hot buttered rum.

there is no better time than the holidays to indulge, at least a little.

cocktails + desserts sign me up.

I limit my sweet-intake throughout the year, just so I can say “yes” to every sugary treat that I come within 5ft of during the holiday season.

today I’ve combined sweet treat + booze to make an indulgent cocktail. absolutely perfect for entertaining. picture this: your guests arrive to your house and are immediately met with enticing smells of brown sugar & cinnamon. then you hand them a mug of hot buttered rum, topped with whipped cream, and sprinkled with nutmeg. [mouth watering much?].

hot buttered rum // LLinaBC.com

hot buttered rum // LLinaBC.com

hot buttered rum // LLinaBC.com

hot buttered rum // LLinaBC.com

hot buttered rum // LLinaBC.com

hot buttered rum // LLinaBC.com

hot buttered rum // LLinaBC.com

besides the fact that it’s delicious, the smell of this cocktail simmering in the crock-pot is enough for me to make it again. amazing.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and its rich warm characters along with its vanilla and toffee notes pull this classic cocktail together. The temperature of the cocktail and the brown sugar allows for a welcoming rum taste while the butter leaves you with a sweet aftertaste”. – daniel thomas [brand ambassador]. sir I agree with you. and thanks for the recipe.

hot buttered rum // LLinaBC.com

cheers!!

happy tuesday!

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cucumber dill.

the holidays can be stressful. tell me if I’m wrong. this is how hosting thanksgiving goes at my parent’s ..

the stress begins before the sun comes up because the turkey must be put into the oven. and that’s only the beginning. there are multiple side dishes to be prepared. which opens up numerous potential catastrophes; usually there’s at least one. like the year I burnt the mashed potatoes [I didn’t even know that was possible]. never mind the fact people always show up early and I’ve been so consumed forced to help in the kitchen ..I’m still in my pajamas. so then there’s the stress of getting ‘holiday ready’ in 10 minutes. and did I mention dinner won’t be served for another hour? I’ve been up for 4 and am beyond hungry. add it to the list. 

meet the saving grace of my thanksgiving. a four ingredient appetizer that’s just enough to tide me over until the main event, but not too heavy to spoil my appetite.

picture this: I’ve just spent 4 hours helping my mom in the kitchen, whilst downing an entire pot of coffee. I hear the first guests pull into the driveway, but before they can reach the front door ..I run upstairs to get ready. ten minutes later, I’m dressed appropriately [or at the least, no longer in my pj’s]. it’s back to the kitchen. I uncork the day’s first bottle of wine and begin work on the easiest appetizer, that will get me through until the meal is served. along with the glass of wine.

cucumber dill appetizers // LLinaBC.com

cucumber dill appetizers // LLinaBC.com

only four ingredients!! // cocktail pumpernickel bread. dill seed. one cucumber. and cream cheese [I used garden vegetable, but original is delish too].

cucumber dill appetizers // LLinaBC.com

cucumber dill appetizers // LLinaBC.com

cucumber dill appetizers // LLinaBC.com

cucumber dill appetizers // LLinaBC.com

cucumber dill appetizers // LLinaBC.com

cucumber dill appetizers // LLinaBC.com

cucumber dill appetizers // LLinaBC.com

now go refill your glass of wine and relax. this is a holiday after-all.

cucumber dill appetizers // LLinaBC.com

what are your go to appetizers? and am I crazy, or is hosting a holiday this hectic for everyone?

happy thursday.

two weeks until thanksgiving day.

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