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Chocolate Cake

I’ve always wanted to attempt to bake the perfect chocolate cake and now I will get to try it out with all of you. This challenge should be a little messy, delicious, and I hope not too difficult. Bake a chocolate cake (any kind will do, even chocolate cheesecake), take a picture of it, and send a photo of your creation in for everyone else to droll over. Here’s the catch: It has to be completely from scratch. Don’t even think about cheating with a box from Duncan Hines my friends!

To sign up all you have to do is comment below. Remember, you have to sign up for each challenge separately by commenting on the appropriate post. I will add you to a weekly reminder email list, unless you specificy otherwise in your comment. The last week of the month I ask that you email me your photo and recipe to share with everyone else.

I expect this challenge topic to be a favorite because people get to eat their delicious results AND share and collect recipes along the way. I think I might give this Chocolate Pudding Cake a try.

Throughout the year I plan to do all kinds of photography challenges. Some will deal with technical things like shooting on macro, and others will be about capturing events or emotions. Laughing is something we all do a lot (I hope), but after browsing through my photo’s I’ve realized it’s not something we capture with our cameras very often.

Laughter challenge

So this month I challenge you to not only laugh (go ahead and do the deep belly-aching kind for me), but in the middle of that laughter remember to pick up your camera and capture the moment. I want awkward faces, open mouths, scrunchy eyes, the works!

To sign up all you have to do is comment below. Remember, you have to sign up for each challenge separately by commenting on the appropriate post. I will add you to a weekly reminder email list, unless you specificy otherwise in your comment. The last week of the month I ask that you email me your photos (and maybe a description) to share with everyone else.

Who’s with me on this one?

doctor challenge

It’s simple. For this challenge, I urge you to go to the Dr. Get your eyes checked (haven’t done that in 2-3 years), get your teeth cleaned (I think I did that sometime last year), get a physical (are you supposed to do those on a regular basis?), visit a lady doctor (no one wants cervical cancer ladies!), or check up on that ailment that has been plaguing you for months that you keep writing off. I would probably even count a visit to an esthetician¬† for a facial or a masseuse for a massage, since the goal this month is really about making your body function better in some way.

I will be going to the Dr. to get my hip checked out. Probably a chiropractor because visiting an MD didn’t yield any results previously. I’ve been having hip problems for over a year now, and it’s time for me to stop complaining about it. I’d like to be able to get out of bed in the mornings without doubling over in pain.

To sign up all you have to do is comment below. Remember, you have to sign up for each challenge separately by commenting on the appropriate post. I will add you to a weekly reminder email list, unless you specificy otherwise in your comment. The last week of the month I ask that you email me your photos (and maybe a description) to share with everyone else.

Hopefully this helps some of you other procastinators get things in order (like you, friend Megan).

I’ve been considering ways to make this blog more interactive for awhile now, and I think I have enough readers to try out an idea I’ve been mulling over. I’d like to start doing monthly challenges, geared toward helping all of us achieve a topic based goal. January will be a chance to test this crazy idea of mine out. Maybe no one will participate and it will die off like so many New Years resolutions of the past. Or maybe, just maybe, we will all love the chance to work at achieving the same goal, and we will look forward to sharing the results of our efforts at the end of each month.

Each month there will be three challenges which I will post within the first week of the month. You can sign up for one, two, or all three challeneges by commenting with your email address or by emailing me. I will be sending out weekly email reminders to all those who have signed up for that specific challenge for that month, because I know I wouldn’t remember to participate if someone wasn’t giving me a gentle nudge every once in awhile.

At the end of each month I’ll ask each of you to send me a picture or a short paragraph about what you accomplished. For some of the challenge results I plan on inserting a poll in the results post and having everyone vote on their favorite accomplishment (just to give you a little bit more incentive to participate, because who doesn’t like being the favorite?)

The three topics I have chosen to focus on for these challenges are PHOTOGRAPHY, FOOD, and HEALTH. Check back later today to read about the challenges for each category this month and to sign up to participate!