Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hey everyone - two things

Item one - I posted a page about the genetics of my uploaded Sims. If anyone wants to add to the page or create a separate one - go for it.

Item two - if any of the followers wants to be added to the author list, send me an email (find that in my profile). It's not required of course but you are more than welcome to ask to post.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sometimes, I swear the Exchange is such a strange place

I uploaded a hair colour the other day. It's the colour I did for Thomas, ages ago now.


It has popped up to my third most downloaded item. Not featured, not advertised and not the flashiest hair colour around. Wow.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Recipe - Lemon Sunshine Cupcakes

I got this recipe from a competition show on a cooking channel.  My family and friends love them.

For crust and topping:

1 1/3 cups shortbread cookie crumbs (Lorna Doone Shortbreak Cookies)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 small box (3.4 ounce) instant lemon pudding
1 (18.25 ounce) box lemon cake mix (recommended: Betty Crocker Super Moist)
1/3 cup lemon curd

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 standard muffin pans with foil cupcake liners.

Place shortbread cookie crumbs, sugar, melted butter in medium bowl; stir until well combined

Use the paddle attachment on your mixer to mix together cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time, mix until combined.  Add vegetable oil, water and box of pudding.  Mix until combined.  Add cake mix and beat on medium speed for two to three minutes.  Batter will be on the thick side.

Place a heaping tablespoon of cookie crumb mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner.  Pack the crumbs into the bottom of the cupcake liner.  Reserve remaining mixture for topping.

Scoop batter into each muffin cup.

Make a depression in the center of each cupcake using your finger or the end of a wooden spoon.  Fill the indentation with up to 1 teaspoon lemon curd.  The recipe recommends piping it in but I just spoon it in with a long narrow ice tea spoon.

Sprinkle the cupcakes with the remaining shortbread cookie crumb. 

Bake for 20 - 23 minutes, rotating the pans half way through baking until cupcake edges are lightly golden brown.

Serve cupcakes warm or at room temperature.

They are incredible warm.  Still very good at room temperature.

My new Sim

I call him Blueberry Hill


Colour for your hood. :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


I'm still exiting to the desktop or it will try to save and get caught in a loop.  I checked my processes and memory consumption.

What's happening is Sims 3 is suddenly spiking and gobbling all the free memory in the system, massive amounts of memory.  It's astonishing. 

I've looked online and found a possible solution using CFF Explorer which edits the .exe file.  You set the .exe file to allow for more than 2GB as the app won't utilize the memory a computer has over 2GB.  I'm very hesitant to do this but at this point the game is not playable.

I'm loathe to reinstall yet, again.  I have a computer that is less than a month old.  I have 4 GB ram and an  Intel Core i7 processor 3.20 GHZ.  I'm at a loss.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

The toddler challenge

I just want to say that at this time I am trying that toddler challenge.
I'm doing pretty well. I learned a lot from watching Pib.
The game is cheating me out of days. I think it is 3 but maybe 4 toddlers only have 3 more days and the rest have 4 more days. That's not fair.
They are all potty trained. I have a very good but very tired sitter. I started the game at 8PM on a Tuesday and it is now 11PM on Thursday. I'm going to try to get through all of this today or I may never go back to it. :)

Back to the challenge. See ya, if I survive with my sanity intact.