Dear Sun Spots: Would someone have a blueberry whoopie pie recipe for a friend of mine? Thanks, Sun Spots for all you do! You are like a fairy godmother! – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, while we weren’t able to come up with an exact recipe for blueberry whoopie pies, we did receive numerous tips from co-workers and businesses who make blueberry whoopie pies. David Purdy of Dimitria Delights in Massachusetts said the simplest way to make blueberry whoopie pies is to use any blueberry muffin mix off the supermarket shelf in the baking supplies aisle. Follow the box recipe and mixing instructions. Drop one to two ounce dollops on a greased baking pan and bake until firm. Then, simply use white frosting mixed with marshmallow fluff for the filling.

A co-worker suggested the following recipe, which she uses to make bite size whoopie pies for her young granddaughter. Ingredients for the cake portion: ¾ cup butter, 3 teaspoons vanilla, 1½ cups sugar, 2 eggs, 2 cups blueberries, 4 cup flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ cup milk. Method: Cream butter, vanilla and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, beat well. Sift dry ingredients and add to mixture. Add milk. Stir in blueberries. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Our co-worker says they have the same cake-like consistency as chocolate whoopie pies.

Ingredients for a basic filling for the cookies: 1½ cups shortening, 4 cups confectioners sugar, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ¼ cup milk, 1½ tablespoons vanilla extract, 2 egg whites, beaten. Method: In a medium bowl, cream together the 1½ cups shortening with the confectioners sugar and ¼ cup of flour until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the milk and vanilla until well mixed, then fold in the egg whites. Sandwich between the flat sides of two cookies.

Dear Sun Spots: A local organization is looking for people to participate in a focus group on the Cultural Life in Lewiston/Auburn to be held at the Chamber of Commerce in Auburn on Thursday, Nov. 6. Focus Group #1 is for all ages, and will meet from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. Focus Group #2 is for participants 18 to 40 years old and will meet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. Light refreshments will be served. To show our appreciation for your time and effort, focus group participants will receive a gift certificate for one free tickets to an Arts Organization in L/A. If interested, please call Sue at 783-2249, or register on line at: http://www2.androscoggincounty.com/public/index.cfm?fuseaction=articles.view&id=5968&publicationtype=Chamber%20Events. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I think you have printed this information before, but I didn’t copy it down. Would anyone be able to copy a tape to a CD? If so, please contact Dianne at 933-2840. Thanks in advance! – Charlotte, No Town.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, if you are looking to copy a video tape to DVD, contact Via Vision Film & Video Productions in Lewiston, 783-2550. Call to arrange a time to drop off your tapes, or you can download an order form at their Web site, www.viavisionproductions.com and mail in your request.

Dear Sun Spots: We would appreciate donations for our Old Fashioned Fall Fair, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at Rumford United Methodist Church, Linnell Street. We would like books, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, VCR tapes and items for the silent auction and craft tables. Also, instead of attic treasures this year, we are having a Krafter’s Korner, with craft items of all descriptions – fabric, notions, patterns, beads, unfinished projects, quilting magazines, whatever you can donate.

Deliveries to the fellowship hall may be made from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 5, 6 and 7, or call Peggy Welch at 364-2617 or Kathy Crump at 392-1285. Thanks for your help! – Marguerite ‘Peggy’ Welch, Rumford.


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