Chatter & Calico Kitten Designs
are excited to present
Welcome to the "new" Country Chatter
I want to welcome all the new
people to my little newsletter. The newsletter is just my way
of sharing my part of the world with everyone, and helping
people with their businesses and 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 kittens and their "adopted" mom have
decided to start the newsletter again, only in a different
format. We have missed all our friends, and we want to
catch up with everyone so..... We are going to try and put out
the newsletter twice a month, once with recipes and craft
projects and the other with all that is happening in the
Steps To Happiness"
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
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
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
The kittens are always looking for new recipes to try out and
love the fact that Mom has learned how to use the bar-b-que
outside, of course whenever we make hamburgers, one is made
for them, too. We have a herb garden growing on the
patio and tomatoes, green beans and snow peas growing, too,
and just planted eggplant.
Chili Dogs with Creamy Coleslaw
Extra-virgin Olive Oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 all-beef hot dogs
1/2 head of Savoy cabbage, washed and shredded
1/2 red onion, sliced
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 lemon, juiced
Put a skillet over medium heat and drizzle in 2 tablespoons of
olive oil. When the oil get hazy, add 1 medium onion
(chopped) and cook, stirring until soft and translucent, about
Add 1 pound of lean ground beef, breaking it up with the back
of a spoon, and cook until nicely browned, about 10 more
minutes. Stir in 1 cup ketchup, 1 teaspoon chili powder,
and 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard and simmer for 15
minutes until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
Make the coleslaw. Combine 1/2 head of Savoy cabbage
(washed and shredded), 1/2 red onion (sliced), 1/2 cup mayo,
juice of 1 lemon, some extra virgin olive oil and toss
together. Season with salt and pepper and toss again.
Cover and set aside in the refrigerator until you're ready to
Heat the grill to medium heat. Add a couple of garlic
cloves to a pot of water and heat to a simmer. Dunk hot
dogs in the water for about 5 minutes, until they are plump
and juicy. Take them out of the water, pat dry, and
throw them on the grill--just long enough to leave a nice
Brush the insides of hot dog rolls with olive oil and lay them
face down on the grill, and cook until toasty.
To serve, put a dog in each roll and top with chili and a big
scoop of creamy coleslaw - enjoy !!!!
8 bratwurst burger patties (4 to 6 oz.)
8 rye burger buns, split
8 slices (1 oz. each) Swiss cheese
1 jar (16 oz.) sauerkraut, drained, rinsed
1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing
Heat gas or charcoal grill. When grill is heated, place
bratwurst patties on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill over
medium coals. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until patties are
no longer pink in center.
Place buns, cut sides down, on grill and top each bratwurst patty with
slice of cheese, cook about 1 minute or until buns are toasted and cheese
In medium microwavable bowl, microwave sauerkraut on High 1 to 2 minutes
or until thoroughly heated. Stir in dressing.
Top bottom half of each bun with bratwurst patty and about 1/4 cup
sauerkraut mixture. Cover with top halves of buns.
are always looking for new recipes, and if you would like to have one in
the newsletter, you can email them to
email@example.com. If you have a website, we will be
more than happy to include that, too. Bandit says if you want to
send him some samples, he will not say no !!!!!
All of these recipes will be on the website, so if you want to print them
out, they are set up in the newsletter that all you have to do is copy and
Beaded Star Pins Supplies:
- Wood Star Cutout
- Red, White & Blue Acrylic Paint
- Red, White & Blue Liquid Beadz (Self Adhesive Beads)
- Pin Backing
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Paint the wood star with a desired pattern using
- Once the paint is completely dry, apply the
coordinating colors of Liquid Beadz over the painted surface. Allow the
beads to dry.
- Glue the pin backing to the back of the star.
Note: Three containers of Liquid Beadz and three 2oz
bottles of paint can make over fifteen 2 1/2 wide pins.
Terra Cotta Scarecrow
5 clay pot
4 Styrofoam ball
7 straw hat
2 Provo Craft simple shape
Twine or jute
Fabric glue / hot glue
18 gauge wire
Black Delta paint
Orange Delta paint
¾ yard of plaid Halloween fabric
Glue Styrofoam ball to bottom of clay pot with
Find center of muslin and place over Styrofoam
ball to cover head and make a collar.
Tie raffia around intersection of ball and pot.
Cinch to form neck.
Cut sleeve 9x22. Glue sleeve along length.
When glue is dry, stuff with polyester stuffing. Run a 20 piece
of wire through sleeve to make posable arms.
Glue raffia to inside of sleeve and tie off
cuff with raffia. Glue arms around
backside of scarecrow to clay pot.
To make legs, cut fabric 9x45. Repeat the
instructions for the arms, with the
addition of the boots tied to cuff of pants at bottom with raffia.
Bend legs in half and glue pot in place on top
Make hair with a bunch of raffia tied in the
middle and trimmed to the length
you prefer (ours is 10 long). Glue in place. Glue hat in place.
Paint on face.
Use jute to make a belt about 24 long by
braiding it with 6 strands. Glue in place.
Glue bottom in place.
- Fabric of Choice
~ 44-45 - 1¼yd.
~ 54 - 1½yd.
- Pillow Form 12 - 24
- Rubber Bands
- Lay fabric out wrong side up.
- Position pillow form in the center, diagonal to the
~ For 44 - 45 fabric, use the 12 or 14 pillow form.
~ 54 fabric will take any of the larger sizes of pillow forms
- Fold one corner of the fabric over the pillow form,
turning under raw edges. Fold the opposite corner in the same way.
- Bring the two remaining ends to the center and tie
together in a square knot. You can also put a rubber band around the
fabric ends at the base and then tie.
- Tuck ends around and under until it looks the way you
- You can embellish with ribbons, cording or bows as
Change your pillows with every season! Simply switch
the fabric as the seasons change.
Calico Kitten Designs wants to be your place to find everything that you
need to make your life just a little bit
more easy for you. The kittens want to make it the place that you
look for recipes (check out all the wonderful new recipes that have been
added), patterns for crafts, a newsletter to bring you a laugh or too,
links to your favorite websites, and if you would like to look at some of my crafts and order, thank you.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be more than happy to sent
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
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knew you were here
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