15 Years

15th Rezday

I have been a resident of Second Life for 15 years as of October 23, 2018. Pretty much rezzed in world every day of those 15 years. Of course, there are days when I haven’t. We all get burned out. But I have never been away for too long. Friendships have come and faded. Never gone.

My Second Life career started right away making jewelry. Caroline’s Jewelry closed early 2014, I believe. Fortunately, a few designers then let me have fun and blog for them. My true love of late has been the incredible food creations. I tend to shop Dust Bunny and Apple Fall when looking for food. Not too real, but not fake looking edibles. I like pairing them up with a recipe to try. So this is what I enjoy to do for now.

I am wearing Truth Hair – Oksana, my outfit is Zenith at Collabor88, Cae – Trinket Necklace, and the pose is An Lar Poses – Queenie. Most of the food on the table is Apple Fall – Autumn Treats. I tried to include my favorite designers in the picture, but I LOVE so many!! So you will find Dust Bunny, What Next, Tres Blah, and Half-Deer.

Onto dessert!! This cake was made for Second Life’s 15th Birthday! The recipe that I have paired with this is Spiced Peaches and Cream Cake. After following the recipe you can decorate the cake with blueberries for added color.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups cake flour
1 tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
¾ tsp salt
2⅔ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
cups sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
3 tsp vanilla extract
cups + 2 tbsp whole milk
3-4 ripe peaches, sliced
3 cups heavy whipping cream
For the Whipped Cream
6 tbsp sugar
tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
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Recipe for the Cake
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and line three 8″ or 9″ round cake pans.
Whisk both flours, baking soda, spices and salt together. Set aside.
Beat with mixer the butter, sugar, and vanilla for about 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy.
One at a time, beat in eggs.
Using low speed, beat in flour mixture made above in 3 parts. Alternating with milk. in 2 parts. Beat for one minute or until batter is well combined and smooth.
Pour batter evenly into cake pans.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clan.
Remove cakes and place on wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.
Trim cakes flat.
Recipe for Whipped Cream Frosting
Freeze mixing bowl and whisk for 10-20 minutes.
Add heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and salt into mixing bowl and whisk for 2-3 minutes on high. Stiff peaks should form.
Assembling the Cake

Spread whipped cream frosting onto trimmed cake layer. Add fresh peach slices. Repeat. The final layer will go on bottom side up. Drizzle honey on top.

For the complete recipe and lovely pictures go to Oh She Swooned.
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S’mores for me!

S'mores table

I missed a month or two due to being busy with life. We have all been there. I have seen some great looking food that I wanted to blog, and I could still. Today we are making s’mores because What Next has their s’mores set on sale for half off. And the fact that I could not get into The Arcade to blog some Halloween delights.

Back to the topic, S’mores. Where does the word come from? It is just what you think. S’mores is a contraction of the phrase “some more.” I have put together a little s’mores table with graham crackers, milk chocolate, and marshmallows. These are some of the easiest and most fun treats to make.

The cooler weather is perfect for bon fires and s’mores. Here is how we made ours.  Place some of the chocolate bar pieces onto a graham cracker and set to the side. Then put a marshmallow on the end of a stick and hold that over the fire. Cook it as light or dark as you like. I prefer mine burnt.  Top with another graham cracker and enjoy!

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Making a Kawaii Bear Burger

Bear Burger

MishMish recently created this adorable hamburger that has a cute bear face. I looked into how we could create our own. My first stop was Pinterest. Just look at all of the cuteness overload on that page when searching bear burgers! As you can see, a few people make the ears with a meat such as sausage or pepperoni and a little bit of cheese.

bun ingredients

I found a recipe that shows you how to make your own buns with ears. Look at this blog post on Edible Bears. They show us how to make your own bear buns. There are more than just cute bear buns on that blog. If you would rather make your hamburger with store bought buns then watch this video on youtube by Ochikeron. She makes a Rilakkuma Avocado Cheeseburger that might be to darling to eat. Her channel is loaded with bento and kawaii dishes that she prepares.

Bear Buns

MishMish – The Cute Bear Burger
Cae :: Flamingo :: Collection
Cae :: Audrey :: Ring
Blueberry – Mimi – Top Tied Dress – Maitreya *Group Gift
TRUTH / Gwen *Group Gift
Glam Affair – Willow – Catwa Mesh Head Applier – America
an lar [poses] The Laura Series

Mandarin Orange Cake (with a little help from baby)

Mandarin Baby

Look at this little baby boy helping me to bake a cake. So adorable! I am not usually one that plays the Black Bantam gachas for babies, but this time I did. We are going to be making a Mandarin Orange Cake today. If I can stop him from eating all of the oranges.

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Most of the recipes that I found were made using a box of cake mix. Since Black Bantam went through the trouble to make the flour, we are going to make it from scratch. I am going to share this recipe from Just a Pinch Mandarin Orange Cake from Scratch

Ingredients

2 1/2 c flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 c butter, room temperature
2 1/2 c sugar, divided
4 eggs
11oz can mandarin oranges, undrained

Frosting

2 c whipping cream
1 box 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding
1 can crushed pineapple, undrained 8 oz.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
Grease and Flour two 8 inch cake pans.
In a small bowl, whisk flour and baking powder. Set aside.
Cream Butter and 2 cups Sugar. Add Eggs one at a time until all combined.
Add entire can of Mandarin Oranges. Beat into batter, slightly crushing up oranges.
Slowly add flour mixture until well mixed.
Divide batter between the 2 cake pans. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool on wire racks.

Make Frosting while cake is baking:

Whip cream with remaining 1/2 cup of Sugar and Pudding Mix until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use. Spread on cooled cakes. Enjoy!

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This cake was super easy to make. I simply placed oranges on top of the Tres Blah Bon Appetit Cake for decoration.

[Black Bantam] Let’s Make Mandarin Cake Set Extras @ Epiphany
[Black Bantam] Baby Boy Bowl Decor 02 @ Epiphany

I wanted to share this recipe that also had a tiny helper in making their cake. https://julieblanner.com/mandarin-orange-cake/

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Ice Cream

Can’t you just smell the warm chocolate chip cookies coming right out of the oven? Cookies are always a special treat. It does not matter if it is wintertime or summertime.  They are great with a cup of hot cocoa or to take for a snack on a picnic.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Cooling

To make chocolate chip cookies Ultimate you will want to make an ice cream sandwich with them. Just add a scoop of ice cream in between two cookies. I think most any flavor ice cream would do just fine. Below is a recipe for a batch of Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies that comes from Gold Medal Flour’s website. I added that including nuts in your recipe is optional.  Dust Bunny’s Homemade Summer Treats

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gold Medal Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1egg
  • 2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 375ºF.

  • Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.

  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

Garden Party Prep

Garden Party

 

Getting ready for a garden party at my house. Artichokes are used as flowers in a small jar, colorful pastel plates, and linen place mats for decor. Fig salada, flower cake with blueberries and blackberries, and fresh bread are just a start. I love having a lot of plants and vegetables in my kitchen. They bring it alive in sight and smell.

All of these items including the scissors, knives, forks and spoons are part of the Sese Garden Kitchen and Plaaka June Dining for The Arcade.  This is the first I have heard of Sese and I am glad for the introduction!

I was unable to obtain the adorable outdoor house from the Sese gacha machine. Instead I am using Dust Bunny Melody Cottage.

 

One that could go on Cake Wrecks

Cake Disaster

Once in awhile we all have that disaster of a cake where you can only laugh about it. You know when you give the bakery a photo of the cake you want and instead get a wreck. Here is one such cake. Random Matter released a kitchen disaster at the latest Epiphany event. I need to get more pieces from this set! It is fabulous! Cake Wrecks has plenty of disasters to amaze you.

You may have noticed this is not my usual kitchen. I’m using the hive // built-in kitchen skybox. This is a pretty nice size kitchen. It comes with a stove, fridge, pantry. There are plenty of shelves that do not open (the pantry does). The skybox is pretty nice. It has the kitchen and one large room. Great for loft living.

I LOVE my new hairstyle from Truth. You really need to see the stylist hud on flickr. So many ways to wear it. Cute! You can get this look at Uber. The flour that is all over my face and arms comes from Stellar. It is an omega applier that I am wearing on my Catwa. Pretty fun applier!

One in the Oven

.random.Matter. – Disaster Kitchen – Sloppy Cake [Strawberry]
.random.Matter. – Disaster Kitchen – Mini Oven [Pink] – RARE
.random.Matter. – Disaster Kitchen – Broken Eggs [Blue]
.random.Matter. – Disaster Kitchen – Open Cookbook
TRUTH / Panny @ Uber
Glam Affair – Selina – Catwa Mesh Head Applier @  Gacha Garden
Stellar – Baking Fun Applier (Omega)
Cae :: Floret :: Bracelets (I am wearing 1-8) @ Gacha Garden
Cae :: Mantra – Bloom :: Necklace (Short)@ Gacha Garden
-tres blah- Fitted Tee (Maitreya) – Cat Icon
Blueberry – Frappe – Denim Shorts – Maitreya
CATWA HEAD Lilly v3.1
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1