Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Winning a prestigious award, such as the “Blog of the Year 2012”, is a humbling experience. I am so grateful to the four extraordinary bloggers who nominated us for this honor. Though we are just beginning our blogging journey, the love and support we have received from the WordPress community has been heartwarming and inspiring. This incredible community of thinkers, writers, travelers, artists and chefs have embraced us and encouraged us on our blogging journey and our entire family is grateful to each of you for the generosity of spirit that urged you to blog in the first place and to make us feel so welcome and appreciated. A particular word of thanks to the four extraordinary blogs that nominated us for this award:
Teacher as Transformer: This gem of a blog is the brainchild of Ivon Prefontaine, a lifelong teacher and gifted poet. I love finding one of his beautiful poems at the end of a long day, because his thoughtful reflections always make me pause, finding a quiet space inside to reflect more deeply on the many little incidents that fill my own days. What he doesn’t know, is that I have also developed the habit of “feeding” these gems to the littler Grazers who appreciate them every bit as much as I do.
Clanmother’s On the Road Book Club: If you haven’t yet met Clanmother, you don’t know what you are missing. She is an extraordinary woman whose generosity must be legendary in the WordPress community because she always has a kind and thoughtful word of inspiration for her WordPress friends. On her On the Road Book Club blog, Clanmother shares her favorite literary gems, along with thoughtful comments that artfully connect these works to their historical context and draw parallels and linkages to our modern lives.
Flora’s Table: This Italian husband and wife team produce an exquisite blog full of extraordinary insights into Italian wines and cuisine. Flora’s Table is filled with love and laughter. It is a site that is bound to revive your connection to your own family’s history, while simultaneously giving you an insider’s view of Italy’s rich gastronomic heritage and helping you to recreate its masterpieces in your own home.
Heaven on Earth: This lovely young blogger is a born wanderer whose reflections on her experiences, her travels, and our world will fill your heart with optimism. She embodies the beautiful spirit of youth and imbues her experiences with a refreshingly human perspective.
The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:
1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…
Blog of the Year 2012
1. My French Heaven: This beautiful site dedicated to food, wine, and design is sure to get your mouth watering and make you want to head straight back to the kitchen to recreate Stéphane’s simple, elegant and quintessentially French recipes for yourself and those you love!
2. petit4chocolatier: Haven’t been baking lately? Never fear, this blogger will have you back at it in no time flat. Her blog is filled with doable, flavorful recipes and menus that are absolutely accessible to any home cook and the mouthwatering photography is bound to tempt even the most reticent individual to visit the kitchen.
3. Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast: This passionate blogger and historian is busy restoring James Madison’s home plantation as a modern-day bed and breakfast. She shares her joys, frustrations, and passion for American history with her readers. Every day is a new history lesson that inevitably makes you feel as if you’ve time travelled.
4. Through Harold’s Lens: This stunning blog presents with a birds’ eye view of humanity through the lens of a professional photographer. Lately, Harold has been in the Serengeti, where he has connected with the ancient culture and traditions of the Maasai. His poignant portraits are bound to expand your horizons and alter your views of this ancient cultural group.
5. The Drunken Cyclist: If you love wine, food or family, you will love this blog. It’s author has a light touch that will keep you entertained while simultaneously helping you improve your knowledge of American and European wines. He doesn’t pull any punches and tells it like it is. If you live in Pennsylvania, I’m sure you’ll find his tips on wine sourcing and BYOB eating establishments invaluable.
6. The Lantern Post: Daniela’s beautiful spirit shines through every word of this delightful blog. Its prose will inspire you , make you cry, and bring you home to the beauty of life itself. This blogger’s personal journey has taken her from Croatia to New Zealand; and, through her writing, she shares the range of human emotions and experiences. This blogger gracefully distills her own pleasures and pains into nuggets of beauty and wisdom that transcend time and space.