Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tie Blankets

We are getting ready to send a box full of goodies to baby Carson in China. My grandma had made Harp a tie blanket, and she was wearing it on the day that she joined our family. (It helped us point her out right a way from all the other babies.) We hope baby Carson loves this blanket just as much.

Here's how to make your own tie blanket:
  1. Get a piece of fleece fabric about 8 inches bigger around than you want your blanket.
  2. Cut out the corners in 4"X4" squares.
  3. Cut 1" thick and 4" long slits along the four sides of the blanket.
  4. Tie each slit in a thick knot.
  5. You're done!


Ploye is a Canadian pancake that is only cooked on one side. Unlike most pancakes, they lack eggs or milk. Traditionally they are made with both wheat and buckwheat flour. They are eaten all day like bread.

1 cup buckwheat flour
½ cup wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup cold water
½ cup boiling water

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add in the cold water and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Now whisk in the boiling water. Preheat a large nonstick pancake pan to medium heat. Scoop a few tablespoons of the batter onto the pan and spread it out. Cook until a bunch of holes form on the top and the top dries. Do not flip, but remove the ploye from the pan and serve.

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