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

Favorite Toys List

Favorite Toys List | simplykierste.com

This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are 100% mine. ----- Christmas is on its way, and the talk of Christmas toys and gifts is rampant at our house.  I've made my lists, and shopping has commenced! We tend to invest in classic toys, and add to the collection over the years...like Legos, Lincoln Logs,  blocks, and art supplies.  They last for a long time, in terms of both quality and age level.  Love that! Many of them are also gender neutral, because my kids like the same things, and play all together a lot.  I've made a list of some of our favorite toys, ones that all of our kids have loved, and been the most popular in our playroom--plus others that top our Christmas list … ...read more

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Neighbor Gift {Free Printable}

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Neighbor Gift | simplykierste.com

I love simple and adorable neighbor gifts, and this one is not only darling, but takes no time at all! Give your neighbors, friends, and teachers a cozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Kit--I'm sharing a free printable today! You just need a few things to put them together, and I love how easy it is--literally just a few minutes!  If you don't have a lot of time, this will work perfectly. This is what you'll need for every kit you make: -12 inch cone-shaped treat bags (or mason jar) -3/4 c. chocolate chips -2/3 c. white chocolate chips -3 to 4 T. chopped peppermints -ribbon -printable recipe (download at bottom of post) Directions:   1.  Layer the chocolate chips and white chocolate … ...read more

National Diabetes Month & Sweet Freedom

Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom | simplykierste.com

This is a sponsored post by Blue Bunny Ice Cream. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- November is National Diabetes Month, and it's very near and dear to my heart. I can't believe it's been 10 years since my darling little boy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He was in kindergarten, and had just turned six years old--it seems like yesterday and forever ago all at the same time.  What a roller coaster it's been! A couple of weeks ago, we visited the town in Michigan where we lived for many years. We happened to also visit The Diabetes Center where we received our very first training all those years ago, and the memories just came flooding back.  I also realized just how far we had come, … ...read more

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