Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops

Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops | simplykierste.com

My kids love Peeps so we usually have them around Easter, and today I had some out for another project I'm working on. At the same time my kids happened to be begging for the open bag of chocolate chips in the pantry, AND I had a bag of lollipop sticks on the counter that were ready to be put away. What happened next is what I'm calling kismet.  Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops. My kids loved these so much, they were gone in about 30 seconds flat.  I'm lucky I even got a picture of two for this post, because they were inhaled so quickly.  I had chocolate-y mouths with huge smiles, and I was one of them! When you bite into a chocolate-covered peeps pop, you taste the creamy chocolate, … [Read more...]

Lemon Oreo Truffles

Lemon Oreo Truffles | simplykierste.com

Have you tried the new Lemon Oreos?  Oh my goodness, they are SO yummy! I'm just slightly obsessed with all things lemon, so I was really excited to see them. My favorite way to eat Oreos is actually as an Oreo Truffle.  (Which if you haven't tried, you need to head straight to your to-do list and add it immediately.)  When I saw the new lemon flavor, I knew exactly what I wanted to make...Lemon Oreo Truffles. They did not disappoint! Dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with lemon zest, they're perfect for spring and Easter! They really could not be any easier to make, and they have just three ingredients!  Oreos (yummy), cream cheese (yummy), and white chocolate (yummy).  See … [Read more...]

Homemade Easter grass

homemade easter grass | simplykierste.com

Homemade Easter grass is a fun variation that's inexpensive and adorable! Plastic grass is really cheap, I know, but homemade grass is so much cuter! :)   All you need is: (**these are affiliate links**) -shredder -cardstock   I like using the textured Bazzil cardstock, which is a little thicker, but you can use any kind you like. I also recommend using solid colors--a pattern will most likely be unrecognizable once shredded. Empty out your shredder, then run one color of cardstock through at a time. I used 3 sheets of 12x12 paper per color, and it made enough to fill two pails to the halfway point. Once one color is done, remove the pieces, then do the … [Read more...]

Bunny bait trail mix

Bunny Bait Trail Mix | simplykierste.com

We're into snacks at our house.  There might be three main meals, but there are at least 42 other times in the day that my kids want to eat.  My baby (yes, she's almost two, but she's my baby!!) asks every 5 seconds for a "nack", and I pretty much always acquiesce.  If you saw her cute face, I bet you would too!  When the holidays come around, I love to do simple snacks for our own little celebration, and with Easter coming, that means it's time for our favorite Bunny Bait Trail Mix! This fun mix is perfect to munch on during any Easter gathering--as favors, in a cute bowl as an appetizer, or even as place cards. Tie it up with ribbon in clear bag or jar, and you've got a darling gift … [Read more...]

The BEST mint chocolate brownies

The BEST chocolate mint brownies | simplykierste.com

If you read my post on Friday, you'll know that I adore mint and chocolate together.  L.O.V.E. it.  Like I want to marry it. You can serve them anytime, anywhere, and they will be gobbled up!  Triple layers are involved here:  oo-ey goo-ey brownies, rich & creamy mint buttercream frosting, and a smooth chocolate ganache on top.  They are melt-in-your-mouth good. Pour yourself a tall glass of milk, and get ready to enjoy a little piece of heaven. Mint chocolate brownies are good anytime, but with St. Patrick's Day coming up, they're perfect for serving at parties, as dessert that night, or wrapping up all cute and giving away.  Just watch...wherever you serve them, they'll … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Floats

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Float | simplykierste.com

A delightfully minty green Shamrock Float is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Oh my goodness, how I love mint and chocolate together!  It's one of my favorite flavor combinations, and it's perfect for St. Patrick's Day.  They're definitely on our St. Patrick's Day menu, and my kids can't wait! I've been a fan of Shamrock Shakes forever, but I love the floats even more.  They have the same minty-delicious taste, but with the hint of chocolate.  Plus, if you're making them for a crowd (which my family is!), they're SO quick to put together, and definitely faster than making shakes. The ingredients?  Add your favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream to large glasses, … [Read more...]

You are my lucky charm! St. Patrick’s Day free printable

You are my lucky charm free printable | St. Patrick's Day | simplykierste.com

Looking for a fun and super easy St. Patrick's Day breakfast idea?  I'm posting one over on Babycenter today, and it includes a super cute free printable tag! I'd love for you to come on over and say hi!  … [Read more...]

Favorite spring fonts

Favorite Spring Fonts | simplykierste.com

It's now March, which means I'm on the countdown to SPRING!!!  Easter is in a month, and all of a sudden everything lemon, sunny, and springtime is calling my name. On my list of favorite springtime things is a collection of spring fonts that are perfect for creating darling printables and tags, spring & easter holiday projects, home decor, and more! Aren't they so fun?  Now come on, spring!!  We're ready! Once downloaded, you can use them in your office software like Word and Excel, and you can also use them at picmonkey.com to create super cute printables. strawberry limeade // happy easter // luck of the irish // new garden // bacana // little daisies // matilde // … [Read more...]

I’m lucky to know you: St. Patrick’s Day gift tags

Lucky to know you | St. Patrick's Day free printable | simplykierste.com

Let the people in your life know how lucky you feel to to know them!  We all have people we love and appreciate in our lives, and it's never the wrong time to let them know. With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, you can print this adorable tag to help you do that! I adore milk bottles and mason jars, so I use them the most often, but clear treat bags work really well too. I used Mint M&M's, which are not only perfectly green, but are perfectly minty and chocolate-y and delicious.  I wish they made them with milk chocolate, and not dark chocolate, but it's not enough to dissuade me from eating handfuls of them! Andes mints, green salt water taffy, green … [Read more...]

5 minute snow ice cream

5 Minute snow ice cream | simplykierste.com

We live in upstate New York, and it's been a very cold and snowy winter.  With all the frigid temps and snowfall, we've had lots of time indoors, and today was one of those inbound days. I wanted to do something fun with the kids to break up the day, so I decided to make snow ice cream, and the kids absolutely loved it!  It's SO fast, and SO easy, and just a really fun winter activity...that you get to eat! After living in Texas for a couple of years, my little kids didn't remember snow ice cream, and they were absolutely fascinated by the whole thing.  They weren't sure how it was going to work when I told them what we were going to do, but it was sure an exciting process for them to … [Read more...]