Country Chatter & Calico Kitten Designs
             are excited to present

Country Chatter Newsletter
                Recipes and Crafts
March 2010
                    Issue #1

Welcome to Country Chatter

Spring has come to the valley, and the weather is still nice.  It was in the 70's here, the mornings are still cool and the weeds are still growing.  But time to plant some flowers and tomatoes.  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 first issue of the New 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.

A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost

OH, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.



Carrot Cheesecake Bars

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1-1/2 cups  HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 cup sugar, divided
1-1/2 tsp.  ground cinnamon, divided
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 tsp.  vanilla
3/4 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
3   eggs
3/4 cup finely shredded carrots (about 2)
1-1/2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

HEAT oven to 325║F.
MIX butter, crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Bake 10 min.
EAT cream cheese, vanilla and the remaining sugar and cinnamon in large bowl
 with mixer until blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each just until blended.
 Stir in carrots; spread over crust.
BAKE 45 to 50 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours.
Serve topped with COOL WHIP.


Butterfly Garden Stake

Materials Needed:

Medium Copper
Wire Rod - Aluminum
Copper (22 gauge)
Ultimate Bond Tape Sheet
Fun Foam sheet
Metal baking sheet

Tools Needed:

  • Embossing tool or stylus

  • Needle Tool

  • Scissors

  • Brayer

  • Pliers

  • Pencil

  • Assorted size circle punches

  • Heat gun


1. Enlarge pattern pieces to the desired size, copy onto card stock and cut out. Click here to print pattern.
2. Trace around pattern pieces onto the copper sheet using a stylus and cut out.
3. Texture and emboss the wings as desired. Read the package instructions for tips on embossing with ArtEmbossTM. To give a soft hammered texture, place the copper pieces onto a sheet of fun foam and lightly pound with the eraser end of a pencil. Gently roll over each piece with a brayer to flatten back out. Perforations can be made using the needle tool, and assorted size circle punches can be used to give an interesting effect.
4. Place the copper onto a metal baking sheet. Heat each of the pieces with a heat gun to create a patina finish. With prolonged heat in one area the copper will turn orange, then rust, then red, then blue, then gold. By moving the heat gun around, you can create some unusual patterns of color. Let the copper cool, then continue with the project.
5. Trace the body and wing brace patterns onto the tape sheet and cut out. Remove the white liner and adhere the tape to the wrong side of the copper body and wing brace.
6. Remove the red liner from the wing brace and apply a wing to each side of the brace.
7. Cut and fold an 8" length of copper wire in half for the antennae. Make a small spiral at each end of the wire. Adhere the folded portion of the wire to the wing brace between the upper wings. Remove the red liner from the body and adhere into place over the wings and antennae. Press to secure.
8. Cut a 1" x 2" piece of copper and wrap it around the end of the wire rod, forming a tube. Remove the tube and squeeze one end flat with pliers. Glue the tube to the back of the Butterfly wing brace using glue. Let glue dry completely.
9. Free form the wire rode into desired shape. Place the Butterfly onto the rob by sliding the rod into the tube on the back of the Butterfly.






Spicy Shrimp and Fettuccine

8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
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;  sautÚ 1 minute.  Add shrimp; sautÚ 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. 
Serve immediately.



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.


The "Recipes and Craft Issue will be coming out every week except when the newsletter comes out.  So... we are
going to start a new feature as a part of this issue.  The Calico Kitten Yard Sale   Everyone has some "stuff" that they would like to get rid of.  The Yard Sale will be posted in this newsletter and if it catches on, we will start a
new section on the website.  There is no cost for this, you can either put your email with the ad or I will use
the and then forward the email to you.  So if you are interested, please email me
and I will put them in the next newsletter.  All that I will need from you is a description and/or a photo.

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.











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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. 
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