Thank you to everyone who entered the Little Leopard Book December Giveaway by “liking” Little Leopard Book and Muffet Bond, Independent Longaberger Manager on Facebook, subscribing to Little Leopard Book and following Little Leopard Book on Twitter and Pinterest! And the winner is…
I love meeting fellow bloggers from all over the world online, but I thought it would be really fun to meet local bloggers in San Diego! That is when I decided to host a San Diego Bloggers Happy Hour. The event will take place in 3 weeks, Thursday November 8th from 5-7 PM at The Corner, downtown San Diego.
The Corner has great happy hour specials, delicious food and fun craft cocktails! I will also be creating a Little Leopard Book specialty cocktail exclusively for the event.
Please share with friends in and around San Diego and join us November 8th! Look forward to meeting you all then!
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”!
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!
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!
When I began the Little Leopard Book I really had no idea where to start. One thing I knew was that I didn’t want an empty blog, so I decided to add a “quotes” page to enhance the content (and my previously naked menu bar).
Less than a year later I have a menu bar that is quickly filling up! With the soon-to-come “Restaurant Reviews” and “Bucket List Items” I have decided to retire the original quotes page.
I did, however, want to share the page as a post so that it will forever remain on the LLB. I also took this opportunity to add some of my favorite, as I like to call them, “quote pics” from Pinterest. I hope the following will inspire, enlighten and delight you all 🙂
“You have choices in life, so choose to be happy” – Me“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti “You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you can illuminate the world.” – Oprah “There’s nothing like biting off more than you can chew, and then chewing anyway.” – Mark Burnett “If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy!!!” “We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” – Adelle Davis “Since I’m not sure of the address for which to send my gratitude, I put it out there in everything I do” – Michael J Fox, Adventures of an Incurable Optimist “Everything happens for a reason.” “Live in the moment, every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.” “It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.” – Julia Child “An eye for an eye and the whole world is blind” – Gandhi “The only thing you get from worrying about wasted time is more wasted time” – Me