Country Chatter Newsletter
January 2010

Welcome to the "new" Country Chatter








Calico Kitten 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.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Around here is was real quiet, did not put up as much decorations inside as I have in the past, the kittens think that mom's snowmen are for them to lay on rather that for decorations.  The outside was done up with over 900 lights, reindeers, geese, bears and of course snowmen.  And let's hope that the New Year is a lot better than last year for everyone.  I know Claudia is enjoying the new year in her new home.  In fact we are going to the Home and Garden Show this weekend because she is a home owner now, before she really didn't want to go but now...........

I managed to drag Morlene out to downtown Glendale to see the lights before Christmas, she sat and people watched and I walked around to check out all the booths.  Yes, the ankle is starting to heal so I am not walking like an old lady anymore and Claudia and I have managed to go out shopping.

To everyone back East and in the Midwest, I am so sorry that it is soooooooooo cold and so nice out here but we did get a couple days when we had ice on the trucks.  But it has been in the 70's so in a couple weeks will start planting in the back yard.  I have plans for a huge garden this year.

A couple New Year resolutions that I have made this year is to FINISH the house both inside and out, and to try to be a better friend to my friends here in the valley, my friends back in Chicago and of course my family.  So what better way than the newsletter.

Now the kittens have one big request, they want to be called Kitties now and the other three would like to be mentioned once in a while instead of just Bandit.  They are all cats now, don't tell them that but ............ Bear is my bathroom buddy, he has to come in and watch me put on my make-up and do my hair in the mornings, Special is still special, she is a real girlie girl, she walks around like she has just had her nails done and they are wet all the time, and finally Callie, she has not grown out of the kitten stage, still enjoys jumping on everyone when they are sleeping and does the Indy 500 throughout the house.  They have heard a nasty rumor that mom is going to get a puppy, that will grow to be bigger than them.  Bandit has said that he will guard mom and attack anyone that comes near his Pringles, so why do we need a puppy?

But Country Chatter is back!!!!!!!!!!!! 






Girlfriend Wisdom


"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock.
The stream always wins not through strength but by perseverance."

Nature is a great teacher for us to observe and learn.  There are lessons for situations
in our lives right before our eyes everyday.  Whatever the weather, going for a walk on
a nature trail, or in our own neighborhood will lift your spirit to build endurance for a
well balanced life.

Think of yourself as the Stream:  traveling down the river's road of life.  There will be
pebbles in the river's bed and there will be giant boulders.  Get yourself ready for the
thrill of a waterfall and rest time in shallow waters at the river's edge.  Perseverance
will keep you going, Perseverance is being steadfast.

Girlfriend Wisdom

May your interpretation of
Perseverance be full of grace,
a knowing that life is good,
and that all will be well.












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.
Well, this is the time of the year that we all live out for out here, not to hot and not to cold, you need a light jacket at night.  So much to do, go and enjoy before it gets too hot.
Time to take a class or two at the Park District or your local craft shop

Home and Garden Show - January 15, 16 & 17
The Arizona State Fairgrounds - 1826 W. Mc Dowell Road, Phoenix

Glendale Glitter and Glow Block Party - January 16
Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court - 59th Ave. and Glendale
End of the Holiday Season - 1.5 million lights, 20 Hot Air Balloons and
Bands on every other corner

Phoenix Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival - January 28, 29 and 30
The Arizona State Fairgrounds - 1826 W. Mc Dowell, Phoenix

Glendale Chocolate Affaire  Feb 5, 6 and 7
Downtown Glendale in the Park, Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate
Did I mention there is Chocolate there?????????

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.


Crafter's Corner

If you are in the Phoenix area and are interested in any shows, please get in touch with the kittens, opps I mean kitties at and they will be more than happy to send you a list of shows.

Calico Kitten Designs is looking for crafters that would like to move into the website, if you are interested, please email me
and I will send you all the details -

I would still like to 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.

















Each and every month, there will be a special section for them. 
This month we are featuring just some wonderful recipes

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

Beef Fried Rice

1 lb. boneless beef sirloin steak, thinly sliced
2 cups frozen stir fry vegetables
1 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 Tbsp. Light Catalina dressing
2 Tbsp. lite soy sauce
2 cups instant rice, uncooked
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin orange segments, drained
1/3 cup chopped green onions

Brown steak in nonstick wok or large skillet sprayed with cooking spray on high head 3 minutes
Add stir fry vegetables, broth, dressing, soy sauce and rice; stir.  Bring to a boil, cover.
Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Let stand 5 minutes.  Add oranges and onions; fluff with fork.

Strawberry Cheese Tarts

Makes up to 12, depending on size of cookie cutter.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 oz. cream cheese
Small jar of strawberry jam
1 egg, beaten

1. Preheat oven to 400 F
2.  Mix all above ingredients to make a pastry.  Roll in a ball and chill
for several hours.
3.  Roll out to 1/8-inch thickness, on a floured surface.
Cut circles with a cookie cutter or water glass.
4.  Spoon a teaspoon of strawberry jam in center.  Brush edges with beaten egg.
Put another circle on top and press edges all around together with a fork.
Brush tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.
5.  Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.
Can serve warm.


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 share the computer room with me.  They are so happy that the computer is fixed, my mother board died and I was without a computer for over a week and I think they know something was wrong.  We have tried and tried to teach Tigger how to talk and he knows one word - pretty, which he yells all the time. And as much as Bandit hates mom yelling at the TV during football season, Tigger loves it when the games are on in the computer room, and when it is over, all he wants to know is when does the football season start again.

Count your blessings, hug your family and friends,
thanks for being a part of Country Chatter

Cindy and the Kittens


Country Chatter
Cindy Kingren
(after 3 pm - pacific time)