Country Chatter Newsletter
March 2013
Issue 10                   

Welcome to the "new" Country Chatter





Calico Kitten 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 the weather out here has not changed much, one weekend it is wonderful and the next, it is rainy and cold.  And of course,  we are sharing it with the rest of the country.  All of you in the Midwest, just remember - your snow storms started out here.  This coming weekend, we are supposed to hit in the 90's but not too soon.  Well, we set two records this past week, two days where it reached 95, too hot too soon.

Claudia's Mobile Home Park had a park wide yard sale and of course I had to go.  I am re-doing my front yard and the back.  The front is just about done, just have to take care of one more of my palm trees, (the freeze we had was really hard on the "hot" weather plants out here) and put up the blocks for the flower beds and I will be done.  Then off to pick out gravel for the yard and it will be done.  I found this wonderful website and they have pages on Facebook, called "Flea Market Gardening" so I am hitting yard sales and Goodwill for wonderful stuff to fix up the backyard.  I am also putting down raised beds for my garden and using Mason Jars for my herb garden until the back yard is done.  So check out the flea market gardening, there are tons of wonderful ideas.  I planted about 10 herbs out on the patio. I bought some mason jars today but........... the wire that I got for hanging the mason jars, is not working, so back to Home Depot for another roll of wire.

The yard sale at Claudia's was just wonderful, my patio is growing up stuff for the yard.  Downtown Glendale was doing Spring in Paris and the Craft Market was going on, too.  There was a Paris Market in Catlin Court with tons of stuff and food and food.

 So now I would like to get on my "Soap Box" and state just a couple things that bother me -

1. Just because you have your turn signal on and there is 3 feet in front of my truck, DOES NOT 
mean that you can cut in front of me.  If I had a tank, I would hit you.  And do not think that you
can cut in front of me, after I have waited in line to make a turn for 10 minutes, and you think
you have the right not to wait.
2. When the weather is nice, I roll down the windows in my truck, do not pull up next to me and
play rap or Mexican music so loud to share it with me, I have eight speakers in my truck and I
will share Meatloaf, Journey or the Boss with you and mine will be LOUDER than yours.  Just
ask my neighbors or at my co-workers, or even ask my son, they always know when I am in the area.
OK, I feel better now.




Girlfriend Wisdom

"Imagination is Everything
It is the preview of Life's Coming Attractions"

Trust this quotation from Albert Einstein.  I believe the successes in his life proved
his point.  At this time of a new year, fresh new plans and projects abound.  Believe
in your dreams, let your imagination run on and on.  See yourself living the fulfillment
of your heart's desires.  Whenever you doubt your dream, go back into your imagination
and pick up the story where your left off.  Use tools like journaling, or making a scrapbook
of what your dream would look like on paper and pretty pictures.  Cut out pictures of
yourself and paste yourself in the scrapbook.  Make it so real that your doubting-mind
won't stand a chance dimming the light on your project and plans.
Really go for it.

Girlfriend Wisdom:   Make your dreams real.  Celebrate each step, and Rejoice
as often as possible.

Happy Feet's Corner

So it is time for my corner again.  Do you see my photo?  Now am I not the cutest cat that you have ever seen???
Did you see the photo of Baby Stripes on Facebook?  He chased a bird up the tree in the back yard and then got
scared and wanted our furless mom to get him down.  I just stayed on the ground and laughed and laughed at him.
Buddy was in the kitchen window and was laughing, too.  The back door has been open and we have been sitting in
front of it and just enjoying the cool air.  Our furless mom put a bowl of food out on the patio, so we won't get hungry when
we are outside playing but some of the neighborhood cats found out about it and have been visiting us.  I think that
stupid Baby Stripes has been telling everyone, because he knows Buddy and I will run in the house, then he laughs at
us.  The grass in the backyard is about 8 inches high, so I hide behind some of the grass and when Baby Stripes
comes outside, I jump on him.  So much fun !!!!!
 So my fans, I will back next month with more stories about our wonderful world


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, 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

Spring Training is alive and well out here, with both The Cubs and The White Sox
playing here in the Valley.

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.

St. Patrick's Day - March 17th - have to celebrate - I had an Irish Grandmother

 Mc Dowell Mountain Music Festival
March 22-24
  Margaret T Hance Park
200 E. Moreland St. Phoenix

Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area -
March 23-24 - Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival

Open Air Market - Historic Downtown Glendale
First Saturday of April - 9am to 4pm - 5734 W. Glendale Ave.


Crafter's Corner

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 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. 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.

Potpourri Pie

Baker's Clay
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 dry.
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, continue microwaving at
30% for 2 minutes intervals.

To make pie, you will need
1 pie tin, in the size of your choice
cooking spray
Butter Knife
Prepare baker's clay and spray pie tin with cooking spray.  Preheat over to 250 degrees.
  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.  Wrap up remaining
dough for later.  Cook pie crust for at least 30 minutes.  Let cool.
Filled cooled crust with potpourri.  Take remaining dough scraps, re-roll and cut into
 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.















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.


Mama Carolla's Bruschetta


  • 4 medium roma tomatoes
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
    1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
    1 tablespoon snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
    1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    1 clove garlic, minced
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    8 1 - inch slices baguette-style French bread
    2 tablespoons garlic-flavored olive oil or olive oil
    2 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)

  • Directions

    1. Wash tomatoes. To peel, dip tomatoes in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes or until skins start to split. Dip in cold water; skin, core, seed and chop tomatoes.
    2. For tomato topping: In a medium bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, green onion, basil, parsley, vinegar and garlic. Add tomatoes; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
    3. For toast: Use the 2 tablespoons garlic-flavored olive oil to lightly brush both sides of each bread slice. For a charcoal grill, place bread slices on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes or until grill marks appear, turning once. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place bread slices on grill rack. Cover and grill as above.) (Or place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 4 minutes. Turn slices over and bake for 3 to 4 minutes more or until crisp and light brown.)
    4. To serve, use a slotted spoon to spoon about 2 tablespoons of the tomato topping onto each toast slice; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Garnish with fresh basil, if you like. Serve within 30 minutes. Makes 8 servings.


Chocolate Tea Bread

In a large mixing bowl, combine and mix the following ingredients with an electric
beater, about 2 minutes.

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Fold in:
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray bread pans or muffin cups with nonstick spray.  Recipe makes
one large loaf or two small loaves plus 12 miniature muffins.  Bake large load for 60 to 70 minutes
or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Bake small loaves for 30 to 30 minutes or until done.
bake miniature muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and test for doneness.  Be careful not to overbake.
Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack to cool completely.
If desired, sprinkle tops of unbaked muffins with a mixture of 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

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. 
Keith and I have been going to this restaurant for over 15 years, and you know that it
is a great restaurant when the police and Fire Trucks are parked outside.


So just click on the restaurant's name and make plans to go and visit for lunch or dirrner.



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. 
.  Next month we will be featuring one of the shops in downtown Glendale and some recipes from a cookbook that I found that was my mom's during World War II.
Say a prayer for our Armed Forces and pray that they will be home soon. 
Wear some green on St. Patty's Day and enjoy some Corned Beef.
Happy St. Patty's Day/

Count your blessings, hug your family and friends,
thanks for being a part of Country Chatter

Cindy and the Kittens


Country Chatter
Cindy Kingren
(after 3 pm - pacific time)