Country Chatter & Calico Kitten Designs
are excited to present

Country Chatter Newsletter
June 2012
Issue #4

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.

Have you ever lost a month???????  That is what happen to the month of May, it just went so fast.  Mother's Day, Keith was in San Diego but he got me a Brian Urlacher Shirt, now anyone that isn't a Bears Fan doesn't know that he is the Best on the defense for them and then we went out to dinner at the Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant.  The restaurant was on the Food Network on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

I went to the doctor and drum roll please - my blood pressure is NORMAL again and have only put on one pound.  I am going for walks by myself now, Oscar has gone back to where ever he came from, he just came to share some wonderful moments with me and then on to the next person.  And Happy Feet keeps reminding me that HE is a boy not a girl, Special and Happy Feet still are protecting me, Special pats me on the head during the night, don't know why but.................

Well, summer has come to the Valley, hot, hot and more hot.  But the evenings are so nice, Claudia and I went over to the Wednesday night Farmer's Market in Glendale.  We saw some people that are at the Peoria Market and lots of new people.  There are misters going around the Market so it is a couple degrees cooler and the people are so nice and friendly.  So they will be there all summer long and I will be there in the fall.

Dallas is coming back, Dallas is coming back.
 Remember when you had to watch it every Friday night?  I was so crazy back then, would not answer the phone, me, the dogs
and the kitties would sit in front of the fire with Hot Cocoa and Popcorn and watch Dallas.







There was a photo on the local news today and it stated
Satan called.
and he wants his summer back.

  Random Thoughts:

It's so hot in Arizona that...

  • you no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water.
  • you can say 113 degrees without fainting.
  • you can make instant sun tea.
  • when the temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly.
  • you've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
  • you would give anything to be able to splash cold water on your face.
  • you can attend any function wearing shorts and a tank top.
  • The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!
  • you discover that in August, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car.
  • you discover that you can get a sunburn through your car window.
  • you notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
  • hot water now comes out of both taps.
  • it's noon in August, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is out on the streets.
  • you actually burn your hand opening the car door.
  • you break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m. before work.
  • no one would dream of putting vinyl upholstery in a car or not having air conditioning.  


  • Stay Cool!


\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, I should be telling everyone that the heat has hit the Valley but...    There are so many things going on and the good thing is that some of them are free.
So time to get out and enjoy the valley before it gets hot, because you know that it will get hot!!!
Send an e-Postcard

Cirque du Soleil KOOZA Opens June 8
Cirque du Soleil comes to Glendale 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 opens June 8 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 beginning June 7 in downtown Glendale.
The eight-week concert series takes place each Thursday at 8 p.m. June 7 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.

June 09-10 -Prescott Courthouse Arts & Crafts  
Town of Prescott
talent show, arts & crafts, music, parade, 5K run, entertainment, food, Indoor show

Twilight Farmer's Market - Wednesdays - 4-7 p.m.,
Citadelle Plaza - you will find farm-fresh seasonal produce and locally produced
food products from Arizona.  Located at 59th Ave. and Loop 101

Phoenix Public 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.

June 26-July 2 - Prescott Rodeo Days and Fine Arts and Crafts Show
Prescott, AZ

The kittens are always looking for new recipes, and if you would like to have one in the newsletter, you can email them to  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 print.  A couple recipes for the summer months.  I have learned how to use the grill now, so a couple grilling recipes next month.


Strawberry Iced Tea Fizz

A jazzy iced tea with a twist of lemonade-strawberry fizz!

1 pint basket fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced
1/2 cups granulated sugar
5 cups boiling water
1 orange pekoe tea bag
1 (12 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 quart chilled sparkling water
Ice Cubes

In large bowl combine strawberries and sugar, set aside.
In another bowl pour water over tea bag, steep 5 minutes.  Discard tea bag; cool tea to
room temperature.  Stir cooled tea into strawberry mixture along with lemonade
concentrate, chill in tall glasses.  Serve with spoons
Makes 12 serving.

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.

Bread Pudding

2 cups stale bread
1 quart milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins if desired
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Soak the bread in the milk until it is very soft, then mash it fine.  Heat together until nearly boiling.
Beat the eggs until light and add to them the sugar, salt and vanilla.  When well mixed, stir this into the bread and milk,
pour the whole into an earthenware baking-dish, set in a pan of water, and bake in a slow oven (250-350 degrees)

Chocolate Bread Pudding - Melt two squares of chocolate over hot water and add this to the
soaked bread and milk.

Crafter's Corner

Times are hard now for everyone, and Country Chatter would like to offer free ads for our next issue.  So please get in touch with our Mom, if you would like to place an ad at

If you are in the Phoenix area and are interested in any shows, please get in touch with the kittens 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.

If you are interested in any of the Farmer's Markets here in the valley, please check out


We have a new feature in the newsletter - 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.

The Tole Shop

So just click on the store name and see all the wonderful "stuff" in the store.

Craft Projects

Patriotic Wreath

Materials Needed:
3 ounces of blue yarn
5 ounces of red yarn
5 ounces of white yarn
1 -12 wire ring and wreath hanger
1 Small American flag
1 Large red, white, and blue decorative ribbon
Hot Glue - Glue Gun
Stars (Use our Accu-Cut Die Cut Machine to cut these or buy pre-cut ones)


1. Each wreath is made of bundles of yarn that are tied to the ring.
To make yarn bundles: Wind yarn 20 times around a 4" piece of cardboard. Slip these strands off the cardboard
and with a separate 8" strand tie at the center. (Do NOT cut the yarn loops)

2. Make 36 blue bundles, 56 red bundles, and 48 white bundles.

3. Using the ends of the 8 strand tie the bundles to the ring, positioning the bundle perpendicular to the wire. Continue to make the bundles and tie them to the wire ring adjacent to one another. Continue to work around the wire ring until entire wreath is filled.

Attach decorations; glue in place if necessary. Attach bow.



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.














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


Please sign our guestbook, so we knew you were here


Country Chatter
Cindy Kingren
(after 4 pm - pacific time)
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