"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: 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: 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.

finished cake

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: 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: 1-Minute Dixie Cup Cakes

Yes, you read that correctly. Cake you can make in 1 minute in your microwave in a freaking Dixie cup. Now you can eat cake all the time! Better yet, if you have older kids (think 8 and up), this is probably easy enough for them to make themselves. For you! You’re welcome. 🙂

Photo courtesy of Wendy at Around My Family Table (http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com)

Photo courtesy of Wendy at Around My Family Table (http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com)

Thank you Wendy at Around My Family Table for perfecting this fabulous idea!

What you’ll need:

  • Any flavor cake mix
  • Water
  • Dixie cups (3 oz or 12 oz)
  • Whatever toppings you want on your cake

Then, add your cake mix and water to the cup, add your cup to the microwave, add some time to that sucker, pull out your cake in a cup, and top that bad boy! Simple and tasty. And such an easy cleanup!

To see the complete recipe and Wendy’s cute post about how she came to perfect these quick little cake cups, click here. (And while you’re there, you should hang out awhile, she’s got some great stuff!)

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: Campfire Cones

Ok, so the name of today’s recipe suggests that you should be camping when trying these. And I have nothing against camping. Love it, in fact. But I say if you have a grill at home (heck, even the oven would do) and want a quick, easy, and fun treat to make with the kids, these Campfire Cones I found from Kids Activities Blog look like the way to go. Just look how fun . . .

Campfire-Cones

Photo courtesy of Kids Activities Blog (http://kidsactivitiesblog.com)

Amiright?! I’m right, right? I am so in love with the idea of Campfire Cones that I am going to try them as soon as I can get my butt to the store for the ingredients.

What you’ll need:

  • Chopped fruit of your choice
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • Waffle ice cream cones/bowls
  • Tin foil

That’s it! Just fill, wrap, heat, and eat. (For complete instructions for how to make these, along with some more lovely photos from Kids Activities Blog, click here.)

Really, it’s that easy. And the possibilities are endless for what you can do with these. If you’re more of a caramel and apples type of person, try it. If you like more traditional s’mores, try it! Like candy bars? Try it!

If you need even more ideas, please also check out Chef Jessica Bright’s Campfire Cones ideas.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I think your mouth is going to thank me for this one. 🙂

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: Trix Krispies Treats

My apologies for this coming so late in the day. I typically like to get my posts out in the morning, but I had some “technical” difficulties with this one.

I was searching for a craft to share this week since I did food last week, but then I came across a recipe with such visually pleasing photos that I just had to pass it along. And this is where I wanted to do a big drumroll-like introduction to the recipe by including one of the stunning photos for you to see, but alas, I was unable to obtain permission in time to use it.

Anyhoo, on with the show. This week I present to you, Trix Krispies Treats–a fun and colorful spin on Rice Krispies Treats. In addition to being so pretty, the recipe promises they are really quick and easy to make. Only 5 minutes of prep time, 5 minutes of “cooking” time, and 3 ingredients: marshmallows, Trix cereal, and butter.

And now because I love you fine people so much, and because I didn’t have any nice pictures to accompany this post, I took one for the team and actually made these bad boys. See, see . . .

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So technically I wasn’t too tired to try them, but I can promise that I was tired when I made them. And my apologies for the less-than-professional quality of the photos. But you know, cell phone and all.

I must say, these are a good little treat. If you’d like to give them a try, click here to visit Cravings of a Lunatic for instructions (and to see her pretty pictures).

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!)