Gluten Free Halloween Candy

Gluten Free Halloween Candy | simplykierste.com

 One week until Halloween!  Eeek!  We are so excited at our house, and my five year old boys ask at least ten times every day how many more days until Halloween arrives! The costumes and the candy....oh, the candy. We end up with SO much!! I have a little girl with Celiac Disease and can't have gluten, so being aware of the gluten free Halloween candy  is really important. I've read through several gluten-free and Celiac dedicated sites, because they always post candy information about this time of year. I was able to compile a list of popular Halloween candy that is listed by their manufacturers as gluten-free, which will be very helpful when all that candy comes home! If you are also … [Read more...]

10 Spooky & Easy Halloween Dinner Ideas

Easy & Spooky Halloween Meals | simplykierste.com

Halloween night is one of the most fun nights of the year, and one our whole family looks forward to.  Costumes, trick-or-treating, friends, and food!!  I love to make something fun for Halloween dinner, but it has to be pretty quick and easy.  Usually the day includes dashing from one school classroom to another, costume parades, and other Halloween activities, so it doesn't leave a whole lot of prep time. This year I was on the hunt for some fun, spooky & easy Halloween dinner ideas, and I wanted to pass them on to you! So many yummy and creative ideas! Mini Halloween Pizzas Who doesn't love pizza? Always popular with a crowd...no matter the size! Pumpkin Veggie Tray, Taste of … [Read more...]

Jack-o-Lantern Treat Jar

Jack-o-Lantern Treat Jar | simplykierste.com

Do you have someone in your life that you want to give a little Halloween "something" to? It could be for a friend, neighbor, teacher, family member, someone you want to thank, or a "just because".  This darling Jack-o-Lantern treat jar is really easy to put together, and the free printable tag I'm sharing adds the perfect touch! I visit a few ladies each month, and I love being able to take a little treat to them, especially during the holiday months.  You can add a little note if you like, and it makes a perfectly adorable gift. This is something that anyone can do!  I filled a half pint mason jar (wide mouth) with little pumpkin candies, and added a jack-o-lantern face cut on my … [Read more...]

Paint Can Trick-or-Treat Buckets

Paint Can Trick-or-Treat Buckets | simplykierste.com

Remember how I told you everything we have (minus the basics) is in storage?  That means all of our Halloween stuff, including the trick-or-treat buckets.  The kids were pretty concerned about what they would put all of their candy in, so, it was time to make new ones!  I was going to use pails--because I'm seriously obsessed with them, and use them for everything--but when I was in the paint aisle at Home Depot and saw the paint cans, I thought they would be perfect, and so fun!  I absolutely love how they turned out, and so do my kids.  Maybe a little too much, because I've now had to hide them until it's time to use them! You all know that I love simple and quick projects, and this … [Read more...]

Mummy Oreo Lollipops

Mummy Oreo Lollipops | simplykierste.com

These darling Mummy Oreo Lollipops are so easy and fun, and perfect for little helpers!   How adorable, right?  If you're looking for an easy Halloween treat, you've found it! These just take a few minutes to put together, and are perfect for party favors, class parties, gifts, and...Family Night treats. :) You need just a few supplies to put these together... -Oreos (Mega Stuf!) -white melting chocolate -mini chocolate chips -lollipop sticks Directions: 1.  Slide the lollipop sticks into the middle of the Oreos.  I highly suggest the "Mega Stuf" ones, because the center is thicker, and it's easier to slide the sticks into, and the cookies are less likely to break. 2.  Melt the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Pumpkin Crumb Cake | simplykierste.com

It’s the 10th of the month which means another fabulous themed roundup from this talented bunch of bloggers! This month’s theme is pumpkin– recipes, crafts, and more. I love seeing how each blogger takes the theme and runs with it, and this month is no different. After you check out my Pumpkin Crumb Cake, be sure to check out what everyone else is sharing as well! Okay, so I'm totally admitting to you that pumpkin is usually not my favorite--pumpkin pie I just can't do.  But...this Pumpkin Crumb Cake is so yummy, that even if you're not a pumpkin fan, if anything will change your mind, this will!  If you already love pumpkin, then this is a must-try! My kids love it too, and it's one of … [Read more...]

Halloween Rolo Pretzel Treats

Halloween Rolo Pretzel Treats | simplykierste.com

One of our favorite treats to make at Christmastime is Rolo Pretzel Treats. They are brilliantly quick and easy and completely addicting.  Sweet caramel and chocolate, combined with salty and crunchy pretzels?  That's a recipe for perfection!  Because we love them so much, I thought it would be fun to make a Halloween version! This is one of my kids' favorite treats to help with in the kitchen, and it's perfect for little hands. Everything from unwrapping all the Rolo wrappers to laying out the pretzels on a cookie sheet, to setting the M&Ms on top...they love it, and I love it too!  It saves me a ton of time, so if you can find some little (or big) helpers at your house, I would grab … [Read more...]

Halloween Tags {Free Printable}

halloween tags | free printable | simplykierste.com

How about some fun Halloween tags? Just print and cut out, punch a hole in the corner, and tie on to a jar, pail, treat bag, milk bottle, or paper sack with ribbon.  You could also use washi tape to to tape to the front of the paper sack, or as a label on another container. How about using them as lunchbox notes? They would super fun to add to your kids' lunches the week before Halloween!  Use them as part of your Halloween tablescape--one at each plate. There are so many fun ways you can use these free Halloween printable tags! DOWNLOAD: 31 boo! happy haunting happy halloween … [Read more...]

Hearty Oven Beef Stew

Hearty Oven Beef Stew | simplykierste.com

Whether you live where it's cold or hot, when fall arrives soups and stews become irresistible.  One of our favorites this fall is Hearty Oven Beef Stew, and it's seriously the best beef stew I've ever had.  It's thick with chunks of meat and vegetables, with a rich, delicious flavor. It's  a simple, rustic stew that doesn't disappoint. It only takes a few minutes in the morning to cut the veggies and put it in the oven.  It's SO easy to put together, then roasts all day in the oven, creating the most decadent aroma.  I have to admit, I look forward to that aroma just about as much as the actual stew!  You can also serve it over rice if you have some leftover, and it also extends the meal … [Read more...]

Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath

Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath | simplykierste.com

We moved to New York last month, and because we are going to build a home here, we are renting an apartment with 90% of our belongings in storage, including all of our holiday decorations.  I wish I could say it was easy enough to just go get them out of storage, but I'm afraid to say that's nigh until impossible.  It's a huge unit, stacked floor to ceiling, front to back with furniture and boxes, and everything would have to be moved out and looked through to even have a chance of discovery. We're talking hours and hours of work, for a low percentage of success. So...I decided to just create a few new fall and Halloween decorations, because we all love when we have a bit of the season in … [Read more...]