Both sides of the family have the same recipe, but each thought it was their grandma’s secret recipe! Come to find out…it was the same!  I’m guessing it was in every church recipe book back in the day.😊 ” -Kris

Ingredients

1 pkg fresh Cranberries 

1 – 1 ½ cup granulated Sugar 

20 oz. can of crushed Pineapple (drained) 

½ pkg. miniature marshmallows 

½ pkg Heavy Whipping Cream (NOT Cool Whip!) 

Directions 

  1. Rinse Cranberries 
  2. Grind Cranberries into a bowl 
  3. Add Sugar, stir together 
  4. Whip the Heavy Cream until stiff peaks 
  5. Add Pineapple, Marshmallows and Whipped Cream 
  6. Fold all together 
  7. Store in refrigerator until serving 

The Holidays are truly all about spending time with loved ones, family traditions, and making memories.

We would like to share some favorite movies, traditions, and of course our favorite cookies because who doesn’t love dessert or chocolate, from our Rockton team

Let’s start off with our all-time favorite movies for the holiday season. We have a mixture of old and new, new renditions of some classics, and family favorites.

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Home Alone and Home Alone 2
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • The Santa Clause (Tim Allen)
  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Family Stone
  • Love the Coopers
  • Four Christmases
  • The Grinch and How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Polar Express
  • A Christmas Carol (2009 with Jim Carey)
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Miracle on 34th Street

Christmas Vacation is definitely an all-time classic and favorite. In fact, last year we created a Winter Staycation parody.

With every holiday season there are always cookies to bring to a gathering, to make as a family, a cookie swap, or just have them on a daily basis because that’s what you do this time of year.

What are some of the classic cookies we have each year?

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Pfeffernusse Cookies
  • Canadian No Bake
  • Frosted Sugar Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Kiss
  • Snowball cookies
  • Ginger Snaps

A few different twists on the traditional frosted sugar cookie come from Mark and Sheila.  Mark, despite not being a fan of lemon, recalls as a kid his mom would swap lemon extract for the traditional vanilla, and Sheila uses almond instead of vanilla.  This sounds like an opportunity for a cookie taste test.

Family traditions are such a great way to not only bring the family together but to keep the spirit alive of loved ones who may not be with us. One thing is certain we all love spending time with family.

Alicia

My parents have a century-old 8-acre farmstead outside of rural Comstock, Minnesota – a small town of roughly 150 people.

There is a large wooden barn on the farm, and it has played host to our local, small-town church’s live nativity service every Christmas Eve for more than 20+ years.

Our family always supplied the live animal Nativity scene and special guests have included, a herd of goats, a miniature donkey, my horse, some wayward chickens, countless barn cats, 3 dogs and the occasional mouse that crashed the party.

The service would start just after dark, and that is when all the antique oil lanterns are lit. Guests would enter through the ancient dusty milk room and be met with twinkle lights, kettles of steaming hot apple cider, and more cookies than a Norwegian grandma can shake a stick at. It was always me and my brother’s job to see that every guest was served a treat when they arrived. Once they got into the main part of the barn everyone took their “seats” on their quilt-covered haybale.

I loved surveying the scene after everyone was in place waiting for the actors to come into the room – seeing all the quilts and blankets spread across the laps of entire families, the steam rising out of the cups of cider, and how cozy it was when you put 100+ people dressed in full Minnesota winter gear into a barn on a -15-degree night.

The muffled mitten claps as classic Christmas carols were sung between the various Nativity character appearances was my favorite sound, besides the occasional goat bahhhing from the stable scene.

After the service, you could watch taillights for miles driving off in various directions down the long gravel roads as people dispersed to their homes for their own family events.

Anyone without family or festivities was always invited into my parent’s home following the service to enjoy a meal with us and we always made sure there were a few extra gifts under the tree so everyone, including our new guests, could open a present after family carols.

The yearly event drew people from all over the states, even hearing of over the road truckers that made it a point to be passing through Moorhead, MN on Christmas Eve night so they could enjoy the cider and cookies and some holiday tradition with us.

The barn service tradition came to its close in 2018 when the aging barn could no longer hold up to the harsh MN elements, but we still hear from past attendees how that service became part of their own family tradition as well and how much it is missed.

Mark

A new tradition we started with my family is the annual gingerbread house. We save up the tons of candy the kids collect at Halloween.  We scratch-bake the best gingerbread ever, bake the sides and roof, and then ice it together.  The kids go crazy eating all the Halloween candy we denied them over the past month, and only about 10% of it ends up on the actual gingerbread house.  On New Year’s Eve, the kids get to eat the house.  One year, the kids got pretty clever.  Because the gingerbread and candy gets stale, they hid a ton of wrapped candy INSIDE the gingerbread house so that on New Year’s Eve, when they ate the house they broke into the middle and got another ton of non-stale candy.  Clever kids.

Michelle

Cooking together as a family; Working on a Christmas puzzle (someone always steals the last piece to put it in at the end and claim VICTORY over the puzzle completion …. eyes rolling; giving the beautiful gift of “time” to family & friends.

Sheila

When I was younger and in Colorado, I would make a ton of stuff during Christmas.  Turtles, Buckeyes, Chocolate Peanut Clusters, Chocolate Covered Cherries, Cookies.  Tons of things and we would make plates and deliver to family and friends.  We also like to go drive around and look at lights on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas Day we typically go to the theatres for a good movie!

Ginger

loves starting off the holidays with an Advent Calendar and 12 days of Xmas presents for her hubby and son.

Mike

Likes going up and spending time with family, and especially nice when it snows.  Oh, and hiking into the woods and cutting down our Christmas tree.

Other Holiday Traditions:

  • Pass the parcel
  • Drinking Egg nog
  • Collecting ornaments from past travels
  • Sushi night on Christmas Eve

Whatever your traditions are big or small we hope you keep them alive and growing, and still enjoy everything about the holiday season before us. It is time to focus on gratitude, peace, love, joy, and family.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Festivus!

from the Rockton Team!

It’s that time of the year when we start looking forward and making plans for the year to come.  Here at Rockton Software we value transparency and keeping our Partners and Customers informed. We wanted to bring to your attention our upcoming price change.

The Rockton Software team sent out the following email announcement of the upcoming changes to our product pricing, effective January 1, 2022. Our product prices will increase by $10 per user across all of our Microsoft Dynamics GP add-on perpetual products, and there will be modest increases in the prices of our subscription products as well. Click here to view the new 2022 product pricing.

Pricing Change FAQs

Q: How will this impact our annual maintenance renewals?

A: If your renewal is due on or before December 31st, 2021 there will be no change to your renewal rates. If your AMA renewal is due on or after January 1st 2022, your annual renewal rate will go up by $2.00 per user for our perpetual products.

Q: How often do your product prices change?

A: This is Rockton Software’s fourth price increase since 2014. We understand that price increases can have an impact on our customers, so our goal is to have smaller, more frequent increases instead of waiting several years and then implementing a large increase. We work to communicate any changes in pricing to our partners and customers a minimum of 90 days prior to the change.

Q: When did you last increase your prices?

A: Rockton’s last price increase was January 1, 2020. That increase was the same as this one, with perpetual product license prices going up $10 per user license and annual renewals going up $2 per user per product.

Q: What about Project Cost and Exchange Rate Import annual subscriptions?

A: Each of our annual subscription products will increase in price $100 per year. Click here to view the new 2022 annual subscription product pricing.

Q: What about monthly subscriptions?

A: Each of our monthly subscription products will increase in price $1 per user. Click here to view the new 2022 monthly subscription product pricing.

Our existing prices will remain in effect through December 31, 2021. Please contact the Rockton Software Sales team if you would like additional information regarding the pricing change.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds raw peanuts in shells (or green peanuts)
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cajun seasoning (or creole seasoning)
  • 1-3 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4+ quarts water

Instructions

  • INSTANT POT BOILED PEANUTS: (77-93 Minutes)
    • Place the peanuts in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Add the salt, cajun seasoning, crushed red pepper, liquid smoke, and garlic powder. Pour in 4 quarts water… Or enough to cover the peanuts when you push them down.
    • Lock the lid into place. Set on Pressure Cook High for 77 minutes for green peanuts or 93 minutes for raw peanuts. Once the timer goes off, perform a natural release. Once the steam button drops it’s safe to open the Instant Pot.
  • STOVETOP BOILED PEANUTS: (2-8 Hours)
    • Place a large 6-8 quart dutch oven over high heat. Add the peanuts, salt, cajun seasoning, crushed red pepper, liquid smoke, and garlic powder. Pour in 4+ quarts of water, or enough to cover the peanuts when they are pushed down.
    • Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir well, then lower the heat to a mild simmer. Cover and cook for 2-3 hours for green peanuts or 6-8 hours for raw peanuts. Check the water level every hour and add warm tap water if needed.
  • CROCK POT BOILED PEANUTS: (22-38 Hours) 
    • Set out a large 6+ quart crock pot. Add the peanuts, salt, cajun seasoning, crushed red pepper, liquid smoke, and garlic powder. Pour in 3-4 quarts water, or enough to cover the peanuts when they are pressed down.
    • Cover the crock pot and set on low. Cook for 22-24 hours for green peanuts, and 36-38 hours for raw peanuts. Add water every 8 hours if needed.

Recipe and image from A Spicy Perspective

Who doesn’t love a good reunion?

Join us in Houston at the Community Summit! Rockton Software is proud to be a Premier Sponsor once again. We are excited to share reunite and see you again. Swing by Booth 515 just to say hi or let us show you how we can squeeze every bit of functionality out of Dynamics GP and get the ROI you are looking for.

What do you need to know before you go?

When: October 12-15, 2021

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center | Houston, TX

Why: Because You Deserve to Get Back to Business and Back to Community

We are presenting three sessions this year!

 Session: Make Dynamics GP Work Simpler & Easier

Presenter: Alicia Weigel

When: Wed Oct 13th, @ 12:30 – 1:20pm

Where: GRBC – Third Floor, 342C

Description: Have users that never log out of GP? Want to increase transaction lookup speed? Looking to track data changes? Is pricing a challenge? Would you like to automate reports? If you answered YES to these questions, this is the session for you! Come for an interactive, live demo of Rockton’s five add-on products: Auditor, Dynamics GP Toolbox, Dynamics Report Manager, Omni Price, and SmartFill, we’ll help you work simpler & easier® in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Session: Easy, Breezy Project Tracking

When: Thurs, Oct 14th, 12:00 -12:50pm

Where: GRBC – Third Floor 342D

Presenter: Ginger Myers

Description: Are tracking Project costs and revenues bogging you down? Do you want to import employee labor or equipment hours to a project tracking module easily? Wishing project tracking was a seamless process in Dynamics GP? If you answered YES to these questions, this is the session for you! Come for an interactive, live demo of Rockton’s Project Cost add-on product. we’ll help you work simpler & easier® in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Session: SOP DROP and ROLL – Simplifying Complex Pricing

When: Thur, Oct 14th @12:00 -12:50pm

Where: GRBC – Third Floor 342C

Presenter: Alicia Weigel

Description: Is pricing a challenge? Do you dream about never having to setup a price list for EACH individual customer again? Would you like to ‘set it and forget it’ pricing? If you answered YES to these questions, this is the session for you! Come for an interactive, live demo of Rockton Pricing Management (RPM) and we’ll help you work simpler & easier® in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

As a valued customer, we would like to offer you an exclusive discount on your registration. Use the following code at checkout to receive 10% off: rock10

Hope to see you there!

Summer’s at Rockton are all about simple and easy, so whether it’s simplifying how you manage your security in GP or simplifying your next summer BBQ sipper, we got you covered.

Today we feature 5 favorite tricks using three of our staple Rockton Software products

  • SmartFill – Did you hear we just put out a NEW release!?! Inside this new edition, you can now export your results to Excel spreadsheets – think of it like a Smartlist you don’t even have to open Smartlist to run.
    This makes searching and exporting a snap – easily pull holiday gift lists, VIP customers, and more!
  • Auditor – AKA the Productivity Tracker. Ever wondered how many invoices or service calls are being entered by each user in a day? Now you can track those numbers and monitor user productivity in the system. You can also use Auditor to verify data that new users have entered into GP with a simple report search. This will help both you and your new GP users build confidence in the processes you have in place.
  • Dynamics GP ToolboxWant to find out how to give or take away security to a window in less than 10 seconds? Simply search for your mysterious window with Mentor, one of the 27 tools included in our Toolbox. This will allow you to see exactly what task contains the security needed AND the roles that task is associated with. Take it a step further and actually assign the role to a user right from the same screen without ever opening your GP Security setting windows. 
  • Dynamics GP ToolboxUsing our Pop-Up Notes, gives the ability to push out ‘How To’ instructions where your users need them most! Don’t let Year End Close, obscure routines, or processes potentially cause data issues in GP. You can easily add instructions, website links, or even task lists to increase efficiency and accuracy in uncommon (or common!) windows across GP.

Watch the webinar for yourself:

Now that we’ve got the GP side covered, here’s one of our top Summer Sippers for you to enjoy on a patio, pontoon, or anywhere with a glass

Dynamics GP Optimizer Watercooler Chats

Once a magazine, now a movement

The GP Optimizer once started as a digital magazine comprised of articles provided by Microsoft Dynamics GP Add-On Partners. Each article focuses on making your investment in Microsoft Dynamics GP more worthwhile by addressing issues that you may be experiencing and providing ways to remedy them.

Then in 2020, 8 years later, we decided to bring it to life with our first ever GP Optimizer Live event on July 28 & 30.  These ISVs came together and brought content around 3 popular categories; Supply Chain, Paperless and Payroll, and Cloud Apps and Automation.

The infamous Bob McAdam shared insights on Community Summit, Local User Groups, and other Community-centric information.

We also had Abra and Mariano joining us to talk about how GP is a power player. Boy, a lot has changed since then.

It was such a huge success! We just finished our Winter 2021 edition this past February. This time we used a new platform, had an amazing keynote and focused on content around categories such as; Automation, Tips & Tricks, and Strategies to help improve processes in GP.

So, what’s next?

Well, we wanted to keep the momentum going in the GP space. Unfortunately, it has been in a state of influx with all the changes happening.

The GP ISVs hear you and want to help keep GP a relevant ERP. We want to keep the community going strong. So, what’s next on the list?

Many of us still live and breathe GP. Community is so important whether in person or virtual. With COVID and not being in the office as much or at all, those chats around the watercooler have been non-existent. So, get ready for the TED Talks of GP called Water Cooler Wisdom happening at 12:00 EST every other Wednesday starting April 21.

We have a great line-up of speakers having a conversation around industry trends, hot topics, and educational information.

This is a great way to get up close and personal with the amazing ISVs who have been part of the GP Optimizer since the beginning.

Here’s the upcoming line-up for Spring and Summer:

April 21 – The Two Sides of Inventory Management – NETSTOCK & Panatrack

May 5 – Ask the Experts about Budgeting – Dynamic Budgets, MSX Group, deFacto Global

May 19  -Extend your ERP with integrated eProcurement – Fraxion

June 2  – Why would I customize my Dynamics GP system? What have other customers done?- Blue Moon

June 16 – A Perfect Couple: AP Automation and Payment Outsourcing – Mekorma

June 30 – A/R Automation and Payment Processing– Nodus

July 14 – 2021 Sales Tax Changes: Midyear Update – Avalara

July 28 –  What does your variable compensation plan say? – EthoTech

August 11 – Preparing your Digital Factory – Horizon’s International

August 25 – Achieving and Maintaining a Daily Reconciled Cash Position – Nolan Business Solutions

September 8 – GP Then & Now – Rockton Software & Integrity Data

We will share wisdom, insights, best practices, and tips-n-tricks. So, pull up a chair and chat with us.

The best part, they will all be 15 minutes or less. So, it really is a nice way to start the morning or a great break in the day depending on what time zone you are in.

Register today!

GP Optimizer Virtual Event

GP Optimizer Live is Back!

2020 has taught us a lot about our businesses, our day-to-day processes, and areas where we might need to improve. What better way to start planning for 2021 than by joining some of the most influential people in the GP channel as we discuss ways to better enhance your Microsoft Dynamics GP investment. 

Your favorite GP ISVs are joining together once again to host GP Optimizer Live on February 2 & 4This free virtual event will include 2 days of educational sessions on content around Automation, Tips & Tricks, and Strategies to enhance Dynamics GP. Whether you are new to GP or you have been running it for years, you are not going to want to miss it.   

The GP Optimizer Live hosted last Summer had over 200 attendees from the GP channel. With the Winter 2021 event offering more content and sessions, the turnout is expected to be even bigger. There will be opportunities to engage with GP MVPs and learn more about GP add-on modules. And if all of that is not enough, you will also have the chance to win some awesome prizes at our virtual Happy Hour!   

So why is this one different?

  • New platform – which means more content, more interaction, and more breaks
  • A keynote speaker to kick off the event with some inspiration
  • A virtual ventriloquist – yes you read that right
  • Expo and networking time

John GarrettMeet Our Keynote Speaker

John Garrett, Culture Consultant on a Mission to Shatter the Stereotype​

Hi, I’m John and I’m proof that CPA’s can be funny. Really funny. I know that when it comes to corporate events, getting serious results doesn’t have to be so serious. I also know that a corporate speaker should partner with you to make sure the entire event is a success, which means making the event about your organization. Not about me. And I know that’s exactly what I do.

What’s your and? John will dive into how to Unlock the Person within the Professional.

It all starts outside the office. Let’s learn more about the person behind the profession as John dives deeper into these questions:

  • How well do you know your fellow team members?
  • Do you create genuine connections?

2 GP MVP All-Stars

Nicole Albertson

I am the Product Manager with eOne Solutions. My focus at eOne is on SmartList Builder, Extender, and SmartView. It involves everything from demos and training to testing and documentation. I also have the privilege of managing some of our internal systems.  This means I get to be on the “customer” side of our products as well in designing the setups and supporting them for our team of users.  I have been with eOne Solutions since December of 2012 and working with the eOne products for many years before that. I have been in the Microsoft Dynamics GP space since 1999 between my work at Microsoft and eOne Solutions.  I am also a GPUG All Star award recipient. 

Session Title:  Help, I Need to Make SmartList Useful again! 

Date & Time: Feb 2nd 1:30-2:00 EST 

Session Content:  Everyone has unique needs when it comes to their data and SmartList doesn’t always cut it. We will use SmartView and SmartList Builder to make your data come to life. 

Rod O’Connor

I have been lucky enough to have worked in almost every facet of Business Applications. Throughout my career I have spent time as an end user, a functional consultant, a technical consultant, an IT Manager, a small business owner (a VAR), and most recently as an ISV. I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but I do have a passion for both learning and helping businesses implement processes and solutions that improve their day-to-day operations. 

Session Title: Stop Running SmartLists Just to Export to Excel Dang It!

Date & Time: Feb. 4th 1:30-2:00 EST

Session Content: We get it, you love SmartList and well you should.  But too many of you are running SmartLists just to export them to Excel!  There are so many other ways, both easier and quicker, to get your data into Excel if you need to.  In some cases, you can even have the Go To’s you’ve come to love.  In this session we will go over the methods available to you – the non-developer – to get your data into Excel where you want it.

Double the Trouble

Join Rockton on both days.Project Cost versus Project Accounting

Feb 2nd from 12:30 – 1:00 EST  – Project Accounting VS Project Cost – What you need to know

If you need a way to manage, track, & report on projects in Dynamics GP, then you need to know which solution will meet your needs.

Feb 4th from 2:45 – 3:15 EST – Why you need to beef up your securityProtect your System Security for Dynamics GP

Working from home has its ups and downs and pluses and minuses. A few extra z’s in the morning, no commute, no traffic, and living in comfy clothes even if it is only from the waist down. But now you may have added responsibilities with the kids being home, online learning, more Zoom meetings than you ever thought possible. With more people working from home security also needs to be at an all-time high. Learn how to boost your security in Dynamics GP, manage users working from home, report on any changes made, & more.

The First Virtual GP Event of 2021

You can expect to see live demos and discussions that uncover the benefits of integrated Spend Management and PunchOut, Tax Compliance, Inventory Management, Quality Control, Asset Tracking, Payment Processing solutions, and much more! New and seasoned GP users will discover ways to complement and extend Dynamics GP functionality.

Browse the sessions available and register today for GP Optimizer Live. Each day there are different tracks for you and your team to explore, including informative sessions focused on Dynamics GP and how to optimize your business processes.   I know you are probably sick of virtual events by now but we promise it will be worth your while.

Rockton Software is moving to a new system effective
January 1, 2021

We’re in the midst of improving our internal and external processes and applications to make things here at Rockton work simpler & easier®. We want to make you aware of some things that will be temporarily unavailable during this transition period.

What’s Changing?

We’re moving to a new Portal for self-service, which could impact you in the following ways. As of the listed dates below, you will NO LONGER be able to do these tasks on the portal.

Effective immediately:

  • Add a new customer
  • Edit customer details
  • Add a new contact
  • Prorate a renewal

 Effective December 31, 2020 at 4:00 PM MST:

  • Generate a quote for additional users
  • Acknowledge a renewal
  • Pay a renewal, an additional user quote, a consulting invoice, or any other invoice
  • Store a credit card
  • View unpaid sales documents

After December 31, 2020 at 4:00 PM MST, you will need to contact sales or renewals to request a quote or to pay an invoice. You’ll still have the ability to view and email-only sales documents that were paid on or before 12/31/2020 (you can no longer view unpaid sales documents).

What’s not changing?

For the foreseeable future, you may continue to access registration keys and view customer billing history (for invoices paid prior to 1/1/2021).

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we look forward to serving you via email and phone during our regular business hours, Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 5:00 MST.

We’ll continue to keep you posted as we roll out our new and improved processes. Look for updates in our newsletters, emails, and on our website.

Rockton's Top 10 for 2020

What made it on the list?

The Event of the Summer

Over 200 people attended, but if you didn’t, don’t worry. We saved the recordings for you. Mark your calendar – our Winter event is Feb. 2 & 4.


PC vs PA – What you need to know

Download this one-pager to make sure you know the ins-and-outs and select the one that’ll meet your business needs.


How Dynamic is Your Pricing?

You can generate profitable revenue with flexible pricing and real-time demand. Whether your pricing is based on certain customers or quantities, or whether the shirt is green or blue, we got you covered.

Saving Time & Saving Lives

Read how the Donor Network of Arizona uses SmartFill to save time on their searches so they can focus more on what they do best, saving lives!



Streamline Your Rebate Process

Are you ready to ditch those spreadsheets and manual processes? Here is your chance to learn how.



See Why We Had Over 100 Attendees

We’ll show you:

  • How to find information up to 83% faster with this quick and easy Google-style data search tool.
  • Access your cloud and on-premise data from one, easy to use app.

Got Pricing?

You have options, and we’ve done the homework for you. Compare Standard and Extended Pricing, Omni Price, and RPM to see which one will work for you


Who’s working remotely this year?

This webinar sure hit home with all of the remote workers.

  • Track data changes and changes in productivity too
  • Make finding records across the system simple and easy
  • Log out those idle users

Are you a couch survivor?

We hope you were a part of our Rockton Staycation. We rocked the socks, masks, glasses, and couch. Check out this parody, it sure was popular with over 900 views.



Staycation all I ever wanted…..

If you’ve attended one or all thirteen of the last GPUG events, you know Mark took the stage with a song. We still have one more parody to end the year.


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