Monthly Archives: October 2014

Gluten Free Italian Sausage

Italian Sausage   When I went gluten free 6 years ago, I soon discovered that I also react severely to MSG.  It hides in so many places and under so many different names, that for me it is easier to just make things from scratch , than to risk what might be lurking in manufactured and processed foods.  One of the foods I make myself is Italian sausage.  I was quite surprised how easy it really is to make and I can control the quality of products going into it.  I prefer organic whenever possible and obviously gluten and MSG free. Here is the recipe I use.  I hope you find it useful and you to can have peace of mind knowing what is in your food.

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6 MKMMA – Week #5 – Rotten to the core – but Salvation is from within.

Broken-Road-Battered-But-StrongerWow this week has been so hard – talk about LIFE getting in the way (it was on double duty!)… and Ol' Blue was right there to pick up any slack and pull harder on the strings of “just quit” and “it so difficult, take a break“.  I think I averaged about 4 hours of sleep each day this week…and that's down again from the previous weeks.

I mean, yeah my enthusiasm is WAY up, and for the most part my energy is way up…until it isn't then I find myself performing an extended “sit” (that's what imagine telling people if they were to find me face down on my keyboard)…

I feel like I am cramming in sooo much more during the day – that it becomes difficult to remember what I need to get done…so – against my Ol' Blueprint's wishes I have started making lists… !!  Turns out I should have been doing this all along as it is one more example of the Law of

Funny how right out of the gate the intro to this weeks' Master Keys informs us that :

But thought works no magic transformations; it obeys natural laws; it sets in motion natural forces; it releases natural energies; it manifests in your conduct and actions, and these in turn react upon your friends and acquaintances, and eventually upon the whole of your environment.

Damn it – you mean I can't just think my way to success and affluence?!?  (not that I ever thought I could…but it would have been nice, right?)  So, even though our subconscious mind is the greatest source of creativity and abundance anywhere – it cannot stand on its own (it works no magic transformations) and our efforts encourage the expression of our inner thoughts in the outer world.

In fact in perfect alignment with the lesson this week much of the difficulty in my life right now is exactly as both The Greatest Salesman and this week's master Key” teach:

“…I am a slave to my habits, as are all individuals.  I have surrendered my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have already marked out a path which threatens to imprison my future.”  – Og Mandino

“…everything which can possibly enter into our lives depends upon the character of the material which enters into the construction of our Mental Home.”  MK 5-9

The character of this material is “the result of the impressions which we have accumulated in the past and stored away in our subconscious Mentality. MK 5-10

If we aren't careful with our thoughts and efforts: “We shall be forever busy trying to Patch it up and make it appear at lest genteel.” MK 5-10

This week then is the result of years worth of inattention and lack of exactitude in the small things in life that like the Slight Edge – result in epic failure and living a life of quiet desperation.

It has been extremely rewarding to slowly dig out from under my old blue print, put a more careful watchman in place, and begin the intentional correction of those past deeds that HAD marked out a path…

No longer will I accept of my self a shirking and skimping attitude, ALL things must be done – even the most minute- with intentional integrity toward the future I have envisioned in my DMP!  With the rock solid foundation I am building starting today as a “New Man, with a New Life” the lofty goals I have written down in my DMP will stand the tests of time.

 

… To be continued tomorrow 😉 I just had to remove about a million “s” characters… apparently an extended sit wove it self into life here at …1:20 am.  🙂 Good night for now.

1 Week #5- No More Drifting

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As I was reading the Master Keys for this week 5:2 really stuck out for me.

The Subconscious processes are always at work; the only question is, are we to be simply passive recipients of this activity, or are we to consciously direct the work? Shall we have a vision of the destination to be reached, the dangers to be avoided, or shall we simply drift?

All my life, I would have to say I have been completely oblivious to the power of the subconscious mind and our ability to have influence on it.  I have been drifting…until now!

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Thanks to the exercises and readings in the Master Keys, I can say I am no longer drifting.

I like the analogy used in  5:9.

If either of us was building a home for ourselves, how careful we would be in the regard of plans; how we should study every detail; how we should watch the material and select only the best of everything; and yet how careless we are when it comes to building our Mental home, which is infinitely more important than any physical home, as everything which can possibly enter into our lives depends upon the character of the material which enters into the construction of our Mental Home.

I have been very guilty of letting inferior thoughts enter into my subconscious and then let it be come  “my own”.  I like to please people, conflict was the worst thing for me, and based a lot of my worth on what I thought others thought of me.  That is an awful lot of wrong thinking.  I knew I needed to change my thinking but I thought it took more than just thinking what I wanted to think about myself.  I thought it was too hard, so I never tried until now.

In 5:11 and 5:12

…if we have stored away nothing but courageous thought, if we have been optimistic, positive, and have immediately thrown any kind of negative thought on the scrap pile, have refused to have anything to do with it, have refused to associate with it or become identified with it in any way, what then is the result?  Our mental material is now of the best kind; we can weave any kind of material we want; we can use any color we wish; we know that the texture is firm, that the material is solid, that it will not fade, and we have no fear, no anxiety concerning the future; there is nothing to cover; there are no patches to hide.

The thing to do is to have a mental house-cleaning, and to have this house-cleaning every day, and KEEP the house clean.

Since beginning MKMMA, I have been doing a mental house-cleaning everyday.  I have not eliminated the stressors that used to bother me.  I have simply chosen not to let them and as  Og says:

…my desire to meet the world overcomes every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I am happier than I ever believed it possible in this world of strife and sorrow.

Master Key 5:5 sums it all up

We can consciously use all the desirable characteristics with which we have been provided and we can repress and refuse to allow the undesirable ones to manifest.

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1 Yummy Pumpkin Bars

fall pumpkinThe days are getting shorter.  The wind is getting cooler.  The smell of wood smoke is in the air and Halloween is just around the corner.  Fall is here and in full swing.  Fall always seems to get me to crave apple crisp and anything made with pumpkins.

So how did these delicious pumpkin treat come into being?

Pumpkins originated in Central America over 7,500 years ago.  It was one of the first wild plants cultivated for human consumption in America.   Because of their thick and solid flesh, pumpkins could easily be stored throughout the winter and times of scarcity.  They were a favorite with English colonists, who became acquainted with them prior to arriving in the New World. During the 3-day meeting between English colonists and the Wampanoag tribe known as the First Thanksgiving, pumpkins may have been included in the feast. If they were served, they were more likely cooked as a savory dish, not a dessert. Over time pumpkins were valued for their versatility. They were cooked into pies, stews, tarts, soups, and puddings. The flesh could be boiled, roasted, fried or mashed and the seeds were dried and salted as a nutritious snack food.  Finding ways to make pumpkin into a unique, tasty dish instead of something that was just easy and inexpensive became a project for the women of the 17th century. Unable to vote and having little voice in public matters, creating recipes became a way for them to reach an audience and create their own identity.  In the 1800’s it became stylish to serve pumpkin pies for the Thanksgiving holiday.  The earliest versions of sweetened pumpkin dishes were actually pumpkin shells that had been cleaned out and filled with ginger-spiced milk, then roasted by the fire.

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Here is a recipe my family loves to eat when pumpkins are in season.

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1 Week # 4- Recognizing the Power of Affirmation

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As we progress in this hero's journey, I would like to share some discoveries I have made along the way thus far.  Master keys is our guide on how to retrain our subconscious and attract the people. resources, and forces needed to make our dreams come to fruition.  In the Master Keys we read:

It is this method of study to which civilized nations owe the greater part of their prosperity and the more valuable part of their knowledge; it has lengthened life, it has mitigated pain, it has spanned rivers, it has brightened the night with the splendor of day, extended the range of vision, accelerated motion, annihilated distance, facilitated intercourse, and enabled men to descend into the sea, and into the air.

I have seen this happen in the last week in several ways.  The first has to do with mitigate pain.  I was at a business training with a group of friends and teammates who are also MKMMA classmates.  On the second morning of our training, one of my friends awoke with an incredibly intense headache. She took some ibuprofen but in the past this has not always been effective.  Now that we have learned how powerful the subconscious mind is, she told her subconscious to make the pain go away.  It did and she was able to get the most out from the training because she told her subconscious what she wanted and it went to work on making it happen.  So awesome!

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Another example was while I was doing a workout.  I was doing a hill climb on a treadmill and I wanted to push it hard.  Every time I reached a section of the climb that was challenging, I would repeat, “I can be what I will to be” until I made it through.  I am sure just int he 30 minutes I did the workout, I said that affirmation more than 20 times.

 Every time you repeat it realize who and what the “I” is; try to come into a thorough understanding of the true nature of the “I”; if you do you will become invincible…

Master Key 4:10

Also, I observed this week how my blueprint has begun to change.  Today marks my last day of a 10 day cleanse  and I made it through the 10 days with no cheating!  In the past, I would have easily given in to temptation and just said it is for some people but not me.  Don't get me wrong, I still struggled with temptation and it was tough, but I didn't give in and I made it to the end!  I believe I owe it all to the exercises the Master Key has us go through.  I look forward to seeing more revelations such as these as we head onward in our journey.

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2 MKMMA – Week #4 – The great “I” am…finally understanding.

greatiamI had to stop right in the middle of everything this morning and put these thoughts down for posterity – and perhaps someone will experience the unbelievable AH-HA moment that I had in its revelation…

This morning I chose not to get out of bed at 4:45am – and a small part of my mind went “… failure?”

I then chose to stay in bed at 5:30 – my normal time for morning readings of the Blue Print Builder, our cards, and my DMP… and again the debate in my mind…WakeUpAndLiveAt 6:30 am this morning I got out of bed and yes – my vitality and vigor ARE way up from what they used to be when I got up…but this morning something pushed me for the first time ever in this course, to change the sequence of my readings.  Instead of BPB, cards, DMP shouted from the back deck – echoing off the neighbors silos! – and then back inside to warm up as I read the Master Key and meditate… today something (and I cannot help but see it as my growing connection to the Infinite Intelligence)  suggested that I read the Master Key first.

During that reading of the Master Key several things clicked into place – some I wouldn't even realize for another 30 minutes.

It is thus that fate, fortune, and DESTINY will be controlled as readily as a captain controls his ship, or an engineer, his train.
MK 4-Intro

The above emphasis is mine, to remind myself of the myriad connections that are made
through the architecture of words in coming into an acceptance and possession
of the power within each of us …here's a rough draft of my DMP to complete this example.

Today the added affirmation given to us on Sunday (I can be all that I will to be) drove the following point home – but I think the connection was made inside me during the reading of my Blueprint Builder.  This morning, as I was reading through my BPB I stumbled frequently – mixing words around just a little, missing a word or two as I tried to recite from memory (You got close enough, that's good enough…says my old blueprint…)

And on the fourth paragraph these THREE thoughts collide in rapid succession:

  • “I have clearly written down a description of…”
  • “This is the week to quit…quit giving less than 100%”
  • “I”

That's it – the most powerful realization was that SINGLE LETTER representing a SINGLE WORD – that means EVERYTHING…  BOOM  and the tears started to uncontrollably flow (as they do now – what the heck…) as I went back to the beginning, looked up at the horizon and said out loud:

“I am sorry, that old good enough … isn't… any more.  “I” am worth so much more than a simple 100% effort – and that clearly wasn't even that.”

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And I began again – reading through the tears but feeling a thrill within me – I had no idea at the moment what … goosebumps, emotions, something  right?  And read EVERY WORD PERFECTLY and with emotion…

The “I” of you is not the physical body, that is simply an instrument which the “I” uses to carry out its purposes; the “I” cannot be the Mind, for the mind is simply another instrument which the “I” uses with which to think, reason, and plan.  MK 4-1

Your personality…<is> the result of your former method of thinking, but <it> has nothing to do with the real “I”.  MK 4-3

…the real nature of this “I” is spiritual, and is the source of the real power which comes to men and women when they come into a realization of their true nature.  MK 4-4

… When the objective mind has been satisfied that the thought is true it is sent to the Solar Plexus…to be made into our flesh, to be brought forth into the world as reality. … MK 3 -4

I have said before, but never connected with the thought, that it seems we have a three-tiered existence… and I think it finally clicked for me reading my Blue Print Builder… Just as I acknowledge the phrasing of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” from my religious upbringing, I begin to see the connections that

We are coming to think of God as dwelling in man rather than as operating on men from without.  MK 4-18

Know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God?  1 Cor 3:16

The “I” encompasses everything – it is our representation within, and connection to, the Infinite Intelligence… Is this intelligence the “Father”?  Our bodies are the corporal representations of us within this temporal and physical existence… the Son? (And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us John 1:14)  And as the previous phrase implies, the Word – a command, a series of thoughts (?), a ghost if you will of power and all things that were, are, and may yet be?

There is no discernible separation to me, given this understanding, between the “I” (as our individualization of the Infinite) and the Universal Intelligence (as the generalization of all of “us”).


i-amAs I read through the rest of my Blue Print Builder, all three cards, and my full DMP… every single time I hit “I” in those there was new meaning and understanding – more power and purpose.  And as my “Do It Now! I can be all that I will to be” echoed off the neighbor's silos I finally let understanding in and accepted that I had been focussed on finding “my own power” from the outside for too long.

…I finally understand… the Great “I am”.

1 MKMMA – Week #3 – The FEAR of True Connection

vertigo-photography-3Dang… I think I am starting to get addicted to this sense of vertigo that comes with letting go of control and trusting that things will be there.

That's somewhat larger than a HUGE issue for me, and it frankly scares me quite a bit.  Not, mind you, in a ‘poison can kill you‘ kind of way, but more of an ‘other people may get hurt if you screw it up‘ way.  And with a wife and family that you have supported on your own strength of will – your own ability to create outcomes… that shakes my psyche a little…

To paraphrase the Master Key this week:

The conscious mind must have FAITH that God (or the Universal Intelligence) will provide.  It's a non-option for going forward in our relationship and understanding of this connection between ourselves, as the Individualization of our CreatorInfinite Intelligence and the creative power that relationship brings us into possession of.
MK 3-27

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We must let go of E.G.O. and the misplaced comfort that we get from being the responsible one.  That somehow everything we have, everything we control – everything we ARE is somehow only a result of our actions in isolation from the world around us.

The more I read, and especially as I sit (as directed in the Master Key excercises) – the clearer the message – the understanding – becomes.

The attitude of mind necessarily depends upon what we think. Therefore the secret of all power, all achievement and all possession depends on our method of thinking MK 1-3
Every thought therefore is a cause and every condition an effect MK 1-31
…and the error of the ages is in looking for strength or power from without.  MK 1-38

I have made it through 44 years of life, very successfully, on just the power from without.  I know,  I know… the power within was there working all along… but without my intentional direction – without letting that concept get inside me – it sure felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders.  Dang it – I was -in- control, I had it covered and everything was going to go the way I had planned it… except nothing felt real or solid, my whole world felt disconnected.  Outwardly things in my life appear successful, but I have never let another person inside (to potentially hurt me?)  My mind runs over things done (incorrectly? incompletely? accurately?) or undone (was it that important? it'll be fine…) and I toss and turn at night.  Or worse, I am in a foul mood, snapping and commanding – never happy…

Sure, I knew what I needed to do – I've been reading “self-help” and “personal development” books since my mother started me on them when I was 12.  But here's the thing, just exactly as the Master Keys state:

The world without is a reflection of the world within MK 1-8
In exact proportion to the recognition of this truth will be the manifestation in the outer life of the individual. MK 2-Intro

Those ‘guru's, whether intentional or not, never seem to help their readers make the true connection that Mark Janusewski's team of guides and the MKMMA system do.142009842There is a recognition and understanding of the connection between your conscious mind and your subconscious world that MUST be accepted with intent.

directionlessI am finally seeing the light, all this time I had trusted my intuition but never acknowledged the fact that intuition comes from that overlap between ourselves and the Infinite.  I had never intentionally directed that inner power to positive outcomes, and certainly never given it exact and directed plans for a better future. All I ever did was was fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants and hope that enough resources would be available to cover any needs – I never expected more and so my subconscious gave me exactly what my blueprint commanded of it… “enough”.

And, getting exactly what was blueprinted, I whined and complained that for all my “sacrifices” I never received more than “enough”…

Eliminate any possible tendency to complain of conditions as they have been, or as they are, because it rests with you to change them and make them what you would like them to be.  MK 3-Intro
… When the conscious mind has been satisfied that a thought is true, it is sent to the …subjective mind, to be made into our flesh, to be brought forth into the world as reality.  MK3-4

I am ready to destroy my old blue print now…it's reared its ugly head once too many times in just this past week.  It was extremely liberating to almost physically see it grasping at straws to keep me from continuing with integrity.  Emotional games of “you've done this before”, physical games of “you're sooo tired, do it tomorrow”, and especially vile mental games “you've sacrificed so often in the past, how is this going to be any different” …

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Dear “Old Blue”, we're through you and I.

Going forward,

I Promise to do my best.

1 Week #3- Fear = Sloth!

fear-1Wow, when Mark J said that fear is equal to sloth it hit home hard.  I will openly admit, because hiding it does me no good, I have that personal devil and to have those equal sloth hurt my ego a bit. I see myself as an industrious person, how could I be slothful?  But when taking a step back and really analyzing it, it is true.  Why do I worry or have fears, anxiety?  I have those because there are things I should have done or should be doing right now that I have not done or worse yet avoided.  I see now that I really need to change that blueprint in me.  They told us to look for links in the webinar, here is one I see.  Our daily exercise, to say out loud  “Do It NOW”  25 times, would be a key to not having fear.

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Also, knowing that we can influence the subconscious with just a thought,concentrating on the object of your desire, we can turn that fear around.  Fear and excitement produce the same chemical in the body, so the only difference is what you are thinking.  So lets get excited and kick fear out of our heads!  Let's fill our subconscious with non-resistant, pleasant thoughts; thoughts of courage, power, confidence, and hope.

Our daily exercises to sit for 15 minutes and relax every muscle is also a link to eliminating fear.

Master Keys 3-31. Tension leads to mental unrest and abnormal mental activity of the mind; it produces worry, care, fear, and anxiety.  Relaxation is therefore an absolute necessity in order to allow the mental facilities to exercise the greatest freedom.

So I am going to work on eradicating fear from my mind this week and open my mind to the possibilities awaiting me.

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1 MKMMA – Week #2(a) – Thoughts are powerful things

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Surface Tensions – D.Walker

Wow – the powerful emotions that crop up as you work through the exercises in the Master Key Program, particularly as I begin to realize that I've had SO much “guru” clay slapped onto my conscious mind that I could barely feel the whispered suggestions from my subconscious.

Right out of the gate with Master Key Part Two we receive:

Our difficulties are largely due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true interests.
The great task is to discover the laws of nature to which we are to adjust ourselves.

I could feel the surface tension in my mind reel with the emptiness those simple statements drove deep into my thoughts…

Is this why I fall asleep feeling worth-less, every night?”

 What is it, really, that I am interested in
– what DO I want to accomplish with this life?

And whadda ya mean adjust MYSELF to nature's laws??

I've read just about every “self-help” and “personal development” book out there – my mother had me studying Brian Tracy, Og Mandino, and Tony Robins since I was in my pre-teen years… so why was I so miserable in the midst of so much “success”?  I had the information! I knew what I should be doing… I've fed my conscious mind all the “right” tools and information… but then I read in the Master Key this week:

It is often true that conditions of fear, worry, poverty, disease, in-harmony, and evils of all kinds dominate us by reason of false suggestions accepted by the unguarded subconscious mind.
All this the trained conscious mind can entirely prevent by it's vigilant protective action.
It may properly be called “the watchman at the gate” of the great subconscious domain.  MK 2-14

But we shall find that there is a vast difference between simply thinking, and directing our thought consciously, systematically and constructively…  MK 2-28

And for whatever reason my subby chose NOW to connect these two thoughts:

Trust in the lordThe ability to receive and manifest this power depends on the ability to recognize the Infinite Energy ever dwelling in man. MK pt2 Intro

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5


Whoa, so there's a difference between relying on one-self (doing all the thinking, and only trusting yourselfconscious mind) and trusting – having Faith – in God (…lean not on your own understanding).

This is going to be sooo hard for me – I have believed in God, but never trusted anyone (or any ‘thing') but myself…

Part of me is scared stiff by the thought of trusting such an unseen and intangible force, yet totally and completely in AWE of the ramifications that such trust can put us in direct creative partnership with it….

Almost like standing at the top of a cliff or at the door of a plane and … oh boy.  I've never been afraid of heights, but this concept has my insides queasythrilled in a whole new way… I almost can't sleep for thoughts of what next week will bring!!

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Thank You God, for all the Zucchini and Tomatoes!

 

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Almost every year since I have been married, whether I was pregnant or toting a small child, I have planted a garden.  So far that has been 21 years.I have always felt a great fulfillment of bringing a seed all the way to the harvest and reaping the benefits of what the garden produced.  Their is also relief in knowing exactly what I am eating.  I use organic seeds, organic fertilizer, and purchase organic plants from my brother-in-law, who has an organic farm at our local farmer's market.  This is important to me is many ways; sustainability and responsibility to the Earth, clean foods for my family, and highest quality of foods as well.  This is so important now that I have Celiac Disease and need to be ever watchful for things which will effect my heath, more so than I was before. So every year it comes to the point where the vegetables my garden has produced literally takes over every surface of my house.  What am I going to do with all of this produce???  I work long hours to clear my counters, to only have them covered again in  a day or two, tops.  Here is what I did to preserve our bounty for the winter and early spring and the recipes I used.   First were the zucchinis.  For those who have grown zucchinis, you know that from one seed you get many, many zucchinis.  I planted only one seed packet and had more than I ever needed.  I shared a lot to friends and family 🙂   They also seem to camouflage well until they are the size of a small baseball bat.  When we were able to pick them small, we loved to grill them or use them diced in omelettes.  What to do with the clubs?  We shred them and freeze for making zucchini bread in the winter months.  To do this, slice the zucchini into 1″wide strips and send them through the food processor.  Once shredded, we like to measure out how much we put into a freezer bag so we can pull out the right amount for a recipe  instead of thawing and refreezing because we had too much. This is the zucchini bread recipe we like to use.  It came from our church cookbook and we replaced the all purpose flour with our gluten free all purpose mix.

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

2 eggs beaten

2 C. sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1/2 C. nuts, chopped

1 C. coconut oil

2 C. grated zucchini

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3 C. gluten free all-purpose flour

1/2 C. raisins

1/2 C. gluten free chocolate chips

Beat eggs, add oil, sugar, zucchini, cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, and chocolate chips and cream together.  Add dry ingredients and mix until well blended.  Pour into bread pan and bake at 325 for 1 hour.

Now on to the tomatoes.  We have learned in over 20 years of marriage that we use a lot of tomato paste, PIZZA anyone, so that is the first way we put up our tomatoes for the winter.  I found a great recipe here that works well.  At the end of the recipe it says to top with olive oil and store in the fridge.  That only stores for a short time and our fridge is certainly not big enough to contain all the tomato paste.  Instead I topped off the  1 half pint jars with 1 tsp of lemon juice and then canned them in a water bath canner for 45 minutes.  I like this recipe because it doesn't over cook the tomato paste, who wants yucky brown paste.  It bakes in the oven and the paste stays a nice red.  We used to cook the paste in a crock pot until it thickened.  This baked method is so much simpler and I like simple.  We ended up with over  100 half pint jars of paste, but that did not use all of the tomatoes our garden produced.  I sliced some up and put into a dehydrator.  This makes a nice dried tomato snack or adds another texture to a salad.

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I also made a mild salsa.  I used jalapenos and it still remained mild.    Here is the recipe I used.

This is not all that our garden produced, just a taste of what a weekend in late summer looks like for us.  I am always up for new ways to put up food for the winter, so please feel free to comment what you do or if you have questions.  I am not a master gardener or expert canner, but I will do my best to answer your question.