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.
Last night we had
our first dust storm and the wind blew and blew. Then the rain came
in, remember what I have said about the people out here, when it rains we
stand outside and watch it. The monsoons are not due for at least a
Well. I am still
around and kicking. I have had so many people tell me how much
better that I look. I have not put any of the weight back on and
most important - a little drum roll please - I have not had a smoke since
March 17th. We have a new kitten named Oscar. I went out one
morning and he was there, so skinny but real friendly. He is a long
legged black and brown stripe and the best thing, he goes for walks with
me, just like a dog would. The birds do not like him, I think that they
have nests in the trees on the block and yell and dive-bomb us when we
walk down the street. It is so great to be walking again and not
having to stop and catch my breath. And another note, I have
discovered that Happy Feet is a boy rather than a girl, well he is a long
haired kitten and I mean long hair. Happy Feet and Special are still
staying close to me, Special circles around me when I am sleeping - maybe
to keep the bad spirits around from me.
The month of
April was a strange month - hot and cold on the weekends. Claudia
and I checked out the Farmer's Market in downtown Peoria and it was great
- there was fresh vegetables and I mean fresh, still had dirt on them from
coming out of the ground that morning. Arts and Crafts, talked to a
wonderful gentleman from Ireland who was selling his paintings, and all
kinds of food to sample. This past Thursday, we took a class at The
Home Depot about herb gardens and raised beds and the best thing the class
was free. So guess who is going to be doing raised beds, at least I
hope to get one in with herbs before the heat comes.
Saturday, I dragged Claudia to downtown Glendale to the Saturday Market.
It was the last one until this fall and it was HOT outside so.............
there were a couple brave ones out there. One of the alleys in
having an Artfest and of course I had to go over and look !!!!!!!! I
met some wonderful people who do gourds, more about them later in the
newsletter. We checked out some of the stores and had a great time.
On a sad note, many of my friends know that Claudia and I have spent a lot
of time up in Prescott, visiting her daughter, the Pumpkin Festival or
just trying to get away from the heat down here in the Valley.
Monday night 3 of the business up there went up in smoke on Whiskey Row
but they will rebuild them.
Look around your home,
clothes closet and craft room, and you're sure to see an
abundance of motifs from nature. Now's the time to make
plans to attend area garden
walks to soak up some inspiration! Garden walks are a
fun, inexpensive way to get ideas.
You may see a gorgeous flower that you'd love to paint, a
color combination that would
look wonderful on a card, or an arrangement of shapes that
could be used for another
project. You might also get some creative landscaping
ideas to use in your own home or
garden. To find garden walks in your area, try searching
online or contacting your
local Chamber of Commerce or Parks and Recreation Department.
and public gardens are another great place to visit for
inspiration from nature.
Be sure to take along your camera, sketch pad and pencil to
record all those inspiring
ideas. Don't forget your sunscreen and a bottle of
water, and be sure to wear
comfortable walking shoes.
a garden walk can also be a fun road trip for a group of
friends. If you live in the
Chicago area, the Sheffield Garden Walk is being held July 21
and 22. This walk
features self-guided tours of over 82 gardens as well as
architectural tours and
Everyone throughout the country can go to ILloveGardens.com
for a list of public
and private gardens in every state. It provides links to
the website of each garden
for more details.
. Out here in The Valley of the Sun, we have all kinds of
gardens but............ just discovered
a new website for from wonderful "mini" farms - check out
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
Spring Training is alive and well
out here, with both The Cubs and The White Soxes
playing here in the Valley.
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.
Schnepf Farms Peach Festival
Saturday May 12
to Sunday May 20
22601 E. Cloud Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ
7:30-4:00pm - Free
Garden Celebrates National Public Gardens Day
Free Admission to Garden and Spring Butterfly Exhibit
Friday, May 11
7am - 5pm
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Day Celebration in Historic Downtown Glendale - May 12
Free flowers and special gifts await mom on her special day. Mothers,
and those who love them,
are encouraged to start their day at the Glendale Visitor Center to
pick up a map,
gift bags and free flowers just for moms. Several area merchants will also
offer free flowers
have a new feature in the newsletter - I will be featuring a
wonderful shop -
so that you can go and visit. I will also be featuring one
our favorite restaurants, too.
The Country Maiden
click on the store name and see all the wonderful "stuff" in the
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 -
While we were at
the ArtFest in Glendale, we met some people who do Gourds, aren't they
and of course I had to get one. So visit their website and enjoy.
They are called Chrysalis God Gourds and their website is
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
email@example.com 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.
cups fat-free milk
4-serving-size package sugar-free instant
vanilla pudding mix
cup fat-free dairy sour cream
8 ounce container reduced-calorie frozen whipped dessert
teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
cups 1-inch angel food cake cubes (about 1/2 of
an 8-inch purchased cake)
cups sliced strawberries
cup sliced strawberries
In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, dry pudding mix, and vanilla.
Beat with an electric mixer on
low speed until just combined. Beat on medium speed for about 2
minutes more or until well mixed.
Fold in the sour cream, dessert topping, and orange peel.
In a 2-qt. square baking dish or 8 individual dessert dishes, layer
half the cake cubes,
half the 3 cups strawberries and half the pudding mixture. Repeat layers.
Cover and chill the dessert for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Just before serving, top with the remaining strawberries. Makes 8
This recipe is
from a World War II cookbook that was my mom's. It is dated 1942 and
Dedicated with affection and gratitude to General Douglas MacArthur.
2 cups sugar
1 quart water
1 teaspoon gelatin
2 cups peach pulp
Boil sugar and water together for five minutes, add the gelatin
softened in cold water.
When the mixture is cold, add the peach pulp, which has been pressed
through a sieve,
and the juice of lemon and oranges. Freeze
The Craft Project this month is "Patriotic
Memorial Day and 4th of July are Coming
You can find the
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
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.
Happy Mother's Day and
Happy Memorial Day
Count your blessings, hug your family and friends,
thanks for being a part of Country Chatter
and remember the most important thing
Da Bears are coming
Da Bears are coming
Cindy and the Kittens and
(after 3 pm - pacific time)