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My 5-Year Blogging Anniversary & A KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway as a Thank You! (Winners Announced)

UPDATE: The winners of the KitchenAid mixers are:

#1,931 – Janelle Thiessen: “I love your chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!”

#2,042 – Joanne Quinn: Her comment on following Brown Eyed Baker on Twitter was the winner. As for her favorite BEB recipe:
“Love all your recipes – they’re very dip/party-centric, and they’re the kind I use most when looking for new recipes on the web. My current favorite – and only cuz I just discovered it & can’t believe how easy & delicious it is – is the 3 ingredient Sausage dip. THANKS”

Congratulations Janelle and Joanne! You should have already received an email from me; make sure you reply with your color choice and mailing address so I can get your new KitchenAid mixer out to you!

Thanks everyone for entering and celebrating my five years of blogging with me! :)

Five years ago today, on February 11, 2007, I hit “publish” on my first blog post – Italian Wedding Soup. It looked like a lot of first blog posts look – a small, far-away picture, a sparse description, and a recipe for one of my all-time favorite “mom” recipes. I decided to start blogging to merge two of my passions – writing and baking. I saw a couple of food blogs pop up and thought that doing something similar would be a good way to keep my writing interest alive, as well as to chronicle my time in the kitchen, and to hopefully challenge myself to try some more advanced recipes.

Five years later, Brown Eyed Baker has turned into more than I could have ever imagined. And it would not be the site it is today without all of you. There aren’t enough words to describe how thankful I am for each and every one of you. For stopping by to check out the recipes, for commenting, for sharing your stories about what you’ve made, for your loyalty, for being the reason I keep making a mess of the kitchen more days than not, and, most of all, for allowing me to be a part of your lives. Part of your holidays, your get-togethers with friends, birthdays, showers, and celebrations.

For all you contribute to this site, each and every day, I wanted to say thank you. And I wanted to say thank you in a way that would pay forward kitchen love. What says “kitchen love” more than a shiny, new KitchenAid mixer??

I am giving away TWO KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers to two lucky readers. Check out the details below on how to enter to win, and note that I am leaving this giveaway open for a full week as a celebration of sorts, so as many of you as possible have the opportunity to enter.

Thank you again for being awesome readers, and for sharing your love of food with me. Here’s to a lot more fun in the kitchen together!

Giveaway Details

Two winners will each receive one (1) KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, in the color of their choice.

How to Enter

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post and answer the question:
“What’s your favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe?”

You can receive up to FOUR additional entries to win by doing the following:

1. Subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by either RSS or email. Come back and let me know you’ve subscribed in an additional comment.

2. Follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment.

3. Tweet the following about the giveaway: “RT @browneyedbaker Thanking you for 5 wonderful blogging years with a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway! http://wp.me/p1rsii-4bV”. Come back and let me know you’ve Tweeted in an additional comment.

4. Become a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook. Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment.

Deadline: Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

Winners: The winners will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced at the top of this post. If the winners do not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Brown Eyed Baker.

Good Luck and THANK YOU!!

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  1. Rina on February 11, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Your macaroni & cheese casserole is a recipe we make regularly in this house. Simple, delicious and definitely better than boxed ones.

    • Karan on February 11th, 2012 at 5:37 am

      Your mac & cheese recipe IS awesome! Gotta say your chicken and dumplings is my favorite. For years I used chicken with bone in (for flavor) and added mixed vegetables – your recipe is just as flavorful using boneless chicken – and the less is more principal applies to your use of veggies. Congrats on the anniversary!

      • Karan on February 11th, 2012 at 5:40 am

        Subscribed to Brown Eyed Baker thru email…

        • Jasmin H on February 11th, 2012 at 10:13 am

          Followed by emai, RSS and Facebook….congrats on five year!!!

          • Jasmin H on February 11th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

            Subscribe/following on via email, viva RSS and Facebook!! Congrats on five years:]

    • Rachel on February 11th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Oh man, I think that’s one of my favorites. So good!

    • Kathy on February 11th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      No-bake chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal cookies are my kids favs.

    • Faye Johnson on February 11th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      My favourite recipe is chewy chocolate chip cookies.. They are simply AWESOME… I make them all the time for ladies in the hair salon and friends. THe bestest receipe ever.

    • Ashley on February 11th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      I love your margarita cupcakes!! I’ve tried others before but love making these ones!!

    • Ashley on February 11th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Subscribe via email!!!

    • Ashley on February 11th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Fan on facebook!!

    • Andrea on February 12th, 2012 at 10:07 am

      My favorite recipe has to be your new sushi post! as I have an addiction to sushi! before that my favorite post was margarita cupcakes! I’ve been trying to bake those for everyone I know.

      My dog Duke loved the Beef and Cheddar post :)

    • Andrea on February 12th, 2012 at 10:13 am

      I’ve followed you on twitter since I opened my twitter account ;)

    • Andrea on February 12th, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I tweeted about your aniversary! I was I could write my blog! Maybe one day

    • Andrea on February 12th, 2012 at 10:15 am

      I just liked your facebook page!

    • Andrea on February 12th, 2012 at 10:16 am

      And I subscribed via email!

    • Andrea on February 12th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      new favorite post cheesecake truffles!

  2. Susan N. on February 11, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Subscribed to Brown Eyed Baker via e-mail!

    • paula c on February 11th, 2012 at 11:24 am

      subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker Via Email!!

  3. Susan N. on February 11, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Followed you on twitter!

  4. sara on February 11, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Mocha cupcakes with espresso frosting!

  5. Susan N. on February 11, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Tweeted about the giveaway!

  6. sara on February 11, 2012 at 12:06 am

    subscriber rss

  7. Susan N. on February 11, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I also am a fan on facebook!

  8. sara on February 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

    follow on twitter @saramama

  9. ariana on February 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I follow on facebook!

  10. Amanda K on February 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I absolutely love the red velvet cupcakes!!! I make them almost once a month!!! Follow u on facebook and email!!

  11. ariana on February 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I subscribe!

  12. Rina on February 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I already follow you through Google Reader :)

  13. sara on February 11, 2012 at 12:08 am
  14. Cady J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Cranberry Orange Scones are always baking in my house, thanks to you!

  15. sara on February 11, 2012 at 12:08 am

    FB fan
    sara peterson davis

  16. ariana on February 11, 2012 at 12:08 am

    My favorite BEB recipe is (so far) the Peach Crumb Bars! Though I have not been able to try as many recipes of yours as I would like, I am certainly looking forwrd to giving alot more a go!

  17. Susan N. on February 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

    My absolute favorite recipe is for the Better-than-Brownies Chocolate Cookies . Rich, chocolatey, dense, and chewy- delicious!

  18. Cady J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I’m subscribed via RSS!

  19. Cady J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Following on twitter: @cadyelizabeth1

  20. Tania Marie on February 11, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies ; ) My go-to recipe for life!

    • paula c on February 11th, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Thick and Chewy Chocolate chip cookies are the best!!

  21. Cady J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Tweeted my love for you!

  22. Tania Marie on February 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  23. Shell We on February 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Ohh you have a lot of my favorite recipes but the white chocolate coconut brownies were umm umm delish.

  24. Tania Marie on February 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Facebook fan right here! ; )

  25. Shell We on February 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I’m an rss subscriber

  26. Cady J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Liked ya on FB.

  27. Kborner on February 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

    My favorite recipe is peppermint whoopie pies!

  28. Shell We on February 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I follow you on twitter

  29. Melody on February 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

    My favorite recipe is your red velvet whoopie pie!! It’s so delicious and fun to make!

    • Makncoop on February 17th, 2012 at 10:59 am

      I just made those! So GOOD!!! :)

  30. Melody on February 11, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I already follow you on google reader!

  31. Shell We on February 11, 2012 at 12:14 am

    tweeted

  32. Nami on February 11, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Most def the Red Velvet Cheesecake. Love Cheesecake Factory’s. Thanks for the delectable pics and recipes!

  33. Shell We on February 11, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I’m a fan on fb. Happy 5th Anniversary! Please keep doing what you do.

  34. Anthony on February 11, 2012 at 12:17 am

    My favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe is your pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.

  35. Meighan @ Cooking With Abandon on February 11, 2012 at 12:18 am

    my favorite has been the snickerdoodle cupcakes

  36. Anthony on February 11, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I have subscribed to your RSS feed.

  37. Anthony on February 11, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I am following you on Twitter.

  38. Mike on February 11, 2012 at 12:20 am

    I haven’t made them yet, but I’ve saved the recent Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies and drooled over my keyboard thinking about them!

  39. Anthony on February 11, 2012 at 12:20 am

    I have Tweeted about your giveaway.

  40. Erin L. on February 11, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Favorite recipe are congo bars

  41. Mike on February 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I’ve subscribed to your site via my reader for a while now – one of my favorite recipe sites and always look fwd. to new posts!

  42. corinne on February 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I really like the King Cake, but I’m trying the malt ice cream tomorrow, could be a new winner=)

  43. Mike on February 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I’ve also liked you on Facebook for a while, too.

  44. Erin L. on February 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I’m subscribed to your rss feed.

  45. corinne on February 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I follow via RSS

  46. Jen on February 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I just made the Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake for my boyfriend’s birthday – it was my first cheesecake and my new favorite recipe! Now I am thinking about a way to make individual cheesecakes in little ramekins for Valentine’s Day :)

  47. Anthony on February 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I am your fan on Facebook.

  48. Varsha on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    My favorite recipe is your thick and chewy chocolate (and triple chocolate) chip cookies– i will never use another chocolate chip cookie recipe! That said, I’ve tried many of your recipes and pretty much love them all, so it’s a tough choice– I don’t think I’ve baked anything sweet from another blog / recipe collection in almost a year. You are my go to recipe bank!

    I have been wanting a kitchenaid stand mixer for about a year now, but it’s still out of my budget, so i have my fingers crossed!

  49. Erin L. on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I’m your fan on facebook

  50. Michelle on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Irish Carbomb Cupcakes – my absolute favorite!

  51. caitlin on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I’ve just followed you on twitter!

  52. Olivia on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I think my favorite recipe is the chipped ham, it reminds me of my grandma so I want to try it!

  53. Michelle on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    PS – I follow you on FB! :)

  54. Varsha on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I liked your facebook page.

  55. Olivia on February 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Following on twitter @OliviaFrescura

  56. caitlin on February 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I follow you via rss :)

  57. Varsha on February 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I subscribed via RSS.

  58. alexis on February 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    how can I pick just one?! gosh that’s awfully hard…

    well I can tell you that your italian wedding soup recipe was a hit with my college roommates :)

  59. Olivia on February 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Liked on FB! Olivia Frescura

  60. Varsha on February 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Following you on twitter!

  61. alexis on February 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    following you on twitter..

  62. nel on February 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    i’ve subscribed by email, followed in twitter, twittered and became a fan on facebook :)
    may i know if the winners can be from any country?

    Thanks!!

  63. Laura on February 11, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I love the chewy chocolate chip cookies!

  64. nel on February 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

    My favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe is the Red Velvet Cupcake !

  65. Victoria on February 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Hi, thank you for posting this awesome giveway!
    Oh, this is so hard! I frequent your site, and I am constantly trying your recipes!
    I think my favorite recipe from here is either the baked brownies, thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies (I brown the butter though, soooo good!) or the loft house style sugar cookies… The’re all rand by’s!

  66. Cindy B. on February 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

    My favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe hmmmm….if I had to pick one, is the Triple Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Happy Blogging Anniversary!

  67. Micki on February 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

    You have so many good recipes. All brownie recipes! Cant pick one! I follow by email.

  68. Cindy B. on February 11, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by RSS.

  69. Cindy B. on February 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter.

  70. Meredith on February 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Love the cream cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped jalapeños! To die for! :)

  71. Amanda A on February 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Love your herb and mushroom mac and cheese

  72. Sage S. on February 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

    That is a difficult question! As a young wife and mother, I have been inspired by your blog to step out of my comfort zone and try so many new things in the kitchen. I now bake all of my own bread, including English muffins (and hopefully bagels soon!) I now have a “list” of things I want to try my hand at making, and I always check here first to see if you have a recipe for it. I can’t pick a #1 favorite, but we most recently tried your sweet and sour chicken, and it was definitely a huge hit in this house!!

    Thank you & congrats on five years!!!

  73. Cindy B. on February 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I tweeted.

  74. Amanda A on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I also liked you on facebook.

  75. Bella on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    My favorite recipe so far is your cranberry upside down cake, my daughter and I love it and have made it quite a few times with just cranberries and another time with cranberries and apples. Super yummy!!
    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!! :)

  76. Emily on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I LOVE your red velvet cupcake! So delicious! Love reading all of your recipes!

  77. Bella on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I subscribe via email/RSS :)

  78. Cindy B. on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I am a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook.

  79. Emily on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I follow your rss feed…everyday!

  80. Bella on February 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I’m a fan on facebook too :D

  81. Tracy J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

    My favorite recipe so far, and my families, is the Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. So, so, so yummy!

  82. Tracy J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I follow on twitter.

  83. Tracy J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I am a Facebook fan.

  84. Emily on February 11, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I am a Facebook fan!

  85. Amy on February 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Facebook fan.

  86. Amanda on February 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, big hit at christmas time!

  87. Amy on February 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I subscribe on Google Reader.

  88. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on February 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Raspberry crumb bars!

  89. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on February 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I subscribe by RSS

  90. LizM on February 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I’m following you on google reader!

  91. Amanda on February 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Annnd I’m following you on facebook now. Love the peppermint whoopie pies too!

  92. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on February 11, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I follow on Twitter

  93. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on February 11, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I tweeted @Tutti_Dolci

  94. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on February 11, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Hands down the homemade PB cups! And happy 5 years!

  95. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on February 11, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I’m also an RSS subscriber

  96. Chio on February 11, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Snickerdoodle recipe!!! it’s sooo good and my absolute favorite!

  97. Jessica on February 11, 2012 at 12:45 am

    The Banana Cupcakes with Vanilla Pastry Cream stands out to me as a favorite…now I think I need to go make some more of them, it’s been a while!

  98. Jenna on February 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Blackberry pie bars!

  99. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on February 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Follow you on Twitter (@AmericanRNinNZ)

  100. Chio on February 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I’m subscribed with Google Reader!

    • Lori on February 11th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Tie between Irish car bomb, and limoncello cupcakes. Love them both.

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