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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Rock Candy

Today’s Too Tired to Try Tuesday idea comes from my friend Carrie at Short Stack Stitches. She and her daughter have started doing weekly experiments, and this one — in addition to creating a yummy result — carries a lot of learning with it. That’s right, rock candy is tasty, and creating it can be very educational. 🙂

rock candy

Photo courtesy of Carrie at Short Stack Stitches

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 to 3 cups of sugar (we used 2)
  • 1-2 clothespins (we used 2)
  • 1 wooden dowel or skewer
  • 1 tall, narrow jar
  • Food coloring, vanilla (optional)

You’ll then need a few days to grow your candy. It starts with some sugar dissolving and dowel dipping and rolling, and then after a few days, you have your candy.

To see Carrie’s complete post with step-by-step instructions and photos (plus a video!), along with some things Carrie and her daughter learned from this experiment, please click here. While you’re there, please also check out all of Carrie’s adorable handmade items (she has capes [yup, I said capes], lovies, blankets, and more)!

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Banana Dog Bites

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for snacks other than crackers, crackers, or more crackers to feed the kidlets. (Seriously, what is up with the cracker obsession?) And today while poking around online, I found a simple, yet absolutely brilliant snack idea from Catherine at Weelicious that I’m sure my kids will enjoy making and eating: Banana Dog Bites.

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Photo courtesy of Catherine at Weelicious.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tortillas
  • Bananas
  • Peanut butter (or any other nut [e.g., almond butter] or non-nut butter [e.g., soy or sunflower seed butter])

Then it’s as simple as spreading the peanut butter on the tortillas, rolling it all up, and cutting it into sushi-style pieces. I bet these would even be good heated up a little and with a drizzle of honey added.

To see the complete post with step-by-step instructions from Catherine at Weelicious, please click here.

And if you’d like to find even more kid-friendly recipes, please be sure to check out Catherine’s new book — Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box with More Than 160 Happier Meals — set to hit shelves September 3rd.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Foam Dough

Today’s craft is by far the easiest craft I have ever shared. E.V.E.R. There are only two ingredients (or three if you’re feeling wild and crazy), and it takes no time at all to make. But, it will likely keep the kiddos entertained for a while. And it’s a cinch to clean up. So? Win, win, win, win! Thanks to Mom Trusted for sharing such a great craft idea!

Photo courtesy of Mom Trusted

Photo courtesy of Mom Trusted

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Shaving cream
  • Corn starch
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Cups, bowls, spoons, play dough tools, etc. (optional)

Then you’ll do a little mixing and be done. Yup, I said done. Within minutes you’ll end up with a “soft and silky” moldable dough that’s ready to go. (Warning: Make sure your kids don’t eat this because of the shaving cream.)

To see the complete post with instructions and photos from Mom Trusted, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Favorite Chicken

My kids finally seem to be getting tired of the same old, same old food around here, so I’ve been trying to branch out in the kitchen as of late. Since I’ve never really been big into cooking, I’ve been asking around for kid-approved recipes that aren’t the usual kid fare.

One of the recipes I received that I am super stoked about trying is from Kristina at Sew Curly — her family calls it their “Favorite Chicken.”

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Photo courtesy of Kristina at Sew Curly

Kristina promises that even her picky eaters love this — and hence why they call it their favorite chicken — so I’m looking forward to giving it a try with my kiddos.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Large bowl
  • Cookie sheet
  • Tin foil

Then there’s some oiling and Panko-ing and Paremesan’ing and baking . . . and voila, you have some delicious chicken!

To see the complete post with step-by-step instructions and photos from Kristina at Sew Curly, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Dry Sparkle Snow

If you opened this post hoping it had something to do with actual snow to help you continue to fight this summer heat, I’m sorry. This dry sparkle snow craft from Jeannette at Mommy Needs a Martini won’t do that. (Well, unless you do it inside with the A/C blasting.) BUT, it will be fun. And, if I’m going to be completely honest? Messy! This craft will be very, very, very messy. But still, fun!

dry sparkle sand

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Large bowl or bin for mixing
  • Flour
  • Baby oil
  • Glitter
  • Spoons, measuring cups, small Tupperware containers, etc.

And after you mix it all up, you’re left with some pretty, sparkly dry snow that your kids will have a blast molding, and shaping, and digging in. But hopefully not using for snowball fights! (Although if you’re really concerned about the mess, you could always do this outside.)

To see the complete post with full instructions and photos from Mommy Needs a Martini, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Ice Cream Pizza

Since it seems to be so dang hot out ev-ery-wheeeere, I’ve opted to share a fun, easy treat from PicklesINK that will help cool you and your kids down: Ice cream pizza. And the best part about this? The original post was “written” by Karyn’s 5 1/2-year-old son Ben, who is clearly a genius in the kitchen.

Photos courtesy of Karyn at PicklesINK.

Photos courtesy of Karyn at PicklesINK.

What you’ll need:

  • A bunch of your favorite cookies
  • A bunch of your favorite ice cream
  • A bunch of your favorite candy (or other fun “pizza” toppings)

And so that I don’t steal little Ben’s thunder, I’m going to let him tell you all about how to make the pizzas. So, if you’d be so kind, please click here to view Ben’s complete post, full of helpful instructions and photos. What a little sweetie pie, right?!

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics! Oh, and if you want to congratulate Ben on his great first blog post, please head over to his mom’s Facebook page and drop him a line. I’m sure he’d be thrilled to hear from all of his new fans. 🙂

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Colored Rice for Sensory Play

So my cousin messaged me yesterday to share a fun colored rice sensory activity she found from Powerful Mothering that she was going to do with her boys and thought it would be a good fit for a Too Tired to Try Tuesday post. I thought the activity looked fun, plus I was stoked she’d done my crafting research for me this week. So? Sold! How much lazier can I get than that? (Side note: if you have a fun craft or recipe that you’d like to share in a Tx5 post, please send it along — I’m always looking for ideas!)

color-rice-sensory-play

I can already see the gazillion grains of rice you’ll be finding all over your house after letting your kids have at this stuff, but it’s probably an even trade for the amount of time you’ll gain while they’re busy playing with it! (Or even better idea, let them play with it outside!) And it’s gotta be much better to deal with than sand, right?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Rice
  • Vinegar
  • Various colors of food coloring
  • Zip lock bags
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Wax paper
  • Various containers (e.g., funnel, cups) for playing
  • Storage containers

Then you do some mixing and drying, and you’re left with your colored rice. Couldn’t get much easier than that really. Add some fun containers and imagination to the mix, and your kids could be entertained for quite some time.

To see the complete post with full instructions and photos from Powerful Mothering, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)