Ask Jo: Lots of Miscellaneous Questions

Every so often I get questions from blog readers that I think other blog readers would like the answer to as well.  When that happens, I answer the questions here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

First up after I did my blog post about my phone case and my new phone I had LOTS of people who were concerned about me.  I had said I got a new Samsung S7 phone and ordered a new custom made case.  Janet S wrote:  “One of the Samsung 7 phones is starting on fire or exploding. Check with them because they said to stop using immediately.”  You can read the whole blog post here.


I appreciate everyone’s concerns.  There were many messages in my in box and some in the comment section too.  I had heard that a phone was being recalled but it’s not mine.  The phone with the problem is the Note7.  I contacted U.S. Cellular regarding the phones and was told this “U.S. Cellular wants to provide customers with a great wireless experience. All U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note7 devices purchased prior to Sept. 15 should be exchanged. U.S. Cellular continues to receive replacement Galaxy Note7’s from Samsung daily, and it is in the best interest of customers who purchased the device to visit their closest U.S. Cellular retail store to exchange it. U.S. Cellular continues to work in partnership with Samsung to ensure that our customers are taken care of.”

Here is another update from U.S. Cellular:

Samsung has announced an expanded voluntary recall on all original and replacement Galaxy Note7 devices sold or exchanged in the United States in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and in partnership with carriers and retailers. Since the affected devices can overheat and pose a safety risk, Samsung is asking consumers with a Galaxy Note7 to power it down and contact the carrier or retail outlet where they purchased their device.


With the safety of our customers top of mind, U.S. Cellular has ended sales of all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. Any U.S. Cellular customer who has a Galaxy Note7 should exchange it for any other device at a U.S. Cellular store or return it for a full refund.


As a gesture of goodwill, U.S. Cellular provided all of its Note7 customers with a $25 bill credit when the initial recall was announced. At this time, customers who return any Note7 and exchange it for a different Samsung smartphone will receive an additional $75 bill credit. To inform customers to return their devices, we are sending SMS messages and mailed letters to all of our Note7 customers. 


U.S. Cellular customers who have questions regarding their Note7 device can contact their local U.S. Cellular store or call Customer Service at 1-888-944-9400.

If you have a Note7 please follow up with this.

Next up….

On Sunday I showed the fabric I found at the thrift store. (read the whole post here)  Several people were really interested in the London fabric.  They wanted the fabric and even offered to purchase it from me.  It’s not usual for people to be wanting to purchase the fabric I bought at the thrift store.  It kind of shocked me…especially when there were more than one requests for information about the fabric.


Gals from London commented about it too.

I did end up sending it off to someone.  Before I did I looked and looked trying to get more information about the manufacturer but there is absolutely nothing on the selvages.  Nothing at all.  I couldn’t find anything that would give any indication of the name of the fabric, manufacturer or anything.  I’m really sorry.  The piece was 54″ x 56″.  It is a bit heavier weight so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was in a decorating fabric section rather than in a cotton quilting section.  It could definitely be used in a quilt though.

If there’s a fabric designer around looking for a theme to base a fabric line on…think London.  From the response I got, I think the fabric would be a hit. Who knew??  When I picked it up at the thrift store I certainly didn’t expect such a response.

Next up there were LOTS and LOTS of questions about my Monster Cookie recipe.  Read the post and find the recipe here.


First off came questions about brown sugar.  Hmm….I didn’t know that brown sugar wasn’t brown sugar everywhere.  The recipe calls for packed brown sugar and apparently brown sugar in different in England than here in the U.S.  You’ll have to read the comments to learn more about that.

I made them again so that I could take a picture of the scoop that I used to make them.  I didn’t make them HUGE…just over sized.  This is an ice cream scoop…likely close to 1/4 cup.


Notice as I scooped the cookies there were no M&M’s on top.  I added them.

I was asked if it was Old Fashion Oatmeal or quilt oats.  I used Old Fashioned.  Quick might work but I use Old Fashion if I can…it’s healthier.

Anna S said, “This would make a good monster raisin cookie or dried cherry cookie or wow, loads of different things.”  Hmm….I’ve been looking for a good oatmeal raisin cookie.  I might have to look into that.

I was asked how many cookies does the recipe make…about 30 large cookies.  I did squeeze nine on a pan….I’m too impatient.  I hope that covered all the cookie questions and comments.

That’s it for ask Jo for this time around…Let me know if there’s anything else you would like me to address.


6 thoughts on “Ask Jo: Lots of Miscellaneous Questions”

  1. Jo, just a bit of advice. I always use parchment paper whenever I bake anything. The cookies don’t stick and clean-up is a breeze! I used it last night for roasted potatoes and will use it this afternoon for bread. When making pizza, we just slide the parchment paper with the pizza on it onto the pizza stone, then back onto the cookie sheet when we’re done.

  2. Ha! I think you covered the questions quite well. I have seen that London fabric made into a tablecloth and napkins in a friends red kitchen. It is very unique. I also make monster cookies and use a ice cream scoop. Love reading your blogs.

  3. Well that was fun reading on the questions and answers. About Brown Sugar. I make my own as needed because I do not like paying twice as much for brown sugar and then have it go hard as a rock when I do not use it right away. I cup of sugar + 1 to 2 tablespoons of molasses and you are good to go. you do not need to adjust the sugar amount in a recipie because it dose not change the volume significantly.

  4. Jo, In celebration of your 50th Birthday, readers sent blocks for a quilt your daughter was going to piece together. Did it get pieced together yet? Would love to see some pictures!

  5. Bless you for sharing your London fabric with someone who really, really wanted it,or needed it to complete a project.. You are so kind. Sounds like this was a very popular fabric when it came out. I, too use parchment paper a lot for baking; took me years to start using it, and now I wouldn’t be without it.

  6. Just a bit on scoops: if you look at the inside bowl sweep or it could be on the handle there should be a number such as 16. This refers to foodservice sizes for portion control. A #16=1/4 cup or 2 fluid ounces. It is based on how many level scoops go into a quart or 32 ounces.

    For most cookies I bake, I use a #60 (3 1/4 tsp) scoop or if I want small cookies such as at Christmas time I use a #100 (2 tsp).

    It is a long time since I have baked Monster cookies, they look very good.

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