Pua's mother's day post

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Interesting tail hold

Interesting tail hold

Window time

Window time

Time to get going

Time to get going

Going for a walk

Going for a walk

Starting out slow

Starting out slow

Down the stairs

Down the stairs

Across the mean bridge

Across the mean bridge

Pausing to bask in the sun

Pausing to bask in the sunShe kept stopping in the sunny spots. Look close, her tail is in one of the holes to anchor her.

Morel mushroom

Morel mushroom

Anteater in the woods

Anteater in the woods

Flicking her tongue through the crack

Flicking her tongue through the crack

Checking out her burrow

Checking out her burrow

Feeling sleepy

Feeling sleepyI got concerned when I saw the rims of her eyes were milky but they cleared up after and nothing since. Will treat them if it returns. Could be allergies though.

Okay, I'm ready to go

Okay, I'm ready to go A couple came up the trail the other way while Pua was just sitting hanging out at the open end of her burrow here. They asked if she was an aardvark. No, an anteater. They asked if they could get a photo of her, sure. Took her out but she crawled out of my arms and down my back. She does not like her walks disturbed, even though she was just sitting there before being disturbed. But she tried to walk back on the path and they were standing there. She stopped and looked up at the guy there, like; "dude you're in the way". Then she turned and headed on. So she looked more friendly than she really is. She's not shy or antisocial, she just doesn't care about you.

By the river

By the river

Time to climb

Time to climbShe did not get to go much higher in this one

Anteater destruction

Anteater destructionThis was a little mossy stump. Then Pua tore it open.

Getting tired

Getting tired

Heading for the car

Heading for the car

A little grooming

A little grooming

And then she passed out

And then she passed out

Tamale Pie - for mother's day

Tamale Pie - for mother's day

Tamale Pie - for mother's day

Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion, one small onion
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
4 large tomatoes, cut up
1/3 whole kernel corn, frozen
1 small can (5 ounces) ripe olives, break up whole olives or buy sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
dash black pepper
1 cup grated Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
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Crust:
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 cups fluid(explained in instructions)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/2 cup grated Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, for topping (optional)

Preparation:
Brown ground beef with onions and green pepper; drain well, save fluid. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, corn, olives(drain and save fluid from olive can), garlic, sugar, salt, chili powder and black pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10-15 minutes. Drain fluid and save. Continue simmering low while crust is cooked.

In a saucepan, combine cornmeal, salt, chili powder, and add fluid(include olive water from can, if salt is an issue use water to make up the difference if you don't have 2 cups fluid), once warm add butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until tacky or like a dough. Spread abput a 1/3 to a half of the mixture into a baking dish, about 12- x 8-inches. Drain filling one more time and save to add to something else later. Spoon filling over bottom crust; cover with remaining cheese, spoon remaining cornmeal mixture over filling. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. I placed pan on cookie sheet because it looked like it might boil over and it did a bit.

Serves 6.


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