"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." (Aldo Leopold) Apparently, I cannot.


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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!)

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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!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: 4th of July Cake

So apparently I’m on a roll of stealing from myself. And also on a 4th of July kick. If you missed last week’s post, I shared the handprint fireworks t-shirt craft I came up with and did with the kiddos for Kids Crafts Fun and Games.com.

This week, I’m sharing a recipe for a 4th of July cake that I, in fact, also actually made. But it was 2 years ago, and I’m definitely too tired to make it again this year, so I think it works as a Too Tired to Try Tuesday post. 🙂

4th of july cake

Fair warning on this one . . . I’m writing these directions from memory, so they’re not going to be, how should I say, precise. You’ll still be able to recreate the cake, though, and really, that’s all that counts. Right? (Man, you would never know how Type A I am from this post.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • Whatever other ingredients the box says you’ll need to make the cake (likely eggs, water, oil)
  • 1 can of white cake icing
  • Red and blue food coloring (or whatever natural ingredients you like to use in lieu of food coloring)
  • Bundt pan
  • 3 bowls for cake mix
  • 3 microwave-safe bowls for icing
  • Spoons/spatulas for mixing and to aid with pouring (you will likely also need a hand mixer or whisk)

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Prepare the cake batter according to instructions.
  2. Divide the cake batter into three bowls. Leave one bowl as is, then add red food coloring to one and blue food coloring to another.
  3. Spray your bundt pan with cooking spray, then pour in the batter in layers, one color at a time. (Suggestion: Pour either the red or blue first, then the white in the middle, then the second color.)
  4. Cook cake according to instructions.
  5. Once cake is done, let cool, then remove from bundt pan and place on a large plate/serving dish.
  6. Divide the cake icing into three bowls. And just as you did with the batter, leave one bowl as is, then add red food coloring to one and blue food coloring to another.
  7. Then, one color at a time, microwave each bowl of icing very briefly (so that it will pour easily) and drizzle it over the cake.
  8. Allow icing to set and garnish cake with strawberries and blueberries or sprinkles or whatever else you desire (or nothing at all).
  9. Eat.
  10. Eat some more.
  11. Unbutton pants.
  12. Fall asleep.

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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: Handprint Fireworks T-shirts

In all of the hubbub of moving, I forgot to scout out an activity or recipe to use for today’s Too Tired to Try Tuesday post. So I’m sort of cheating with this one. Because I’m sharing a craft that I came up with and did with the kids and published over at Kids Crafts Fun and Games.com yesterday. So I guess I’m not really cheating because not only did I come up with the craft, but I also, like, actually did it, which goes against the whole lazy tired part of my Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts.

What is this grand craft I came up with, you’re wondering? Dooo dooo dooo dooo (*trumpet sounding*) . . . handprint fireworks t-shirts! Perfect for the 4th of July.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plain solid-colored t-shirts (We happened to have red and blue on hand.)
  • Craft paints in various colors (In keeping with the 4th of July theme, we used red, white, and blue acrylic paints; you can also use fabric paints.)
  • Small containers to pour the paint into (We used a few small paper plates.)
  • Paint brushes
  • Baby wipes (or wet paper towels/any other wet cloths) to wipe off hands

Then you do a little palm painting (with various colors) and pressing, and voila, you have handprint fireworks t-shirts. I warn you, this craft was messy, but it was easy and fun.

To read step-by-step instructions, get some helpful hints, and see some more of my photographic magic, please click here.

Oh, and a fun note: I’m going to be a regular contributor over at Kids Crafts Fun and Games.com, so you can check out all my crafty stuff here. (So far there’s only two posts.)

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: Muddy Buddies

Do your kids like to eat mud? (I am neither confirming nor denying any of my kids have ever done this. Or enjoyed it.) What about chocolate? Peanut butter? Yes? Ok then, have I got a fun snack for you! (And forget I brought up the mud.)

Photo courtesy of Vicky at Mess for Less (http://www.messforless.net)

Photo courtesy of Vicky at Mess for Less (http://www.messforless.net)

15 minutes of prep time + 15 minutes of cooling time + kids being able to help make these chocolatey-peanut buttery snack bites = 1 quick + easy + yummy + fun recipe. Not to mention a fun name: Muddy Buddies. Just rolls right off the tongue, no?

What you’ll need:

  • Any flavor Chex-type cereal
  • Powdered sugar
  • Chocolate chips (regular or semi-sweet)
  • Peanut butter
  • Butter or margarine
  • Vanilla

You’ll then do some mixing, some heating (in the microwave), some more mixing, some coating, some shaking, and some cooling. And then probably lots and lots of snacking.

Thanks so much to Vicky at Mess for Less for sharing this snack idea. To see her complete post with step-by-step instructions and adorable photos, click here.

If your child has a nut allergy but is still all about the chocolate, check out Vicky’s equally delicious and fun-looking recipe for Chocolate Snowballs.

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 Busy 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: Erupting Kool-Aid Paints

I think we can all agree that the worst part of doing crafts with kids is, doo doo doo doo . . . the cleanup! Amiright?

Well, I have just found my newest favorite crafting website: Bath Activities for Kids. That’s right, this site shares all sorts of fun activities that your kids can do right in the bathtub. Mess contained, then rinsed away. Bingo bango. I know, right?

With so many fun activities, it was hard to pick just one to share, so you’ll likely see more of these in the future. But for now, I give to you Erupting Kool-Aid Paints.

Kool-Aid paints

These paints promise to look pretty–just imagine the vibrant colors–and smell good, too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Shaving cream (preferably unscented)
  • Kool-Aid packets in various flavors
  • A spray bottle filled with vinegar
  • Containers to hold your paints

After mixing up the baking soda, shaving cream, and Kool-Aid, your kids will be ready to start getting all Picasso-like in the tub.

Then, once they get bored with that, give them the spray bottle and have them spray their masterpieces. This is where the fun will really begin, as their paintings will erupt right before their eyes.

Sounds pretty fun, eh? To see the complete post with step-by-step instructions and absolutely adorable photos, click here. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for some other fun suggestions for playing with Kool-Aid. And while you’re there, check out all of the other bath activities too.

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: Peanut Butter Play Dough

Play dough that’s easy to make (no cooking required), fun to use, and yummy (you know, in case your little one has a penchant for eating play dough like mine does), you ask? Yup, that’s what I have for you this week. A craft and a recipe all in one.

PB play dough

Big thanks to Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons for sharing this great idea!

What you’ll need:

  • Creamy peanut butter 
  • Non-fat powdered milk OR powdered sugar
  • Honey

And because there is no heating or cooking required, the kiddos can even help you make this. Then, the possibilities are endless for what they can create. Add some craft or pretzel sticks and marshmallows and you have some pretty awesome marshmallow creatures just waiting to be made! And then, if your kids don’t eat it all up, you can save it in the refrigerator for another time.

To see Megan’s complete post, click here. And while you’re there, check out all of her other awesome stuff.

Oh, and if your kid has a nut allergy, perhaps you can try Megan’s recipe for Red Hot Play Dough!

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: Handpainted Sneakers

So a few weeks ago, the kids and I actually found some time to do a fun craft. We made personalized umbrellas, and I shared our experience over at Kids Crafts Fun and Games.

I will be the first to admit that I actually had a good time doing that with them. It wasn’t extremely messy, we ended up with something functional that they’ll be able to use for a while (or until it gets broken when it’s being used as a boat or something), and the kids were super proud of their creations. And that made my heart happy.

So I’ve been looking for something else to do with them that sort of fits the same bill. And yesterday, I found it: handpainted sneakers. I’m not sure why I didn’t think to do something like this on my own, as I was a huge decorate-your-own-clothes-with-puffy-paint kinda girl in middle school. Oh yes, that girl walking around with neon-colored handprints on her ass. Yup, that was me. (Hey, don’t judge, it was the early 90s.)

Anyhoo, I came across the idea from Jen at Jen Loves Kev and decided to add it to my I’m-actually-going-to-have-to-find-time-to-do-that list. (Wow, two longly–yes, that’s a word–hyphenated modifiers already. I promise I’m done.)

I mean, c’mon, look at these cute little things . . .

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Photo courtesy of Jen at Jen Loves Kev (http://jenloveskev.com)

What you’ll need:

  • White canvas sneakers
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Containers to hold the paint
  • Smock
  • Water (optional if you want to thin out the paint some)
  • Permanent marker (optional)

Then, let your kid unleash his or her inner arteest and go to town! (To see Jen’s full post, complete with instructions, and some more adorable photos, click here.)

Looks fun, no? I bet it’d also be fun to add other embellishments like, say, puffy paint!! The one problem I can see encountering with this is the necessary drying time. I have a feeling my kids won’t want to wait to wear their pedi-art. Looking forward to giving this one a go, though.

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!)