Country Chatter Newsletter
   April 2012
Issue 2

Welcome to the "new" Country Chatter










Calico Kitten Designs is so happy to welcome Country Chatter Newsletter to our website.
The newsletter is just my way of sharing my part of the world with everyone, and helping people with their businesses. I am hoping to make the world just a little bit better for a couple minutes, to bring a laugh or a smile to your face and just a way of saying thanks.

Well the month started out wonderful, Claudia had a yard sale and I got a wonderful birdcage for my sofa table.  After the yard sale, I went to downtown Glendale and there was a Craft Festival and of course I had to stop and check it out - wonderful, wonderful. I even emailed the man who is running it and got information about doing it in the fall.  Stopped at Apple Tree and had to buy something, and entered their contest and guess what - I won.  The month was going great but........... one small problem, my calves were swelling so.............. Claudia took me to Urgent Care and all hell broke loose. 

It seems I had pneumonia in my left lung and here's the biggie - Congestive Heart Failure, so they said do not pass go, go directing to the Emergency Room.  And my "Great Adventure at the Hospital" started.  We, Claudia and my son spent 9 wonderful hours in ER, waiting for them to find me a room and I got 4 pints of blood put into me.  Around 9, they finally found me a room and then all the fun started.  I have to say that Thunderbird Hospital was the best, the nurses were wonderful and even the food was somewhat good - breakfast was the best.  Test after Test after Test, I saw so many doctors but............ the fourth day, they let me go, along with 6 prescriptions.  I have lost 30 pounds in the last four months, and 10 pounds in the hospital so .............  But the most wonderful thing about the whole thing, I quit smoking, it will be 3 weeks this Saturday and this may sound "dumb" but I can walk around the Super Wally Worlds now, couldn't do that before. So say some prayers for me, still have a lot of living to do and lots of places to see.  Happy Feet has not left my side since I got back, it is like she is trying to protect me and Special has to sleep next me and guard me during the night.

Da Bears are Coming, Da Bears are Coming - my Chicago Bears will be here to play the Cardinals this Fall, don't know when yet but they are coming and I am going to the game and tailgating before the game
Anyone want to go ????????????  

Well, I went to the Heart Doctor today, guess what his name is??????????  Dr. Bear, no kidding, am not lying about this.  Now it seems I am having problems with the veins in my left leg, the left leg is still swelling, so more tests, and I have to take my blood pressure every day, twice a day and keep a diary of what it says. Oh fun and games but just want to get back to my old self and drum roll - I have gained 3 pounds in 2 weeks with my luck
it is probably all water.   





Girlfriend Wisdom


A sister can be a member of your family, or a Sister can
be a life-long girlfriend who has been such a good friend
that you consider her your "Sister".  Or, a Sister can be a
friend that you haven't known for years and years but the
two of you have just "clicked".  Similar past-times, similar
interests, similar values.  You just "click"!  Either way,
Sisters are very special in our lives.

There's happiness in little things,
There's joy in passing pleasure,
but Sisters are
from year to year, on of Life's
Greatest Treasures.

Girlfriend Wisdom:  May this time you spend with
your Sister or Sisters truly be one of your life's
greatest joys, pleasures, and treasures!





Activities Around the Valley

This is for my friends who need a little reminder about what is going on around my part of the world.
Well, this is the time of the year that we all live out for out here, not to hot and not to cold, you need a light jacket at night.  So much to do, go and enjoy before it gets too hot.
Time to take a class or two at the Park District or your local craft shop, I am going to take beginning Tole painting at The Tole Shop in Catlin Court.

And my favorite - The Farm at South Mountain is open again
Check it out at

Phoenix Community Farmer's Market
Located at 721 N. Central Ave. Phoenix
Hours - Every Wednesday 4pm to 8 pm
Every Saturday 8am to Noon
Worth the trip down to see it.
Peoria has a Farmer's Market every Sunday, and we are going to check it out and will report on it.

April 11-15 Maricopa County Fair
State Fair Grounds - 19th Ave. and Mc Dowell

April 14-15 Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival
Historic Downtown Glendale
Glendale's two-day music festival always brings in well-known national and regional acts to
headline the entertainment that incorporates tremendous local acts, as well

Historic Downtown Glendale Sidewalk & Porch Sale
April 21 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This annual event will offer up to 75% off discounts at many of the participating shops. You can also get your antiques appraised for $10 per item.

April 21-22 Women's Expo
Phoenix Convention Center - Downtown Phoenix
Morlene and I are going to go to this and take the Light Rail downtown

Sunnyslope Art Walk

Local Artists and Live Music Fill Corridor  

     Saturday, April 14 5-9 PM
Central and Dunlap, Phoenix

We have a new feature in the newsletter - I will be featuring a wonderful shop - so that you can go and visit.  I will also be featuring one of our favorite restaurants, too.  I will add the restaurant next month.

The Apple Tree

So just click on the store name and see all the wonderful "stuff" in the store.


Crafter's Corner

If you are in the Phoenix area and are interested in any shows, please get in touch with the kittens, opps I mean kitties at and they will be more than happy to send you a list of shows.

Calico Kitten Designs is looking for crafters that would like to move into the website, if you are interested, please email me
and I will send you all the details -

Bear is in charge of link exchanges and was wondering if anyone would like to exchange links with Calico Kitten Designs.
You can get in touch with him at and he will be more than happy to sent you ours. One small note from Bandit, if you have any EXTRA Pringles (the original favor) he will make sure that you on the front page of the links.

If you are interested in taking part in the Open Air Market this fall, you can get in touch with the owner of A Mad Hatter's Antiques.  His name is Ray Ralls and his email address is  Please tell him that you heard about the market from Cindy at Calico Kitten Designs.











Each and every month, there will be a special section for them. 
This month we are featuring just some wonderful recipes

If you would like to have yours in
the next issue of Country Chatter, please email Bandit at
and he just loves samples.

Slow Cooker Barbecued Pulled-Pork Fajitas

1 port boneless loin roast (2 1/2 pounds), trimmed on fat
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cups barbecue sauce
3/7 cup Thick 'n Chunky salsa
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 bag (1 pound) frozen stir-fry bell peppers and ioions
1/2 teaspoon salt
16 flour tortillas (8 to 10 inches in diameter)
Shredded cheese, if desired
Guacamole, if desired
Sour cream, if Desired

Place pork in 3- to 4-quart slow cooker.  Place onion on top.  Mix barbecue sauce, salsa,
chili powder and cumin in small bowl; pour over pork and onion.
Cover and cook on Low Heat setting 8 to 10 hours.
Remove pork from cooker; place on cutting board.  Shred pork, using 2 forks.  Return pork to cooker
and mix well.  Stir in stir-fry vegetables and salt.  Increase heat setting to High.  Cover and cook 30
minutes or until mixture is hot and vegetables are tender.
Using slotted spoon to remove pork mixture from cooker, fill each tortilla with 1/2 cup pork mixture.  Fold
one end of tortilla up about 1 inch over filling; fold right and left sides over folded end, overlapping.
Fold remaining end down.  Serve with cheese, guacamole and sour cream.

Just a little note - there is life without salt or quitting smoking is making everything taste
so much better.

This recipe is from a World War II cookbook that was my mom's. It is dated 1942 and Dedicated with affection and gratitude to General Douglas MacArthur.

Shrimp Gumbo

6 green onions
2 cups chopped okra
1 tablespoon bacon fat
1 cup chopped tomatoes
3 cups stock
1 pod red pepper
1 green pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound shrimp, cooked

Clean onions, reserving green tops.  Chop and sauté with okra in bacon fat. 
Add tomatoes and cook 1 minute.  Add stock, peppers, green onion tops cut
into strips, thyme, bay leaf and salt.  Heat to boiling and cook 10 minutes.
Add shrimp, cut into halves, cover closely and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
Serve with rice.  Serves 8.

Now please remember this recipe is from 1942, before my time.  I will be putting a section
on the website to feature these recipes.

Since Spring is coming, did anyone have a winter this year????????  We had two days, when I was in the
hospital, snow and hail on the fringes of Phoenix.
The Craft Project this month is "Garden in a Jar". 
You can find the instructions here



Well, I hope that you have made it down to this little part, I love talking about
Arizona, sharing this state with everyone.  I want to share a part of my world
with everyone and doing this newsletter is my way of thanking everyone for being a friend. 
Say a prayer for our Armed Forces and pray that they will be home soon. 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, I love the stuffed bunnies and want a bunny again.  You can see Happy Feet's little paws under the door and she is crying to come in here.

Count your blessings, hug your family and friends,
thanks for being a part of Country Chatter

Cindy and the Kittens


Country Chatter
Cindy Kingren
(after 3 pm - pacific time)