Country Chatter & Calico Kitten Designs
are excited to present

Country Chatter Newsletter
Recipes and Crafts
July 2008
 Issue #2

Welcome to Country Chatter

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 second 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 them here.

July is National Ice Cream Month.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month
 and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.  So we are featuring home made
ice cream treats this month for recipes and Bandit wants everyone to know that he will eat any of the left-overs.


If Ever You Need Me

If you ever need me,
I'll be right here.
To chase away the sadness
And wipe away the tears.
If you ever need me,
I'll be two steps behind
To follow in your footsteps,
And hear what's on your mind.
If ever you need me,
You'll never have to fear,
That your presence isn't important,
And your love isn't dear.
If ever you need me,
I'll always be around,
To bring back the laughter,
Where deep in your heart it's found.
You'll never have to worry,
For I'll always be here.
To chase away the sadness
and wipe away a tear.
By Becky Williams



Homemade Strawberry Ice-Cream

2 cups half and half
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
4 cups strawberries, mashed (add a little extra
sugar to sweeten fruit)

Mix and allow chilling over night before freezing in a 4 quart
churn.  Note:  Add enough whole milk to fill the churn
to 1 gallon.

For the 4-quart, use about 25 pounds of crushed ice and
about 2 cups rock salt>

To begin, place the electric ice-cream make inside a large dish-pan
or tub; this will catch the draining melted ice and also will be
used to pack ice around the churn to allow the ice-cream to ripen.  When the motor stops, pack ice and salt in dishpan around ice-cream maker, and then cover with towels; allow setting 2 to 4 hours.




Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Cake

16 crème filled chocolate sandwich cookies
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 quart (4 cups) cherry or cherry vanilla
ice cream, softened
8 crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookies,
coarsely chopped
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 quart (4 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 cup fudge ice-cream sauce
Sweetened whipped cream, if desired
12 fresh cherries with stems

Heat oven to 350 F. Place 16 cookies in food processor.
Cover and process until until finely ground.  Add butter,
cover and process until mixed.  Press in springform pan,
9x3 inches.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until firm.  Cool
completely, about 30 minutes.
Wrap outside of springform pan with foil.  Spread cherry
ice cream over cooled crust.  Freeze 30 minutes.
Sprinkle chopped cookies and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips over cherry ice cream, press slightly.  Spread vanilla ice cream over top.  Drop fudge sauce over ice cream in small spoonfuls, swirl slightly into ice cream.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips, press slightly.  Freeze about 8 hours until firm.
To serve, let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes.  Carefully remove side of pan.  Cut dessert into wedges. Top each wedge with whipped cream and cherry.




The kittens are always looking for new recipes, and if you would like to have one in the newsletter, you can email them to  If you have a website, we will be more than happy to include that, too.  Bandit says 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 out, they are set up in the newsletter that all you have to do is copy and print.


Pattern for Apple Design



Craft Projects

Absolutely Apples


Materials Needed:

Patio Paints:

Daisy Cream
Wrought Iron Black
Chive Green
Natural Tan Grout
Holly Berry Red
Mistletoe Green

Brushes #6, #8 & #10 Flat; #1 Liner; 3/4" Wash

Brush basin, palette, paper towels, water, graphite & tracing paper, pencil, stylus, ruler, extra fine point black permanent marker, 1" masking tape, scissors

Terra Cotta Pots with saucers: 4", 6" & 8"


1. Use wash brush to basecoat pots inside and out to waterproof. Paint 8" pot, rim and saucer bottom, 6" pot and 4" saucer Natural Tan Grout; 8" saucer rim, 6" saucer bottom and 4" pot Daisy Cream; 6" saucer rim Holly Berry Red; and 4" pot rim Chive Green. Let dry.

2. Mask off 1" band around center of 8" pot rim. Use #10 flat brush to paint edges Daisy Cream. Remove tape. Trace and transfer apple pattern and lettering onto 8" pot.

3. Use #10 flat brush to paint Holly Berry Red diagonal stripes in one direction on big apple and 6" pot rim. Use #6 flat brush to paint Daisy Cream stripes next to red stripes and liner brush to paint Mistletoe Green lines next to those. Let dry. Repeat stripes in the opposite direction, creating plaid.

4. Paint apple leaves Chive Green. Use liner to outline apple and leaves with Wrought Iron Black.

5. Dip brush handle tip in Holly Berry Red and Fuchsia to apply small apples around rims of 4" and 8" pot and bottom area of 6" pot. Use #6 flat brush to paint a pair of Mistletoe Green leaves above each apple. Let dry.

6. Use permanent marker to outline small apples, leaves, band border and lettering. Use #8 flat brush to paint Chive Green stripes around Daisy Cream bands on 8" pot and saucer rims, Daisy Cream on 4" pot rim and Holly Berry Red stripes on 4" saucer rim.

7. Use brush handle tip to place dots as follows: Daisy Cream on 8" pot and saucer; Natural Tan Grout on 4" pot and Chive Green on 6" saucer.


An Apple a Day


  • One 4” terra cotta clay pot
  • One 4” terra cotta clay saucer
  • 1 1/8” wooden spool
  • 2 artificial leaves
  • Acrylic paint - red, tan, and green
  • Medium black paint pen
  • Hot glue & hot glue gun


  1. Paint clay pot and saucer red and let dry.
  2. Then paint worm with tan paint, and use green paint for the stripes.
  3. Outline worm and stripes with black paint pen.
  4. Use paint pen to draw face onto head of worm.
  5. Paint wooden spool tan. When paint is dry, glue spool to the center of inverted saucer.
  6. Use hot glue gun to glue artificial leaves to the bottom of the spool. Let dry.
  7. Place saucer on top of pot for lid.
  8. Use a black paint pen to personalize rim of pot.

Fill with candy, treats, or goodies for your favorite teacher!



Bucket Luminaries

For all my friends that can't wait for the fall to get here!


What You Need
  • 5-1/2-inch high rusty tin bucket
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Burnt Sienna (BS) #DA63, Burnt Umber (BU) #DA64, Evergreen (EG) #DA82, Honey Brown (HB) #DA163, Olive Green (OG) #DA56, Light Buttermilk (LB) #DA164, Soft Sage (SS) #DA207, French Vanilla (FV) #DA184, Pumpkin (PK) #DA13, Golden Straw (GS) #DA168, and Terra Cotta (TC) #DA62
  • Paintbrushes: 1/4-inch, 1/2-inch, and 1-inch flat; 1/2-inch worn stiff bristle flat; and #1 liner
  • Tracing paper
  • White transfer paper
  • Large plastic freezer bag
  • Awl and hammer
  • Matte-finish spray sealer

1. Place a large plastic freezer bag in the bucket. Fill the bag with water to the top of the bucket. Place the bucket in a freezer until the water is solidly frozen.

2. Trace the pattern from the pattern sheet to tracing paper. Center and position the pattern on the front of the bucket. Use white transfer paper to transfer the dots to the bucket.

3. Place the bucket on a sturdy surface. Use a hammer and awl to pierce holes in the bucket at each dot. Allow the ice to melt until the plastic bag can be removed. Let the bucket air dry.

4. Refer to the photograph for shading and details. Follow the outlines created by the holes for the shapes of the stars, pumpkin, stem, and features on the jack-o'-lantern, Base-coat and shade with flat brushes, using the size that best fits the area. Dry-brush highlights with the worn stiff bristle flat brush. Outline with the liner brush.

5. Base-coat the stars GS. Mix PK and TC; use the mixture to base-coat the pumpkin and face area. Base-coat the stem EG. Let the paint dry.

6. Float BS shading along the outer edges of the stars. Mix HB and BS; use the mixture to float shading along the outer edges of the pumpkin and to divide the pumpkin in three sections. Let the paint dry.

7. Shade the edges and section lines of the pumpkin again using BS. Float EG shading on the stem next to the pumpkin.

8. Mix FV and GS. Use the mixture to dry-brush highlights and on the star centers. Mix TC and FV to highlight the pumpkin sections; then use only FV. Mix OG and LB to highlight the stem.

9. Use GS to paint the eyes, nose, and mouth. Float HB shading on the left and bottom edges of each eye and nose and along the bottom edge of the mouth. Dry-brush FV highlights on the center of each eye and the nose and along the top edge of the mouth. Strengthen the highlights with LB.

10. Use BU to outline the face, stars, and the lower part of the stem. Lightly outline the pumpkin and paint curved section lines on the pumpkin with BS. Let the paint dry.

11. Spray several light coats of matte finish on the outer surface of the bucket, allowing ample drying time for each coat before applying the next coat.

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, and if you would like to look at some of my crafts and order, thank you.

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.

We are also looking for anyone that would be interested in placing an ad in the August Newsletter, the ad is free for the month of August, just email us and we will send you all the details













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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. 
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