Chatter & Calico Kitten Designs
are excited to present
Recipes and Crafts
Welcome to Country Chatter
Today is the first day of fall, it is still triple digits out
here, they are telling us maybe one more week and the cool weather will
arrive. 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 fourth
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
Fall is Here
Helen H. Moore
Fall is here.
is coming to an end.
Winter's round the bend.
Fall is piles of crunchy leaves,
orange, gold, and red.
Fall is sweaters with long sleeves
and blankets on the bed.
Fall is football,
Fall is pumpkins,
Fall's where summer ends.
Fall is coming back to school,
and seeing all my friends.
cup Kraft Sun-Dried tomato Dressing
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
4 large red peppers, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (14 1/2 oz. each) pasta-style or Italian-style
diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup water
2 cups instant white rice, uncooked
1 cup Shredded low-moisture part-skim Mozzarella Cheese
1 large tomato, chopped
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
Heat dressing in large skillet on medium heat. Add
peppers and garlic; cover. Cook 10 minutes or until
is cooked through, turning after 5 minutes. Remove
chicken from skillet; cover to keep warm.
Add canned tomatoes and water to skillet. Stir in rice;
bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered,
10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine cheese, chopped tomatoes
Return chicken to skillet; sprinkle with cheese mixture.
Cover. Cook 5 minutes or until chicken is heated through
and cheese is melted.
Spicy Shrimp and Fettuccine
8 ounces uncooked
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cups chopped plum tomato (about 5)
2 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according
to the package direction, omitting salt
and fat. Drain.
Heat oil in a Dutch over over medium-high heat. Add red pepper
and garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add shrimp; sauté 1 minute.
Stir in tomatoes and next 4 ingredients (through salt; bring
to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in pasta;
cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated.
Place 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 teaspoon cheese.
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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
they are set up in the newsletter that all you have to do is copy and
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
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,
microwaving at 30% for 2 minutes intervals.
To make pie, you will need
1 pie tin, in the size of your choice
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.
remaining dough for later. Cook pie crust for at least 30 minutes.
Filled cooled crust with potpourri. Take remaining dough scraps,
reroll 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.
Cinnamon and Applesauce
Equal parts of
cinnamon & applesauce -
I suggest 1 cup each for your first time
Mix in a bowl and stir until well blended. Work mixture in hands for
to form a ball. If mixture is to dry, add a bit more applesauce.
If it’s too wet, add a bit more cinnamon.
Knead ball on cinnamon sprinkled surface until it holds together well.
Then, roll out using a rolling pin sprinkled with cinnamon. You can use
cookie cutters, or templates that you’ve drawn yourself to cut out your
As you can see by the picture, for this batch, I chose to use a template
some little primitive stars for our shapes. I like the ornaments to be a
little bit thick.
This helps keep them from breaking over the years.
Place ornaments on a cookie sheet that has been sprinkled with cinnamon.
Use a drinking straw to cut out the little circle that you will use to
hang your ornament.
Air dry for 24 to 48 hours - turning several times. You can also place the
sheet in a very low oven (around 200 degrees), which will help them dry
Remember to turn several times.
When you pack the ornaments away, be sure to cushion them to keep them
from breaking. And, if they start to loose their scent over the years,
add a drop of cinnamon oil to bring back the wonderful aroma!
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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,
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favorite time of the year and can not wait to decorate my house for
Halloween, lights, pumpkins, black cats, witches and of course white
Well, I hope
that you have made it down to this little part, I love talking about
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.
Say a prayer for our Armed Forces and pray
they will be home soon.
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