that is a hit every time is my mother’s sweet potatoes.  It’s popular among the adults as well, so the recipe below will feed your entire family.

Here’s what you’ll need:


10 sweet potatoes or yams


Boil your potatoes until firm.  If they get too mushy, you can always make mashed potatoes instead!  Peel and cube.  Pour over the sauce over the sweet potatoes.  Sprinkle marshmallows on top if you want them super sweet.  Bake for about 10 minutes.  Check and remove from oven when marshmallows are melted.




1 stick of butter
4 cups of water
1 cups of white sugar
2 cups of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
2 tablesppons of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor


If you’re child won’t eat these, you can add a little bit of Kahlúa for the grown ups.


Cook slowly until thickens.  Taste and adjust recipe to your taste buds.


Let me know how this goes over!  And share your recipes that your little one loves in the comment box below.  Enjoy!

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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