The Best Apple Crisp

The Best Apple Crisp | simplykierste.com

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!   I will tell you, I love it because there it makes A LOT of the topping, which is my favorite part. My husband also always asks for "extra" crumbly topping of any kind, so it satisfied both of our appetites.  If you like more apple than crisp, than you might want to consider cutting … [Read more...]

10 Spooky & Easy Halloween Dinner Ideas

Easy & Spooky Halloween Meals | simplykierste.com

Halloween night is one of the most fun nights of the year, and one our whole family looks forward to.  Costumes, trick-or-treating, friends, and food!!  I love to make something fun for Halloween dinner, but it has to be pretty quick and easy.  Usually the day includes dashing from one school classroom to another, costume parades, and other Halloween activities, so it doesn't leave a whole lot of prep time. This year I was on the hunt for some fun, spooky & easy Halloween dinner ideas, and I wanted to pass them on to you! So many yummy and creative ideas! Mini Halloween Pizzas Who doesn't love pizza? Always popular with a crowd...no matter the size! Pumpkin Veggie Tray, Taste of … [Read more...]

Mummy Oreo Lollipops

Mummy Oreo Lollipops | simplykierste.com

These darling Mummy Oreo Lollipops are so easy and fun, and perfect for little helpers!   How adorable, right?  If you're looking for an easy Halloween treat, you've found it! These just take a few minutes to put together, and are perfect for party favors, class parties, gifts, and...Family Night treats. :) You need just a few supplies to put these together... -Oreos (Mega Stuf!) -white melting chocolate -mini chocolate chips -lollipop sticks Directions: 1.  Slide the lollipop sticks into the middle of the Oreos.  I highly suggest the "Mega Stuf" ones, because the center is thicker, and it's easier to slide the sticks into, and the cookies are less likely to break. 2.  Melt the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Pumpkin Crumb Cake | simplykierste.com

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! My kids love it too, and it's one of … [Read more...]

Halloween Rolo Pretzel Treats

Halloween Rolo Pretzel Treats | simplykierste.com

One of our favorite treats to make at Christmastime is Rolo Pretzel Treats. They are brilliantly quick and easy and completely addicting.  Sweet caramel and chocolate, combined with salty and crunchy pretzels?  That's a recipe for perfection!  Because we love them so much, I thought it would be fun to make a Halloween version! This is one of my kids' favorite treats to help with in the kitchen, and it's perfect for little hands. Everything from unwrapping all the Rolo wrappers to laying out the pretzels on a cookie sheet, to setting the M&Ms on top...they love it, and I love it too!  It saves me a ton of time, so if you can find some little (or big) helpers at your house, I would grab … [Read more...]

Hearty Oven Beef Stew

Hearty Oven Beef Stew | simplykierste.com

Whether you live where it's cold or hot, when fall arrives soups and stews become irresistible.  One of our favorites this fall is Hearty Oven Beef Stew, and it's seriously the best beef stew I've ever had.  It's thick with chunks of meat and vegetables, with a rich, delicious flavor. It's  a simple, rustic stew that doesn't disappoint. It only takes a few minutes in the morning to cut the veggies and put it in the oven.  It's SO easy to put together, then roasts all day in the oven, creating the most decadent aroma.  I have to admit, I look forward to that aroma just about as much as the actual stew!  You can also serve it over rice if you have some leftover, and it also extends the meal … [Read more...]

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...]