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Home made strawberry “Shelley Jelly” and delicious English Scones

Strawberry Jelly

  • 5 cups chopped strawberries
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 pkg liquid pectin

First, start the canner boiling.

While that is heating up, smoosh the strawberries until almost all chunks are liquid. Then in a large pot add the fruit, juice, and sugar (a bit at a time). Bring this to a boil, stirring frequently. Once it boils, add the pectin and stir constantly for one minute. Turn off the heat.

Skim the pink foam off the top and ladle the jelly into jars.

At my altitude (4800+ feet), I boil in the canner for 20 minutes with 2 inches of water over the lids. I keep a kettle handy with boiled water in it, and check the water level after 10 minutes. When time is up, leave the lid on and turn off the heat, let it sit for 5 minutes.

Remove the jars and let them sit for 24 hours. Refrigerate any jars with lids that didn’t pop. Fills 4 pint jars (16oz) or about 7-8 jelly jars.

I have substituted rhubarb or other berries for up to half of the strawberries. For blueberries, if preferred you can crush them separately and remove the skins. For rhubarb, cut stalks into 1/2 inch pieces and let the fruit mixture boil for 10 minutes or so before adding the pectin, and then boil for one more minute. For grape jelly I use 4 cups of juice from concord grapes (and 4 cups of sugar). I prepare juice with an old fruit press – this is the original “Shelley Jelly”.

If jelly does not set after 48 hours, remove it from the jars and add 1/4 c. sugar. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. If using powdered pectin, add 1 tbsp before cooking. If using liquid, add 1/4 package after cooking and allow to boil for 1 minute. Wash the jars and re-can with new lids.

English Scones

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Stir dry ingredients together in large bowl. Mix wet ingredients together well in medium bowl. Add wet ingredients to the large bowl and stir together – do not over work the flour.

You can gently roll the dough and cut out biscuits – the dough is wet but if you are at altitude don’t add too much flour. Or, I prefer the much easier method – dollop blobs onto the cookie sheet.

Cook small dollops for 11 minutes and biscuits or larger dollops for 13 – 15 minutes (at altitude). Makes 24 small or 12 large scones.

Variables in cron

It can be handy to use variables in cron to dynamically generate output filenames, etc.

Basically, cron is running whatever shell is specified in the “SHELL” environment variable within the cron script, or the /etc/passwd value of the crontab owner (which can be overridden with the SHELL env var).

It may be helpful to review the man 5 crontab page regarding script formatting, environment variables, etc.

Examples

OUTFILE=output.txt
0 1 * * * root /path/to/my/script.sh > $OUTFILE

1 1 * * * root /my/script.sh > output_$( date +\%F ).txt

GSuite Mobile Security Settings

Google Play store gave me an error, starting 6/19, that I could not update google news. Here is the error:

“To access your work account on this device, you’ll need to set a lock screen. This is your organization’s mobile device policy.”

Although ill advised, I do not lock my screen because I use my phone as an auxiliary device connected to my computer all day long. It is typically my first view for gmail and trillian.

It was not obvious to me where this setting was located… turns out:

Device management > Setup (in left sidebar) > Mobile Management > Enable mobile management

WP Avada Theme: Center Footer Widgets

Despite all the custom css solutions offered as answers all over for this, I (finally) found the “correct” solution… I am adding fusion buttons in the footer widgets. To get them to center required three parts:

  1. From the dashboard… Avada > Theme Options > Footer > Footer Content.

    Change “Center Footer Widgets Content” to “ON”.

  2. In the widget editor, click the arrow to expand the footer widget.

    Under “Avada Widget Options”, set “Content Align” and “Mobile Content Align ” to “Center”.

  3. In the fusion_button shortcode parameters, add:

    alignment=”center”

Easy peasy one-two-threesey!

Using pem keys in putty

Since I have to keep looking this up…

  • Open puttygen (PuTTY key generator)
  • Load an existing private key file (the pem file):
    • Click Load
    • Select pem file
    • Click OK
  • Click ‘Save private key’, click ‘Yes’ if not using a passphrase
  • Save the ppk file where you can store and find it
  • You can close puttygen. Open PuTTY.
  • Create a new session for the server and save it
  • Go to Connection > SSH > Auth in the left nav
  • Browse to the ppk file under ‘Private key file for authentication’
  • Click ‘Session’ in the left nav then click ‘Save’

WP Single Page Custom Fields Plugin

Documentation from the plugin creator

Single Page Custom Fields is a WordPress plugin for the Fusion Builder, used by Avada theme.

The plugin allows to display a Custom Field in the Page layout. You can display unlimited number of Custom Fields per Page. This also works for any Custom Post Type that you build with the Fusion Builder.

How Does It Work?

This plugin adds a new element called Custom Field. This element is similar to the Button element in a way that it has similar design options. But instead of the button you choose the custom field to show.

If design options are not enough, you can also customize the custom field using css classes like most of the Fusion Builder elements.

Please see the demo to see how your Custom Fields may look like.

How To Install The Plugin?

  • Download the full plugin from Envato (all file and documentation)
  • 2. Unzip it and choose the included zip file that matches your Avada major version
  • 3. Log into your WordPress dashboard
  • 4. Go to Plugins -> Add New
  • 5. Click “Upload Plugin”
  • 6. Choose the plugin file from the item 2 above
  • 7. Click “Install Now”
  • 8. Click “Activate Plugin”

How To Update The Plugin?

  • Log into your WordPress dashboard
  • 2. Delete the current plugin
  • 3. Update Fusion Builder and Avada theme before installing the new plugin!
  • 4. Go to Plugins -> Add New
  • 5. Click “Upload Plugin”
  • 6. Choose the new plugin file
  • 7. Click “Install Now”
  • 8. Click “Activate Plugin”

Plugin Features

  • Adds the new element to the Fusion Builder – Custom Field that display selected custom field value at the element position
  • 2. Builds the list of all configured custom fields to choose from
  • 3. You can add the text before the custom field value which can be used as a custom field name
  • 4. Link to internal or external page can be assigned to the custom field value
  • 5. Many design options are similar to the Button element
  • Limited ACF support. The element can display any text or number custom field, even if it is created by ACF plugin. Advanced non-text formats may not work properly.

Quick Start Guide

After installing the plugin, create a new Page or go to modifying the existing one. Make sure that Fusion Builder is used to edit a Page. Go to the Elements menu of the Fusion Builder and choose the Custom Field element.

If you do not see that element make sure it is enabled in the Fusion Builder -> Settings menu.

To put a custom field on the Page or other Custom Post Type entry add a Custom Field element from the Fusion Builder elements menu like you add any other element. Open element options and choose the custom field you want to show.

You may create a custom field using either the standard WordPress method or create it using Advanced Custom Field (ACF) or other plugin. Please note that only text/number custom fields are guaranteed to work properly. Other types like image may not work correctly.

After you choose the custom field you also can add some text to appear right before the custom field value, add a link to the custom field value and configure other option. The list of element’s option is below.

Design options

To design your custom field, you may use Design tab of the element’s options. If you need further fine tune the design you may use the class names that you find under the “Custom Field Key” and “Custom Field Text” descriptions.

If you want some custom fields to have the absolutely unique design you may assign unique classes to both Custom Field Text and Custom Field Key.

Support

To receive the quick support please send us the question either via the contact form from our website of by e-mail support@amunet.biz. We will reply within one business day.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions related to the custom fields in general. We will try to advise you on the best solution for your case.

WP Custom Post Types and Taxonomies Plugin

Documentation from the plugin creator

Custom Post Types and Taxonomies is a WordPress plugin for the Fusion Builder, used by Avada theme.

The default functionality of the Fusion Builder allows to work only with WordPress built-in post types like blog posts or with Avada built-in post types like portfolios.

This plugin extends the Fusion Builder Blog, Portfolio and Recent Posts elements to work with any custom post types (CPTs). Blog and Recent Posts elements are also extended to work with custom taxonomies and custom fields.

How Does It Work?

The Fusion Builder has the Blog and Recent Posts elements to show your blogs using different styles and layouts. It also has Portfolio element to show Avada’s portfolios.

The plugin creates 3 new elements similar to Blog, Recent Posts and Portfolio elements and adds several new options to it. These options allow to use any custom post types instead of the default ones.

This means that you can put any content on any place in the page using the same styles and format like in blogs, recent posts and portfolios. This opportunity will turn your blog site into the real Content Management System.

For example, if you have some events or e-learning plugin, you have custom post types created by that plugin. Now if you want to show all your events or lessons using the same styles and layouts as you have for blogs or portfolios you need to use this plugin and select the “event” post type instead of the “post”.

This plugin also adds features to filter CPTs by custom taxonomies and show custom taxonomies (like categories) with your events, lessons, or other CPTs.

Blog and Recent Posts elements starting from version 5.5 have the option to show custom fields like it shows meta info. You can show max 2 taxonomies and 2 custom fields at the same time for one entry.

How To Install The Plugin?

  • 1. Download the full plugin from Envato (all files and documentation)
  • 2. Unzip it and choose the included zip file that matches your Avada major version
  • 3. Log into your WordPress dashboard
  • 4. Go to Plugins -> Add New
  • 5. Click “Upload Plugin”
  • 6. Choose the plugin file from the item 2 above
  • 7. Click “Install Now”
  • 8. Click “Activate Plugin”
  • 9. Press CTRL+R to refresh browser JavaScript cache

How To Update The Plugin?

  • Log into your WordPress dashboard
  • 2. Delete the current plugin
  • 3. Update the Fusion Builder and Avada theme before installing the new plugin!
  • 4. Go to Plugins -> Add New
  • 5. Click “Upload Plugin”
  • 6. Choose the new plugin file
  • 7. Click “Install Now”
  • 8. Click “Activate Plugin”
  • 9. Press CTRL+R to refresh browser JavaScript cache

Plugin Features

  • Enhances Blog, Portfolio and Recent Posts to any Custom Post Type (CPT) by creating 3 new elements – Blog CPT , Portfolio CPT and Recent Posts CPT
  • 2. Can Filter blogs by Tags or any other Taxonomy
  • 3. Can filter CPT by Custom Terms and Taxonomy
  • 4. Can use different layouts for CPTs (Large, Medium, Grid, Alternative, Carousel, Grid with text)
  • 5. Builds the list of all installed CPTs
  • 6. Builds the list of all configured Custom Fields (Blog CPT)
  • 7. Builds the list of all installed Custom Taxonomies
  • 8. Shows only Taxonomies linked to the chosen CPTs
  • 9. Filtering works with both Include and exclude mode
  • 10. Can show any Custom Terms in CPTs listings (Blog CPT)
  • 11. Two different Taxonomies can be shown in Blog CPT and Recent Posts CPT elements
  • 12. Two different Custom Fields can be shown in Blog CPT and Recent Posts CPT elements
  • 13. Keeps all the other features of the Fusion Builder Blog, Portfolio and Recent Posts elements.

Quick Start Guide for Avada version 5.X

After installing the plugin, create a new Page or go to modifying the existing one. Make sure that Fusion Builder is used to edit a Page.

Go to the Elements menu of the Fusion Builder and choose either Bog CPT, Recent Posts CPT or Portfolio CPT. If you do not see that elements make sure they are enabled in Fusion Builder -> Settings menu.

Bog CPT, Recent Posts CPT or Portfolio CPT have configuration options similar to the original elements but have additional options to work with custom post types, taxonomies and fields.

Working with Blog CPT or Recent Posts CPT

Find the Blog CPT or Recent Posts CPT in the Fusion Builder Elements Menu. It will be next to the original elements.

Add element to your page, open element properties and look for the “Post type” option. See the picture below.

Here you can choose the custom post type (CPT) you want to show. The plugin will show you the list of all installed CPTs. After choosing the post type you may save the element, then save the page and see the plugin in action. You will get all your chosen CPT entries.

You may filter the output similar to filtering blogs by categories. In the Custom Taxonomy field choose the taxonomy you want to filter by. In the Custom Terms choose the Terms you want to be filtered. Custom Taxonomy field shows only the Taxonomies linked to the CPT selected in the option above.

You can do the same with Exclude Custom Taxonomy Terms. The difference is that entries with the selected Terms will be excluded from the output content.

You can also show Terms for custom taxonomies the same way as you show categories and tags for blogs. Similar to how you can show both categories and tags for blogs you can choose any two custom taxonomies from the Show Term 1 and Show Term 2 options.

Along with Terms you can show two Custom Fields. You can also assign nice names for your custom fields. For example, if you have a custom field called product_price you can select it in the Custom Field Key 1 option and put ‘Product price’ in Custom Field Key 1 Name option.

Working with Portfolio CPT

Find the Portfolio CPT in Select Element Menu. It will be next to the original Portfolio element.

Add element to the page and open its options. Similar to the Blog CPT element, you may choose any installed custom post type and taxonomy instead of avada_portfolio post type and portfolio_category taxonomy.

Also, you may filter you CPT by custom terms, the same way you do it for portfolio category.

Support

To receive the quick support please send us the question either via the contact form from our website of by e-mail to support@amunet.biz. We will reply within one business day.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions related to the Custom Post Types and Taxonomies in general. We will try to advise you on the best solution for your case