ANSWER: Any crepe recipe using extra batter can turn the typical thin crepe into a thicker crepe. Another thought is that your mother and grandmother were making blinis or blintz hot cakes which are basically thick crepes. Here is a recipe for thick crepes from Rachel Ray’s magazine:

Cheese Blintz Hot Cakes


2 eggs

1/2 Cup flour

1/4 Cup milk

1-1/2 Tbsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 Cup cottage cheese

2 Tbsp. butter

Jam and confectioners’ sugar


In blender, mix eggs, flour, milk, sugar and baking powder, 10 seconds. Add cottage cheese; blend until just incorporated. On griddle, heat butter over medium heat. Working in batches, spoon batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto griddle. Cook, flipping once, until golden, 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter. Top with jam; dust with sugar.

Many recipes suggest letting the batter sit on the counter for 30 minutes before making the crepes.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read recently in the Sun Journal about people, mostly Christians, fleeing for their lives from war-torn Syria and Iraq. It is said that such an exodus hasn’t been seen since World War II. Do you know of any organizations that are helping these people or of any way we can show our support for these individuals? Sincerely, No Name in Lewiston.

ANSWER:  Sun Spots found quite a few organizations that are helping refugees from Syria and Iraq including Rescue, Mercy Corps, Save the Children and UNICEF. Rescue can be contacted at: International Rescue Committee, 122 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10168 or 1-855-973-7283. They are online at Mercy Corps can be contacted at: P.O. Box 2669, Dept. W, Portland, OR 97208-2669 or 1-888-747-7440. They are online at Save the Children can be contacted at 501 Kings Highway East, Fairfield, CT 06825 or 1-800-728-3843. They are online at UNICEF can be contacted at U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038 or 1-800-367-5437. They are online at

HI SUN SPOTS: I would like to know if there is anyone who could tell me about the age and value of some very old buttons which I have in my possession. Thanks for your help. I read Sun Sports everyday in my Sun Journal. — No Name in Oxford.

ANSWER: There is a Maine State Button Society that may be able to help you. They are located at 660 Cape Road, Hollis Center. Their website is They are hosting the 2015 annual Fall Button Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, off Rt. 1, across from Perry’s Nuthouse in Belfast. The event is open to the public and offers free admission, button displays, refreshments and raffles. For more information, call 207-338-5575 or 207-338-0123.

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