Raspberry Pretzel Bars

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Raspberry Pretzel Bars are one of my favorite things on earth.  How can you beat a buttery, pretzel-y crust, smothered in a scrumptious cream cheese center, and topped with raspberries and raspberry Jell-O?  You really can't.  Plus, it's red and white, which makes it very appropriate for 4th of July and patriotic festivities! I'm really sentimental about this recipe.  One of my closest friends gave me this recipe, and it's one that she often brought over (that I begged her to make) to our BBQs and picnics. I miss her like crazy, and I love thinking of her every time I make this. These are REALLY easy to make, but it's a process.  Each layer needs to be refrigerated before adding the next … [Read more...]

Stars & Stripes Oreos

Stars & Stripes Oreos | simplykierste.com

 A couple of years ago I made these super cute Stars & Stripes Oreos for the 4th of July, and they are now a family (and friends) favorite! They're so easy to make, and perfect for any patriotic party, BBQ or get together!!! These are also really fun for kids to help with--mine loved the chocolate dipping and then drawing on the stars and stripes. It makes a great afternoon activity! {SUPPLIES} -candy melts:  red, white, blue -Oreos {DIRECTIONS} 1.  Melt the white candy melts according to the package directions.  You can use white chocolate chips too--just melt them in a glass bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until they're melted enough to stir … [Read more...]

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 4th of July.  Every bit of it.  The celebration of this great nation, fireworks, food, friends, decorations...I love it all! It makes me so excited to announce that 101 of your favorite bloggers....yes, you read that right, 101!!!...have teamed up to create the ULTIMATE Red, White and Blue Roundup.  This is one roundup you just can't miss!  At the end of this post, after I share my fabulous Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups, you'll find the complete list of Red, White and Blue projects.  Sit down, get comfortable, and get ready to pin! I am seriously obsessed with frosted sugar cookies.  And let's face it...the whole purpose for the cookie is as a vehicle of the frosting.  ☺ … [Read more...]

Polka Dot and Striped Flag

Polka Dot & Striped Flag | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th of June which means another fabulous themed roundup from this talented bunch of bloggers! This month's theme is POLKA DOTS, one of my favorite things. I loved the Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins I made last fall so much, I just knew I had to make a flag version!   This is seriously the easiest project, plus it's super cute, and inexpensive! If you're looking for an easy way to add to your patriotic decor, this is it!   Here's how you can make your own! {SUPPLIES} -4x4 wood post, cut into three 6 inch pieces -red, white and blue spray paint -vinyl dots or round stickers (mine are 1 inch) -frog tape or painters tape -medium grit sandpaper or power … [Read more...]

{peppermint striped candlesticks}

peppermint striped candlesticks | simplykierste.com

Can you believe it is the 10th of December! Yikes, how did that happen?? Well, we're back with another amazing Blog Hop. Peppermint is definitely the flavor of the season and it is also our theme for the month. and since I'm a tad bit obsessed with all things peppermint, I was thrilled for this month! I made some darling Peppermint Striped Candlesticks, and I can't wait to share them with you! We've got lots of peppermint flavored treats to share with you as well as some darling peppermint inspired crafts! Be sure and visit all the blogs to check out the details on their peppermint project. We'd love for you to pin the collage below, check out my (project) and then go see all of the other … [Read more...]

{4th of July tradition: homemade ice cream} three different ways to make it–no ice cream maker necessary!

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One thing that screams summer at our house is homemade ice cream. (Get it?  I scream?? Haha!)  We love it, and make it ALL the time. It's also been a 4th of July tradition as long as I can remember--in my home growing up, and now in my own family. Wherever we are on the 4th, we make homemade ice cream--it wouldn't be the same without it! Photo: Country Living I make a vanilla base, and then add in from there. Our favorites include blackberry, lemon, raspberry, peach, Snickers, Reeses PB cups, brownie, and mint. It's incredibly easy, and ice cream makers can be purchased quite inexpensively (under $30) at a number of large retail stores. The one I have now came from Walmart, … [Read more...]

Patriotic Popcorn Lollipops

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These darling Patriotic Popcorn Lollipops are perfect for Memorial Day,  summertime, and for the 4th of July! They are super kid-friendly, fast and easy to make, and look darling!  Serve these at your 4th of July BBQ, and they will be a sure-fire hit! My favorite way to make popcorn balls is with marshmallows--the same way you make Rice Krispie treats, but with popcorn.  Melt the butter, add the marshmallows, and heat over a medium high heat, stirring constantly, until it's nice and smooth.  Pour it over the popcorn, stir with a wooden spoon until all the popcorn is covered.  I let it rest for a few minutes, to let the marshmallow cool and harden a little, which makes it easier to … [Read more...]

{stars & stripes}

stars & stripes

Hi, it's Michelle From Chalkboardblue!  With 4th of July on its way I wanted to share with you some Stars & Stripes! Materials I used to make this: 1- Square wood plaque measuring 11 1/4 in. by 8 3/4 in. (I purchased mine at Michaels) 1- 1x6  pine board cut to 8 3/8 in. long.  (any kind of board or scrap piece of board may also work) 1- 8 1/2 in wood star ( I have seen a star similar to mine at Hobby Lobby or Hobby Lobby online or there is an etsy store that also sells wood stars, they are 6 inches, a little bit smaller, but here is the link for the etsy store:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/94116956/4-6-unfinished-wood-stars-mini-stars 1- roll of red washi tape … [Read more...]

{presenting…s’mores!}

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 We are a campfire family...in fact, a fire pit was one of the very first things we built when we moved in to our new house last summer. And where there is a campfire, there are s'mores!  We have had them lots of different ways, but the good old fashioned s'more is still our favorite.  We're having a BBQ tonight with friends...an early Memorial Day celebration, and guess what's on the menu??!! Sometimes you just want a fun and simple way to make something extra special for a party or gathering, and that's what I was feeling today with the s'mores.  I also wanted to make it easier for everyone (and myself) when it came time to putting them together--and lessen the impatience of my … [Read more...]

Burlap Flag Pillow

burlap flag pillow | simplykierste.com

With Memorial Day the end of May, then Flag Day on June 14th, and the 4th of July,  flag & patriotic decor can be up for awhile, which I LOVE.  Independence Day has long been my favorite holiday (next to Christmas ☺), and I get so excited when I can start decorating.  I made this darling burlap flag pillow for my front entry bench, and it's perfect! It's really easy to make, and I used the same method as my burlap flag bunting.  I already had a burlap pillow cover that's been sitting in my closet, but I would have made one otherwise. I actually need to make a couple for my boys' beds, so hopefully I'll be able to post a tutorial on those soon. In addition to the pillow cover, all you … [Read more...]