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Amazing Nectar Recipes with the Bohemian Fruits and Nuts Premium Content

UPDATE : This post has been updated to include new recipes, and the recipes have been sorted by quality.

If you bought the Bohemian Garden set from the Sims 3 Store, you might be disappointed that the set does not contain any special recipes. While you can use the new plants to make old recipes (such as a pancakes), you can also use the new fruit to make Amazing Nectar.

Amazing Nectar Recipes with the Bohemian Fruits and Nuts

Here’s a list of Amazing Nectar Recipes I’ve made the Bohemian Fruits and Nuts Premium Content. Some of these recipes may contain Renoit Grapes, or some other fruit. I did not think to record the base value of these recipes at first.

All recipes I make are made with the following:

  • Fruits: Perfect
  • Nectar Maker: L’amour des Fruits Nectar Maker
  • Nectar Maker Upgrade: Improved Pressing
  • Make Nectar Type: Extended Nectaration
  • Nectar Making Skill: 10
  • Nectar Making Skill Challenges completed: Master of Nectar, Flavorful Feet, Mix Master
  • Only Base game fruits, World Adventures fruits, and Bohemian Fruits and Nuts are used for these recipes, unless otherwise noted

Amazing Recipes
Keep in mind that these are really only a few of the thousands of possible Amazing recipes to be made.

  • 5 Cocoa, 5 Strawberry
  • 2 Blueberry, 1 Cocoa, 1 Peach, 2 Pear, 2 Raspberry, 2 Strawberry (§78)
  • 3 Blackberry, 1 Blueberry, 2 Cocoa, 1 Pear, 3 Pecan (§78)
  • 3 Blackberry, 2 Blueberry, 2 Pear, 2 Pecan, 1 Strawberry (§80)
  • 2 Blackberry, 2 Blueberry, 2 Cocoa, 1 Pecan, 3 Strawberry (§79)
  • 1 Blackberry, 1 Cocoa, 1 Pear, 1 Pecan, 2 Raspberry, 4 Strawberry (§79)
  • 4 Blackberry, 1 Cocoa, 2 Peach, 2 Raspberry, 1 Strawberry (§79)
  • 1 Blackberry, 3 Cocoa, 3 Pear, 2 Pecan, 1 Raspberry (§64)
  • 4 Blueberry, 1 Pear, 2 Pecan, 3 Raspberry (§78)
  • 1 Blueberry, 2 Cocoa, 4 Renoit Grapes, 1 Pear, 1 Raspberry, 1 Strawberry ( §91)
  • 1 Black berry, 1 Blueberry, 4 Renoit Grapes, 1 Peach, 2 Pear, 1 Strawberry (§98)
  • 1 Blackberry, 2 Cocoa, 4 Life Fruit, 2 Pear, 1 Pecan (§266)
  • 3 Blackberry, 1 Cocoa, 4 Flame Fruit, 1 Raspberry, 1 Strawberry  (§221)
  • 1 Blackberry, 1 Blueberry, 1 Cocoa, 4 Flame Fruit, 2 Peach, 1 Strawberry (§219)
  • 2 Blackberry, 3 Flame Fruit, 1 Renoit Grapes, 2 Plums, 1 Pomegranate, 1 Strawberry (§230)
  • 1 Blackberry, 2 Blueberry, 1 Cocoa, 4 Flame Fruit, 1 Renoit Grapes, 1 Lime (§236)
  • 1 Blackberry, 3 Flame Fruit, 3 Orange, 1 Pecan, 1 Pomelo, 1 Strawberry  (§215)  **Requires Grandpa’s Grove

Great Recipes

  • 1 Apple, 1 Blueberry, 1 Cocoa, 1 Renoit Grapes, 4 Life Fruit, 1 Pecan, 1 Strawberry (§241)
  • 1 Cocoa, 4 Fame Fruit, 1 Pear, 2 Pecan, 2 Raspberry (§212)
  • 1 Blackberry, 1 Blueberry, 2 Cocoa, 4 Life Fruit, 1 Peach, 1 Raspberry (§237)
  • 1 Blackberry, 1 Blueberry, 1 Cocoa, 4 Life Fruit, 1 Peach, 1 Raspberry, 1 Strawberry (§239)
  • 1 Blackberry, 1 Blueberry, 1 Renoit Grapes, 5 Life Fruit, 1 Pear, 1 Raspberry (§227)
  • 1 Blueberry, 1 Cocoa, 6 Life Fruit, 2 Raspberry (§325)
  • 3 Flame Fruit, 1 Renoit Grapes, 1 Pear, 1 Pecan, 3 Pomegranate, 1 Pomelo (§224)
  • 1 Apple, 1 Cocoa, 3 Flame Fruit, 1 Renoit Grapes, 1 Lime, 1 Plum, 2 Pomelo (§230)

Pretty Good Recipes

  • 9 Life Fruit, 1 Strawberry (§371)
  • 9 Life Fruit, 1 Peach (§360)
  • 5 Cocoa, 5 Raspberry

Not Very Good Recipes

  • 5 Renoit Grapes, 5 Strawberries (§57)
  • 5 Cocoa, 5 Blackberry *
  • 5 Cocoa, 5 Pear
  • 5 Pecan, 5 Strawberry *
  • 5 Pecan, 5 Blackberry *

Terrible Recipes

  • 1 Blackberry, 1 Cocoa, 1 Renoit Grapes, 4 Life Fruit, 1 Pear, 1 Pecan, 1 Strawberry
  • 5 Cocoa, 5 Blueberry *
  • 5 Pecan, 5 Peach *
  • 5 Pecan, 5 Pear *

* Using the “Predict Fruit Combo Effectiveness” interaction predicts these combos will be good, but in fact they are not.

If you really enjoy the Nectar Making Skill, I highly recommend Buzzler’s Nectar Combinatorics mod. There are countless combinations of fruits that can make Amazing Nectar, and Buzzler’s mod will help make your sims’ life easier by doing all the math-y algorithmic parts for them.

I plan to add a section that uses more fruits from other expansion packs later, once my sim has all the plants growing again (she has all perfect plants but stopped growing most of them).

Making Amazing Nectar With Buzzler’s Nectar Combinatorics mod

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March 14, 2014 Posted by | Recommendations | , , , , | 6 Comments

Workaround for the Playpen and Walker reset bug

Update: This mod is now considered obsolete as I have made an actual FIX for the issue. Get the fix At Simlogical:

FIX for Walker and Playpen Reset Bug

*** Obsolete***

This mod provides a workaround for the bug affecting the Walker and Playpen premium content objects from the Sims 3 Store. Since patch 1.63, the walker and the playpen no longer function properly and cause the toddler to reset. This happens when the toddler uses one of the following interactions: Play with Abacus (playpen), Play with Mirror (playpen) or Play (Walker) and has already achieved the “maximum” skill level allowed for the object/interaction (Logic: 3, Charisma: 3, Handiness 2, respectively).

This mod removes the skill gain from the following interactions: Play with Abacus (playpen, logic), Play with Mirror (playpen, charisma), Play (walker, handiness). This means your sims will no longer be able to gain any logic, charisma or handiness skill points from these objects. Your sim will still be able to learn to talk and learn to walk on their own, but if you want them to learn logic, charisma, or handiness, you’ll need to use NRaas MasterController or another mod  to assign the skill to them.

I did try to fix this problem with a script mod, and I even tried to fix the problem by unhiding the skills for toddlers in the Skill XMLs, but none of it worked. I know that this work around will remove some of the usefulness of the premium content, but at least your toddlers will be able to use their walkers and playpens without resetting.

Note: You MUST have the Head Start Playpen or the Local Motion Toddler Walker (or both) from the Sims 3 Store in order for this mod to work. It will NOT add the objects to your game.

Important Details:

  • No Expansion packs required.
  • Requires patch 1.63.
  • This mod requires either the walker or the playpen, or both, from the Sims 3 Store to be installed in your game. You can use this mod whether you have only one object or both.
  • Again, this mod will not add the walker or the playpen to your game. You must have already installed these objects for this mod to have any effect on your game.
  • Due to its simplicity, this mod may not necessarily require an update after major patches. It’s always best to check in, though.

*** Obsolete***

November 12, 2013 Posted by | EA Premium Content Mods, Mods | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Super Hampers — Automatic Laundry Pick Up (Plus Bigger Hampers)


Tired of your sims leaving their clothes all over the house? Is your click finger numb from dragging those 800 clothes piles to the hamper every sim hour (how do they have so many clothes that all look the same)? If so, prepare to rejoice. My new Super Hamper series will automagically collect all of your sims laundry without any effort on your part.

Important Details:

  • This mod is base game compatible.
    • The Super Hamper Script is base game compatible, but the hampers cloned from Ambitions, TLS and UL will require their respective EP/SP in order to be used.
    • If you want to use a CC hamper with this mod you can either provide me a link to the CC hamper, so I can make an override for you, or you can make one yourself.
  • This mod was built with patch 1.63. May work with earlier patch levels but I am unable to verify this.
  • This is not a default replacement.

Download and more information available at Simlogical.

October 25, 2013 Posted by | Mods, Objects | , , , , | 6 Comments

Windows 8.1 and CC Magic

If you update to Windows 8.1 and start having trouble with your CC Magic launching, re-install your graphics drivers.

After Installing Windows 8.1, my graphics driver decided to turn on Stereoscopic 3D as default. For some reason, I didn’t think much of this and just turned off the setting and my games looked normal and everything was fine. Then I tried to launch CC Magic, and that’s where fine ended. CC Magic would start launching, but immediately shut down. I never saw the window or anything. I tried all kinds of voodoo, like uninstalling and re-installing the C++ redistributables, adding CCM to my anti-virus, seeing if a DEP exception would help. Nothing worked.

Anyhow, after going through the logs generated by CCM, and combing through a bunch of different logs posted on the CCM forums, I noticed my log looked incomplete. Something was shutting down the program before it could finish launching. So finally I went to the event information viewer in Admin Tools, and found that d3d9.dll was listed as an issue with CCM. That’s the DirectX driver. So, I uninstalled my Nvidia drivers and CCM launched fine. Then I reinstalled the drivers and CCM is still doing fine.

While I was trying to find out what Windows 8.1 could have done to my computer, I found many articles where people were having issues with drivers after updating to 8.1. It seems that many drivers have some compatibility issues with 8.1, including some mouse/keyboard drivers. So if you update to 8.1, be ready to re-install your graphics drivers, at the very least.

October 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Problem: My Baby Dragon is frozen.

Help! My Baby Dragon is frozen, with its wings spread.

Problem: Baby Dragon freezes with its wings open. This issue can sometimes occur when a sim is interrupted while interacting with a dragon, or when you purchase a Baby Dragon from the BuyDebug menu.

Solution: There are Two different ways to fix this issue.

Option 1: When your dragon is frozen, have your sim interact with it anyhow. The dragon will be invisible while the sim carries it (you will still see the frozen dragon on the floor), but once the sim puts the dragon in its inventory, it will not be frozen any more (and the dragon will no longer be on the floor). Your sim may also freeze while trying to interact with the frozen dragon. In this case, cancel the interaction, and both the sim and the dragon should unfreeze.

Option 2: If option 1 does not help, your next option is to use a mod to reset the dragon.

    • You can use NRaas DebugEnabler to reset the frozen baby dragon. Simply click on the dragon and go to: NRaas > DebugEnabler > Options: Baby Dragon > Object… > Reset
    • If you use AwesomeMod, enable debug interactions and reset the object that way.

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June 8, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Island Paradise Patch

If EA keeps to the schedule they’ve been using for the last several expansions, we can expect the Island Paradise patch very soon, possibly even Sunday or Monday. As usual, in preparation for the patch, I recommend Crinrict’s What to do before patching advice.

Unfortunately, I am not able to predict which of my mods will require updating and which will not. However, some of my mods are 100% certain to require an update:

I will do my best to get incompatible mods updated as quickly as possible.


UPDATE:  No Celebrity Level requirements for Film (Acting/Director) Career did not require an update after all!

June 7, 2013 Posted by | Mods | , , | Leave a comment

Build and Save Crash: Crash to Desktop when adding another floor to lot

Problem: The game crashes to desktop while saving after adding another floor to the lot.

Cause: This issue is related to the Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack, though it is unclear what exactly causes the problem. It seems that the lot somehow becomes corrupt after changes in weather/seasons, and this causes the crash.

Solution: There are at least 4 possible solutions, but nothing that seems to work for everyone. Crinrict has highlighted three of them (suggested by others) in her post at the official forums: Crashing on Saving – An Analysis

The fourth solution is by another user, 8NiSci8:


I recently came across this problem in my game, and tried all three solutions provided in Crashing on Saving – An Analysis, however, it was the fourth, by 8NiSci8, that helped me.  It is possible that there are several different ways the lot can become corrupt, so while Solution A works for Simmer X, Simmer Y may need to use some other solution. I was actually able to cut 8NiSci8’s solution down a few steps by skipping steps 5 and 6.

Many thanks to Crin for organizing the thread at the official forums (and the EA forums!), and also to everyone who shared their possible solutions.

Update: Another solution that worked for me was going to edit town and using the Move Lot tool (hand icon) to move the entire lot to another lot. I wanted to move my lot anyhow so this was a better solution for me.

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June 5, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Problem: The violin skill bar doesn’t show while my sim is playing. It only flashes when my sim finishes.

Help! I purchased the Duke of Bows Renaissance Fair from the Sime 3 Store, but when my sim plays the Violin the skill bar doesn’t show up.

There are two separate issues with the violin, although the firts is not really an “issue,” as it means the violin skill is working correctly.

1. The skill bar doesn’t show while my sim is playing. It only flashes briefly when my sim finishes. 

This is not a bug. In this case, the violin skill is working correctly. The violin skill is not calculated continuously while the sim is playing the violin. Instead, the skill gain is calculated at the end of the interaction (either because you canceled the interaction, or because the sim finished playing), based on how long your sim was playing. Your sim gains 800 skill points per sim hour spent playing the violin. The advantage to coding the violin this way is that your sim will not reset if your ccmerged.package is corrupt or incomplete. Instead, the sim will play the violin like normal, but will not gain any skill.

2. My sim plays the violin for hours but never gains any skill.

If your sim does not gain skill points when you cancel the interaction, or when the interaction finishes (see point 1 above), this means the actual violin skill is not installed properly in your game. Your ccmerged.package is either incomplete or corrupt. To fix the issue, please read: DCBackup, ccmerged.package and Your Premium Content Items

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June 4, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Violin Compositions

It appears that it was EA’s intention for the user not to be able to choose the first 6 songs for the new store Violin. They are more like learning curve songs, and the sims don’t play them very well.  For example, the level 0 song is played very poorly, and you wouldn’t expect a sim with skill level of 6 or higher to play so poorly.

It seems more likely that the description in the violin User Manual at the store is actually just not 100% accurate. The violin does provide all of these new compositions, but your sim can’t choose to play all of them.

UPDATE:  It has been confirmed that the description at the store is wrong. There are only 5 compositions for the violin. See:   (plus three medieval compositions).


June 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Round of Mod Updates

Custom Food Script

  • Added new scriptclass: NonaDriedFoodSushi. This scriptclass also has a new custom moodlet.
  • Updated OBJK Overrides at my blog for the new scriptclass. Download the OBJK overrides at my blog.
  • Plant sims can now gain Water motive for eating Raw Meat! Let your plant sims embrace their ancient roots with the carnivorous cow plant by buying them some delicious raw meat foods.
  • Fixed a typo in one of the raw meat moodlets.


Breastfeeding Mod V9

  • Vampire Thirst motive is now reduced when using the HungryNurser tuning.
  • Plant Sim Water motive is now reduced when using the HungryNurser tuning.


[WA/UL] Adventure Boards/Job Board for your towns

  • WA Adventure Boards have received some coding updates to bring them in line with SN & UL.
  • NEW: I have added the Job Board from University Life to the collection. When placed in Egypt/France/China, the job board will work the same way as the other boards.


May 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments