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Today my daughter and I had a wonderful adventure. We both wanted to see the cheetah cubs that the Dallas Zoo is raising, and we wanted to try a nearby cafe that is a tradition in South Dallas.

When we entered the zoo, we saw a carousel. We love carousels and ride any one we can find. Apparently it is in our blood. When we go to DC we ride the same one that my mother rode when she was a girl. My daughter rode an ostrich and I rode an okapi.

We visited the African exhibit and when the time to see the cheetah cubs came, we moseyed over to the area.

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The twin cubs, Kamau and Winspear, were amazingly cute, as you can see for yourself. They are being raised with a black lab puppy, Amani (which means peace in Swahili). He is  just their age and the hope is that the puppy will help gentle the cheetah brothers down. We were very sad that the puppy was not present!

You can see a video of the cubs and the puppy here:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/09/labrador-puppy-brought-to-dallas-zoo-to-calm-cheetah-cubs/

Then on to Norma’s Cafe, a South Dallas Institution that had not been on our radar until recently. We asked our waitress to bring our “mile high” slice of coconut cream pie right away, lest they run out of it. It was so fetching that we began to eat it while we waited for our meal. The pie was divine, still a little warm from the oven. I ordered a serving of the home made potato chips to go with my battered cheese sticks. Words cannot convey how delicious and right the chips were. I could not finish either the cheese sticks or the chips.

Later, I will preheat the oven to 500 degrees, along with my baking pan. When they are up to temperature I will add the cheese sticks and a few moments later the home fries.

(I will take this opportunity to offer a tip for reheating fries in a hospital room or a hotel room: blast them with your hair dryer!)

The oven will do for today’s reheating.

Stuffed, with leftovers in boxes, we eased into the car and drove home.

My Fitbit says I’ve walked 5266 steps so far today and that I’ve gone up three flights of stairs. Yes!

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I am a member of the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy. This month’s challenge was “Tribal”. I created Nelson Mandela Turquoise to make this necklace; some of the other pieces of Nelson Mandela Turquoise were made from the leftovers from this project.

Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela is a member of the Tembu Tribe of South Africa. Mandela studied law and then dedicated himself to service to his nation. He had 67 years of public service all told. Mandela’s work was about Peace and Reconciliation.

The Nelson Mandela Turquoise is made in the colors of the South African flag: black, navy, red and green, which symbolize unity.

The necklace has seven beads of Nelson Mandela Turquoise, two “black lava” beads, twelve antique gold polymer clay spacers and hundreds of ¬†“coconut husk” disks created from a mix of brown, black and antique gold polymer clays.

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cocada de forno

In 2001 I took my daughter down to College Station, Texas to have a look at the Honors Program at Texas A&M. It was an overnight for her, so I took myself out to dinner.

I had the most amazing bread. It tasted like coconut. It tasted like I was swimming in coconut! I tried and tried to duplicate it over the years, to no avail. At the time I thought the flavor came from coconut oil in the butter that came with it.

Today I was at Central Market in my town and I got a small cake called Cocada de Forno. Oh my goodness! I was swimming in coconut again. This time the Coconut Heaven came with an ingredient label. Coconut flour was the first ingredient. Duh! Butter, sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, sugar and flour brought up the rear.

The mystery is solved. I can have coconut heaven anytime. Mmmm.

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