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.
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Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice

Yes, it is fall y’all! I do love pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin carving, etc. When I was choosing a color for my Blueberry Poppy jacket I loved the orange. It is a pumpkin color. The Cae Sawyer jewelry set also had orange in the gemstone settings to match. My hair was released earlier this year, but I LOVE this style. It is so cute and fresh.

an lar [poses] – The Riley Series @ TLC

TRUTH / Elie
Glam Affair – Miriam – Catwa Mesh Head Applier – Asia @ Kinky Event
Blueberry – Poppy – Jacket – Long – Maitreya
Blueberry – Poppy – Leggings – Maitreya
Cae :: Autumn :: Charm Bracelet (L) @ Gacha Garden
Cae :: Sawyer :: Collection @ FaMESHed
Izzie’s – Yonder Mesh Eyes Group Gift
Maitreya Mesh Body & Bento Hands – Lara
CATWA HEAD Tumble

Location: IASWAS It All Starts With A Smile

Never mind the Donkey

Never mind the Donkey

Of course there is a donkey photo-bombing my picture. It’s Monday. That is alright with me though cause he is so cute. I feel like this picture is screaming meme.

In case you didn’t know, Truth VIP group is celebrating one year. Every member can go to the store and touch the present in the middle of the entryway. You will receive $L250 credit at the store. The group is really worth joining. So far, every month there has been a group gift.

TRUTH / Makena (group gift)
Glam Affair – Ophelia – Lelutka Applier – Asia ( FLF )
LOTUS. Orchid Eyes 01 (Mesh)
Cae :: Sawyer :: Collection @ FaMESHed
Blueberry – Poppy – Jacket – Long – Maitreya
Blueberry – Poppy – Leggings – Maitreya
Ingenue :: Ulla Sneakers (Maitreya) :: Crema
.LeLutka.Head.Simone 3.0
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1

Location: North

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.

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The Beach in September

Beach Bound

Have you been to the Knot & Co. Only Summer Project 2017 event? Honestly, I did not even know this event existed until Anya Ohmai posted an amazing group gift. Knot & Co. runs from June 3 – September 30th. Every week another designer releases something new. There are a few great gifts available if you join the free in world group. The sim is decked out for summer. So get your last beach pics in. First day of Fall is September 23rd.

Teleport to Knot & Co.

an lar [poses] The Bronte Series @ TLC

TRUTH / Ambriel
Glam Affair – Mea ( LeLutka Applier ) America @ C88
Knot&co./violetta. -gift nail appliers
Blueberry – Benny – Side Rolled Tops – Maitreya @ C88
Blueberry – Penny Skirt – Non-Ripped – Maitreya
Ingenue :: Elke Sneakers (Maitreya) :: Geo Floral @ C88
Knot&co. Triangle Bracelets gift
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
.LeLutka.Head.Simone

Summer’s End

Summer's End

Labor Day always means the end of summer is near. But this weekend we still get to enjoy the beach, cookouts, friends, and time off!

Kirin – Suika Poses & Props (BENTO) @ K9
TRUTH / Natalie @Uber
Glam Affair – Nicola ( LeLutka Applier ) America @ K9
Veechi – Glimmer Liner [LeLutka] @N21
ANE Jewelry – Half Night Earrings @Uber
Blueberry – Tinker Set – Long Sleeve Tops – Maitreya

Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
.LeLutka.Head.Simone