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: 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

Recipe: Morning Muffins with oatmeal, carrots and banana

Mar 26, 2013
Recipe: Morning Muffins with oatmeal, carrots and banana

The minute I started to say  ”Yes” was the minute my normal, everyday life started to become not so predictable. Would you like to join my writing group? Yes! Are you interested in taking a photography class? Yes! Do you

Grilled cheese with spinach and marinara sauce

Mar 19, 2013
Grilled cheese with spinach and marinara sauce

My washing machine broke on a Monday night, but of course I didn’t catch that until Tuesday afternoon. I called the repair man right away and he told me that he could squeeze me into his schedule on Wednesday between 9:00am and

Recipe: Sour cream biscuits with salted chocolate gravy

Mar 5, 2013
Recipe: Sour cream biscuits with salted chocolate gravy

In three years time a gal can grow out her cute bob haircut and bangs into the long and luscious locks that her mother never let her have when she was a kid. (In my mom’s defense I cried whenever

Recipe: Bacon, spinach and cheddar cheese dip

Feb 26, 2013
Recipe: Bacon, spinach and cheddar cheese dip

Have you ever met someone and knew right away that she or he is the real deal? I’m not talking about the loudest person in the group or even the one with the most to say. I’m talking about the

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