Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Post Halloween Post --Blood-Splatter Petit Fours

Hello! We got the blog up and running again and we are back on schedule! This pin that was sent to us by Kelly is really cool, I know it's way past Halloween, but I just couldn't wait till next year to share it! I hadn't seen this one before but now I wish I had because 1) I love a good creepy Halloween treat, and 2) This looks really yummy!!

The Original
Don't those look creepy/delicious?! You can see the sugar glaze on the pound cake and I bet it tastes amazing!!
Kelly tried these herself, and ran into a few problems, check it out!

Here is what she had to say about it,
"I tried to make something for my office Halloween treat contest. I saw this pin for "Blood-Spattered Petit Fours with Sugar Glass" and thought it sounded simple enough.
As you can see from the pictures, the "glaze" came out totally clear except for some small sugar lumps. I even made more glaze with extra sugar and re-dipped a few petit fours, but they still dried clear. Also, the glaze soaked into pound cake, giving it a kind of grainy texture when you ate it. 
I had high quality food coloring that I used for cake icing that was pretty thick, so I mixed it with a bit of the corn syrup for the blood. That too soaked into the cake. 
Finally, you can also plainly see that I burnt the sugar glass. I was monitoring the temperature very carefully every minute or so. But I turned around for a second and it had shot up and browned within seconds. It tasted ok, just a little caramelized. 
The petit fours (which I called "Bloody Fours") still tasted delicious and I still won Most Creative Treat, but it looked nothing like the pin. I know what I did wrong on the glass, but I don't know how I messed up the glaze. 
Also, just fyi to anyone else who makes them. I left them in an airtight container over the weekend and on Monday, most of the glass pieces were gone. Turns out, the pound cake absorbed them as well!"
Man it sounds like the pound cake is a sugar black hole! It absorbs everything!
A few things came to mind when reading through all this. I went through the original recipe and didn't see any red flags as far as what Kelly did that may have been different other than what she mentioned about her sugar glass.
One thing that came to mind was that her sugar glaze was ok to soak into the cake, I think the original probably had some of that too, it is somewhat inevitable seeing as cake is porous, also the food coloring soaking in too was alright I thought because the original kind of looks like they are doing that as well. One thing that may have made a difference is temperature, if the glaze and cake were next to a hot oven it may not have had a chance to "set up" and harden a little bit and that may have been one of the causes of it just soaking clear through the cake. I also think that the food coloring coagulating on top is part of the glaze being a little shell-like on top of the cake. I think a hot house will make a difference in recipes like this for sure.
As for the clumps in her sugar glaze I think the easy thing to fix this is to make sure when you put your sugar in to do so slowly, and make sure that any clumps are broken up. Sugar tends to clump up if it gets moisture in the bag/container (it can even get in there if you are using a wet spoon to spoon it out), make sure your container is air tight! Dispersing any clumps is the key to making sure that you don't have ay sugar clumps sitting in your glaze on top of the cake.
Kelly you hit the nail on the head with the sugar glass, it is very temperamental and specific. Leave it in for even a few seconds too long, or too hot and it's going to behave badly. It was a little strange to me that it soaked up into the cake over the weekend, but like I said cake is porous...any ideas as to how this happened readers?? I don't have a ton of experience with sugar glass, does it have specifics that need to be followed after it's cooked as well?
Over all I LOVE this pin, it looks delicious, and creepy and would be a cool treat for any Halloween get together! If any of our readers have any further advice here please share!! We love your feedback!
Happy Wednesday all! Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Professional Help for the Cookie Bowls

So, when we announced our new schedule, we mentioned that we'd only have posts up on Sundays and Wednesdays unless we just had something really great that we didn't want to wait to share with you. Well, today I found something way fun that I want to share!

Remember back to our first Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl post where Tessa sent in this Pinstrosity?
Well today I discovered (through the nifty gadget in our sidebar that plays a slideshow of all the Instagram photos tagged with #pinstrosity) that Tessa was on the Rachael Ray show earlier this month getting help from the pros with this exact project! How fun is that?! Way to go Tessa! Watch the clip to see what Chef Ryan Scott does to get these to work right. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Saggy Ornament Wreath

Alright. I'll do it. I'll pull out the first Christmas post of the 2014-2015 Christmas season. I realize I'm stuffing Thanksgiving a little (hehe, nice pun there Marquette. Why thank you!), but this one is great. Especially for those of us who haven't started decorating yet because either we're Thanksgiving purists and the Christmas boxes cannot be cracked one second earlier than December 1st, or we're bah humbugging it this year (I'll have you know the Google spell checker didn't even give the squiggly red underline with humbugging...apparently it's a real word because Google said so and Google knows all), or we just haven't even thought about it yet really. This project looks like a quick and easy DIY Christmas Wreath of glass ball happiness, but, as Katy found out, it doesn't always go as planned. Katy sent in the two photos she took her inspiration from, and two photos of her results.

The Original Pins
So, as is all too common on Pinterest, along the line of pinning the wrong picture got attributed to the wrong blog/pin. The picture below is the pin that Katy pinned, but it wasn't on the blog it linked to. I did finally find the original post and have it linked below. But Katy didn't have that link and so she had to wing it. 
I did some digging on the link the pin led to and I found the 2nd photo she sent us on the blog:
Finding this post was the key to the puzzle. But first...let me show you Katy's results.

The Pinstrosity

Katy's exact words were, "I like my festive, but saggy, balls."

So what happened here? Lack of wire strength. As there were no directions linked to by the pin, Katy had to go off the pictures. The 2nd picture of the original pins looks like it is the start of an ornament wreath, but after digging around and finding the original post the photo came from a wreath was not in order, but this fun chandelier decoration:

If you look at the post, Mike uses flexible wire to string the ornaments on as the wire doesn't have to hold a specific shape. They just needed something sturdy to string the ornaments on to rest them in the chandelier.

When I found the original source to the ornament wreath photo that showed what this project truly needs as far as wire goes. They used a coat hanger. You need sturdy wire that isn't going to bend with the weight of the ornaments.

So it ended up being another case of the mis-pinned photo...that dastardly imp struck again. It gets the best of all of us. I hate finally opening up one of my pins that I've been excited about only to find the internet imp has switched things around and that actual picture is no where to be found where the pin led. I don't know why all the sudden it's an internet imp, but apparently that's what's going on with all our web woes.

Moral of the story? If your wire is tired and not very strong, your wreath will be saggy and won't last all that long.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Em's Halloween Show-and-Tell!

Marquette shared her Halloween costume show and tell the other day, and I thought it would be fun to share ours too!! Happy Wednesday all!!
Chip and I went as Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Miss Frizzle from the Magic School Bus for all of our Halloween festivities!

(I had chalk all over me buy the end of the night from our sign lol)
We went to our church trunk-or-treat and had a themed trunk for all of the kids at the activity.
These pictures are really awful because it was dark, I apologize, but you get the idea...
We had candy and glow sticks. We had a little game for the kids, if they could throw the ball into the last row of jack-o-lantern cups they got candy AND a glow stick (if they didn't get the ball in the cup after a few tries they still got candy).
We had fun playing science lab all night.
It's hard to see here, but the jars are all filled with glowing bugs and we had science books, and skulls in our "Science Lab".

 Here is Dr. Nye in his element ;)
For our costumes I found the dress at a thrift store, it was a gosh awful pink before and I used fabric dye from the craft section at Wal-Mart to get my awesome purple color. The dye I got was a cobalt blue, but the blue plus pink made purple! I'll take it!
Next I cut out and hot glued all the felt pieces onto the dress. I drew everything by hand with a  marker, then cut them out and glued them on.
My wig was a child's Disney Merida wig that I pinned up, I used Chip as my mannequin!
For Chip's costumes we borrowed the coat and prop goggles, I bought him the bow tie and he wore his Sunday clothes. Done.
We had a really good time and I've been wanting to do Miss Frizzle (whose first name is Valerie, who knew??) for a while.
Just so no ones feels like we have a handle on the holiday season, I just cleaned our car out yesterday. True story. Real life!!
Hope you all had a great Halloween! On to November!! Woohoo!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Oil Stain Remover Tested

Welp, as promised earlier, I have the results of my first oil stain remover test! Because I had all the supplies, I chose to test the wikihow oil remover instructions first. 

Step 1. Spill oil on shirt. Check. 

2. The instructions said to use a paper towel to blot out remaining oil, but my shirt was already dry...there was no oil to blot. So I proceeded on to the step where I cover the stain in baking soda and let it sit for 60 minutes. The baking soda is supposed to soak up the oil. They say to repeat this step until the baking soda no longer turns brown. As the oil was already dry, this only took one application for me.

3. Scrape off all remaining baking soda with a credit card. You can barely see the stain spot at this point, so I was hopeful.

4. Apply dish washing detergent as a pre treatment, and scrub into the fabric with an old toothbrush until it foams. I couldn't ever get it to foam...but I sure scrubbed the soap into the fabric!

5. Wash with 1-2 other non-delicate items with normal detergent, on the hottest water settings, and add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar. I added about 3/4 of a cup.

6. Dry as normal is the last step, so into the dryer it went.

Did it work?
Did it?

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

On one hand I'm a tiny bit sad it didn't turn into a Pinstrosity (I kind of figured it would as the oil was already dry and these instructions seemed to be for fresh oil spillage), but only because I now don't have a Pinstrosity to show you. But, you now have a oil removal method that you can try at home with ingredients you most likely have on hand! Cool! I hope it works for you as well as it worked for me.

Halloween Costume Pinspiration while we Wait.

Last week I got to spend some time up with my sister, her 2 children, and my sister in law. We had a marvelous week, but one of my shirts may end up dead because of it. Of course I was wearing a new gray shirt I'd recently bought and didn't think I needed an apron, and I spilled olive oil on it. I ran to the bathroom and rinsed it out and applied soap right away, but the stain was there when it dried. So today I have 3 oil removal pins I am testing. My shirt is currently in the washer testing out the first pin (which I had all the supplies for here at home), and if that doesn't work I have 2 other pins I will try (but I have to run to town and get a few supplies). All this to save a shirt. Sheesh. So while the shirt is in the wash and we all wait for the results, I thought I would share my Pin Win from Halloween! 

About 2 weeks before Halloween I happened on instructions for an adult Mr. Tumnus (the faun from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) costume on Pinterest, and I knew that one year I would turn Darrow into Mr. Tumnus for Halloween. Then as the time approached I realized how easy it would be for all of us to just go as Narnians, so I looked up pictures and ideas (on and off of Pinterest) and went for it.  We bought some supplies for Darrow's costume, but we wanted to make ours out of what we could find at home, and that proved a little tricky, but it worked!

Who do we have there? Let's go through the characters.

Mr. Tumnus
As soon as I saw this photo with the curly hair I knew this was definitely on the to do list for Darrow some day.  His costume pulled together perfectly!

I got the fabric for the pants at JoAnn's. Once I saw that red fur, I couldn't leave it there! I bought just enough (a rectangle 18" x the width of the fabric) to fit how tall I wanted the pants to be (giving myself a few inches for elastic and hemming). I should have taken step by step photos, but of course I didn't think of it until afterward, but it wasn't too hard.

  • First I spread the fabric out on the table (fur side down) and laid a pair of Darrow's sweat pants over the top to trace the outline. I gave an extra inch and a half on the top to make room for the elastic waistband. 
  • I got two pant silhouettes cut out, and then trimmed the fur on the edges (cutting it down to the fabric layer) so that it would be easier to sew. I trimmed 3/8" on all the edges except the top; the top got a 2 1/2" trim. 
  • With right sides (the furry side) together I sewed the legs of the pants together (leaving the leg holes and the waist hole open). 
  • Next in went the elastic. I folded the top of the pants down towards the inside and sewed a casing for the elastic (leaving a small section open to insert the elastic). After measuring Darrow's "waist", I cut a length of elastic the same length and fed it through the casing. I overlapped the elastic ends by 1/2" and sewed them together and then hand stitched the casing closed. 
  • Last I hand hemmed the pant legs. I would have machine stitched them, but I didn't want a visible seam on the outside over the top of the fur. 
For the scarf, I bought a skein of red yarn and crocheted up a simple stitch. I chained 11, then did alternating rows of 10 single crochets and 10 double crochets to give it a little bit of texture. To finish it off I added tassels to the end. 

For the horns I bought a light colored plastic headband (his head is big enough that a regular sized one worked great), and some tan felt. For the ears I cut out 4 ear shapes and then glued two pieces together to make them thicker so they would stick out better. I glued those onto the headband with clear gel tacky glue (using clothespins to hold the felt on until the glue dried). After the glue dried, I pinched the ears together at the base and glued them (again, using clothespins) to give them more of a 3D look. For the horns I cut out 4 horn shapes, and then sewed two pieces together, leaving the bottoms open. I turned them right side out, put a little stuffing in (if you don't have stuffing you can use toilet paper, or whatever you can find), and then glued them to the top of the head band. 

I bought black boots for him to wear, but they just didn't look right, so we went with his black/gray socks as his hoofs. 

Since Halloween is cold here, we put him in a long sleeve tan onesie rather than letting him go topless. If I hadn't wanted the onesie afterward I would have drawn some abs on there, but I decided not to. 

Next we had Susan Pevensie:


I decided to use Susan's battle outfit as the inspiration for basing my costume. Since I was using only what I could find around the house, it wasn't exact, but it worked well I think. 

The skirt came from two old curtains I made for our first apartment (I knew there was a reason to hang on to them! I knew the fabric would come in handy! I cut the top tabs off, sewed seams up the side and added an elastic waist band. TaDa! Not anything I'll wear to church, but it worked great for the costume.

I had a long sleeve shirt in a similar shade of red that I wore underneath.

Next was the armor/chain mail. We're a little short on chain mail around here. I did find some brown mottled fabric in my stash and made a quick and dirty "shrug", and then put my stretchy brown tank top on over the top (tucking the straps down in so it looked "corset-ish" like her armor.

The costume was still lacking though, so I added two belts, and that helped quite a bit.

Even though her battle outfit didn't have a cape, many of her Narnia costumes did, so I took a tablecloth that matched my belt and fastened it on with a safety pin. To hid the safety pin and make the whole thing look better I then clipped on two gold clip-on earrings to look like the clasp/pin on the cape.

Topping it off were Cameron's powder horn to use as Susan's horn, and then Cameron's quiver of arrows. I opted to leave the bow behind since I knew I'd be carrying Darrow for part of the night.

Finishing it off was Susan's signature hairstyle. Not too shabby for last minute and all homespun!

And then finally, a Troll:

According to the Narnia Fanon Wiki, "Trolls were a race of ugly and evil beings that lived in the Trollshaws, located in the vast, virtually ungoverned nation of NorthfellAfter Narnia's creation, Trolls were most often found in cold, mountainous regions of Northdell, but can be encountered nearly anywhere. Despite been evil, Trolls were very intelligent, civilized, and worshipful." I'm not sure if that comes from the books or if it's just fan fiction, but there you go. Trolls are listed on the Wiki list of Narnian Creatures, so we just went with it because...we already have a troll costume made!
The troll hat from previous years had since been dismantled to use for other costumes, so for this year we used the Dobby ears from the Harry Potter Girls Camp skit instead. My favorite part of this whole costume is the tail, it cracks me up.

The vest is made from burlap sacks and twine. The shirt is an old dress shirt that we shredded the sleeves on and then literally rubbed in the dirt and ashes. For the pants we let out the hems an shredded the bottoms, and then added patches to the legs. The tail is an old coat hanger wrapped in brown strips of fabric, with a lock of wig hair glued to the end. The nose is a costume witch nose we got at Walmart.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November Challenge

We were sure pleased with the response we had to the October challenge. We had some great submissions and many people that said that they ended up testing more pins than normal, even if they weren't Pumpkin related. Success! Are you ready for the November's theme? Here you go!

Now, what exactly are we asking you to do again?

1. Browse through your Pinterest boards, and then your sister's Pinterest boards, and then your high school BFF's Pinterest boards, and then your cat's previous owner's Pinterest boards, and then even the Official Pinstrosity Challenge Pinterest Board (we'll be adding ideas to it all the time) and find pins that fit the theme that inspire you. They can be food, decor, costumes, aprons, painting color schemes, etc. This month's theme leaves things wide open!
2. Once you've found some pins on Pinterest that inspire you, build on that inspiration! See cookies you want to try, but you don't want to have a whole batch sitting around? Make some, save a small plate for you and take the rest to a neighbor. Make the Giving Plate and deliver it. Make fun aprons and volunteer at a soup kitchen. Do service related activities with your children. You can follow the pin instructions to a T, or you can just work off your inspiration and go for a Pin Spin.
3. Take a picture of the outcome. We want to see the Pin Wins, Pin Spins, and Pinstrosities!
4. Email us your pictures, the link to the project you were inspired by, and any bit of the story you want to tell. You have until 8:00 AM (MST) on December 1st to send us your Pay it Forward project.
5. Saturday, December 6th we will do a Round Up post and show you the projects we were sent in. If we have too many for one post, we'll do multiple Show and Tell Saturday posts!
6. All projects submitted as part of the challenge need to have been completed in November 2014. No submitting projects you did last year. The point of this challenge is to get you to actually use Pinterest to inspire your life!
7. Feel free to submit as many times as you want!

Have fun with this! We're so excited to see what you come up with, how you choose to serve those around you, and to hear about spreading joy. Pay it Forward!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pumpkin-tober Show and Tell

We are so excited to show you the submissions we received for October's Theme Challenge! At the beginning of this month we asked you all to find a pumpkin related pin to try out and then send our direction.

I'll just start in the order in which they were sent to us.

1. Kari's Pumpkin Photo Project:
The Pinspiration:
 The Result: 
We purchased a giant pumpkin from Sam's Club.  I carved the insides out , got my one year old son naked except his diaper, and plopped him on in.  He did not like it one bit!  It's cold and wet and icky.  I couldn't get a single picture where he's not bawling.

2. Kate's Pumpkin Bars
The Pinspiration:
  The Result: 
I started with the recipe, which has gorgeous photos but confusing instructions, IF you read too fast like I tend to do.  Clearly, there are three layers in the photos, and for some reason as I was asking my husband to put ingredients in a bowl for one of the layers, my eyes skipped some instructions, and two eggs ended up in the mixture that was supposed to be crumbles for the top layer.  *sigh*  It's entirely my fault. We discussed adding something to try to make it crumbly again (flour?) but decided not to, for fear of wrecking it altogether.  And we made sure to go back and add the two eggs to the correct layer as well.

So the first two layers (cake batter crust, pumpkin in the middle) turned out normal. And I spread the much-too-sticky-and-not-crumbly-at-all mix on the top the best I could.

We baked it according to the directions - and with my fingers crossed - and when it came out of the oven, the topping had formed a thin, brownie-like crust on the top. We waited an hour for it to cool down before cutting, and gave it a try... and it was delicious.  Definitely worth trying again with the ingredients in the correct layers!

Now, after two days of enjoying, we're finding that the crunch on the top has gone soft.  The flavor is still quite good, but without the crunch it's more like eating pudding. And that's our Pumpkin Pinstrosity from our house.

3. Claire's Owl Pumpkin

I've been eyeing all of these cool, wood-block inspired pumpkins on Pinterest and just generally around the internet for a while now. They look so cool. When I finally figured out how to do them, I was pleasantly surprised. You see, people do them with something called a lino cut tool, used for making linoleum cut block prints, kind of like wood block prints but easier. You use a kind of gougey-knife thing to carve out strips of what medium you're working with, and it turns out pumpkins, both the real and foam varieties, are ideal for this. I learned how to use a lino cut tool in elementary school and again in high school (why they let ten year olds around very sharp, stabby, knife-type things is beyond me).  So this year, being that I'm a graduate of Warren Wilson College, whose mascot is an owl, and seeing as how owls are just a general trend right now, I decided to use my lino cut tool to carve an owl into my funkin pumpkin. The attached photo is what I ended up with. I used a google images picture for reference, sketched out a general design with a pencil (make sure to do this lightly if you're using a foam pumpkin or it'll make a permanent indent) and started carving. It's important to cut out chunks  all the way through as well as simply carve away strips. Also, I recommend using the biggest rounded tool that comes with the standard Speedball lino cut set. Another good pointer is that you want to think direction and texture. There is going to be a definite texture made by the carving tool, so use that to your advantage. Create wind swirls blowing leaves, recreate Starry Night, or use it to create feathers like I did on my owl. Really, the sky is the limit. Now as for that whole soft glowing from the inside from the cut away sections bit, I've never gotten that to work, even with a real pumpkin, so these pumpkins look best with enough ambient light to see the lighter carved sections. Light will only come out of the parts that are completely cut away. Well, that's it for me, and happy pumpkin projects, Pinstroteers.

4. Nicole's Fall Paper Book Pumpkin:

The Pinspiration: 
The Result: 
I think this challenge thing is great! Gets me doing pins that I probably never would've gotten to otherwise. I chose to do the 'Fall Paper Book Pumpkin' Mine isn't perfect, but I still think it's super cute! I used a really thick book and switched from a box cutter to scissors part-way through, so the pages aren't even. If I were to make another one, I'd probably use more orange spray paint. And it didn't take forever to do (the longest part was cutting the book). Maybe a couple of hours? Thanks for doing this challenge!

5. Eilonwy's Accidental Pumpkin Cheesecake: 

The Pinspirations:
The Result: 
Hi! I've been going back and forth on whether to submit my pumpkin challenge or not, since I dramatically altered a recipe and had it come out fine with no problem, and this sets a bad example for inexperienced cooks.

I was playing around with the idea of a from-scratch substitute for Krusteaz' pumpkin bars, which I recommend, but which require a trip to Big Lots. 

Messing around with their elaborate crusts was a "not gonna happen," so I made a basic graham cracker crumb crust... with olive oil instead of melted butter, hoping the milk proteins in butter don't do something magical that I'd miss. They don't.

Then I decided to substitute sweetened condensed milk for BOTH the evaporated milk and the sugar in the filling, 'cause guess what I had in the house and guess what I DIDN'T have. (Has anybody after 1970 bought evaporated milk for a purpose other than making pumpkin pie? I didn't think so.)

I used olive oil in the streusel, too, because might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb, and it's not like butter had magically appeared in my refrigerator while the custard was baking. Butter has an amazing propensity to not show up on its own.

It came out with a convincing taste and texture -- a little more cheesecake-y than pumpkin-bar-y, which is apparently a win, as when I told my mother about it, she suggested I make it for Xmas dessert instead of the overwhelmingly tedious and nitpicky Cooks Illustrated recipe that I usually use and which requires a special pan, about 83 steps, and a mint on its pillow while it "rests."

The thing is, I can get away with this nonsense because I've made custards from total scratch (including sweet-potato pie that started with peeling and parboiling the sweet potato), so I know how the ingredients ought to interact. Going off-road without experience more likely leads to falling in a pothole. Next month, I promise to tackle something that I find scary!

Anyway, even though this doesn't really fit your mission, I owe y'all some thanks for prodding me to find a substitute for the Pumpkin Cheesecake of Tedium!

6. Carolyn and Wyler's Jack-o-Lantern and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

The Pinspirations:


The Results: 

Today I thought it would be fun to carve a jack-o-lantern.  Most years I have several carved by now (Oct. 30).  I guess I'm slacking.  My 3 year old, Wyler, saw me setting up to carve the pumpkin and was instantly interested.  "What you doing Mommy?" I showed him pictures of jack-o-lanterns and let him pick a face to carve.  We pulled chairs up to the table and cut into the pumpkin.  When it was time to pull the seeds and guts out Wyler dove right in.  (Last year as soon as he touched the slimy innards he took off begging for me to wash his hands.)  After it was gutted he eagerly watched me carve the face he picked out.  On the back of the pumpkin I caved a W for Wyler, since he was an awesome helper.

We then washed the seeds, and roasted them.  I combined the recipes and the idea to boil them in salt water came from from two different pins.  I boiled the seeds in salt water, then tossed them in oil and BBQ sauce.  We then roasted them for about 15 minutes.  Not sure exactly how they turned out, since they are still to hot to eat (and this is pretty much my first time eating pumpkin seeds I'm gonna wait till my husband is home to try them and pass his verdict).

I'd say it has been a Pin Win day.

Aren't those great! These are exactly what we were looking for. Projects following the pins exactly. Projects inspired by pins, but given a personalized touch. Projects that had to be tweaked. Projects that worked. Projects that didn't work quite as hoped. We just want to get you trying out pins and you did! 

We're getting November's Challenge ready, so check back soon for this month's theme!