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Country Chatter Newsletter
                Recipes and Crafts
October, 2008
                       Issue #5

Welcome to Country Chatter

Halloween is coming, Halloween is coming and it is still in the 90's out here. But the mornings are so nice.  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 fifth issue of the Recipes and Crafts, if there are any recipes that you would like, please email the kittens and they will look for them and feature them here.






It's Halloween! It's Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can't be seen
On any other night.

Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls,
Grinning goblins fighting duels,
Werewolves rising from their tombs,
Witches on their magic brooms.

In masks and gowns
we haunt the street
And knock on doors
for trick or treat.

Tonight we are
the king and queen,
For oh tonight
it's Halloween!



Sausage, Mushroom & Sage Stuffing

5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
10 C. unseasoned dry breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3/4 lb. mild Italian sausages
1 lb. mushrooms, washed with stems
trimmed and quartered
1 large yellow onion
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 large stalks of celery, chopped
1/2 C minced fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 Tbsp. fresh sage
1 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 C chicken stock (or chicken broth)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat a deep 9 x 12 baking pan with 1 tablespoon of butter.  Place the breadcrumbs in a very large mixing bowl.  In a sauté pan, heat the oil over
medium-high heat, and swirl to coat the pan.  Cook the sausages until nicely browned.  Drain all but 3 tablespoon of fat and let cool.  Add the mushrooms to the pan and sauté, stirring frequently, until lightly browned.  Add to the bread in the bowl.  Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the sauté pan.  Melt and swirl to coat the pan.  Add the onion, carrots, and celery.  Sauté, stirring frequently, until soft and lightly browned.  Add the parsley, thyme, sage, salt and pepper, and sauté one minute longer.  Add this mixture to the breadcrumbs and stir.  Cut the sausages into 1/4-inch rounds and add to the stuffing.  Add the beaten eggs and the stock to the bowl, and mix well.  Place the stuffing in the greased pan and bake, uncovered, until the top is lightly browned and crusty, about 1 hour.  Serves 12.


Creamy Lemon Cheese Pie
with Meringue Topping

3 eggs (separated)
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C lemon juice
1-8 oz cream cheese, softened
1-9" graham cracker pie crust
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
5 T. sugar

Beat egg yokes; stir in milk, lemon juice and cream cheese.  Mix until
you get the lumps out.  Then pour into a graham cracker crust.

Meringue Topping - Beat egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar and sugar.  Add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time so it gets fluffy.  Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F.




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.


Craft Projects

Fall Barnwood Box Arrangement

A worn barnwood box corrals flowers and candles for this self-contained display.

Set a couple of kitchen glasses loaded with flowers into the box, and place pillar candles between the glasses. Arrange the flowers so they are away from candle flames, not over them.

Finish the box with a length of grapevine wrapped around the outside. Tack it into place with tiny finishing nails, if necessary.

Replace flowers as they wilt and you'll have a long-lasting arrangement for your table.


Fall Scented Potpourri Balls

  • 3- or 4-inch plastic foam craft spheres
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Dried potpourri mix or other dried materials such as bay leaves, preserved fall leaves, dried fruit rinds, miniature pinecones, dried berries, and so on.

These potpourri balls will add texture, color, and wafting fragrance to the entry or any other room. You can assemble balls with only one element or use your favorite potpourri mix to create balls that combine varying scents and colors.

Start with 3- or 4-inch plastic foam craft spheres. Use hot glue to attach the potpourri elements all around the balls. Overlap the decorative pieces to completely cover the foam.

Display the balls in individual glass vases, on decorative plates, or together in a larger bowl.

If desired, refresh scents from time to time using drops of aromatic oils. Tiny bottles of various fragrances are readily available from craft stores



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 and he will be more than happy to sent you ours.

This my favorite time of the year and can not wait to decorate my house for Halloween, lights, pumpkins, black cats, witches and of course white ghosts.










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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 and have
a Happy Halloween


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Cindy Kingren
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