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Anniversaries, Adventures and Announcements

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Anniversaries

Today I celebrate the one year anniversary of LLB, and what a year it has been! What started as a virtual place to write down my stories, ideas and recipes, has turned into an entrepreneurial culinary endeavor.

Over the past year my top two posts were A Girl with a Plan, a Blog and a Craving for Adventure and my Summer Adventure Travel Schedule. I’m so excited that people were interested in my “Summer Adventure” and got involved!  Look for an upcoming post re-capping the entire adventure! Coming in at number three was my post on How to Make Canvas Wall Art.  Leave it to Pinterest to make one of the top posts on a food blog, a post about a DIY project!

My top recipe posts were my Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes and my re-creation of Sonic’s Strawberry Kiwi Slush.  Um I’m seeing a trend here, maybe I should just stick with Strawberry Kiwi recipes from now on 😉

The top search terms for my blog were little leopard book (that one’s pretty obvious!), strawberry kiwi cupcakes (the above now makes more sense!) and Russell Westbrook Girlfriend. Um, what?  Yes, due to the popularity of the OKC Thunder, one young stud player and an infamous cake I made for my brother’s girlfriends birthday, the number three search term used to find my blog is “Russell Westbrook Girlfriend”!

Adventures

A year ago I was living in Los Angeles, attending college for Broadcast Journalism and dreaming of one day being on the Food Network. Since then I completed my degree in Broadcast Journalism, spent the summer on an adventure across the United States and moved back to San Diego.

I have turned my little blog into a little business with the hopes of growing into a big blog and a big business in the near future!  I have returned to school, once again, to study the art and business of food and nutrition. I am pursuing a second degree in Culinary Entrepreneurship and could not be more excited to share everything I learn on the little leopard book!

Announcements

On the business side of the blog, I am now offering my blogging and social media services to bars and restaurants. I have a unique approach when it comes to bringing new followers to the business, as well as capturing the attention of current social media followers. I am also combining my previous years of experience in event planning and ever-expanding knowledge in the kitchen to offer small catering party options, cooking classes and event planning services.

All of my services offered are detailed on my personal page www.WhitneyBond.com.

I am also adding a couple of new features to the LLB that I am SUPER excited about!

The first is “Single Sundays“.  This is where I will post simple recipe options for those of you cooking for one.  I always hear my friends complaining to me that they don’t want to go through all the effort just to cook for themselves. Well, Sunday’s are now dedicated to you. Simple, quick meals that can be made throughout the week and enjoyed in the comfort of your own company with complete control of the remote!

The second is “Chopped Challenge Thursdays“. I am completely obsessed with the show “Chopped” on the Food Network.  If you are not a foodie and don’t have the Food Network on 24/7 at your house you might have missed the show, so let me give you a 1 line run-down of the concept. One basket, four mystery ingredients, one dish. The ingredients range anywhere from cherry cola to sardines and jelly beans to lamb chops.  Here’s where you all come in! (Yay, fun, you get to play!) On Monday, I will make an announcement on my Facebook page (if you haven’t yet, just quickly slide your finger over your mouse and to the right, up a little, a little more and click the like button, see wasn’t that easy? 😉 ) I will be asking for the four “mystery” ingredients for my “Chopped Challenge Basket” that week. The first four people to respond will have their ingredients turned into a dish for my “Chopped Challenge Thursday” recipe post! Fun, interactive, challenging, exciting!

Thank you all for reading and sharing in the LLB experience with me!

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes with Strawberry Kiwi Creamy Frosting

Cupcakes with Strawberry Kiwi Creamy Frosting

In continuation with my season of strawberry recipes I decided to make strawberry cupcakes.

Fresh Fruit Cupcakes

Then as I walked through the produce section of Trader Joe’s the kiwis started calling my name “Whitney, Whitney, put us in your strawberry cupcakes!”

Fresh Fruit Strawberry and Kiwi Cupcakes

I couldn’t say no to these cute little green guys so I picked some up and Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes were born!

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcake Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 24 cupcakes)

  • 2 cups strawberries (sliced)
  • 2 kiwis (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk, coconut milk or regular milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Start by peeling the kiwi using a vegetable peeler. (Thanks roomie for being my photographer in this shot!)

Next, slice the kiwis and strawberries.

Freshly Sliced Strawberries and Kiwi

Place the fruit in a blender or food processor.

Fresh Fruit in Food Processor

Blend into a puree consistency, set aside and begin to make the batter.

First, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt in a small mixing bowl.

Next cream together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, then add the eggs one at a time and mix well.

Then add the oil, almond milk, vanilla and fruit puree.

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcake Batter

Blend well then add the flour mixture.

How to make strawberry kiwi cupcakes

Combine all of the ingredients until a dark pink batter forms.

Now pour the batter into pre-lined muffin pans.

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes

Bake the cupcakes at 350° for 22-25 minutes.

Baked Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes

Now it’s time to make the frosting.

I used my cream cheese frosting recipe and added fresh strawberries and kiwi. Simple and delicious!

Creamy Strawberry Kiwi Cupcake Frosting Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar (sifted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 strawberries (diced)
  • 1 kiwi (peeled and diced)

Start by peeling and dicing the strawberries and kiwi.

Combine all ingredients with an electric hand mixer.

Strawberry Kiwi Creamy Frosting

Now place the frosting onto the cupcakes with a cake decorator or spread on top with a knife. Add additional sliced fruit as a garnish if you like!

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

I went a little crazy with the picture-taking because they were so pretty! Here are a few of my favorites!

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcake Tower

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes

Spring Cupcake Recipes

How cute are all the little spring-y accessories?  All from my favorite spot, World Market!

Spring Cupcake Tower

Strawberry Kiwi Fresh Fruit Cupcakes

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes

These cupcakes are perfect for spring, would be so cute at a picnic, birthday party or baby shower!

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes with Creamy Strawberry Frosting

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcake Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free baking flour for traditional flour to make this recipe gluten-free.

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes with Strawberry Kiwi Creamy Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes with Strawberry Kiwi Creamy Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries (sliced)
  • 2 kiwis (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk, coconut milk or regular milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Creamy Strawberry Kiwi Frosting
  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar (sifted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 strawberries (diced)
  • 1 kiwi (peeled and diced)

Instructions

  1. Peel the kiwi using a vegetable peeler.
  2. Slice the kiwis and strawberries.
  3. Place the fruit in a blender or food processor.
  4. Blend into a puree consistency and set aside.
  5. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt in a small mixing bowl.
  6. Cream together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  8. Add the oil, almond milk, vanilla and fruit puree.
  9. Blend well then add the flour mixture.
  10. Combine all of the ingredients until a dark pink batter forms.
  11. Pour the batter into pre-lined muffin pans.
  12. Bake the cupcakes at 350° for 22-25 minutes.
  13. Creamy Strawberry Kiwi Frosting
  14. Start by peeling and dicing the strawberries and kiwi.
  15. Combine all ingredients with an electric hand mixer.
  16. Now place the frosting onto the cupcakes with a cake decorator or spread on top with a knife.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/03/21/whats-for-dessert-strawberry-kiwi-cupcakes-with-strawberry-kiwi-creamy-frosting/

Strawberry Kiwi Slush

Sonic's Strawberry Kiwi Slush Recipe

Am I the only person that continues to think about Sonic’s Strawberry Kiwi Slush on a regular basis even though it hasn’t existed for over a decade?

Sonic's Strawberry Kiwi Slush

I finally decided to re-create my favorite Sonic Slush of yester-year and the result was amazing!

Instead of artificial flavors or syrups I combined fresh fruit to make an icy cold, refreshing beverage that is perfect for summer!

Strawberry Kiwi Slush Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (sliced)
  • 1 kiwi (peeled and sliced)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups ice

Add the strawberries and kiwi to a blender with sugar, water and lemon juice.

Fresh Fruit Strawberry Kiwi Slush Recipe

Blend for 30 seconds.

Fresh Fruit Strawberry Kiwi Slush Recipe

Add the ice and blend for an additional 30 seconds or until the ice has been crushed and a slush consistency has formed.

Fresh Fruit Strawberry Kiwi Slush Recipe

Pour into a glass for you and a friend (or an extra-large glass all for yourself!)

Strawberry Kiwi Slush Recipe

Garnish with a kiwi slice and enjoy the frozen deliciousness of fresh fruit!

Strawberry Kiwi Slush

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Strawberry Kiwi Slush

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 16 oz slushes

Strawberry Kiwi Slush

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (sliced)
  • 1 kiwi (peeled and sliced)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups ice

Instructions

  1. Add the strawberries and kiwi to a blender with sugar, water and lemon juice.
  2. Blend for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the ice and blend for an additional 30 seconds or until the ice has been crushed and a slush consistency has formed.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/03/15/whats-to-drink-strawberry-kiwi-slush/