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Cabin life is all about taking time to enjoy the good things, to slow down and indulge, and that’s why we’re sharing cabin recipes on the blog! Discover more cabin recipes from Cascade Escapes to keep your kitchen cozy and your bellies happy.

On Sunday, March 14, 2021, we celebrated Pi Day! Every year on 3.14 we bake up something delicious for this official-unofficial-holiday and we thought we’d share a blue ribbon special on the blog. This cherry pie recipe became locally famous when it won first place in the Manitou Spring Pie Contest! So yeah, we’d say it’s a pretty solid choice.

Cherry Pie Fit for Cabin Life

Cherry pie is a well-loved favorite, and for good reason. You’ll love this award-winning cherry pie recipe because the flaky moist crust is especially rich with some added depth due to the addition of milk.

PRO-TIP: Simplify your pie crust process by mixing with a fork and forming directly into the pie pan.

Rather than canned cherries, this cherry pie filling from scratch is made rich and unique with grenadine syrup and almond extract. Be sure to find quality tart cherries, as these tart cherries are the key ingredient in developing the cherry flavor in this pie filling.

If you’re bringing home a slice of cabin life with this cherry pie recipe, might we recommend a scoop of homestyle vanilla ice cream to make your plate complete!

An American Tradition

American pie has been a tradition since before America was America! But who made Pi Day, well, Pi Day?! According to ( it was actually a logical coincidence because March 14th is numerically represented as 3.14, which is the mathematical phenomenon of pi–and it is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Who could dream up a more perfect holiday?!

Delicious Homemade Cherry Pie with a Flaky Crust. Image: iStock

Since this Pi Day tradition picks up popularity every year, we wanted to share our recipe in honor of a terrific excuse to eat some pie. This year we chose cherry because, as your local innkeepers in Cascade, Colorado, we have a special claim to fame with this blue ribbon recipe.

Want to learn more about Manitou Springs and the Manitou Spring Pie Contest? Check out this link! And if you’re looking for unique local things to do in Colorado, we highly recommend the artful community of Manitou, and the quaint local events and traditions of our mountain towns. (Coffin Race and Fruitcake Toss, anyone?)  

The 2020 Pie Contest was canceled, but we are so hopeful for a strong return in 2021!

A Cabin Favorite

Cabin recipes are favorites around here because they’re tried and true, and we hope our cabin fam can keep the spirit of cabin life alive with these free recipes from our cabin kitchen to yours. If you have a cabin favorite you’d like to share, be sure to let us know in the comments or email us at

Cherry pie is sure to be a repeat recipe for spring celebrations, summer picnics, and early fall dessert favorites. Canning your cherry pie filling is always an option if you want to make those tart cherries last for the whole season! You can also learn how to preserve your pie cherries through this handy resource:

A slice of pie! Image: pexels

We hope our cabin recipes keep your kitchen cooking, baking, and entertaining all year-round.

Calling on our Colorado Cabin Fam!

Have a cabin story to share with us? We love to keep the recipes rolling along with blog posts about our cozy cabin properties and the visitors who make us the unique cabin community we are. When you stay with Cascade Escapes, you’re more than a customer–you’re our cabin fam.

We’re looking for more stories like Emily and Damian (internal blog link) to share, so we encourage cabin couples, families, and past guests to reach out if you’d like your unique story to be shared on our blog and social media!

Post your Pics to Social Media!

Cabin guests can also share the fun by posting your cabin pics on Instagram and tagging @cascadeescapes 

Did you try our Cherry Pie Recipe? Do you have a pie to share from your own Pi Day celebration? Tag us on social media and let us see your Pi Day Pics!

And as always, we can’t wait to see you at the cabin.

Happy Pi Day!

Blue Ribbon Cherry Pie

 Pie Crust

1 ½ cups flour

1 ½ tsp sugar

½ tsp salt

½ cup of Wesson oil

2 T milk

Put all ingredients in a pie pan and mix with a fork. Pat and press into pan and up the sides to form an edge.


Cherry Pie Filling

1 cup sugar

¼ cup cornstarch

¼ teaspoon salt

2/3 cup grenadine syrup

2 (14.5) ounce cans of pitted tart red cherries

½ teaspoon almond extract

1 tablespoons butter

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan, stir.

Stir grenadine syrup into sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Add cherries and simmer until liquid is thickened and transparent ( about 4 minutes), stirring. Add almond extract and butter until it melts. Cool.

Place cherries in the pie pan.

If you want to make a top crust( 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 7 tablespoons of water and 2/3 cup shortening.

Mix together and form a disk. Roll out and put on top of pie, cut 3 1” slits in the center of pie. Put on a cookie sheet and bake 400 degrees for 55 minutes, if it’s browning too fast, put foil around the edges of the pie.





Cabin recipes are fun blog posts to bring home a piece of the cabin adventure to your kitchen! Curated by our innkeepers, we share a cabin recipe each month that is a tried and true tradition in our Colorado cabin family. We also love to share new recipe finds that are a hit around our Colorado cabin headquarters!

In case you didn’t notice, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Sometimes it feels like sugar overload by the time we hit February after a season of sweet snacking through winter! However, don’t banish your sweet tooth quite yet—we’ve got a recipe to share that you’ll love.

Traditional Cookies for Valentine’s Day

Traditional sugar cookies are spruced up with a tad bit of red food coloring to deliver a little color to your Valentine Cookies. If you make these, be sure to let us know on social media! Tag us in your Insta posts or give us a shout on Facebook to see what kinds of cookies you cut out this Valentine’s Day.

This cookie recipe yields a lot of cookies, so be sure to try this out for class parties, potlucks, or other occasions where you have a lot of cookie lovers to cover.Colorado Cabins Beyond the Basics

For families who have stayed with us, you know our Cascade, Colorado cabins are fully equipped with a whole working kitchen, dinnerware, and your basic appliances. One of the things we love as Colorado innkeepers, is offering guests a uniquely personalized stay at our private cabin rentals that offer all the comforts of home.

And when our cabin families leave the Ramona or Zeb’s Cabin, we want you to know you’re still our cabin family. It’s a lot of why we keep connecting with recipes and offers made just for you and your families. We understand that life isn’t always a vacation, but Cascade Escapes is dedicated to bringing a little joy and happy to your kitchen every month with a new cabin recipe!

Valentine Cookie Recipe

Image: Adobe Stock

Are you ready to try our Valentine cookies with a red velvet twist?


Gather your ingredients:


¾ C shortening (like Crisco)

¼ C butter

1 C sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

3 C flour


Once you’ve gathered your ingredients and prepared your work space, it’s time to mix up your cookie batter!

Cookie Recipe Directions



In a bowl, cream together the shortening and butter. Then add sugar and cream together.

Add each egg and combine.

Add vanilla and continue to mix, adding dry ingredient gradually until dough is well combined.

Optional: Add red food coloring to desired effect for Valentine cookies!

Chill dough.

Roll cookies onto a clean counter surface, using a mixture of flour (1C)  and powdered sugar (1/2 C) to prevent sticking. Roll flat and cut to desired shapes with cookie cutters.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Preheat convection oven to 325 F. Bake 8-10 minutes until done.

Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating.

Let your kids help with a cabin recipe for cookies from Cascade Escapes! Image: Moonphase Creative

Cabin Recipes and Cabin Rentals

We wanted to share this cabin recipe for Valentine’s Day cookies with a rose-colored twist to celebrate February’s favorite holiday. If you’re looking for a quick getaway, a romantic vacation, or planning a weekend to rekindle your relationship, check our availability for 2021 bookings!

We offer two private cabin rentals near Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, Colorado. Our remote location is a safe-haven with worry-free lodging for couples and families, and we pride ourselves in offering the very best in cozy cabin comfort. If you’re looking for a getaway that doesn’t have COVID-19 hassles, be sure to check out our properties.

The Cozy Cabin Blog

Cascade Escapes is a family-owned cabin rental company in Colorado, and every year our scenic and private rental properties are the vacation destination for families, couples, and small groups. If you are looking for a private vacation or romantic retreat, our cabin rentals offer the very best in private lodging. We have expanded our online presence to continue connecting with our community, because our cabin family is an important part of who we are. We want to hear about your adventures and hear how we can make your Colorado vacation the very best.

Reach out to our cabin crew to find out how we’re connecting with the community to bring you a personalized vacation destination that lets you lodge in private quarters. Want to find out more about our cabins and all the fun things to do nearby? Follow us on Insta and Facebook to hear about our seasonal promotions, upcoming community events, and the low-down on what’s happening in colorful Colorado.

Have you stayed with us before? We always love to hear stories from our cabin family. Submit them to us at for a chance to have your sweet story featured on our cabin blog!

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