Country Chatter Newsletter
          October 2009

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!!!!!  My favorite time of the year - Fall. The cooler weather has arrived, cool in the mornings, warm during the day and then the evening comes and it is wonderful. And Halloween is coming, the house has been decorated inside and out, the only thing missing is some hand craved pumpkins but too soon for them.  I have put up about 900 lights, purple and orange.  Pumpkins and more pumpkins with ghosts hanging from the tree out front.  I even have scarecrows sitting outside with spiders hanging from the garage. 
Did I mention that Fall is my favorite time of the year?

One of the reasons that I love Fall so much is it's football season and the kittens have learned how to enjoy it, too.  Bandit has his rocking chair set up to enjoy the game, all he needs is a bowl of Pringles to make the game perfect.  When the Bears are on TV and they score a touchdown, the phones are ringing between here and Chicago.  This Sunday night, the Bears are on, and am hoping once again am hoping the phones will be ringing off the wall.

The house is finally going to get finished outside, no, not by me, I am having someone finish it for me.  With the ankle still not working like a real person, I can not see myself climbing up a twelve foot ladder or even up on the roof to finish the house so.........  The only good thing about the "great vacation adventure" is that I have not gone shopping and have been saving money.  I have gotten wood floors in Brazillian Cherry to put down in the dining and living room and then on to the bedrooms and kitchen.  I have replanted some of the plants that my son let die when I was walking like "an old lady"  so the front yard looks better except for grass so on to the back yard.

I have some sad news to pass on the everyone, Claudia and I have been friends for 20 years and I have shared some of our MANY adventures in the newsletter.  Two weeks ago, she lost one of her grandsons, he was only 26 years old.  I watched him grow up and have shared her sadness in missing him.

Country 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.

Country Chatter is also proud to announce that we have a new shop that will be moving into the website just in time for the holidays.  Marianne does "Recreations" with old jewelry and they are beautiful.  I will send out an email to everyone when her shop is on the website.





The Autumn Months Splendor

The Autumn Months Melody
The hot summer days are gone and rolled by
The cool autumn months have once again arrived
The autumn majestic spirit permeates the land
It is another new day of autumn
The far sun above the horizon sends its rays and gentle warmth
on the valleys, mountains and hamlets
Nature has dressed in beautiful colors
The jolly trees are painted with red, yellow and brown
The autumn trees adorn the valleys and mountains that hug the skies
It is a portrait of panoramic dazzle
The brisk wind blows over the meadows
The cool wind sweeps the plains and fields
The tall trees dance and bow gently in grace
The tree branches hiss, swing and sway
The shivering leaves quiver with the wind
The green pastures are dotted with a mosaic
of dried brownish scattered leaves
Joining autumn happy symphony
The singing joyous birds, the playful beavers
The swimming silver fish in the water streams
All bring a solemn joy
The sun slowly climbs the immense skies
The autumn patchy clouds cast their shadows on the peaceful land
All painting an awesome picture of beauty, love and harmony
How beautiful are the melodies and splendor of the autumn months!









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.
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 from either
Historic Downtown Glendale or Catlin Court.
Time to take a class or two at the Park District or your local craft shop

Friday Nite Lights - "No Tricks, Just Treats"
Friday, October 16, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

You donít have to wait until Halloween to enjoy an evening of fun filled activities and treats! Feel like a kid again in Historic Downtown Glendale as we celebrate Halloween early with an evening of "No Tricks, Just Treats." Join us for an evening of shopping, dining and plenty of sweet treats. Mark your calendar for Friday, October 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. Start your Friday Nite Lights adventure at the Glendale Visitor Center where you can pick up a downtown walking map and a list of activities and shops. The 1st 50 visitors to the Glendale Visitor Center will receive a FREE Treat Bag filled with surprises. Many of our shop owners will be getting in the Halloween spirit by dressing up in their favorite costume. We encourage shoppers to come dressed in costume too! Many of the downtown shops and restaurants will also feature fun treats.

15th Annual Front Porch Festival and Old Towne Marketplace- October 17

The Catlin Court Historic Shops District is once again hosting the Front Porch Festival on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 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 districtís restaurants will keep visitors fueled up to enjoy all the dayís activities. Begin the day at the Glendale Visitor Center to pick up an event map and take a spin on the prize wheel.  Admission and parking are free as is the entertainment scheduled throughout the day. For more information, call 623-931-0339 or Arizona's most unique shopping experience

This year's Arizona State Fair promises to be the best yet.
  The 2008 Fair runs from Friday, October 16 - Sunday, November 8 and is closed on Mondays.  Located at State Fair Ground - 19th Ave. and Mc Dowell

13th Annual Rubber Stamp Fall Fiesta - November 7 & 8
Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center, Mesa, AZ
Visit their website for vendors, show information and MORE

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.


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 Country Chatter.

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 Shops


Crafter's Corner

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.

If you are interested in joining us on the website, please email me and I will send you all the information about
moving in.

I would still like to start a Quilting Club for quilters or anyone who would like to give it a try.  I have one person who has joined the group, along with me so we are looking for more wonderful people to join us.  I am looking for classes for quilting here.
I want to start a mailing list of people who would be interested in doing this.  Each month, you will send to one person on the list, four 5 inch squares of fabric of one theme.   We will do this for 3 months with one theme and then choose another theme for the next 3 months.  At the end of the three months, please design something with your fabric and send me a photo and I will put it in the newsletter with your name and website.  If you are interested in doing this, please email the staff at and please put quilts in the message line.

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.










Each and every month, there will be a special section for them.  Since Fall has arrived, how  how about some recipes for Fall.

If you would like to have yours in the next issue of Country Chatter, please email Bandit at and he just loves samples.

Amazing Spiced Sweet Potato Mini-Loaves

1/2 cup cooked sweet potatoes, peeled and pureed
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup apple juice
1 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large saucepan, combine sweet potatoes, brown sugar,
apple juice, raisins, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.  Bring to a boil over high
heat.  Lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes.  Set aside to cool.
Sift together flour, soda and baking powder.  Add to the cooked sweet potato mixture,
stir well.  Fold in walnuts.
Spoon batter into 3 greased mini (approximately 3 x 6 inch) loaf pan.
Bake on lowest rack in 325 degrees oven for 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted
into center comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out and transfer
loaves to wire rack to cool completely.

Lemon-Frosted Coconut Bars

3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 3/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/4 cups flour
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup finely chopped blanched almonds

Lemon Frosting

2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup half and half or light cream
grated rind of 1 lemon
2 tsp. lemon juice

Cream butter or margarine and 3/4 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add 1 1/2 cups
flour and mix well.  Press mixture evenly over bottom of 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Beat eggs, vanilla and remaining 1 cup brown sugar
until frothy.  Sift together remaining 1/4 cup floor, baking powder and salt.  Fold into
egg mixture.  Add coconut and almonds.  Mix well.  Spread evenly over mixture in pan
and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool in pan.

Frosting - Mix confectioners sugar and cream.  Add lemon rind and lemon juice.  Heat
and stir over just-simmering water until shiny.  Cool a little.  Pour over coconut mixture.
Cool and cut into 24 bars.







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.  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


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