Of Boys and Biscuits

Lief teaching Kaycee how to mix biscuits.
Lief teaching Kaycee how to mix biscuits.
Kaycee, trying his new found knowledge out.
Kaycee, trying his new found knowledge out.
So proud of himself.
So proud of himself.
Finished biscuits.
Finished biscuits.

First cup of coffee, almost gone.  Time to start breakfast.  What to have?  With David home, it better be good.  Filling.  Full of nutrients and something that will stick to the ribs a while.  Biscuits.  The boys love helping to make biscuits, and unlike pancakes, they can't help cook them.  That saves on clean up work... Biscuits and eggs it will be.  Better get some breakfast steaks out too, and a can of peaches.  Make that two cans.  Fall is coming, and we still have plenty of fruit from last year, with fresh fruit most of the summer.

Oh good!  The sun is coming out.  We will be able to till the garden today!  Is that the tractor I hear?  Good.  Hubby has the same idea.

"Who wants to help make biscuits?"

"I do!"  Lief yells, as he runs into the kitchen. 

"Me too!"  Kaycee declares, as he skids into the room.

"Okay, wash your hands,"  I instruct them, getting out a bowl and the lard.  It is so nice to have lard that I clarified myself.  I know exactly what is in it and that the word 'Hydrogenated' does not apply to what I am feeding my family.  Grabbing a spoon from the drawer, I scoop out approximately 2/3 of a cup and shake it off into the bowl.  The boys return, ready to work.  Leif gets out the biscuit cutter as I scoop 4 cups of whole wheat flour, 2 cups of white flour and 1/2 cup sugar into the bowl.  He begins to cut the lard into the flour as I add some salt and baking soda. 

"See, Kaycee, you do it like this,"  Lief explained to Kaycee, slowly pressing the cutter to the bottom of the bowl, using a rocking motion to reach the bottom of the bowl.  Then he takes a step to one side, and does it again.  "See?  It cuts up the lard makes the flour sticky."  He taps the excess off, steps to the side, and begins cutting again.

"Me."  Kaycee declares, reaching for the cutter. 

"Okay," Leif says, cheerfully handing it over.  "Just be careful.  Mommy does not like it when we spill."

Kaycee presses the cutter down through the flour, a grin on his face.  He is helping!  He is making breakfast for daddy!  Again and again he presses the cutter through, Lief observing his move and helping to turn the bowl, since Kaycee insists on standing in one place. 

Soon the flour is thoroughly mixed with the fat and ready to become dough.  "Mommy, we are ready for you!  You can do the rest, and we will watch," Lief tells me.

I add a bit of lemon juice, to activate the baking soda and then stir in water until the dough is soft and sticky but maintains it's shape.  Then, with an old fashioned ice cream scoop, I scoop the dough onto a pan.  No, this isn't how my mom taught me to make biscuits.  This is how I decided to do it, after reading many old recipes.  They turn out light and delicious, without use of a rolling pin.  They are good the next day, on the rare occasion that any last that long.  They need to bake about 15 minutes at 450 degrees.  Time to start the steaks and set the table.

As I put the biscuits into the oven, my little boys head to the bathroom to wash up and then out the door to play.  I hear them excitedly telling David about thier part in making breakfast.  He is proud of them.  Tells them what big helpers they are and how much he is looking forward to breakfast.  Lief, excited by the praise, comes back into the house to set the silverware on the table and make sure everyone has a special cup.  The table has a hodge-podge of mismatched mugs and glasses.  The peaches are blessed with a 'fancy' fork -- one that does not match any of the others. 

Ivorwen, 2010.

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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Hello lady, nice to see you again.

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

PJ, my wife sometimes let our grandson help with the food preparation. He has his own little red apron and loves it. Very good hub, thanks for sharing.

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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Very heartwarming ivorwren. Joy for breakfast sounds good.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Ivorwen - you are absolutely blessed. What handsome little sons you have!

Keep teaching them how to cook and they will make wonderful husbands!

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Hello Vladimir! Good to see you.

Putz, I need to make the boys some aprons. In fact that is the one thing they asked for while we were cooking.

Thank you Green Lotus.

Drbj, I think they're cute, but I know I'm biased. I love teaching them. It is so fun to have kitchen helpers.

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

What cute little boys...I think it's great that you are letting them have the fun of working/playing in the kitchen. Baking and cooking is so much fun and it can be equally as creative. The biscuits look delicious....wish I had one right now. It's very early morning and, as yet, I have not had breakfast.

Thanks for a fun hub

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thanks Alekhouse!

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Margaridab 6 years ago from Lyon, France

I love the photos! the boys are so cute!:)

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you Margaribad. :)

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Joy At Home 6 years ago from United States

This was just the smile I needed.

My children and I still prefer rolled biscuits (almost as quick, the way I do them), and, when we are not in a rush, use cookie cutters on them. Biscuits shaped like rabbits and music notes just taste better. :-)

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

I do like shaped biscuits! I always make lip shaped biscuits for Valentine's day -- tradition that started when we were first married. :)

Maybe you can teach me how to roll them quickly. But it is not rolling them that takes forever, it is cleaning the flour off the counter that I hate!

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Joy At Home 6 years ago from United States

Lip shaped biscuits. I love it!

I'll have to think about how to explain exactly how I make them. With my luck, it could be a chemical thing that just makes the dough work right, even when it's overhandled...which happens frequently, for one reason or another. All I'm sure about is that I hardly ever have much flour to clean up...I get the dough just thick enough that it won't stick, but not so thick it doesn't rise correctly.

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VAMPGYRL420 6 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A.

Beautiful Hub from a beautiful lady :)

Love & Blessings,

Windy Grace

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LiftedUp 6 years ago from Plains of Colorado

What big little boys you have, Ivorwen! I think sometimes about biscuits for breakfast, but seldom, very seldom do I decide I can spend that much time. I'm sure David appreciates them! (And the steaks too.)

I may have to try your method one of these times, especially the water instead of milk in the biscuits.

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thanks VampGyrl. :)

LiftedUp, I love that the boys are big enough to help each other learn and that they love helping out around the place. Today they were helping me build a compost heap of grass and sawdust.

DoorMattnomore 6 years ago

We have a fancy fork too, my kids call it "the wedding fork." we love to have sausage gravy, with our eggs and bicuits. I use the recipie on the back of the Bakewell Cream container, Ill ahave to give yours a try, sounds a bit easier. One thing I have to say..always use LARD!!!! Biscuits need real fat. :)

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

I have never heard of Bakewell Cream. Maybe it is a regional thing, maybe it is sold around here, under another name. My mom always used the Betty Crocker baking powder recipe. I love how hers turn out, but have never enjoyed my own. My favorite biscuits are made with 50% butter and 50% coconut oil, but that get expensive fast, so we stick with lard. Real fat is the only way to go!

DoorMattnomore 6 years ago

I just searched Bakewell, and it is a regional thing and I had no idea!! I like using butter too, but it sure is expensive. Ive neve used cocnut oil. Mayeb Ill try it one day, if I ever find it anywhere. :)

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

I really like coconut oil, but it makes butter look cheap. :)

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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

You sound so down to earth. I loved this hub. Not what I usually show interest in which is what caught me by suprise. I found you on a comment to a hub by McHamlet. I was impressed with your defense of the gospel. I bet you are one who preaches the gospel and only uses words when necessary.

I could almost smell the biscuits!

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you Fred, I pray that your assessment of me is true.

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vgf1968 6 years ago from Casper, Wyoming

Not sure where in Western Wyoming, but our state is quite lucky to have you and your family in it! I love the recipe and may have to try it myself. Biscuits are always a hit at my house too.

I love that your boys helped make them. You have two really good kids!

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you vgf1968! They love to help out in the kitchen.

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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Oh such a sweet, lovely, hub. Your boys are absolutely charming and I just love them. This reminds me of the fun I have with my grandsons. I will have to make biscuits with them. You are such a good mommy and you are teaching your boys so many important things that a text book never could. I just adore you. You are awesome and so is your family!

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you Lisa. Tonight they were helping me make raspberry jam. Or, I should say, they were waiting eagerly to lick the spoon as the jam cooked down.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi Ivorwen, at last I know what the American biscuit is! lol I have been dying to know for ages! we, in England use the word biscuits for what you call cookies, so I had no idea what your use was, they sound lovely, I would love to know what they taste like. it seems a bit like the way that you make 'dumplings' for stews, without the sugar of course, that is just lard flower suet and salt, but this was a lovely way to teach children, I am glad I came over to take a look, cheers nell

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Growing up, my mom babysat some kids who had just returned stateside from England. I remember being very confused when they referred to every round bread like thing on the table as a biscuit.

They are very similar to a dumpling, the way they are cooked is about the only difference. Most biscuit recipes don't call for sugar, but I found that it helps them to stay fresh tasting for a couple of days, where as most biscuits taste stale once the completely cool.

TattoGuy 6 years ago

Jeeez ya haven't written in 2 months, shift yer self girl and lets see some new hubs ; )

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

How did you know what my plans for the day were? Of course, they will be on a different account!

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thanks for the kick in the pants, Friend!

Here is my latest: http://hubpages.com/food/pickled-summer-squash

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Ambition398 6 years ago

We made donuts from the biscuit dough. Yummy and addicyive for sure, they were ;)

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

I have several doughnut recipes that are very easy, so have never tried the biscuit dough, though I do know several people who use it on a regular basis. It is good to meet you, Ambition398.

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epigramman 6 years ago

..i am a boy of mischief and I wanna put my hand in your cookie jar and get some of those delicious biscuits ....and a word to describe your hubs: hubdelicious!

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thanks Epigramman. Enjoy the biscuits your take.

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