Bite-Sized Biscuits & Pimento Cheese

Bite-Sized Biscuits & Pimento Cheese

I've enjoyed preparing recipes for our daily happy hours at the Inn.  Sometimes we will prepare a platter filled with savories. We like to put together individual plates for couples to share when it's a smaller group. I made my biscuit recipe and used a shot glass to...

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Dog Days of Summer in Ogunquit

Dog Days of Summer in Ogunquit

Welcome to August.  From wherever you are reading my post today, it's probably hot!  While the temps here in Ogunquit won't reach 100, we have had our share of humid, hot days.  The challenge of living in a "summer place" is most homes don't have central air...

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My Maine Favorites – June edition

My Maine Favorites – June edition

I can't believe it's the first day of June and my second month anniversary in Ogunquit.  Over the weekend we grilled hotdogs, made my baked beans, and sat outside enjoying the crazy gorgeous weather. I've finally settled into a routine and wanted to share my Maine...

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Melissa INN Maine – Let Go of The Perfect

Melissa INN Maine – Let Go of The Perfect

So much to fill you in on from the beautiful place by the sea. It feels like summer camp here.  I remember my mother dropping me off at Camp Carter for the week in the summers.  I'd play, create and swim all day long returning to my cabin at night looking like...

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Hospitality is in my DNA. I founded Home with a Twist, a daughter’s twist on her mother’s traditions, in memory of my mother to celebrate her life and the gifts she shared with me. Mother loved to celebrate life’s occasions – big and small.

She taught me how to prepare fabulous food, entertain guests with style and design a traditional home with a pop of color and a splash of animal print. Share my fondness of blending Mother’s mid-century style with a modern spin.

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I love to take evening walks when the day seems to slow down and get quiet. The homes are so inviting, the bright flowers blanket the earth and the birds sing a chorus of beautiful song. This is truly my happy place.

#MelissaINNMaine

I love to take evening walks when the day seems to slow down and get quiet. The homes are so inviting, the bright flowers blanket the earth and the birds sing a chorus of beautiful song. This is truly my happy place.

#MelissaINNMaine
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One of the best things about managing the Inn is my sweet friend Bentley. He greets me every morning, snoozes in my room in the afternoon while I take a break and loves to sit with me during team meetings. Talk about living your best life - everyone needs a Bentley. 

Such a snuggly lovey. #trellishousebentley #labradoodle

One of the best things about managing the Inn is my sweet friend Bentley. He greets me every morning, snoozes in my room in the afternoon while I take a break and loves to sit with me during team meetings. Talk about living your best life - everyone needs a Bentley.

Such a snuggly lovey. #trellishousebentley #labradoodle
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The perfect little appetizer. Tiny buttermilk biscuits topped with homemade @southernlivingmag pimento cheese. Cool and creamy with just a little kick of cayenne pepper.

Buzz over to my website for both recipes! Then invite your friends over to hear the compliments.

The perfect little appetizer. Tiny buttermilk biscuits topped with homemade @southernlivingmag pimento cheese. Cool and creamy with just a little kick of cayenne pepper.

Buzz over to my website for both recipes! Then invite your friends over to hear the compliments.
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How I start each day managing the Inn - making coffee and hot tea. I love making even the smallest forms of hospitality, like a coffee bar, special for guests. 

#MelissaINNMaine

How I start each day managing the Inn - making coffee and hot tea. I love making even the smallest forms of hospitality, like a coffee bar, special for guests.

#MelissaINNMaine
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Reading Wednesday in Maine. I led the Ogunquit Memorial Library Book Club today as we discuss @sarah_penner_author The Lost Apothecary. 

Built in 1897, the stone building resembles a church, however it's always served as the community library. It's such fun to gather with the women of this seaside community to share our love of reading!

Reading Wednesday in Maine. I led the Ogunquit Memorial Library Book Club today as we discuss @sarah_penner_author The Lost Apothecary.

Built in 1897, the stone building resembles a church, however it's always served as the community library. It's such fun to gather with the women of this seaside community to share our love of reading!
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How was my day off? Spent it sipping coffee on the beach. Gorgeous day and lots of good people watching.🏖🌞⛱👙

How was my day off? Spent it sipping coffee on the beach. Gorgeous day and lots of good people watching.🏖🌞⛱👙 ...

Tonight's episode - Pillow Talk and Guest Love 

Let's be REAL. Reels drain the life out of me! I'm tired of trying to worry about taking the time to produce an epic reel while sharing my new life in Maine running a B&B. 

So, from now on it's just simple, daily video snacks sharing Innkeeper 101 wisdom, tips and truths. 

Just Melissa. Staying INN touch. Being real.

Tonight's episode - Pillow Talk and Guest Love

Let's be REAL. Reels drain the life out of me! I'm tired of trying to worry about taking the time to produce an epic reel while sharing my new life in Maine running a B&B.

So, from now on it's just simple, daily video snacks sharing Innkeeper 101 wisdom, tips and truths.

Just Melissa. Staying INN touch. Being real.
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I real sweetly asked my neighbor across the street from the Inn if she'd pretty please share her hydrangeas with me. How could she resist my charm?

Here's a sink full of white hydrangeas! Perfectly perfect. Love thy neighbor.

I real sweetly asked my neighbor across the street from the Inn if she'd pretty please share her hydrangeas with me. How could she resist my charm?

Here's a sink full of white hydrangeas! Perfectly perfect. Love thy neighbor.
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Little bumble bee enjoying her day of gathering pollen from the hydrangeas in the sculpture garden @ogunquitmuseum.

Little bumble bee enjoying her day of gathering pollen from the hydrangeas in the sculpture garden @ogunquitmuseum. ...

I definitely am loving the beach chic vibe here with my @sigridolsen_design  linen lobster tunic. 

My Apres Sea tote from @apresseamaine is packed with a beach read, too, our Ogunquit Library's August select - Ahab's Wife. 

#MelissaINNMaine

I definitely am loving the beach chic vibe here with my @sigridolsen_design linen lobster tunic.

My Apres Sea tote from @apresseamaine is packed with a beach read, too, our Ogunquit Library's August select - Ahab's Wife.

#MelissaINNMaine
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The perfect summer appetizer plate - small bites. It's too hot to cook and eat anything heavy. A few wedges of brie, juicy strawberries, grapes and crackers. Just add a cold glass of Rosé.

#MelissaINNMaine

The perfect summer appetizer plate - small bites. It's too hot to cook and eat anything heavy. A few wedges of brie, juicy strawberries, grapes and crackers. Just add a cold glass of Rosé.

#MelissaINNMaine
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Beautiful Atlantic Surf clam shells I found on my walks along the Ogunquit Beach. Cleaned and ready for a little creative project to upcycle them as gifts for friends who have sent me well wishes of cards, letters and gifts. 

Stay tuned. #MelissaINNMaine

Beautiful Atlantic Surf clam shells I found on my walks along the Ogunquit Beach. Cleaned and ready for a little creative project to upcycle them as gifts for friends who have sent me well wishes of cards, letters and gifts.

Stay tuned. #MelissaINNMaine
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Even before moving to Maine, I've wanted to visit @apresseamaine but the timing of my trips didn't make that happen. 

But today, on my day off, the stars aligned and I stepped into Stephanie's lovely shop - an elegantly casual destination inspired by her love of travel and the SEA. I came away with an adorable straw bag I plan to fill with art supplies.

So much to love in Maine.

#MelissaINNMaine

Even before moving to Maine, I've wanted to visit @apresseamaine but the timing of my trips didn't make that happen.

But today, on my day off, the stars aligned and I stepped into Stephanie's lovely shop - an elegantly casual destination inspired by her love of travel and the SEA. I came away with an adorable straw bag I plan to fill with art supplies.

So much to love in Maine.

#MelissaINNMaine
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I've got a new blog post up filled with what I'm up to in Maine. Ogunquit is so fun and I'm having a blast! Link in the bio to get caught up.

Thank you @lizzienicoleee for creating my new #MelissaINNMaine design.

I've got a new blog post up filled with what I'm up to in Maine. Ogunquit is so fun and I'm having a blast! Link in the bio to get caught up.

Thank you @lizzienicoleee for creating my new #MelissaINNMaine design.
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Had such fun on my PlayDay off this week touring one of my favorite places - the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. We took a artist walking tour around the property and into Perkins Cove. Such beauty all around!

#MelissaINNMaine

Had such fun on my PlayDay off this week touring one of my favorite places - the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. We took a artist walking tour around the property and into Perkins Cove. Such beauty all around!

#MelissaINNMaine
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I celebrated my first July 4th holiday in Ogunquit today!  Our Inn is full of guests and we hosted the most fabulous BBQ in our garden with all my favorite foods! 

The best part - we watched a spectacular fireworks show on the beach. The display was huge and I felt like I could reach out and touch the fireworks we were that close!

I wore my @spiritdress Stars Saturday blouse. Mercer has the best selection of tops and dresses. Use promo code FOJ25 for 25% off your purchase!  And my @designsbylaurelleigh
bracelet. I love supporting women-owned businesses!

Happy 4th y'all!

#MelissaINNMaine

I celebrated my first July 4th holiday in Ogunquit today! Our Inn is full of guests and we hosted the most fabulous BBQ in our garden with all my favorite foods!

The best part - we watched a spectacular fireworks show on the beach. The display was huge and I felt like I could reach out and touch the fireworks we were that close!

I wore my @spiritdress Stars Saturday blouse. Mercer has the best selection of tops and dresses. Use promo code FOJ25 for 25% off your purchase! And my @designsbylaurelleigh
bracelet. I love supporting women-owned businesses!

Happy 4th y'all!

#MelissaINNMaine
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So excited y'all - I launched Ogunquit Memorial Library's book club today! It was so much fun meeting new people in this gorgeous, historic library built in 1897 for the town's residents. We discussed @susanorlean The Library Book. 

We plan to meet monthly until the end of the season. I'm living my best life!

#MelissaINNMaine

So excited y'all - I launched Ogunquit Memorial Library's book club today! It was so much fun meeting new people in this gorgeous, historic library built in 1897 for the town's residents. We discussed @susanorlean The Library Book.

We plan to meet monthly until the end of the season. I'm living my best life!

#MelissaINNMaine
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The little things. My morning routine at the Inn is setting up our coffee and hot tea service. I love the little touches that turn a simple cup of coffee into a luxury.

When we travel we like to experience the tiny details we don't normally practice in our daily routine - like tiny spoons, nestled in a jar to stir your coffee. Raw sugar cubes with tongs. How about personal - sized, white ceramic pitchers filled with milk or cream. Or mini size tea pots to brew your cup of tea.

I've rounded up my favorite "little things" on my Instagram shop. Click the link in my bio.

#MelissaINNMaine

The little things. My morning routine at the Inn is setting up our coffee and hot tea service. I love the little touches that turn a simple cup of coffee into a luxury.

When we travel we like to experience the tiny details we don't normally practice in our daily routine - like tiny spoons, nestled in a jar to stir your coffee. Raw sugar cubes with tongs. How about personal - sized, white ceramic pitchers filled with milk or cream. Or mini size tea pots to brew your cup of tea.

I've rounded up my favorite "little things" on my Instagram shop. Click the link in my bio.

#MelissaINNMaine
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Three ingredient- Mexican Fudge! I've enjoyed preparing some of my favorite appetizers for guests at the Inn. This recipe is so good and easy to mix up for a quick happy hour. Find the recipe in my "recipes" highlights and take a screenshot.

Thanks to @shopprippie for the adorable dress.

#MelissaINNMaine

Three ingredient- Mexican Fudge! I've enjoyed preparing some of my favorite appetizers for guests at the Inn. This recipe is so good and easy to mix up for a quick happy hour. Find the recipe in my "recipes" highlights and take a screenshot.

Thanks to @shopprippie for the adorable dress.

#MelissaINNMaine
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I have many favorites in my role here at the Inn. One is preparing trays of goodies for guest rooms. 
 
I picked flowers from the garden to make a bouquet, and created small bites of cream cheese with red pepper jelly, crackers, cheese pecan wafers, lemon bars and grapes. Finish with a bottle of chilled white wine.

You can easily create this for yourself. Be your own guest.

I have many favorites in my role here at the Inn. One is preparing trays of goodies for guest rooms.

I picked flowers from the garden to make a bouquet, and created small bites of cream cheese with red pepper jelly, crackers, cheese pecan wafers, lemon bars and grapes. Finish with a bottle of chilled white wine.

You can easily create this for yourself. Be your own guest.
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Melissa INN Maine! If you're new to my feed, welcome to my new adventure as an "accidental innkeeper."

I took a leap of faith and retired from a great career I loved and was good at to leave Texas for Maine to manage a B&B.

I love to read and got my Ogunquit Library card the first month I was here. I'm starting the town's bookclub in a few weeks!

I love to collect seashells and plan to create something fabulous with my treasures.
I'm journaling  my experiences to write a book - maybe even star in my own HGTV series!

I'd love for you to follow my journey as I share the day-to-day as an Innkeeper! Click in the bio to sign up for my blog posts.

Thank you @favoritect for the adorable dress and keeping me coastal resort chic!

Melissa INN Maine! If you're new to my feed, welcome to my new adventure as an "accidental innkeeper."

I took a leap of faith and retired from a great career I loved and was good at to leave Texas for Maine to manage a B&B.

I love to read and got my Ogunquit Library card the first month I was here. I'm starting the town's bookclub in a few weeks!

I love to collect seashells and plan to create something fabulous with my treasures.
I'm journaling my experiences to write a book - maybe even star in my own HGTV series!

I'd love for you to follow my journey as I share the day-to-day as an Innkeeper! Click in the bio to sign up for my blog posts.

Thank you @favoritect for the adorable dress and keeping me coastal resort chic!
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The Flower Martini. Our gardens at the Inn are bursting with dahlias in pinks, creams and apricot. Check out my story this morning to see how big these blooms are. Here's a whimsical idea for your summer parties - flower martinis.

Clip a bloom, fill a martini glass with water, add a few olives then drop in your bloom. Place a line of flower-filled glasses down the center of the table or at each guest's place setting. Be the unforgettable host.

The Flower Martini. Our gardens at the Inn are bursting with dahlias in pinks, creams and apricot. Check out my story this morning to see how big these blooms are. Here's a whimsical idea for your summer parties - flower martinis.

Clip a bloom, fill a martini glass with water, add a few olives then drop in your bloom. Place a line of flower-filled glasses down the center of the table or at each guest's place setting. Be the unforgettable host.
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𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗲. Since I left my 25-year corporate job to be an Innkeeper I'm curating a different closet. Jean jacket | tshirt | skirt | shorts. Pieces that can be interchangeable.

I found two skirts from Target I'll be wearing all summer long. Link in my bio to shop my instagram for this outfit and more warm weather staples.

#MelissaINNMaine

𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗲. Since I left my 25-year corporate job to be an Innkeeper I'm curating a different closet. Jean jacket | tshirt | skirt | shorts. Pieces that can be interchangeable.

I found two skirts from Target I'll be wearing all summer long. Link in my bio to shop my instagram for this outfit and more warm weather staples.

#MelissaINNMaine
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Pecan cheese wafers - so southern I had to make this recipe for our happy hour at the Inn. Perfect with wine, brunch or in a tin as a gift. My mother loved making this recipe for friends.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter softened

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika 

1 pound sharp cheddar cheese freshly shredded (do not use pre-shedded).

60-70 pecan halves

Instructions

In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce until smooth and creamy.

Mix 2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika. Beat well, scraping the sides. Spoon into butter mixture until well blended.

Add the cheddar cheese and beat well, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill well, at least 2  hours or up to 3 days.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place on the baking sheet 1 inch apart. Press the top of each ball with a fork (if the fork sticks, coat with flour). 

Place a pecan half on top of each wafer. 

Bake at 350 degrees 18-20 minutes

Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in a airtight container. Best served within 2 days.

Pecan cheese wafers - so southern I had to make this recipe for our happy hour at the Inn. Perfect with wine, brunch or in a tin as a gift. My mother loved making this recipe for friends.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter softened

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1 pound sharp cheddar cheese freshly shredded (do not use pre-shedded).

60-70 pecan halves

Instructions

In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce until smooth and creamy.

Mix 2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika. Beat well, scraping the sides. Spoon into butter mixture until well blended.

Add the cheddar cheese and beat well, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill well, at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place on the baking sheet 1 inch apart. Press the top of each ball with a fork (if the fork sticks, coat with flour). 

Place a pecan half on top of each wafer. 

Bake at 350 degrees 18-20 minutes

Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in a airtight container. Best served within 2 days.
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My first Memorial Day in Ogunquit! Today the town is bustling with beach goers, parades, American flags and vacationers. We are grilling dogs and I'm making my best ever baked beans. 

Thank you to all the heros who've bravely served and given their lives for our country. 🇺🇲

My first Memorial Day in Ogunquit! Today the town is bustling with beach goers, parades, American flags and vacationers. We are grilling dogs and I'm making my best ever baked beans.

Thank you to all the heros who've bravely served and given their lives for our country. 🇺🇲
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Lilac season is almost over but it ends with the entry of irises and spirea. Also known as "bridal wreath" I grew up picking the sweet smelling trailing white flowers to play bride in my mother's wedding dress.

I created this bouquet for our juice and water bar pairing beautifully with the cobalt blue Murano glassware. Shop my @shop.ltk in the bio for a stunning addition to your table.

Lilac season is almost over but it ends with the entry of irises and spirea. Also known as "bridal wreath" I grew up picking the sweet smelling trailing white flowers to play bride in my mother's wedding dress.

I created this bouquet for our juice and water bar pairing beautifully with the cobalt blue Murano glassware. Shop my @shop.ltk in the bio for a stunning addition to your table.
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The beauty of spring never escapes me here in Ogunquit. It's as if this place has awakened all my senses. I am grateful for pause life is giving me. Soak it in. Don't rush through the days.

The beauty of spring never escapes me here in Ogunquit. It's as if this place has awakened all my senses. I am grateful for pause life is giving me. Soak it in. Don't rush through the days. ...

I wish you could smell the lilacs - bright purple, lavender and white on our property right now.

I hope you enjoy this quick tutorial on how to keep woody-stemmed blooms hydrated. This works with hydrangeas, too which we will see in June.

#MelissaINNMaine

I wish you could smell the lilacs - bright purple, lavender and white on our property right now.

I hope you enjoy this quick tutorial on how to keep woody-stemmed blooms hydrated. This works with hydrangeas, too which we will see in June.

#MelissaINNMaine
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