Welcome to the "new" Country Chatter
Designs is so happy to welcome Country Chatter Newsletter to our website.
The newsletter is just my way of sharing my part of the world with
everyone, and helping people with their businesses. I am 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.
We have had an
awful summer out here, hot, hot and more heat. We had the hottest
July on record and you can tell by my electric bill. So........ one
of the reasons that the newsletter has not been around. You go to
work, come home, fix dinner, water the plants and the heat just drains you
of all energy. But it is cooling down, we had no monsoon this summer
which means no rain except for when there was a hurricane off of Baja.
everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, the last weekend of summer.
Football started on Thursday night and cool weather can not be too far off.
The Bears are on Sunday night, so the phone lines between here and Chicago
will be ringing off the wall whenever they score a touchdown. Bandit
is ready for football season, he has his pillow set up on the rocking
chair in front of the TV and is looking for some Pringles. I have
been trying to teach Trigger how to say "Go Bears" but all he says is
The house is
getting worked on, new floors next weekend in the dining room and kitchen.
Furniture to paint, walls to paint, curtains to make and quilts to sew.
But the best thing is I got a new farm table so I can sew again. So if
anyone would like to help, just email me. I am going to have someone
finish painting the outside of the house,The Great Vacation is still here,
ankle is still not healed but walk like a "fast" old lady now, so no more
climbing up on ten foot ladders for me. Morlene and I went to a Concert, and got to see Chicago and
Earth, Wind and Fire. After walking 3 blocks from where we parked to
the concert, ankle told me to drop dead but when the concert started, you
can not seat at the concert, have to get up and dance with the music.
I paid for it the whole weekend with my ankle, talk about feeling like an
old lady !!!!
The Magic of Autumn
It's a glorious day with a sun overhead
And maples off yonder in cardinal red
And elms spilling gold on the floor of the world
And the sumacs ablaze, as the picture's unfurled
Oh poor little genius, known as man
Work us such wonders, as this, if you can!
It's a glorious day, with magic of fall
Working its changes too swift for us all
Now the green turns to gold in the glint of the sun
But not one of us knows how the marvel is done
From the high hat of autumn gay ribbons are tossed
And mane merely calls in the work of the frost.
Here's a performance which dazzles the eye
Here are the illusions no magician dare try
Oh, who can detect it, or who can explain
Or who can equal such legerdemain?
The world is a stage, without curtain or wing
Where Autumn performs for the peasant and king
No velvet topped table he needs for his feat
As he scatters his silver and gold at our feet
We see the scenes change in the glint of the sun
But none of us knows how such wonders are done
--- From the collection of Blanche Phillips
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 starting to "cool" off and my favorite time of the year is the Fall.
The evenings are starting to cool down, and time to go out and see the
The Farm at
South Mountain is open again. It closed down for the summer.
If you didn't know that it was there, you would drive right by it.
Check it out at
Claudia and I just love the
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.
Sept. 26 - 27 - Peoria Fine Art
and Craft Festival
8401 W. Monroe, Peoria, AZ - Peoria City Hall Municipal Grounds\
Sept. 25- 27th Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show
Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Ave. & McDowell, Phoenix
Discover Downtown after Night - Downtown Glendale
3rd Friday of each Month - Downtown Glendale
Great Shopping under Gaslights
Oct. 1, 2 & 3 Tucson Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
Tucson Expo Center - 3750 E. Irvington Rd. Tucson, AZ
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, ads to help people with their businesses
and if you would like to look at some of my crafts and order, thank you.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be more than happy to sent
If you would like to have yours in
the next issue of Country Chatter, please email Bandit at
and he just loves samples. I have learned how to use our grill over
the summer, in fact I am using it
just about every night and my son keeps telling me that I can not top what
I have made the night before
but I keep doing it. The first recipe is one that I tried this past
week and it is excellent.
Grilled Taco-Spiced Chicken
of taco seasoning mix (I used half the package)
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Heat gas or charcoal grill. In shallow bowl, mix taco seasoning mix,
Brush chicken with oil; sprinkle with taco seasoning mixture.
Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 10 to 15
once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut.
Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, mix barbeque sauce, chili sauce and
Cover, microwave on High 30 to 60 seconds, or until hot. Serve sauce
In small bowl mix:
3T. tarragon - flavored vinegar
1 T Honey Dijon Mustard
1/4 t. salt & pepper
skillet heat 1 T. vegetable oil over high heat. Add boneless,
skinless chicken breast,
cut into 1/4" strips. Sauté 4-6 minutes or until cooked through.
Remove chicken to bowl, cover.
In same skillet, prepare 6 oz. box of white or wild rice mix-following
package directions (use very
hot water - about 20 minutes) Meanwhile in large bowl combine - 2
large celery chopped, 1 gala apple,
cored and chopped, 1/2 cups toasted pecan pieces, 6 green onions, chop 1/2
cup cranberries. Add
hot rice, chicken and dressing, mix. Serve warm or cold.
Fall Hurricanes - Scarecrow & Crow
- One 7 tapered hurricane shade
- One 8 1/2-9 hurricane shade
- Fabric strips of choice
- Delta Perm Enamel Paints - light peach, harvest
orange, black, white, med. blue, bright yellow and grey
- One 8 straw hat
One 4 straw hat
Base paint scarecrow hurricane light peach. Use several coats for
smooth finish. Paint large eyes with black and white at bottom area. Paint
large nose triangle with blue. Stipple cheek areas with harvest orange.
Paint mouth line and add xs for stitch line on mouth using black. Tear
strip of material about 1 1/4 wide and long enough to tie around brim of
hat. Glue. Add some pieces of raffia in band. Glue raffia to inside of hat
to hang down to resemble hair. Glue to top of hurricane. Cut another strip
of material about 3-4 wide and length to tie around base of hurricane.
Tie on with tails in back. Stuff some raffia inside edge of fabric,
sticking up toward face.
Instructions - Crow:
Base paint tapered style hurricane black for crow. Dry. Paint large
beak in center front using yellow. Paint 2 black commas on beach for
nostrils. Paint white dots for eyes and add black at eye on top area and
accent with white dot. Paint yellow feet on bottom of hurricane. Using
grey, draw a few feather lines above eyes, under stomach area and on sides
to resemble wing lines. Use small strips of fabric to tie around small
straw hat. Glue to hurricane.
Well, I hope
that you have made it down to this little part, I love talking about
Arizona, sharing this state with everyone. Tigger and Katie have been
yelling all night long, Tigger is excited about the fact that football is
coming. He loves it or it is the noise from the games. I have
been trying to teach him how to say "Go Bears" but ...... he doesn't feel
the same about them as I do.
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.
Count your blessings, hug your family and friends,
thanks for being a part of Country Chatter
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