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New Year: Resolutions, changes & exciting additions!

New Year: Resolutions, changes & exciting additions!

I have been talking about and thinking about and dreaming about going back to my first love and the reason I started digi scrapping and digi designing: researching my family history and creating scrapbooking layouts and books from that research.  I started digi designing because I could not find what I wanted for my pages/books and then somehow, I drifted away … well, I am going back to my beginnings and I am excited to announce I have have some awesome help coming along with me.

Watch here for more genealogy news, including research tips and genealogy scrapbooking ideas from my Creative Team member, Mary.  Check out her wonderful layout below. She has such a great way of presenting the family history research she has done.  Not only is she an amazing scrapper, she is an enthusiastic and creative genealogist ready to help us all.

I have also enlisted the aid of Dana, another member of my Creative Team to provide tips and tutorials for using  the My Memories software.  When Dana told me, “I absolutely adore this program. I would not be digital scrapbooking at all if this program did not exist. I call it scrapbooking for dummies.” I knew you all could benefit from her expertise. I will have a special section on the blog where Dana and I can share with you and where you can ask questions about the software and receive help.

Last, but not least, dear friend Rebecca will be contributing to my blog as well. Rebecca is a self proclaimed “genealogy newbie” and this gives her a different perspective on how to approach family research and creating the resulting scrapbooks and printed books.  She is not alone, many of you are new to this or feel like you are and the journey IS easier when we are traveling together.  Look for posts that talk about the journey and the steps accomplished.  By her own admission, Rebecca is OCD about many parts of life but when it comes to connecting scrapping with genealogy things just never seem to get finished.  You never know what information she will bring to the table but she loves sharing tools and tips that work to help us save time in everyday life so we have more time to spend doing what we love.

I hope you will share with us about your journey; we are a community.

Best regards & hugs,
Diane

Mary’s layout about her “brick wall.”

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End of the garden canning … tiring but oh so wonderful to finish!

End of the garden canning … tiring but oh so wonderful to finish!

The end of the garden is a special time….time to put the up the last of the vegetables and make the favorites, the recipes that have stood the test of time. Today and into tonight was such a day for me.  My husband is awesome, he does the gardening AND he helps with the canning. In fact, the Pepper Hash he does almost entirely by himself.

We have been canning and freezing all summer but there is something about the end of the season that is special.  Today we finished making the Cucumber Relish and the India Relish and Jim canned another batch of Pepper Hash.

We still have plums to pick and make jam, but canning from the garden is finished.

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Here are my recipes if you are interested.

Pepper Hash

7 cups rough chop mixed hot peppers (serranos, jalapeños, habaneros, banana, etc.)
2 cups sugar
1 qt. white vinegar

cook, stirring frequently, until boils.
Ladle hot into clean, hot jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace.

10 min. boiling water bath.
Yield: appx. 6 pints

Cucumber Relish

2 qts. chopped cucumbers
2 cups chopped sweet green peppers
2 cups chopped sweet red peppers
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup salt
2 qts cold water

1 Tbs Turmeric

1 qt. cider vinegar
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 Tbs mustard seed

(1) combine vegetables, sprinkle with the 1 Tbs turmeric
Dissolve the 1/2 c. salt in the 2 qts. water; pour over vegetables.
Let stand 3-4 hours.

(2) Drain; cover vegetables with cold water. Let stand 1 hour.

(3) Drain thoroughly (I press the vegetables to express additional water)

(4) Combine vinegar, sugar and remaining spices; add vegetables. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Ladle hot into clean, hot jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace.

10 min. boiling water bath.
Yield: appx. 6 pints

India Relish

3 qts. peeled & chopped tomatoes (squeeze the tomatoes to remove excess liquid)
3 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped onion
1/4 cup salt

1 3/4 cups chopped red peppers
1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped hot peppers (any variety)

1 qt. cider vinegar
3 cups brown sugar
1/3 cup mustard seed
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground allspice
3/4 tsp ground cloves

(1) Combine tomatoes, celery & onion in a large bowl and stir salt into them. Let stand for 2 hours.

(2) Add peppers.

(3) In large cooking pot (I use a soup pot) combine vinegar, sugar & spices; add vegetables.
Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens.

Ladle hot into clean, hot jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace.

15 min. boiling water bath.
Yield: appx. 10 pints

HUGS
Diane

Documenting Your Life Series: question/prompt 38

Documenting Your Life Series: question/prompt 38

You can join in at any time. You can start with the current question and move forward from there, catching up later with the questions asked before.

Some participants do only the journal, others do the journal and then create layouts for some of the questions as well. This is your story, you may do it any way you like. Don’t worry about handwriting, spelling and grammar. Putting words to paper is the essential task you have.

If you create layouts (not required) I would love to see them here and/or in the gallery at theStudio “Everyone Has a Story” Gallery

March 18, 2015
Question 38

Last week our question was about writing a letter to our younger self. This stirred up a lot of mixed emotions for me, and as I pondered those feelings and the events surrounding them, I came to realize this would need to be a two week series, at least for me.  So in order to do justice to the memories stirred up by last weeks question/prompt…here is this week’s question:

What action/words/inaction/etc. do you regret having made?  Some folks might refer to this question/prompt as a discussion of “burnt bridges” … perhaps so.

This is your project. Your creation. Do it in your own way so it is unique to you. Be sure to enjoy the process.

Hugs!
Diane

 

Documenting Your Life series: question/prompt 37

Documenting Your Life series: question/prompt 37

You can join in at any time. You can start with the current question and move forward from there, catching up later with the questions asked before.

Some participants do only the journal, others do the journal and then create layouts for some of the questions as well. This is your story, you may do it any way you like. Don’t worry about handwriting, spelling and grammar. Putting words to paper is the essential task you have.

If you create layouts (not required) I would love to see them here and/or in the gallery at theStudio “Everyone Has a Story” Gallery

March 11, 2015
Question 37

In celebration of International Women’s Day, which was this past Sunday, I decided we should depart from our usual format and take part in the global “#DearMe” initiative to inspire and empower young girls everywhere. We all know that growing up is tough. But if you could go back in time, what wisdom would you share with your teenage self? 

Start your journal entry with “Dear Me”…. 

If you are technically astute and want to join in the U-Tube effort, then post a GIF to share with all young women (and young men) — just search the #DearMe initiative. 

This is your project. Your creation. Do it in your own way so it is unique to you. Be sure to enjoy the process.

Hugs!
Diane

 

 

Documenting Your Life series: question/prompt 36

Documenting Your Life series: question/prompt 36

You can join in at any time. You can start with the current question and move forward from there, catching up later with the questions asked before.

Some participants do only the journal, others do the journal and then create layouts for some of the questions as well. This is your story, you may do it any way you like. Don’t worry about handwriting, spelling and grammar. Putting words to paper is the essential task you have.

If you create layouts (not required) I would love to see them here and/or in the gallery at theStudio “Everyone Has a Story” Gallery

March 4, 2015
Question 36

The angst of the teen years…

Describe your relationship with your parents. Were you able to communicate freely with them?

This is your project. Your creation. Do it in your own way so it is unique to you. Be sure to enjoy the process.

Hugs!
Diane