Irresistible fudgy brownies

Irresistible Fudgy Brownies | simplykierste.com

When I was growing up, I didn't like chocolate.  I have no idea what I could have possibly been thinking (or not thinking), because now a big fat brownie with vanilla ice cream is just about my favorite thing ever.  Now I probably like it too much!  Maybe it's when I had my first baby when everything changed? I don't know, but I'm so glad it did. because I can't imagine my life without chocolate! This lovely recipe came into my life years ago, at a flute concert for one of my piano students.  They had these fantastic brownies at the reception afterward, and I didn't leave before writing down the recipe.   I don't know how I overlooked it, but somehow I didn't make them again until just a … [Read more...]

The yummiest lemon coconut bread

Lemon Coconut Bread | simplykierste.com

Lemon is the yummiest, who's with me?? I had a hankering this week for something lemon (surprise, surprise), and I decided on something with the word "bread" in the title to make me feel better about eating so much of it.  P.S.  It's really cake.  :) But it's REALLY good! I'm not a real coconut fan, but I love the flavor.  Is that weird?  This recipe uses coconut milk to add the delicious coconut component, and paired with the lemon, it's dynamite!! It's a quick and easy recipe, and you can whip it up in no time, which is what I'm all about  My kids love this as an after school snack, with a big glass of milk, and it doesn't last long at our house. I really need to start doubling it, … [Read more...]

Strawberry Poundcake with Lemon Cream

Strawberry Poundcake with Lemon Cream | simplykierste.com

The weather has been absolutely incredible this week. My windows have been thrown open, chores have been set aside to play at the park, and we're all wishing there wasn't school or work...at least for a day or two.  The lovely spring temperatures also have me craving flavors like lemon and strawberry, and I bent to temptation and made one of my most favorite desserts, Strawberry Poundcake with Lemon Cream. My roots are Southern, and my grandmother is one of the reasons I love to bake.  I grew up eating her biscuits & gravy, fried catfish, grits & eggs, (and more) and I'm Southern girl at heart. When I was 8 years old, my grandmother gave me my own cookbook filled with her favorite … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn

Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn | simplykierste.com

I'm delighted to announce that Kara, from Creations by Kara, is the newest Simply Kierste contributor! I'm so excited to have her as part of the team, and for you to get to know her. This popcorn recipe looks fabulous, and I can't wait to try it! Don't forget to say hello to her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram too! ----- Popcorn is a staple at our house. It makes a great snack, it's inexpensive, and it's easy to whip up. Plus there are so many different yummy ways to prepare it. This cinnamon glazed popcorn is a new favorite! It reminds me a little of kettle corn, but it's not as tricky to make. You just boil the syrup and drizzle it over the popcorn. No worrying that … [Read more...]

10 Yummy Granola Recipes

10 yummy granola recipes | simplykierste.com

My kids come home STARVING from school (in their words), and even though dinner isn't that far away, they feel like it is. Needless to say, after school snacks are a big deal at our house, and I'm always on the lookout for something that will stave off their hunger, is on the healthy side of things, and can be eaten while their doing their homework. Granola is one of the best snacks around. It's really quite addicting, and I know that when I make it, it's probably not going to last too long.  It's perfect for packing in lunches, after-school snacks, taking on road trips and traveling, hiking, or just to have around for munching on.  I love how easy it is to make, and how my house smells … [Read more...]

Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops

Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops | simplykierste.com

My kids love Peeps so we usually have them around Easter, and today I had some out for another project I'm working on. At the same time my kids happened to be begging for the open bag of chocolate chips in the pantry, AND I had a bag of lollipop sticks on the counter that were ready to be put away. What happened next is what I'm calling kismet.  Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops. My kids loved these so much, they were gone in about 30 seconds flat.  I'm lucky I even got a picture of two for this post, because they were inhaled so quickly.  I had chocolate-y mouths with huge smiles, and I was one of them! When you bite into a chocolate-covered peeps pop, you taste the creamy chocolate, … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | simplykierste.com

My kids were clamoring for oatmeal cookies this week, and when they do, I usually make Oatmeal Scotchies.  When I realized we were out of butterscotch chips, I decided just to go ahead and use chocolate chips instead, and then I got a little crazy and added some peanut butter too.  Oh MY goodness!  The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is always delicious, and then when you throw in the hearty goodness of the oats, it's an absolute winning combination. My kids loved them, and they were gobbled up so fast--I really should have doubled the batch.  I did manage to sneak out a few to save for school lunches, and a few for a friend.  Whether you're serving them to your family, … [Read more...]

Lemon Oreo Truffles

Lemon Oreo Truffles | simplykierste.com

Have you tried the new Lemon Oreos?  Oh my goodness, they are SO yummy! I'm just slightly obsessed with all things lemon, so I was really excited to see them. My favorite way to eat Oreos is actually as an Oreo Truffle.  (Which if you haven't tried, you need to head straight to your to-do list and add it immediately.)  When I saw the new lemon flavor, I knew exactly what I wanted to make...Lemon Oreo Truffles. They did not disappoint! Dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with lemon zest, they're perfect for spring and Easter! They really could not be any easier to make, and they have just three ingredients!  Oreos (yummy), cream cheese (yummy), and white chocolate (yummy).  See … [Read more...]

Bunny bait trail mix

Bunny Bait Trail Mix | simplykierste.com

We're into snacks at our house.  There might be three main meals, but there are at least 42 other times in the day that my kids want to eat.  My baby (yes, she's almost two, but she's my baby!!) asks every 5 seconds for a "nack", and I pretty much always acquiesce.  If you saw her cute face, I bet you would too!  When the holidays come around, I love to do simple snacks for our own little celebration, and with Easter coming, that means it's time for our favorite Bunny Bait Trail Mix! This fun mix is perfect to munch on during any Easter gathering--as favors, in a cute bowl as an appetizer, or even as place cards. Tie it up with ribbon in clear bag or jar, and you've got a darling gift … [Read more...]

The BEST mint chocolate brownies

The BEST chocolate mint brownies | simplykierste.com

If you read my post on Friday, you'll know that I adore mint and chocolate together.  L.O.V.E. it.  Like I want to marry it. You can serve them anytime, anywhere, and they will be gobbled up!  Triple layers are involved here:  oo-ey goo-ey brownies, rich & creamy mint buttercream frosting, and a smooth chocolate ganache on top.  They are melt-in-your-mouth good. Pour yourself a tall glass of milk, and get ready to enjoy a little piece of heaven. Mint chocolate brownies are good anytime, but with St. Patrick's Day coming up, they're perfect for serving at parties, as dessert that night, or wrapping up all cute and giving away.  Just watch...wherever you serve them, they'll … [Read more...]