Family Lacing Cards

Family Lacing Cards | simplykierste.com

We live far away from all of our family--most of them live thousands of miles away, and my sister is the closest at twelve hours away. We don't get to see them as often as we would like, but it's important to me that we do things to keep connected, and to help my kids know their family.  I thought it would be fun to make a set of family lacing cards for my kids for Christmas a couple of years ago, and they LOVE them.  I made a card for each of our siblings, and their families, and it's so fun to have their cute faces so often.  It's a perfect gift for either your kids, or for other family members--with a card of your family, of course!  I love to tuck them into our church bag, into my … [Read more...]

Children’s Art Christmas Gift Tags

Children's Artwork Christmas Gift Tags | simplykierste.com

I originally posted this on Tater Tots and Jello a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to post it here in case you missed it. I first made gift tags using my kids' artwork a couple of years ago, and I'm excited to share the tutorial with you! It's still one of my favorite things. ----- Yesterday afternoon I asked my kids to draw me some Christmas pictures--anything they wanted. We brought out the markers and the white paper, and they went to town. While I always love their cute artwork, this time I had ulterior motives. :)  I also made sure to have them sign their names, then I took their artwork, and made them into these absolutely adorable Christmas gift tags! How adorable, right??!! … [Read more...]

Easy Cupcake Liner Gift Jars

Cupcake Liner Treat jar | simplykierste.com

If you've been reading my blog for very long, you know that I'm all about simple ideas that pack a big punch--small things that don't take a lot of time, but look like you did.  :) I try to always have simple packaging items on hand, in case I need to quickly put together a gift for someone. Mason jars, milk bottles, bakers twine, and jute are a few, but I'm going to let you in on a little secret about one of my favorites...cupcake liners! They fit perfectly on the top of mason jars, and dress them up to make an easy and adorable Cupcake Liner Gift Jar. Isn't that SO cute? And it literally took me three minutes.  THREE! Christmas is busy.  Really busy.  And as prepared as I try to be, … [Read more...]

Etched Glass Christmas Plates

Etched Glass Christmas Plate | simplykierste.com

Have you ever tried glass etching?  It's such a fun and easy technique, and I used it to create darling Etched Glass Christmas Plates! Glass etching is seriously SO fast and easy...and it's kind of addicting, once you get started.  :) I found these glass plates at Dollar Tree for yep, $1, and thought they would be darling neighbor Christmas gifts!  Pile them high with yummy treats, and you've got a really fun gift for neighbors, friends, teachers, coaches...anyone! In these pictures, I have the glass plate sitting on top of a cream dinner plate, so that you could actually see the etching. But...how adorable would it be to make them to layer on top of your dinner plates, to dress up your … [Read more...]

10 Great Gifts for Guys!

10 Great Gifts for Guys | simplykierste.com

This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are 100% mine.  ---- Guys can be so hard to buy for, but I'm here to help! I've gathered some great gift options for the guy in your life. So...here are my picks...10 Great Gifts for Guys! Amazon Fire TV Fire TV is a tiny box that you attach to your tv, and gives you unlimited access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, on demand music, movies, sports, and more! Sony MDR7506 Professional Headphones Awesome headphones for a price that's pretty reasonable.  These would be perfect for anyone that loves music, gaming or travels!   The Great Escape Pretty much the coolest guy movie ever.   DEWALT 18-Volt Drill/Driver … [Read more...]

Caramel Pecan Sauce

Caramel Pecan Sauce | simplykierste.com

 You guys.  Do you want to experience a little bit of heaven?  You must try this decadent Caramel Pecan Sauce, you won't be sorry! Confession. This sauce doesn't always make it "on top" of anything, except my spoon.  It's THAT good. Rich, buttery, with the toasty crunch of the nuts...divine! One of my biggest temptations is anything caramel, and I have to say, this is one of my most favorite things.  EVER.  If you don't like nuts, or someone in your family can't have them, you can certainly omit them. The caramel is good enough to stand alone.  I do love the nuts, though, so I always add them.   And talk about easy...you make it in the microwave! Pour it over ice cream.  Get really … [Read more...]

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Neighbor Gift {Free Printable}

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Neighbor Gift | simplykierste.com

I love simple and adorable neighbor gifts, and this one is not only darling, but takes no time at all! Give your neighbors, friends, and teachers a cozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Kit--I'm sharing a free printable today! You just need a few things to put them together, and I love how easy it is--literally just a few minutes!  If you don't have a lot of time, this will work perfectly. This is what you'll need for every kit you make: -12 inch cone-shaped treat bags (or mason jar) -3/4 c. chocolate chips -2/3 c. white chocolate chips -3 to 4 T. chopped peppermints -ribbon -printable recipe (download at bottom of post) Directions:   1.  Layer the chocolate chips and white chocolate … [Read more...]

31 Cheesy, Easy, & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas

31 Cheesy, Easy & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas | simplykierste.com

Looking for neighbor gift ideas? Have I got a list for you! My mom passed this list on to me years ago, and since it was an old, typewritten copy, I thought it was time it came into the digital age.  :) I love how cheesy these ideas are, but they are also super fun and easy. I remember quite a few from my growing up years, so they also bring back a lot of memories. If you're looking for something that you don't have to bake, there are some really great ideas on here! I LOVE the Chex one...... M&M's: Have a Merry & Most Wonderful Christmas! Soup or soup mix: Wishing you a "Souper" Holiday Season! Frozen or ready-to-bake pizza: Warm up to a wonderful holiday season, … [Read more...]

DIY Recipe Binder with FREE Printables!

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others.   I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true.  It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it's been around for a long time, but that says something right there...it's still around because it WORKS!  I've had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this … [Read more...]

Lunchbox Love Notes {Free Printable}

Lunchbox Love Notes | simplykierste.com

I've always loved to tuck in a note with my kids' school lunches. Sometimes it's a quickly scribbled message written on a napkin or post-it note--whatever I have time for in the early morning rush.  This year I created some really fun Lunchbox Love Notes, free printable labels that I can quickly peel off and place on a paper sack lunch, sandwich bag, or lunch container! My kids LOVE notes in their lunch, and I know they look forward to them.  One of my girls saved a note her dad wrote her for the entire year!  It's so fun to send them with off with a little reminder of home for the middle of the day. Notes of encouragement or an "I love you" or even a funny joke go a long way for … [Read more...]