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/

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Spot On

Spot On

The cute dalmatian puppy is new from Black Bantam at N21 this month. I adore this breed of dogs and her puppy is just too much! My Stories&Co. dress is garnished with new Yummy jewelry.  The bow on the choker can be changed, and there are 3 metal choices for the jewelry.

My new hairstyle is from Truth Hair. In the back is a messy bun. I love that Truth does in store releases. It can be 2 weeks before you can get into most events. By then Second Life has moved on to the next new and shiny thing.

Find the Stylings and Credits below:

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

I am still head over heels for the Truth Irenka hair. My makeup is Lilian from Glam Affair made for LeLutka. It has several eyeshadows and lipsticks to complete the look. My new face is Lelutka’s Simone bento head. Everyone on the grid is loving that they can create their own identities with bento heads.

Canimal is back to Second Life and has made this sexy outfit for N21. The top and skirt are separate pieces in case you want to wear them with something else. The heels are from Reign and have pom poms on the back part of the ankle. The pose is Glamrus for couples. I just really wanted to hold the sign so I am doing this pose solo.

Fashion:
Pose: Glamrus – Our First Christmas @N21
Glamrus . Merry Christmas Sign PROP @N21
.LeLutka. Simone Bento Head
REIGN.- POM HEELS @N21
TRUTH HAIR Irenka VIP Group Gift
[Black Bantam] Candy Cane For Your Mouth @Kustom9
[Canimal] Callisto Skirt Leather @N21
[Canimal] Callisto Top Leather @N21
Maitreya – Mesh Body – Lara
IKON – Triumph Eyes – Fjord

Decor:
SAYO – Modern Minimalist Frames @N21
SAYO – Modern Minimalist Light Curtain @N21
SAYO – Modern Minimalist Desk @N21
.LeLutka.Gratiam.Tree – Group Gift
MishMish – Cozy Little Bear – Luxe Box
[Black Bantam] Sleepy Head Corgi Cane Tan RARE @Kustom9
ionic : Milk and Donuts (Choco) @TCF
Second Spaces geeky powerstrip with cords
Apple Fall Royal Vase Lamp
Apple Fall Oxford Wingback Chair

Lorelai’s Pink Coat

Lorelai's Pink Coat

Gilmore Girls: A Year if the Life release date is finally approaching. I thought that I would share some of the fashion from Gilmore Girls. One of my favorite pieces of clothing that Lorelai Gilmore wore was her pink coat in Seasons 4 and 5. The closest that I could find was Neve’s Chilled Lively Coat. Lorelai always carries purses that have more of a casual style. I found this one from Black Bantam at The Liaison Collaborative.

What were your favorite outfits? Which character on Gilmore Girls would you like to dress more like?

I’m standing in front of the coffee shop at my very own Stars Hollow. You’ll find a diner, soda shoppe, book store, grocer, the gazebo and more.

The CW

Location: Lo Lo

EverGlow Poses – Bloom

TRUTH HAIR Tyne
Black Bantam [BB] Pebbled Lola Side Zipper Tote Pitch The Liaison Collaborative
neve coat – chilled lively
neve pant – artist denim
Glam Affair – Autumn Studded Boots FaMESHed
Glam Affair – Barbara Applier ( Catwa  ) Kustom9
CATWA Head Tumble
IKON – Triumph Eyes – Fjord
Maitreya – Mesh Body – Lara

We are Golden

Golden

Truth has several new hairstyles out for October. The one I am wearing today is called Debra and can be purchased at his main store. I like it when stores still release their creations in the main store. You do not have to fight your way in to buy it. No waiting a week for the crowds to die down. You can buy it today.

I’m wearing my CATWA Tumble head with the brand new Glam Affair Pia applier. I tinted the lips using one of the colors on the CATWA hud. Today is Luxe Box day in Second Life! This sexy Tee*fy dress has cutouts in the mid riff area. You can pick from 12 texture colors. (edit to add) My coat is also from the October Luxe Box. This Foxes brand Foxy Jacket and Bra are color texture change. There are 8 choices for bras and jackets. Also, an option to turn the bra off.

The Cae Abide Collar is a new release found at ROMP. There are two versions, plain and an open collar. The metals and gemstones are color change. My adorable golden retriever puppy is from Black Bantham. They make some of the cutest pets to hold in Second Life.

My friend, Gogo, bought me the FATE Eye Poser. I love how it gives you more control of your eye positioning. I had been using the Anypose Expression Hud for my eyes, but since I only use mesh heads the expression part is unnecessary. The Fate eye poser also allows you to have each eye looking in different directions.

an lar poses – The Zara Series @ Crossroads
TRUTH HAIR Debra
Glam Affair – Pia Applier ( Catwa / Tumble ) Asia 02 @ Kustom9
Tee*fy Neve Dress@ October Luxe Box SL
Foxes – Foxy Jacket & Bra – Luxebox October @ Luxe Box SL
[Black Bantam] Golden Retriever Girl Puppy @ Kustom9
Cae :: Abide :: Collar @ ROMP
CATWA Head Tumble
IKON – Triumph Eyes – Fjord
Maitreya – Mesh Body – Lara
(Yummy) Garden Cocktail – Gold RARE
(Kunglers) Artemis bracelet – golden mixed

You Won’t Believe This Scooter Riding Cat

Scooter The Cat

I’m having a little fun with this post today. Scooter the Cat and I decided to go for a ride to get some coffee from the local shop. You wouldn’t believe it if you didn’t see it, but Scooter likes to ride up front on the handle bars. He might look frightened with those big eyes, but he is having the time of his life. We warmed up with some coffee in our new Floorplan gold lid coffee cup.

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Location: Lo Lo

floorplan. coffee cup / custom RARE @ The Epiphany
!Oleander ~ Stefanie. Truffle @ The Epiphany
+Half-Deer+ Macaron Dream Buffet – Macaron Necklace @ The Epiphany
[Con.] Seaport Scooter – Peach @ The Epiphany
tres blah– Vinyl Pants (Maitreya) – Dawn (group gift)
-tres blah- Knotted Tank (Maitreya) – Cat @ Collabor88
[Black Bantam] Standing Little Kitten – Orange Tabby Nakey
paper.arrow – feather.ring silver
paper.arrow – leaf.necklace silver
ANE – 602 Classic Watch – Pearl
IKON – Triumph Eyes Fjord
LeLutka -Mesh Head Karin
Maitreya – mesh body lara
Lara Hurley – Alena
alaskametro skin nailpolish – Maitreya manicure