Country Chatter Newsletter
          October 2012
                  Issue 6       

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. I keep hoping for cooler weather but it is still triple digits. And Halloween is coming, The house will be decorated inside and out, I have  to put up about 900 lights, purple and orange.  Pumpkins and more pumpkins with ghosts hanging from the tree out front.  I will have scarecrows sitting outside with spiders hanging from the garage and black cats all over the place.
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. Everyone knows how much I love my Bears, there is a flag outside flying, the SUV has Bear's stickers all over it and I will be wearing my football outfits. Everyone knows that I am a Bears Fan, UPS guy at work, FedEx guy, our vendors and even the contractors that we do business with, they call and cheer me on and when the Bears lose, (especially to Green Bay) everyone stays away from me.

It has been a rough summer for both me and my son, outside of the fact that it was "HOTTER" than you know what out here - 114 days of triple digits days, so you go to work and come home. Keith lost two of his friends this summer, both of them were kids that he grew up with and spent a lot of time at our house when they were growing up.  So please forgive me for not doing a newsletter for a couple months but........... it is time for it again.

I send out an email on Monday regarding Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court asking for some help with what is happening to the City of Glendale.  I want to thank everyone who emailed me back, and shared my email with their friends.  The shops in Glendale and the Festivals have been an important part of Claudia and my lives and anyone else that I could drag yelling and screaming down there, too.





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.
Time to take a class or two at the Park District or your local craft shop

Annual Front Porch Festival and Old Towne Marketplace- October 20

The Catlin Court Historic Shops District is once again hosting the Front Porch Festival on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Front Porch Festival is a great way to spend the day.
The Apple Tree will be featuring "Autumn Market" featuring a bountiful harvest of pumpkins, gourds,
scarecrows and fall fixings

Open Air Market in Historic Downtown Glendale
First Saturday of each Month - October to May 9am-4pm
A Mad Hatter's - 5734 W. Glendale Ave. Glendale, AZ

This year's Arizona State Fair promises to be the best yet.
  The 2012 Fair runs from Friday, October 12 - Sunday, November 4 and is closed on
Mondays and Tuesdays 
 Located at State Fair Ground - 19th Ave. and Mc Dowell

Wild Western Festival – October 19-21
Enjoy Arizona’s biggest cowboy event at the Wild Western Festival held at Sahuaro Ranch Park located at 9802 N. 59th Ave. Enjoy stunt shows, live music, blacksmiths,
historic building tours and much more.

Haus Murphy's 15th Annual Oktoberfest
Make plans to attend this annual event in Historic Downtown Glendale at the award-winning German restaurant, Haus Murphy’s, 5739 W. Glendale Ave. Enjoy live music featuring direct from Heidelberg, Germany the Guggenbach-Buam. Event dates are October 12-14 and 19-21. The menu includes favorites such as Jager Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Hackbraten and Black Forest Torte. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Lederhosen and Dirndls and join in the fun!

Harvest Festival - Original Art & Craft Show
Phoenix Convention Center - Downtown Phoenix
October 26-28 - 10am-6pm

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.

Rubber Stamp Events - November 3 & 4
Mesa Convention Center - 201 N. Center - Mesa|

Phoenix Holiday Creative Festival - Nov. 8,9 & 10
Arizona State Fairgrounds - 19th Ave. & McDowell
America's Best Sewing and Quilting Festivals

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. So is there enough things for you to do????

We will featuring some new shops in the next issue of Country Chatter.


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.

I am going to try and start a Quilting Club for quilters or anyone who would like to give it a try. 
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.

Craft Project

Terra Cotta Scarecrow


  • 5” clay pot

  • 4” Styrofoam ball

  • 7” straw hat

  • 2 Provo Craft simple shape stockings

  • Muslin

  • Raffia

  • Twine or jute

  • Fabric glue / hot glue

  • Polyester stuffing

  • 1½” button

  • 18 gauge wire

  • Black Delta paint

  • Orange Delta paint

  • ¾ yard of plaid Halloween fabric

  • Directions

    Glue Styrofoam ball to bottom of clay pot with hot glue.

    • Find center of muslin and place over Styrofoam ball to cover head and make a collar.

    • Tie raffia around intersection of ball and pot. Cinch to form neck.

    • Cut sleeve 9”x22”. Glue sleeve along length. When glue is dry, stuff with polyester stuffing.
      Run a 20” piece of wire through sleeve to make poseable arms.

    • Glue raffia to inside of sleeve and tie off cuff with raffia. Glue arms around
      backside of scarecrow to clay pot.

    • To make legs, cut fabric 9”x45”. Repeat the instructions for the arms, with the
      addition of the boots tied to cuff of pants at bottom with raffia.

    • Bend legs in half and glue pot in place on top of bend.

    • Make hair with a bunch of raffia tied in the middle and trimmed to the length
      you prefer (ours is 10” long). Glue in place. Glue hat in place.

    • Paint on face.

    • Use jute to make a belt about 24” long by braiding it with 6 strands. Glue in place.

    • Glue bottom in place.










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.
Can you tell that Bandit is a "fat" kitten or as they want to be called "Kitties"

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.  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 !!!  Happy Feet has grown so much, he will be
a year old at Thanksgiving time - photos of him next month.

Cindy and the Kittens


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