Transfer Files From MyFamily to Familycrossings Ready

MyFamily is providing web site subscribers with a zipped archive that contains photos organized in folders. There are no comments, titles, or descriptions. Starting June 20, 2014 subscribers who enter the “myfamily” promo code will get access to a special tool to transfer those files. Subscribers will need to use FTP to upload the MyFamily zipped archives. These files from MyFamily can be as big a 1.5 GB each. Once uploaded to your family site the administrator can click a link to start unpacking your archive. We suggest that you return the next day to sort through all the Galleries. Editing Galleries and Photos navigation are located on the left menu.

If you used the “myfamily” promo code when you signed up you will automatically get an email when the transfer file tool is ready for you to start using on your family website.

  • Share/Save/Bookmark and Updates and Transition to Familycrossings has attempted to speak with informed individuals at Ancestry about the subscriber problems. No phone calls have been returned. An email replied from Eric included the following:
“We apologize for any confusion.
Currently we the exporting tool is only able to export the site photos. We have taken feedback about expanding our export options. If we are able to expand the export tool we will send out an update email.”

The exported archives that we have seen from subscriber do indeed include photos and folders, unfortunately there are only a few photos and folders in an archive. However these subscribers believe that there are 1000s of photos and are very disappointed with the export function.

I believe that the script that MyFamily / Ancestry is using is broken. They may not know it, but we can’t tell them if they don’t call back.

On the positive side of the transition we have installed a script in our Administration area that will import a text file to add multiple users at once. The HELP files inside your Familycrossings website covers the details of “how to” to do this. It is very simple.

The web development team is also working on the FTP function that will allow Administrators to auto recreate folders and photo inside our Gallery system. We hope to have it finished by the end of this weekend. Unfortunately you will still need to add photo titles, description, keywords, and location info manually.

We will be scheduling webinars for MyFamily administrators next week to help with learning the Familycrossings functionality.

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More info about ending service

Yes it is true has ended taking new subscription to its service and will close its doors in September of 2014. Familycrossings has requested samples of “export” sample files. This will allow us help you migrate from to our family website service.

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If MYFAMILY.COM IS CLOSING where can I move my family site?

If you are one of the thousands of families that are loosing their website because is shuttering the service you can relax. will be able to take your photos and files and help you transport them into a better, more flexible family site. Sign up here: Enter the PROMO CODE: MYFAMILY and then select the FREE VERSION OF FAMILYCROSSINGS.COM

In the next few days we will be providing subscribers who have entered the promo code with special information that will make the uploading of files and transition to a reliable dedicated service easier.

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Real Holiday Helpings from Bobby Flay Cuban Style

Turkey Cuban
Roasted New Potatoes with Blue Cheese Ranch Dressing and Green Onions
Oven Roasted Apple-Cranberry Crisp with Creamy Spiced Chantilly
“Stuffing” Crusted Turkey Cutlets

(Family Features) – It’s time to heat things up and set the holiday table for delicious food. Chef Bobby Flay has teamed up with Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® Mayonnaise to help parents prepare a holiday meal of real, nutritious ingredients the whole family will love.

Complement your holiday dinner with delicious sides that satisfy family and guests alike. Roasted New Potatoes with Blue Cheese Ranch Dressing and Green Onions are sure to please even the pickiest of palates. For an appetizing main dish even the kids will eat, try “Stuffing” Crusted Turkey Cutlets. Finish the meal with a simple, seasonal dessert like Oven Roasted Apple-Cranberry Crisp with Creamy Spiced Chantilly.

Bobby Flay

Lost when it comes to leftover ideas? Celebrate the day after the holiday by using your leftover turkey and traditional holiday sides to create a Turkey Cuban. For a simple twist on the classic day-after turkey sandwich, mix some mayonnaise with leftover cranberry relish to create a creamy cranberry sandwich spread.

For more real food recipes, tips and videos from Bobby Flay featuring simple, nutritious food you can feel good about feeding your family this holiday season, check out the Real Holiday Helpings Web series at or

Turkey Cuban


  • 1/4 cup Dijonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons leftover cranberry relish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices good quality Italian bread
  • 8 slices thinly sliced Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices thinly sliced deli ham
  • 6 slices leftover sliced turkey, white or dark meat or a combination
  • 8 dill pickle slices
  • 4 tablespoons Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise


  1. Whisk together the Dijonnaise and cranberry relish in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Put the bread on a flat surface and spread each slice with some of the Dijonnaise mixture. Top 2 of the slices of bread with 1 slice of the cheese, ham, turkey another slice of cheese and pickles (in that order). Place the remaining bread on top, mayonnaise side down.
  3. Heat a hot skillet over medium heat or a panini press. Wrap a brick in heavy duty aluminum foil (if not using a panini press).
  4. Spread 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise on the top of each sandwich and place in the skillet if using or in a panini press, mayonnaise-side down. Place the brick on top of the sandwiches and cook until the bottom is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the brick, spread the top of the sandwiches with the remaining mayonnaise, turn over, place the brick back on top and cook until the bottom is golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2 minutes longer. Cut in half and serve warm.
  5. With real, simple ingredients including eggs, oil and vinegar, Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise is a great complement to any post-holiday sandwich.

Serves 2

Roasted New Potatoes with Blue Cheese Ranch Dressing and Green Onions


  • 2 pounds new red or yellow potatoes, halved
  • Canola oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 pound crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss potatoes on a baking sheet with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until golden brown and tender, about 25 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a platter.
  2. Whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, mustard and garlic in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the blue cheese and green onions. Spoon the sauce over the potatoes and serve.

Serves 4

Oven Roasted Apple-Cranberry Crisp with Creamy Spiced Chantilly


  • 1/2 cup very cold heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup plain granola
  • 5 granny smith apples, cored and cut into eighths (about 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen, thawed cranberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Combine the cream and brown sugar in a bowl and whip to soft peaks with a large whisk or hand-held mixer. Whisk together the mayonnaise and cinnamon in a medium bowl and fold in the whipped cream until combined.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine the apples and granulated sugar in a medium baking dish and roast until slightly soft, about 15 minutes. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the apples are very soft and golden brown and the cranberries have popped and released their juices, about 15 minutes longer.
  3. Divide the fruit into 4 bowls or goblets and sprinkle with the granola. Top each with a large dollop of the spiced chantilly mayonnaise.

Serves 6

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

Substitution: This recipe is also great when substituting 5 peaches for the apples and 1 pint of fresh raspberries for the cranberries.

“Stuffing” Crusted Turkey Cutlets


  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs or regular dried bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 4 turkey cutlets about 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup canola oil, divided


  1. Combine the panko and breadcrumbs on a large plate and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Whisk together the Mayonnaise, Dijon and poultry seasoning in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Season the turkey cutlets on both sides with salt and pepper. Brush one side of each cutlet with some of the Mayonnaise mixture and coat in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick sauté pan over high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Place 2 cutlets in the pan, breading side down and cook until golden brown and a crust has formed, about 3 minutes. Flip the cutlets over and continue cooking until the bottom is golden brown and the cutlets are just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.
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Parenting for the Miley Cyrus Generation

A Thoughtful read from Lindsay Bentley

I didn’t watch the VMA’s last night, but one glance at Facebook this morning told me that Miley did something. I was curious, so I looked it up. I watched about 10 seconds of her performance before becoming overwhelmed with sadness and turned it off.

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Are Help Guides a Help for College Prep Test Studying?

Each year, millions of students gear up for a battery of pre-college testing. In order to help students do their best, Americans spend about $4 billion dollars on classes, tutors, study guides and books.

While helpful, many test prep resources can be dull, making it more difficult for students to stay focused. To help make effective test prep more engaging, Wiley Publishing, Inc. has created a unique and exciting way for students to build their vocabulary and raise scores using Stephenie Meyer’s popular “Twilight” series.

The “Twilight” books have a very loyal following, particularly among teens. Many parents looking to harness that passion into constructive study time find that the “Defining Twilight” guides are a perfect fit.

The series first began in June 2009 with “Defining Twilight” and then expanded to include “Defining New Moon.” The third and latest book in the series, “Defining Eclipse: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT,” will arrive in stores on May 24, just in time for the release of the movie “Eclipse.”

Author and test prep expert, Brian Leaf says, “Every time I see a newly administered SAT test, I am amazed at how many of the vocabulary words appear in the ‘Twilight’ books – words like solicitous, macabre, inexorably, inure, baleful, ecstatic, blithe, placate, haggard, belligerent, stymie and nebulous. Students who learn all the vocabulary words in the “Defining Twilight” series will absolutely raise their test scores.”

“Defining Eclipse” has 40 four-page chapters with well over 600 vocabulary words and synonyms. Just grab a copy of “Eclipse,” refer to the page where each vocabulary word appears, read the word in context, and come up with a definition. Then check definitions against those provided in the workbook, make corrections, and complete the drills. Students will acquire vocabulary skills, learn synonyms, word parts, and memorization tools, and get drills and quizzes to integrate what they’ve learned.

To find out more about “Defining Eclipse” and other books in the series, visit places like


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Don’t Let Winter Drafts Get You Down

(Family Features) – Are you shivering and bundling up inside your house? If your thermostat is set at the desired temperature, your furnace runs continuously, your utility bills are ridiculously high, but you are still cold, it is probably because energy is escaping your house.

As it gets colder outside, here are some clues that will indicate if your home has air leaks:

  • You feel drafts or air moving even when all of your windows and doors are closed.
  • The floor directly in front of the sink feels colder than the rest of the floor.
  • There is a drastic temperature difference between levels in your house.
  • You find bugs in the same room over and over again.

Outside air typically enters the home where building materials meet and where wires and pipes penetrate through the walls.

The EPA estimates that homeowners can typically save up to 20 percent of heating and cooling costs by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists. Sealing and insulating these areas add up to an average of $200 worth of savings a year on energy costs. 

There are several easy and cost-effective ways to eliminate drafts.

  • Replace weather-stripping around doors, including the garage door.
  • Add extra insulation in your attic.
  • Insulate perimeter walls in your basement.
  • Insure that the chimney flue is closed.

Filling gaps and cracks with an insulating foam sealant is an easy, fast solution that anyone can undertake. Sealants such as Great Stuff form an airtight, water-resistant seal that cures rigid. The foam is sandable, paintable, and can be trimmed with a utility knife afterwards.

Some common and effective places to seal include the holes where the HVAC ductwork enters the living space from the basement and attic, the attic hatch frame, plumbing stacks and shafts, and pipe, wire and conduit penetrations.

For a full list of places to use foam sealant, visit

Great Stuff

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Helpful Holiday Hosting How-Tos

(Family Features) – With the holiday season in full swing, party planners everywhere look to answer the same festive question with their annual gatherings – how do you spread the holiday spirit among guests? While décor and music play a role, nothing raises spirits more than a memorable hors d’oeuvres and drink spread that satisfies appetites and makes guests jolly.

Here are a few tips from King’s Hawaiian for creating a sumptuous first-course spread and festive setting that will keep guests entertained:

  • Deck The Halls! Create an enticing aroma and beautiful display with candles. Set them atop holders accented with ribbon and seasonal trimmings from pine and noble firs (widely available this time of year).
  • Punch it up! Create festive punches with a variety of toppings so guests may garnish however they want. Use red maraschino cherries, mint sprigs or cranberries. Consider pre-mixing drinks, so that you can enjoy the company of your guests. Also, offer beverages with and without alcohol for varying guest preferences.
  • Ho Ho Hors D’oeuvres Made Simple! To minimize your time in the kitchen, incorporate tried-and-true, ready-made dishes that can be created well in advance and served at room temperature. Veggie dips, cheese trays and fruit platters all work well. Professional caterers recommend having 10 to 12 appetizers total per person.
  • That’s Hot! As a complement to cold dishes, serve warm recipes that can be created almost to completion well in advance of the party. Just pop them in the oven right before guests arrive so they will be served warm, with minimal fuss.
  • Festive Finger Foods. Add flair to dishes with themed-toothpicks, colored sauces or decorative dips. Present them on attractive serving dishes which display seasonal colors. 

Here is an easy and elegant hors d’oeuvre recipe. Make the mixture and pour into muffin tins a day in advance of your gathering and, shortly before guests arrive, pop them in the oven to bake these simple and savory soufflé bites.

For more festive recipes, visit

Mini Cheese Soufflé Bites


  • 1/2 16-ounce King’s Hawaiian Original Bread, cut into 1/2-inch thick vertical slices
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives


  1. Trim crusts from bread slices and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  2. Beat eggs in large mixing bowl. Add milk, cheese and Worcestershire sauce. Mix together, then stir in bread.
  3. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  4. Put 1/3 cup soufflé mixture into buttered muffin cups.
  5. Place the muffin tin into a jelly roll pan filled with 1/2-inch of water.
  6. Bake in a 375°F oven until set, about 25-30 minutes. Remove when they have puffed up and are slightly brown on top.
  7. Sprinkle chives on each soufflé, for garnish.

Makes 10-12 servings

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Craft Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

(Family Features) – Handmade holiday items bring a unique and personal touch to the season, making the giver and receiver feel special. This year, millions of families will be spending more time together creating low or no-cost crafts such as gifts, cards and decorations. In fact, the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) estimates that in almost 43 million U.S. households will create handcrafted holiday gifts and decorations this year.

“Crafting provides an opportunity to spend time with friends and family while creating unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that don’t need to cost a lot of money,” said CHA President and CEO Steve Berger.

To inspire you, here’s an idea to get you crafting this holiday season.

Swirl Place Setting

Courtesy of

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Tulip 3D Fashion Paint
65088 Gold Glitter
65408 Gold Metallics
Red placemats and napkins
Gold fabric – 1/4 yard
Cardstock paper
Buttons – gold (4)
Bulky yarn – red
Eyelash yarn – red
1-inch low tack masking tape
Scratch paper
Paper towels


  1. Use tape to mask off around edge of placemats and across one corner of napkin. Start the flow of the Gold Metallic paint on a paper towel using an even pressure on the bottle. Squeeze thin lines of gold in assorted sizes of swirls on placemat. Immediately and carefully place scratch paper over paint then lightly rub over paper. Remove paper and tape. Let dry. Continue with remainder of placemats and napkins.
  2. Add a Gold Metallic line around edge of pattern and across the diagonal on the napkin. Let dry.
  3. Squeeze a thin line of Gold Glitter to all swirls and let dry.
  4. Squeeze a thin line of Fabric Fusion next to edge on the top of placemat. Press bulky yarn into glue. When dry, flip placemats over, apply a bead of glue to edge then press in eyelash yarn, twisting yarn so fibers show around edge. Let dry.

Napkin Rings

  1. Measure and cut a strip of cardstock 2 x 7 inches. Apply Fast Grab to one end of strip, overlap and hold with tape until dry. Continue with desired amount of napkin rings.
  2. Cut strips of gold fabric 4 x 7 1/2 inches. Apply a thin even coating of Fast Grab to the ring; press on fabric then smooth with fingers. Apply glue to the fabric edges then fold to the inside and press to secure. Let dry.
  3. Cut a 12-inch piece of both yarns then wrap together. Tie around napkin ring and knot on top. Add a dot of glue to the back of the knot to hold in place. Trim ends.
  4. Cut the shank from the back of button; add glue and press in place over the knot.

For votive and place card instructions, visit

Family Holiday Wreath

Courtesy of


Words of inspiration (K&Co.)
Rub-ons (K&Co.)
Favorite photos or seasonal stock photographs from
Heavy cardboard
Metal saying
Wire cutter
Glue gun

  1. Attach metal saying with wire to center of wreath.
  2. Print or download photos. The ones in this craft were printed in sepia.
  3. Adhere photos to heavy cardboard to fit the size of photo.
  4. Add rub-ons to photos.
  5. Glue words to wreath.

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