Easy DIY Thanksgiving Plates | simplykierste.com

Easy DIY Thanksgiving Plates

I've always wanted to have a set of dishes for each holiday, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving. Over the years I would see ones I liked, but the price never agreed with my budget. Finally last Christmas I made a set of polka dot Christmas plates that I adore, and this year I decided to go ahead and make a set for Thanksgiving. It was one of the easiest projects EVER, and turned out so darling-- I can't wait to use them!

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Top 15 {scrumptious} pie recipes | simplykierste.com

Top 15 {scrumptious} pie recipes

Confession time.  I don't love Thanksgiving dinner. Gasp!  I mean, they're alright, the turkey and potatoes and stuffing, but what I'm waiting for comes afterward.  That's right..the PIE!!  In my opinion, it's the best part of Thanksgiving, and if I thought I could get away with eating only pie, I would.

I love a lot of different kinds of pie, and finding scrumptious new pie recipes goes to the top of my to-do list about this time of year.  I gathered some of the yummies, most mouthwatering pies I could find, and wanted to share them with you too!  Beware...you are going to want to make ALL of them!

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4x4 Post Striped & Polka Dot Candlesticks | simplykierste.com

4×4 Post Striped & Polka Dot Candlesticks

You probably all know by now how much I love polka dots and stripes. I've used them in lots of my projects, with two of my favorites being Peppermint Striped Candlesticks and Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins. I love them so much that I simply couldn't resist making a set in brown & white for Thanksgiving table centerpieces.  They're easy, adorable, and really inexpensive--three of my favorite things!

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Paper Bag Popcorn | simplykierste.com

Paper Bag Popcorn

We are huge popcorn fans at our house. HUGE. I won't tell you how many bags of popcorn kernels we have in our basement! It's the  yummiest snack, and who can watch a movie without popcorn?  With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I was thinking of  fun gift and party favor ideas, and I knew Paper Bag Popcorn would be perfect! Not only are they SUPER cost-effective, but they're totally adorable!

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Easy Fall Gift Ideas & Free Printables | simplykierste.com

Easy fall gift ideas & printables

Hello there, fall!!  It was a cool 59 degrees today, and I had my windows wide open, just soaking in all that lovely fall smell.  It's going to get warmer this week again, but this little taste of fall definitely has me on the countdown.  Fall brings on the beginning of the holidays, and most definitely my favorite time of year. It's full of friends, family, and giving!

There are always fun opportunities to give gifts during these fall and winter months,and  I always love easy gift ideas, especially ones that will fit a budget. I've also discovered that a cute tag makes ALL the difference--add it to any gift, and it goes from drab to fab!  I created a darling printable tag that's perfect for any fall gift!

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Farmhouse Style Fall Wood Signs | simplykierste.com

Farmhouse Style Wood Fall Signs + Free Silhouette Cut Files

With all of our things still in storage, I really needed wanted to make a few fall decorations.  Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they're super easy to make!

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Burlap Sack Place Cards | simplykierste.com

Burlap Sack Place Cards

 Burlap Bags are not only totally adorable for gift-giving, but they work perfectly as place cards and tableware holders too!

Burlap Bag Place Cards | simplykierste.com

I wanted something simple but elegant for our Thanksgiving table this year, and these Burlap Bags were just the thing!  Not only can I use them as place cards, but as tableware holders as well!  I love the practicality and easiness.

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The Best Apple Crisp | simplykierste.com

The Best Apple Crisp

One of my husband's most favorite desserts is Apple Crisp. So, as the very good wife that I am, I spent years searching for the best recipe I could find, with the focus being on that yummy, crumbly topping, which is what I think the whole point of having Apple Crisp is.  :)  And you know what?  I found it.  Several years ago, I tried this recipe, and I've never gone back.  It really is The Best Apple Crisp! 

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Pumpkin Crumb Cake | simplykierste.com

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

It’s the 10th of the month which means another fabulous themed roundup from this talented bunch of bloggers! This month’s theme is pumpkin– recipes, crafts, and more. I love seeing how each blogger takes the theme and runs with it, and this month is no different. After you check out my Pumpkin Crumb Cake, be sure to check out what everyone else is sharing as well!

Okay, so I'm totally admitting to you that pumpkin is usually not my favorite--pumpkin pie I just can't do.  But...this Pumpkin Crumb Cake is so yummy, that even if you're not a pumpkin fan, if anything will change your mind, this will!  If you already love pumpkin, then this is a must-try!

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Twine & Berry Fall Wreath | simplykierste.com

Twine & Berry Fall Wreath

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!
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{a thanksgiving tree}

I love Thanksgiving for so many reasons, and one of them is that it's such a great opportunity for me to help teach my children about gratitude.  We try to work on it all year long, but I love having a month to focus on giving thanks and all the blessings we've been given. One thing that we've always done through the month of November is share the things that we're grateful for, and this year we're doing that with our Thanksgiving tree!

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{thanksgiving checklist}

I know, I know. It's not even Halloween yet, but the month of November is quickly approaching, and Thanksgiving is 5 short weeks away.  I love the whole holiday season, but it's also the most busy, with so many fun things to do and see, and I want to do them all!!  So...I'm a list girl. I love making lists, checking things off, and staying organized. I accomplish so much more when I have a list, and forget much less.  We have really good friends coming to stay with us for Thanksgiving, and we couldn't be more THRILLED!  We are going to have the best time, and I can't wait to see them. It does mean preparation ahead of time though, not only with getting the house ready, but preparing food ahead of time so we can make the most of our time together.  Thus...the Thanksgiving checklist.
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Halloween Treat Jars

Disclosure: I am an affiliate with Silhouette. All opinions are 100% mine.
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You guys!!! I am SO SO excited to introduce Silhouette's newest product...stamping material!    I am seriously in love with the fact that I can make my very own stamps using my Silhouette. I really think I've found my new favorite product! It took me just a few minutes to cut out over 10 Halloween and fall stamps to create these darling Halloween treat jars.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

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How to carve a foam pumpkin

Disclosure:  I was provided with free product from Michael's to try.  All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone.

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I've been curious about how to carve a foam pumpkin for awhile now, and do I was really excited when Michaels sent me some to try, along with a hot carving knife to carve them with.  I love the thought of foam pumpkins, because while they will never replace our traditional real pumpkin carving each year as a family, they can be used from year to year as decoration inside and outside of our home.

I decided to try something very simple first, so I could get the hang of it, and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.

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