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


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

Disneyland 2013

Jun 25, 2013
Disneyland 2013

You are never too old to hop out of bed, skip your routine cup of coffee, and board a shuttle full of excited/sleepy parents and kids. You are never too old to run down Main Street, rush into Tomorrow Land,

Recipe: Honey mustard grilled chicken sandwich

Jun 11, 2013
Recipe: Honey mustard grilled chicken sandwich

My boys are finally wrapping up their school year and I don’t know who’s more excited for summer vacation, them or I! Have you ever noticed that summer vacations tend to take on a theme? One year we were all

Recipe: Green smoothie popsicles

Jun 4, 2013
Recipe: Green smoothie popsicles

Let’s talk about the difference between opportunities and obligations. An opportunity is a chance you are either given or take in order to accomplish something. Opportunities are usually pretty exciting because of the possibilities they can create. For example: If

Recipe: Thin crust garlic pizza

May 21, 2013
Recipe: Thin crust garlic pizza

The first step to being good at something is being bad at it. It takes courage to try something new; to fall flat on your face and then get up, dust yourself off and try, try again. Every success I’ve

Recipe: Spinach and walnut pesto

May 15, 2013
Recipe: Spinach and walnut pesto

Whether we are aware of it or not, we all practice our own food philosophies. Some of us are more stringent than others living committed vegan, vegetarian, or all organic lifestyles. A few of us are fueled by sugar, willing

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