Country Chatter Newsletter
   April 2013
Issue 12

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, a year ago I spent four days in the hospital and thought my world had come to an end but I am still here
and guess what I am off my blood pressure medicine.  My doctor thinks all my problems were from the pneumonia  rather than my heart.  It seems there is nothing wrong with my heart, I go one more time to see the doctor in August, and he feels that it will be the last time.  So I am doing the happy dance and so life goes on.

It was a beautiful day in the Valley of the Sun today.  Claudia's birthday is tomorrow, so I had to pick up some stuff in Downtown Glendale.   So we stopped in Southern Comfort and had lunch to celebrate her birthday.
Last Saturday was a fun filled day.  I finally have the front yard done, two sidewalks, two patios built, wall out of blocks to hide the trash cans so all that is left is the rocks and then on to the back yard.  I all ready have herbs growing and am running out of room on the patio for all the treasures that I have been collecting.
So if the wind would stop blowing, I could start weed eating the back yard.

Last Saturday, we were all over the West side of town.  Peoria had an Arts and Music Festival, so of course we had to stop - kids singing, bands playing and of course Crafts.  But the best part was the museums, not the big huge ones, the old school house, one with cows and chickens and the best the old jail and you could put on a black and white shirt and take your photo in the cell.  Then down to Glendale for the sidewalk sales and so much fun, I got so many birdhouses at Country Maiden and there is a new shop called Vintage Green Old Town Treasures.  They were having a drawing for the Sidewalk Sales and guess who won - me.  It was another wonderful day in the Valley and we had lunch outside - this is the best time of year out here, not too cool and not too warm.

I was planning on finishing last night but............. with what happen in Boston on Monday - I was glued to the TV.  I don't know about you but this really upset me and I would like the America that I remember back.  A place where you don't have to lock your door, you are not afraid to go out shopping or to a sporting event and especially a place where your neighbors don't hide in the house and you know everyone on your block.






There is joy in the Spring, when the birds begin to sing,
in an English Country Garden.

Traditional Flowers for a cottage garden include sweet-smelling roses,
lavender, bleeding hearts, cosmos, phlox, clematis, nepeta, bellflowers,
forget-me-nots, sweet peas, delphinium, hollyhock, foxglove, scented
geraniums - mix with camomile, mint, and basil, strawberries, peppers,
arugula and tomatoes; a lemon tree, an apple tree and something evergreen
and round, to create an anchor, box wood or golden arborvitae.

Come and get your happiness!
And which one are you???

I got this article this morning from Chicago Hoody (they sell T-shirts and I have gotten a couple from them).


I'd name my daughter Ditka.  My hotdogs look like a salad.  Football is meant to be played outdoors,
preferably by a large body of water.  I say you guys.  I'd rather be a Bear than a piece of Cheese.  Giondano's, Gino's and Lou's are how Pizza was meant to be made.  I still call it Comiskey.  I eat sausage with my sausage with a side of Italian beef.  Da Bears.  Michael Jordan is the greatest athlete of all-time.  Walter Peyton is the greatest athlete of all time.  When I see a goose I think of Garfield.  I can repeat the "EL" stops in my sleep.  I have a The Loop t-shirt. I have a frontroom.  I still call it Comiskey.  I call it pop.  I am always ready for next year.   Cheez burger Cheez burger.  Da Bears.  I know how good Scottie Pippen really was.  I remember when Upton was no joke.  I know that Madison divides.  I survived the Blizzard of  1979.  I enjoy a nice green river.  I call everyone Joe.  I tell people to check out the bean.  I put a chair where I just shoveled.  My pizza is stuffed.  Da Bear.  I still call it Sears.  I wanted to be on the Bozo show.  Hate is a strong word, I reserve it only for the Packers.  I used to kick it at Kiddieland.  I remember Disco Demothian.  Sweetness.  I drink Old Style before, during and after every Chicago sporting event.  Da Bears .  10 below is a nice Winter Day.
I am Chicago..........
and this is Chicago today and one of my favorite places for Chicago hotdogs
Gene's and Jude's - River Grove, Ill.


Happy Feet's Corner

I know everyone has been waiting to read my corner.  The last couple of days, it has been wonderful outside.  The wind has been
blowing and the grass is moving in the back yard.  Our furless mom is cooking outside on the grill, so Baby Stripes and I has decided
that we have to guard the food that is grilling, so we sit in front of it so none of the neighborhood cats will come and steal the food.
OK, I have a question - what is a garden????  Our furless mom sat down Baby Stripes, Buddy and me and informed us that she is pulling
in raised beds and growing vegetables in them and we have to stay out of them.  She has started a herb garden and we have been just in
smelling them and eating a couple leaves, and she is mad about that, so I am guessing that is why she had the talk with us.  We tried to
tell her it was some of the neighborhood cats but she catch us.
So folks, I am going to see what kind of trouble I can get into and convince my furless mom that it was Baby Stripes rather than me.
Now don't you just love my photo. 







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.

And my favorite - The Farm at South Mountain is open again
and they are having a Farmer's Market every Saturday and Sunday
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.

Arizona’s parks and gardens
List of gardens featuring the wildflowers for the months of April and May

Maricopa County Home and Garden Show
April 26 - 28 - Arizona State Fair Grounds
19th Ave. and Mc Dowell Road.
The Property Brothers from HGTV will be there

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival 
Outdoor fun for the Whole Family

April 25 - 28
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Cottonwood, AZ




 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.

Vintage Green Old Town Treasures

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.

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.











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.

Lemon Tart with Raspberry Sauce

A splendid lemon tart, dusted with powdered sugar, served atop a pool of
luscious raspberry sauce.

6 large eggs
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon lemon peel, grated
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 (9 inch.) unbaked pie shell
1 cup granulated sugar
5 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
5 cups raspberries
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Whisk together 5 eggs, 1 egg yolk, and 1 cup sugar.  Gradually add cream, 4 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice,
and grated lemon peel.  Pour into a 9-inch unbaked pie shell and bake for 40 minutes. Cool.

Meanwhile, combine raspberries, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a food processor.
Process until smooth, push through a sieve to remove the seeds.  Chill.

Divide the sauce on serving plates and top with a wedge of pie.  Dust with powdered sugar.
Makes 9 servings.

Tomato Cajun Chicken Salad

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 sup non-fat plain yogurt
3 cups cubed, cooked chicken
1 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced celery
3 cups (about 1 1/2 pounds) seeded and diced fresh California tomatoes

Combine lemon juice and next five ingredients.  Beat in yogurt.  Gently fold chicken and next 3
ingredients into dressing.  Makes 6 Servings

Since Spring is coming to some parts of the country, it has arrived here in Phoenix - it was 78 here today with 30 mile an hour winds.  Now, I have a couple of these growing in the Herb Garden.  They are doing great and can't wait until Home Depot gets some new herbs. 

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. We went to Pratt's on Saturday and there were bunnies and I want one.  You can see Happy Feet's little paws under the door and he is crying to come in here.

Count your blessings, hug your family and friends,
and after what has happen in Boston this week
a huge thank you and tons of love
 for being a part of Country Chatter

Cindy and the Kittens


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