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...]

DIY Recipe Binder with FREE Printables!

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others.   I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true.  It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it's been around for a long time, but that says something right there...it's still around because it WORKS!  I've had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this … [Read more...]

10 Easy Taco Night Recipes!

Taco Night Recipes | simplykierste.com

Tuesday night is now Taco Night at our house, voted upon and instituted by my children.  They love tacos, and I love that they love them, because they're pretty easy to put together.  We usually have the basic tacos, plus a couple of different recipes they like.  But...I think it's high time we try some new taco night recipes, especially if we are going to have them once a week! I went on the hunt, with a few criteria in mind...kid-friendly, easy to make, and something that could be put together pretty quickly.  I'm looking forward to trying each one of them...they all look fabulous! 1. Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Tacos // Your Homebased Mom Shall we start with dessert first?  :) … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Roll Pancake Sauce

Cinnamon Roll Pancake Sauce | simplykierste.com

Because I am your friend, I'm going to share with you the most divine way to dress up your pancakes possible. It's called Cinnamon Roll Pancake Sauce, and your life is never going to be the same. It's recipes like this one that make me wish I had a special blogging tool to help you smell it and taste it, because it is out-of-this-world good!  It honestly tastes just like a cinnamon roll, and is incredible on pancakes, waffles, and French toast. It's a really fun alternative to maple syrup, and perfect for fall! For something even more decadent, try it over vanilla ice cream!!! You know what makes it even better? It's not a complicated recipe that takes forever to make...we're … [Read more...]

20 Fabulous Crockpot Soup Recipes for Fall & Winter

Crockpot Soup Recipes | simplykierste.com

When it's chilly,  I could eat soup every single day.  I love using my crockpot to make soup, because I can put it in in the morning or early afternoon, and it's done by dinnertime.  Soup is cozy, and it's the epitome of fall and winter.  Now that it's September (yay!), I thought I would put together a collaboration of yummy crockpot soup recipes, and include the ones that caught my eye! Don't they look fabulous?  I can't wait to start trying them!  If you love one, come back and tell me! Cheesy Potato Bacon Soup // Crown Recipes Minestrone Soup // Skinny Taste Slow Cooker French Onion Soup // Wilderness Wife Creamy Southwest Chicken Soup // Little Dairy on the … [Read more...]

Easy Alfredo Sauce {It’s the BEST!}

Easy Alfredo Sauce | simplykierste.com

There is one meal that all of my kids love and eat, every.single.time. It's an Easy Alfredo Sauce that's not only pretty much the creamiest deliciousness you've ever tasted, but it comes together in about 10 minutes!  Yes! This sauce is made with all the best stuff...butter, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and milk.  Yep, definitely not low fat, but simple, and AMAZING. The end result is a rich and creamy sauce with a nutty flavor that pretty much makes you want to eat the entire pan...with a spoon. If you want to take some of the calories out, you can substitute low-fat cream cheese. I'm always on the lookout for easy and fast recipes, especially during the school year. Between sports, … [Read more...]

Double Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Double Peanut Butter Rice Krispies | simplykierste.com

Rice Krispie treats are pretty much beloved at our house.  They are requested quite often, and I like to do something a little different from time to time.  One of our favorites is Double Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, and it just takes once to fall in love with them! The creaminess of the peanut butter combined with the chewiness of the Rice Krispie treat is a match made in heaven! You all know how easy and quick Rice Krispie treats are, and adding these few ingredients doesn't add much time at all to the process. This recipe makes the perfect Rice Krispie treat, in my oh, so humble opinion!  I don't like them to be hard and crunchy--I love chewy ones the best, so I always alter the … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free School Lunch Ideas

Gluten Free School Lunch Ideas | simplykierste.com

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- One of my girls was diagnosed with celiac disease a couple of years ago, and one of the hardest parts of eating gluten-free is figuring out eating at school and in social situations.  We really are so fortunate now, because there are so many GF options in grocery stores, and even restaurants. Thirty years ago, my brother was diagnosed at  only 18 months old after nearly dying (Celiac Disease was not well known at that time). Back then there were extremely limited options, and the very few gluten-free products that did exist were horrible tasting.  So, when I'm feeling frustrated about a certain situation, I just … [Read more...]

15 Fun & Fabulous Popcorn Recipes

15 Fun & Fabulous Popcorn Recipes | simplykierste.com

It's no secret that our family loves popcorn.  Really, it's more of an obsession.  It's almost a daily occurrence at our house, and it's been a long time since I haven't heard "can we have popcorn?". My oldest son might actually totally survive on popcorn alone, he eats so much of it! We add butter and salt most often, but I also love to create and try new popcorn recipes too.  Popcorn is really the perfect snack and even dessert! It's wonderful for parties, at home with family, serving to company, as an after school snack, taking to the classroom, dressing up for holidays, packaging up as gifts, and...what movie night is complete without popcorn? So, I gathered some of the ones I love the … [Read more...]

Picking Berries, Making Jam, and Summer Family Fun!

picking berries, making jam, summer family fun | simplykierste.com

Our summer days always include reading.  I don't think a day passes that we haven't sat down and read together, and I love that we aren't feeling the hustle and bustle of a typical school day afternoon.  We also love to have adventures together, and sometimes the two go hand-in-hand.  A couple of weeks ago I posted on Paging Supermom (as part of their Books Alive series) about how the two are combined!  Reading + Adventures (outdoors and in the kitchen) = Summer Family Fun!  They are simple ideas, but those are the best kind!  ☺ Our family is in LOVE with the Frances books by Russell Hoban. That Frances is such a character, and we laugh so hard at all of her adventures...or misadventures.  … [Read more...]