Monday, April 30, 2012

NO HUNGER GAMES FOOD DRIVE

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

CINNAMON ROLL PANCAKES

CINNAMON FILLING:
  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
CREAM CHEESE GLAZE:
  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
PANCAKES:
  • 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.

 LITTLE CHEDDAR MEATLOAVES
  • 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.