10 Fun & festive Christmas breakfast ideas

10 Fun & Festive Christmas Breakfast Ideas | simplykierste.com

We are on the countdown to Christmas!  Is your house feeling it too?  The celebrating has already started around here, and just today I went and bought a ridiculous amount of food for this week.  On the list?  Christmas breakfast!  It's probably our favorite breakfast of the entire year.  I've gathered 10 fun & festive Christmas breakfast ideas that would be perfect for not only Christmas day, but the days leading up to it.  I love all the pancake and waffle ideas...they're all SO cute! *Snowman Milk Men *Gingerbread Waffles with Cinnamon Butter *Red Velvet Pancakes *Rudolph Pancakes *Cinnamon Roll Pancakes *Snowman Pancakes *Christmas Tree Waffles *Candy Cane Cream Cheese … [Read more...]

The Easiest Sparkling Punch

Easy Punch Recipe | simplykierste.com

I bought my first punch bowl very early on in life.  As a piano teacher, I felt it quite necessary to have punch and cookies after each recital, and a girl can't be without a punch bowl!  Now I use a drink dispenser, but I still have my punch bowl! This particular recipe is my go-to punch, and it's the easiest sparkling punch around. It only has two basic ingredients, so it's also so quick to put together, which I love. You can also easily change flavors to match a theme, season, or holiday, and I've made many different kinds.  The kind I love for Christmas and the holidays is what I call...Sparkling Cranberry Punch! Its delightful red color with cranberries with floating on top is perfect … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate | simplykierste.com

We are such a hot chocolate family! I don't think many days pass through the holiday and winter season where my kids aren't asking me to make hot chocolate...and I oblige quite often.  One of my favorite versions is Mexican Hot Chocolate.  The added cinnamon and nutmeg brings a depth of flavor that is deep and rich, and accents the chocolate.  It's SO delicious, and easy! I like to serve it with whipped cream, then shaved chocolate and cinnamon & sugar sprinkled on top.  Mmmmmm...my mouth is watering just writing this out!  It's perfect for serving at home, or to guests.  I like to make a big pot of it on Christmas morning, and just keep it simmering in my crock pot or on the stove, … [Read more...]

Family Lacing Cards

Family Lacing Cards | simplykierste.com

We live far away from all of our family--most of them live thousands of miles away, and my sister is the closest at twelve hours away. We don't get to see them as often as we would like, but it's important to me that we do things to keep connected, and to help my kids know their family.  I thought it would be fun to make a set of family lacing cards for my kids for Christmas a couple of years ago, and they LOVE them.  I made a card for each of our siblings, and their families, and it's so fun to have their cute faces so often.  It's a perfect gift for either your kids, or for other family members--with a card of your family, of course!  I love to tuck them into our church bag, into my … [Read more...]

Gold Striped Christmas Gift Tags

Gold Striped Gift Tags | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th of the month! This month my friends and I got busy with the theme GOLD. It's kind of perfect for the holidays right? Check out my post and then hop on over to visit all of the others. Gold is such a fun color all year, but I love it at Christmastime!  I was looking through the candy aisle the other day, and saw one of my favorites (Hershey Nuggets with Toffee) in their beautiful gold wrappers, and knew I needed to make some Gold Striped Christmas Gift Tags to go with them! Aren't they so fun?  Perfect for giving to friends, visiting teachers, neighbors...anyone!  These gift tags are darling paired with a milk bottle, mason jar, or treat bag full of gold-wrapped candy, or … [Read more...]

Children’s Art Christmas Gift Tags

Children's Artwork Christmas Gift Tags | simplykierste.com

I originally posted this on Tater Tots and Jello a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to post it here in case you missed it. I first made gift tags using my kids' artwork a couple of years ago, and I'm excited to share the tutorial with you! It's still one of my favorite things. ----- Yesterday afternoon I asked my kids to draw me some Christmas pictures--anything they wanted. We brought out the markers and the white paper, and they went to town. While I always love their cute artwork, this time I had ulterior motives. :)  I also made sure to have them sign their names, then I took their artwork, and made them into these absolutely adorable Christmas gift tags! How adorable, right??!! … [Read more...]

Easy Cupcake Liner Gift Jars

Cupcake Liner Treat jar | simplykierste.com

If you've been reading my blog for very long, you know that I'm all about simple ideas that pack a big punch--small things that don't take a lot of time, but look like you did.  :) I try to always have simple packaging items on hand, in case I need to quickly put together a gift for someone. Mason jars, milk bottles, bakers twine, and jute are a few, but I'm going to let you in on a little secret about one of my favorites...cupcake liners! They fit perfectly on the top of mason jars, and dress them up to make an easy and adorable Cupcake Liner Gift Jar. Isn't that SO cute? And it literally took me three minutes.  THREE! Christmas is busy.  Really busy.  And as prepared as I try to be, … [Read more...]

Easy Numbered Christmas Stocking Hanger

Easy Numbered Christmas Stocking Hanger | simplykierste

We've had a mantel in our home for many years, but after moving into our little apartment, we didn't have anywhere to hang our Christmas stockings. Actually, since all of our things are in storage, we didn't even have stockings. (Enter in...Target. :) ) I made a super Easy Numbered Christmas Stocking Hanger, and LOVE it. My kids are happy now...Santa can come! Numbers are all the rage right now, and I really kind of love them.  It also works for our family, because each of my six kids have their own number. It's on their kitchen stool, shoe basket, coat hook and pretty much everything.  :) It helps me keep everything organized, and my kids know exactly where their things go.  So...adding … [Read more...]

Etched Glass Christmas Plates

Etched Glass Christmas Plate | simplykierste.com

Have you ever tried glass etching?  It's such a fun and easy technique, and I used it to create darling Etched Glass Christmas Plates! Glass etching is seriously SO fast and easy...and it's kind of addicting, once you get started.  :) I found these glass plates at Dollar Tree for yep, $1, and thought they would be darling neighbor Christmas gifts!  Pile them high with yummy treats, and you've got a really fun gift for neighbors, friends, teachers, coaches...anyone! In these pictures, I have the glass plate sitting on top of a cream dinner plate, so that you could actually see the etching. But...how adorable would it be to make them to layer on top of your dinner plates, to dress up your … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Christmas Plates

Easy DIY Christmas Plates | simplykierste.com

I have always wanted really cute Christmas plates, but whenever I saw any I liked, I couldn't bring myself to pay for them. So...I decided to make my own, and get this...not only are the SO easy, they only cost $1 each!    I love love LOVE how they  turned out!  And it was so simple.  It literally took me 20 minutes, plus the baking time.  Can I just tell you how much I adore projects that are quick and simple and super cute? I found the plates at Dollar Tree for $1 each, and they're by Royal Norfolk.  They seem to carry that brand quite often, and I've bought them there for years.  They're really nice, heavy duty plates that are perfect for entertaining and guests! You can make enough … [Read more...]