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.
turned out to an awful month, and I am going to dedicate this newsletter
to my friend from Chicago - Valerie Neuner Schneider. Val passed
away on June 2nd in Franklin Park, my home town. Val and I had been
friends since we were 7 years old. We met in Sunday School at
Resurrection Lutheran Church. We were in Brownies, and Girl Scouts
together. We sang in Junior Choir, Senior Choir, we were confirmed
together, belonged to the Luther League, went to Main School for Junior
High and graduated together at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park. And we would
share french frys in between church services. There were a bunch of us
that hung around together and did just everything together. Val's
dad and mine were police officers in Franklin Park and most of the time,
they were partners. Trips to the Lake, football games and Olde Towne
during the 60's. We would go up to Great Lakes Training Center, to
the dances. I introduced her to her ex-husband (and she never held
that against me) up there and she dragged me up there to listen to the
band and I met my ex-husband. She was God-mother to my son. We
did every thing together, she was my friend and my sister. I moved
out to Arizona and lost touch with everyone back there, we became friends
about 29 years ago after I came back to Chicago for a visit and a week did
not go bye that we didn't talk to each other except during Football
season. We both were these awful Bears fans, whenever the Bears
would score a Touchdown, I would call her and we would yell in each
other's ears, it did not matter if they were winning or losing - We were
Bears Fans. When I went back to Chicago and fell down the stairs at
and messed up my ankle, Val and Glenn came out to see me. I was
there for her when her fiancé passed away, and I know that she is up there
Val was my
friend and I know that I will miss her and I know this football season -
she will be missed something awful. So Val, I know you are looking down
and watching over us, and of course watching over our Cubbies and DA
Bears. This has been one of the hardest things that I have had to
write. I had just talked to her a week before it happen, I got an
email from our friend Sandy in California, and could not believe it, I
called Val's cell and left a message for her to call me and spent the next
two hours crying, and trying to find something on the internet that said
she was gone. I finally found it on Facebook and the tears started
again. I met thru emails the most wonderful person from her church
and ending up sending flowers for her Memorial Service. I talked to
people on both coasts and of course back in Chicago, either by emails or phone calls
to let them know.
I don't think
that she knew how much she was loved or how much she will be missed.
Good bye Val, my friend, you will be missed !!!!!!!!!
Well, the heat
has arrived and arrived with a bang. I got out of work today, get in
the SUV and read the temperature gauge and it reads 121. Now that
can not be right, just because we have had severe heat warnings for the
whole weekend and for the next two days. You get in your vehicle,
turn on your air FULL FORCE, and hope there is no traffic or any red
lights. Gas has gone down here but........... it is too hot to do
anything. The Monsoons are here and you get up in the morning and
find out that it has rained over night, the mud on your windshield is the
first clue. My first clue of a storm during the night, is the kitties jumping in bed with me and
hiding under the covers. But that is why we live out here in the valley, not for
the summers but for the winters.
The Fourth of
July was a wet one out here and really Cool - only 73 degrees.
Glendale did not have fireworks again this year so watched them on TV. Our
state has been burning up with fires and some of the smoke had come down
to the valley, you could not see the mountains or downtown skyscrapers.
Morlene celebrated a birthday and we went out to dinner to celebrate it.
Might be From Chicago If
Something to give you a little
laugh and if you are from Chicago
you will know what I am talking about.
Val send this to me six years ago, she knew how much I loved Chicago.
1. The "living room" is called the "front room"
2. You don't pronounce the 's' at the end of Illinois
And, you become irate at people who do.
3. You measure distance in minutes (especially "from the city")
and you swear everything is pretty much 1/2 hour away
4. You go to visit friends, or family, down south and laugh when
they complain about the traffic.
5. You understand that no person from Chicago can be a Cub fan
White Sox Fan.
6. You know the difference between The Loop and Downtown.
7. You eat your pizza in squares, not triangles, and you never refer to it
8. You own celery salt.
9. You understand that the primary is the official local election.
10. You have drunk green beer on St. Paddy's Day.
11. You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition
Example: 'Where's my coat at?' or 'Can I go with?'
12. You carry jumper cables in your car.
13. You call the interstates 'expressways".
14. You refer to Lake Michigan as 'The Lake".
15. Your refer to Chicago at 'The City".
16 "The Super Bowl" refers to one specific game in January 1986.
17. You have two favorite football teams:
The Bears, and anyone who beats the Packers.
18. You know why they call Chicago 'The Windy City"
19. You think 45 degrees is great weather to wash your car.
20. You picnic or ride your bike in the "forest preserve"
21. You cried when Bozo was canceled on WGN.
22.You know what goes on a Chicago style hot dog.
23. You know what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is.
24. You have at some time in your life, used your furniture or a
friend's body to guard your parking spot in winter
25. You respond to the question "Where are you from" with a "side."
Example: "West Side," "South Side" or "North Side."
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, the heat has hit the Valley and this is the time of the year, when
everyone heads up north
to the "High Country" or over to San Diego to "cool" off and only the
brave ones go
out in the heat but the nights are soooooo nice.
Time to take a class or two at the Park District or your local craft shop
Christmas in July -
Historic Downtown Glendale
Santa is making an early stop in Historic Downtown Glendale
on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will enjoy a
fun-filled day of holiday crafts, sweet treats and exclusive deals,
while having the opportunity to give back during a special
back-to-school charity drive.
Cirque du Soleil KOOZA
Cirque du Soleil continues to draw big crowds with a world of
wonder, excitement and thrilling acrobatics. The show is set in an
electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills,
audacity and total involvement. KOOZA continues through July 15 under the
air-conditioned Big Top at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Glendale Summer Band Concert Series - Historic Downtown Glendale
Glendale's favorite summer tradition is back for its 46th season. The
eight-week concert series takes place each Thursday at 8 p.m. through July
26 in the Murphy Park Amphitheater, located at 59th Avenue and Glenn
Drive. Music lovers of all ages will be entertained by the state's
longest-running community band of approximately 100 musicians with its
renditions of marches, ballads and show tunes.
Market - Wednesdays - 6-9 p.m.,
Citadelle Plaza - you will find farm-fresh seasonal produce and locally
food products from Arizona. Located at 59th Ave. and Loop 101
Market - Every Saturday morning from 8-12 p.m.
721 N. Central Ave. Locally grown produce, plants, food and crafts
Claudia and I went to it and it is wonderful.
Downtown Glendale and Catlin
Court are still open during the summer with new shops and restaurants, be
sure and stop in and say hello.
Each and every month,
there will be a special section for them.
This month we are featuring recipes for the outdoor eating.
If you would like to have yours in
the next issue of Country Chatter, please email Bandit at
and he just loves samples.
Grilled Steak & Vegetable Salad
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, divided
1 boneless beef sirloin steak (3/4 lb.), 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
2 large yellow peppers, cut lengthwise in half
8 cups spring greens, or torn mixed salad greens
2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions
to medium-high heat. Reserve 1/3 cup of the dressing. Brush
dressing lightly onto one side of the steak and onto cut side of peppers.
Place steak and peppers on grill, dressing-sides down. Grill steak 5
minutes on each side or
until medium doneness and grill peppers 10 minutes. (Peppers do not
Meanwhile, cover four serving plates with greens; top with tomatoes and
Cut steak across the grain into thin slices; cut peppers into strips.
Arrange steak and
peppers over salads. Drizzle with the reserved 1/3 cup of dressing.
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.
I can remember eating this recipe.
Potato Puff or Soufflé
2 cups hot mashed potatoes
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter or other fat
To the mashed potatoes, add the fat, the egg-yolks which have been beaten
until very light,
and the milk. Stir until well blended and then fold in the stiffly
beaten egg-whites. Mix lightly and
pile the mass in a well-greased baking dish. Set in a pan containing
hot water and bake in a moderate
oven (371 degrees) twenty to thirty minutes. Serve at once.
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
water to moisten
Mix together flour and salt, and stir in enough water to from a workable,
but not sticky dough. Shape into whatever you like. Either
cook baker's clay
in the oven at 250 degrees for at least 30 minutes per side, or let it air
You can also microwave it in a glass container or microwave baking sheet.
Spray container with cooking spray and microwave baker's clay pieces at
30% power for 2-4 minutes, depending on size. If pieces are not dry,
microwaving at 30% for 2 minutes intervals.
To make pie, you will need
1 pie tin, in the size of your choice
Prepare baker's clay and spray pie tin with cooking spray. Preheat
over to 250
Roll out baker's clay into large circle about 1/4 inch
thick. Cut circle,
just as you would for making a normal pie, and line pie tin with it.
dough for later. Cook pie crust for at least 30 minutes.
Filled cooled crust with potpourri. Take remaining dough scraps,
re-roll and cut
strips for lattice crust. Arrange strips over potpourri, in the
same way you
would make a normal lattice crust pie, dampen dough to "glue" it
down to already
cooked crust. Let top crust dry for 1-2 days. After pie is
complete, add an
accent bow of raffia or homespun fabric for that finishing touch.
Well - they
monsoons have showed up this year, I started this newsletter last night
and we had rain over night and tons of it during the day. There is
supposed to be more rain this weekend and can't wait.
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. I am looking for a Bears fan who wants to
share phone calls when they score.
Count your blessings, hug your family and friends,
thanks for being a part of Country Chatter.
Enjoy the summer, I know somewhere it is cool and I know Fall is coming,
football starts in a month.
And most of all I want to thank everyone who reads this newsletter, thank
you for being my friend.
Cindy and the Kittens and Happy Feet, too.
(after 4 pm - pacific time)