Recipe Roundup // 10 Thanksgiving + Friendsgiving Dessert Recipes

  1. Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

2. Brown Butter Oatmeal Pie

3. Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

4. White Chocolate Maple Pecan Cookies

5. Best Gingerbread Pumpkin Pie

6.Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake

7. Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars

8. Chai Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream

9. Bourbon Chocolate Pumpkin Pie


10. Caramel Apple Galette

Bebe Franz Paul Blair Diedling

On October 18th, 2022 little Franz Paul Blair Diedling was born! We have been getting into our new routine of sleeping and eating with the little one, and have loved every minute of it. He has brought so much joy and change into our lives, he laughs in his sleep, has the loudest toots, and is such a good baby. He is almost a month old already, which means we will start to slowly take him out into the world ✨✨✨✨

Recipe Roundup // V’s 20 Favorite Halloween Desserts

We are 6 days away from our delivery 🤰🍁due date and I have been nesting, nesting, nesting. With that, comes making ahead a couple dinners for when the Bebe arrives. However, I thought I may as well toss in some of my favorite Halloween goodies to make ahead this week as well, for treats after a long day. Featured below are some of my favorite Halloween or Fall inspired devilishly delicious recipes.

Peace + Love,


  1. Milk Chocolate Stuffed Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies (Featured above)

2. Monster Oatmeal Chocolate cookie Bars

3. Spooky Halloween White Chocolate Candy Bark

4. Chocolate Halloween Peanut Butter goodness Bark

5. Spooky Boo Brownies

6. Pumpkin Smore Cookie Bars

7. Halloween Chex Mix Muddy Buddies

8. Halloween Chocolate Spider Webs

9. Spider Cupcakes

10. Pumpkin Smore Cookies

11. Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

12. Cinnamon Sugar Apple Butter Pie

13. Pumpkin Cake Roll

14. Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll

15. Pumpkin Bread

16. Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

17. Vegan Chocolate Layer Skull Cake

18. Pumpkin Pie Crisp


20. Spider Cookies

Home Tour // Our Bebe Nursery in Covington, Kentucky

We are 14 days away from our delivery due date, and I have to say the feeling of getting to meet our little one is better than every Christmas morning combined. I absolutely love designing rooms, that is no surprise here, as I am an art gallery owner. However, designing our sons nursery was more than wonderful, it was magical. I was mainly inspired by the movie Father of the Bride II, when Steve Martin hired Martin Short to design a glamorous yet handsome nursery. I took colors from Nantucket, pottery barn nods, mixed in with antiques found in Kentucky and Ohio and artwork by Larry Zinc as well as other local Cincinnati, Ohio artists. Per advice from other mothers and fathers alike, we chose black out silk curtains, and included soft colors, but also durable material. We definitely opted for old world charm but decided to go with a smart nursery complete with the Nanit, Hatch, a must have humidifier by Crane, an alexa for kids, and more. We also opted for a queen bed to put in his nursery by his crib and bassinet instead of a rocking chair, so that he could grow into his room and also so I have a place to breast feed and put my feet up, instead of just plopping in a rocking chair as a lot of people do. Enjoy a look into our sons nursery. October 17th can’t come soon enough!

Peace + Love,


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT // Works by Josie Gearhart Opening at VADA GALLERY Sept.17.2022

VADA GALLERY // Autumn Equinox – Hues with Artist Josie Gearhart

Opening Date : September 17th, 2022
Time 5-9PM


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Join us September 17th at VADA GALLERY for a solo art show, titled Autumn Equinox – Hues with Artist Josie Gearhart. The Autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or Fall equinox—arrives a couple days after the show debut. Which in return marks the start of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Let us prepare for the beginning of Fall when the world gets a bit cozier, the city starts to livin’ up, and school has begun, What better a time to have a portrait or your home commissioned by this local Cincinnati, Ohio artist Josie Gearhart, as the Fall hues start to come into motion. Enjoy a night full of new pieces from famed artist Josie Gearhart, sip on wine, non-alcoholic drinks are also always available, and have a chance to meet the artist herself.

Josie Gearhart graduated from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with both a BFA and MFA and is represented in Cincinnati and Florida. She is a signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club.�“With my artwork I like to develop the mood of the piece to grasp its underlying essence. An emotional reality emerges onto the canvas for the viewer and becomes a metaphor for the human experience”
When : Saturday September 17th 2022
TIME: 5-9pm


Art by Josie Gearhart

Art by Josie Gearhart

Local Spotlight// McGlasson’s Farm – Farm Inspired Recipe Included: Enriched Sweet + Spicy September Apple Pork Loin

It’s September, which means apple season is here. Thankfully the wonderful people at McGlasson’s Farms have opened up the U-pick apple orchard, plus fresh apple cider and caramel apples now ready, and even more produce is also available. A couple Summer’s back I was able to pick tomatoes, and when ready, clip pumpkins in the fields of McGlasson Farm, it was one of my favorite moments. Seeing where your food comes from, and also supporting locally, is something that is super important to me. So when I found out Franz had not been to McGlassons I knew I wanted to cook him a dinner that was centered around their apples and produce. When we arrived there, I could not wait to get my pregnant self out of the car, and have a basket of apples in hand. While there, we picked up gala apples, zucchini, squash, kale, and a bit of apple butter as well. I had a pork loin marinating at home, and knew that the pork would be delicious paired with the apples and veggies from McGlassons. PS Be prepared, McGlassons is cash only, just FYI

Scroll down for a sneak peek into the VB in THE CITY cookbook , a recipe using McGlasson’s veggies and fruits : McGlasson’s Enriched Sweet + Spicy September Pork Loin

A few key points to cover for u-pick apples while at McGlassons:

* The u-pick orchard is a short walk from the market along a gravel drive so be sure to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes (no sandals).

* Half-bushel bags will be sold to pick in at a flat-rate of $25 per bag before you head to the orchard. A half-bushel typically holds 60-65 medium-sized apples (approx. 18-22 lbs). No smaller sizes will be available, and the cost is the same regardless of how full the bag is. Please don’t bring your own containers or bags as they will not be accepted.

* Varieties are available on a first-come first-serve basis and include the following: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Gala, Granny Smith, Winesap, Rome Beauty and Ida Red. Some varieties are still ripening, please ask at the stand if you have further questions.

* No reservations are necessary as we have plenty of space in the orchard

* All picking is from the ground, no ladders are provided and climbing of trees is prohibited.

* Strollers or wheelchairs may require extra effort to access the orchard due to the gravel drive and the hilly terrain.

* Hours for u-pick are 9-5 every day.

* CASH or CHECK only, no cards

Any other questions please call McGlasson’s ahead at (859) 689-5229. Happy picking!

McGlasson’s Enriched Sweet + Spicy September Apple Pork Loin


  • Pork Loin
  • bone broth – 12 oz
  • peppercorn to desired taste
  • Olive Oil to drizzle, 1 cup
  • Onions Diced – 2 onions
  • Brown Sugar- 1/2 cup
  • refined white standing sugar 1/3 cup
  • ground pepper 2 tablespoons
  • cinnamon 1 table spoon
  • cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons
  • spice world minced garlic 1/2 cup
  • One large zuchinni diced
  • One large squash diced
  • 5 gala apples diced
  • granulated salt – 1 tablespoon
  • Italian dressing – One bottle
  • you will need a medium ceramic oven safe oblong dish and aluminum foil

Overnight, place pork loin in a ziplock bag full of bone broth + italian dressing set in fridge.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees – cook time 20 to 25 minutes with aluminum foil on, 10 minutes with foil off. TOTAL COOK TIME :35 min

In a medium ceramic dish, drizzle the bottom with olive oil, place the marinated pork loin that you have taken out of the fridge in the center of the ceramic dish, drain the juice in the sink prior to placing the pork loin in the dish.

Cut medium slices of the zucchini, squash, and gala apples and place around the pork loin with the apples being the closet to the pork loin.

Season the veggies and apples with drizzled oilve oil, cayenne pepper, the two sugars, garlic, diced onions, ground pepper, peppercorn, salt, and cinnamon.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil and place in the oven covered for 20-25 minutes.

Check on the pork loin by cutting into it, and if not finished place back in the oven for 15 minutes with the foil not covering the dish. If the pork loin is cooked, put the dish back in for 10 minutes with the foil not covering the dish.

Pull out of the oven, let rest for 7 minutes, and enjoy.

Serve with rustic carrots.

Cook time 35 minutes at 400 degrees


  • Olive Oil to drizzle, 1 cup
  • Onions Diced – 2 onions
  • Brown Sugar and white granulated sugar 1 cup mixed
  • refined white standing sugar 1/3 cup
  • ground pepper 2 tablespoons
  • cinnamon 1 table spoon
  • cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons
  • spice world minced garlic 1/2 cup


Shave and wash the carrots, line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Leave the stem on the carrots once washed, and place the carrots on the foil that is drizzeled with olive oil. Use the same ingredients of seasoning, as in the dish above and drizzle seasoning with a bit more olive oil on the bottom and on top of the carrots.

Make sure to check the carrots regularly as sugar burns easily, if burning place aluminum foil on top of the carrots. You want your carrots to be tender, a little crispy, but you do not want the fire marshal called, honey.

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McGlasson Farms                     

5832 River Road (route 8)

Hebron, KY
(3 miles west of the ferry)

Blair – Diedling Baby Shower // We’re Having a Baby!

Life Update, on top of us buying our dream house in Covington, Kentucky we are having a baby! Here are some pictures from our first baby shower ( our second one will be with the Diedling family in October) this shower this past weekend was thrown by my mom at the Wyoming Golf Club, in Cincinnati, Ohio – on July 9th, 2022. We brunched over chicken + waffles, quiche, a yummy spring salad, parfaits, and dove into the bon bonnerie cupcakes and macarons, I definitely had a couple! I am currently 6 months pregnant and embracing this bebe bump this Summer, as well as the ice cream. We are due October 17th, 2022 and will be welcoming a baby boy! We will reveal the name soon, until then get your scroll on and take a sneak peek at the baby shower from this weekend. Many Thanks to everyone that attended and to those that sent their love and support.

Peace and Love,


Foodie Friday // Walk Up to The Whole Bowl

There is no question that Cincinnati, Ohio is jam packed full of brilliant burgers, sausages, and steak joints, but if you are looking for something just as delicious and on the go -yet vegetarian, check out The Whole bowl on Ludlow Avenue. Not only is this vegetarian walk up window full of flavor, it also has gorgeous food presentation, and is fast af. I am definitely one for park outings this Summer, give me a blanket, some pellegrino, a basket full of yummy eats, and I am one happy mama. The whole bowl is the perfect fit for just that outing, a fast lunch or dinner, a vegetarian alternative or staple, and just eats that make you feel good. If you look good after eating The Whole Bowl, even better. When I opened my bowl, dubbed “it’s like eating a hug” everything was gorgeously placed, and THE FLAVOR and the feeling of eating fresh is just as important as the ability to receive your order in a flash, if not MORE important. It is undeniably nice and rare to find vegetarian and vegan friendly eats that fill you up, and have that heat or spice associated with marinated eats that I have grown accustomed to while living in the NKY and Cincinnati area. I ordered the Big Bowl, a comforting and healthful mix of brown rice, black and red beans, guacamole, avocado, cilantro, sans the black olives, Tillamook cheddar, sour cream, salsa, and Tali Sauce. It was a 16 oz bowl full of delicious goodness and completely filled me up for the entire day (and I am one pregnant hungry woman ). If you are looking for not so much goodness, check out the bambino bowl, a 12 oz. eat to go. All bowls are nut, gluten, wheat, hydrogenated oil and guilt free – with vegetarian and vegan options.

The Whole Bowl Location //

Walk-Up Window, Door Dash and UberEats (no seating) 364 Ludlow Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45220 Open Daily 11 AM – 9 PM (513) 751-2695

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Food by The Whole Bowl, art by Tari Sasser – available at VADA GALLERY

FOODIE FRIDAY // KeAloha’s Kitchen – Hawaiian Eats in Covington,Kentucky

If you can’t go to Hawaii this Summer, you may as well pick up some seriously authentic eats from KeAloha’s Kitchen, Located in Covington, Kentucky. This walk up maybe small in size, but large in flavor, and will invigorate your taste buds with much needed Hawaiian Ohana. So lets start on what to order when making the drive over the Ohio river to Covington, Kentucky. We ordered the Kalua pig, Hawaiian style marinated pulled pork with cabbage and onions. Definitely also order the Pineapple -teriyaki brisket, the tomato-cucumber salad ( my favorite salad this summer when paired with meats, so refreshing ). Also, step outside of your comfort zone if you have not had Hawaiian food before, and check out the large loco moco, two all beef patties on top of a bed of rice, smothered in brown gravy with two eggs over easy. Try the spam musubi and the pineapple teriyaki short ribs. As if your order list isn’t long enough ( mind you I am pregnant, so I am down for all the eats right now, if you would like to chop of your order into a couple different trips the “norms” should do that 🙂 As always to drink pair it with a Hawaiian sun, or head next door to eat and drink at Pandemonium – a bar which is connected to KeAloha’s. You can also find the owners and family members of KeAloha working there, so literally it’s family in both establishments. So check out mom and pop eats from Hawaii, KeAloha’s Kitchen food is more than ono, ‘ONO (ō-nō) In Hawaii, it describes food as delicious.

Check out the story of KeAloha’s Kitchen //

The name Kealoha’s Kitchen is in tribute to Val’s brother, Rudy Kealoha Abafo, who died suddenly at the young age of 51 in 2008. It was a dream of theirs to open up a restaurant one day. Kealoha’s Kitchen is Val’s way to take Rudy along with him on this new journey. The food is Hawaiian inspired dishes from Val’s childhood. We hope our friends and family will also come along with us on this new adventure! Enjoy some ono (delicious) food and share in the Aloha with us!

​Stop by the KeAloha restaurant located at 3428 Decoursey Ave, Covington, KY 41015! 

Check out their Website //

KeAloha’s Kitchen Instagram //

KeAloha’s Kitchen Hours //

Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm

Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Sunday Brunch:

Additional menu items to be announced.

Only available for dine-in : 10am- 2pm

Foodie Friday // Good Plates Eatery, Cold Fried Chicken to cool down your Weekend

sandwich with Pickles, and their garlic aïoli.

Want to know what has been getting me through this heat wave, the Good plates Eatery HUGE COLD FRIED CHICKEN sandwich with Pickles, and their garlic aïoli. I also cut the heat wave when I take the biggest bites of their pasta salad right after a bite of the sammie. The PASTA SALAD is a rotini, Italian Dressing, Red Pepper, Broccoli, and my other must have to pair, their CORN & TOMATO SALAD – Corn, Tomato, Jalapeno, Feta. My additional favorite side of the moment is their SWEET POTATO & BLACK BEAN QUINOA – Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean, Pickled Red Onion, with homestyle BBQ.

This weekend we in Cincinnati, Ohio and NKY finally have a reprieve in the heat wave, which will give you some time to venture out of the house and stop into Good Plates to pick up food or dine in for that Father’s day outing or just a weekend rendezvous. Having spent some of my childhood in deep Kentucky in the Summer, fried chicken and pasta salad, were staples. So when I bit into Good Plates thick and I mean thickems, fried chicken, it was a bite into my childhood from the Hot Summers of Kentucky.

This Sunday we plan on fly-fishing, if the weather stays in the 70s, and whats perfect for fly fishing, to go’s from Good Plates, located in Cincinnati, Ohio in the Clifton Heights area. If you have ever made fried chicken from scratch, you know those legs and breasts take some time to get that o so perfect crisp, and of course you do not want to dry out that chicken. Good Plates has the same at home fried chicken taste, but better. A juicy chicken, a crunchy outer layer, with pickles and that garlic aoli sauce, that makes licking your fingers acceptable. Now everyone has their take on fried chicken, if you have made the fried chicken from scratch, then you most definitely have your tricks of the trade. Good Plates has perfected my most favorite Summer lunch of the moment, with this classic made to eat at a luncheon outing or during a work break (which is what I do at the gallery) no fork and knife needed. Good Plates, gives me all the tastes of my childhood, with updated nods, and food presentation that appeals to my adult creative food obsessed side.


SWEET POTATO & BLACK BEAN QUINOA – Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean, Pickled Red Onion, with homestyle BBQ.

CORN & TOMATO SALAD – Corn, Tomato, Jalapeno, Feta.

Good Plates Eatery

235 W McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Phone: (513) 287-7715