Great Homemade Gift Ideas

Christmas Gifts Ready

Do you want to give a gift that shows care and thoughtfulness? Baking is one way to a person’s heart and stomach! With the help of Dust Bunny, Vespertine, 22769, and Tentacio we can make some pretty good looking personalized gifts! Here are a few ideas:

  1. Buy cute mugs and fill with Hot Chocolate, Marshmallows, and Candy Canes.
  2. Peppermint themed gift basket. Fill with Popcorn, Loose Candies, Lollipops, Kisses, and Cookies. All peppermint flavored.
  3. Macarons and Flowers for the one you really love.
  4. Assortment of homemade cookies.

Baking Cookies

Let’s share recipes! The peppermint chocolate cookies look delicious. This recipe is from Cooking Classy. Please go to her site to read more about these cookies and more.

Keep reading for the recipe and more. Continue reading Great Homemade Gift Ideas

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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
honey
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.

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.

 

Heart Shaped Macarons: Cute Valentine’s Day Gift

Heart Shaped Macarons

Once a month I usually post a recipe on my fashion blog. Today we went shopping and bought macarons instead. Who is going to cook these anyways. It is easier and most likely will look prettier if you go buy and them from a bakery. Let’s get on to making them look fancy. A great way to give these to your valentine would be to place them in a vase as a bouquet. There you have your flowers and candy all in one go! You could also buy an adorable tiny cloche and cupcake stand to place a macaron on. Tie a little bow on the front and watch your valentine melt from the cuteness.

I don’t usually show you all behind the counter. But since we’re mixing things up anyways, let’s take a look at my outfit. The outfit is new from N-Uno at N21. I paired it up with leggings since it is still chilly out. I have a new Beusy hairstyle. This is called Velvet and comes with color change roses to you can add.

Macarons

an lar [poses] The Candi Series
Beusy: Velvet Hairstyle [ Rigged] @ N21
N-Uno – Katy Outfit @ N21
alaskametro “Brigid” leggings – Grey – Maitreya
REIGN.- Mini Slips (Maitreya-Flat) Stepped On Set
CATWA HEAD Lilly v3.1
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1

Decor:

floorplan. neon xoxo @ N21
hive // vintage toaster RARE @ The Epiphany
hive // baking bundle B @ The Epiphany
+Half-Deer+ Tea Tins Garden
[Con.] Catia Kitchen
dust bunny . sweetheart lunch . macaron bouquet @ The Epiphany
dust bunny . sweetheart lunch . macaron bowl @ The Epiphany
+Half-Deer+ Macaron Dream Buffet – Macaron Stand – Strawberry
MishMish Hammie & Oven Mitt
MishMish Hammie & Baking Powder
what next ‘Patisserie’ Kitchen Utensils

Winter Comfort Food

Winter Comfort Food

What is your winter comfort food? A batch of chili or a pot of soup on the stove top is usually my go-to. I also tend to drink more coffee or tea in winter. What do food trucks do during the winter months? Do they brave the cold and hope others will too? I would stop if I saw this truck of goodies!

I hope you all have completed your Christmas shopping. I have done most of mine, but plan to be out ALL day tomorrow getting the rest of the gifts on my list. And it is a long list to complete.
Blueberry – December Gift – Laced Tops
Blueberry – Poppy – Leggings – Maitreya
Ingenue :: Lucia Heels (Maitreya) :: Carmine
/Wasabi Pills/ Bianca Mesh Hair – Style 2
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
Decor:
Apple Fall – Christmas Bake Off @ Pocket Gacha
Deer and Tabletop food by Dust Bunny

Baking Pumpkin Pie

Baking Pumpkin Pie

Pie is one of the best things about Thanksgiving dinner. There is usually a pecan, sweet potato, apple, chocolate, and pumpkin pie. That is a lot of pie. Dust Bunny has a complete Harvest Feast at Collabor88. You can buy the whole thing or individual pieces.

I found a recipe for you, so that you can make your very own Dust Bunny Pumpkin Pie. Check out the Great Pumpkin Pie Recipe by Sally. Complete with leaf decor how-to!

Pumpkin Pie in Window

dust bunny . harvest feast . pumpkin pie @ C88
what next ‘Patisserie’ Bake Decor
what next ‘Patisserie’ Bowls Decor
what next ‘Patisserie’ Kitchen Utensils

an lar [poses] The Cordelia Series @ C88

TRUTH / Makena (group gift)
Glam Affair – Federika ( LeLutka Applier ) Asia @ C88
Blueberry – Star – Back Tied Top – Maitreya @ C88
Blueberry – Poppy – Leggings – Maitreya
Cae :: Submit :: Collar @ Romp
Maitreya Mesh Body & Bento Hands – Lara
.LeLutka.Head.Simone 3.0