Sunday, December 21, 2014

Daytripping from Americus - A Wonderful Day at Chehaw Zoo in Albany, Georgia

Last week, we decided to take a daytrip to The Animal Park at Chehaw in Albany, Georgia, just 45 minutes from Americus.  We spent about 2 1/2 hours at the zoo and could easily have spent the entire day, if we had visited when the Wiregrass Express Train was running or the African Veldt Safari was operating (March - November).  


It was a very chilly day, but, the sun was shining.


We started our tour looking at the reptiles (all behind glass).  If you don't like snakes, scroll down a little!


This is a Burmese python named Nochaway.


This is a canebrake timber rattlesnake.


Check out this albino boxer turtle and a broad-headed skink.


This is a green tree python.


This is a gray-banded kingsnake.


This is a pancake tortoise.


This little one was not marked, so, I have no idea what it is.


While we were there, they were feeding these frogs live crickets.


There are two snakes in this photo - 


ratsnakes.


It finally warmed up a little and we headed towards the actual zoo area and met this peacock.


The meerkats are absolutely adorable.


However, the peacock was very aggressive towards the meerkats (in their enclosure which the peacock could easily enter and exit) and we wished we could have intervened as we watched the peacock bully them.


We felt like this little guy was saying, "Somebody, please help us!"


Muckalee Swampland Station - looks like pea soup



Look a little closer and you see the alligators.


During "season" they feed the 'gators, but, not this time of year.


There were bald eagles.


This bobcat just looks like a really big housecat as it was grooming itself in the sun.


The cheetahs were also soaking up the sun.


Then, there were the lemurs.


All of a sudden, it seemed, they appeared.


We watched as this brown one groomed the other one.  They are so cute!


Another lemur, sleeping.


The petting zoo animals were funny to watch.  The pig would grab some hay and then take it into the building you see.  The goat was just eating...
 

There was a Southern black rhinoceros.


It really was a gorgeous day.


The colobus monkeys were fascinating to watch.


Unfortunately for me, this is when my camera started to malfunction.


This is Bogart, the bactrian camel.


Isn't he a handsome guy?


Did you know that red wolves were considered "extinct" in the wild in 1980 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?


What I found fascinating is that although there have been efforts to restore populations of red wolves to their native habitat, interbreeding with coyotes has been recognized as "the most significant and detrimental threat" to the wolves in North Carolina.  (according to the Chehaw website.)



And, lastly, my favorite, the serval.


How can you not just love that face!


So, the next time you come this way, plan some time to make a day trip to Albany to visit the Chehaw Wild Animal Park.  If you bring your bicycle, Chehaw has miles of groomed bike trails throughout the park.  They also have a BMX bicycle racing track.  There really is plenty to see and do in SouthWest Georgia.

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Love,
Susan

Monday, November 3, 2014

Gluten Free Cheese Muffins

With the holidays approaching, I thought it might be a good time to remind you of a favorite recipe that I shared four years ago - gluten free cheese muffins.  They taste like the cheddar cheese biscuits you get at Red Lobster, but, since they are made with rice flour, those of us with gluten intolerance can enjoy them.  For those of you who can have regular flour, you can use all purpose flour in place of the rice flour.   These are really wonderful right out of the oven or, if you have leftovers,  heated up for 5 minutes in a hot oven (so the outside gets a little crusty).  I've made these for guests several times recently and everyone loves them.

I start with Bob's Red Mill Organic rice flour.
Mix in some baking powder, salt and sugar. The original recipe called for cayenne pepper. I use chipotle chili pepper.
In another bowl, place one egg and 1 cup of milk.
Whisk those together.
You can use any cheese, but, I prefer shredded sharp cheddar.
Place the cheese in the bowl with the dry ingredients
and mix thoroughly.
Grease the pans with butter, shortening or spray them with PAM.  This recipe makes either 6 jumbo muffins or 12 standard muffins.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
Stir until combined.
Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups.
Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden.
Let them cool a few minutes before removing from the pan.
If you like cheese biscuits, you will love these muffins. I like to reheat them in the oven so the outside gets nice and crusty and the inside is soft and cheesy. YUMMY!

GLUTEN FREE CHEESE MUFFIN RECIPE
1 1/2 cups rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 TBS sugar
1/2 tsp chipotle chili pepper (if you use cayenne instead, use much less!)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 egg
1 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Combine egg and milk in small bowl. Whisk well.
  4. Grease a 6 cup jumbo muffin pan or 12 cup regular muffin pan.
  5. Add cheese to dry ingredients mixing well.
  6. Add egg/milk mixture to cheese/flour and mix well.
  7. Spoon evenly into prepared muffin pan.
  8. Bake 15 minutes for jumbo, 12 minutes for regular or until golden brown.
  9. Let cool in pan for about 5 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack.
  10. Enjoy!
Thank you for your virtual visit to the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast.  We look forward to hosting your visit to our area in the near future.
Love,
Susan