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How To Make Irish Coffee

How to Make Irish Coffee

It’s that time of year where the nights are cool and the days are pleasant. On those nights you want something to warm your bones, there’s nothing better than an Irish Coffee. But what is it and how do you make it? Irish coffee (Irish: caife Gaelach) is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar (some recipes specify that brown sugar should be used), stirred, and topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream. The original recipe explicitly uses cream that has not been whipped, although drinks made with whipped cream are often sold as “Irish coffee”. Black coffee is poured into the mug. Whiskey and at least one level teaspoon of sugar is stirred in until fully dissolved. The sugar is essential for floating liquid cream on top. Thick cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little. The layer of cream will float on the coffee without mixing. The coffee is drunk through the layer of cream. What You Need Makes 1 cup Ingredients 6 ounces hot, freshly brewed coffee 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 teaspoon packed …

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Four Money Issues Couples Should Agree On

Money issues to agree on

SSpouses often harbor different opinions on a variety of subjects. From the style of clothes and haircuts they like on each other to the TV shows they watch every evening, marriage requires plenty of compromise. While frivolous things such as choosing between Monday Night Football and Dancing with the Stars might conjure up a minor squabble, when it comes to arguments over money, respective differences can lead to more than just mild disagreements. “Income and spending are at the heart of any partnership – family as well as business,” says Al Jacobs, an entrepreneur, real estate investor and author of the book Roadway to Prosperity (www.roadwaytoprosperity.com). “Just as business partners need to be on the same page when it comes to spending company money, spouses need to come together to avoid creating a crisis situation that could ruin a marriage.” Jacobs says there are four basic issues that would put families in better financial shape if both spouses could be in accord on them: • Life insurance. Every family provider should arrange financially for his or her survivors in the event of an untimely death. A common way to accomplish this is with life insurance. This is where controversy arises. …

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Four Ways To Stay Sober Through The Summer Holiday Drinking Season

Staying Sober

Here comes the summer drinking season—June graduations and weddings, Fourth of July, the beach, and barbecues! What could go wrong? Plenty, if you don’t have a plan for getting through the summer sober. In Alcoholics Anonymous, we call the period from Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year the “Bermuda Triangle” of sobriety—many alkies come in, but not all make it through. If anything, summer is more dangerous for people in recovery, because there are so many social cues to drink. What’s a recovering alkie or addict to do? Here’s some kitchen-tested advice that gets passed along the Twelve Step meetings as holiday periods approach. No. 1: Have an exit strategy. Even before you get to the event, whether it’s a barbecue, a wedding, or holiday party, have a plan for leaving as soon as you feel uncomfortable. When everybody’s drinking, the pace of conversation and behavior in general seems to suddenly accelerate. This is an extremely uncomfortable moment for people newly in recovery, and sometimes for people who have been clean and sober a long time. When that moment arises, you want to have a plan for leaving. Did you come in your own car? Can you call an Uber …

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Things That Happen In A Lesbian Relationship

Lesbian Relationships

If you’re a veteran lesbian, chances are you’ve been in at least one long term relationship with a girl. You may have noticed that it was scary and difficult. However, if you are new to the scene and curious about the future, here is a list of things you can expect to find yourself experiencing once you trap the lady love of your life. Olympic drinking Prepare to be constantly tipsy. In your new relationship, you will feel joyously carefree and adopt a devil-may-care attitude, which will make every day with your girlfriend seem like a mini celebration. Going on an autumn walk? Wine in a traveling cup. She just got out of her linguistics final? Shots! You got off work at midnight instead of 2:00 a.m.? A house call with cheap vodka and champagne is in order. You’re so excited to be together you make every day a party, even if it’s a Tuesday afternoon and you have papers to write. Olympic crying Get ready for an onslaught of feelings, girls! You will find new and interesting reasons to be emotional, and therefore take crying to new levels. Cry because she’s the one. Cry because you’re not sure she’s …

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How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians

Subaru

The reputation isn’t just a stereotype—it’s the result of a calculated, highly progressive ad campaign launched 20 years ago. How do you advertise a car that journalists describe as “sturdy, if drab”? That was the question faced by Subaru of America executives in the 1990s. After the company’s attempts to reinvigorate sales—by releasing its first luxury car and hiring a hip ad agency to introduce it to the public—failed, it changed its approach. Rather than fight larger car companies over the same demographic of white, 18- to 35-year-olds living in the suburbs, executives decided to market their cars to niche groups—such as outdoorsy types who liked that Subarus could handle dirt roads. In the 1990s, Subaru’s unique selling point was that the company increasingly made all-wheel drive standard on all its cars. When the company’s marketers went searching for people willing to pay a premium for all-wheel drive, they identified four core groups who were responsible for half of the company’s American sales: teachers and educators, health-care professionals, IT professionals, and outdoorsy types. Then they discovered a fifth: lesbians. “When we did the research, we found pockets of the country like Northampton, Massachusetts, and Portland, Oregon, where the head of …

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Pride Fort Lauderdale New Venue Is HUGE Success!

Pride Fort Lauderdale regroups and puts together a fantastic event on the beach. Blue skies for miles and a cool ocean breeze, that’s Fort Lauderdale in February. This year Fort Lauderdale Pride was held at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park South and everyone we talked to seemed pretty excited about the change in venue and philosophy. Fort Lauderdale Pride has always been a “pay to play” event where attendees paid $10 to come in and celebrate with their fellow cohorts. Some have maintained that Pride is a celebration of who we are and celebrating should be a free experience. Well, those people got what they wanted this year! Not only was Pride Fort Lauderdale a free event but it was held in one of the hottest spring destinations on earth. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect and though parking was a challenge, shuttle services were provided and like my mother always said, “Walking isn’t crowded.”  If you missed this year’s event, look forward to next year because if Pride Fort Lauderdale continues on this path, it will be THE event of the year. Find pictures of the event, click here!  

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OITNB’s Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli reveal how they came out & fell in love

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morell

Theirs is a love story made in Hollywood — and Astoria, Queens, where “Orange Is the New Black” is made. Writer/producer Lauren Morelli came out in 2014 after falling in love with Samira Wiley, who played Poussey on Netflix’s hit show. They met on the New York City soundstage in 2012, and for the first time are revealing how the magic happened. “We spent four days in a row working together,” Wiley told Out. “Honestly, I thought she was gay the first time I met her.” Wiley has been out for several years, a proud lesbian in a religious family. Her parents are pastors of the first black Baptist church to perform same-sex union ceremonies in Washington, D.C. “I’d already seen Samira’s audition tape and immediately had a crush on her — the complication being that I was married to a man at the time,” Morelli said in the interview with Out. “I came to New York to shoot my first episode. I was on set, sitting in front of the monitors, and she and Lea DeLaria, who plays Big Boo, walked up to me. Our set is like a lesbian utopia, and I remember thinking, They’re flirting with me.” …

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Gun World is A Comfortable World for Women

Gun World

Being a woman in a man’s world has never been easy, especially when it comes to gun ownership. When I was buying my first gun, I did all my research online because I was too intimidated to go into a gun shop or attend a gun show to get more information. Is it surprising to do online research? No, not in this day and age but the reason in this case is all too common. A typical gun shop is generally a very male dominated space and let’s face it, ladies, men very rarely understand the emotional viewpoint of a woman. We’re just made different and that’s ok but in terms of gun ownership, it’s very important to have your needs understood. After I purchased my gun, I needed to learn how to shoot it and practice. I’ve utilized several shooting ranges and as I had imagined, it was a very intimidating space. Enter Gun World in Deerfield Beach. The facility is woman owned and operated and as a woman…I can really appreciate that! Owner, Kim Waltuch was brought to the helm of the business through a series of traumatic events. Gun World was the vision of her husband and …

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Lesbian college coaches still face difficult atmosphere to come out

Stephanie White Vanderbilt Coach

Courtney Graham said everything was going smoothly with her assistant coaching job with Drake University’s women’s basketball team. The Bulldogs were building the program, and Graham said she was handling her recruiting and scouting responsibilities well, resulting in bonuses and positive performance reviews. That changed, she said, when she brought her now-wife to a game to sit in the family section in November 2014. In a federal lawsuit filed in late December, Graham alleges that as a result, head coach Jennie Baranczyk ostracized her from the team, told her she was not acting like herself, diminished her duties and asked her to resign in May 2015. Graham turned in her resignation a month later after, she said, undue pressure from Baranczyk. “She loves coaching,” Graham’s attorney, Tina Muhammad, told the Tribune. Graham, now married with children, declined to comment to the Tribune directly. “If you think of a traditional coach who is only focused on scouting, games, plays, what are we doing next week — that’s her focus. “She wasn’t on any type of agenda. She wasn’t looking for homophobic behavior. It did blindside her. She was just there doing a job.” Drake has denied the allegations. A university statement …

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Kids With Lesbian or Gay Parents Do Just Fine

Lesbian Parents

Study finds no differences between children of gay, lesbian or heterosexual couples A long-term study of children adopted by gay and lesbian parents has found that the kids are well-adjusted through middle childhood, researchers say. Nearly 100 two-parent families were included in the study, half had gay or lesbian parents. All had adopted children. The kids were assessed at two points: at preschool age, then five years later. The researchers found no differences between those with same-sex or heterosexual parents. The study focused on behavior problems, stress levels, couple relationships, family function and relationship adjustments over time. “To the best of my knowledge this is the first study that has followed children adopted by lesbian, gay and heterosexual parents over time from early to middle childhood,” said study author Rachel Farr, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky. “Longitudinal research offers insight into what factors may be the best or strongest predictors of children’s development, over and above information that can be gathered at only one time point,” she said. Whatever the parents’ sexual orientation, children in the study had fewer behavior problems over time if adoptive parents said they had less parenting stress, Farr noted. “Higher …

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