Country Chatter Newsletter
   February 2013
 Issue 9                         

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.

The weather out here has been really strange for this month and last month.  We had thunderstorms today and I drove home from and was in Glendale and it was snowing - yes, you read that right. We had snow in Cave Creek and Scottsdale.  The snow did not stick here in Glendale but it was neat to see it.

The weather out here has been real goofy,  up in the 80's and the following week down in the 20's at night with ice on the windows of my SUV .  The cold weather lasted for about 5 days straight and rain and more rain.  The weeds are growing so.......... let's hope the sun is shining this weekend so I can take of them.   The night of the Glitter and Glow was in the 30's, so Claudia and I (who have tons of warm winter clothes) did not venture out for the Balloons.  This was the first time since it started that we did not make it.

Claudia and I went to the Chocolate Festival in downtown Glendale this past weekend.  It rained over night and was cold in the morning.  We checked out the shops, some new ones.  Which I will be taking photos of for the next newsletter.  There was chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate and lots of people.  We saw old friends and new one.  We ate lunch in the park while listening to a band play rock music. Oh how I love Arizona in the winter.  We went down to Cerreta Fine Chocolates.  There was a NFL Chocolate Football on display, 30 pounds of chocolate.  We ran over to Pratts Pet's to check out all the "farm" animals and regular animals.  Claudia would like to take home about 20 baby chickens and a couple baby ducks, me, I picked out two baby rabbits and a couple more birds.  But our day was not over yet.  We drove out to Cabela's, Claudia wanted me to see all the animals and see the store, and I wanted to check our the guns but......... there was just too many people over at the gun section.  So I guess we will have to go back..  I took a ton of photos and will post them on Facebook. 

Just a little update, THERE was ice on the windshield this morning and it took 10 minutes for it to finally clear off so I could see. 





Steps To Happiness"

Everybody Knows:
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.

You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.

You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you'll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

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Happy Feet's Corner

Well, I talked to my furless mom and told her that I need a title for my column.  So I am going to go with Happy Feet's Corner.  My furless mom has said that we will go look at the graphics that I can add for my column.  We are watching some "dog" show on TV and she is talking about getting one of them.  Hey I do not need another baby running around this house but Stripes does come in handy when Buddy and I go outside.  It has been so nice last weekend, the back door was open, so we all went outside and played chase with the birds but something kept falling on us from the sky so we ran into the house and hide in our beds.  I will see everyone next month with photos of me, of course and graphics for my column.









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

Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo - March 16th
Glendale Civic Center
5750 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale, AZ

 Rubber Stamp Spring Fling - March 2 & 3
Mesa Convention Center
201 N. Center, Mesa, AZ

Paper Craft Yard Sale & Craft Fair- March 9th

Scraps of Love
9720 W. Peoria Avenue, Ste 130
Peoria, AZ 85345

Glencraft's Festival & Quilt Show/Auction - March 2
Glencraft Senior Living
8611 N. 67th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 

Paris in the Spring French Market and Sidewalk Café - March 2
Historic Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bring along your beret and enjoy music, an art show, French Market, spectacular shopping and
delicious dining all with a Parisian theme!

AQG Quilt Show - March 14,15 & 16
Mesa Convention Center
263 N. Center St. Mesa, AZ


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

and the farm has a Farmer's Market now - every Saturday from 9 to 1
Family friendly - well mannered pets welcome.

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.



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.

I had a birthday last month and no I am not telling you how old I am but I was a hippie.  I got tons of email, messages on my wall, e-cards, that I loved everyone of them.  But I got a card from my son and I noticed that I am a pack rat or as TV calls me a hoarder when it comes to cards.  I have saved everyone that I have gotten from my son, family and friends so.............. if you think that you can trust me, I would like everyone to send me their address, name and your birthday and I will send you a card and if I can get my "act" together, I will make one for you.  Maybe we can start some kind of movement and start sending people and friends cards. So if you would like to take part in this, please email me your information at

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.

Bird's Nest Soup

8 ounces fine or thin egg noodles
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped
6 cups water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon sherry
1 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup thinly slivered ham

Prepare egg noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside.
In a large heated skillet add oil and sauté chicken breast for about 5 minutes.  Stir in water, cornstarch, sherry and salt, mix well and bring to a simmer for 30 minutes, then bring to a boil.
Beat egg whites lightly and add to soup mixture.  Stir in green onions, ham and cooked noodles.
 Stir well and serve while hot 

Bran Banana Muffins

3/4 cup bran
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 ripe mashed bananas (about 1 cup)
4 large egg whites
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup oat bran
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

In large bowl, mix together bran, oat bran and buttermilk.  Add oil, bananas, egg whites and raisins.
Sift together, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and add to batter.  Careful stir until
flour mixture is incorporated.  Batter will be lumpy
Fill 18 paper lined muffin cups about 2/3 full.
Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes..

Spring Hurricane


  • 1 Hurricane Lamp with candle-light bulb and wood base.

  • 1 Rub-on transfer with flowers.

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint:

  • Checkerboard stencil

  • Stylus


  • Paint white checkerboard around top of flute, let dry then dot center of square with the pink
  • Rub on rose transfers on each side of the wide part of the lamp.
  • Randomly put pink tri-dots on the glass using a stylus and let dry.
  • Paint base with blue, then checker with the white and dot with pink.



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. 

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)