Cinnamon Swirl Cake

Cinnamon Swirl Cake | simplykierste.com

Who loves fall?  ME!!!!! It's always been my favorite, and it's on its way here in upstate New York. I love the crisp mornings, cozy sweaters, vibrant leaf colors, pumpkin patches, cider mills, and of  course, the yummy food.  One of our family's all-time favorite fall recipes is Cinnamon Swirl Cake, and you are going to love me (and hate me, because you're going to want to eat it all!) for sharing it with you. It is the epitome of fall! Seriously, it is SO good.  Bits of cinnamon & sugar are swirled around inside the moist, buttery cake, and it's topped with a creamy cinnamon buttercream frosting that I could eat with a spoon. (And I may or may not have done that before...) This … ...read more

Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts & Dingbats

Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts | simplykierste.com

Halloween is one of my very favorites.  The fact that it's a part of the cozy fall season just adds to its appeal.  When it comes to Halloween, I'm more of a not-so-spooky girl.  Give me the pumpkin carving, fun decor, darling costumes, trick-or-treating, fun parties, and yummy food!  There are also lots of opportunities to use fonts throughout the Halloween season, so being the  font addict that I am, I gathered my favorite Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts.  Best of all...they're free! Use them for Halloween decor, printables, tags, banners & buntings, invitations, and anything you can think of.  :) Hallocuties (Dingbats) // MTF Sweet Halloween Dings // Things We Said // 1942 Report // … ...read more

DIY Recipe Binder with FREE Printables!

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others.   I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true.  It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it's been around for a long time, but that says something right there...it's still around because it WORKS!  I've had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this … ...read more

Ten Years Later…Our Family’s Diabetes Story

Ten Years Later...Our Family's Type 1 Diabetes Journey | simplykierste.com

The end of this month marks the 10 year anniversary of our son's diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes.  It's been quite the journey for him, for me as a mother, and for our entire family.  I wrote this last fall, but to mark this milestone, I wanted to re-post it in recognition and celebration.  He is now almost 16 years old, happy, and doing well. This is dedicated to him, and to all the families with darling children that have been and will be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Ten years later...this is our family's diabetes story. xo ..... Sometimes we experience life-defining moments that while we're right in the middle of them, we don't quite realize how much of an impact they will actually … ...read more

Good Mornings with Eric Carle and Gymboree

eric carpe free printable activities & coloring pages | simplykierste.com

This is a sponsored blog post. I received compensation from Gymboree.  All opinions and text are 100% mine. ----- You know one of the best parts of the day for me?  First thing in the morning, after the morning rush, after breakfast has been served and cleaned up, and after the big kids are on the bus to school.  My three little kids and I snuggle up on the couch, all of us still pajama-clad, with a pile of our favorite books. The house is quiet, and I can concentrate on this special time with my little ones.  The big kids get the attention after schol, when everything is a swirl of activity--homework, piano practice, ballet, hockey practice, violin lessons-- all while I prep for … ...read more

Craft Stick Dolls: An Easy Craft for Kids

Craft Stick Dolls | A Fun Craft For Kids | simplykierste.com

Well, hello, hello!! Can you believe it's the 10th of the month, already?? Our bunch of 10 bloggers is so happy to be back, sharing with you ten brand new ideas.  This month we've turned our thoughts to our kiddos! Our chosen theme is JUST FOR KIDS, with ten great ideas, for and all about kids, including recipes, crafts, and all-around great ways to bring the family together. After you check out my super cute Craft Stick Dolls, be sure to check out (and pin!) the posts from my fellow blog friends. Enjoy! My girls love to make things, and often they're borrowing my craft supplies to create their latest project.  Last week they asked for craft sticks and washi tape, and I am in la la love … ...read more

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