Cupid Crunch Trail Mix

Cupid Crunch Trail Mix |Valentine's Day Snack| simplykierste.com

Can I tell you how much my kids love snacks?  Whether it's choosing them for their school lunches, raiding the pantry after school, or taking them on the go, they pretty much love them for every reason and in lots of different forms.  Around the holidays I like to come up with fun & easy snacks that make snack time a little more festive, and Cupid Crunch Trail Mix is a favorite for Valentine's Day! So adorable, right?  It's yummy, super cute, and the kids love it.  It's perfect for adding to school lunches, serving at class parties, as a preschool snack, or setting out in bowls at a Valentine's Day party. Best of all, you can customize it to include your favorite things! I … [Read more...]

Cherry Vanilla Float

Cherry Vanilla Float | Valentine's Day Drink | sinplykierste.com

At our house, we like ice cream pretty much any way it can be served, but one of our very favorites is an ice cream float.  There are so many yummy flavors that we love, but the lovely pink and white Cherry Vanilla Float is perfect with Valentine's Day right around the corner! Cherry and vanilla are a match made in heaven, and the pink and white are just right for all of your Valentine's Day celebrations and parties.  They're on my menu to serve to my family at our Valentine's Day, and my kids & hubby are going to love them! Best of all, they take just 1 minute to make, which make them perfect for when you need to make a bunch, or just one. In case you have a hankering for a … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Sheet Cake

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Sheet Cake | simplykierste.com

Our family should buy stock in our favorite peanut butter company, because it's ridiculous how much we go through.  You know those giant containers you can buy at warehouse stores?  We can go through one of those in a week! Needless to say, any kind of peanut butter recipe is super popular at our house, and this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Sheet Cake is a sure winner. It started out as a Peanut Butter Sheet Cake, and I decided to throw some chocolate chips in there, because really, is there a better combination than chocolate & peanut butter? The only thing I would differently next time is add even more of them! This recipe fills a cookie sheet, so it's perfect for serving to … [Read more...]

Layered Heart Brownies

Adorable layered heart brownies | simplykierste.com

I kind of love Valentine's Day.  Okay, I big, fat, puffy heart Valentine's Day.  There are just so many fun things about it, and one of them is that I can use my heart cookie cutters as much as I want. Nothing is safe--I will cut out anything into the shape of a heart!  Isn't everything cuter like that?  Well, brownies were on the list this week, and I made the most adorable & yummy Layered Heart Brownies you've ever seen. I just love easy these were to make, and they look like I slaved all day!  They would be so perfect for any Valentine's Day party, or for serving to your own cute family on Valentine's Day. I made a favorite brownie mix (these are gluten-free for my … [Read more...]

The Best Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

The BEST Double Chocolate Chip Cookies | simplykierste.com

Today was a snowy winter day, and it was the perfect day to whip up a batch of my favorite Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are decadently rich, chock full of chocolate chips, and basically melt in your mouth. Now, when you look at the recipe, don't freak out about the butter. I need you to promise. I know it looks like a lot, but when you taste these cookies, you won't care. These are perfect anytime, but especially right when they come out of the oven.  Gooey, warm, and chocolatey...yum! Pour yourself a tall glass of cold milk, and you will pretty much be in heaven. Wrap them up and give them as gifts---you will have people love you forever. The Best Double … [Read more...]

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate | simplykierste.com

We are a hot chocolate family. We drink it on a pretty regular basis through the winter, and at least once a week, my kids come bursting through the door from school asking me if I made it for them. While we do use hot chocolate mix sometimes, and definitely for single-serving convenience, I make homemade hot chocolate the majority of the time.  It just takes a few minutes, and it is so worth it!  It's also fun to experiment with different flavors, and this week I tried a Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate that is TO-DIE-FOR good. The hot chocolate is coconut-flavored, but it's a subtle flavor that's smooth, rich, and creamy. It tastes very fancy, even though it's super easy! There are … [Read more...]

Pecan Sticky Bun Bites

Pecan Sticky Bun Bites | simplykierste.com

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury. The opinions and text are all mine. One of the best parts of Christmas Day at our house is the food.  It's all about finger foods, snacks, small appetizers & treats, and little bites that everyone can come and help themselves to during the day. Whether we're playing games, chatting with family and friends, or enjoying new gifts, the kitchen is usually the hub, and I love having plenty of food for everyone to enjoy. Everyone gets to choose their favorites, and then I like to add something new! This year I made Pecan Sticky Bun Bites, and not only are they super easy to make, they are so yummy, and perfect for … [Read more...]

Reindeer Cookies

Easy Reindeer Cookies | simplykierste.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker.  All opinions are 100% mine. The day after Thanksgiving is the day we go and cut down our Christmas tree.  We bundle up in our warmest clothes, and head to our favorite Christmas tree farm.  Finding "our tree" is always an adventure, and there's plenty of conversation and discussion about which tree is "plumpy" enough (that word is courtesy my nine year old girls), has the right branches at the top for the star, and is full enough all the way around. Somehow, in the end, we just know, and we all agree that we've found the one.  After it's tied safely to the top of our vehicle, there's always a stop for hot chocolate to … [Read more...]

Easy & delicious no-fail, no-cook fudge!

Super easy & absolutely delicious: No-fail, no-cook fudge | simplykierste.com

Who loves fudge??? ME!!! I've always loved it, even in my crazy not-loving-chocolate years (I have NO idea what I was thinking!).  Cooking fudge can be a little finicky though, and so I especially love this recipe that came from my grandmother.  It's a super easy and super delicious no-cook fudge, and I dare say no-fail too! You can whip up a batch of this yummy fudge in less than five minutes, and then pop it into the fridge for about an hour to firm. Then you're ready to serve it to guests, or wrap it up to give it away...or just eat it. :) It is seriously so easy!  It's a mixture of all the yummiest things: cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, and a little bit of … [Read more...]

Impossibly Easy No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cream Pies

Impossibly Easy No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cream Pies | simplykierste.com

My absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is definitely the pie. I love so many different kinds, and always want to have a taste of every single one, so I thought it would be fun to make mini versions...little bites that let you sample and try more than one.  Or two.  Or possibly three four.  These No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cream Pies are impossibly easy and adorable! The other thing I love about mini pies is that the crust to filling ratio is higher than a normal pie--I love the crust the best, so this makes me happy!  They're just so easy and quick to make, and look like I spent all day. I'm all about that! And don't you love how adorably cute they look on a plate?  They present … [Read more...]