DEAR SUN SPOTS: You are so amazing in all the knowledge that you have and ways that you find answers for all of us!
This is my question: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, what is their last name? Prince William and Kate Middleton are going to have a baby. Will the child have a first and last name?
Thank you so much if there is an answer to this. — No Name, Minot
ANSWER: Sun Spots is not so very amazing, but the Internet is. As for the royal family, they probably don't need a surname to be recognized, but they do have one.
Wikipedia says that Elizabeth belongs to the House of Windsor (the same name as the castle). When she married Philip, there was much discussion about whether she should take his surname of Mountbatten, which Philip desired but many others did not.
Eventually a compromise was reached. The royals would remain the House of Windsor, but their surname would be Mountbatten-Windsor.
So Prince William's child will be a Mountbatten-Windsor, with the Windsor having dominance.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for your help. It sure seems that others ask the questions for me.
When Prince William and Kate were married, Martha Stewart had a recipe for scones with sour cream on her show. I've lost my recipe. Can you help? — No Name, Norway
ANSWER: Sun Spots found a recipe at marthastewart.com with cream (not sour cream). Unfortunately, she cannot reprint copyrighted recipes without permission, and those can be difficult to get for recipes. However, if you go to your local library, you can ask the librarian to print it out for you.
Here is the website: www.marthastewart.com/344649/cream-scones
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Could you help me find a store that sells maple-flavored cookies that look like a maple leaf and are made in Canada? The store that carried them has closed, and I cannot find them anywhere. Thank you. — C.M.F., No Town
ANSWER: Internet research led Sun Spots to a Manning's Maple Leaf Creme Cookie at Dollar Tree. One post on dollartree.com claimed that the manufacturer of the cookie had changed and that the substitutes were inferior. Sun Spots could not tell from the Dollar Tree website whether they still sell those cookies, either the real thing or the substitute (a search indicated that Manning Foods is based in Iowa, not Canada).
Sun Spots found some real maple cookies from Canadian manufacturer Dare Foods on Amazon.com, but you'll need to buy a dozen packages for $37.09. If you want to order them, you can call Amazon at 800-201-7575. Super Saver shipping may be free.
Dare Foods has recently added an online store, where you can buy a single package for $3.39 (Sun Spots cannot be sure if that's Canadian or U.S. dollars). By the time you pay shipping, it could get steep. The link is http://darefoods.elsstore.com/; phone is 866-595-8917.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: We read your section every day. In fact, we find it most informative and helpful and are wondering if you can help us.
We love Hormel pickled pork hocks and can no longer find them around the Rumford area. We find pickled pigs feet but no pickled pork hocks.
Could you locate a store in the Lewiston-Auburn area or closer where we can buy these? We appreciate your help. — Therri and Butch, Rumford, firstname.lastname@example.org
ANSWER: Sun Spots went online to hormel.com. According to the site's "product locator," IGA still sells those pork hocks. There is an IGA in Greene (207-946-5100), and another in Berlin, N.H. (603-752-1050). Sun Spots is not sure which would be closest for you. Best stock up!
You could call them in advance and see if you can order a case. Sun Spots often does that with products that are difficult to find or that she eats a lot of. Sometimes they will even give you a bulk discount.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: You've helped so many people in Sun Spots and even myself. We used to buy super jumbo flats of eggs at Blackie's in Auburn, but they stopped carrying them on Feb. 16.
Where can we buy them? We would really like to know. There was a man at the store who had the same question. Why, oh, why did they stop selling them? — L.G., Lewiston
ANSWER: Readers, do you have a source for these?
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