Life is so busy for all of us these days! Why not have a 3 day weekend and still go to work on Monday! If you live within 90 miles of the inn, you can arrive on Friday and stay until Monday am. I’ll pack you a special gourmet breakfast for your drive to work ( or you can still have our candlelight breakfast before you leave. If you are in the Central Time Zone you gain an hour going to work, so you can be there in no time!
Plus with our blog special you can stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2! Good through April 30th. Call the inn for specific details.
Save even more by adding our Tippecanoe Dinner package!
Saturday March 21 you can go to Bendix woods and take a guided tour through the sugar bush to see the sap being collected from the trees. You can observe the sap being made into syrup and even sit down to a pancake breakfast sponsored by the New Carlise Lions Club. For more information and prices call 574-654-3155 or go to www.sjcparks.org
I spent the month of February posting great recipes. If any of you tried one of them, I would love to hear how you liked them!
If you haven’t tried them, you can find them by looking for recipes in my blog archives! Better yet , come to the Inn and we’ll cook for you.
Tom and I went to Austin Texas this week to a Professional Innkeeping conference. It was so informative. We got to learn what is new and upcoming in the industry. As well as meet and learn from each other as innkeepers. We are glad to be going home, to be with our guests and serve them even better!!!
Well, at the beginning of February, I challenged myself to write every day about Food and Love. I made it to the end (with the help of my best friend, Kathy!).
Here at the Oliver Inn, we are all about food and love. We try to create a relaxing environment with great food, a special place for you to take the one you love for a great getaway. Remember to keep looking for ways to share food and love with your friends and family every day.
Keep following us for recipes and events as well as our restoration project here at the Inn. I will still be blogging—just not every day. See you in March!
Many people think everyone in South Bend is Irish, since Notre Dame is known as the Fighting Irish. Well, I don’t know about the rest of the year, but of course we’re all Irish for St. Patrick’s Day!
South Bend hosts many festive events that weekend, including the annual St. Paddy’s Tent Party, to be held this year on Friday, March 12. Then on Saturday, March 13, we have a big parade that ends with the Greening of the East Race.
We have some great Irish pubs in town, including Fiddler’s Hearth, just a few minutes’ walk from the Inn. Start making your plans to come and spend St. Patrick’s Day weekend here in South Bend. It’s only a couple weeks away!
If you are looking for a way to wow your family for a fun breakfast, this recipe for German Pancakes is just the thing.
2 tblsp. melted butter
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
½ tsp. salt
Coat a large oven proof frying pan or a 9×13 baking pan with the melted butter. (If you prefer, you can use 6-8 small ovenproof dishes to make individual serving-size pancakes.)
Combine the remaining ingredients, whisking hard until frothy or using a blender. Pour batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake at 400 for about 20 min., until puffy.
For toppings, you may want to saute sliced apples or peaches (fresh or frozen) with cinnamon and butter, or use sliced fresh strawberries. Whipped cream adds a fancy touch. The pancakes are also delicious served simply with warm maple syrup.
Let me know how these turn out and what toppings your family likes.
I just took a batch of chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. Would you like one? Here at the Inn we have homemade cookies every day. I use the Nestle’s Toll House recipe right off the bag. I make up the dough on Monday and keep it in the refrigerator. Every afternoon, right before our guests arrive, I scoop out a few cookies and bake them. Fresh baked cookies make the whole Inn smell great, and most people find them irresistible.
Before we bought the Inn, I would make a batch of dough, scoop the cookies into balls, and freeze them. Then after a busy day, I could still make freshly baked homemade cookies for my family. I know these days you can buy frozen hunks of cookie dough and do pretty much the same thing with even less work. But why not try making your own frozen cookie dough balls? It really takes very little time, and they’re tastier–and more economical–than the premade ones.
And don’t forget you’re always welcome to join us for freshly baked cookies here at the Inn. We still have a few rooms left for this weekend!
Do you love chocolate dipped strawberries? They’re incredibly easy to make, and you can surprise your loved ones with a treat that will make them feel very special. If you have small children they may want to help.
Combine 1 cup (6 oz.) chocolate chips (I like to use dark chocolate) with 1 tablespoon of solid shortening, like Crisco, in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for one minute, then stir until smooth. If the chips aren’t quite melted, heat the mixture for an additional 15 seconds at a time. Dip clean, dry strawberries in the chocolate and lay them on a sheet of wax paper until set. If you’re in a hurry, you can put them in the refrigerator to help them set faster.
You can dip other things besides strawberries, too–like pretzels, cookies, or other kinds of fruit. Be creative. And be sure to let me know how it turns out!