{four layer dessert}

Mar
15
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I first discovered this recipe when we were in college, and I fell in love with it right then and there. I love all the layers--individually, and together!  The shortbread crust is nutty, rich, and buttery, and when it's paired with the delightful cream cheese and pudding layers, it's pure heaven.  The whipped cream  is the perfect topping...it's so, SO yummy!  I really could eat the whole pan.  :)I used pistachio pudding in honor of St. Patrick's Day, and it will be perfect for our dessert on Saturday night.  Not a pistachio fan?  Not to worry--I LOVE it with lemon pudding, and the chocolate is delicious too.  I've also made it without the nuts, so if … [Continue reading...]



{bunny bait}

Mar
14
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bunny bait 2 copy

This fun mix is perfect to munch on during any Easter gathering--as favors, in a cute bowl as an appetizer, or even as place cards. Tie it up with ribbon in clear bag or jar, and you've got a darling gift for a friend, neighbor or teacher.  Or...make up a bowl and watch it be eaten in less than 30 minutes, lol. It calls for just a few simple ingredients, and it literally is the fastest thing ever to make.  I love peanut butter and pretzels together, so I used: a bag of Reese's Pieces eggs  pretzels marshmallows honey roasted peanuts You could also add raisins, but I don't like them, so I didn't.  :) I didn't measure anything--just added as much or as little of each … [Continue reading...]



{spring chevron banner}

Mar
13
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I was lucky enough to try out the Spring Flowers die from Lifestyle's brand new Blossom collection, and it was the perfect addition to this fun spring chevron banner. It's being displayed on the mantel for now, but I think it would be so cute in a doorway, as part of a party tablescape, across an old window, or above a bed.Using clothespins means you can leave your twine up, and just switch out the banner pieces when it's time for the next holiday and season--a huge timesaver!!I love how fast and easy the dies are to use--in literally less than 5 minutes I had these darling flowers cut out, and ready to add to my chevron banner.  This is seriously a 10 minute banner, and you can't beat … [Continue reading...]



{giveaway} the rusted chain

Mar
12
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Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  We enjoyed superb weather, and took full advantage of it by being outside as much as possible.  My kids were filthy dirty the entire time, and loved every minute of it.  We're going to start the week off right with a super fun giveaway from our newest sponsor...  This darling shop features custom jewelry, including hand stamped necklaces, bracelets, and more.  {necklaces}{bracelets}{earrings}{fun stuff for photographers}So cute, right?  One of everything, please!I'm excited to announce that they are giving one lucky reader a $50 gift certificate to their shop!Here's how you enter: (please leave a … [Continue reading...]



Popcorn Cake

Mar
08
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popcorn cake | simplykierste.com

Yesterday was the most beautiful day.  It reached almost 70 degrees, and when it's normally in the 30's this time of year, it was a very welcome surprise.  With my windows thrown open, kids playing outside all afternoon, and flip flops on my feet, spring was definitely in the air, and it was the perfect day to make one of our favorite treats...a popcorn cake! What a fun {cake} this is!  I used Easter M&M's this time, but depending on the holiday or season, you can easily substitute the colors. It's perfect for any party or get together, especially with Easter coming. The best part?  It's SO easy, and takes less than 10 minutes to make.  LOVE that. {popcorn cake} 10.5 oz. … [Continue reading...]



{easter ideas roundup}

Mar
07
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We are a month away from Easter, can you believe it?  I'm so ready for spring, but it feels like it was just Christmas, lol. There are just so many fun and creative ideas out there to celebrate Easter, and I'm excited to share some of my favorites with you today. What drew me to many of these was their kid-friendliness...I love including my kids in as many holiday activities as possible, and many of these ideas are perfect for getting them at the kitchen table or counter, right along with you!{fun treats} oreo chicks(brown paper packages)peep s'mores(pinterest)easter nest cupcakes  (better homes and gardens)rice krispie eggs(better homes & gardens)sweet tweets(it is what … [Continue reading...]