Chatter & Calico Kitten Designs
are excited to present
Recipes and Crafts
Welcome to Country Chatter
Spring has come to the valley, and the weather is still nice.
It was in the 70's here, the mornings are still cool and the weeds are
still growing. But time to plant some flowers and tomatoes.
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.
This is the first
issue of the New Recipes and Crafts, if there are any recipes that you would
like, please email the kittens and they will look for them and feature
A Prayer in Spring
by Robert Frost
OH, give us pleasure in the
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.
Carrot Cheesecake Bars
1/4 cup (1/2
stick) butter, melted
1-1/2 cups HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 cup sugar, divided
1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
3/4 cup finely shredded carrots (about 2)
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
oven to 325║F.
MIX butter, crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp.
cinnamon; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Bake 10 min.
EAT cream cheese, vanilla and the remaining sugar
and cinnamon in large bowl
with mixer until blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time,
beating after each just until blended.
Stir in carrots; spread over crust.
BAKE 45 to 50 min. or until center is almost set.
Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours.
Serve topped with COOL WHIP.
Butterfly Garden Stake
Wire Rod - Aluminum
Copper (22 gauge)
Ultimate Bond Tape Sheet
Fun Foam sheet
Metal baking sheet
pattern pieces to the desired size, copy onto card stock and cut out.
here to print pattern.
2. Trace around pattern pieces onto the copper sheet using a stylus
and cut out.
3. Texture and emboss the wings as desired. Read the package
instructions for tips on embossing with ArtEmbossTM. To give a
soft hammered texture, place the copper pieces onto a sheet of fun foam
and lightly pound with the eraser end of a pencil. Gently roll over each
piece with a brayer to flatten back out. Perforations can be made using
the needle tool, and assorted size circle punches can be used to give an
4. Place the copper onto a metal baking sheet. Heat each of the
pieces with a heat gun to create a patina finish. With prolonged heat in
one area the copper will turn orange, then rust, then red, then blue, then
gold. By moving the heat gun around, you can create some unusual patterns
of color. Let the copper cool, then continue with the project.
5. Trace the body and wing brace patterns onto the tape sheet and
cut out. Remove the white liner and adhere the tape to the wrong side of
the copper body and wing brace.
6. Remove the red liner from the wing brace and apply a wing to
each side of the brace.
7. Cut and fold an 8" length of copper wire in half for the
antennae. Make a small spiral at each end of the wire. Adhere the folded
portion of the wire to the wing brace between the upper wings. Remove the
red liner from the body and adhere into place over the wings and antennae.
Press to secure.
8. Cut a 1" x 2" piece of copper and wrap it around the end of the
wire rod, forming a tube. Remove the tube and squeeze one end flat with
pliers. Glue the tube to the back of the Butterfly wing brace using glue.
Let glue dry completely.
9. Free form the wire rode into desired shape. Place the Butterfly
onto the rob by sliding the rod into the tube on the back of the
Spicy Shrimp and Fettuccine
8 ounces uncooked
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cups chopped plum tomato (about 5)
2 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according
to the package direction, omitting salt
and fat. Drain.
Heat oil in a Dutch over over medium-high heat. Add red pepper
and garlic to pan; sautÚ 1 minute. Add shrimp; sautÚ 1 minute.
Stir in tomatoes and next 4 ingredients (through salt; bring
to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in pasta;
cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated.
Place 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 teaspoon cheese.
are always looking for new recipes, and if you would like to have
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
they are set up in the newsletter that all you have to do is copy and
and Craft Issue will be coming out every week except when the newsletter
comes out. So... we are
going to start a new feature as a part of this issue. The Calico
Kitten Yard Sale Everyone has some "stuff" that they would
like to get rid of. The Yard Sale will be posted in this newsletter
and if it catches on, we will start a
new section on the website. There is no cost for this, you can
either put your email with the ad or I will use
firstname.lastname@example.org and then forward the email to you.
So if you are interested, please email me
and I will put them in the next newsletter. All that I will need
from you is a description and/or a photo.
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
email@example.com 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
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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