Welcome to the "new" Country Chatter
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, tonight is
the night that in the past Claudia and I have gone to Downtown Glendale
for the End of the Christmas Season called Glitter & Glow Block Party
but............. this morning I got up and it was 29 outside. Yes,
you read that right, the Valley of the Sun is in a deep freeze and it will
be this way until Tuesday. We decided that we both do not live in
Chicago and we are waiting for the heat to show up again
I hope everyone
had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a extra special and wonderful Christmas.
I managed to catch a cold the beginning of December which made every thing
just perfect. I did get the house decorated this year, the outside
of house just had lights and wreaths. I was not getting up on the
ladder and getting the decorations out of the attic. I had a "real" living
Christmas tree with just white lights on it but........... the two kittens
and Happy Feet decided the lights were toooooo bright so they would chew
the cords for the lights.
Remember how I am always telling you to take a class, well, I dragged
Claudia kicking and screaming to a class at Home Depot. We learned
how to make wreaths - which Claudia all ready knows how to do but we did
learn how to make stars. I also took a class at Country Maiden in
Catlin Court and learned how to make a rag rug. I have made two of
them, a small one for in front of the fireplace and a huge one for in
front of the TV. Baby Stripes and Happy Feet think that they are for
them. Country Maiden will be offering the classes once a month, if
you are interested.
Now, the most
important event for the month of December. DA Bears came to Arizona,
DA Bears are the football team from Chicago, and I just happen to be a
HUGE fan of them. And guess what, I got to go, Keith got tickets from
friends of his, North End Zone, and 15 rows up. Keith got me a
T-shirt that said Sweetness and had Walter Payton on the front of it.
I even got to go to my first Tailgate party, too. Before the game I
let everyone know that I was going, I have not gone to a game since I
lived in Chicago which was a long time ago. Keith called me to let me know
that he was coming to pick me up and I was "running" up and down the yard
with my Bear's flag. Everyone in my neighborhood knows that I am a
Bears fan, my Bear's flag flags proudly on the front of the house every Sunday. I
was really worried that I was going to embarrass my son at the game
but........... I never realized that there was so many people from Chicago
out here, it was a sea of blue at the game. The seats were
wonderful, you could see their faces from our seats. If you did not
see me, do you remember seeing a huge Chicago Bear's flag - that was me
and of course , DA Bears won. OK, you have been warned, I am coming
home in either September or October to see DA Bears play at Solder's
Field, so who wants to go with me and my son. Leave on a Friday,
game on Sunday, and fly back on Monday. Family and friends back there, you
are included, too. There are photos of the game up on my Facebook
page - CJ Dacarebear. So life was wonderful for a weekend in
A couple New Year
resolutions that I have made this year is to FINISH the house both inside
and out, and to try to be a better friend to my friends here in the
valley, my friends back in Chicago and of course my family. So what
better way than the newsletter.
confrontation between the stream and the rock.
The stream always wins not through strength but by perseverance."
Nature is a great teacher for us to observe and learn. There are
lessons for situations
in our lives right before our eyes everyday. Whatever the weather,
going for a walk on
a nature trail, or in our own neighborhood will lift your spirit to build
endurance for a
well balanced life.
Think of yourself
as the Stream: traveling down the river's road of life. There
pebbles in the river's bed and there will be giant boulders. Get
yourself ready for the
thrill of a waterfall and rest time in shallow waters at the river's edge.
will keep you going, Perseverance is being steadfast.
May your interpretation of
Perseverance be full of grace,
a knowing that life is good,
and that all will be well.
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
Phoenix Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival - January 26, 27 and 28
The Arizona State Fairgrounds - 1826 W. Mc Dowell, Phoenix
Chocolate Affaire Feb 8, 9 and 10
Downtown Glendale in the Park, Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate
Did I mention there is Chocolate there?????????
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com 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.
How to make
Homemade Grungy Soap
2 bars of white
soap (preferably unscented)
1/2 cup water
1/2 - 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
Spices - Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
Wax paper/Styrofoam plate
First, chop the soap into small pieces and place in a microwaveable bowl.
Add water and microwave 2-3
minutes. Add instant coffee and stir until mixture is smooth.
Place bowl in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes
to let mixture cool and firm up enough to handle. Divide into three
clumps and place on wax paper.
Shape into bars using your hands and lay on a flat surface to dry.
Sprinkle with spices and lightly rub in.
let sit for a day or two to completely dry.
Just a short note
from Happy Feet's furless mom, he does not want his photo taken, because
all he does is sleep.
Do not believe
anything that my furless mom says. Well, I am a cat now, I had a
birthday right after Thanksgiving, and my furless mom made something
called a turkey to celebrate it. I did not want to share with the
others but............. my furless mom made me.
Buddy and I went on our great adventure outside. Buddy is about 2
months younger than me and follows me around. There is a hole in the
screen door, so Buddy and I went outside to explore but.............. we
got lost and Baby Stripes had to come and rescue us. I never
realized that the back yard was that big, it sure doesn't look that way
from the window but that dumb Baby Stripes had to rescue us and he will
not let me forget it. My furless mom put up a tree in the living
room on MY bench and I was not willing to share it with that tree
so........... I kept chewing on the lights so they would not work and
figured she would move it but it is still there. Well time for me to
take a nap, will see everyone next month.
Hugs Happy Feet
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.
Cranberry-Orange Pork Roast
The flavors of cranberry and orange make this roast a perfect choice
winter meal, but don't let the suggestion keep you from choosing to serve
any day of the year!
2 pound boneless
pork loin roast
1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
In a small bowl, stir together cranberry sauce, brown sugar and orange
Place roast in a shallow baking dish. Spread with 1/4 cup cranberry
Roast, uncovered, at 350 degrees, for 45 to 60 minutes or until internal
temperature registers at 155 degrees. Baste every 30 minutes with
mixture. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing to serve.
Heat remaining cranberry mixture and serve with roast
Rustic Cherry Apple
A rustic-shaped pie, no pie plate necessary, simply roll the dough out
and pile the
fruit filling in the center, then fold the edge on the pastry up around
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 teaspoon vinegar
5 to 6 tablespoons ice water
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup dark sweet or or tart cherries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
For Crust - In a bowl, stir together flour, sugar and salt.
Using a pastry blender,
cut butter cubes into flour mixture until pieces are pea-size.
Sprinkle vinegar over flour
mixture, tossing with a fork. Sprinkle 5 to 6 tablespoons cold
water, 1 tablespoon at
a time, over flour mixture, tossing with a fork each time until dough is
and crumbly. Gather dough into a ball, flatten into a disk, wrap in
and refrigerate at less 4 hours. Preheat over to 375 degrees.
Roll dough into a
12 inch circle, place on a baking sheet with sides, or in a pie plate.
For Filling - In a bowl, stir together sugar, cornstarch and
cinnamon. Add apples
to cinnamon sugar mixture, mix thoroughly. Add cherries and lemon
thoroughly. Place filling in center of crust, dot with butter.
Bring pastry up and
2 to 3 inches over the filling, overlap or pleat and gather folds in the
press together where necessary..
For Streusel Topping - Stir together flour and brown sugar.
Cut in butter until
crumbly, sprinkle over apples and butter.
Bake 40 to 50 minutes, until crust is golden. Remove to wire rack
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
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
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 and Happy Feet, too
(after 3 pm - pacific time)