Favorite Free Christmas Fonts

Favorite Free Christmas Fonts | simplykierste.com

It's true.  I have an addiction.  To FONTS!! I just can't stop! There are so many fun ways to use fonts over the Christmas season, and I'm sharing my favorites with you today! Not only are they super cute, but they are free!  Some of them are intended to be Christmas fonts, and others are ones that I chose specifically because I think they are perfect for all things Christmas & holiday!  I love them ALL!  I'm a huge fan of dingbats, and I'm dying over those Christmas trees. SO cute.  And the Christmas Go dingbats?  Those would make perfect gift tags, all by themselves! Fonts really make all the difference, and just by changing out a plain font for something a little more festive can … [Read more...]

Caramel Pecan Sauce

Caramel Pecan Sauce | simplykierste.com

 You guys.  Do you want to experience a little bit of heaven?  You must try this decadent Caramel Pecan Sauce, you won't be sorry! Confession. This sauce doesn't always make it "on top" of anything, except my spoon.  It's THAT good. Rich, buttery, with the toasty crunch of the nuts...divine! One of my biggest temptations is anything caramel, and I have to say, this is one of my most favorite things.  EVER.  If you don't like nuts, or someone in your family can't have them, you can certainly omit them. The caramel is good enough to stand alone.  I do love the nuts, though, so I always add them.   And talk about easy...you make it in the microwave! Pour it over ice cream.  Get really … [Read more...]

Favorite Toys List

Favorite Toys List | simplykierste.com

This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are 100% mine. ----- Christmas is on its way, and the talk of Christmas toys and gifts is rampant at our house.  I've made my lists, and shopping has commenced! We tend to invest in classic toys, and add to the collection over the years...like Legos, Lincoln Logs,  blocks, and art supplies.  They last for a long time, in terms of both quality and age level.  Love that! Many of them are also gender neutral, because my kids like the same things, and play all together a lot.  I've made a list of some of our favorite toys, ones that all of our kids have loved, and been the most popular in our playroom--plus others that top our Christmas list … [Read more...]

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Neighbor Gift {Free Printable}

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Neighbor Gift | simplykierste.com

I love simple and adorable neighbor gifts, and this one is not only darling, but takes no time at all! Give your neighbors, friends, and teachers a cozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Kit--I'm sharing a free printable today! You just need a few things to put them together, and I love how easy it is--literally just a few minutes!  If you don't have a lot of time, this will work perfectly. This is what you'll need for every kit you make: -12 inch cone-shaped treat bags (or mason jar) -3/4 c. chocolate chips -2/3 c. white chocolate chips -3 to 4 T. chopped peppermints -ribbon -printable recipe (download at bottom of post) Directions:   1.  Layer the chocolate chips and white chocolate … [Read more...]

Easy Personalized DIY Christmas Ornaments

Easy Personalized Christmas Ornaments | simplykierste.com

  This year, since all of our Christmas decorations and ornaments are in storage, we decided to have a "homemade" tree, and make all of our ornaments.  Since I love all things personalized,  these easy DIY Christmas ornaments were the perfect choice.  They are budget-friendly, super easy, and take just an hour to make! Seriously, they could not be any easier, or any cuter! I bought all the supplies at Michael's, and made both sets in just a couple of hours, including the drying time.  They would be darling not only on your tree, but as gifts!  Instead of numbers on the Chalkboard Tag Ornament, write a name or saying instead for teachers, friends, neighbors, and more.  The initial … [Read more...]

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th of the month...another fun blog hop today, with a SNOW theme!  When I was growing up, every Christmas we would receive an eagerly anticipated package from my grandmother.  It was packed full with all of her famous Christmas cookies and treats, and we couldn't wait to get them.  Snowball Cookies were always included, and they've long been one of my favorites.  This classic shortbread cookie is rich, buttery, melts in your mouth, and is the perfect addition to your holiday baking! The ingredients are few, but that's all this cookie needs!  I love how simple they are to make, and it doesn't take long at all to whip up a batch.  Do you have a tradition for the first day it … [Read more...]

25 Days of Family Christmas Activities

25 Days of Family Christmas Activities | simplykierste.com

This is a vintage post that I couldn't help re-sharing.  We love counting down to Christmas with family activities--it's the highlight of the season! ----- The best part of Christmas isn't Christmas morning.  Don't get me wrong--I absolutely love the magic of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and seeing the joy in my children's faces as they tiptoe down the stairs, see the tree lit with all the presents underneath it, peek into their stockings for the first time, and open that one gift that they've been praying for (and that I've been dying to give them).  For me, it's everything that leads up to that morning--all the wrapping, shopping, decorating, baking, reading, light-seeing, … [Read more...]

31 Cheesy, Easy, & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas

31 Cheesy, Easy & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas | simplykierste.com

Looking for neighbor gift ideas? Have I got a list for you! My mom passed this list on to me years ago, and since it was an old, typewritten copy, I thought it was time it came into the digital age.  :) I love how cheesy these ideas are, but they are also super fun and easy. I remember quite a few from my growing up years, so they also bring back a lot of memories. If you're looking for something that you don't have to bake, there are some really great ideas on here! I LOVE the Chex one...... M&M's: Have a Merry & Most Wonderful Christmas! Soup or soup mix: Wishing you a "Souper" Holiday Season! Frozen or ready-to-bake pizza: Warm up to a wonderful holiday season, … [Read more...]

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...]

My Christmas Miracle

my christmas miracle | simplykierste.com

Everything I was planning this past week pretty much went up in smoke when half of our family came down with strep throat or the flu--my husband and myself included.  It's been an interesting week to say the least, and as I've been juggling and rearranging items on my list to fit this unexpected and unfortunate timing of events, something else happened that caused me to really reflect on what Christmas means to me. A few weeks ago I ordered what I planned to be my little boys' main present, and was excited about getting free shipping, since it was very heavy, and would have been a fortune.  It was ground shipping, but guaranteed to get here in plenty of time for Christmas.  It arrived when … [Read more...]