This boozy eggnog will make you forget 2016 ever happened

If you’re still dumping shots of booze into store-bought eggnog, it’s high time you stepped your game up. This homemade nog recipe isn’t just strong enough to put hair on your chest, it’s strong enough to age for up to a year.

I know what you’re thinking: letting raw eggs and dairy age for an extended period of time is asking for trouble. But guess what? It turns out that introducing an exorbitant amount of booze to the equation does magical things. The finished product is over 20% alcohol, which is high enough to eradicate any bacteria that might otherwise put you at risk.

This recipe (originally published at yields enough of the yuletide beverage to share with friends and family all season long.

The Tools

• 1 large mixing bowl
• 1 whisk
• 1 funnel (optional, but recommended)
• Storage devices (bottles, mason jars, etc.)

The Ingredients

• 12 large eggs
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 1 liter bourbon (don’t skimp on this—it’s the most important ingredient!)
• 4 cups whole milk
• 1 cup heavy cream
• ¾ cup Cognac or brandy
• ½ cup dark rum
• Pinch kosher salt

The Recipe

1. Separate the yolk from each egg. The whites can be tossed out or stored in your refrigerator or freezer for future use. (We like whipping them up with some heavy cream for a delicious nog-topper!)

2. Combine the yolks and the sugar in a large bowl and whisk until the mixture is creamy.

3. Add all remaining ingredients–cream, liquor, and the rest–to the bowl. Once everything has been thoroughly combined, feel free to spice up the eggnog with whatever you see fit. I’ve personally had good luck with a few drops of vanilla extract and dashes of nutmeg and cinnamon.

4 .Carefully pour the eggnog into clean mason jars, swing-top bottles, or even the leftover liquor bottles. Depending on where you procure your containers, you might want to sanitize them before using them to store nog, though freshly used liquor bottles should be good to go. We also recommend giving the containers a good shake every few days to keep the ingredients well-mixed.

5. Store your nog in the fridge.

That’s it! You’re done. If stored properly (that is, in tightly sealed containers at or below 40°F) this nog can be safely and deliciously aged for up to a year. In fact, a little bit of age gives the ingredients time to mingle, completely transforming the flavor.

And seriously, it’s worth reiterating just how strong this stuff is. Take it slow, and savor.

sometimes I forget just how much I adore kim seokjin

I feel like I accidentally overlook him because he’s in the back so often and I forget how truly amazing and talented and kind and beautiful he is. then when I remember how much he means to me I can’t think about anyone else for an extended period of time

please notice kim seokjin. please love him because he really truly deserves it.

What if there was a different kind of gun that wouldn’t fire skin-piercing bullets that are able to damage nerves and end a life and instead bullets that stick to skin and paralyze the entire body for an extended period of time until further action is taken. If something like that came about, I don’t think there would be much to argue about gun rights because they would be safer with less irreversible effects.

Like it or not, some people need a gun to protect themselves from home intruders, but not in the open public.

my bird just asked for scritches and let me scritch her for an extended period of time for the first time and it was so good… her standing on my wrist and leaning her head into my palm so I could get her pinnies,,, my heart melted and my arm is very tired from staying in that same position

anyone that says they can keep their glasses completely clean for an extended period of time is a liar. just by existing and being alive you’ll get ‘em dirty. you’ll spend ten minutes extensively cleaning those things only to put ‘em back on and realize that somehow, some way, they have a fucking smudge on one of the lenses. you don’t know how. you don’t know when. you don’t know why


blood on your skin can be washed away
blood on your clothes can be burned away
but the blood running through your veins
can’t do much about that

Your Zodiac Sign On Being Alone

Originally posted by black-rainy-day


ARIES-  When they are alone, an Aries will do things that can make them feel empowered. When an Aries is alone or simply feels alone, they end up getting stuff done because, in this way, there are no people opposing them to get in the way. They run on passion and desire, and when they want something, they’ll go out and get it. However, they cannot tolerate being alone for an extended period of time because they need a certain feeling of recognition and appreciate from people. Aries are so driven that it feels like they the one pushing projects and events forward while others just sit back and enjoy the ride! While Aries are naturally independent, they would still like to have an friends who they can not only help but also friends who can help them out. They need that you-help-me-I-help-you kind of friendship.

TAURUS- When they are alone, a Taurus will do things that will make them feel comfortable and safe when they are alone. They actually prefer their solitude. Taurus people have a stubborn streak which gives them their need for independence, especially since they like to do things their way. Being alone means things get done the way they want them to be done. They also need time alone to recharge after being with people or a large social event. This way, they can’ focus on treating themselves to all the right things and getting to a sense of peace within themselves. They like to feel stable and they need that alone time to let go of the worldly mess around them.

GEMINI- When they are alone, a Gemini will  do things that will get them to feel playful and alert. They cannot tolerate being completely alone, especially for an extended period of time. However, they do need time for themselves, and so the occasional downtime is appreciated. Because change and freedom is important to them, people will often see them change from being social butterflies to a recluse and back again. Although, they are never a recluse for too long because they need to be around people to be revitalized. In fact, being alone makes them more lethargic and tired. They have a great need to always be talking to someone on a daily basis or else they end up getting very restless and maybe even chaotic.

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25 Year Veteran Still Serving, Needs Lift

“His name is Ronald Seaman; Ronald is in dire need of some new Tech assistance Ronald needs a Standing Wheelchair. My dear friend Ronald constantly gives of himself and has raised an amazing family that are all doing their part to make their parents happy and proud. 

Ronald is a 25 year retired Army Veteran; Ronald faithfully served his country as a soldier, paratrooper and airborne participant. Ronald left his family for extended periods of time to serve his country all over the world and now because of degenerative disk damage and disease he is wheelchair bound. Daily this man gives of himself again and again. 

Ronald is a Cosplayer, he builds the most amazing Battle suits and costumes for display. He gives seminars and public forums on getting out of the house no matter what your disability 

Using common sense in building and what materials are available to you. He is known as Aracknoid3 on Face Book. Please feel free to take a look at his page. He is constantly re-habing and dreaming of standing tall again, walking and wrapping his arms around his wife and children, preparing a meal for himself and being able to build his suits more efficiently. 

Simple for you and I not so simple for Ronald. His therapist believes the chair will help him work on rebuilding some of the muscles that protect his disks and will assist in even in standing on his own in spurts. Again Ronald gives constantly he is not paid for his appearances lives on military benefits. A true hero and role model. He is involved with the Shriners, Spine a Bifida, local school boards and anyone that needs his help reaching children and other veterans. So please help me help Ronald. Thank you.”  

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Why Garnet should break up

I like Garnet. She’s a admirable character, an awesome fighter and her sole song is the best one in the series. That said, for Steven Universe to unlock it’s true potential Ruby and Sapphire are going to need to split up, and do so for an extended period of time. A season at least.

Reason 1: Trouble in Paradise

First, let’s talk about Ruby and Sapphire’s relationship, because we need to get this out of the way: As a relationship, Garnet is unhealthy as fuck.

Ruby and Sapphire aren’t just close, they have been so close so long they no longer know how to exist as individuals. When they first got split up in Jailbreak, Ruby had a panic attack, and Sapphire was signing compulsively to comfort herself.

In Keystone Motel we saw another side of their instability. Ruby and Sapphire share a head most of the time, and yet aren’t actually capable of understanding each other. Ruby is highly emotional and short-sighted, while Sapphire is incapable of looking at the present and represses every negative feeling she has. Incidentally, this is likely why Garnet has three eyes, since the crew often uses many-eyed fusions to show that the components aren’t seeing eye-to-eye.

Hit The Diamond showed us a third side of this lovecraftianly fucked-up coin, with Ruby and Sapphire unable to stay apart long enough to do their job.

The point is, Ruby and Sapphire are such horribly stunted “individuals” that I just had to use quotation marks there. They can’t function apart and the crew continuing to depict them as a perfect couple isn’t just bad writing, it’s setting a bad example for their young viewers.

Reason 2: Character Development Ahoy!

Let’s be honest: a character with no way to move forward is just a plot device, and in a more mature series would be a prime target to kill off. As an individual, Garnet has no potential for growth as a character, but Ruby and Sapphire do, and they can’t do it fused together.

To clarify, I don’t want Ruby and Sapphire to split up permanently - I don’t think anyone does - but them developing hinges on the two of them making the entirely healthy decision to spend some time apart and put their relationship on hold. This may require them to split up until the finale or even the epilogue, but it will allow Ruby and Sapphire to become complex individuals the way the rest of the cast is, but they won’t be the only ones growing

Steven has grown a lot since the start of the series. He’s slimmed down, gotten better control of his powers, and is even starting to become emotionally mature. More than that, he’s become reliable, but the biggest step is still ahead of him.

I have no doubt that both the writers and Rose always intended Steven to become the leader of the Crystal Gems, but unless something happens to Garnet there is no convenient way for Steven to be thrust into that position.

Garnet splitting up allows Steven to take his next big step as a character, but it also gives him a safety net. Sapphire and Pearl are always there to guide him, and if he isn’t sure what to do, and Ruby and Sapphire can always fuse again to take the reins if need be.

Reason 3: Fusions

Okay, admit it. All of you want to see more fusions. With four crystal gems (ignoring Peridot and Lion), there are only 15 possible combinations and thus 11 fusions, only 3 of which we haven’t seen already. However, if we split Ruby and Sapphire up, the number of combinations becomes 31, adding 16 more potential fusions we haven’t met.

Can you honestly say you don’t want to see that? I’m already guessing that Sapphire and Pearl would form Moonstone, while Ruby and Pearl would be Sunstone respectively.

But yeah, bottom line: Garnet splitting up is best for the show

Wanna know what would be amazing?

There are two episodes of Steven Universe I’ve wanted for a while now. The first is one where Opal is around for an extended period of time. She clearly has her own distinct personality and it would be nice to see it fleshed out. 

The second is one where Ruby and Sapphire are separated voluntarily, since all the times we’ve seen them in the present they’ve been stressed out. I want to see what they’re like when they’re calm. I wanna see where all of Garnet’s traits come from, just having fun and doing their Crystal Gem thing. 

But then I realized,

How amazing would it be to do both these concepts at once? The setup writes itself: Garnet makes a crack about Amethyst and Pearl not having it in them to be fused for a really long time. Offended, they claim that they can do it, pointing out that Garnet has never had to be separated for long. It’s not easy being a weaker Gem. It’s the classic ‘I can do it better than you’ scenario. They bet one week, saying whoever makes it to the end wins. 

And then they just go about their business with this totally new team dynamic. There’s so much potential there. Like I said, we could get to know Opal and see what she’s really capable of on missions, but imagine Sapphire having to cope with fighting on her own. Imagine Ruby just hanging out with Steven for an afternoon(since Rebcca and Steven Sugar are based on them). Imagine the both of them finding new interests completely separate from one another, and then excitedly telling each other about it at the end of the day. Isn’t that just darling as heck?!

Psst, @rebeccasugar, you can totally steal my idea, I won’t mind :3

  • John: Hi I'm John Watson and I can't keep track of which girlfriend I'm seeing but I can keep track of how many texts Sherlock is getting from someone who isn't me over an extended period of time
  • Sherlock: The name is Sherlock Holmes and no one can touch me because I'm so cold and isolated and can't even be bothered to remember the first name of someone I've known for many years but also by the way I know John's middle name is Hamish because I actually went and tracked down his birth certificate to get it for my own personal knowledge
Ramadan Tips for a Healthy Body
  • Understanding some basic nutrition science can help you stay healthy this Ramadan. Your body gets its energy (glucose) from food, and for 2-4 hours after you eat your energy will come from that food (after that your liver will release glucose to be turned into energy). Try to eat foods like potatoes, beans, vegetables, and grains at suhoor (breakfast); these foods are called complex carbohydrates and because they are ‘complex’ the body takes a longer time to turn them into glucose (energy) - giving you a long lasting source of energy.
  • Dates, and other fruits, are simple carbs meaning they’re digested quickly and are good for quick jolts of energy. Don’t eat them at suhoor, they’ll end up making you thirsty throughout the day, save them for when you break your fast to quickly recharge your system.
  • Invest in a once a day multivitamin that you can take at suhoor.  Your body will be in famine for extended periods of time, and chances are you aren’t getting enough nutrition while you’re able to eat. A multivitamin can help make sure you fill in those gaps that your dinner isn’t covering.
  • Drink some water every hour you’re able to eat and drink. After that first gulp of water in the evening it’s easy to forget that you were dehydrated all day.
  • Exercise after iftar (dinnner); exercising while fasting will only make you more dehydrated and more fatigued. Your muscles can store glucose (energy) that they can use during exercise, but you’ll see the consequences, of exercising while fasting, when you’re not able to lift as much weight or run as far as you’d expect. You’re also more prone to cramping and injury while you’re fasting, so wait until after dinner to exercise if you can.
  • I know that halfway through the month it becomes harder to eat suhoor as you become more and more tired. My suhoor of choice, once it comes to that, is a protein lassi, which hydrates me and keeps me full the majority of the day. I mix water, greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, mango nectar, and a sprinkle of cardamom powder the night before, and once it’s time for breakfast I wake up drink the smoothie, pray, and then go back to bed.

Stay Healthy this Ramadan! Remember that you can’t fast anyway if you get sick or injured, so do your best to prevent it! 

Ramadan Mubarak! Happy Ramadan!

that thirty second clip of louis talking about project no control literally redeemed the entire night for me. he’s so proud of us, and you can tell he really is overwhelmed by this. i mean, he said “it’s a long story,” so i bet he’s talked to people about it for an extended period of time to explain our entire thought process and the impact that we’ve had and how he’s been following along and how many radio stations he’s heard it on and how long we’ve been trending on the charts and how we’ve done all of that without the help of a pr team or management team but just because we are that passionate and that dedicated. he was trying to condense it for the sake of the interview but he really emphasized how incredible he thinks we are, and i really do think he’s completely floored by our support.

Just Remember

When trying to determine your personality type, it is helpful to remember that the thing that comes most effortlessly to you, that does not wear you out or suck your energy away from you, is likely your dominant function. The further the function lies down the stack, the more difficult it is for you to utilize it for extended periods of time.

Extroverted Feeling: Being warm, gregarious, and attending to other people on an emotional level is natural and easy for the Fe-dom, semi-natural but tiring after awhile for the Fe-aux, less-natural and more tiring for the Fe-tert, and exhausting for the Fe-inferior.

Introverted Feeling: Dealing with one’s own emotions, fully understanding them, and dealing with others on an emotional level is natural and easy for the Fi-dom, semi-natural but awkward for the Fi-aux, less-natural and more tiring for the Fi-tert, and exhausting for the Fi-inferior.

Extroverted Thinking: Being assertive, confrontational, and accustomed to being in charge is natural and easy for the Te-dom, semi-natural but tiring after awhile for the Te-aux, less natural and more tiring for the Te-tert, and exhausting for the Te-inferior. 

Introverted Thinking: Being confident of one’s own logical arguments, measuring all things for logical consistencies, and testing existing theories and systems is natural and easy for the Ti-dom, semi-natural but tiring after awhile for the Ti-aux, less natural and more tiring for the Ti-tert, and exhausting for the Ti-inferior.

Extroverted Intuition: Brainstorming ideas with no preparation, explaining difficult abstract concepts, and passing off as an expert on a subject in which there is no prior experience is natural and easy for the Ne-dom, semi-natural but tiring after awhile for the Ne-aux, less-natural and more tiring for the Ne-tert, and exhausting for the Ne-inferior.

Introverted Intuition: Focusing on one’s absolute vision or personalized symbolism, feeling confident in one’s perceptions about others, and intensely concentrating on one’s internal abstract imaginings is natural and easy for the Ni-dom, semi-natural but tiring after awhile for the Ni-aux, less-natural and more tiring for the Ni-tert, and exhausting for the Ni-inferior.

Extroverted Sensing: Initiating experiences, engaging in physical activities and seeking opportunities to act in one’s environment for immediate benefit is natural and easy for the Se-dom, semi-natural but tiring after awhile for the Se-aux, less-natural and more tiring for the Se-tert, and exhausting for the Se-inferior.

Introverted Sensing: Accessing one’s gathered knowledge and experiences, quickly comparing new information to old, and developing special personalized mythologies built around their interests is natural and easy for the Si-dom,semi-natural and tiring after awhile for the Si-aux, less natural and more tiring for the Si-tert, and exhausting for the Si-inferior.

Remember, what taxes you the most when you are using it (what is difficult, tiring, frustrating, or makes you feel inadequate) is your inferior.

i get really sad sometimes because i really want to sit and listen to dan howell play piano for extended periods of time because he’s really talented and expressive with it but he never plays piano for us anymore and when he does it’s just little snippets and then he brushes it off saying he’s no good when he’s so good he’s so good he’s s o goo d

5 Signs You Might Be Ready to Apply to be an Astronaut

Did you hear? Astronaut applications are open! Here are a few signs that might mean you’re ready to apply:

1. You Don’t Mind Having Roommates

When you’re an astronaut, you have to work and live with your crew mates for extended periods of time. It’s important to the mission and your safety that everyone can collaborate and work together.

2. You LOVE Space

If the Milky Way, planets and space travel doesn’t excite you then this might not be the perfect job for you. But if you love galaxies, space station research and deep space exploration, then maybe you should take a look at our application.

3. Adventure Doesn’t Scare You

Being an astronaut means that you get to take part in adventures that most people will never experience. Imagine: sitting on the launch pad in the Orion spacecraft, atop a rocket that’s getting ready to launch. You’ll travel farther into space than any other humans have been and help push the boundaries of technology in the proving ground of deep space lunar orbits, leading the way for future missions to Mars.

4. You Want to be on the Cutting Edge of Science

Not only do astronauts get to travel to space, but they also get to conduct really cool research in microgravity. Did you know that right now they’re growing Zinnia flowers on the International Space Station? This research could help with our future deep space exploration and could teach us a few things about growing plants on Earth. Learn more about all the awesome research on the space station HERE.

5. You’re Not Afraid of Heights

One of the coolest things about being an astronaut, is that you get to go to SPACE! At the very least, you’ll travel to the International Space Station, which is 250 miles above Earth. Or, you could be one of the first astronauts to travel to a distant asteroid or even Mars!

Interested in applying to become an astronaut? You’re in luck, applications open Dec. 14! Learn about some common myths about becoming an astronaut HERE.

Apply to be one of our astronauts HERE.

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