Melissa Vanni

Melissa Vanni I'm a married gal and mother to four hungry little boys. I love watching Housewives of Jersey, drinking wine out of tumblers, and cooking with bacon. I come from a long line of amazing home cooks and I am happiest when I am surrounded by my family.

Web Site: http://prettyyummyfoods.com


Acai Berry Bowl

Aug 29, 2014
Acai Berry Bowl

In my humble option, the best foods are always served in bowls. A luscious bowl of soup full of cheese and potatoes, creamy bowls of ice-cream topped with chocolate sauce and a cherry. Bowls of pasta brimming with chunky, spicy

Maui/Oahu 2014

Jul 17, 2014
Maui/Oahu 2014

Please excuse the crickets around here, but this summer vacation has gotten the best of me! We started our vacation with a bang, a big Hawaiian bang that is. Here’s how it all happened; our boys last day of school

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Smoothie

Jun 5, 2014
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Smoothie

Since it’s the end of  the school year, I feel like I need to make a confession. Are you ready for it? Ok…. Here I go… I do not make school lunches for my boys!!! Any of them! Ahhhh, that

Spring Minestrone

May 8, 2014
Spring Minestrone

I thought I would share one more pot of soup with ya’ll before we become obsessed with summer salads, smoothies, and boozy popsicles! Have I mentioned before that I love, love, love, ridiculously adore, am head over heels with summer?

Fried, Spicy Drumsticks

Apr 24, 2014
Fried, Spicy Drumsticks

It would take more than a few paragraphs to describe how wonderful my weekend competing for Mrs. California was, so I’ll spare you every detail and just share the highlights! No I did not win the crown, but I did

Kale Fried Rice

Apr 9, 2014
Kale Fried Rice

When people find out that I compete in pageants, I get one of two responses. The first (and most common) is usually, “Wow, that sounds like fun! What’s your talent?” (Thankfully Mrs. pageants do not require you to have a

Recipe: Easy strawberry sheet cake

Apr 4, 2014
Recipe: Easy strawberry sheet cake

I’ve always been a big fan of reading. When my sister and I shared a bedroom and slept in bunk beds, I use to hide books under my sheets so I could read out loud to her after our parents

Baked Mini Farfalle

Mar 13, 2014
Baked Mini Farfalle

I rely on skillet meals when my life feels like it’s in overdrive. Dinner is on the table in 30 minutes or less, the clean up is quick, and the possibilities are endless. A few days ago, (before t-ball practice

Baked Egg Muffins

Feb 20, 2014
Baked Egg Muffins

Our weekday breakfast routine versus our weekend breakfast couldn’t be anymore different. Technically it’s same meal, but the similarities end there. Weekend breakfasts are easy going, involving crispy bacon, something freshly baked, and eggs cooked to order, served with a

Broccoli & Bacon Bowl

Feb 7, 2014
Broccoli & Bacon Bowl

If you do nothing, nothing will ever happen. Nothing good, nothing bad, nothing exciting, nothing terrifying. Absolutely, positively nothing. Do you have a something in mind? Something that you would like to do or carry out? Maybe you feel that

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