Blog of the Year 2012 Award

A HUGE Thank you to Clanmother a.k.a Rebecca Budd at who has generously awarded  Angie Grapevines’ its’ first nomination for “Blog of the Year” .

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Angies Grapevine is happy to give “Blog of the Year 2012 Award” to the following who have visited Angies Grapevine and provided supportive comments along my journey through the blogging community and who have made me hungry with their delicious recipes, have made me smile, cry, laugh and think about life everyday!!

Clanmother- A backward look forward.

Hope the Happy Hugger

Polysyllabic Profundities


George Vagabon

Crazy Train to Tinky Town

Nine Cent Girl

Celiac Kiddo

And Life Smiles



Vampire Diet

The Back Door Artist

Rumpy Dog


Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award!

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who 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. Include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award at the Thought Palette and provide 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…

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Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!  When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!
There are a total of 6 stars to collect. Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Blog of the Year 2012’ Award BadgesThere are six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swap’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

Day 14 – 30 Day Book Challenge-Required reading list

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 14

Book that should be on hs/college required reading list

A Tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith,  should be on high school/college required reading list if it’s not already.

This is actually a book I may just re read. 🙂

It was published in 1943 and sold over 300,000 copies in its first 6 weeks.

Betty Smith wrote from her experiences growing up in Brooklyn and created “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”.
The following is part a book review by Esther Lombardi
“Francie’s mother, Katie, is the child of immigrants. Like so many others, they came to America to make a better life for their children. When Francie was born, Katie’s mother visited her and told her what she must do to help her children succeed.Katie’s mother stressed the importance of reading the Bible and the works of Shakespeare. She also said, “you must tell the children the legends I told you–as my mother told them to me. You must tell the fairy tales of the old country. You must tell of those not of the earth who live forever in the hearts of people–fairies, elves, dwarfs, and such…”Perhaps the readings and the stories were not the only things that helped Francie to develop such an active imagination, but they became a part of who she was. She was a part of her family history. Smith writes, “She was all these things and of something more that did not come from the Rommelys nor the Nolans, the reading, the observing, the living from day to day.” It’s that “something” that is in “each soul that is given life–the one different thing such as that which makes no fingerprints on the face of the earth alike.”
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (novel)

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Meatless Monday – Vegetarian Cassoulet

This is a vegetarian version of the traditional French dish.  Perfect for a slow cooker!!


Vegetarian Cassoulet

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion

2 carrots, peeled and diced

1 pound dry navy beans, soaked overnight

4 cups mushroom broth

1 cube vegetable bouillon

1 bay leaf

4 sprigs fresh parsley

1 sprig fresh rosemary

1 sprig fresh lemon thyme, chopped

1 sprig fresh savory

1 large potato, peeled and cubed

Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and carrots in oil until tender.

In a slow cooker, combine beans, carrots and onion, mushroom broth, bouillon, and bay leaf. Pour in water if necessary to cover ingredients with water. Tie together parsley, rosemary, thyme, and savory, and add to the pot. Cook on Low for 8 hours.

Stir in potato, and continue cooking for 1 hour. Remove herbs before serving.


My sisters Tea

whole lemon and ginger tea with honey

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My sister made up a concoction yesterday with ginger,orange and lemon.  It’s really simple, she didn’t give me quantities but she’d made enough for approximately 4 cups , it was really good and the ginger flavor really came out in this tea.

This tea is a great way to detox . Ginger soothes the stomach, reduces inflammation, and increases circulation. Lemon is an antioxidant and an excellent source of vitamin C. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial and immunity booster. Perfect for the upcoming flu season or any time.

  • 4 cup hot water
  • ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a lemon sliced
  • 1/2 orange sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (or agave if you prefer)

Boil water first.

Then add peeled ginger and lemon simmer for about 20 minutes.

Then drizzle in the honey.

This one is good warm as well and packed with antioxidants

Winter Orange Pomegranate Tea

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 navel orange, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3 inches stick cinnamon, broken
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 orange-flavored or black tea bags (decaffeinated, if you like)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 -3 tablespoons sugar
  • 12 orange wedges or chunks
  • 6 lime wedges or chunks
  • 6 6-inch wooden skewers
  • Ice cubes
In a medium saucepan, combine water, orange slices, cinnamon and cloves. Bring just to boiling; remove from heat. Add tea bags. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags; discard. Strain tea mixture through a fine mesh strainer; discard orange slices and spices.

In a glass pitcher, combine strained tea mixture, orange juice, pomegranate juice and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

To serve:Place 2 orange wedges and 1 lime wedge onto each skewer. Serve tea in glasses filled with ice cubes. Add fruit skewers to each glass.