Country Chatter & Calico Kitten Designs
are excited to present

Country Chatter Newsletter
Recipes and Crafts
June 2009

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.


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


I thought that since Summer is here, we would feature some grilling recipes and since I have learned how
to use the grill.  You must know that I will be trying most of these recipes and besides everything tastes
so much better on the grill.  Bandit wants me to let you know that if you have any left-overs, he will be
more than happy to finish them off and his favorite is hamburgers.

Pizza on the Grill

1 pkg. (24.8 oz.) thin crispy crust supreme pizza

Heat grill, setting all burners on low to medium-low (about 400 degrees F).  For best results, use a gas grill.

Remove wrapper and cardboard from frozen pizza.  Place pizza directly on center of grill rack; close lid.

Grill 13 minutes, rotating pizza 1/2 turn with spatula after 8 minutes.  Continue grilling, covered, for specified
time or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.  Let stand 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

Italian-Style Marinated Steak

1/2 cup Zesty Italian Dressing
2 boneless beef sirloin steaks (1 lb.)
1/2 cup A1 Original Steak Sauce

Pour dressing over steaks in resealable plastic bag; seal bag.  Turn bag over several times to evenly coat steaks
with dressing.  Refrigerate 30 minutes to marinate.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.  Remove steaks from marinade; discard bag and marinade.
Grill steaks 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until medium doneness (160 degrees F).  Brush steaks with steak sauce,
let stand 10 minutes.  Cut into thin slices to serve.  Garnish with grilled cherry tomatoes, if desired.

Grilled New Potato Packet

These will go wonderful with the Italian-Style Marinated Steak.

1/2 lb. each red and white baby new potatoes (about 4 each)
2 Tbsp. Water
2 tsp. oil
3 Tbsp. Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing
2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Special Extra - Add 2 minced garlic cloves and 1/4 tsp. cracked black pepper to packet with the water and oil.

Heat grill to medium heat.  Place potatoes in center of large piece of heavy duty foil.  (Or, use a double layer of
regular foil).  Drizzle with water and oil.  Bring up foil sides.  Double fold top and ends to seal packet, leaving
room for heat circulation inside.
Grill 18 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender>
Cuts slits in foil to release steam.  Open packet.  Drizzle potatoes with dressing; sprinkle with cheese and parsley.



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.

Craft Projects

Star-Rimmed Basket

  • What You Need

    White stain gel
    Disposable foam plates
    Acrylic paints in barn red and navy
    Wood Stars 1 to 2-1/2 inches wide
    Fine Sandpaper
    Tack cloth
    Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks

Paint the basket using white stain gel and a wide flat brush.
Place some gel on a foam plate.  Paint vertical strokes until well covered.  Let the stain gel dry.
Paint another coat if a more opaque color is desired.
Put a dab of barn red and navy blue paint on plate.  Thin the paint with water, about one part paint to
one part water.
Paint the stars.  Let the paint dry.  Using fine sandpaper, lightly sand the stars.  Sand the edges to create a
worn look.  Brush off dust and wipe with a tack cloth.
Using hot glue, layer contrasting small stars over large stars.  Hot-glue stars onto rim of basket,
alternating colors and sizes of stars.


Lighted Potpourri Jars

Glass ivy bowl or canning jar
One 35 clear light strand
One bag scented potpourri
One 10" or 12" lace doily
Ribbon and flowers for bow decoration

Put small amount of potpourri in bottom of container
Stuff container with light strand
Add potpourri to fill container and cover light wires
Place doily over top opening and tie with ribbon
Accent with ribbon, silk or dried flowers, charms, ribbon roses or any other decorations.


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 July Newsletter, the ad is free for the month of July, just email us and we will send you all the details













Well, I hope that you have made it down to this little part, I love talking about Arizona, sharing this state with everyone. 

Don't forget to check out the June Newsletter  

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.

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


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Country Chatter
Cindy Kingren
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