Some iPads offer mobile access


DEAR SUN SPOTS: In the Feb 20 column a person commented on not being able to read the Sun Journal on the iPad when traveling. You answered that the iPad does not have cellular capability such as a phone.

There are two types of iPads: One that is only Wi-Fi and one that has both Wi-Fi and cellular. There will be a phone number connected to the device, but you cannot make or receive calls. There is a charge, of course, for the cellular coverage.

Those of us who do craft shows and use Square or other devices for credit card sales need an iPad with both as often we are out of Wi-Fi range.

Love your column! — Betty Snowman, [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots is increasingly leery about answering technical questions, for obvious reasons such as being wrong. There is no way she can know everything about the increasing array of available devices and software. Of course, if she had bothered to search iPad sales online she would have discovered the mobile option. Mea culpa.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You’ve probably gotten a dozen of these by now, so do not feel compelled to acknowledge this one.

iPads come with the ability to access the Internet if you purchase that model. You can get all sorts of bells and whistles, and you have to pay the piper, of course!

Hope this clarifies things a bit. — [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots is losing no time in running the correct information so that she won’t get dozens! She immediately fixed the information in the column online to slow the flow of letters.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for “North Woods Law.” When and where will it be on? Thank you. — Daily Reader, Jay

ANSWER: At it says there is “No schedule data available at this time.”

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thanks for keeping us informed. Could you print the recipe for mug cakes? My copy was destroyed.

Also, what happened to Sam Champion , the weatherman on “Good Morning America?”

Thank you for your wonderful help. — No Name, Hebron

ANSWER: Sam moved to the Weather Channel in early December.

As for the mug cakes, here are a couple recipes that Sun Spots was able to publish because they previously appeared in the the Sun Journal.

The first recipe is from Bethel Shields of Auburn.

1 12-ounce microwavable mug

4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons baking cocoa

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional, but not for many women!)

Small splash of vanilla

Using a bowl, add dry ingredients, mix well. Add the egg, mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil, and mix. If using chocolate chips, add and mix again.

Pour into mug, put in microwave on high and cook for 3 minutes.

The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed. Allow to cool. Tip out onto plate if desired. Enjoy!

Tip: Instead of the usual semi-sweet chips, try bittersweet chocolate bits.

The second recipe is from Jane Biddle of Buckfield.

In a large mug put 2 tablespoons flour, 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix well.

Add 1 large egg and mix well. Add 2 tablespoons milk and 2 tablespoons of oil. Mix well.

Add 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and a splash of vanilla. Mix well once again.

Put mug in microwave for two minutes on high. Enjoy!

If you’d like to see more mug-based recipes, check out Stacey J. Miller’s “101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes” ( There’s also a gluten-free version: “101 Recipes for Gluten-Free Microwave Mug Cakes” (

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