Welcome to the "new" Country Chatter
It is time for
another issue of Country Chatter, the best time of the year has arrived in
the Valley - Fall!!!!! The cooler weather arrived this weekend with
snow in the mountains up north. It was 88 here over the weekend and
going to be that again this coming weekend. And Halloween is coming,
and this coming weekend, the house will get decorated inside and outside.
I put up about 900 lights, purple and orange. Pumpkins and more
pumpkins with ghosts hanging from the tree out front. Did I mention
that Fall is my favorite time of the year? It will cool down enough that I
can finish painting outside and inside, but with the economy unsure, I am
waiting on the wood floors until after the election and see how things
turn out. The Cubs lost again but DA Bears are winning.
Joanie and I
ventured to downtown Phoenix to the Civic Center for a Scrapbooking
Festival this past month. We spent about 4 or 5 hours down there,
saw some old friends from when we both worked at Craftmart. I
learned how to make scrapbook pages, got tons of paper and can't wait the
next one. Another new hobby, that I can't wait to start on. We
tried to go Copper's Town for lunch, anyone remember Alice Cooper (the
rock singer), he has a restaurant about 3 blocks from the Baseball Park
but......... the wait was too long and we were hungry, so we ended up
going somewhere else.
Claudia had a
yard sale over at her daughter's mobile home park this past weekend, both
of us love to go to yard sales and to park and swap. The yard sale
this year was awful for the sellers, a lot of the people who were selling
didn't even sell anything and Claudia didn't sell as much as she did last
Chatter is so proud to announce that Sweet Nothins has joined us on the
website, you will find beautiful fall and Christmas floral decorations.
Please check back often, she is always adding new items.
As God was creating
the world and placing humans on the earth to explore the wonders of life,
a group of Guardian Angels gathered to create a plan for the assignees to
find True Happiness.
One adventurous Guardian Angel said, "Let's put it on top the highest
mountain. When they find it they will fee a great sense of
accomplishment. They will take pictures and become famous."
The group thought it was a good idea but decided that not everyone would
have the capability to climb the highest mountain on earth.
"Oh, I know", said another Guardian Angel, "Let's put it at the bottom of
the ocean in a hidden treasure chest with gold and precious jewels.
They will have to search for years with a big boat
and expensive equipment. A real test of endurance and perseverance."
Hummm, thought the group,
only a few will find the treasure of True Happiness.
Finally, a sweet, young Guardian Angel spoke in a soft voice, "I know a
place that is hidden from
humans, is available to everyone, and will help them grown and share the
secret of True
Happiness." The group was so excited, "Oh, this sounds great, where
shall we put the great
treasure of True Happiness?"
With a mischievous smile and a bowed head, she smiled and put her hand on
"In every person's own heart." It was unanimous, the Guardian
Angels knew that the journey
to True Happiness would still be adventurous, bring untold riches, and
humans would learn
the value of endurance and perseverance. So ever since the beginning
of time, the place
where True Happiness resides is in the chambers of your own heart!
Place your hand on your
own beating heart and feel the presence of True Happiness.
Around the Valley
This is for my friends who need a little reminder about what is going
on around my part of the world.
It is time for the valley to come alive and for everyone to come out for
all the shows and
all the wonderful activities.
I am also going to include a special section which will feature two shops
Historic Downtown Glendale or Catlin Court.
Time to take a class or two at the Park District or your local craft shop
14th Annual Front Porch Festival - October 18
Court Historic Shops District is once again hosting the Front Porch
Festival on Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Front
Porch Festival is a great way to spend the day. This year shops will
feature artists and craftsmen, as well as vendor demonstrations all on
the shady lawns and charming front porches of the shops in the Catlin
Court. Special activities include a face painter. The district’s
restaurants will keep visitors fueled up to enjoy all the day’s
activities. Begin the day at the Glendale Visitor Center to pick up an
event map and take a spin on the prize wheel. The 1st 300 visitors
will receive a gift bag. Admission and parking are free as is the
entertainment scheduled throughout the day. For more information, call
Arizona's most unique shopping experience
Antique Show and Sale - October 10th
and Saturday October 11th
Location - North Phoenix
Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. Phoenix
SCRAPBOOK CROP FEST!
Admission is: $3 SHOPPING HOURS:
10am-4pm, Sunday 10/26/08
PLACE: The beautiful Glendale Civic
Center-5750 W. Glenn Drive, ANNEX BUILDING--FREE PARKING! (East of
59th Avenue/North of Glendale Ave).
the Ranch - October 31, 6 to 9 p.m.
contests and candy await you at the annual GlendOberfest, at Sahuaro
Ranch Park Historic Area, 59th Ave. and Mountain View Rd., 6 to 9 p.m.
on October 31. This fun event features carnival-style games, on-site
trick or treating, Hallowympics parade, live entertainment, EggHaunt
and the ‘Sinister Sinema’ haunted house presented by ASU at the West
Campus. Everyone is encouraged to dress up. Bring your unfinished jack
o’ lantern for the pumpkin decorating contest. This event is a great
alternative to traditional door-to-door trick or treating, so bring
the kids and have fun! SPECIAL Post Event Concert, 9 to 10 p.m.,
featuring Arizona’s ultimate KISS Tribute Band - Kissmania! Rock out,
dressed up as your favorite KISS band member. Don’t miss it! For more
This year's Arizona
State Fair promises to be the best yet.
The 2008 Fair runs from Friday, October 10 - Sunday,
November 2 and is closed on Mondays. Located
at State Fair Ground - 19th Ave. and Mc Dowell
12th Annual Rubber
Stamp Fall Fiesta - November 1 & 2
Mesa Convention Center, 201
N. Center, Mesa, AZ
Downtown Glendale and Catlin
Court are celebrating fall with new shops and restaurants, be sure and
stop in and say hello, and tell them that you heard about them from
The two featured shops this
month are The Apple Tree located at 5811 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale,
623-435-8486 and Pals Forever located at 7005 N. 58th Ave. Glendale,
623-463-6484 - We have set up a special page just for them
Link to the
If you are in the Phoenix area and are interested in any shows, please get
in touch with the kittens at
email@example.com and they will be more than happy to send
you a list of shows.
has been a long time coming and an exciting day for us all to know
that Country Chatter in back with us. Especially with the added
bonus of the newly added Calico Kittens. Together, they will help
us grow and gives each of us double the opportunity for suggestions
and advice. To expand in ways that no one would ever image. It will
be bigger and better that ever before. It's nice to see that the new
site is under construction and coming together beautifully with a
lot of new changes ahead that can only be for the good. I think I
can speak for everyone that we are truly excited as to what lies
ahead. There are always many ins and outs at building such an
adventure that gives us all a chance to laugh, share our thoughts,
come together only in a ways that we know we can! With the opening
of the new crafts departments, gives us a chance to get our
flowing again. To share our wares with each other and to purchase
items from each other knowing that each item is made with love and a
little piece of ourselves.
the opportunity to share some of our most secret recipes! Some of
those that may have been handed down from generation to generation
or ones that we ourselves put our heart, soul, and love into.
Nothing can compare.
to look ahead. It can only get better and with your help, there is
no saying how may stars we may reach and just how brightly they may
shine.!! Thanks for your time and I look forward to many more chats
about this new and exciting adventure we are all embarking upon.
Remember, any thing is possible and obtainable.
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
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.
Each and every month,
there will be a special section for them. Since Halloween is this
month, how about some recipes using pumpkins???
If you would like to have yours in
the next issue of Country Chatter, please email Bandit at
and he just loves samples.
2 Cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 scant teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can (15 to 16 ounces) pumpkin puree
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pecans or raisins
In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and
salt. Stir to
blend. In separate bowl, combine pumpkin, melted butter, milk or
half-and-half, the beaten
eggs, sugars, and vanilla; mix until blended. Stir pumpkin mixture
into the dry ingredients
until moistened. Fold in pecans or raisins. Do not overmix.
Line 12-cup muffin ten with
paper liners or grease well and dust with flour. Fill about 3/4-full
with the pumpkin muffins
batter, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar, if desired, and bake at 375 degrees
for 20 to 25
minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 12 to 16
Spicy Pumpkin Soup
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground corianders
pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
3 (15 oz.) cans of 100 percent pumpkin or 6 cups of chopped roasted
5 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
Melt butter in
a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and
stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add spices and stir
for a minute more.
Add pumpkin and 5 cups of chicken broth; blend well. Bring to a boil
and reduce heat,
simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer soup, in batches, to a blender
or food processor.
Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan.
With the soup on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add milk
while stirring to
incorporate. Add cream. Adjust seasonings to taste. If a
little too spicy, add more cream
to cool it down. You might want to add a teaspoon of salt.
Serve in individual bowls. Sprinkle the top of each with toasted
* To make pumpkin puree, cut a sugar pumpkin in half, scoop out the
seeds and stringy stuff,
lie face down on a tin-foil lined baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees
until soft, about
45 minutes to an hour. Cool, scoop out the flesh. Freeze
whatever you don't use for
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. I watched the debates tonight, please
when it comes to the general election in November, go and vote. I do
not care who you vote for but please vote. The country is in a mess
and I don't know about you but........ I love this country.
Say a prayer for our Armed Forces and pray
they will be home soon. Tigger and Katie want to say hello, they
have been yelling the whole night. Halloween is coming the end of
the month, dress up, be a kid and have some fun that night. Forget
about everything else and enjoy the ghosts and goblins that will be out
that night and don't forget to crave a pumpkin.
Count your blessings, hug your family and friends,
thanks for being a part of Country Chatter
And just remember Fall is here !!!
Cindy and the Kittens
(after 4 - Pacific time)