Homemade Diva {Ding} Dongs

So I’ve got this thing called a butt.

I mean, everyone has them, unless your like my husband, than you have to look real hard for his.

But mine, my butt, is very easy to find. In high school I had nicknames like J-Lo, the white Beyonce, and booty-booty. It’s true.

I had this art class, and every time I would walk in front of a boy, all he would say was, “booty-booty-booty-booty.” And you can bet your bottom dollar that when, “I Like Big Butts” came on at school dances, my friends would all look at me and say, “Giiiirl, this is your sooooonng!”

And trust me, I hate pant shopping. With every clothing geared toward the skinny jean look, you can bet that I run far far away to the sweats section. Because big baggy sweats are SO much sexier than tight skinny jeans on my big booty…

Ok, so maybe I need a personal stylist…and some help…

You see, with pregnancy, things on your body get bigger…and wider, because a baby needs room to grow. Some days I feel like I need to strap a “wide load” sign on my back side, and other days I feel like eating ding dongs. Either way I see it, watch out…


Let’s be honest, whether you eat healthy or not, at some point in mostly everyone’s life, they have had a ding dong. I’m brought back to school lunches, where unwrapping a piece of tin foil was never so exciting just knowing there was circle of chocolate covered cream filled cake inside…


But now I’m a little for cautious and know that besides a delicious cake I also get nasty preservatives, unhealthy amounts of fat and sugar, additives, and yucky yucky stuff. This is a problem my friends…because I have been craving ding dongs like my butt depended on it.

Well, it was a problem, but not any more…

Homemade Diva (Ding) Dongs

*Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Delicious*

Ingredients: (For the Cake) (Cake recipe adapted from here!)

1 c. Bob’s gluten free flour (or whole wheat pastry for non GF)

1/4 c. cocoa powder

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

dash of salt

1 1/2 TB. cornstarch

1/4 c. melted coconut oil

1/4 c. applesauce (room temperature)

1/2 c. non dairy milk(room temperature)

1/4 c. maple syrup(room temperature)

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. dates + 1/4 c. water pureed together to form a paste. (you can do this with a blender or food processor)

Ingredients: (For the Filling)

One can full fat coconut milk, top open and covered with plastic wrap, that has been sitting in the fridge over night

sweetener of choice-maple syrup, stevia, honey, agave, powdered sugar

Ingredients: (For the Coating) (Double amount for thicker coating)

1 -85% cocoa chocolate bar (you can do sweeter if you prefer, but I love dark chocolate) (3.5 ounces) (about 1/2 c. chocolate)

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 TB. sweetener of choice (I used agave) (optional)

Directions: (for the cake)

1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl, and wet ingredients together in another. Fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until incorporated. Don’t overmix.

2. Spray a cake pan/square pan(8×8) etc. with non stick spray and pour batter into cake pan. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until center comes out clean. *Note: These aren’t going to rise super high, so for a higher cake, you can use a smaller pan or use a cupcake muffin pan.)

3. Once cake is done and cooled and released from pan and placed on cookie sheet, use a glass/circle cookie cuter and cut out circles.

What you do with the leftover cake is up to you…Whether you eat it, or…eat it…or eat…It’s up to you…

I promise…I won’t judge. That would be hypocrytical.

4. Set aside and make filling.

Directions: For the Filling

1. After can of coconut has been sitting in the fridge overnight, remove it. With a spoon, scoop out the full fat cream that thickened overnight and put it in a bowl. Add a few TB. of your sweetener of choice and whisk together. Put back in the fridge while you make the chocolate coating.

Directions: For the Coating:

1. Add your chocolate, oil, and sweetener in a bowl that is sitting over a pot of simmering water. (double broiler.) Continue to stir until melted. Set aside. (You can also melt the chocolate in a microwave.)

Directions: For the assembly:

1. Take your cream filling and put it in a pastry bag fitted with any tip that has a smaller hole. I use this long skinny one that has gotten in a few fights with the garbage disposal.

You can also cut out a center of the ding dong if you would like, if you don’t have a tip.

2. With your pastry bag, poke a hole in the cake a squeeze a bunch of cream into the cupcake. Squeeze hard…

I like a lot of cream in the center of my Diva Dong.

You can also poke more than one hole in the cake so filling get’s through out the middle.

Be Patient…We are almost done…

Once all the cupcakes are filled, it’s time to coat them.

Make sure your chocolate is sitting in a deep bowl so it will be easy to dip them. Simply hold the bottom of the cake with two fingers and dip into the chocolate. Set down and let the chocolate drip down to coat the sides.

It’s really messy, and not very pretty. You may have to lick your fingers a few times…darn.

If you feel it isn’t coated enough around the bottom, take a spoon or cooking brush and brush some more chocolate coating around the cake.

Set in the fridge for about 10 minutes to let the chocolate set, and then they are ready to eat.

The chocolate will stay hardened after and you won’t have to leave it in the refrigerator.

Look at all that creamy yummy goodness….

If I were making these for friends, I might have done a prettier job…But these were for me, my butt, and I…So I didn’t care how they looked, just how they tasted…

And I can assure you…They tasted amazing.

And if you have leftover cream filling, well don’t be shy…use it up!

Oh Cinnamon Rolls..You Make Me Want To Drink Soymilk!

Your probably wondering where that cinnamon roll recipe is…

Me too.

Ok, so I actually made something yesterday.

They were supposed to be cinnamon rolls. But alas they turned out a little different…


Different but really delicious! And they completely work.

Am I making any sense? Probably not…

Problem is, I have been sick as a ?dog? and I have been doing a lot of laying in bed and sleeping. I’m working on the ‘cinnamon roll’ post, it just isn’t finished yet.

And I know you hate me…It’s ok…But I have a little something for you to enjoy while I work on the post. Because I am a lover not a hater. :-)

She loves her Soymilk…

Have a great day everyone! Be back SOON for some cinnamon action!!

Chili Cornbread Casserole

Don’t be fooled by the hubby’s big pearly white smiling teeth.

You would guess the words out of his mouth would be something like, “Oh sweety I would love to have last night’s meal reheated so I can enjoy it tonight TOO!”


That look on my face is pretty common around dinner time.

I know what your thinking…That’s my sexy blue steal right?

Of coarse. But that’s all I have to do. One look of blue steal and I can get him to eat anything I want.

Ha! Ya flippen right!

He has a fear of leftovers…It doesn’t matter how unhealthy it is, he won’t touch it the next day.

Now, some people are the same way, like my dad for example hates leftovers.

I however could eat the same thing for dinner every day. I love to be spontaneous!

So the greatest way to enjoy leftovers, without actually eating the same exact thing the next night, is to make something different with it.

On halloween when I made Crockpot Tempeh Veggie Chili,

I had more than enough leftovers. Chili is great to freeze, and I thought about doing that, but I wanted to do something different. I then thought about $. (what’s new…)

Of coarse leftovers help you save $ right? See hubby…I will learn EvEnTuAlLy!

I really wanted to make a casserole type dish, something that I could mix and throw in the oven…not a lot of prep.

And who doesn’t LOVE a casserole?!

If you do, then I have about 587 recipes from my grandma, ranging from chicken and rice to green jello casserole…

But I promise, this casserole is far more tastier than a green jello casserole.

Even Baby Boo thinks so too!

Chili Cornbread Casserole


Leftover Tempeh Veggie Chili, or any chili you want.(I used about 2 C. because that’s what I had left.)

Cornbread(recipe to follow)

1/3 C. non dairy cheddar cheese or regular cheddar cheese (I like daiya)

Cornbread: Adapted from Baby Cakes

2/3 C. non dairy milk mixed with 1 TB. apple cider vinegar, then set aside

3/4 C. whole wheat pastry flour(of if GF, use 3/4 C. Gluten free baking flour)

1/2 C. cornmeal

1/2 C. corn flour(ground cornmeal in blender)

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

(if making GF, add 1 tsp. xantham gum)

1/2 C. coconut oil.

1/3 c. honey(or agave for vegan version)

1/3 c. applesauce

2 tsp. vanilla


1. Make your cornbread first. Combine dry ingredients together, then add wet(minus the milk+vinegar mixture.) Stir until combined, then gently fold in milk mixture.(it will be chunky like buttermilk.)

2. In a greased casserole dish of preference, add your chili. For this recipe you could use more chili than cornbread, or more cornbread than chili. It really is all preference. We like ours with more cornbread, so I used about 2 C. chili and half of the cornbread mixture. I’m saving the rest of the cornbread mix for breakfast in the morning. :-)

3. Top chili with dollops of desired amount of cornbread, and then sprinkle with cheese.

4. Next fold your ingredients together slightly, just so you incorporate some of the cornbread through out the chili.

This is actually my way of doing it, but I know some people like the cornbread on top and chili on bottom. If that’s the case then go ahead and do it that way. It will work out just the same.

It will look like this when mixed:

5. Bake in a preheated oven of 325 for about 35-40 minutes, or until center is cooked.

I loved being able to slice this like a pie!

Baby Boo and I  ate ours on top of a baked sweet potato with a drizzle of honey:

And well, the hubby put his with a side of ‘NO NO!’…

I’m not even going to tell you what those are, even though your probably already know.

Some people may never learn.

Speaking of which hubby…I accidently bought a dress online.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

My brother only eats 4 things.

He’s the one on the far left.

Macaroni n’ Cheese

S’mores Pop Tarts

Burgers and

Mashed Potatoes n’ Gravy.

This is no joke. Last year I made him a mashed potato panini with our thanksgiving leftovers…He still talks about it to this day.

Despite being probably one of the pickiest on the planet, I love him for his weirdness.  I remember at one point he would refuse to eat anything besides mashed potatoes…And I dunno about you, but mashed potatoes at every family meal got old real fast. Not to him though. Every bite was like Christmas morning.

That’s what I am assuming anyway…It had to be! Why else would you eat it for every meal?!

I also have another brother who won’t eat his food if you touched it, or if other food was touching it. And then there is me who won’t eat meat or cheese, and prefers an abundance of spinach and hummus. Don’t forget about my hubby who prefers to eat food that is still mooing, if you catch my drift.

Oh, and our daughter who refuses to eat real foods, would much rather live off of ba-ba’s…

I bet you can guess how much my mom LoVeS to cook dinner for the whole family!

But sometimes there are ways around picky eaters. Ways that us mom’s, family chefs, etc. will never reveal…

Until now that is..

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

*I saw a similar recipe for this in my skinny bitch cookbook, but I didn’t have the cookbook with me when I made them. So I winged it! :-) And the result turned out better than I expected.*

Ingredients:(for the potatoes)

2 rutabagas

2 med/large parsnips

1 medium potato

Almond milk (or other milk of choice)

2 TB. Earth Balance vegan butter

1 head garlic

olive oil

salt, pepper


1. First roast your garlic. Don’t know how to do that, well let me share with you how! :-)

How to Roast Garlic

First take a whole head of garlic.

Cut off the top of the garlic.

Peel off some of the extra skin around the head of the garlic. You don’t have to peel it all off, because your want some of it on to leave the cloves together.

Take a sheet of foil and place the garlic head on it. Drizzle with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Fold the garlic in the foil and cook in a preheated oven of 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

When it’s done it will look  golden brown and smell like heaven!

I can’t say the same about your breath if you eat it…buuuutt…

2. While the garlic is roasting wash, peel, cut, and dice the rutabegas, parsnips, and potato.

These are rutabagas:

They kind of look like white beets. (Before these mashed potatoes, I didn’t know what a rutabaga was…I had to google it. Sad.)

These are parsnips.

Luckily I knew what these were. Only because I’ve made these fries. To.Die.For.

3. Add diced veggies in a pot of water and boil for about 45 minutes. Maybe longer (maybe shorter). I used a BIG (too big) pot of water, so it took longer to boil. So adjust the time to when the veggies are soft and cooked.

4. When they are cooked, drain them and put them back in the pot. Add the butter, a little bit of milk, and the whole head of garlic. The garlic will just fall out of the head simply by squeezing the bottoms and using a fork to aid them out.

5. Using a potato masher or beaters, mash the veggies together until smooth and creamy. Adding more milk will make them smoother. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (I also like to add a little paprika and nutritional yeast.) You can mash them as creamy as you would like, or as chunky as you would like.

I prefer a chunky monkey!

But what about that gravy?

Vegetable Gravy


Vegetable broth

3 TB + 1 tsp. whole wheat flour

2 1/2 TB. Vegan butter


1. In a saucepan, melt butter on medium/low heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk until thick. Pour in veggie broth little by little, whisking until desired thickness is reached. I used a box of veggie stock and just kept adding more and more until I was satisfied. I used about 1/3 of a 32. oz box.

2. Pour over mashed potatoes or drink straight from pot….once cooled that is.

My brother ate it.

Baby Boo ate it.

My other brother ate it, just as long as it wasn’t touching his green beans.

My hubby ate it.

Oh, and I inhaled it…

Know one even knew that there were parsnips…rutabagas….really anything nutritious in them.


Story of my life with most food that I make for others…

Oh well! What they don’t know, really isn’t hurting them. :-)

It’s My Life

My Life:

Have a great weekend friends!!

Tips, Tricks, Life, and A Kids Table Re-Do

It’s not unusual that I don’t know what day it is.

And it’s not abnormal that I often type in “today’s date” in the google search bar on a daily basis.

Today is thursday by the way.

It just seems like everyday is passing me by, and more and more projects, responsibilities, and darn dirty kitchen floors just keep getting pushed farther and farther back.

But these past couple weeks have been full of sillyness, blessings, tons of food, projects, and laughter..

And I decided to share with you some of the random things going on in ThE DiVa DiSh household…

1. Baby Boo turned ONE!

Pink, fluffy, frilly, sugary,presenty, family, friendsies, foodsies, smilies, and now Mama’s Poor-y!

2. Hubby Graduated from Grad School with his Dr. in Physical Therapy

You wouldn’t believe the amount of work he put into the past 3 years of school. I am so proud of him!

He now sleeps with his diploma, makes everyone call him Dr., and I’m pretty sure it’s been two weeks since he has taken off his graduation cap and his hair is starting to smell.

Also, Baby Boo thought the whole ceremony was for her. With each applause she glanced around the room smiling and clapping at everyone…

I may have done the same..

3. We have horny fruit flies multiplying in our house.

Whether I have bananas on the counter, or a bag of avocados, all the sudden those darn little flies get all hot n’ bothered and start hookin’ up.

They are like rabbits.

But there is a trick! All you do is take a glass full of balsamic vinegar/apple cider vinegar etc.. and add about a TB of water, and a tsp. of dish soap and let it sit on the counter.

In a matter of minutes, literally, they come swarming over to the glass.

They crawl in.

Sniff the water..

And drown.

And apparently we have got a whole country living in our house, because we have caught HUNDREDS of them!

A little side note, if you ever want to keep you hubs busy for hours..

4. We put fake grass on our patio.

I’m not really sure if it’s white trash, or just plain genius, but since we don’t have a backyard and our patio looked like someone had done dirty things all over it…

It’s been nice to let Baby Boo be outside and play with her toys, without me worrying about her stepping on bugs, hard nasty floor, or dirt.

5.We have been teaching Baby Boo New things

Since Baby Boo is like a sponge with everything that is going on around her, hubs and I are trying our best to teach her little things here and there.

And if we aren’t teaching her, she is watching everything we do.

Which is why she prefers to feed herself, brush her hair and teeth, oh and try and change her diaper as well. That one has been fun!

Her main thing is being independent at meal time.

If we even touch her food to bring it to her mouth…Well, arms will be flailing, food will be flinging, and screams will be heard across Europe.


Among other things, I have been working hard at trying to teach Baby Boo how to smile and say Cheese!

She’s a natural, wouldn’t you agree?

6.We Painted Baby Boo’s Room Pink..

That was a nightmare…That’s all you need to know.

7. I’ve been obsessed lately with thrift stores and garage sales.

You can thank 1st birthday for that one :)

I have found some pretty cool stuff.. I think?

Those vanilla bottles are actually from my grandpa’s house.

Neato huh?!?

I actually bought the above all separately, but together that little plant cost about 1.50…all thanks to Goodwill!

And it works great as a photography prop in backgrounds!

I dunno if you remember THESE cookies:

The flower pot worked GREAT for the background!

8. Someone’s trash in another’s treasure

My mother in law bought a kids desk at a garage sale for 10 dollars. It took me a while to get around to it, but I finally fixed it up for Baby Boo’s room!

If you remember the dresser I did for Baby Boo, I followed the exact directions for the table and chairs, only I painted the top of the table the same pink I used for Baby Boo’s walls.

Here is what the top of the table looked like before:

Pretty Bad huh?

And I’m not just talking about my feet..

Here is the chair before all the paint:

And here are the after pictures:

Top of the table.

There are those flowers again :)

I also bought this window at an antique store when I was in Utah! I have always wanted one! :)

The whole Table and Chair’s project ended up costing me about 15 dollars! Not bad :)

I just can’t wait to sit and have Tea Parties with her!

But for now, that will have to wait.

We are going to keep working on the whole Smiling thing :)

Have a great weekend everybody!

Keep on Smiling! :)

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to get a chance to win Mama Peas – Peas and Thank You Cookbook! Deadline ends Monday August 22nd! :)

Live A Little Friday: In all Fair-ness

Hey Friends :)

Are you loving this new make over for ThE DiVa DiSh??

I am still working on a recipes page, but over all I feel it looks AMAZING!!

I am so lucky to have had some amazing helpers along the way with this whole re-design process and switching servers.

My friends Scott and Kelsey over at The Hobo Heart (Cutest blog name ever or what??!!) were kind enough to give their time into making this blog look perfect! Not only did they have to deal with my odd demands, (hot pinks and girly diamonds), but they also put up with my lack of knowledge on anything computer-ish; Codes, and JPEG, and PNG, and WTF…? Poor scott had to answer my silly questions, but he was so kind and patient to put up with my lack of knowledge.

So please, Check out Scott and Kelsey’s Blog, The Hobo Heart. They have a STELLAR garden, which I so ENVY, and they even own a cow!! And if your looking for a little blog makeover your self, and like what you see here, I recommend :)


Have you ever been to a fair?

It wasn’t until I married my husband that I had my first fair experience.

I thought it was a bunch of bearded women, fast and flying rides, kettle corn, and a bunch of rednecks.

I was right.

Oddly, I fell in love.

Whether it was because it was the first time I had ever come in contact with a Vitamix blender, or the fact that you can order a grilled lime corn on the cob the size of your arm…

I am all for it.

That and Hubby had been begging to go back and get a taste of his favorite food at the fair.

But it didn’t stop there my friends.

Deep fried snickers..

Or as I like to call it,

A corn dog with a snickers in the middle.

And if your wondering if the Hubby enjoyed it, or If I had to roll him out on a stretcher..

Let’s just say I am not allowed to show him any food pictures for at least a month until he can stomach it :)

Baby Boo on the other hand had a great time! Her favorite part was the animals.

They weren’t the liveliest of the happiest bunch of animals.

But would you be happy if you were locked in a cage staring at a bunch of mullets and flanel shirts all a day?

Didn’t think so.

Next, Hubby and I decided it was time to take Baby Boo on her first ride.

The carousel.

We thought we could handle such a kiddy ride.

We were so wrong.

30 seconds into it, we almost lost our lunch. Have carousel’s always caused dizziness, or are just getting old.

Or by we, I mean Hubby. He’s almost 30.

Poor guy.

Then, it was time to say goodbye to the fair.

Hubby couldn’t  stomach the smell of fried anymore than I could stomach the sight of mullets and butt cracks.

So once we got home I put my children down for naps, and locked myself in the kitchen until I came up with something that was fresh, filling, healthy, and not fried…

Recipe soon my friends :)

Don’t forget to LIVE A LITTLE today :)