Easy Personalized DIY Christmas Ornaments

Easy Personalized Christmas Ornaments | simplykierste.com

  This year, since all of our Christmas decorations and ornaments are in storage, we decided to have a "homemade" tree, and make all of our ornaments.  Since I love all things personalized,  these easy DIY Christmas ornaments were the perfect choice.  They are budget-friendly, super easy, and take just an hour to make! Seriously, they could not be any easier, or any cuter! I bought all the supplies at Michael's, and made both sets in just a couple of hours, including the drying time.  They would be darling not only on your tree, but as gifts!  Instead of numbers on the Chalkboard Tag Ornament, write a name or saying instead for teachers, friends, neighbors, and more.  The initial … ...read more

Burlap Sack Place Cards

Burlap Sack Place Cards | simplykierste.com

 Burlap Bags are not only totally adorable for gift-giving, but they work perfectly as place cards and tableware holders too! I wanted something simple but elegant for our Thanksgiving table this year, and these Burlap Sack Place Cards are just the thing!  Not only can I use them as place cards, but also as tableware holders!  I love the practicality and adorability factors.  :)   They are so fast & easy to put together--all you really have to do is stencil an initial or name on to the burlap bag, and then everything compiled. You can find the burlap bags at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Joann Fabric, or perhaps at your local scrapbook or hobby store.  I cut out the initials of each … ...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

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden…AFTER!

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This post is sponsored by the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine. ----- I am in love.  I'm so happy I went with the red! (Glidden Paint's Red Delicious...Read more about my decision.) That pop of color makes such a huge difference in my kitchen, and I can't stop staring at it.  I love how it completely transforms the look of the room, and the whole space (it's connected to the dining and family rooms).  Even though we're renting right now, and can't paint walls, freshening, brightening and adding pops of color with paint isn't off limits! Painting and refinishing furniture is one of my favorite things to do, and one of the easiest (and least expensive ) ways to … ...read more

25 Days of Family Christmas Activities

25 Days of Family Christmas Activities | simplykierste.com

This is a vintage post that I couldn't help re-sharing.  We love counting down to Christmas with family activities--it's the highlight of the season! ----- The best part of Christmas isn't Christmas morning.  Don't get me wrong--I absolutely love the magic of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and seeing the joy in my children's faces as they tiptoe down the stairs, see the tree lit with all the presents underneath it, peek into their stockings for the first time, and open that one gift that they've been praying for (and that I've been dying to give them).  For me, it's everything that leads up to that morning--all the wrapping, shopping, decorating, baking, reading, light-seeing, … ...read more

31 Cheesy, Easy, & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas

31 Cheesy, Easy & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas | simplykierste.com

Looking for neighbor gift ideas? Have I got a list for you! My mom passed this list on to me years ago, and since it was an old, typewritten copy, I thought it was time it came into the digital age.  :) I love how cheesy these ideas are, but they are also super fun and easy. I remember quite a few from my growing up years, so they also bring back a lot of memories. If you're looking for something that you don't have to bake, there are some really great ideas on here! I LOVE the Chex one...... M&M's: Have a Merry & Most Wonderful Christmas! Soup or soup mix: Wishing you a "Souper" Holiday Season! Frozen or ready-to-bake pizza: Warm up to a wonderful holiday season, … ...read more

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden: BEFORE

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden | simplykierste.com

This post is sponsored by the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine. ----- We moved to New York from Texas just a little over two months ago, and since we were planning to build a home, we moved into a rental duplex and put pretty much everything we owned into storage.  Even though we aren't going to be here too long, I kept out a few things to decorate with, and to make it feel like home. Sometimes it's hard living in a rental, when you can't make any changes, or paint any walls, and even if you could, spending money on something temporary isn't what you want to do.  I feel that way about my kitchen. It isn't bad...just really white.  Everything.  The cabinets, … ...read more

Halloween Don’t Eat Pete

Halloween Don't Eat Pete | simplykierste.com

Don't Eat Pete is one of our most favorite family games...EVER.  We play it quite often for family night, and I thought it would be fun to create a fun Halloween version! If you're looking for a fun and easy classroom party idea, this is one for your list!  Kids of all ages love this, making it perfect for any grade. With very little prep, it also makes it an easy choice. Whether it's for home or school, it's very popular with anyone who plays! Here's how it works: (Print the file below, the laminate for best results. You'll also need a bag of Halloween candy, like Skittles, M&M's, marshmallows, or other small candy.) 1. Have all the players sit around in a circle around the … ...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

Gluten Free Halloween Candy

Gluten Free Halloween Candy | simplykierste.com

 One week until Halloween!  Eeek!  We are so excited at our house, and my five year old boys ask at least ten times every day how many more days until Halloween arrives! The costumes and the candy....oh, the candy. We end up with SO much!! I have a little girl with Celiac Disease and can't have gluten, so being aware of the gluten free Halloween candy  is really important. I've read through several gluten-free and Celiac dedicated sites, because they always post candy information about this time of year. I was able to compile a list of popular Halloween candy that is listed by their manufacturers as gluten-free, which will be very helpful when all that candy comes home! If you are also … ...read more