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


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

Recipe: Frozen peanut butter pie

May 7, 2013
Recipe: Frozen peanut butter pie

I hope all my talk about health and granola hasn’t scared you away from this place. My intention here has never been to discourage or make you feel guilty about what you’re eating, but instead to inspire and encourage you

Recipe: Poppy seed and coconut oil granola

Apr 30, 2013
Recipe: Poppy seed and coconut oil granola

The older I get the more health conscience I become. The more health conscience I become the more intolerant my taste buds (and stomach!) become of anything artificial or fake. The more intolerant my taste buds become, the more time I take to read

On participating in the Mrs. California pageant and a recipe for funnel cake

Apr 23, 2013
On participating in the Mrs. California pageant and a recipe for funnel cake

My experience competing in the Mrs. California pageant was nothing short of amazing. No I did not win the crown, Miss Congeniality, or even best gown. Not to take away from any of those accomplishments, (or the amazing women that did win!)

Recipe: Fajita sweet potato

Apr 9, 2013
Recipe: Fajita sweet potato

Later this week (on Saturday to be exact) I’ll be competing along with 17 other awesome ladies for the title of Mrs. California United States. What exactly does this mean? Well, for the past two months I’ve been working on

Recipe: Sausage and asparagus risotto

Apr 3, 2013
Recipe: Sausage and asparagus risotto

There is nothing like a long conversation with a good friend to help give me a fresh perspetive on things and to also aid in clearing any writers block I sometimes struggle with. There is nothing like the fast approaching summer/bathing suit weather to help



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