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Fun & Frugal: Playing with biscuit dough

The heat wave continues here (though it’s only around 100 today, so the children are actually able to play outside for more than 15 minutes at a time!), so I’ve been trying to come up with one special indoors activity to do each day using things we already have on hand.

Earlier this week, I added some milk to some of the Homemade Baking Mix I still had in the freezer and we whipped up some biscuits.

They took their job of making biscuits very seriously at first.

But then someone started snitching a little dough.

And the next thing I know, I turned around from making lunch to see that Kaitlynn had made a hair piece with her dough. Needless to say, that piece went straight into the trash after she was done playing with it! 🙂

The finished batch of biscuits looked a bit interesting, but the children had so much fun making them that it was totally worth it!

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  • The aprons are adorable. Course having cute children in them can do that. Hmmm. I think we will be making biscuits tomorrow!

  • Carrie says:

    Cute! But no way am I running my oven in this heat!

    (Actually, it cooled off today in Chicago, huge relief. Not enough to bake, though. For me, at least.)

    • Crystal says:

      I know, that was the downside to this project! 🙁

      • Julie says:

        The solution to this is a box oven (google for directions – or ask a girl scout!) Kids can wrap the box in foil/tape and them mix up a bathch of muffins or dump cake while the adult takes care of charcoal!

  • Autumn says:

    So cute. My A/c just kicked on as it’s a heat wave over this way too. Reno,NV. I dread turning on the oven but sometimes I run out of ideas thats why I love trying all your recipes. 🙂

  • I LOVE your personal posts! And I love to see I’m not the only one who lets my “big” little stir stuff on the stove:) Your kids are precious!

  • Starla H McCollum says:

    These pictures are sweet, and what a great way to help mommy and have fun. I bet they were still yummy even after playing with it.

  • RuthS says:

    Looks like you need hairnets to match the aprons, lol 😀

  • Mona says:

    You are such a fun mom. 🙂

  • Kimberly says:

    Your kids are such cutie-pies! Although it looks like little man needs some sort of “manly” apron for these baking projects! He’s the only one not wearing one! My 3 year old boy is in a stage of “Can I help you Mommy”, so he climbs up on the step stool to help stir when we make muffins. Only this morning when I turned my back for a second, he discovered the fine art of licking the spoon!

    Fun kitchen times on hot days…..

    • Mel says:

      I noticed that Silas didn’t have an apron too. We bought one of the super cheap ones at Michael’s and then hot ironed some tractor fabric on for my son. He loves it!

      Crystal, your kids are precious! What I wouldn’t give for hair like that! Did you have those ringlets when you were younger? Too cute!!

  • Helen says:

    When my brother and I were little, my mom would give us each a little bit of chocolate chip cookie dough when she made cookies. We got to sit on the kitchen floor and make our cookie in a pie tin. We always played with the dough for ages and then she’d bake our cookies separately. They were a mess because our greasy hands had played with them so much, but we had a great time and then we got to eat our own cookie!

  • Shannon says:

    Your son is getting so big! Can’t wait till my girls are big enough for projects like this one, it’ll be great to keep them busy, learning and have something yummy to show for it! (BTW, totally nabbing your baking mix recipe, thanks!)

  • Your kids are so cute – Silas looks so much more like a little boy now. Reading these posts helps me to relax when my own kids are up to antics – my almost four-year-old loves to snitch dough when he “helps” to roll it out. We’re cranking up the oven today to make pizza as it’s cooled off to the lower 90’s.

  • Courtney says:

    My kids love making homemade pretzels in all kinds of crazy shapes 🙂

  • Sue says:

    That looks like so much fun that I’m going to play with my dough the next time I make biscuits too.

  • Amy Reynolds says:

    We live in Texas so NO WAY the oven’s going on…At 8:00 last night it was still 106!! We’ve had to get creative too…The printable paper dolls from last week have been a big hit! Now I just have to find something to occupy my 11 year old boy…paper dolls don’t work so well for him! Any ideas???

  • Rae says:

    The photos are so cute 🙂 Yeah the oven doesn’t go on here at all unless it is early morning. 108 right now BLEH I hate the heat!

  • That looks super fun. I also am over the heat! Trying to find patience and grace for kids through it all.

  • Stacy says:

    So cute and fun! And who wouldn’t want a hair piece made out of dough? I mean, really? 🙂

  • Cris says:

    It’s very hot in TX too but I did turn on the oven today to make a cheesecake and Crystal’s green rice casserole. It was so good, between my husband and I we ate 1/2 of the casserole (he ate more than I did…). That was worth the heat for sure! Now I just have to wait for the cheesecake to cool…

    Great pics!!

  • august says:

    How much milk did you add for the buscuits. I made my mix like… 2 months ago, and I still haven’t used any of it 🙁

  • Krysten says:

    Your kids are so cute, especially Silas! He’s about 6 months older than my David and they look similar (blonde hair, fair skin, adorable mischevious grin) so I always think of Silas as the “future version” of my little guy.

  • Pamela says:

    I LOVE that you do this with your kids! It shows me that I need to loosen up and let my kids do that, too!! What fun and memories for them!!

  • Jenny says:

    would you be able to do a post summarizing the successful recipes that you made with the homemade baking mix. it would be really helpful to have it all in one place.
    thanks for your great blog!

  • Kelly says:

    What age do most people start letting their kids cook at the stove? I’ve been really hesitant to do that since we have a gas stove, but I don’t want to hold-back my almost 8 y.o. if she might be ready.

    • Crystal says:

      I wait until they show enough maturity to do so and then slowly teach them. The girls still are not allowed to turn the stove on by themselves, but they can make oatmeal and scrambled eggs by themselves so long as I oversee and turn the burner on for them. If we had a gas stove, I’d probably be a little more hesitant to let them be around it just because gas stoves scare me! 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    Love the pictures. 🙂

  • Heather T. says:

    Its very funny that you posted this as I just made your pizza dough for the first time and had a few pieces left over and let my boys “play” with it, they loved it.

  • Heather T. says:

    Also I let my kiddos help cook with me and they are 6,5 and 3 all boys and I want them to know how to cook for themselves, they love to be in the kitchen.

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