This post is inspired by my grandma, “Grandma Rees” we called her. She would make my brother, sister, and I pizzelles when we visited.

Today’s post is not just a recipe as per usual. I’ve decided to turn the image above into a holiday card and do a giveaway. These cards say “Happy Holidays” on the front & the cookie recipe is on the inside. They are mighty cute if I may say so myself.

On December 1st I will choose 5 people to win a set of 15 cards. To eneter the giveaway, simply go to this address, click the “enter sweepstakes” button, and fill out the form. You must provide an email address so that I can contact you if you win. I can promise you that I will never use your email address for anything other than this giveaway. =)

This reciepe was adapted from Vegan Feast Kitchen’s recipe.


  • 1/3 cup    Earth Balance, melted (earth balance is a healthy margarine)
  • 3/4 cup    almond milk
  • 1/2 Tbs    pure almond extract (vanilla extract works fine too)
  • 1 1/2 cups   powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup    whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup    unbleached white flour
  • 1 very small pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Using the “s” blade, combine all the ingredients (except the powdered sugar for dusting) in a food processor or a Vitamix.
  2. Heat up the electric pizzelle iron according the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Spray the pizzelle iron with some oil.
  4. When the iron is ready, add 1 Tbs of batter to the center of each cookie. The amount of batter you need will vary depending on which iron you have.
  5. Close the iron and let it cook for a little less than a minute.
  6. Remove the cookies from the iron and sift powdered sugar over them.
  7. Store in a air tight container until ready to eat.

Dont forget to enter the card giveaway.


Linda Perkins - Love the cards. Wish I would have had them to use when I sent out invitations to this years Cookie Exchange.
I have a pezzelle maker….I give then out as a gift to all the girls that attend.

Maisie lam - Your photography is wonderful!

Angel Legume - The styling of these photos is so pretty.
My boyfriend and I have been attempting to veganize his moms anise pizzelles. We thought using cold coconut milk solids to replace some of the eggs would work well, but ours fell right apart in the iron.
We did make a successful batch just using whipped egg replacer, but we’re going to try yours and see how it goes. Maybe we’ll swap out some of the almond extract for anise oil, to stick to his mom’s tradition.

The Peace Patch - Making pizzelles with my Sicilian grandmothers is one of my favorite childhood memories. Those big clunky irons, pizzelle batter dripping everywhere, the heavenly scent of almond extract. And piles of pizzelles disappearing just as quickly as we made them! Thanks so much for sharing this!

vkrees - You sure can! Just shoot me a message from the contact form. =)

Denise Adams - I am sorry to have missed the sweepstakes for the pizzelle cards. My grandmother taught me how to make them. I make them every Christmas to honor her memory. Can I purchase any from you?
Thank you for sharing your love.
Happy holidays.

Paulina - Your cookies are amazing, but I am wondering if it’s possible to make them without pizzelle iron? I live in Poland and I don’t think I could find pizzelle iron anywhere here. Maybe I could bake them in the oven or use a frying pan?

vkrees - Claire- I do indeed sell prints! Just send me an email if you’re interested. =)

Claire - Just curious, do you offer prints of your photographs? Just in case I don’t win some cards!

Leinana - hi! i am waaaay behind on my blog reading so i hadn’t been to your site in quite a while. i checked it out today and just wanted to say that your photography is just breathtakingly beautiful. some of the best food photography i’ve ever seen, hands down. thank you for being so inspiring!

Julia Schuster - Simply lovely!

meridith - i love this…it reminds me of my grandma too! i can’t wait to make these for holiday gifts for friends and family.

Kate - This is so lovely! I’m bummed the sweepstakes isn’t for us mobile-users–it’s all I got!

Ashlae - Stunning, lady. If I don’t win these, I wanna buy some from you ;)

Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! - Vanessa, you never cease to amaze me. This shoot is so beautiful and truly looks like Winter and the Holidays. I’ve never had a pizelle, but I may just have to try them out! Here’s to hoping that I win those beautiful Holiday cards! :)

ameyfm - so sweet. I already loved this image, but I love it even more knowing that it is grandma-inspired. Grandmas are the best.

Evan Thomas - These look terrific! Always a great Christmas cookie choice.

Ashley - This is fantastic! Entering now, and those pizzelles look amazing.

Denise - You make all the winter blues go away. So lovely.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - What a beautiful cookie! A total hit!

Caitlin - what a great idea! it’s super cute and the photo is gorgeous!

ana cooks - this is so beautiful.
i’m so thankful for follow your blog where i learn so much about pure beauty in photography.
i just keep scrolling upside-down amazed!
thank you!

Mini Apple Cakes

Hello! Sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. If you follow me on Twitter, you may know that I recently injured my foot and am in a cast (it’s all i talk about). Taking photos in a cast is not easy! The cast should be coming off soon, so things are looking up.

I’ve decided I will start posting weekly. On Tuesdays. So be sure to check back every Tuesday. =)

Before we talk about food, I wanna talk about hurricane Sandy. Things in NYC are still a disaster. Many parts of Rockaway beach, Redhook, Coney Island, and Long Island are completely devastated. If you can, give some money to Occupy Sandy. They are doing a hell of a job helping those in need!

Okay now let’s talk about mini apple cakes. These are cute and delicious. Here’s what you’ll need:



  • 3 Apples peeled and cut into slices
  • 1/2 cup earth balance
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp non dairy milk
  • 1 tbs orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease the pans.
  3. Mix the butter & sugar together.
  4. Add applesauce, vanilla, orage juice, & milk. Mix.
  5. Add flour & baking powder. Stir.
  6. Pour batter evenly into the pans and arrange cubes on top. Only fill the pans 1/3 of the way to to the top or the cake will rise over the pan and things will get messy. Makes about 4 cakes.
  7. Mix together the 3 topping ingredients and distribute over the apples.
  8. Bake about 40 minutes. Or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let cool before taking it out of the pan.
  10. Serve with ice cream.

Till next time! xoxo

denelle - Not sure what’s meant by “cubes” — apple slices? Lovely photos.

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Maggie Muggins - I’m always so impressed with your props, they always go so perfectly with whatever you’re photographing. You must have an entire room dedicated to them! Those cakes look incredible! I really need to find some mini springform pans. Little things are just cuter.

Amanda - I’m guessing Earth Balance is butter. Is that correct?

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - I hope you feel better soon. In the meantime, I’d enjoy drooling over this delicious photos :)

Natasha - These look amazing! And the photos are stunning, as always. Love all the props. Hope your foot gets better soon!

Meeta - These truly are adorable and gorgeous looking cakes.

Jes - Cute & delicious are always good things :) Love the white/rustic feel!

Ashlae - Lady! You rule. On so many different levels.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - These are so stunning!

Linnea - These apple cakes look amazing! I always look forward to your posts: both for the recipes, and the gorgeous photography and styling.

I do hope your foot is feeling better and heals up quickly.

Ashley - These photos. I am in love. The light, the colors…everything! Not to mention the actual apple cakes. So much talent!

23 Skiddoo: A Holiday Cocktail

Mmmm crisp air, boots, snow, holiday parties, cookies, sweater weather, & scarves. I love winter. And winter cocktails.

It’s November which means, by law, I can start thinking about the holidays, holiday parties, and which drinks I will be serving at those parties…

Roy (the boyfriend) and I.

I love gin. It is my drink of choice. I’ve noticed that people either love it or hate it. All too often I order a gin drink and the person I’m with makes a gross face and says something like “You like like gin? Blah. It tastes like Christmas.” Quite a few people have told me they don’t like gin because “it tastes like Christmas.” It must be something about the juniper berries that reminds people of the holidays. Well, what better time is there to drink a liquor that smells like Christmas than at a holiday party?

In college it was rare to find a fellow gin drinker. I can count them all on one hand (I’m talking to you, Tyler, Danielle, and Melissa). I recently got in touch with them to ask if they knew of any good gin-based holiday cocktails. Tyler got back to me with an enticing thyme flavored drink called 23 Skiddoo. I was sold. Thanks for the recipe Tyler!

Ingredients for the Thyme Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

Ingrediens for the Cocktail

  • Ice
  • 1 ounce of gin
  • 1/2 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce thyme syrup
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces chilled sparkling wine (or sparkling water if you don’t like the sweetness of the wine)
  • Garnish: thyme sprig

Directions for Thyme Syrup

  1.  Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat, add thyme leaves, cover and let stand 1 hour.
  3. Strain and refrigerate.

Directions for the Cocktail

  1. Fill mixing glass with ice, add gin, St Germain, thyme syrup, and lemon juice. Stir until cold.
  2. Strain into flute, top with sparkling wine and garnish with thyme sprig.

I want to point out that not all gins are created equal. I believe that when it comes to gin it is worthwhile to spend a little bit of extra money on the good stuff. Hendricks Gin and Brooklyn Gin are my favorites. If you are ever in Brooklyn you should go on a tour of Brooklyn Gin’s distillery. You get to taste their flavors at the end of the tour. It’s good fun. =)

Till next time! xo

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Value of Dinar or Iraqi Dinar and Its History - Some really excellent content on this site, thankyou for contribution.

Heather - Hi – I made these last night at a small gathering and they were a total hit. Thanks for the recipe.

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Cutest couple, ever.

And the cocktail?! Oh my. It’s too beautiful to drink!

Silvia-La gelida anolina - OMG!!!!!!!I really really really love your blog ^_^

Kankana - I like gin too and with the flavor of thyme, it must be one amazing drink!

Ashley - I love gin. I love thyme. I’m thinking I’d love this recipe. Also, your photos – amazing.

Karen A. - I’m the only person I know that loves gin. I will definitly have to try this recipe out!

Melissa! - Oh yum oh my. Making this immediately! Also, can I come visit sometime and help you out with one of your shoots? Looks like so much fun…we could make savory pies!

Mandy Jean - Yum! I absolutely love gin. I hear people say that it tastes “like a bunch of pine trees.” The Christmas comparison makes it sound better (lol). I love Hendricks as well. My favorite bar makes the best Scottish Mule with it!

Stevie - Have you seen the Made by Hand documentaries? They’re beautiful and all set in Brooklyn. Their first video in the series is about Breuckelen Distilling Company, the first gin distiller in Brooklyn since prohibition. http://thisismadebyhand.com/film/the_distiller

Ashlae - Yes, yes, yes to gin! It’s the only thing I’ll ever drink. Cannot wait to try this, lady!

Jes - I love all the glittery shots–you got the light perfect for the cocktail! And gin is so great–I’m a Hendricks or Bombay fan (I’m not really into the strong “Christmasy” ones)–and I’m definitely going to try out this cocktail soon!

FoodFeud - I love gin! I wouldn’t say it’s my drink of choice but I really do like it, though it doesn’t remind me of Christmas so much as summer, when I drink a lot of G&Ts. Ooh and gin martinis are good too. I like this drink recipe though, maybe I’ll try it. There’s only so much bourbon I can drink.