2014: year in review.

2014: year in review c/o LLinaBC.com

oh, 2014. you were one for the books.

we moved into a new apartment in des moines. • I accepted a new job in march. • in april, I attended go blog social [a blogger conference] in kansas city. • we had the most magical engagement photographs taken. it was my pinterest dream come true. • I got married. which I’m sure you probably didn’t even know, because I barely spoke about it. not here, or here, and surely not here. I may have even forgotten to share our wedding video. insert: an overload of sarcasm. • we added a sweet, little furbaby to our family + named him Sir Rigby. • we spent the holidays in chicago. •

top four posts of 2014:

hot buttered rum • 10 things you must do in des moines • DIY coasters • bridal sparkle •

honorable mentions:

apple cider moscow mules • DIY housewarming basket • the opening of pinot’s palette • date night at malo •

I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store. I am hoping for an amazing first year of marriage. filled with loads of traveling + adventures. more exploring the great city we live in. much health + happiness. and a lot of time with friends + family.

what were your favorite moments of 2014? what are you looking forward to in 2015?

happy monday!

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


happy tuesday!