Happy Anniversary!

5 years ago today, we bought The Oliver Inn Bed and Breakfast! Tom and I sold most of what we had,  made a life change, and packed up our things and moved here to South Bend.  We love being Innkeepers! Living in downtown South Bend is great. Fabulous dining and entertainment all within walking distance.   Great museums and other family fun places, like Coveleski Stadium and the East Race!

If you get the chance to come and stay with us, we would welcome the opportunity to show you some hospitality!

We are glad we live in this historic neighborhood!

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins!

I love to cook. I am always reading recipes and looking for my next favorite. Most of the time for our candlelight breakfast here at the Inn, I like to make small portions of different breakfast treats. These Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins are an exception. You can make them as regular size muffins, but they are best when you make them jumbo size. Usually my guests say, “Oh, those are so big! I’m just going to eat half of one.” But by the time breakfast is over, all that remains are a few crumbs. (If you do have any leftovers, I suggest you microwave them for about 10 seconds to give them that just-baked warmth.)

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins

1½ cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¼ stick margarine
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
½ cup sugar
½ cup milk
1 egg

Topping:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 tblsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

1. Spray 6 jumbo muffin cups (or 12 regular muffin cups) with nonstick vegetable oil spray.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the margarine until crumbly.
3. In another bowl, mix the sour cream (or yogurt), ½ cup sugar, milk, and egg. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
4. In another bowl, stir together the topping ingredients.
5. Spoon half the batter into the prepared muffin pans. Sprinkle with half the topping. Top with remaining batter and then remaining topping.

Bake at 350° for 25 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean. (If making 12 regular-size muffins, bake at 400° for 15–18 min.)

I hope you love these muffins as much as I do!

Thanksgiving Time

We still have rooms left this week for your Thanksgiving travels. This week through the 30th of November, get 20% off your 2nd night. Don’t forget to check out the special Thanksgiving Dinner next door at the Tippecanoe Place.

Mark your calendars, and make reservations early for our first annual Christmas Tea. Saturday Dec 12th 1-3pm. Cost is 24.95 pp, plus tax. Space is limited.

The Oliver Inn – “Best of The Midwest!”

The Oliver Inn - Selected as "Best of the Midwest" for 2009/2010

The Oliver Inn - "Best of the Midwest" for 2009/2010

The Oliver Inn has just been selected as “Best of The Midwest” by BedandBreakfast.com for 2009-2010, based on the excellent reviews posted by guests just like you during the last year.  The BedandBreakfast.com team read through thousands of reviews and carefully chose The Oliver Inn for “Best of the Midwest” based on the detailed descriptions provided by reviewers in their comments.  This is just another in a long line of accolades for The Oliver Inn!  Visit our web site (www.oliverinn.com/about) to read about some of the other awards we have received, or click on the review links on the left side of this page to read what guests are saying about The Oliver Inn.  Better yet, come for a visit, and see for yourself!  Experience the elegance of The Oliver Inn this fall.

Mystery at The Mansion!! Friday, October 2nd and 9th – Tours start at 5:30

Dillinger’s Dastardly Deeds…Based on the true story of John Dillinger’s robbery of a South Bend bank in 1934, This mystery needs all of your investigative skills to track down a secret accomplice in the heist. Travel back in time to hear accounts from those involved and cast your vote for the person who helped “Public Enemy Number One”. Tickets are limited. Advance tickets are available and strongly recommended to guarantee a place on a tour. The Northern Indiana Center for History. http://www.centerforhistory.org.   Call 574-235-9664, ext. 232 for details. Coming in from out of town? Complete your “mystery” weekend with a stay at The Oliver Inn. Rooms are still available for the weekend of the 9th.