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


Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

Nov 6, 2013
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

On your marks… Get set… GO! Does anybody else feel like they are in a race the moment Halloween decorations are put away and Thanksgiving recipes and Christmas lights appear. How should we cook the turkey this year? Traditional cranberry

Ham & Potato Soup

Oct 24, 2013
Ham & Potato Soup

Last week was a doozy! It all started when my husband and two older boys decided it was time to start clearing our property. We own about 6 acres in Newcastle and we’re hoping (fingers and toes crossed) to start

Roasted Butternut Squash & Black Bean Nachos

Oct 9, 2013
Roasted Butternut Squash & Black Bean Nachos

I consider myself to be a fairly responsible person. I take my vitamins in the morning, I floss my teeth every night, and I try my hardest to tell my immediate family that I love them everyday. But sometimes I

Italian Mac & Cheese

Sep 26, 2013
Italian Mac & Cheese

Have you ever had an idea that was too ridiculous for words, but for some reason you just couldn’t keep quiet about it? You know, like that one time when you wanted to run a marathon, start a business, get

Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

Sep 10, 2013
Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

I have no problem throwing together simple, nutritious, and delicious meals for my family almost every night of the week. If someone is unhappy (and somebody usually is) with the menu that evening, I offer them whatever they would like

Recipe: Chipotle chicken tacos

Aug 27, 2013
Recipe: Chipotle chicken tacos

One would assume that my daily life would be calmer and quieter the moment my boys are back in school. On some levels this is true; fewer arguments between my 5 and 13 year old to break up, and less

San Francisco 2013

Aug 13, 2013
San Francisco 2013

This summer has been the best summer ever. Keep in mind I say that after every summer break, but I’m serious this time! It was perfect. Perfect summers do not necessarily include big fancy tropical getaways or tons of scheduled

Recipe: Breakfast Enchiladas

Jul 30, 2013
Recipe: Breakfast Enchiladas

It’s taken almost the whole summer, but I think the boys and I have finally figured out this whole summer schedule thing. Going from a very early, very strict schedule to no schedule what-so-ever threw us for a loop this

Spinach, Mushroom & Cheddar Frittata your kids will eat

Jul 16, 2013
Spinach, Mushroom & Cheddar Frittata your kids will eat

As of last week the Vanni household officially consists of 2 parents, 1 bulldog, 1 grey floppy eared bunny, 3 sweet boys, and 1 awesome teenager. That’s right, our oldest boy just turned 13 and to be honest with you

Greek Quinoa Salad

Jul 2, 2013
Greek Quinoa Salad

Ryan (my husband) is originally from Arcata, California. When he was about three years old his parents decided to leave their sleepy, redwood nestled home for a brighter, faster life in Sacramento. This move broke a lot of hearts, including



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