10 easy & irresistible game day recipes

10 Easy & Irresistible Game Day Recipes | simplykierste.com

We are a football family!  Even though our team isn't playing in the Super Bowl this year (although they do have the most Super Bowl wins...GO Steelers!), we're still excited.  The Super Bowl is also synonymous with food.  Lots of yummy food.  I want to try a few new game day recipes this year, so I scoured the web for ideas--specifically ones that would be fast, easy, and of course contain cheese or chocolate.  :)  I rounded them up to share with you, plus a couple that I already know and love. Lasagna Dip Who doesn't love lasagna?  And to make it a dip?  HEAVEN!!! Peanut Butter Football Dip This is just so adorable, I couldn't resist! Game Day Walking … [Read more...]

Valentine popcorn lollipops + free printable!

Valentine Popcorn Lollipops | simplykierste.com

The Patriotic Popcorn Lollipops that I made for the 4th of July were such a hit,  I decided I just had to make a Valentine's Day version! My kids love these so much, and one of my five year old boys deemed them "the best popcorn balls in the world". So, there you go, all the recommendation you need. :) These are so easy and fun to make, and they are always popular wherever we take them.  They're made with melted marshmallow--so like a Rice Krispie treat but using popcorn instead! I tinted them pink, and I like the extra color it gives them for the Valentine holiday.  Next their dipped in white chocolate, with generous sprinkles on top, and they're ready to go! You can make them and … [Read more...]

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup | simplykierste.com

After a really warm week last week (like REALLY warm...as in the warmest December in 125 years), the cold is back, and soup is sounding even yummier than usual.  Let's be honest, though, even when I lived where it's warm all year, I always loved soup in the winter.  :)  We tried a yummy new soup that was gobbled up at our house, and it's full of some of my favorite things. It's hearty without being heavy, filling, flavorful, and a little bit spicy---and SO delicious!  Soup is one of the best meals around. I love a big post of soup simmering on the stove--there's something just so cozy about it.  Serve with crusty bread, and it's the perfect lunch or dinner.  Or both.  :) This particular … [Read more...]

10 Fun & festive Christmas breakfast ideas

10 Fun & Festive Christmas Breakfast Ideas | simplykierste.com

We are on the countdown to Christmas!  Is your house feeling it too?  The celebrating has already started around here, and just today I went and bought a ridiculous amount of food for this week.  On the list?  Christmas breakfast!  It's probably our favorite breakfast of the entire year.  I've gathered 10 fun & festive Christmas breakfast ideas that would be perfect for not only Christmas day, but the days leading up to it.  I love all the pancake and waffle ideas...they're all SO cute! *Snowman Milk Men *Gingerbread Waffles with Cinnamon Butter *Red Velvet Pancakes *Rudolph Pancakes *Cinnamon Roll Pancakes *Snowman Pancakes *Christmas Tree Waffles *Candy Cane Cream Cheese … [Read more...]

The Easiest Sparkling Punch

Easy Punch Recipe | simplykierste.com

I bought my first punch bowl very early on in life.  As a piano teacher, I felt it quite necessary to have punch and cookies after each recital, and a girl can't be without a punch bowl!  Now I use a drink dispenser, but I still have my punch bowl! This particular recipe is my go-to punch, and it's the easiest sparkling punch around. It only has two basic ingredients, so it's also so quick to put together, which I love. You can also easily change flavors to match a theme, season, or holiday, and I've made many different kinds.  The kind I love for Christmas and the holidays is what I call...Sparkling Cranberry Punch! Its delightful red color with cranberries with floating on top is perfect … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate | simplykierste.com

We are such a hot chocolate family! I don't think many days pass through the holiday and winter season where my kids aren't asking me to make hot chocolate...and I oblige quite often.  One of my favorite versions is Mexican Hot Chocolate.  The added cinnamon and nutmeg brings a depth of flavor that is deep and rich, and accents the chocolate.  It's SO delicious, and easy! I like to serve it with whipped cream, then shaved chocolate and cinnamon & sugar sprinkled on top.  Mmmmmm...my mouth is watering just writing this out!  It's perfect for serving at home, or to guests.  I like to make a big pot of it on Christmas morning, and just keep it simmering in my crock pot or on the stove, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms | simplykierste.com

Peppermint is one of my favorite holiday flavors, and I LOVE it with chocolate.  The pairing is a match made in heaven, and heavenly would be the perfect way to describe these cookies.  When I came across Candy Cane Kisses at the store last week, I knew exactly what I wanted to do...I took the popular Peanut Butter Blossom cookie, and traded out the flavors for a delightful Christmas cookie! The rich, chocolate-y cookie, with that little creamy bite of peppermint on the top...it's absolute perfection. And isn't it so adorable and festive? I love love the cute stripes on the Candy Cane Kiss!  I love this chocolate cookie--it's one of my favorite basic chocolate cookie recipes, and it's … [Read more...]

Caramel Pecan Sauce

Caramel Pecan Sauce | simplykierste.com

 You guys.  Do you want to experience a little bit of heaven?  You must try this decadent Caramel Pecan Sauce, you won't be sorry! Confession. This sauce doesn't always make it "on top" of anything, except my spoon.  It's THAT good. Rich, buttery, with the toasty crunch of the nuts...divine! One of my biggest temptations is anything caramel, and I have to say, this is one of my most favorite things.  EVER.  If you don't like nuts, or someone in your family can't have them, you can certainly omit them. The caramel is good enough to stand alone.  I do love the nuts, though, so I always add them.   And talk about easy...you make it in the microwave! Pour it over ice cream.  Get really … [Read more...]

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th of the month...another fun blog hop today, with a SNOW theme!  When I was growing up, every Christmas we would receive an eagerly anticipated package from my grandmother.  It was packed full with all of her famous Christmas cookies and treats, and we couldn't wait to get them.  Snowball Cookies were always included, and they've long been one of my favorites.  This classic shortbread cookie is rich, buttery, melts in your mouth, and is the perfect addition to your holiday baking! The ingredients are few, but that's all this cookie needs!  I love how simple they are to make, and it doesn't take long at all to whip up a batch.  Do you have a tradition for the first day it … [Read more...]

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...]