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This is a copy of my first blog article:

Hello everyone and welcome to chindeep.com! I am so excited to be writing about how to add simple pleasures to your life every day. This is a passion for me, and a privilege.

I am the author of two books, “Chin Deep in Bubbles- Little Luxuries for Every Day,” which was published in 2001, and “Welcome Home – Tips For Turning Your Home Into a Luxurious Retreat,” which was published in 2004. Both books were published by a wonderful publishing house on the east coast called “Fair Winds Press.” Writing these books was an adventure. I learned so much from this experience and had a lot of fun along the way.

The purpose of this blog is to share inspirational ideas. My desire it to create a place where you can find useful health tips, great recipes, frugal spa recipes for your bath time, and many other simple pleasures that will enrich your life.

Every week I will try to include the following:

A healthy, delicious recipe

A frugal bath & beauty tip

An inspiring blog about art or a craft I’ve been working on

A movie, book or wine critique

A sort of “journal entry” about some personal happening in my life

I look forward to hearing from you!



  35 comments for “About

  1. June 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    one good beauty tip is to have sufficient rest, lots of fluid and nutitious foods.;-;

  2. June 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Yes Mia!
    These are the basics! thanks!

  3. October 19, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Hi Melissa,
    Nice blog. Thought you should know, besides fiction, I’m also working on a non-fiction call Spiritually Self-Medicating. I have an outline – 1st and 2nd chapter and I’m currently working on research when I need to take a break from my novel. I’ll talk about it more on my blog later, but for now, I still have a few chapters before I finish my current project. Later.

  4. admin
    October 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for commenting. I look forward to reading your work.

  5. November 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Melissa, my eyes, heart and soul are always pleased with what you bring to life through your writing. I will be a forever follower!! xoxo

  6. admin
    November 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Maria, you’re a sweetie. So glad we’re friends!


  7. March 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Hello Melissa,
    How do I sign up to receive your blog? I loved your books, enjoy your writing style and admire your heartfelt messages. We may even be “kindred spirits”! When do you hope to release your book “Spiritually Self-Medicating”?

  8. Melissa
    March 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Hello Audrey,

    You can subscribe to the blog by going to the bottom of the page and clicking where it says “Entries RSS”…then just follow the instructions for subscribing. πŸ™‚

    I appreciate the compliment! I am not writing a book called “Spiritually Self-Medicating.” You must be thinking of someone else. Sounds like a good read though. Hee hee.


  9. Heidi
    May 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Melissa, HI!

    You won’t belive this- or maybe you will…:) but I am a big fan of your books, art and work- and simply googled you to see if something new has come out since your second one…and I found this little gem! I have your work loving stored in my favorites section on my bookshelf, and pull it often for inspiration or even to relax with. I am so excited to have more to read through and be delighted by. πŸ™‚


    • Melissa
      May 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      Hello Heidi!
      Thanks so much for your sweet comment! You made my day πŸ˜‰

  10. Heidi
    May 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    πŸ™‚ Hi Melissa!

    I am a dork and I will fully admit that I feel a little star-struck, haha! πŸ™‚ I truly admire your work as well as how you live- the fact that it’s seemingly one in the same… My heart craves the simple pleasures of life such as planting a potted plant and finishing that quilt that I started 20 years ago when I was ten! I have a hard time keeping these things in my daily life, and have re-committed to trying. Do you have any new works or books out?

    PS. One of my favorite entries in ‘Welcome Home’ is your linen hutch. I don’t have the linens…but I wish I did! πŸ™‚ Its just deliciously wonderful!

    • Melissa
      May 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      oh dear! well, I’m flattered! It’s just me. One of my best friends met me at a book signing and was so cute! I kept telling her “It’s just me!” hee hee… not Madonna or Stephen King πŸ˜‰ LOL

      • Melissa
        May 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm

        I’m currently working on a tea book that will be published in 2012…and my first novel in a series of three. (Which has been an odyssey, let me tell you!) but I truly love it. It’s funny you should mention my linen hutch…you should see it…eek, what a mess. Time to reorganize and make it pretty again. Maybe i’ll do a post soon so you can see the real thing πŸ™‚ You are a honey! Thanks for posting!


  11. July 26, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Hi Melissa,

    I found your gorgeous blog while looking online for local restaurant recommendations, and I’m so glad my search led me here! I’m a fellow writer, and my husband and I moved to Red Wing two years ago — maybe our real-world paths will cross someday. For now, I’ll enjoy reading your blog…

    – Jacqueline

    • Melissa
      July 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Hi Jacqueline!
      I am a big fan of your books! We have “The Shadows” upstairs and we’re excited to purchase your new release! Our daughter Gracie had the book signed by you up at the Anderson Center last year, so I did meet you face to face πŸ˜‰ CONGRATS on the success of your beautiful books! And thanks so much for visiting my little corner of the internet.


  12. July 26, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Oh Melissa!

    I just read that you’re working on a TEA book! I’m very excited about seeing what you do with both your writing and the wonderful illustrations. If it’s anything like your previous books, it’s going to be FABULOUS!!! Please let me know when it’s available, as I would LOVE to feature it in our tea room, or even have you come and speak at Heirlooms for a book signing!

    Audrey Hollatz, Proprietress
    Heirlooms Tea Room & Special Occasions

    • Melissa
      July 26, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Hi Audrey!
      I would love to be a guest author at your tearoom! I’ll let you know when it’s available. It’s still in the early stages. I’m still negotiating with a couple publishing houses.


  13. November 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Melissa! I think you have one ROCKIN’ awesome website…I love the look, I love the playfulness, I love the variety, I love the focus…shall I go on??? Your beautifully warm personality shines thru and it is just so inviting…I don’t want to leave!! My goal for my website is somewhat similar, albeit targeted at primarily a female boomer market…in my 3rd chapter of life, I’m excited to share, encourage and inspire others to get out of the ‘audience’ of life and into the ‘arena’ of life cuz there’s still a lotta life, adventure and great new tastings (be if food or something else) out there! You just have rocked me today, sweet friend! xoxo Ally πŸ™‚

    • Melissa
      November 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      You made my day! You are such a sweet, encouraging person. Thanks so much for the compliments. I can’t wait to visit your site! Keeping up with the blog is a labor of love, and now that I have such a warm circle of foodie friends, such as yourself, I am more inspired than ever to share my little corner of the internet with others every day.

      ~Melissa πŸ˜‰

  14. December 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Dear Melissa,
    I am such a fan of yours – I own both of your books, Chin Deep and Welcome Home. What a beautiful website – you have inspired me — and so many other women! I can’t wait to see you again, dear friend. It’s been way too long.
    Hugs and kisses,

    • Melissa
      December 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Hey there Baby Cakes!

      I know you! hee hee…I’m a fan of yours as well πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the sweet words of encouragement and friendship. I MISS MISS MISS you!

      So much love,


  15. September 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Hello darling Leisa,

    It’s been awhile, but I wanted to thank you for helping make life a joy and a delight! Your musings, inspirational thoughts, and lovely pictures have helped me in my creative journey. So awesome we are friends. I’ll see you soon.


    • Melissa
      September 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Hello sweet Tracy πŸ™‚ Miss you! let’s make a tea date soon. So much to talk about. Will tell all when I see you! xoxoxo

  16. Tracy Nickelsen
    October 5, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Melissa….I just recently picked up your “welcome home” book ( own the book, but read it again) to get inspired for the fall and winter months. As usual, I was able to get ideas for my home to make it a welcoming and inviting place to visit. Thank you for your awesome and creative ideas! I love your books and you.


    • Melissa
      October 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Hi Tracy πŸ™‚

      The best part about writing my books was meeting you, one of my best friends. LOVE you my sweetie! XOXO ~M

  17. May 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Melissa!!!! I miss your Facebook posts =) I am so glad I found your webpage!
    Kind Regards,

  18. Kim
    June 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Any chance at all you will post recipes that can be frozen??

  19. Carol
    July 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Interesting website saved a few in my bookmarks already

  20. mary Recko
    August 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Melissa, just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your website and receipes on facebook. If you can state your ethnic background, I think I saw that you could be of polish decent. Would love to know.

  21. Carolyn Lohr
    August 28, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Please add me to your newsletter. Thank you.

  22. Evelyn Bletsoe Newton
    December 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I just happened to see ChinDeep on face book and decided to click on it to see if it had any relation to the book I have. And I see that it does. I am a old family friend of the Hinton’s my parents were good friends of your grandparents. We all spent a lot of time together when we were younger. I was wondering if any of your aunts, uncles parents are on fb? If so I would love to know who. Also I LOVE your website… Your Grandpa would have been so proud of you. I know your Grandma was she is the one that led me to your book. I can see him smiling as I type this. Great job Melissa

    • Melissa
      December 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Hello there, Evelyn! What a lovely surprise when I opened my blog email today! I so appreciate your sweet comments and compliments and I’m so glad you reached out to me! πŸ™‚ Yes, my mom (Deb Hinton Pavek) is on Facebook… my aunties Susie Carmicle, and Theresa Kohn are also on Facebook… Grandma (Helen) isn’t online. Oh! and my uncle Jeff Hinton is also on facebook πŸ™‚ Hope that helps! Have a great day, sweet lady! Much love, ~Melissa

  23. Najmeh bagheri
    June 20, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Hello Melissa
    I’m najmeh bagheri and I really like to follow your posts… I’m your follower in Facebook but in tweeter I didn’t reply any feedback from you…your profile in tweeter is lock please add me to your followers dear
    I love your amazing recipes

  24. Maggie B.
    March 1, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Hi! I just discovered your website today when one of my friends shared a recipe on Facebook, but it’s already one of my favorites! I’m looking forward to exploring a lot more of the content. Thanks for sharing your ideas with the world!

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