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

Cupid Crunch Trail Mix

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!

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Adorable layered heart brownies | simplykierste.com

Layered Heart Brownies

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.

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Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate | simplykierste.com

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate

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 flavor that is TO-DIE-FOR good.

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Easy Reindeer Cookies | simplykierste.com

Reindeer Cookies

Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix is perfect for the cookies for our tree decorating day, because it's already such a busy day, and I can really use all the time savers I can get. It's one of my best shortcuts, and my kids love them! I love them not only because they're yummy (I get asked for the recipe every time I take them somewhere!), but they save me SO much time.  In just a few minutes I can whip up a batch of dough, and within 15 minutes, there's a sheet of warm cookies coming out of the oven.  Frosting and decorating is next, and then the eating! Yum!

I also use the Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix to make the most darling reindeer cookies ever! They are super easy to make, and a huge, huge hit with kids.

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Top 15 {scrumptious} pie recipes | simplykierste.com

Top 15 {scrumptious} pie recipes

Confession time.  I don't love Thanksgiving dinner. Gasp!  I mean, they're alright, the turkey and potatoes and stuffing, but what I'm waiting for comes afterward.  That's right..the PIE!!  In my opinion, it's the best part of Thanksgiving, and if I thought I could get away with eating only pie, I would.

I love a lot of different kinds of pie, and finding scrumptious new pie recipes goes to the top of my to-do list about this time of year.  I gathered some of the yummies, most mouthwatering pies I could find, and wanted to share them with you too!  Beware...you are going to want to make ALL of them!

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Paper Bag Popcorn | simplykierste.com

Paper Bag Popcorn

We are huge popcorn fans at our house. HUGE. I won't tell you how many bags of popcorn kernels we have in our basement! It's the  yummiest snack, and who can watch a movie without popcorn?  With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I was thinking of  fun gift and party favor ideas, and I knew Paper Bag Popcorn would be perfect! Not only are they SUPER cost-effective, but they're totally adorable!

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Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie | simplykierste.com

Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie

I am all about quick and easy dinners.  Our afternoons are SO busy, and my favorite dinner recipes are the ones I can put together quickly, but are still yummy and healthy.  Over the years I've collected recipes that are tried-and-true, ones that I rely on often, and ones that I know I can whip up quickly.  Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie is one of those!  A dear friend shared this with me many years ago, and it's still a family favorite.

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Old-fashioned homemade suckers | Halloween | simplykierste.com

Old-fashioned homemade suckers

Homemade suckers bring me back to my childhood. My mom would make them in different shapes and flavors, and we absolutely loved it. I thought it was time I introduced my own children to them, and the holidays are the perfect time to try them.  With Halloween coming up, I made some super cute homemade suckers shaped like bats, witches, scarecrows, and ghosts.  They are SO adorable and super easy to make.  LOVE!

Old-fashioned homemade suckers | Halloween | simplykierste.com

I just love being able to make whatever kind of sucker I want to, and you guys, it is SO easy and fast! I whipped up this batch in less than 15 minutes, plus the cooling time.  I had completed suckers in about an hour, which is so awesome!

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