Dear Sun Spots: Back in the 1970s or 1980s, my mother used to buy a maple spread locally that came in a tub (like Creton). It was not a butter, but more of a thickened maple spread with the consistency of honey. Does anyone recall this product and does anyone know if this product is available anywhere? – Mike Roberge, Lewiston.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots believes you are talking about Maple Cream spread and has included a recipe below. Just as a reminder, don’t forget Maine Maple Sunday will take place March 25 this year. Check out your local sugar houses for tastings, tours and more or check out the listings online at www.getrealmaine.com.

In the meantime, perhaps you and your family will enjoy these maple goodies from www.mainemapleproducers.com:

Maple cream cheese spread

Ingredients and method: ½ cup Maine maple syrup, dark is fine, 6 ounces cream cheese. Let the cheese soften at room temperature. Put the syrup in a small pan and simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat, until it is thickened to the texture of heavy honey – about 235 degrees on a candy thermometer. Let it cool, stirring once or twice, then beat the sticky substance into the cream cheese. You must reduce the syrup before combining it with the cheese or the mixture will curdle and separate. Store refrigerated, tightly covered and it will keep a long time (if it lasts). This is good on just about any bread, including bagels, and can also be used as an icing. It’s particularly nice with carrot cake

Maple mousse ingredients and method: Make a usual custard, using 1 cup Maine maple syrup, 2/3 cup milk and the yolks of 4 eggs. Whip 1 pint of cream and thoroughly mix with the custard. Place in refrigerator until proper consistency.

Maple gingerbread ingredients and method: Mix 1 cup Maine maple syrup with 3 tablespoons shortening and 1 teaspoon ginger. Sift and stir in sufficient flour to make the mixture stiff as can be. Then add 1 cup boiling water to which has been added 1 tablespoon baking soda. Beat well and bake in a quick oven.

Dear Sun Spots: The Livermore Falls High School class of 1977 is planning their 30th class reunion. We’re having trouble finding addresses for a few of our classmates. If anyone has any information on the following people please phone Dennis Couture 897-3893, Earl Young at 897-6668, Penny Laverdiere at 897-5358, or Jean Tardif at 897-5091. Thank you. We are looking for contacts for: Jeannie Getter, Cindy Killam, Bruce Johnson, Craig Merchant, Ron Storer, Mike Wheeler, John Tilton, Cindy Gordon, Tony Sturtevant, Terry Sturtevant, Steve Carmean, Kathy Carmean, Sharon Foss, and Debbie Parlin. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for a back issue of Family Circle dated Jan. 6, 1998. I am particularly looking for the “Purr-fect” afghan pattern/instructions on pages 106 and 124. The afghan is pictured on the cover of the magazine. If anyone has this they may reach me at 562-4989. Thank you for providing this service. – N. Farrar, Dixfield.

Dear Sun Spots: The Greene Dragons Snowmobile Club is in need of a good used S10 Blazer. We will put tracks where the wheels are and use it to groom the trails. The Blazer must be at least 1996 or newer, 4-wheel drive and automatic. So if you have an old S10 blazer that won’t take a sticker but is in good running condition, our club wants to here from you. Your donations are tax deductible. FMI please phone 946-7746 or 212-7465. – Carol Buzzell, Greene.

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