Orange Rolls

It’s not December is it? Because my girls are still wearing their Halloween Costumes, and I think my husband just threw away out our pumpkins last week.

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Although, I feel like it is December because we’ve had treat after treat being dropped off at our house and I’ve been consuming more than enough peppermint, eggnog, and gingerbread sugary treats.

I’ve learned that being pregnant in December is just cruel, because you already have food aversions to healthy foods, and carbs and sweets are the ONLY thing that sounds good. Throw in the cold weather, which equals sweat pants and oversized sweaters and well…

HOLY CRAP. I now have a baby bump in the front….

And in the trunk.

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Fast forward to cinnamon rolls.

My daughter and I have this cooking bond, which is my most favorite thing in the whole wide world. She will watch cooking shows, look at food pictures, and be right beside me in the kitchen.

Lately her and I have been recording every episode of The Pioneer Woman. Boo loves her show the most, and I think because a lot of her food looks.so.good!

That and she has horses, dogs, a farm, and usually dessert ready to eat when desired. Every 4 year olds dream right?!

And mine.

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During one episode she made these delicious orange rolls that seemed SO easy to make. I loved how she made everything in a pot, and I could let the dough sit in the fridge for two days and pull it out when we needed.

Of coarse her rolls are amazingly delicious as is, but I decided I wanted to play around with the ingredients to see if I could make them using coconut oil and sugar.

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I’ve made cinnamon rolls before using those ingredients, so I was excited to try this version with a citrus twist! I think cinnamon rolls are the perfect Christmas morning breakfast, and Orange rolls seem even better!

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My little helper. She snacked on blueberries while spreading the marmalade. And by snacked I mean ate the entire thing.

She’s currently at a pack a day. I’m worried.

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One thing I’ve always done with cinnamon rolls is cut them using dental floss. It’s something my high school boyfriends mom taught me. (HI!!)  She was a great cook, and I would often try and help her in the kitchen.

Then we would all joke how I was a horrible cook.

And now I have a food blog.

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The great thing about these rolls is that the dough can sit in the fridge for at least a day or two, so if you want fresh warm rolls in the morning, you don’t have to start the rising process at 3 a.m. All it requires is about an hour of rising, so now you can start at 5 am. (Because who sleeps in on Christmas morning?!)

Oh yea, my husband.

Ba Humbug.

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I’m so glad that Christmas morning is only two weeks away, because I don’t think I can wait any longer to have something sweet!

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Oh wait…Is that the doorbell?

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Orange Rolls
 
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman's Orange Rolls
Ingredients
  • 2 c. full fat coconut milk, regular milk, or milk of choice
  • ½ c. coconut oil
  • ½ c. coconut sugar or maple sugar
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 4 cups, plus ½ c. extra reserved, flour. (You can do half whole wheat half all purpose)
  • ½ tsp. heaping baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ TB. salt
  • Melted coconut oil for the inside
  • coconut sugar for the inside
  • orange marmalade (a natural brand)
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves for the inside
  • sprinkle of salt for the inside
Instructions
  1. To make the dough:
  2. In a pot over the stove, heat milk, oil, and sugar.
  3. Whisk together and heat just until the mixture begins to boil. Then remove from heat and let cool until the mixture reaches 110 degrees. I use a candy thermometer.
  4. When it's cooled down so it's warm but not hot, sprinkle the yeast over the top.
  5. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  6. Then add in the four cups of flour, and stir together with a wooden spoon. Be careful not to over mix too much.
  7. Let the lid sit on top of the pot in a warm place and let it rise for at least an hour. You want it to almost double.
  8. Once that happens, then add in the remaining ½ flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir together.
  9. You can make the rolls immediately, or cover and put in the fridge for the next morning, or a day or two later.
  10. When you are ready to make the rolls, get the dough out of the fridge and roll it into a large rectangular shape.
  11. Spread a layer of orange marmalade over top the dough, followed by some melted coconut oil to coat the entire surface. Then sprinkle on some coconut sugar, followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. (I didn't measure, I just kind of sprinkled over the top until it was coated. (Not heavily with spices, but just enough.)
  12. Begin to roll the dough, starting with one side and working your way to the other.
  13. Cut the rolls and place on a baking sheet.
  14. Let the rolls rise for at least an hour. (If the dough isn't cold from the fridge it might not take that long.)
  15. Bake the rolls at 375 for 15-18 minutes, or until desired. (We like ours a little under cooked.)
  16. Top with the glaze or frosting of choice immediately.
  17. For the glaze I used the pioneer woman's recipe, only because my husband insisted, but you can use a healthier recipe by using cream cheese, some honey, orange juice, vanilla, and orange zest!

For the original recipe go HERE on the Pioneer Womans site.

For a healthy frosting recipe, check this out HERE on Naturally Sweet Recipes.

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My husband insisted if I was making the rolls ‘healthier, (as if I was putting kale in them), he wanted the original frosting. He was in charge of pouring it on and well…they were swimming in it.

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I removed the rolls onto a separate tray so they didn’t become soft little pillows of sugar. Although, that sounds good.

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I promise I’ll post a non-sweet recipe next time. Something with kale. :)

 

Mini Pancake Muffins (Pumpkin)

Who doesn’t love pancakes in the morning?! What if we turned them into Mini Pancake Muffins perfect for those little hands! (And not to mention, perfect to eat when time is short!) Keep reading for the recipe!

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I’ve never understood people that don’t eat breakfast, or aren’t very hungry in the morning. I feel like they can’t be trusted…

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I go to bed thinking about what I’m going to have for breakfast, I wake up in the middle of the night wanting that breakfast, and I get up in the morning rushing to go eat that breakfast. Almost before I do anything, like put my glasses on. Or get my children out of their bed.

Luckily for me, my girls are just as excited about breakfast, and usually remind me at 6 in the morning it’s time to get up RIGHT THIS SECOND and make it for them because they might pass out of starvation.

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My four year is the most particular about the foods she eats, so I usually get asked every morning if she can have Cheerios, water, and five pounds of blueberries. As easy as it is to sometimes let her get her way, I’m trying my best to offer her different suggestions. (And let’s be honest, blueberries aren’t cheap when you buy them by the pounds…)

I usually can do pancakes with her, but not waffles. Unless I lie and tell her it’s a pancake, then I’m in the clear. But don’t add blueberries to the batter because she will react as if you cut off all her hair in the middle of the night while she was sleeping. Dramatic? No, total reality. She definitely doesn’t get it from me…

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So I took a big leap of faith and decided to make muffins out of pancake batter. I thought it would be fun to make them bite because for some reason kids LOVE mini foods! I added a few chocolate chips on top, which was a risk, but it definitely went over well. I also thought about making these banana muffins, which you could do, but I bought 47 cans at the beginning of pumpkin season so I’m trying my best to use those up!

Oh boy…these were good!

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My girls dipped theirs in pure maple syrup, but you could definitely drizzle it on top as well! Even adding a little melted butter or coconut oil on top would be heavenly!

These, my friends are 4 year old dramatic princess approved!

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Mini Pancake Muffins (Pumpkin)
 
Ingredients
  • 2 c. pancake mix, I used kodiak cakes protein pancakes because they have the best ingredients
  • 1 c. milk of choice
  • 1 chia egg=1 TB. chia seeds mixed w/ 3 TB. cold water. (let sit for 5 minutes.) OR one egg
  • ½ c. coconut sugar
  • ¼ c. melted coconut oil
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree-Can sub mashed banana
  • 1 TB. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TB. pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips to top muffins with
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. (Leave out the chocolate chips.)
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan with oil, or use mini muffin liners. Add batter to the pan, filling about ¾ full. Top with a few chocolate chips.
  3. Bake in the oven at 350 for 18-20 minutes, or until they are done.
  4. *If using an egg, these may cook faster than if using a chia egg, so watch muffins carefully!)

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Just looking at these muffins makes me hungry for 2nd breakfast!

Wait, what? You don’t have 2nd breakfasts? Oh…It must be a 29 weeks pregnant thing than right?

Right????!!! ;)

Hint of Coconut Overnight Baked French Toast

With the holidays approaching, that means a lot of family will be staying together and spending lots of time with each other! So I love the idea of having an Overnight Baked French Toast ready in the morning for everyone to enjoy together!

Unless being around a lot of family is overwhelming and you are perfectly fine waking up at 445 to eat a bowl of cereal quietly to yourself with no one disturbing you…I’ve never done that.

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Speaking of family, my parents came for the weekend! (You aren’t overwhelming mom, I promise!) They cleaned my house, fixed things here and there, hung pictures, washed and folded my laundry, gave us food, and babysat my kids. I just sat all weekend, it was lovely.

My parents always leave my house so exhausted, I don’t understand..

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I wanted to do something nice for them, since I basically turned everything over to them, and the one (only?) way I know how to say thank you is through food. I wanted to have homemade cake, muffins, dinner ready, and fresh bread on the counter for when they got here. But I forgot how much energy it takes for me to find the flour in my pantry and I had to go with plan B.

Breakfast.

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I didn’t want to be slaving over a hot stove making pancakes for everyone, because no one gets to eat together, especially the one ‘slaving’ :). So I love the idea of baked french toast, because it’s ready all at once and we can all enjoy it together!

Speaking of love, have you tried this vanilla paste? I swear it has changed the way my baked goods taste! Can I drink it? No, because it’s like $15 a bottle and I wouldn’t want to waste it…

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You can also change up the flavors and make it however you and your family would like, especially the syrup! Homemade syrups are the best!

And while everyone is happily enjoying your homemade breakfast, you can sneak away and go back to bed and no one will know. Unless your 4 year old finds you…

Busted!

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Hint of Coconut Overnight French Toast
 
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf whole wheat french bread, cinnamon french bread, etc. (Stale is good!)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ¾ c. buttermilk (non dairy if needed, add 1 tsp. vinegar to non dairy milk)
  • ¾ c. milk (non dairy if needed)
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 TB. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 TB. vanilla extract
  • 1.4 c. coconut sugar or honey
  • ½ c. unsweetened coconut
Instructions
  1. Tear apart bread and place into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until combined. Pour liquid over the bread cubes, and toss just a little bit to make sure all of the bread is coated.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge overnight to make in the morning. (I left mine in for two days, and it still turned out fine!)
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 and bake un-covered for about 30-35 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with a drizzle of melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and more coconut!

 

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Do you have a favorite holiday breakfast? Share with me in the comments below, I would love to hear your family traditions!

My Imperfectly Perfect Life

I have to tell ya…Hitting the “New Post” button on my blog felt SO weird and comforting at the same time. I’ve really missed opening my computer and sharing my love of health, with a little glimpse of my crazy beautiful life, and my overly dramatic personality…

It’s been too long my friends. Way too long.

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Someone close to me recently told me that I portray myself having this perfect life in my posts/FB statuses/Instagram, but in reality my life isn’t so. Like I’ve been fake…It was a little bit of an “ouch…really?” I feel like I’ve tried to be as real as I can on social media and my blog post. I think I have done my best to share the good most definitely, but I also feel that I’ve been open with sharing some of the bad and the ugly. (We are entitled to some privacy right?) :)

I know that social media can be a place where we don’t always show the reality of life, but I’ve always looked at this blog and my social media outlets as a place of positivity.  A place of comfort, strength, passion, common ground for others, and definitely a place of reality.

So that had me thinking, and since then I’ve been eager to share a little bit of reality of my well…Imperfectly Perfect life.

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It’s been about a month since I’ve been present here on The Diva Dish, and before that I was touch and go. Truth is my friends, we all have touch days/months/years. Times where it’s like, “Ok, can I really take much more?!” Times where we think everything is falling apart and there is NO way we can pick ourselves.

This has been one of those years.

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There has been a lot of loved ones lost this year, a lot of financial difficulties, relationships have been tried and tested between family members, friends, and my marriage. I’ve felt alone, lost, and even like a terrible mother and wife. I’ve seen loved ones struggle more than ever before, and I’ve been hurt by people who I respected and loved.

BUT…

There is always a but!

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I’ve also been blessed so much. I was able to get pregnant and continue to stay at home and raise my two baby girls. I’ve had many opportunities to see prayers answered by my loving Heavenly Father when I most needed them. I’ve learned the true value of friendship, and have seen many serve and sacrifice to help myself and my family out in many ways. I’ve learned that there is nothing better than a phone call of comfort from my mom or dad. And I have never felt closer to God than I do now…

I’ve become a lot stronger and so much more confident in myself than ever before, something which I’ve struggled with for a while. I know that I can do hard things, and I am doing the best I can to be a great mother, wife, friend, and woman.

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Why am I sharing this?

Not just to say that my life isn’t perfect, because I know that I’ve expressed that before.

What I really wanted to share was that life can be extremely difficult. We all go through things unimaginable, and no trial compares. It’s easy to get wrapped up in other peoples lives, thinking that their grass is greener (or their house is cleaner!)

But even in times of darkness, there is light. I’ve learned this so much this year. Even if it’s just a smile and an “I wove you!” from my two year old, or an “I’m so happy mom!” from my 4 year old. There IS light. Some days there will be more than others…But I know that we are strong, we are loved, and that no one is living a fairy tale.

More of like a broadway show, ya know :)!

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There will be multiple days of messy houses, laundry piles for DAYS, tantrums, toys on the floor, (and even some food!) And there will be nights where we order a pizza and eat three slices with ranch dressing and not feel bad about it..(And then have a bowl of rice krispies later that night!)

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And then there will be times where our world is turned upside down. Times where we fall and we don’t really want to get up, and we need help.

It’s so important to love others because we really don’t know what burdens others are carrying. Look for opportunities to serve and love others…

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And look for times where there is a little (or a lot) of light…

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I love you my friends and I’m grateful you have stuck with me this far during this year. I love this blog and I love all those who have supported me! Please know that despite the challenges this year has brought, we are doing GOOD! We are so blessed in more ways than we can count!

I’m so happy it’s the Holiday season! I can’t wait to eat more pumpkin and have hot chocolate by a sparkly christmas tree! With a large pile of laundry next to me of coarse :)!

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes

*This is probably one of my families favorite meals to eat, and my favorite meal to make. Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes. It’s the easiest thing to throw together on a busy weeknight, and it’s great dish when you have to bring meals to others!* 

 

When Boo was first born, I will never forget all of the emotions I was experiencing. Scared, excited, overjoyed, blessed, freaking out, worried, emotional, irrational, tired, delirious, thirsty, and hungry.

And probably 456 other emotions that I can’t remember…

Oh yea, memory loss.

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!

When Boo was about two weeks old, and all of the family had headed back home, I remember feeling like “Oh my gosh…what do I do? How do I take care of her? What if she coughs? How come I can’t hold my pee when I laugh? Also, I am I seeing things or am I just tired?”

My husband was deep in the middle of finals for grad school and I was scared out of my mind every time he left that morning for school. I knew it would be at least 10 hours before I saw him, and probably 6 hours before I talked to him. I was eating random things here and there, and drinking straight from a bottle of cranberry juice…

It was kind of…a beautiful mess. (So to speak.)

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!

I was fully in love with my little new born, but hadn’t quite figured out how to live life as a new mom. I felt alone a lot, but at the same time so comforted knowing that she was always with me.

Then one night when my husband was studying late at school, there was a knock on my apartment door. I opened the door to find a lady and her young daughter smiling so big with handfuls of food. I knew this lady just a little bit from church, and had maybe talked to her once. She had just moved to our area after going through a horrible experience in her life and had ended up living in our apartment complex.

She stood there with this hot pasta dish, bread, a huge salad, and a delicious homemade strawberry pie.

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!

I’m pretty sure I balled my eyes out (and tried not to pee my pants) as she told me she had brought our family dinner because she knew the joys and stresses of being a new mom. As they held sweet Boo in their arms, all I could think about was how in that moment I wasn’t alone, and there was someone watching out for me. And even despite what this beautiful woman was going through, she had found the time to serve someone else, and help someone in need.

I’ll never forget that experience, and to this day I can still taste that strawberry pie.

At the beginning of this month, my girls and I made a goal to bring someone food every week. Not always a full meal, maybe some homemade bread or fresh cookies. For me, food is such a comfort, and I love sharing that with others.

This pasta dish has been one of my tried and true recipes from time to time as I’ve brought dinners to others. It’s SO easy, which is kind of a necessity if you are making dinner for not only YOUR family but someone else’s.

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes
 
This dish is SUPER simple and can come together quickly when you need a quick weeknight dinner! Also, it's the perfect dish to deliver to other families!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound, or a little more, pasta of choice. (The recipe works best with a tortellini pasta filled with cheese.)
  • 1-1½ c. pesto, jarred or fresh (or 1 jar.)
  • 1-2 cups sundried tomatoes, we prefer more :)
  • 1-1½ c. chopped canned artichokes
  • 1-2 cups shredded chicken
  • 8 oz mozzarella pears
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Strain pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the pesto, tomatoes, artichokes, and chicken and mix until combined.
  3. Sprinkle the top with the mozzarella pears.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!

I’m so grateful for moments like that. Times where I felt comfort even when I was scared.

Also, I’m grateful I don’t pee my pants any more. Unless I cough, sneeze, jump on a trampoline, and run…

So so grateful.

 

Would you guys like to be apart of something amazing?! Join my girls and I bring others a food of comfort one time each week for at least a month!  Let’s make others feel loved! xoxoxo

Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup (Served in Pumpkins!)

Ever since the start of “Fall”, I’ve been craving a nice warm pumpkin soup served in a cute lil’ pumpkin!

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Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup, The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

But I wanted to spice it up a little different since my husband dreads anything pumpkin. ( I know…)

So I added some curry season, creamy coconut milk, and a little sweetness from a sweet potato. He actually really like it! Until he added one too many dashes of Franks Hot sauce and RUINED it.

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Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup, The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

He seems to think that Franks Hot sauce goes on EVERYTHING. I mean, it’s not like they market the product saying  it goes on EV.RY.THANG.

 

Or do they?

Don’t answer.

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Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup, The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

He also doesn’t like dessert, Real Housewives, or the color turquoise. (Which, I want to paint my whole house and every piece of furniture.) WHAT’S WRONG WITH HIM?! Not that much really…He’s adorable. But really? Who hates turquoise?

Now…About that Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup…

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Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ c. pumpkin puree, fresh or canned
  • 1 c. sweet potato puree
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 4 c. vegetable broth
  • 4 TB. madras curry powder, or another curry powder seasoning
  • grated nutmeg, or a sprinkle of ground nutmeg
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Topping:
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Drizzle of coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Add the puree, milk, broth, and curry powder in a pot over the stop. Turn the heat on to medium.
  2. Whisk all ingredients together until creamy. Let the soup come to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer. Add in your nutmeg and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve hot in bowls, or hollowed pumpkins, and top with roasted pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of coconut milk.

 

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My dream is to one day hold a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner at my house where I serve this soup in mini pumpkins and everyone says “Ooooh” and “Aaahhh”…

Then drizzle it with a yummy coconut milk and some crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds! It’s the perfect crouton for this soup!

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Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup, The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

I promise my next recipe won’t be pumpkin based…I think? Otherwise my husband might, well…Put Franks Hot Sauce on Pumpkin Pie.

Not ok…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

We are basically in the fall/holiday season and I’m fully ready to embrace boots and sweaters. I’d also like to sip hot chocolate at the same time, while eating pumpkin & apple pie, with a pumpkin spice candle burning in my kitchen while listening to Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.

Also..I’d like it snow.

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Unfortunately my kids are still pant-less and wearing T-shirts around the house, and my air condition is on full speed. And the larger I get, the more I desperately want to wear oversized comfy clothes, but I sweat like a sinner in church…

Would this be considered complaining?

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(Side note: I just love that little face!)

But of coarse I have so much to be grateful for, and this afternoon when my little peanut woke up from her nap I decided we would do our best to bring the Fall season to us. And since it’s the season of..giving? (Isn’t is always?) We decided that sharing a piece of Fall with someone else would be best!

This pumpkin bread is the perfect recipe for when you feel like giving. It makes enough to make one loaf for you and one loaf for someone else.

Or 4 smaller loaves for you and 3 special friends.

Or even muffins for lots of friends if your popular.Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

You can use canned pumpkin, or if you are feeling creative you can make your own FRESH pumpkin puree! (There is also a really embarrassing video tutorial too! Win win!)  I usually try and make a large batch every season and then bathe in it.

HA! I mean, not bathe…BAKE!! Oh my gosh…so awkward. 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

And of coarse, save the mixer spoon and a few chocolate chips for those little mouths. Leave the bowl for yourself…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 3 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1½ c. coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 c. melted coconut oil, cooled
  • ⅔ c. water
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c. pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and spices. Set the bowl aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the oil, water, eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla. Mix until combined, and then with the mixer on low add in the dry ingredients until combined.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Grease two large bread pans, and divide the batter between the two.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes. Let the bread COMPLETELY cool in the pans before removing.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe slightly adapted from this lovely and delicious Pumpkin Bread from What’s Gaby cooking!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Make sure you wrap up the loaf nicely with a sweet note and a burlap ribbon! Then grab your flip flops, sunglasses and 50 SPF as you head out the door to make your delivery…

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Also, run the air conditioning in the car so the chocolate chips in the bread don’t melt…

#Immelting

 

Natural Sweet Recipes Guest Post!!!

I’ve always loved being apart of the blogging community because there are SO MANY fabulous people out there with amazing talents! The Naturally Sweet Recipes blog sisters are one of them and hold a special place in my heart for so many reasons. If you take a look over at their blog, you will see the most dreamiest and delectable treats and more ALL naturally sweetened! No refined or processed sugars or ingredients! They were the ones that introduced me to my obsession with coconut sugar! :)

I am SO lucky to have them on the blog today sharing some of their most popular recipes. Also, did you know they have a cookbook coming out! Not just any cookbook, but an EVERYTHING Naturally Sugar Free Cookbook. I know you’ve seen the Everything brand cooks right?! Yes! Have I mentioned how amazing they are yet?

 

Thanks ladies for sharing your (naturally) sweet goodness with The Diva Dish today! Much love! xoxo

Ari

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natural sweet recipes sisters

This is Annie, Holly and Chelsea at Natural Sweet Recipes. We’re sisters that blog about healthy recipes! We were so excited when Ari asked if we’d like to guest post. Ari’s our “naturally sweet sister” as she shares our same belief of low to no sugar and has been a great inspiration to us. We’ve tried some of her recipes and have loved them so much! This girl is an amazing example of living a healthy lifestyle despite a busy life with family, moves, work and kids!

 

Natural Sweet Recipes began just over 3 years ago. We were inspired to start blogging after members of our family were diagnosed with candida. Candida is a sugar and yeast overgrowth in the body and can wrack havoc in many different ways. We all gave the candida diet a shot. It turned out that there were sweeteners acceptable for the candida diet and they actually tasted delicious! This sparked an interest in discovering even more white sugar alternatives! When we loved the recipes we were sharing with each other, we decided to make our blog public and share our creations with everyone! As our blog has grown, we’ve been inspired to continue sharing our sugar-free recipes on our blog and our first cookbook will be released later this year on December 12th!

When people try our naturally sweetened desserts, the most popular statement made is “How is this sugar-free? It tastes so sweet!” We love when we can transform real whole foods into delicious desserts! We never use chemicals or products that contain aspartame or Splenda. You can learn about the sweeteners that we use in our Natural Sweetener Guide and why they are better than white sugar.  We’d love to share a few of our favorite recipes with you today!

 

Readers have loved these recipes:

 

Healthy Birthday Cake

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Honey Caramels

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Healthy Vegan Nutella

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Our friends and family loves these recipes:

 

Chocolate Silk Brownies

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Naturally Sweet Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Vegan Blueberry Lemon Pancakes (This recipe was inspired by Ari’s pancake recipe here!)

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And we don’t just stop at desserts! We share yummy savory dishes that are often loaded with sugar.

 

The Cheesecake Factory’s Sweet Tamale Corn Cakes are delicious and healthy made gluten and sugar-free!

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Our Honey Mustard Dressing is fabulous on all your favorite salads or spread on fish and doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals or preservatives.

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There are so many alternatives to white sugar. We’ve found it’s hard to stop using whole sweeteners when you realize how delicious they are!

 

Thanks so much for having us, Ari! We hope everyone will stop on by our corner to say hi! We’d love to share more naturally sweetened recipes with you.

 

Do You Want To Build A Sand Castle?!

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Ever since moving away from California, we haven’t really played in the sand. (Unless you consider the Desert Sand mixed with rocks, then yes. Every day.) We miss it so much, and we will be calling this our home for the next week! This couldn’t have come at a better time with our busy and crazy lifestyle. Sometimes we just need to take time and relax…And drink milkshakes.

Have you ever been to New Port Beach, California? What are your favorite activities? More importantly, where are the best places to EAT? :) We did the Crab Cooker, which was an old family favorite, but I would love to hear more of your ideas!

Pirate & Pixie Birthday Party

My plan was to have this post up two weeks ago…

But if you follow me on social media, you know that we just bought a house (WOO HOO!), but we had two weeks to be out of our rental and move and clean everything (Boo!!).

This year for the girl’s birthday I really wanted to keep it simple, unlike THIS one…or THIS one…or THIS one…

But I have this problem where I like to plan parties for little kids who won’t remember it and spend a lot of money and make it cute…I blame pinterest. So this year I halved-it. I did some cute decor, a few games, but I still kept it simple and had the party at the park and let the kids run wild on the play ground.

I have to say, it felt good to take it easy and not put TOO much stress into it! I think next year will be even more relaxed!

After all…I should save my stress (and money) for the three weddings I’ll have to plan in the years down the road right??

The girls really wanted a Tinkerbell Party this year, but they have a lot of boy friends and I figured fairy wings and wands weren’t really up their ally. So we changed it to Pirate and Pixie! I loved this theme so much, you really could have so much fun with it!

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Here are some party details:

Food: (We had a lot of adults/family too!)

Pirate Booty

Berries

Orange ‘pirate boats’ (Saw this on pinterest too! Not sure where it originally came from though.)

Garden Salad-Kale salad from Costco, which is my FAVORITE!

Berry Marshmallows in cups

Pizza

Tinkerbell cupcakes- I used my Cricut machine to cut flowers and designs for the toppings

Pirate Cupcakes

Decorations: 

Fans/Lanterns (Minted.com)

Utensils/Straws/Plates/Napkins etc. (Partypail.com)

Games:

Walk the plank

Pirate Hook Ring Toss (Not sure where this idea came from, but it’s all over pinterest)

Piñata

Playing at the park

 

I just love being a mommy to my two darling baby girls, and every year I get a little sad that they are growing up! So grateful to have them in my life!

Thanks again for your patience friends! Love you all so much!