Bunny Tail Bingo {FREE PRINTABLE}

Apr
10
12
bunny tail bingo | simplykierste.com

Ah, spring is in the air and what's more springy than sweet bunnies? I created a darling Bunny Tail Bingo game that's perfect for entertaining kids in the classroom, at parties, or at home during this spring and Easter season! We've already played this several times at our house, and my kids beg to play it about a million more.  They all love the candy, of course, but I love that it's also teaching my cute four year old boys their numbers. I play it during the day with them, and I can add in more educational aspects. It's also just FUN.  This would be a perfect game for a classroom party, Easter party or gathering, entertaining kids while Easter dinner is being prepared, or just … [Read more...]



Yummy Lemon Recipes

Apr
01
5
yummy lemon recipes | simplykierste.com

I tell you, this is the time I start really craving lemon! Spring, I love you!  After making Lemon Bread last week, I'm on a mission to try some old favorites and some new potential favorite lemon recipes. I've searched for Yummy Lemon Recipes that I'm dying to try, and wanted to pass them along to you! This first one is an old favorite, and probably the best cake I've ever had.  It is DIVINE. LEMON CREAM CAKE/Simply Kierste LEMON BARS//The Barefoot Contessa SOUR CREAM LEMON PIE//Crisco LEMON ICEBOX PIE//The Galley Gourmet LEMON ICE CREAM//Your Homebased Mom LEMON CUPCAKES WITH STRAWBERRY FROSTING//A Pumpkin and a Princess LEMON MERINGUE PIE POPS//Betty … [Read more...]



SMASHED M&M COOKIES

Mar
21
0
Smashed M&M Cookies | simplykierste.com

We are a cookie-loving family, and we love lots of different mix-ins.  This week I bought a bag of Easter M&M's, and my boys were eager to help me mix up a batch of our favorite cookies.  I was more than happy to oblige.  ☺  Instead of just adding in the candy as it is, I like to "smash" them up first.  It gives the cookies tons of little flecks of chocolate throughout them, plus small and large chunks of chocolate and candy pieces.  We LOVE Smashed M&M Cookies! This particular cookie dough recipe is one of our tried and true favorites, and it's great with so many things.  It's not a traditional chocolate chip dough--kind of a cross between that and a sugar cookie dough.  I love … [Read more...]



ST. PATRICK’S DAY FREE PRINTABLE GIFT TAG {KISS ME, I’M IRISH}

Mar
14
2
Kiss Me I'm Irish | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

  Looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day gift idea? I've got an easy one for you... a "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" St Patrick's Day FREE PRINTABLE gift tag that when paired with a bunch of green & silver Hershey Kisses, is simply adorable! This is perfect for friends, people you visit, teachers, neighbors...anyone!  It's super easy to put together, using the free printable I created.  I bought the Easter Hershey Kisses, and picked out all of the silver and green ones--which is actually most of the bag.  It's really nice of them to put out Easter candy in time for St. Patrick's Day, don't you think?  ☺ The pink and blue ones I can save for Easter.  If they make it that long.  ☺  You can put the … [Read more...]



{my most memorable valentine’s day ever}

Feb
14
11
rick & kierste | simplykierste.com

Happy Valentine's Day!!  We had such a fun morning, and I'm gearing up for our little party tonight.  I love this holiday with kids--they love even the most simple of traditions, and it's really about celebrating together.  I love it.  However, my most memorable Valentine's Day EVER occurred before we had kids.  It's most definitely unforgettable, and I thought I would celebrate today by sharing it with you.  ☺ Rick and I had been married a couple of years, and we were living in an apartment and going to school. This particular Valentine's day fell on a Saturday, and we were planning to leave really early that morning and travel about 4 hours away to our hometown to visit family and … [Read more...]



{raspberry chocolate brownie torte}

Feb
13
4
raspberry chocolate brownie torte | simplykierste.com

Ooh la la!  I've got a fancy dessert for you...just perfect for Valentine's Day, or any other time you really want to impress.  And in Simply Kierste style, it won't take you all day to make.  ☺  This Raspberry Chocolate Brownie Torte is layers of rich & chocolate-y brownie and fresh whipped cream, then balanced with the perfect tartness of raspberries.  It is DIVINE. And SO easy. A torte usually refers to layers of cake, and you could certainly do that instead, but I'm a brownie lover, and I thought the extra gooey-ness of them would be fabulous...and it IS!!! Honestly, you just can't get any easier than this, and if you're looking for an extra special dessert, look no … [Read more...]



{easy valentine idea…o “fish”ally!!} FREE printable included!

Feb
11
2
easy valentine idea | o"fish"ally | DIY, crafts, printables & more | simplykierste.com

Are you looking for an quick and easy Valentine idea?  I've got one for you, plus the FREE printable! I first saw this "fish" idea over on eighteen25 several years ago, and loved it!  I also thought it would make a darling Valentine...and it does! This is SUPER easy, and won't take long at all!  Just download the printable, and print as many as you need--onto white or cream cardstock.  I created the color border around it, so there's no need to mat it on any other paper!  Cut them out, punch a hole in one corner, and tie on to a bag of Swedish fish, or even goldfish crackers.  I used clear treat bags, and bakers twine, but ribbon would be cute too! I found giant bags of Swedish fish at … [Read more...]



{newspaper heart blocks}

Feb
10
4
newspaper heart blocks | simplykierste.com

It's that time again! Welcome to the blog hop featuring 10 of our favorite creative bloggers. This month's theme is RED! (my MOST favorite color ☺) I'm sharing super cute & easy Newspaper Heart Blocks, and you can find all the details below! But that's not all! There are so many fun projects to choose from- recipes, decor, and so much more! I'd love for you to pin the collage below, and then go see all the other fabulous projects created by some of our friends. 1. 'Or so she says...' sharing Chocolate Cherry Cream Pie 2. Lolly Jane sharing Rustic Love Wood Barn Sign 3. Your Homebased Mom sharing Red Raspberry Pavlova 4. Eighteen 25 sharing Framed Burlap Heart 5. Landeelu … [Read more...]



{you take the cake valentine gift idea}

Feb
07
3
you take the cake valentine | simplykierste.com

  I love giving cupcakes as a gift, a "thank you", or even a "thinking of you". They are the perfect size, and make the most fun package. Whether you make cupcakes or buy them at your favorite shop, tie on this darling tag, and you've got a Valentine for anyone in your life that "takes the cake". SO cute! This would make a fun Valentine for friends, neighbors, teachers, or even as party favors! Wrap up your cupcake in a cute takeout box, on a fun heart or valentine plate, or even nestled inside a wide, clear plastic cup.  Leave it as a surprise for your postal worker, or on the porch for a friend.  We love going to "heart attack" people as a family in the weeks before Valentine's Day, … [Read more...]



{valentine cupcake toppers…FREE printable}

Feb
06
2
valentine's day cupcake toppers | simplykierste.com

Michelle from chalkboardblue is here today, sharing these DARLING Valentine cupcake toppers!! Here is the printable for your Valentine toppers, just click on the download button… Valentine Toppers by Chalkboardblue If you would like to get a free Valentine Printable of a Kissing Booth, you can get that on my blog HERE…   OR If you would like to see how I made the Ombre Cupcakes I featured above, you can see that on my blog,  HERE xoxo   … [Read more...]