{my most memorable valentine’s day ever}

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}

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!

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}

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}

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}

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...]

{pink hot chocolate}

Pink Hot Chocolate | simplykierste.com

Yesterday we made Pink Hot Chocolate as part of our Valentine countdown. It's SO yummy, and my kids were pretty thrilled by the fact that it was pink. Even the boys! It's a fun way to get warm and celebrate the holiday! My kids think I'm magic.  :) They have no idea how the hot chocolate gets pink, and I've told them it's a very special mom secret (passed down to me by my mom), and that I'll tell them all about it when they grow up. They like to watch whenever I'm working the kitchen, but I made them leave when it was time for the "pink" part.  I LOVE it. I make it a couple of times every year during the Valentine's Day season, and it's always a hit.  I love to serve it as part of our … [Read more...]

{clothespin valentine} FREE PRINTABLE!

clothespin valentine | simplykierste.com

I was going through my Valentine's Day files this week, and came across a valentine I did almost five years ago. I was so excited, and quickly remembered how much I loved it.  It's very simple, but so fun...a Clothespin Valentine! See! SO cute and easy! They're perfect not only for classmates, but anyone! You might be thinking that I was being a little chintzy on the M&Ms, but these are actually from five years ago, and I didn't have any on hand when I took these pictures.  There's definitely room for more! Here's how to make your own Clothespin Valentines! {supplies} -clothespins -adhesive -scrapbook paper -cardstock (three colors) -ribbon -mini plastic bags (I used little … [Read more...]

{heart bunting valentine countdown}

heart bunting valentine countdown | simplykierste.com

 It's the 10th of January and I am so excited to have our group of talented bloggers back for another blog hop! This month the theme is HEARTS and I just know you are going to love (no pun intended!) these projects that are sure to get your creativity flowing for Valentine's Day... which is just around the corner! I can't wait to show you one of our favorite family Valentine traditions...Heart Bunting Valentine Countdown! I'd love for you to pin our collage below, read all about my Heart Bunting Countdown, and then go see all the other fabulous projects by some of my friends! As usual, there are tons of fabulous ideas, so pin away!  ☺ 1. Landeelu sharing an Easy Valentine's … [Read more...]

{easy heart donuts}

Easy Heart Donuts

One of our favorite camping breakfasts is donuts made from Grands biscuits--so fast, easy, and YUMMY!  When I was thinking of what I wanted to do for our Valentine's Day breakfast, I knew it was the perfect thing...with one tiny change...adding hearts, of course! I LOVE them--and I know my kids are going to go crazy over them!  Seriously--how cute!! These are SO incredibly easy AND delicious, you won't believe it! {ingredients & supplies} -Grand Biscuits, Flaky Layers -heart cookie cutter (mine was about 2.5 inches) -cinnamon & sugar -powdered sugar -tongs -oil -skillet {directions} 1.  Pop open the can, and lay out your biscuits on a piece of wax paper.  One-by-one, use … [Read more...]