in the kitchen // summer beers.

I’m a beer drinker. but not exclusively. I don’t discriminate against alcoholic beverages. unless it’s a dirty martini. that’s [J]’s cocktail of choice. and I tried a sip on our very first date, 6 years ago, and have refused it since. I’d say it’s taste resembles being swept under a wave in the pacific ocean with your mouth wide open. picture that.

when the temperatures increase, so do my fruity beer cravings.

[*editor’s note: I say fruity, because they are all brewed with fruit. but they are not “sweet fruity”. they’re delicious fruity. in my language,  not “too sweet” that you can’t drink more than one. they’re a ‘lounge poolside & drink three’ kind of beers].

summer beer staples.

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

o’fallon wheach peach wheat beer. // brewed in missouri.

abita strawberry harvest lager. // brewed in louisiana.

wasatch apricot hefeweizen. // brewed in utah.

enjoy the warmer weather & enjoy a fruity beer.

happy tuesday.

the week in photos.

happy friday!

the weekend is upon us.

I made a second, unexpected trip to the iowa state fair yesterday ..brought on by an impromptu visit from good friend. I love surprise visits. especially when they end in a round of fried oreos. and more importantly, begin with mimosas.

but besides that, it was a pretty quiet week. no complaints here.

*disclaimer: I’ve been on a sort of camera hiatus since [J] & I’s trip. it didn’t leave my hand for 16 days. so we took a “break” from each other this week. and for that reason, slim pickings on photos.

but for what it’s worth ..

the week in photos.

week in photos, aug 16 // LLinaBC.com

[J] & I have been attempting  creating new cocktails lately. this beauty is blueberry-infused vodka & soda, with frozen blueberries & strawberries.

week in photos, aug 16 // LLinaBC.com

[J] & I went to the state fair monday {more here} & on thursday ..and both times I could not get over this exhibit. you could watch little baby chickens hatch from their eggs.

week in photos, aug 16 // LLinaBC.com

on monday, just this little guy had escaped his shell. but yesterday, more than 10 were just hatched ..trying to navigate their newly discovered legs. absolutely adorable.

week in photos, aug 16 // LLinaBC.com

our apartment is turning into a bridal boutique, complete with wedding magazines & bubbly. I couldn’t be happier. especially about the champagne. and my new fiance, of course!

[I’ll make sure to reunite with my camera ..today].

have the best weekend.

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dump & drink.

I love fruity, complicated, summery cocktail concoctions just as much as the next girl. but unless someone is making it for me, I don’t drink them.

at home, I’m a dump-&-drink kind of gal. which means [before assumptions are made] ..easily accessible ingredients, that only require me to pour [stir] & drink.

my go to summer cocktail [to make myself] is a moscow mule. vodka, ginger beer, lime juice ..& you’re in business. plus they’re dangerously delicious.

but in an attempt, to expand my cocktail-creating skills ..I made a light, easy, not-too-sweet martini.

summer cocktail // LLinaBC.com

I usually always have these ingredients on hand. and if not, they’re simple to find. all you need is: vodka, cranberry juice, prosecco/champagne, & an orange.

summer cocktail // LLinaBC.com

summer cocktail // LLinaBC.com

summer cocktail // LLinaBC.com

summer cocktail // LLinaBC.com

[or in my case: a not-so-dainty martini/margarita glass].

summer cocktail // LLinaBC.com

summer cocktail // LLinaBC.com

summer cocktail // LLinaBC.com

I told you: easy! 

as I’m writing this ..I’m thinking about how it would taste if you substitute the cranberry for orange juice? you know ..a little mimosa meets screwdriver action. hm, guess I’ll have to test it. oh shucks!

happppy tuesday.

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