Dear Sun Spots: This is in response to your article on Joan’s Scones in the Aug. 21 Sun Spots.

This is my recipe that I used at the cafe when we were open. (Just Joan’s Cafe at Mr. Paperback)

Basic scone recipe ingredients: 3 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup butter or margarine, melted, 1 cup half-and-half, 1 egg. For a fruit or berry scone: add 1 cup of fruit or berry with 1 teaspoon lemon extract. For a date/raisin/cranberry/ or chocolate chip scone: Use 1 cup of raisins, dates, cranberries or chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Method: Mix together the dry ingredients and add berries or fruit or dates or chocolate chips. In separate bowl beat egg and add half and half and melted butter. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients and mix lightly. Do not handle too much. Place mixture on a floured surface and work a little to cover with flour. Cut into 6 to 8 equal pieces. Put an egg wash on top and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 15-20 minutes till light brown and firm to touch. Temperature and time may vary with each oven.

Enjoy!

For more recipes, you can contact me at [email protected] – Joan, No Town.


Dear Sun Spots: We are hoping your readers can assist with filling our wish list.

We gladly accept and greatly appreciate donations from the community. Our wish list includes: AA, C and D batteries, three-ring binders, vacuum cleaner, latex rubber gloves (medium), children’s art easels for painting, clear glass bowls used for rose bowls or small fish bowls, Brio Wooden Train Set, plastic milk crates, quilts, Popsicle sticks, white tube socks, stickers (bugs). Thank you for your help!

We are a nonprofit agency that works to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing education and support to children and families throughout Androscoggin County. We are located at the B Street Community Center, 57 Birch St., Suite 204, Lewiston, 783-3990. Thank you for your help! – Dori Galgovitch, Auburn.


Dear Sun Spots: What a wonderful column you have. I read it every day.

I would like to know if you can please find a wallpaper company by the name of Wallpenn Paper. I think it was in Pennsylvania, and I used to buy wallpaper from them. It was nice wallpaper.

Also, I have a hint for anyone who uses a pressure cooker and has problems with leaking steam. Before you start, put the gasket in boiling water. Take it out and stretch it real good. I’ve done this several times and it works. Sometimes it’s hard to find these gaskets. – No Name, Norway.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots has not located any company of this name and perhaps readers familiar with it will be willing to share their information with you.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for someone who does sewing alterations for a reasonable price in the Farmington/Wilton/Livermore/Jay area. Please call me at 645-4816 in the evenings. Thank you. – Rachel Marble, Wilton.

Answer:
Consider contacting Ginger Woods at 364-4291, 76 Lincoln Ave., Rumford, ME 04276.

This column is for you, our readers. It is for your questions and comments. There are only two rules: You must write to the column and sign your name (we won’t use it if you ask us not to). Letters will not be returned or answered by mail, and telephone calls will not be accepted. Your letters will appear as quickly as space allows. Address them to Sun Spots, P.O. Box 4400, Lewiston, ME 04243-4400. Inquiries can also be posted at www.sunjournal.com in the Advice section under Opinion on the left-hand corner of your computer screen. In addition, you can e-mail your inquiries to [email protected]


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.