Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Well I have had a fun yet completely non-traditional day today. I went to lunch with my friend Cheryl and had my standard BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger. I will find the best burger in Cedar Rapids!!!
Then we went to Brucemore Mansion for a free tour. I have only been there one other time, and it was with a group of girl scouts. As you can imagine, this time was much more relaxing:) I was not in charge of controlling the old man that kept leaning on antique chairs, or making sure that the children did not touch the hand crafted books in the library. I just got to walk around and enjoy the tour…..priceless!
I think we only saw about 10 of the rooms in this HUGE house. To see the Master Bedroom, and probably more, you need to come back and pay for the full tour. I would love to go back during Christmas when the house is decorated and each of the rooms has Christmas Trees, that must be absolutely beautiful!
We walked around the grounds and took some pictures of the fascinating things that we came across, like…..
Cheryl standing by the statute of a ??? not sure what this is, but is is in front of “The Lake”. I believe it was the second owners that added the pond to the 26 acre property. There are ducks floating in the pond…..
and turtles hanging out on a log…..
and what mansion would be complete, without a pet cemetery…..
there are 15 dogs buried in this cemetery. The Halls’ always had two German Shepperds at a time, and they even have statutes of their beloved dog…..
The Hall family was the third family to live in the mansion. They did not have any children, but they had three different lions that were all named Leo. The first Leo was the son of the MGM movie studio lion Jackie.
At one point they even had swans roaming around the property, until they became too aggressive. This is the pool side of the mansion…..
the little girls are sitting on the edge of the pool looking into the empty concrete hole, it’s still too cold to add the water! These are the gardens that are right in front of the mansion…..
with another one of those strange animal statutes, and lots of pretty flowers that are starting to bloom…..
and wouldn’t you love to have a garage this big? This is the Carriage House that is now used as the Visitor’s Center/Gift Shop…..
If you would like to know more about Brucemore, here is a link. I even got to take a picture with a jockey…..
I absolutely love the Home Alone movies! Everyone that enters that driveway…..knocks over the metal jockey!!! I need to get one of these 🙂
Like I said, it wasn’t your typical Cinco de Mayo, but I had a blast!!!
Here is my Cinco de Mayo worthy recipe for you today, Fish Tacos with Papaya Mango Salsa. They are so simple to make, and taste great. When I lived in Hawaii, there was a restaurant that served chicken tacos with papaya mango salsa and I knew I had to recreate it when I moved back to the mainland. For some reason I always seem to make these tacos with fish and not chicken, but why mess with a good thing? I hope you had a great day, and enjoy!
Fish Tacos with Papaya Mango Salsa
|Prep time||20 minutes|
|Cook time||8 minutes|
|Total time||28 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Course|
- For the Salsa
- 1 Ripe mango (peeled and diced)
- 1 Ripe papaya (peeled and diced)
- 1/2 cup red onion (diced)
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (any chili powder will work, or use 1 diced jalapeno)
- 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped)
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- For the Tacos
- 1 Pound white flesh fish (cod, tilapia, snapper)
- 2 - 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon chipotle chili powder (any chili powder will work)
- garlic pepper (a few turns of the grinder)
- 8 corn tortillas (I used white corn)