Cinnamon Swirl Cake

Cinnamon Swirl Cake | simplykierste.com

Who loves fall?  ME!!!!! It's always been my favorite, and it's on its way here in upstate New York. I love the crisp mornings, cozy sweaters, vibrant leaf colors, pumpkin patches, cider mills, and of  course, the yummy food.  One of our family's all-time favorite fall recipes is Cinnamon Swirl Cake, and you are going to love me (and hate me, because you're going to want to eat it all!) for sharing it with you. It is the epitome of fall! Seriously, it is SO good.  Bits of cinnamon & sugar are swirled around inside the moist, buttery cake, and it's topped with a creamy cinnamon buttercream frosting that I could eat with a spoon. (And I may or may not have done that before...) This … [Read more...]

Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts & Dingbats

Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts | simplykierste.com

Halloween is one of my very favorites.  The fact that it's a part of the cozy fall season just adds to its appeal.  When it comes to Halloween, I'm more of a not-so-spooky girl.  Give me the pumpkin carving, fun decor, darling costumes, trick-or-treating, fun parties, and yummy food!  There are also lots of opportunities to use fonts throughout the Halloween season, so being the  font addict that I am, I gathered my favorite Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts.  Best of all...they're free! Use them for Halloween decor, printables, tags, banners & buntings, invitations, and anything you can think of.  :) Hallocuties (Dingbats) // MTF Sweet Halloween Dings // Things We Said // 1942 Report // … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Roll Pancake Sauce

Cinnamon Roll Pancake Sauce | simplykierste.com

Because I am your friend, I'm going to share with you the most divine way to dress up your pancakes possible. It's called Cinnamon Roll Pancake Sauce, and your life is never going to be the same. It's recipes like this one that make me wish I had a special blogging tool to help you smell it and taste it, because it is out-of-this-world good!  It honestly tastes just like a cinnamon roll, and is incredible on pancakes, waffles, and French toast. It's a really fun alternative to maple syrup, and perfect for fall! For something even more decadent, try it over vanilla ice cream!!! You know what makes it even better? It's not a complicated recipe that takes forever to make...we're … [Read more...]

20 Fabulous Crockpot Soup Recipes for Fall & Winter

Crockpot Soup Recipes | simplykierste.com

When it's chilly,  I could eat soup every single day.  I love using my crockpot to make soup, because I can put it in in the morning or early afternoon, and it's done by dinnertime.  Soup is cozy, and it's the epitome of fall and winter.  Now that it's September (yay!), I thought I would put together a collaboration of yummy crockpot soup recipes, and include the ones that caught my eye! Don't they look fabulous?  I can't wait to start trying them!  If you love one, come back and tell me! Cheesy Potato Bacon Soup // Crown Recipes Minestrone Soup // Skinny Taste Slow Cooker French Onion Soup // Wilderness Wife Creamy Southwest Chicken Soup // Little Dairy on the … [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...]

Simple Burlap Garland Bunting

Simple Burlap Garland Bunting | simplykierste.com

This is a "vintage" Simply Kierste project from several years ago.  We've moved several times since these pictures were taken, but I still have the garland bunting and LOVE it.  It's proved to be staple in my fall decor, so I dug this post out of my archives to re-share! ----- Burlap is one of my favorite things to work with, and it's absolutely perfect for this time of year.  This darling and Simple Burlap Garland Bunting is one of those simple touches, and will take just minutes to make! It's also an inexpensive project--less than $5--plus all you need is some burlap and some twine! ITEMS YOU NEED: burlap twine/jute DIRECTIONS: 1.  Measure your space, and cut a … [Read more...]

Twine & Berry Fall Wreath

Twine & Berry Fall Wreath | simplykierste.com

Fall is right around the corner, I can almost smell it. Seriously--I'm itching for the crisp mornings, fall leaves, visits to the cider mill and pumpkin patch, cozy sweaters, evening fires--I could probably go on and on. I'm also one of those girls that gets up fall decorations right on September 1st, because I like to eek out every last minute of fall.  Wreaths are an easy way to add decor to your home, and this darling Twine & Berry Fall Wreath is so simple to make! I LOVE it, and it will be perfect on a front door, in an entry way, on an mantel, or wherever you like! You can find berry garland at Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, Michael's, along with all of the other supplies too. It's a … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free School Lunch Ideas

Gluten Free School Lunch Ideas | simplykierste.com

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- One of my girls was diagnosed with celiac disease a couple of years ago, and one of the hardest parts of eating gluten-free is figuring out eating at school and in social situations.  We really are so fortunate now, because there are so many GF options in grocery stores, and even restaurants. Thirty years ago, my brother was diagnosed at  only 18 months old after nearly dying (Celiac Disease was not well known at that time). Back then there were extremely limited options, and the very few gluten-free products that did exist were horrible tasting.  So, when I'm feeling frustrated about a certain situation, I just … [Read more...]

Thrilled to Pieces Teacher Gift {FREE Printable}!

Thrilled to Pieces Teacher Gift | simplykierste.com

I love giving my kids' teachers a little something at the beginning of the school year, and my kids love it too. It's never anything big or fancy, just a small token of our appreciation, and to show them how much we are all looking forward to the school year.  I actually made this fun "Thrilled to Pieces" Teacher Gift at the end of the past school year for my kids' teachers, but I went ahead and made a tag for the beginning of the school year so I could share them both with you! This is SO easy to put together! I filled a mason jar mug with Reese's Pieces, then tied on the cute tag.  I stuck in a orange chevron straw, and added a cute chalkboard flag with my girls' names on it.  When I … [Read more...]

School Papers Storage System {Free Printables!}

School Papers Storage | FREE PRINTABLES | simplykierste.com

 School is almost in session around these parts, and it means that soon a plethora of papers will be heading my way.  Many of those are my kids' "treasures"--artwork, papers, pictures, and other keepsakes from their school years that I want to keep forever.  They can pile up really fast, and I'm excited to share with you my School Papers Storage system--one that I've used for many years to organize all those special papers! It's super easy.  Easy to put together, and easy to maintain, which are both important, and vital to success.  I bought a plastic filing tote for each child (the kind meant for filing--it has edges on the side of the tote for the hanging files to hook on to), then … [Read more...]