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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Witch Hat Cookies

Thanks to my friend Michele for sharing her photo!

Thanks to my friend Michele for sharing her photo!

Okey doke, hokey pokes, my last Halloween-inspired TTTTT post: Witch Hat Cookies. Saw these on my friend Michele’s Facebook page — aren’t they adorable?! And, they’re super duper easy to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Then, here’s what you’ll do:

  • Lay out cookies.
  • Pipe a thick circle of the orange frosting around the hole of the cookie.
  • Push a Hershey’s Kiss into the center of the frosting, covering the hole.
  • Add sprinkles.

Cute and easy peasy, no? Might actually make these with the kiddos on Halloween. 🙂

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: Scarecrow Cupcakes

I found these adorable scarecrow cupcakes from My Own Ideas and just had to share. Not only are cupcakes delicious, but these look like they’d be a lot of fun to make with the kiddos. And, perfect for Halloween!

Photo courtesy of My Own Ideas

Photo courtesy of My Own Ideas

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ingredients to make cupcakes — either a box mix or your favorite recipe from scratch
  • Icing (My Own Ideas suggests a nice buttercream icing)
  • Suggested decorations: Orange slices candy, M&Ms, Fiber One cereal or egg noodles, cinnamon or chocolate graham crackers, candy corns

Then you bake and decorate! And the beauty of this is that you and your kiddos and personalize these however you want. Each cupcake will be 100% unique.

To see the complete tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photos from My Own Ideas, 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: Apple Smiles

Ok, I’d have to be uber lazy to not have the energy to try today’s snack idea because it looks so incredibly easy, AND it’s absolutely adorable: Apple Smiles. So glad I found this from Just 2 Sisters.

Photo courtesy of Just 2 Sisters.

Photo courtesy of Just 2 Sisters.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Apples
  • Peanut butter (or, if there’s a peanut allergy, you could try Biscoff spread or another type of cookie butter, mmmmmm)
  • Mini marshmallows

Now I said this snack looks super easy to make, and I’m sure you can guess how to put these cute smiles together, but it’d be great if you could check out Just 2 Sister’s original post to show them some love.

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: No Butter, No Oil Yummy Pancakes

I’m always looking for ways to make comfort foods healthier without having them taste, errrr, healthier. If you know what I mean. I want the food to taste good AND be healthy! Is that too much to ask? I think not.

In looking for a recipe to share today, my friend JD from Honest Mom offered up one she created for healthier pancakes. Yes, healthy(er) pancakes. Now, she swears by them, and even her daughter declared them the “BEST PANCAKES EVER,” so I’m in. I think I’ll be giving these a go this weekend.

Photo courtesy of JD at Honest Mom

Photo courtesy of JD at Honest Mom

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup regular flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt (JD uses Chobani)
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • Just under 1 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (omit if you are using vanilla yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon wheat germ (optional – add more if you’d like or leave it out)
  • Blueberries, bananas, or other extras (optional)
  • Two mixing bowls
  • Whisk

Then you’ll do some whisking (dry and wet ingredients separately at first), some mixing, some griddling, and some flipping. And the end result: some extra thick, yummy pancakes.

To see the complete post with step-by-step instructions from JD at Honest Mom, 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: 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: 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!)