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

20 Fabulous Crockpot Soup Recipes for Fall & Winter

Crockpot Soup Recipes | simplykierste.com

When it's chilly,  I could eat soup every single day.  I love using my crockpot to make soup, because I can put it in in the morning or early afternoon, and it's done by dinnertime.  Soup is cozy, and it's the epitome of fall and winter.  Now that it's September (yay!), I thought I would put together a collaboration of yummy crockpot soup recipes, and include the ones that caught my eye! Don't they look fabulous?  I can't wait to start trying them!  If you love one, come back and tell me! Cheesy Potato Bacon Soup // Crown Recipes Minestrone Soup // Skinny Taste Slow Cooker French Onion Soup // Wilderness Wife Creamy Southwest Chicken Soup // Little Dairy on the … ...read more

Easy Alfredo Sauce {It’s the BEST!}

Easy Alfredo Sauce | simplykierste.com

There is one meal that all of my kids love and eat, every.single.time. It's an Easy Alfredo Sauce that's not only pretty much the creamiest deliciousness you've ever tasted, but it comes together in about 10 minutes!  Yes! This sauce is made with all the best stuff...butter, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and milk.  Yep, definitely not low fat, but simple, and AMAZING. The end result is a rich and creamy sauce with a nutty flavor that pretty much makes you want to eat the entire pan...with a spoon. If you want to take some of the calories out, you can substitute low-fat cream cheese. I'm always on the lookout for easy and fast recipes, especially during the school year. Between sports, … ...read more

Lunchbox Love Notes {Free Printable}

Lunchbox Love Notes | simplykierste.com

I've always loved to tuck in a note with my kids' school lunches. Sometimes it's a quickly scribbled message written on a napkin or post-it note--whatever I have time for in the early morning rush.  This year I created some really fun Lunchbox Love Notes, free printable labels that I can quickly peel off and place on a paper sack lunch, sandwich bag, or lunch container! My kids LOVE notes in their lunch, and I know they look forward to them.  One of my girls saved a note her dad wrote her for the entire year!  It's so fun to send them with off with a little reminder of home for the middle of the day. Notes of encouragement or an "I love you" or even a funny joke go a long way for … ...read more

Simple Burlap Garland Bunting

Simple Burlap Garland Bunting | simplykierste.com

This is a "vintage" Simply Kierste project from several years ago.  We've moved several times since these pictures were taken, but I still have the garland bunting and LOVE it.  It's proved to be staple in my fall decor, so I dug this post out of my archives to re-share! ----- Burlap is one of my favorite things to work with, and it's absolutely perfect for this time of year.  This darling and Simple Burlap Garland Bunting is one of those simple touches, and will take just minutes to make! It's also an inexpensive project--less than $5--plus all you need is some burlap and some twine! ITEMS YOU NEED: burlap twine/jute DIRECTIONS: 1.  Measure your space, and cut a … ...read more

Double Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Double Peanut Butter Rice Krispies | simplykierste.com

Rice Krispie treats are pretty much beloved at our house.  They are requested quite often, and I like to do something a little different from time to time.  One of our favorites is Double Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, and it just takes once to fall in love with them! The creaminess of the peanut butter combined with the chewiness of the Rice Krispie treat is a match made in heaven! You all know how easy and quick Rice Krispie treats are, and adding these few ingredients doesn't add much time at all to the process. This recipe makes the perfect Rice Krispie treat, in my oh, so humble opinion!  I don't like them to be hard and crunchy--I love chewy ones the best, so I always alter the … ...read more

Favorite & FREE Fall Fonts

Favorite & FREE Fall Fonts | simplykierste.com

Are you ready to add to your font collection? I've gathered my most favorite and FREE Fall fonts, and put them all in one place. I'm in love with every single one of them...and aren't those dingbats adorable?  LOVE! These are perfect for everything from gift tags to Thanksgiving placards! Aren't they perfectly perfect? There are so many fun ways to use these fonts throughout the fall season! If you're not sure how to install fonts, it's really quite easy.  Just google "install fonts" and list your operating system (Windows 8, etc.), and it will come right up.  It usually just takes a few short steps.  Once they're installed on your computer, they will automatically show up in Word, … ...read more

Silhouette Back to School Promo & Portrait Giveaway!!

Silhouette Back to School Promo | simplykierste.com

I'm an affiliate with Silhouette.  All opinions are 100% mine. ----- Silhouette is celebrating Back to School with an awesome promo!  Along with either the CAMEO or Portrait, the bundles include some of my favorites--chipboard, printable sticker paper, printable foils, adhesive wash sheets, and more!  My CAMEO has been packed away for a few weeks, and I'm starting to have withdrawals, lol.  With school starting, even more projects are getting added to the list, and whether it's preparing for school, getting organized, or school projects, my Silhouette is my right hand guy. Or girl.  :) Here are a few of the back to school projects I've made using my Silhouette... { Chalkboard Binder … ...read more

Twine & Berry Fall Wreath

Twine & Berry Fall Wreath | simplykierste.com

Fall is right around the corner, I can almost smell it. Seriously--I'm itching for the crisp mornings, fall leaves, visits to the cider mill and pumpkin patch, cozy sweaters, evening fires--I could probably go on and on. I'm also one of those girls that gets up fall decorations right on September 1st, because I like to eek out every last minute of fall.  Wreaths are an easy way to add decor to your home, and this darling Twine & Berry Fall Wreath is so simple to make! I LOVE it, and it will be perfect on a front door, in an entry way, on an mantel, or wherever you like! You can find berry garland at Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, Michael's, along with all of the other supplies too. It's a … ...read more