Dear Sun Spots: I would like to see a committee once again formed for the descendants of Frank and Minnie (Mary) Murphy for an upcoming family reunion. It has been several years since a reunion was held. A lot of the Murphy descendants have passed away since the last reunion was held. Anyone who wants to get together to talk about a reunion for the Murphy descendants, please call me at home at 786-9128 or via cell at 740-3667. You can also e-mail me at [email protected] – Bruce Wotton, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: When I was on the food stamp program, I had a recipe for cool whip made with powdered milk. The kids enjoy it. It was very easy to make. Can you please help me find it. – B.P. Lewiston.

Sun Spots located the following mock Cool Whip recipe online at

Ingredients: ½ cup skim milk, ½ cup nonfat dry milk powder, 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar, 4 teaspoons lemon juice. Optional: 2 teaspoons sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract.

Method: Put the skim milk in a small metal bowl. Set in freezer. Let stand just until ice crystals begin to form (about 15 minutes).

Remove from the freezer and add the dry milk powder and cream of tartar. With a hand electric mixer, whip the mixture at high until foamy. Beat in 1 teaspoon lemon juice and continue beating until the mixture begins to thicken. Beat in another teaspoon of lemon juice and if desired, the sugar, and continue beating until the mixture peaks softly. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and continue whipping to stiff peaks. Fold in vanilla (if desired), and serve immediately as a dessert topping or however you use Cool Whip. 5 calories per tablespoon.

Dear Sun Spots: Thanks to the readers who have previously helped our schools! Turner Elementary School and Turner Primary School are trying to raise money for their schools. We are collecting empty inkjet cartridges, empty laser cartridges, old or used cell phones and laptops. If any readers have any they would like to donate, please call me at 225-2682 or 754-8170 and I can make arrangements to pick them up. – Laurie Labbe, Turner.

Dear Sun Spots: Last fall, I had a response to my request for green tomato mincemeat from a nurse from Dixfield. I think. She was interested in some figurines for her sister. We didn’t connect. I was hoping she’d call this year but no such luck so far. I hope she calls me. I’m sure we can work something out again. I can be reached at 824-0115 most anytime. – A Loyal Reader, Bethel.

Dear Sun Spots: Do any readers have an abundance of shipping materials? I could recycle your packaging peanuts or any shipping material you have accumulated if you would like to see them reused rather than going to the landfill. I am happy to pick up in the Lewiston/Auburn, Lisbon, Jay, Farmington, Temple, Livermore and elsewhere. Depending on what you have for quantity, I am happy to travel a bit. Please call me at 754-6001 for pickup or write me at [email protected] Thank you! – Bethany, Temple.

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