Thursday, October 25, 2012

Apples are a favorite for just about anyone in the fall I think. I make a lot of dishes with apples in the fall, and some of them year round. This Apple Crisp Recipe is one I serve to our Bed and Breakfast guests year round at the B&B, but especially in the fall. It's definitely a guest favorite.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Bars, Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Bars


Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' Recipe of the month is perfect for your fall baking. Do you like Pumpkin Pie? Then this is the recipe for you! It's a simple, easy recipe, and goes a long way.

Check out our Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Bars

This recipe, and 349 others can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins Favorite Recipes" which can be purchased in our Gift Shop. Click Here to order your copy.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mango Peach Salsa Recipe, Peach Salsa Recipe

Check out our Recipe for MANGO PEACH SALSA or our PEACH SALSA RECIPE
And find more of Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' Recipes of the Month at our

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mango Melon Smoothie, Mango Melon Soup

Here is a new recipe I posted on our Bed and Breakfast recipes  page for one of the fruit recipes I serve at our Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast for Mango Melon Soup (can also be made as a Mango Melon Smoothie), both variations of the recipe are included.


This recipe, and 349 others can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins Favorite Recipes" which can be purchased in our Gift Shop. Click Here to order your copy.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Visits Colorado Springs

Yesterday Presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited Colorado Springs and toured the Pikes Peak area and Care and Share. He encouraged people that the best way they can help in our area is to come back to Colorado Springs and visit, and that it's STILL beautiful here. Here is a snippet of some of what he said to help bring tourism back to Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Cascade, Woodland Park, Pikes Peak, and really, the entire state of Colorado...

"People around the country are wondering what can they do because we’ve all watched what’s happened here with horror as we’ve seen the flames and the homes lost and the stories of loss of life. People in the immediate community, of course, can bring in canned goods. But what can people do that are from Boston and New York and Chicago? Well, you can come to Colorado and vacation this summer. What’s happening is people are staying away because they think the whole area has been burned out. It’s not. It’s beautiful as it’s always been and tourists need to come back … or else the suffering from this fire will be more severe than it needs to be." Mitt Romney on July 10, 2012

So, with that said, COME VISIT US HERE in Colorado Springs, and stay with us here at the Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins. We STILL live in the beautiful mountains and STILL have majestic mountain views. And all of the area attractions, restaurants, shops, museums and more are all open for business. Check out our Packages and we can help plan your Colorado Adventure Tour. The Pikes Peak area has a lot to offer, and the weather's nice and cool, 67 degrees as I'm writing this at 11:00am.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs UPDATE

On June 23, 2012 a major wildfire broke out in Waldo Canyon in Cascade, Colorado, just west of Colorado Springs. The fire ended up being the worst fire in Colorado's history. Due to erratic winds, record breaking hot temperatures, and extreme draught for the past 2 years, the fire grew to epic proportions in just a matter of hours, and within 3 days a firestorm that was unprecedented erupted in Colorado Springs which caused the loss of 346 homes and 2 deaths in the Colorado Springs neighborhood of Mountain Shadows. It was a tragic day for our entire community.

We at Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins were extremely lucky, however. It was "business as usual" for us as one family reunion had checked out and we had just finished cleaning the Lodge, ready for our next Colorado Springs family reunion to check in when our housekeeper, who had just left, called and said that there was a huge plume of smoke just a couple miles from us as she was driving down the pass.

Brian and I stepped outside and saw a huge smoke column on the other side of the ridge behind our properties. In less than half an hour Brian said we should start packing our bags. Being the optimist I knew the firefighters would be on it and would extinguish the fire quickly and there was no imminent danger to us or our properties. I threw some laundry in the washing machines and started to slowly pack up some pictures and photo albums. Within minutes we received a reverse 911 call telling us we were on "voluntary" evacuation (another term for "pre-evacuation" or "evacuation stand by"). We turned on the TV to watch the news and saw that the fire was spreading incredibly fast, and we did notice the smoke plume by us growing larger by the minute. My previous blog post shows the video Brian shot about this time, and with urgency he told me to get packing as he started to quickly pack up our cars.

We received a second reverse 911 "voluntary" evacuation call about 15 minutes later. As Brian was packing up the car shortly afterwards we started to see flames crest the ridge of the mountains behind us and we knew we had to leave quickly. He called 911 to tell them the flames had crested the mountains, and within a couple of minutes the siren from the Cascade Volunteer Fire Department, just a couple blocks away from us, went off. We have only heard the siren one other time during the 10+ years we've lived here, and that was on the anniversary of 9-11. A couple minutes later we received another reverse 911 call saying we were on mandatory evacuation and were to leave immediately.

I then knew it was time to finish and get out as fast as possible. I grabbed my wet laundry and threw it in a trash bag and packed up the last of the office stuff and threw whatever other clothes I could grab in about 10 minutes into a suitcase.

We also had to make sure all of our guests were evacuating as well during this time. When we got the voluntary evacuation notice we notified all of our guests. One of them were on their way back from Canon City after enjoying the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. They were on their way back but weren't sure how long it would take them. After we got the mandatory notice we told them if they weren't here in 30 minutes we'd grab their things and meet them in Colorado Springs. They made it back in just about a half an hour, and in a surreal last look at our properties, we drove away, praying our places would survive the fire. As we were driving down our road two Sheriff's office vehicles were beginning to go door to door to make sure everyone was leaving.

We drove to our daughter's house in Colorado Springs and were planning to stay with her, but on our way to her house she heard word that the neighborhood next to hers (the Mountains Shadows neighborhood) was on evacuation stand by. She and her hubby decided to pack their cars up and head to her mother-in-laws on the east end of Colorado Springs. We went to her house and helped them pack up a bit, then headed to our other daughter's house north of Denver.

The next 9 days were full of anxious waiting, heartbreak for our community, and tremendous gratitude to the brave firefighters, police, media, and many more that were working so hard to get the fire out and save our lives, community, and beautiful mountain terrain.

After being evacuated for 9 days, we were able to return home on Sunday, July 1st. We weren't sure what we would find when we came home... we knew our home and business were not burned, but from pictures we'd seen of where the fire burned, we knew it was much too close to our homes and we weren't sure what to expect. Would we have smoke damage? Would there be soot and ash on everything? Would the dirty laundry from the guests that checked out be moldy and ruined? I must say, you think of all kinds of weird and seemingly stupid things when you have all this time to think and worry and wonder and hope.

As we drove home, we were anxious as to what we'd see, our hearts were in our throats as we were driving up the pass. I was surprised that there were only a few spots that were noticeably burned while we drove up the pass... the majority of the mountains coming up the pass were completely untouched and you would never know there was such a massive destructive fire here.

Then we reached our town of Cascade. Some burn on the side of the road when you first get into town, but not much, and all the mountains on the south side, the Pikes Peak side, were completely untouched. When we got to the traffic light and turned into our neighborhood there were firemen waiting to welcome us back home. I couldn't help but burst into tears of gratitude of thanks for the valiant and tireless efforts they went through to save our home, business, and community (mental note to self to get baking some goodies for these hard working folks... cinnamon rolls, cookies, and muffins by the dozens followed over the course of the next few days... really nothing compared to the gift they've given us). We turned onto our street and then saw our home and Lodge, still standing without a hint of anything that had happened over the course of the past 9 days. Our Cabins were also untouched. No smoke smell in the buildings, no soot or ash, nothing but a beautiful home to come back to. The worst "damage" we have is that the yard, plants, flowers and trees are pretty dry and crunchy from the extreme heat and not being watered for 9 days during such hot weather. We have MUCH to be grateful for!

Here is a picture I took on July 5, 2012 of the Lodge. Not a great picture as it's from my cell phone, but you can see that the Lodge is untouched and the mountains are still as beautiful as ever. I will get other pictures of the fire up at some point, but here is what we look like now, after the fire (beautiful as ever and unharmed).

We have been blessed with beautiful mountain views both in front of the Lodge, our home, and our Cabins, as well as behind us. Sadly, the mountains behind us did burn, and the fires did come within 2 blocks of our properties, but we still have stunning, beautiful mountains views in front of us. You can still sit on the terrace, patio, gazebo, and in the hot tub at the Lodge, and on the patio and in the hot tub in the Cabin, and STILL enjoy the spectacular mountain views we had before. The mountains behind us are still there, but the view will change. Right now you can see the rugged mountains with charred burned trees and shrubs on them, and some green that wasn't burned, but in time new growth will blossom and will create a new beautiful view for us to enjoy.

I've been going outside to look at the views every day since we've been back, as I did before this fire tore through our beautiful area, and I am so thankful that we still have such beauty to enjoy. I loved the beauty of where I lived before, but have an even greater appreciation for the beauty I still have today.

And I cannot thank all of our friends, family, and guests for all of the prayers, love and support you shared with us during this difficult time. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of care and concern from so many of you. Thank you a million times over, it meant SO much to us!

It's now back to "business as usual" with our guests, and we currently have a wedding party here at the Lodge and in our Cabins. We are open for business and welcoming guests.

Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Cascade, Woodland Park, and the entire Ute Pass are OPEN FOR BUSINESS! ALL of the area attractions, with the exception of Flying W Ranch, which sadly burned during the fire, are all open and operating. The Pikes Peak area is STILL beautiful, as the fire mainly ravaged the unseen rugged forest areas.

With that said, COME VISIT Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins and Cascade and Colorado Springs and see for yourselves the beauty that STILL remains here in the Pikes Peak region. Colorado is STILL a beautiful state, and there is MUCH for you to enjoy. We're here to help you plan your Colorado adventure!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Waldo Canyon Fire Colorado Springs and Cascade

Are you ever really ready for a fire when it threatens your home? We live in Cascade, Colorado, a beautiful sleepy town in the mountains at Pikes Peak, just 6 miles west of Colorado Springs. There are dozens of hiking trails and stunning views here, but when you live in the mountains there's always a threat of fire.

Yesterday we were brought to a rude awakening when a major forest fire broke out just a few miles from our home in Waldo Canyon near Colorado Springs and quickly burned the forest around us. Within a few short hours we were evacuated from our home and are praying for the safety of all of our neighbors and the firefighters and crew working to save our homes and neighborhoods. It was a terrifying sight to see flames coming over the crest of the mountains right behind your home.

You have just a short time to gather together the most important things to you, and hope you got it all. My husband and I quickly grabbed our photo albums, photos from the walls, our fire box with important documents and paperwork, some of our office things, some clothes, and our dog Tizzy; we took some pictures of the rooms in our home to try to document as much as we could, and realized we weren't as prepared as we could (and should) have been. As I'm sitting at my daughter's house watching the news I think of other things that I forgot and remind myself that we are safe and those are just things and that we have our lives. If we lose our home and everything in it we will be sad, but we are alive and well and that's truly the most important thing.

Here is a picture taken from our daughter's house in Colorado Springs. We are located on the other side of the ridge behind the fire from this view.

Here's a video that my husband took from our house shortly before we evacuated.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and think about an action plan you can put into place in a matter of minutes if you are ever in danger of having to evacuate at a moment's notice.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I Don't Love Band Aids....

My daughter, bless her heart, has 3 children 4 years old and younger in her home and it's always a house full of excitement, adventure, laughter, tears, and at times, hysterics, I'm sure all of us parents can relate.

Today was one of those days that had several moments of tears and hysterics when my Grandson got an owie on his knee and my daughter put a band aid on his knee. The scene quickly turned emotional and dramatic as Micah delcared quite emphatically how he does not love band aids. He is one kid who is NOT stuck on Band Aid brand, even though Band Aid is stuck on him...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Verne Witham FREE Pancake Breakfast

Kickoff Summer by attending the annual Verne Witham FREE Pancake Breakfast in Manitou Springs on Saturday, May 26th, 2012.

There will be free pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee served in the 900 block of Manitou Avenue from 9:00am - 11:00am.

The event is hosted and sponsored by the  hosted by the Manitou Springs American Legion Post 39 and the Manitou Springs Kiwanis Club. Donations will be accepted to help support the cost of the annual downtown holiday lighting decorations. For more information, call the Manitou Chamber at 685-5089.

And while you're here, stay at the Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins. We are located just 5 miles west of Manitou Springs in the mountain community of Cascade, at Pikes Peak, with beautiful mountain views. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and recharge your batteries.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Greek Yogurt, Sour Cream Substitute, Yogurt Dip

About a year ago I got turned on to Greek Yogurt and have since fallen in love with it and use it for all kinds of things. I make yogurt parfaits with it at our Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast Inn, I make dips with it for chips and veggies, and I use it as a substitute for anything calling for sour cream.

Here are some ideas of what you can do with Greek Yogurt:

Substitute for Sour Cream: Greek yogurt has the same consistency as sour cream, and a very similar taste as well, so whatever recipe calls for sour cream, substitute Greek Yogurt and it's much healthier for you. I use it for a substitute in my Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Recipe, Stroganoff, Dips, fruit parfaits, and pretty much anything you would use sour cream for. I have not bought sour cream since I started substituting Greek Yogurt for it. Much healthier and you'll never know the difference.
Chip and Veggie Dips: This is one of my favorite uses for Greek yogurt. I admit I am a HUGE chip and dip, & veggie and dip fan. But I no longer use sour cream in my dips, I only use Greek yogurt. It makes it healthier and makes me feel a little less guilty about eating it. Here are some of the things you can add to sour cream to make a fantastic dip for chips and vegetables:
  • Ranch Dip
  • Dried Dill Weed
  • Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • Chipotle Seasoning
  • Mrs. Dash's Seasonings, there's quite a variety
  • Horseradish and a little Dijon Mustard to go with your Prime Rib
  • Brown Sugar, Peanut Butter, and some softened Cream Cheese is great for dipping apples
Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits: I make fruit and yogurt parfaits at our Bed and Breakfast Inn frequently and our guests gobble them up every time. The Greek yogurt can be a bit tart though, so I sweeten it up with a little Agave Nectar and add a splash of Vanilla Extract for some flavor.

You can pretty much use Greek Yogurt for just about anything. I've also used it my baked recipes such as Coffeecakes, Breads, and Cheesecakes. Be creative, have fun with it, and enjoy divulging a little healthier.

Friday, May 4, 2012


With Cinco de Mayo coming up it's a perfect time for a Mexican fiesta! We lived in Arizona for over 20 years and fell in love with Mexican food and like to cook and eat Mexican food frequently. I have a number of great Mexican recipes, and this is one I found a couple years ago that's a great Mexican Appetizer. It can even be made the day ahead of time. Enjoy!


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or canned cooked chicken)
  • 1 10-oz can Ro-tel diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
  • 12 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-jack cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp. ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 6 green onions (scallions), which and green parts, chopped
  • 6-8 large flour tortillas (I like to use a variety of white, tomato and spinach)

Season chicken breasts with garlic salt, 1/2 tsp. of the cumin, and 1 tsp. of chili powder. Grill, or cook in a skillet with a little olive oil until cooked through, turning halfway. Cool slightly and shred. (If using canned, cooked chicken, shred the chicken up a bit in a bowl and add the above seasonings).  

In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, drained tomatoes and green chiles, cheese, remaining spices, garlic, cilantro, and onions. Mix together until well-incorporated.Add cooled chicken and stir together.

Lay out tortillas and divide mixture evenly in the center of each. Spread into a thin layer leaving the edges clean. Roll each tortilla tightly. Do not fold in the ends like to would with a burrito, but leave the open.

Using a sharp knife, cut into 1-inch thick slices and transfer to a serving platter. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

*These can be made the day before, and kept in a covered plastic container.

Monday, April 30, 2012


Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins is having a NO HUNGER GAMES FOOD DRIVE during the month of May.

Bring in 4 or more cans of food when you check in and we'll take $10 off your stay with us and donate all the food collected to a local food pantry.

See our Specials Page for more details.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes Recipe

I'm always trying to find new Bed and Breakfast recipes at our Colorado Springs B&B. I made this new Cinnamon Roll Pancakes recipe at our B and B this morning and they were a huge hit, hope you enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes


  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
  • more oil for the griddle
Prepare the Cinnamon Filling:
In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour the filling into a squeeze bottle, or a zip top bag and set aside.

Prepare the Glaze:
In a small pan, heat the butter over low heat until melted. Pour the butter into a mixer and add the cream cheese; beat until almost smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla extract; set aside.

Prepare the Pancake Batter:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add in the milk, buttermilk, egg and 1 Tbsp. of oil. Stir until just moistened, a few lumps remaining is fine.

Cook the Pancakes:
Preheat your griddle to 400 degrees F. Drizzle with oil and pour about a 1/3 cup batter on griddle and spread slightly to create an even circle about 4-inches in diameter. Using the squeeze bottle (if using a zip top bag snip  the corner of the bag and squeeze the filling out of the zip top bag) squeeze the filling on top of the pancake batter in a swirl.

Cook the pancakes about 2-3 minutes before turning, the trick is to wait until bubbles form and start to pop before turning them. Flip and cook pancakes for an additional 2-3 more minutes, until the other side is golden brown.

Serve pancakes with the swirl on top and drizzle with the cream cheese glaze.

Makes 3-4 servings

You can find more recipes in our Cookbook Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' Favorite Recipes. Purchase your copy today!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Free Family Fun Day

There is much to do in the Pikes Peak area when you're staying with us here at Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins. This Saturday, April 21, 2012 is a FREE Family Fun Day at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

The theme for this event is Recycle and Reuse where participants will be able to create works of art at the Bemis School of Art using materials found around the house. Transform corks into a mosaic, create a mono-print with paper scraps and string or design a cardboard-and-egg-carton sculpture.

Have a family outing day with the kids enjoying artist demos and hands-on art projects led by Bemis instructors.

10:00am - 2:00pm

See more about what to do in Colorado Springs at our Calendar of Events page

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Little Cheddar Meatloaves, Mini Meatloaves

When I was growing up my Mom made Little Cheddar Meatloaves for us all the time and we loved them as kids. When I was raising our kids our income was small and my grocery budget was quite meager. I learned to feed our family of 5 for anywhere from $5 - $7 per meal. Hamburger became a big staple in our home because it was really inexpensive and I could stretch it. I could typically feed our family with one pound of hamburger for a number of years.

One of the family favorites was my Mom's Mini Cheddar Loaves, as we called them, or mini meatloaves. Now that my children are grown both of my daughters make these as well, so the traditiona continues.

I also found this picture online of a fun way to make them for kids. The Grandkids love them because we then let them eat their broccoli and carrots with their fingers and they think it's so fun to eat "broccoli hands and feet, and carrot legs, and mashed potato tummies.

Here's my recipe for Little Cheedar Meatloaves, I hope you enjoy them as much as we all do.

  • 1 1/2 hamburger
  • 3/4 cups oats
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped (or grated if you don't like the onion pieces)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
Combine hamburger, oats, salt, cheese, onion, egg, and milk.

Shape into 6 small oval loaves.

Place in shallow baking dish.

In a small bowl combine brown sugar, mustard, and ketchup and spread over tops of loaves.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Serves 6

For the kids meatloaf bodies, shape meat into 8-10 small round meatloaves and bake without sauce for 35 minutes. Top with ketchup and draw the eyes, nose and mouth with mustard when assembling on plate, along with cooked mashed potatoes, baby carrots, and broccoli tops.

You can find many more recipes at our Bed and Breakfast Recipes page.

This recipe, along with 349 others, can be found in our Cookbook Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' Favorite Recipes. You can purchase your copy at our Gift Shop.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Whitewater Rafting in Colorado; Colorado Rafting Trips

Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins offers Colorado Rafting Trips! You can easily book your whitewater rafting in Colorado thru us either as an a la carte add on to your stay in our Cabin Rentals in Colorado, our Manitou Springs Vacation Rental Cottage, or our Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast Lodge, or as part of one our multi activity Wild West Packages.

Echo Canyon River Expeditions in Canon City is now open for business! You can enjoy a leisurely float down the Arkansas river through the Bighorn Sheep/Parkdale run, or you can opt for an exciting adventure with  high class rapids through the Royal Gorge. You can even opt for a combo rafting trip and Royal Gorge train ride, zip line, or horseback ride.

Check out all of our Colorado Activity Packages and book one of your outdoor adventure packages, and your whitewater rafting trip in Colorado today!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Winter Wonderland Savings

Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins can be a Winter Wonderland when the snow falls and the pine trees are covered with beautiful white snowflakes. Come enjoy the Rocky Mountains with our Winter Wonderland Savings!

Spring has come and has brought some beautiful weather lately, but when you live in Colorado the general rule about weather here is to "wait 10 minutes and the weather will change". We can have beautiful 60 or 70 degree weather one day, and snow the next. March and April can often bring our biggest snow storms of the year one day, and 2 days later it will all be melted and you can head out in the 60 degree weather for a beautiful hike.

Come and enjoy the "winter" or "spring" weather over the next few weeks and save 20% during your stay!

Stay in select rooms in our Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast Lodge for two nights or more from now thru the end of April and take 20% off your stay!

You can also find things to do in Colorado Springs at our website's attractions page as well.