The Libertarian – February Edition!

Cover by -Eils
0Team Leaders IntroductionOpeningAqualuvsyou, Mimi109Lovely
1The Walk Down Lover’s LaneArticleColston
2Branch Spotlight: MarinesSpotlightFrumentari
3Office Spotlight: OISASpotlightPenguin.
4The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect DateArticleCallmynameALT
5Behind The scenes of Some of USDF’s Influential Women!ArticleLadyVoldie
6Languages All Around the WorldArticleManuel.Vazquez4
7Spoil your Loved One with a Sweet Treat!RecipeYodar
8Understanding the Significance of FlowersArticleManuel.Vazquez4
9Can you Find the Secret Admirer?GameNovaMarie97
10The Hear for Life, Listen with Care!ArticleYodar
11Let’s Serve to Impress this St. Patrick’s Day!RecipeYodar
12Adventure Through this St. Patrick’s Crossword!GameYodar

 Team Leader Introduction

by Aqualuvsyou, Mimi109Lovely

Hello USDF! I am Aqualuvsyou, also known as Chance. This month has been an absolute ride, and that’s an understatement! I have gathered so many responsibilities but The Libertarian has been my favorite by far. After being offered the role of Team Leader, not once did I let this down. It had my undivided attention. Late nights after basic rookie mistakes, this edition really shines! Realistically, I would have not been able to do it without my amazing assistant leader, Mimi109lovely, and all our extremely talented writers and designers. We are a team, the dream team. That is why we are extremely excited to present to you The Libertarian February Edition: Valentines + Cherry Blossom. This edition is filled with charismatic articles to entertain and inform. Featuring highlights of February! On behalf of all The Libertarian Team, we hope you enjoy all aspects of this edition. HOOOPA!

Hello guys~ I’m Mimi109Lovely, also known as zuh by some in USDF! Anyways, I’ve only been in USDF for around 3 months and I’m so glad that I have been granted this amazing opportunity to be the assistant team leader for this month’s libertarian! I never thought I’d be ever part of a project as I’m not so confident in myself, but I am proud to say that my experience with this month’s libertarian has definitely boosted my confidence!

I had so much fun working on this Libertarian with Chance ❤️ I am so excited for you all to read this month’s libertarian! The articles and graphics have been well made, and written fantastically by our fellow Libertarian members. I can guarantee you that you will definitely enjoy this as I believe that they all have successfully created a dream into a reality! I really hope you all will enjoy reading this month’s Libertarian just as much as they all enjoyed making the graphics and articles. 🙂

The Walk Down Lover’s Lane.

by Colston

Cover by NovaMarie97

Welcome Libertarians to the February edition!

Happy Valentine’s Day! As this special holiday has just passed, we had time.

To celebrate love, relationships, and all things romantic. 

This article takes a closer look at the history of Valentine’s Day and how it has evolved over the years.

 Whether you are single, in a relationship, or celebrating with friends, spread the love and feel Valentine’s spirit. Celebrated every year on February 14, Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to love and affection between loved ones. 

The evolution of Valentine’s Day is like a flower blooming over time, slowly unfolding to reveal the full beauty of love and affection.

The origins of the holiday go back to ancient Rome, where a festival called Lupercalia was held in mid-February. During this celebration, men would draw women’s names from a box and be paired with them for the duration of the festival, often resulting in romantic relationships and marriages. 

In AD 496, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day, in honor of Saint Valentine, a martyr who had secretly married Roman soldiers who were forbidden to marry before they imprisoned and executed him. This association with love and romance solidified the holiday’s connection to romantic love. 

Over time, Valentine’s Day evolved into a day for exchanging love letters and gifts, such as flowers and chocolates. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century helped popularize the holiday, as greeting cards and written declarations of love became more widely available. 

Just as the printing press helped spread the popularity of Valentine’s Day back in the day, social media has become a modern-day Cupid, connecting people across distances and spreading love all over the globe!

By the 18th and 19th centuries, Valentine’s Day had become a widespread celebration of love in numerous countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. 

Today, people indicate their love and affection for their partners, friends, and family by buying gifts, cards, and flowers on Valentine’s Day.

The holiday has also become a celebration of all forms of love, including self-love and love for others, as well as love for one’s community and the world.

Even though Valentine’s Day is traditionally a day for celebrating romantic between love couples. There has been a growing trend of celebrating self-love, mostly because people believe that it is important to love and care for themselves, regardless of whether they are in a romantic relationship.

 Despite its commercialization, Valentine’s Day remains a time-honored tradition that allows people to express their love and appreciation for one another.

Whether through simple gestures or grand declarations of affection, the holiday continues to bring people together in the spirit of love. 

In addition to the traditional expressions of love, many people also use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to participate in community events and charitable activities. 

For example, some schools and organizations host events such as Valentine’s Day dances and charity auctions, where they donate proceeds to local charities and causes. 

Another way that people celebrate Valentine’s Day is by sharing their love with others through

acts of kindness and generosity. For example, some people choose to volunteer at shelters or food banks or even donate to organizations that assist those in need. 

These acts of kindness not only demonstrate love and compassion for others but also help to build stronger, more connected communities. 

In recent years, the use of technology has also influenced the way people celebrate Valentine’s Day. With the advent of social media, many people are now using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to express their love and affection to their partners and loved ones. 

Some use these platforms to make it easier to connect with distant loved ones by sending virtual greetings and gifts.

Despite various changes over the centuries, the essence of Valentine’s Day remains the same. This is a time for people to come together to express love and affection and celebrate the relationships that matter most to them. Whether that is through traditional gifts and greetings, acts of kindness, or new and innovative ways of expressing love. The holiday continues to bring people together and spread joy and happiness throughout the world. 

In recent years, the celebration of Valentine’s Day has become more inclusive, with people of different cultures, backgrounds, and sexual orientations embracing the holiday and celebrating love in their own unique ways. 

In numerous countries, same-sex couples now have the right to marry, and Valentine’s Day has become a celebration of love and equality for all.

For those who may not have a romantic partner, Valentine’s Day can still be a time of self-care and self-love. Various people choose to treat themselves to a spa day, a special meal, or a fun activity that they enjoy as a way of celebrating their own worth and importance. 

The spotlight on self-love and self-care is a reflection of the changing attitudes toward love and relationships, emphasizing the necessity of loving oneself as well as loving others.

In addition to the traditional gifts and expressions of love, numerous people also choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing special moments and experiences with their loved ones Whether it’s a romantic dinner, a day trip, or ‌spending quality time together, these shared experiences can deepen the bonds of love and affection and create memories that will last a lifetime.

In conclusion, the history of Valentine’s Day is a rich and fascinating one, reflecting the various changes that have occurred over the centuries. 

Despite its commercialization, the holiday remains an important celebration of love, affection, and connection, and a time for people to come together to share their joy and appreciation for one another. Whether a simple gesture or a grand expression of love, Valentine’s Day continues year after year and brings people and communities together.

Thanks for reading, and we hope you had a wonderful February with lots of love and lots of gifts and perhaps good food!

Branch Spotlight: Marines!

by Frumentari

Cover by Kahterine

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) was founded on November 10, 1775, and has since played a pivotal role in many conflicts, including World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The USMC has earned a reputation as a highly disciplined and elite fighting force throughout its history, earning the motto “Semper Fidelis” (Always Faithful). On April 10th, 2015, the branch was implemented into the USDF, with “-Pinoy” serving as the first CMC and “MarcJr.” serving as the first ACMC. Here are some more interesting facts about the branch:

  • -23 people have served in the position of CMC. Military Advisory Council member Watch4Me, CJCS IonDaBeast, and, sorry army members, CSA CheesyRyan are among them;
  • -They have won Branch Wars three times, the first in 2016, and the other two in 2021 and 2022, bringing them to a current winning streak;
  • -Marine Corps Forces, Fleet Marine Forces, and detachments for American embassies are the three operating forces of the Marines in real life, and;
  • -The mascot of the Marines is an English bulldog named Chesty!

I was lucky to get a chance to interview the CMC, midgetbella, and SgtMajMC, Justln to showcase the leadership of the marines:

Q1: What originally inspired you to lead the Marine Corps? Was there anything in particular that attracted you to your position?

midgetbella: I was originally inspired to join Branch Command in general because the core values resonate with me. It’s highly about helping others, being an ear, motivating those around you, and allows to connect with a wide range of people. These are all things I loved a lot. My journey to CMC stemmed from both CMC AA and ACMC which I had held previously – being the aide to many different Branch Chiefs allowed me to gain inspiration and a wealth of knowledge in all things Branch Command. This inspired me to take the next step to Chief so I could not only continue to improve and shape the branch into a place where others feel a sense of love and community – this is partially what Branch Command is about for me.

Justln: I began my career at USDF in the Marines and I was immediately drawn to the branch by the people in it. There’s so many different personalities and everyone is extremely open and social and as such, it became a place where I saw myself staying for the long run. When the posting for SMMC opened I was looking to take the next step in my USDF career and apply my previous experience in a new role, it being in the Marines was the icing on the cake and so I jumped at the opportunity to apply.

Q2: What does the phrase “Semper Fi” mean to you?

midgetbella: To me, ‘Semper Fi’ is a way to express loyalty and pride towards the branch and a term which can be used to celebrate achievements of other Marines. The Latin expression translates to ‘Always Faithful’ and in a way, this is exactly what it means to me. It represents the dedication that I, among others, have to the branch.

Justln: Well, the obvious answer here is the actual meaning of the term, “always faithful.” In the context of USDF and our branch, I believe it has the same meaning. The Marine Corps is a tight-knit community and we celebrate our individual successes and achievements not just as individuals, but as a branch—we’re faithful to our fellow sailors, to the success of the branch, and to the overall success of USDF.

Q3: If there’s one thing you want the Marines to remember about your term, what would you want that to be?

midgetbella: Honestly, I would want them to remember my term as a time they felt loved and at home within the branch. Being in Branch Command, it can sometimes be easy to get hooked up on projects but the most important thing to me will always be the strong sense of community within the Marines – this is something I believe I have been able to build greatly upon, and this is what I hope people remember most about my tenure.

Justln: I don’t want to be the one to take credit for initiatives that have been a collective effort, not only by members of OCMC and our Council Leadership but also those whose footsteps I followed into the role. However, we’ve taken great strides to improve our engagement with the branch through our events reform spearheaded by OCMC and events division leadership, which, while still a work in progress, I believe represents a valuable improvement to the branch as a whole. If there’s a parting message to pass on following my term, it’s for the Marines to keep doing their thing. There’s a reason why we say that the Devil Dogs don’t stop, and they never should lose the sense of community that we have within the branch.

What would the Marines be without their members?!? I managed to talk to a variety of different personnel to get their thoughts about the following thought:

Describe the Marine Corps in one sentence
Ace:.Samantha:. – “Marines are just the right amount of crazy that makes everyone feel welcomed.”
Tectonic. – “A weird and crazy bunch of people that I’m proud to call family.”
-Law – “The Marine Corps is surely one of the most dynamic and creative branches out here.”
:Nocturnal: – “Marines are my organised chaos. ♥️”
daniel66492 – “Strong and hardworking with the right stuff to get the job done for the USA.”
PeUS. – “A family where love, support, and respect are consistently shared among all members.”
Devindra – “The marines are an awesome community within the USDF community!”
CoolPilot – “Semper-Fi OOH-RAHH #DevilDogs.”

Thanks for reading the Branch Spotlight for the Marines! The branch is incredibly hard-working and continues to showcase their devil-dog-like mentality in all that they do. I wonder if their BW winning streak will continue this year though…


Office Spotlight: OISA!

by Penguin.

Cover by Penguin.

Hello my lovely USDF family!
Today we will be interviewing members from one of USDF’s most known offices, the Office of International Security Affairs! The members of OISA, known as diplomats, are the ones who go around to different agencies and militaries on the Habbo floor and keep up with what is happening and all the changes that are ongoing. They host many expeditions to keep things current. This office is busy, and these are some of the awesome people behind it!

Kabanerio (XO ISA)
Firstly, can you introduce yourself?
Hi I am CWO5 Kabaner io also known as Ryan V2. A little bit about myself in real life is that I am an Englishman that resides in London, England. I work as a nursery practitioner that loves helping children progress through their learning development. On the Habbo side, I am part of OISA who dabble in foreign affairs while also helping future diplomats in the making.

What made you choose OISA command?
I love foreign affairs, and being able to represent USDF as a whole with foreign entities has always been rewarding for me. OISA Command handles many things and can be in the spotlight at times. They are in constant contact with members of SOCOM & NSC and being a part of that team is amazing. As the XO I have the ability to help my fellow diplomats progress really far within OISA and USDF as a whole and help bring in future diplomats to our cause.

What has been your favorite memory so far?
This latest expedition we went to SWAT while being on VC with allies was a blast and full of banter.

Firstly, can you introduce yourself?
I’m Kevin! I was primarily active in USDF around 2017-2019, reinstated a few weeks ago, and rejoined OISA!

What made you come back?
The people actually! Seeing so many familiar faces when visiting brought back a lot of memories. Besides, USDF provides a very educational leadership experience that I enjoy.

What has been your favorite memory so far?
Good question! It’s really hard to choose a specific memory. Being JSD was really fun and eye-opening, and I really liked my time in OJSIG during my early days. But if I had to choose one memory, perhaps that would be my time in OISA as CO and AD. The command team and the overall bond we had as an office were really exceptional. We got a lot of things done, and the work was really creative and interesting!

Firstly, can you introduce yourself?
Hello, Syd! Thank you for having me, it is a pleasure to be interviewed for The Libertarian! My name is Bradley, or ,97 on Habbo. I am currently one of the COs in the Office of International Security Affairs.

You have been in other office commands before OISA, what made you choose to switch?
Yeah, that’s right. I have had the privilege to be part of OJFD, OJSIG and OOT&E; they’ve all been good but different experiences. When I first joined USDF, I wanted to try something different to what I normally do. However, after spending time in them, I realised that I missed what I probably did the most when I used to be at the White House, which were roles like what the offices OISA and OPA do.

What has been your favorite memory so far?
Honestly, I think it was actually joining. I came from the White House, where I had spent over 6 years at, so the change was a big shift for me. We worked in collaboration with USDF at times, and I was always intrigued about USDF and how they always stayed on top of the agency floor list. So, transferring in and being welcomed by a new community and adapting to a different environment was really nice.

Firstly, can you introduce yourself?
Right, I’m Brandon, I am 22 years of age, from the United Kingdom! I currently attend university where I study computer science, I am in my final year and will hopefully have a degree by the end of it. I have two strong passions other than computers which are football & music, I follow Liverpool FC, and my favourite genre of music is American rap/hip-hop although that doesn’t stop me from vibing to all of the genres! I joined USDF in October of 2022 from the White House which closed down around the same time, since then I have been serving in OISA, holding roles like HNCO ISA.

What was HNCO ISA like for you?
It was a great learning experience in terms of understanding more of the USDF protocol within foreign affairs and the military itself. It has allowed me an opportunity to show my superiors some of the qualities I possess, such as my leadership skills and just being a general good person to have around the office. It has definitely made me want to commit my future to OISA Leadership if I ever get the chance, but it paved new opportunities for me and allowed me to become a better Diplomat. So it’s an experience I would vouch any personnel member to give it a shot, because it has now helped me in many ways.

What has been your favorite memory so far?
Good question, there has been so many if I’m completely honest, but if I had to pick one it would be a debate between our Christmas Expedition or when I joined the office. The Christmas Expedition was a lot of fun, we obviously went around the different agencies and played a lot of games, but we was also on a voice chat and it was just a good time. We had people singing in the call, telling jokes, and it was just a nice wholesome moment for the office. Secondly when I first joined OISA, I was actually in OMP originally, I stayed there for about two weeks until I decided to leave. I wasn’t enjoying it, I wasn’t sure whether I was gonna like it at USDF.. but OISA changed that for me, they made me feel at home and welcomed me as one of their own like I knew a lot of them for years. So definitely one of those two memories!

QUICK! Describe OISA in 3 words!
Stonks2nd – Community, Smart, Fun
Brandoen – Vibes, Goated, Superlative.
-Grogu – Enjoyable, Relaxed, Family
GoofykaitlynFan – Fun, Amazing, Interesting
SouljaBo2 – Demanding, Interactive, Exciting

Before joining OPA, I was a member of the OISA family, and that is truly what it is. The unity between the diplomats is something that you cannot compare, and that has been spread throughout the Habbo community. They wear their blue beret’s proudly, and they are always happy to help. HOOISA!

 The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Date

by CallmynameALT

Cover by Penguin.

Hello beautiful people of USDF! As is often the case with February, Valentine’s Day is the talk of the town. No matter your opinions on the day, it’s a good day to serve as a reminder, make sure to take time to treat yourself or others around!!

Anyhow, an essential part of our Valentine’s Celebrations is going out for a date, who doesn’t love a good date? So here we are, the ultimate guide to a perfect Date Night! This is not just a guide for all the couples who may be reading this, but also to all the single pringles. Get involved with this, date yourself who cares! You are worth it, and if no one else will take you then I’m always here <3.

Step 1: Location, Location, Location.

It goes without saying but the location of a date means a lot! If you’re a newer couple you don’t want to be throwing yourself into situations that may be awkward, but you also don’t want to be in a situation where you don’t talk at all (like a movie theatre.) Commonly, this first step where many fall and I’m here to guide you through it! The things you must consider here are:

1) Your closeness to the other person (are you a long-term couple or a newer couple?)

I would suggest if you are a fairly long-term couple, you certainly have more options when it comes to setting. You may go to a more quiet setting like a Cinema or you may want a nice romantic dinner, even a nice cosy night at home is a possibility here. Whereas if you’re a newer couple, you want to avoid places like movie theatres, communication and talking to one another is important in relationships. Take the time to get to know them more and talk. I would suggest something like a dinner out, or even a nice romantic picnic during the day.

2) Budget.

I get that times are hard for people, we all understand this and that’s why whatever you are planning must be within your Budget. DO NOT OVERSPEND. If you find yourself needing to overspend to keep someone entertained or impress someone, they aren’t the one.

3) What you are comfortable with.

Always set plans within boundaries, and do not push yourself out of what you should be comfortable with at any point. You may not like eating at restaurants, so don’t do that. Both parties must enjoy a date and this is a key sign that you won’t.

Step 2: Plan, plan as your life depends on it. 

I know that I have been in a position where I wanted to treat my girlfriend to a nice dinner, only to not be able to because I missed a key step like booking a table. More than ever, February is going to be busy. People are just getting over the stress of January and have their paychecks, so they want to treat themselves, and it’s near Valentine’s day and everyone has the same idea. Plan and plan ahead! This is as important as the location because miss this and it’s a non-starter.

Plan your outfit. Do not be the person that we are all like before we do anything where we need a special outfit, you’ll be getting changed into your 3rd outfit at 6 pm when you’re meeting the lucky person at 7:30 pm. Don’t do it. Plan this a couple of days in advance so you know what you are wearing and there is less stress! Impressions matter as well, even if you’re a long-term couple, DRESS UP FOR YOUR PARTNERS!

Step 3: Gifts, a memory.

I do not understand the notion of gift-giving and I’m sure that I am not alone. Although, I have also grown to understand that something as simple as a little gift can be more than that. Gift something memorable. Maybe don’t even gift something as soon as you get together. Walk around for a bit and find something, it can be anything! The smaller things in the world are appreciated so much more and this is not dissimilar, it can even be as simple as a tool that they need to complete something. Don’t allow your date to leave empty-handed, and once again even if you are long-term partners they deserve as much love as the newer couples in the honeymoon stage. 

That’s it, folks! You may hold off calling me Cupid just yet but I can assure you, follow this guide for your next date and not only will the awkwardness be eliminated but you will also enjoy yourself and bring a special someone into your life. If you are single, screw the plans, go out. Just go out one night and enjoy yourself, get something you’ve always wanted, and buy yourself a gift or flowers. Appreciate yourself, because I appreciate every single one of you. In the month of love, I would like to say how I love everyone at USDF and will happily take you all on a date. <3 This is CallmynameALT, signing off. Much love.

Behind The Scenes of Some of USDF’s Influential Women!

by LadyVoldie

Cover by Aqualuvsyou

Hello, dear readers! I have spent the last few days gathering answers to some questions that I asked a few of our most influential women here at USDF. What kind of wisdom can they share with us? Please continue reading to find out, I promise it’s worth it!

Let’s begin with the easy question and get to know our subjects a bit more!

Q: How long have you been a member of USDF?

Valorana: I’ve been here since the 28th December 2020!
iAmbitious: Well if you go by my PTS, December 2015 originally for just about 6 months. But more recently November 2020, so about 2 months over 2 years
WalkingBootz: I think I’ve been here, coming up to 8 years now!

I guess we now know why everyone calls Jenni ‘grandma’. WalkingBootz, aka Jenni, has been in USDF since 2015, the same year as USDF was re-established. That is dedication!

On to the next question. How did the journey of these women start? Lets ask!

Q: How did your journey start? What was your first command position?

Valorana: I started in OJFD and worked my way up there from being HNCO, XO, CO, then AD before I moved to branch command then now the USD ED. Pretty much most of my experience revolved around OJFD and then spent almost a year in branch command.
iAmbitious: Originally I was a transfer after a previous military closed, back in December 2015 I transferred into USDF after the closure of an old military called SECDEF_US. Back then I had first gotten CO TRADOC, before moving to CMC AA.
WalkingBootz: Honestly I joined USDF just to mess about and troll a bit with my irl bestie. I never planned to stay here very long but I made some great friends and really enjoyed it here so I stuck around!
My first command position was XO NET (now XO NETC) and I absolutely loved it. From there I moved up to CO, AD and then DIROPS/DOPS/DJFD. OJFD will always be special to me and maybe one day I’ll go back!

I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like OJFD and OOT&E is the way to success here at USDF. Maybe time to try something new and switch offices? No, I’m just kidding. While these are two great offices, OPA will always have a special place in my heart.

These three women are officers at USDF, so of course I had to ask the next question.

Q: How long did it take for you to become an officer?

Valorana: I got in my first attempt for OCS
iAmbitious: Most recently the first time I ever attempted to apply for OCS was June 2021. I then applied for every month of OCS afterward, before I was given my chance in January 2022 – I believe that’s 7 months of applying, since December is a no-OCS month due to holidays. However I graduated OCS in February 2022.
WalkingBootz: I made it to the officer ranks in about 5 months from joining USDF, getting into OCS on my first try. I’d never planned to go for OCS if I’m honest, it was only from the encouragement of my friends and command that I even gave it a go.

Clearly, every journey towards officer-hood is different, but the important thing is to not give up! Another thing I wanted to know from these women was about their own goals. They have already achieved so much but that doesn’t mean the story ends here, so here we go!

Q: What is your main goal at USDF? Both personal and USDF-wise.

Valorana: My personal goal is to create leaders better than me. For my career in USDF, my goal is to continuously make an impact and ensure that my portfolio is producing quality work while they enjoy the community that we have.
iAmbitious: My main goal at USDF is to being able to help people enjoy this community that we have going on. There’s quite a few people who I’ll jump in a voice call with for example and play other games, besides Habbo, with such as phasmophobia and fortnite. For a while though, my main goal was to get back to where I was previously in 2016 which was O4 max – and I’m proud to say I’ve been able to surpass that with the help of this community. We have a great community here and we’re all in it together. USDF-wise, I’d say my goal is to keep pushing forward. It’s been a wild ride, but I’m here for the long haul.
WalkingBootz: So, I know we always ask people what are your goals, but I’ve never really had a goal – at least USDF-wise. I’ve always gone with the flow, if an opportunity presented its self I’d weigh up the pros and cons at the time and then decide. For example I was offered SEAC back in my NCO days, yes it was a great opportunity but after thinking about it, it wasn’t what I wanted so turned it down. This same situation has happened a few times, turning down command positions etc and I’ve never regretted any of them.
Now one goal I’ve always had is to ensure to the best of my ability that USDF is a fun and safe environment for everyone. Somewhere we can all have fun, make friends, feel supported, be safe, and reach your goals whatever they may be (if you have a goal ofc).

While goals are important to have, it’s also important to enjoy the little moments, or big ones. My curiosity led me to ask the next question.

Q: What is your best memory so far?

Valorana: I have many great memories in USDF but to this day, I’d say the most special would forever be my OCS graduation.
iAmbitious: You mean besides being able to witness Jaxwindle not being able to click the stage properly during his OCS ceremony? Other than that, I’d say having the opportunity to be OPA AD after being in OISA Command for so long. I enjoyed that OPA AD allowed me to bring out my creativity again as well as brainstorming ideas for events, and brought up that confidence level.
WalkingBootz: I’ve had far too many good times in USDF to pick just one best memory. But I think the best part of my USDF journey has been all the lovely people I’ve met and friends I’ve made.

Whisper spamming fish is p fun too. While I missed seeing the lovely DA&M misclick during his OCS ceremony live, I am forever thankful to whoever filmed it. To be honest, I was terrified to click wrong during my own ceremony. I am very happy I didn’t. The last thing I asked wasn’t really a question, but rather advice for all of you! Let’s see what they have to tell you and maybe you will learn something!

Valorana: Embrace the learnings, the friendships, and the full experience while in USDF – it’s not forever we are here. While Habbo is a game and a social platform, don’t forget that the individuals you meet here are real people. Learn from each other, stay kind, and be respectful.
iAmbitious: To Anyone that is struggling to know if they should apply for a position or not – Go for it, because you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.
To Everyone – While we all work in USDF for the experience, remember what we have in this community. Take time to play games with friends, meet people, and most importantly have fun!
WalkingBootz: It’s a game! Have fun!

There you have it, folks! However, I would like to share my own words of wisdom;
Be yourself, don’t give up and make connections! We only have one life, and even if Habbo is just a game and USDF is just a community, it is OUR community, and these three ladies have helped shape it to what it is now.

I really hope you enjoyed reading what they had to say, because I sure did!
Thank you. 🙂

Languages All Around The World

by Manuel.Vazquez4

Cover by -Eils

Language is something beautiful and very interesting to learn. With language, people can do many things. The most important thing with language is that we can communicate to others, without language we might die! For example, imagine someone yells “fire!” or “run, the lion is coming!” Those phrases mean something… something dangerous. Of course, our response to that is to try to be safe and get away from that place. That is why we can also say that we need language to survive. Nevertheless, language is much more than that.

A standard meaning about language is that language is a system of communication which consists of a set of sounds and written symbols which are used by the people of a particular country. Every place, and every country has its own structure of language, its own vocabulary, grammar, how they produce words, phrases, etc. We also talk about how language changes the reality of each country, for example: In Mexico, people use the word “Madrugada” to refer to a period of time between midnight (12AM) to early morning (5 or 6AM). However, people in the US don’t have a meaning for this, in their mind, there’s no word to refer to that period of time except night. So the point is that language not only changes the way people speak, write, etc. Also how they think, how they feel, and so on. (For more information related to this consider looking for Sapir-Whorf hypothesis)

International Mother Language Day

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” -Nelson Mandela

The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000. Now it is celebrated on February 21th. UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies.

Knowing other cultures expand the perception of the mind, it explores all the diversity and traditions of that culture, it is like a new world, a new reality including language. In the USDF we respect and share the culture, language and traditions of all our personnel. We let them know that even if English is the language needed to speak inside our facilities, it is always a pleasure to know other languages. That’s why for this article 5 members of the USDF were asked to answer a short question. Since valentine’s day just happened recently, I think it is important to know some of the other languages, so we asked this question: How do you say “Happy Valentines” in your first language?

The answers of our participants were these:
CWO5 LadyVoldie – Swedish as first language – Glad alla hjärtans dag!
CPO Sasosh – German as a first language – Alles gute zum valentinstag!
CWO3 reignoff – Spanish as a first language – Feliz dia del amor y la amistad!
MAJ Katherine – Chinese as a first language – 情人節快樂! (Qíngrén jié kuàilè!)
CWO3 sawamura – Hindi as a first language – वैलन्टाइन दिवस की शुभकामनाएं (vailantain divas kee shubhakaamanaen)

Thanks to our participants for sharing with us some of their languages. It is very interesting to expand our knowledge to other ways to mean the same thing! As we could see here the difference between each language, it’s extraordinary that even some of our participants shared with us their particularity! In the case of Chinese and Hindi being in their own written form, it is splendid. In conclusion, a good society and good integrity between countries and in general in the world is the culture people share and are proud of! Language is important in every culture, they’re connected. Language is seen and used in every part of the world and keeping it in our society is what makes us useful.

Spoil Your Loved One With A Sweet Treat!

by Yodar

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Cooking desserts for someone is a way of expressing love and affection in many cultures. When you prepare a sweet treat for someone, you are taking the time and effort to create something special for them, which can be seen as a gesture of love and care. Baking or cooking can be a form of bonding as well, as you spend time together in the kitchen and share the end result of your efforts. Additionally, giving someone a dessert can be a symbol of indulgence and a treat, which can be seen as a way of showing them that they are special and deserving of special treatment. So, in essence, cooking desserts can be a way to show someone that you love and care for them, as well as to create memories and experiences together.

Please join me as we learn how to make White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Prep: 30 Min
Cook: 2 hr
Total: 2 hr 30 min
Yield: 12 Servings

For this recipe, you will need:


  • 10 graham crackers, about 1 ½ cups crumbs
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 32 oz cream cheese, softened (4 packages)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries, or, previously frozen & thawed

Raspberry Sauce:

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream, chilled
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups raspberries, for garnish
  • Mint leaves, for garnish; optional

Graham Cracker Crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300° F/150° C/Gas #2. 
  2. Wrap the bottom of a 9-inch (23-cm) spring form with 2 layers of extra-wide foil in preparation for the water bath. 
  3. Place the crackers into a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form. 
  4. Pour in the melted butter and pulse again until the crumbs are well coated. 
  5. Press the crumbs firmly into the bottom of the springform pan, creating a level crust.


  1. Place the softened cream cheese into a mixer bowl and beat on medium speed for 8 to 10 minutes, until the cream cheese is smooth and creamy. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl often. 
  2. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Mix for 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl often.
  3. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave with the power level set to 50%, stirring every 30 seconds, until just melted and still warm.
  4. Add the sugar and melted white chocolate to the batter.
  5. Mix in the white chocolate and sugar for 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl halfway through.
  6. Fold in the raspberries by hand using a spatula. 
  7. Pour the prepared batter over the graham cracker crust and level the top using a spatula.
  8. Place the cheesecake into a larger baking pan and fill it with about an inch of water. This water bath will keep the top of the cake level and prevent cracks from forming.
  9. Bake the cheesecake for 2 hours. The middle will be slightly wobbly, and the sides will be more firmly set. 
  10. Turn the oven off and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon. 
  11. Allow the cheesecake to cool down slowly for a few hours down to room temperature. 
  12. Place the cheesecake into the refrigerator to cool overnight, or for at least 6 hours.

Raspberry Sauce:

  1. Place the berries and sugar into a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. 
  2. Simmer the berries for 5 to 8 minutes, until a smooth jam forms; stir occasionally. 
  3. Strain the prepared jam through a fine mesh strainer arranged over a mixing bowl, until just the seeds remain. 
  4. Transfer the prepared sauce into a small bowl or measuring cup.

Whipped Cream:

  1. Place chilled heavy cream, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla into a mixing bowl. 
  2. Start whisking on low speed, gradually moving to high speed and whisk for 3 to 5 minutes, until stiff peaks form. 
  3. Transfer the whipped cream into a pastry bag tipped with a closed star tip.


  1. Gently remove the springform and transfer the chilled cheesecake onto a stand. 
  2. Add a few spoonfuls of the prepared raspberry sauce on top of the cheesecake, then garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves. 
  3. Serve with extra raspberry sauce and a generous amount of whipped cream on the side of each slice.

To store leftover cheesecake:

  1. Wrap the cheesecake securely with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out or absorbing other flavors or odors in the refrigerator.
  2. Place the wrapped cheesecake in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag.
  3. Store the cheesecake in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  4. If you have a large slice or pieces of cheesecake, you can also freeze it for up to two months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer-safe airtight container or a resealable plastic bag.

Note: To thaw frozen cheesecake, transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight or for several hours until it reaches room temperature.

Mini Fruit Tarts

Prep: 30 Min
Cook: 25 hr Freezing: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 55 min
Yield: 6 mini tarts

For this recipe, you will need:


  • 1 ½ c & 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup, 1 tbsp and 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream

Custard Filling

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 5 ½ tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp and 2 tsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp and 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 13.28 oz whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Assorted fresh fruit sliced
  • 2 tbsp apricot jelly or other clear jelly
  • 1 ½ tbsp water


  1. In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, combine the flour, salt, sugar, and butter. 
  2. Mix on the lowest setting until the butter gets broken down into smaller pieces.
  3. Add the egg yolks one at a time, then add the heavy cream and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix on medium (setting 4 or 6) for about two minutes or until the mixture begins to look like crumbly sand. Test the dough by stopping the mixer and pinching some sandy dough between your fingers. If it sticks to itself and forms a piece of dough, you’re ready to knead. If it’s too dry, try adding one tablespoon of heavy cream at a time to adjust. 
  5. Remove the mixing bowl from the stand mixer and use your hand to form the sand into a ball of dough.
  6. Scoop about three tablespoons of dough and use your hands to mold and flatten the dough straight into the 4 inch tart molds. (If you do not have the tart molds, you can use the large muffin tins as a substitute).
  7. Use a fork to prick throughout the bottom of each tart mold.
  8. Chill the tarts in the molds in the freezer for at least one hour before baking, this will prevent the dough melting too much or shrinking in the oven.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375° F/190° C/Gas #5.
  10. Take your tarts straight from the freezer to the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Check on your tarts halfway through the baking. If you see the centers rising, you can open the oven and use a measuring cup to flatten the centers with a tiny bit of pressure. Continue to bake them until you see the edges begin to brown.
  11. Remove the tart shells from the molds and cool them on a rack. They should be slightly hard to the touch. If they feel soft or there is some flex when you hold them up, put them back in their molds to continue baking for a few more minutes (make sure to watch these as they finish cooking).

Tart shells can be pre-made a few days before assembly, just make sure to fridge them after they cool.


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.
  2. Sift together the flour and cornstarch. 
  3. Whisk in the sifted flour and cornstarch to the egg yolk mixture.
  4. Add the whole milk and vanilla extract into the egg yolk mixture.
  5. Move the custard mixture into a saucepan over medium heat and constantly whisk for about one to two minutes or until it begins to thicken to a pudding consistency.
  6. Remove it from the pan and place the custard in a container to cool for at least 30 minutes before assembly. 

This can be made a day in advance and refrigerated.


  1. Add apricot jelly and water in a small bowl. 
  2. Microwave for about 10-15 seconds to melt the apricot jelly slightly, and mix together using a spoon. 
  3. Strain the jelly mixture


  1. Slice your preferred fruit. I like strawberries, blackberries, and kiwi.
  2. Brush on some glaze to the tart before adding the custard filling. This should act as a barrier and will prevent your tarts from getting soggy.
  3. Take one shell tart and spoon in the whipped custard cream until ¾ full.
  4. Arrange your fruit on top. 
  5. Brush on the apricot glaze over the fruit tart. 
  6. Serve immediately or chill for about 15 minutes if you want a nice and cold treat.

Understanding the Significance of Flowers

by Manuel.Vazquez4

Cover by Aqualuvsyou

A flower is the part of a plant that blossoms. Flowers produce seeds that can become new plants. Most plants, including many trees, grow some kind of flower. (Taken from Britannica Kids) Flowers are an important means of attracting pollen substances to plants. Plants need to produce seeds, the reproductive structures allows seeds to exist for generations. Flowers can also protect growing seeds and successfully pass genetic material to the next generation. (Taken from Southside Blooms)

In our daily life, people around the world have used any kind of flower for a purpose. Flowers can be used for decoration as furniture in your house, as a gift to someone, to make fragrance, and so on. There are many kinds of flowers with different characteristics or smells, some of them grown in certain places in a certain season of the year… since they’re many of them, let’s expose the meaning of the most famous flowers and what they are about!

-Carnation flower

The carnation flower symbolizes Love and Distinction. It also makes a lovely addition in its delicious, fresh, and enjoyable fragrance. Carnation can give its scent naturally, processed in Grasse, France. It is very common and can be used for special occasions, especially Mother’s Day and weddings.

-Sunflower flower

Sunflowers symbolise loyalty and adoration. Due to its association with the sun, the sunflower is known for being a very happy flower added with a nice summer, it elevates people’s mood. Also it is good for oil cooking and bird food. The plant was first domesticated in the America continent.

-Daisy flower

 The meaning of a daisy flower can be purity, innocence, new beginnings, joy. Its short flower with white petals and the yellow circle that looks like an egg, and the pure smell, relaxing, aromatic.. gives a spiritual and enjoyable experience. People take wild daisy tea to treat different healthy problems such as cough, inflammation, etc.

-Tulip flower

Native to Central Asia and Turkey, It is highly probable tulips are seen in many cultivars and gardens since they are one of the commonest flowers produced. The tulip produces two or three thick bluish green leaves that are clustered at the base of the plant. The fruit is a capsule with many seeds. Cosmetic uses of Tulip are Best for dry sensitive skin, used in creams, hand lotions and in essential oils, Used in perfumes. Tulip flowers are also known to be an excellent poultice for insect bites, bee stings, burns, etc. (Taken from YoGems)

-Orchid flower

Orchid symbolism is associated with beauty, contemplation, and mature charm. Orchids are very famous around the world. They are very used for house decoration.  Its benefits are for skin health, relieves stress, and many other things. Generally, most orchids have a sweet and musky fragrance similar to vanilla.

Since every flower has its own sense and essence, it is also common that certain combinations of flowers prevail the way the flowers make their own style, presence, expression and beauty. The variety of combinations of flowers depends on each person. However, in general standard combinations can be a good option or like every person, for example…

-Red roses, Carnations, and Orchids.

The vivid and radiant red of roses, the fascination and distinction of carnations, and the purity of orchids make a unique, powerful and luxurious combination of flowers, showing to your lover you’re very interesting, elegant and beautiful.

-Zinnia, Sunflowers, Chrysanthemums, and Alstroemeria.

This enjoyable, happy and vivid combination with the yellow of sunflowers and alstroemeria that shows friendship, good vibes, loyalty, support, etc. Mixing with the Zinnia that represents respect, and Chrysanthemums that show joy… together is like a conjunction of friendship. With this combination of flowers you show to your friends, you’re there for them, you show them respect, support, and they’re important for you.

These and many more flowers and its combinations have their own essence and purity, as it was seen that flowers not only are beautiful and used as furniture, they have properties that can help you, improving your health, skin, illness, etc. Besides, many of them are used to make fragrances which is something extraordinary. The combination of flowers represents something, a message, a feeling you want to share with somebody else. The mixing of flowers might be subjective but sometimes also objective and clear about its meaning. Let’s enjoy flowers and take care of them because they are life.

Can You Find The Secret Admirer?

by NovaMarie97

To Hear for Life, Listen with Care!

by Yodar

Cover by Penguin.

Hearing loss, also known as deafness, is a condition in which a person has difficulty hearing or is unable to hear sounds. Hearing loss can range from mild to severe and can occur in one or both ears.

There are several causes of hearing loss, including:

  • Age-related hearing loss: As you get older, your hearing may naturally decline. This is known as presbycusis.
  • Noise-induced hearing loss: Prolonged exposure to loud noise can damage the hair cells in your inner ear and cause hearing loss.
  • Ototoxic medications: Certain medications, such as certain antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs, can cause hearing loss as a side effect.
  • Infections: Ear infections, such as otitis media, can cause hearing loss if they are not treated promptly.
  • Genetics: Some forms of hearing loss are inherited and are caused by genetic mutations.
  • Physical injury: A blow to the head or other physical injury to the ear can cause hearing loss.
  • Diseases: Certain diseases, such as Meniere’s disease, can cause hearing loss.

The severity of hearing loss can vary greatly, and it can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. People with hearing loss may have difficulty communicating with others, following conversations, and understanding speech, particularly in noisy environments.

In some cases, hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids, cochlear implants, or other assistive devices. In other cases, however, the hearing loss may be permanent and the person may become deaf. Deaf individuals may use sign language, lip-reading, or other forms of communication to overcome the challenges posed by their hearing loss.

World Hearing Day is an annual event organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about the importance of hearing health and the impact of hearing loss on individuals and societies. The event is observed on March 3rd each year.

The main objective of World Hearing Day is to promote ear and hearing care across the world and to encourage the prevention and management of hearing loss. This includes educating people about the causes of hearing loss, the importance of early detection, and the available interventions and support. They also bring attention to the social and economic consequences of hearing loss and to encourage action to address these issues. The theme of World Hearing Day changes each year, but it always focuses on a specific aspect of hearing health and hearing loss.

There are several tips that you can follow to reduce the risk of hearing loss:

  1. Avoid exposure to loud noises: Limit your exposure to loud noises such as concerts, power tools, and firearms. If you have to be in a noisy environment, consider wearing earplugs or noise-canceling headphones.
  2. Turn down the volume: When listening to music, TV, or other audio devices, keep the volume at a moderate level and avoid listening for long periods of time at high volumes.
  3. Take breaks: If you work in a noisy environment or spend a lot of time listening to music, take frequent breaks to give your ears a rest.
  4. Protect your ears during physical activity: If you participate in activities that may put your ears at risk, such as shooting, motorsports, or contact sports, consider wearing protective gear for your ears.
  5. Get your hearing checked: Regular hearing checks can help detect hearing loss early and prevent it from getting worse.

By following these tips, you can reduce your risk of hearing loss and protect your hearing for years to come.

Sign language is a visual language that uses gestures, facial expressions, and body language to communicate with others. It is typically used by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing as a means of communication. Did you know there are many different variations of sign language around the world? There are more than 300 different sign languages in use around the world, such as American Sign Language (ASL), British Sign Language (BSL), Chinese Sign Language (CSL or ZGS), French Sign Language (LSF), Irish Sign Language (ISL), and even more!

Sign languages are natural languages that have developed within deaf communities and are used as a means of communication. They have their own grammar, vocabulary, and syntax, and can be as diverse and complex as spoken languages.

Sign language awareness refers to the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of sign languages and their role in the lives of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. It encompasses a range of activities and initiatives aimed at promoting the use and understanding of sign languages, including:

  1. Education: Providing education about sign languages and deaf culture in schools, universities, and other settings.
  2. Advocacy: Advocating for the recognition of sign languages as official languages and for improved access to sign language services.
  3. Media representation: Promoting accurate and positive representation of sign languages and deaf culture in media and entertainment.
  4. Sign language classes: Offering sign language classes to individuals who are interested in learning about and communicating with the deaf community.
  5. Events: Organizing events, such as sign language workshops and deaf cultural festivals, to raise awareness and educate the public about sign languages and deaf culture.

The goal of sign language awareness is to break down barriers between hearing and deaf communities, increase understanding and respect, and promote equal communication and access for all individuals.

A sign language interpreter is a professional who facilitates communication between individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who can hear. They interpret spoken language into sign language and sign language into spoken language in real time, allowing both parties to understand each other.

Sign language interpreters play a crucial role in ensuring that individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing have equal access to information, services, and opportunities. They work in a variety of settings, including schools, medical facilities, courts, and businesses, and can help bridge the communication gap between deaf individuals and the hearing community.

To become a sign language interpreter, individuals typically need to complete a formal training program, pass a certification exam, and meet any additional requirements set by their professional organization. It is important to note that sign language interpreting is a complex and challenging field that requires strong linguistic skills, cultural knowledge, and professional ethics.

If you are very interested in learning more about signing, I encourage you to find some classes and join deaf clubs as someone might be willing to teach you, as learning sign language can be a valuable and enriching experience that can help individuals connect with others and broaden their perspectives.

Let’s Serve To Impress This St. Patrick’s Day!

by Yodar

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Irish Stew

Irish stew is a traditional hearty dish from Ireland that consists of lamb or beef, potatoes, and vegetables such as carrots, onions, and turnips, cooked in a savory broth. The meat is usually seared and then simmered with the vegetables until tender. The dish is usually seasoned with herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves, and sometimes includes barley for added texture. It can be served on its own with a side of crusty bread to soak up the flavorful broth.

Prep: 15 Min
Cook: 55 min
Total: 1 hr 10 min
Yield: 6 Servings

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 lb. beef chuck stew meat, cubed into 1″ pieces 
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into rounds
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 4 c. low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 (16-oz.) bottle Guinness 
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for serving


  1. In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. 
  2. Season beef with salt and pepper, then add to pot and cook on all sides until seared, 10 minutes, working in batches if necessary. Transfer beef to a plate. 
  3. In the same pot, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and cook onion, carrots, and celery until soft, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Add beef back to the Dutch oven, then add potatoes, broth, beer, and thyme, then scrape the bottom of the pot to release the fond (browned bits at the bottom). 
  6. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. 
  7. Cover and let simmer until beef and potatoes are tender, 30 minutes.
  8. Garnish with parsley before serving.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is a type of quick bread made with baking soda as the leavening agent instead of yeast. It is made with a mixture of flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk, and often includes raisins or currants. The dough is formed into a round loaf and then baked in the oven. Irish soda bread has a dense, slightly chewy texture and a distinctive tangy flavor from the buttermilk. It is often served as a staple with meals or toasted with butter as a snack.

Prep: 20 min
Cook: 55 min
Total: 1 hr 15 min
Yield: 1 loaf

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup dried currants (or raisins)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F/190° C/Gas #5. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. 
  3. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed with the flour.
  4. With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. 
  5. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. 
  6. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.
  7. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. 
  8. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. 
  9. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.
  10. Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Adventure Through This St. Patrick’s Crossword!

by Yodar

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