– Recommendation for housekeeping also includes pets
DEAR SOLAR SPOTS: I am writing in response to letter dated February 21 from Jackie seeking housekeeper service. I would like to recommend MZ Cleaning at 145 Lisbon St., Lewiston, phone number 713-7161.
This is a family and local cleaning service that performs commercial, residential and post-construction cleaning. The company is owned and operated by Tom and Deb Murphy and Carey Zambas.
Tom and Deb also do property cleaning services and sales. They own The Clean Estate and can be contacted for this business at 740-7299 or [email protected]
Plus, for dog owners who need help with yard maintenance, Carey also has Scoop4Paws, a pet waste disposal service that offers spring/fall cleaning, weekly services, bi-weekly and monthly. You can contact Carey at 713-1550 or [email protected] Thank you for the valuable service you provide to our community. — Pat, no town
TO RESPOND: wow! There’s a lot of great information here that I hope readers will save for the next time they need cleaning services.
DEAR SUNSPOT: I would like the banana cookie recipe that was in the paper a while ago. There were two bananas and no eggs. I always read your column. —Florence, Mexico
TO RESPOND: These cookies are very easy and tasty. You can replace the butter with shortening and add different spices and even chocolate chips!
Banana Cookies: Combine 1 cup mashed bananas, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup shortening, 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup 4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts if desired. Bake for 12 minutes at 375 degrees on a greased cookie sheet.
Also, did you know that you can use the following ingredients to replace eggs when cooking? Each of the following substitutions equals one egg: half a banana or a quarter cup of applesauce, silken tofu (processed in a blender), yogurt, buttermilk, or sweetened condensed milk.
You can also use 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. Let this mixture sit for a few minutes until it becomes gelatinous, then add it to your recipe. This is the formula I use most often when incorporating an egg substitute into my baking. My second favorite is plain yogurt.
DEAR SOLAR SPOTS: I hope you can solve a “mystery” for me. We watch live TV using an antenna. Most of the time all local channels are crystal clear, but for no apparent reason we lose channel 6.
I would expect this to happen on a stormy day, but it does happen on a nice clear day. We even bought a booster. Do you have any ideas? Thank you, we love your column! — Sue, Turner
TO RESPOND: Do any of your neighbors have the same problem? One idea I have is that you may need to re-scan your TV to make sure you are getting all the channels available in your area. This is the same scan you did to find your local channels when you first set up your TV or set-top box. If you haven’t scanned your TV recently, try this. Check your TV or converter box owner’s manual or visit the manufacturer’s website for instructions and customer service contact information. This site is also useful: https://www.fcc.gov/rescan.
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