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.

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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.

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/

My 14th Year Rezday in Second Life

14 Years and Still Kicking

14 years ago today my avatar, Caroline Apollo, rezzed in Linden Lab’s Second Life. My one regret is that I didn’t become a Lifetime Member when it was offered. I just didn’t see myself staying around for long. I came up with a list of the 14 things that I love about Second Life. I am sure that I am missing a few, but this is off the top of my head. This is in no particular order.

  1. Becoming a Truth and Glam Affair blogger. I have loved these brands for so long. And to be on the blog team was a huge thrill! I love all of the brands I blog!
  2. All of the crazy and fun times with friends being silly. The social bonds keep me coming back. I do miss the friends from my first years that quit logging in. But I have become closer with friends like Gogo, Betty, and Ane.
  3. Mesh. Wow did that change Second Life. We save on land impact and can rez more decor. The mesh clothes, hair, bodies, and heads have just had such an impact on Second Life.
  4. Bento. Hand gestures, hair designs, better facial expressions, individuality with our faces are possible with bento.
  5. Gacha. I LOVE playing gacha. (<3 DustBunny)
  6. Removal of taxes. Thank you, Linden Labs, for stopping the ridiculous taxing.
  7. Removal of teleport fee. Can you imagine paying to teleport?
  8. Windlight. Without it our pictures and our views would be flat.
  9. Owning my very own sim. I can remember the day I got it. And the friends I have made through it.
  10. Experience of being a creator. I started creating jewelry not long after joining Second Life. I stopped in early 2014. People still buy it on Marketplace. I’m not sure why though.
  11. Plurk. Even though some residents no longer login to Second Life they are still present on Plurk. I am also able to keep up with new releases and events. I don’t really read feeds. If it isn’t on Plurk or Flickr I will probably miss it.
  12. Freedom to do whatever. Build, take pictures, make friends, there is no goal.
  13. Animals like KittyCats. First, I love cats irl. Having animated cats in Second Life makes me happy!
  14. Creators. I love you guys. Thank you for making my home and myself so pretty.

Credits after the cut:

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an lar poses – The Moon Series @Enchantment

Exile:: No Promises @ C88
Veechi – Glimmer Liner [LeLutka] @N21
Glam Affair – Nicola ( LeLutka Applier ) America @ K9
A N E Clothing – BANDEAU Top (Maitreya) @Uber
Astralia – Alohomora Rings (Maitreya bento) @N21
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