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.

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Storytime with Aunt Missy - One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey a beloved childrens' book author.

This charming book, published in 1952, is a delightful tale about a plucky little gal named Sal and her adventures in Maine. 🦀🦞

Check out my YouTube channel for my latest storytime featuring books about Maine! Link in my bio.📚

Storytime with Aunt Missy - One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey a beloved childrens' book author.

This charming book, published in 1952, is a delightful tale about a plucky little gal named Sal and her adventures in Maine. 🦀🦞

Check out my YouTube channel for my latest storytime featuring books about Maine! Link in my bio.📚
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𝙊𝙝, 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙪𝙣! I know what I'll be doing when I return home from Maine - watching the @hallmarkchannel and their newly released schedule of Christmas movies.🤶🎅

Save October 21 for the launch of Fa to the la! Link in the bio for the movie schedule!🌲

𝙊𝙝, 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙪𝙣! I know what I'll be doing when I return home from Maine - watching the @hallmarkchannel and their newly released schedule of Christmas movies.🤶🎅

Save October 21 for the launch of Fa to the la! Link in the bio for the movie schedule!🌲
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I've discovered so many wonderful children's books written about Maine like Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.

As a treat for my niece and nephews who I can't be with right now, I've started a YouTube series of storytime sessions with Aunt Missy. If you have a little who loves to read join me for Jeffery Prince of Perkins Cove by Brenda Yorke Goodale.

Link in my bio to connect to my YouTube channel.

I've discovered so many wonderful children's books written about Maine like Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.

As a treat for my niece and nephews who I can't be with right now, I've started a YouTube series of storytime sessions with Aunt Missy. If you have a little who loves to read join me for Jeffery Prince of Perkins Cove by Brenda Yorke Goodale.

Link in my bio to connect to my YouTube channel.
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𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 is Maine's official nickname. The state tree is featured on their seal, flag and the quarter.

We have a huge pine tree on the grounds of the Inn. I'm gathering up her cones to take home as my remembrance of the beauty around me.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 is Maine's official nickname. The state tree is featured on their seal, flag and the quarter.

We have a huge pine tree on the grounds of the Inn. I'm gathering up her cones to take home as my remembrance of the beauty around me.
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𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗣𝘂𝗺𝗽𝗸𝗶𝗻!  It's quieter here as the summer transitions to fall. I love this time of the year. 

Soon Ogunquit will transform itself into an autumnal feast of pumpkins and ghourds covered with a blanket of crimson, gold and orange.

As we enter a season of thankfulness I am grateful for the gift of my time here at the beautiful place by the sea.

𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗣𝘂𝗺𝗽𝗸𝗶𝗻! It's quieter here as the summer transitions to fall. I love this time of the year.

Soon Ogunquit will transform itself into an autumnal feast of pumpkins and ghourds covered with a blanket of crimson, gold and orange.

As we enter a season of thankfulness I am grateful for the gift of my time here at the beautiful place by the sea.
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𝗗𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀. I had such a fun evening with my friend Jan and her three sisters. She served the most delicious shrimp and mascarpone pasta. Then we played the card game SkipBo while sitting on the covered porch sipping wine, feeling the cool ocean breeze.

I have been blessed here in Ogunquit by the kindness and hospitality of strangers.

𝗗𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀. I had such a fun evening with my friend Jan and her three sisters. She served the most delicious shrimp and mascarpone pasta. Then we played the card game SkipBo while sitting on the covered porch sipping wine, feeling the cool ocean breeze.

I have been blessed here in Ogunquit by the kindness and hospitality of strangers.
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Blueberry picking! I had such fun picking these tiny bursts of flavor - the best part I picked them from the bushes in the garden of the Inn. I have enough for a pie! 🫐

Funny thing - during my picking sesh a cute little chipmunk wasn't too happy about me messing around in his territory and attacked me twice. 🥴

Blueberry picking! I had such fun picking these tiny bursts of flavor - the best part I picked them from the bushes in the garden of the Inn. I have enough for a pie! 🫐

Funny thing - during my picking sesh a cute little chipmunk wasn't too happy about me messing around in his territory and attacked me twice. 🥴
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True Story: When I was little I loved pretending I was a cocktail waitress. 

When we went on our summer vacations the first thing I'd do after we checked into our hotel room was find the ice machine. Then I'd remove the waxed paper wrapping from the glasses, and create order forms with hotel stationary. My toys were my customers. 

I loved serving my customers their Shirley Temple's and chatting about where they were from. 

Nothing has changed. I still love meeting new friends and making connections. And I still love filling out guest checks!😉

True Story: When I was little I loved pretending I was a cocktail waitress.

When we went on our summer vacations the first thing I'd do after we checked into our hotel room was find the ice machine. Then I'd remove the waxed paper wrapping from the glasses, and create order forms with hotel stationary. My toys were my customers.

I loved serving my customers their Shirley Temple's and chatting about where they were from.

Nothing has changed. I still love meeting new friends and making connections. And I still love filling out guest checks!😉
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I fell in love with this ceramic bird bud vase from the @perkinscovepottery. It reminded me of something my mother would love. Watch as I fill the vase with flowers from my patio garden. It brings me so much joy!

Be sure to visit John's lovely store nestled in the cozy village of Perkins Cove. 

And my earrings are from my darling friend @designsbylaurelleigh

#MelissaINNMaine

I fell in love with this ceramic bird bud vase from the @perkinscovepottery. It reminded me of something my mother would love. Watch as I fill the vase with flowers from my patio garden. It brings me so much joy!

Be sure to visit John's lovely store nestled in the cozy village of Perkins Cove.

And my earrings are from my darling friend @designsbylaurelleigh

#MelissaINNMaine
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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.🏖🌞⛱👙 ...

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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