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

    Tweeted it, too!

  2. Bernadette Villanueva on February 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Congrats! You are amazing! I LOVE your Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe!

  3. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on February 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Aaaand, I’m a FB fan!

  4. Chio on February 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I follow you on twitter!

  5. Chio on February 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  6. Jessica on February 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I subscribe to the RSS feed

  7. Chio on February 11, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I’m a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on facebook!

  8. Amanda A. on February 11, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies for sure!

  9. Jessica on February 11, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I follow on twitter {@bleudressnjapan}

  10. Jessica on February 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I tweeded {@bleudressnjapan}

  11. Jessica on February 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I’m also a FB fan =}

  12. Angela W. on February 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Congrats on your 5 years. You make me look like a rock star EVERY SINGLE TIME. Thanks for putting in all this hard work.

  13. Denise on February 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    First, congrats on the 5 yr mark! I subscribe and now just ‘liked’ you on FB. I love the rasberry oatmeal bars, and the brownies….yum. Keep it up! You have many followers!

  14. Bernadette Villanueva on February 11, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Subscribed via e-mail…

  15. mary on February 11, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars are like crack: addicting. You’ve managed to marry together all my favorite things into one incredible bar.

  16. Emma on February 11, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Well, there are so many favorites, but if I had to choose one…probably your white chocolate & macadamia nut cookies. The salty/sweet combo in those big, chewy cookies is out of this world!

  17. Michelle on February 11, 2012 at 12:58 am

    The no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, for sure. The first time I made them, my roommate’s jaw dropped and she emailed all of her friends to tell them that I could make “those magical cookies they had all the time in college”.

  18. Emma on February 11, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I’m now a fan of BrownEyedBaker on Facebook! And for a favorite recipe…probably granola bars because the recipe is so versatile. I love mixing and matching to create fun & healthy combos!

  19. Sylvia Stecker on February 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I just made the Tiramisu yesterday – it was divine!! The entire family loved it.

  20. Jessa on February 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Your thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies are the best cookies I’ve ever made!

  21. Bernadette Villanueva on February 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I am a Facebook fan!!

  22. Sylvia Stecker on February 11, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I am subscribed to your blog.

  23. Emma on February 11, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Just subscribed to the email! My favorite recipe has to be the no-bake peanut butter bars, they taste just like Reese’s cups!

  24. Jessa on February 11, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Subscribed to the blog!!

  25. Amanda V on February 11, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Congrats on 5 years! :) My favorite recipe is your chocolate ice cream! So perfect and delicious :)

  26. Amanda V on February 11, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I also subscribe via RSS :)

  27. Laina on February 11, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Salted Carmel Brownies- even better that there’s enough carmel to top off the ice cream when serving them a-la-mode!!!

  28. Carly on February 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I love your recipe for salted double chocolate peanut butter cookies! YUM :)

  29. Carly on February 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I subscribe via RSS!

  30. Carly on February 11, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I’m a fan on facebook :)

  31. Jessa on February 11, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I’m a facebook fan! :)

  32. Patty T on February 11, 2012 at 1:06 am

    My favorite brown eyed baker recipe is Chubby Hubby Rice Crispy Treats. I have actually made them twice since you published the recipe and my husband LOVES them!

  33. Alyssa on February 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars….they are insanely delicious!!!

  34. Patty T on February 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I subscribe by email.

  35. Alyssiya on February 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I love the salted caramel brownies!!!!

  36. Bernadette Villanueva on February 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I followed @browneyedbaker on twitter!!!!!!

  37. Patty T on February 11, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I follow you on Twitter @poquist

  38. Laina on February 11, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I subscribed to your emails!

  39. Laina on February 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I follow you on facebook!

  40. Catherine A on February 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Happy Blog-aversary. Seriously – I can’t pick a favorite. My family of 5 (Hubby, me and 3 kids) have enjoyed so many of your recipes. You have a section in our recipe binder. I’m not kidding. It’s actually called “Brown Eyed Baker”. I’m thankful to have found your site and that you decided to keep it up. Thank you

  41. Patty T on February 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I like you on Facebook.

  42. Alyssiya on February 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Liked on facebook!!

  43. Olivia on February 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Your thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies. I always come back to them, they beat out every CCC recipe I have ever tried! An honorable mention goes to the cookie dough cheesecake bars……. And now I’m hungry.

  44. Alexa on February 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

    My favourite recipe is your pumpkin whoopie pies!

  45. Alexa on February 11, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook

  46. Catherine A on February 11, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Subscribe to your blog through email.

  47. Patty T on February 11, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  48. Patricia on February 11, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I follow BEB on Facebook.

  49. Patricia on February 11, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker via RSS.

  50. Stephanie on February 11, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I’m a subscriber. :)

  51. Bernadette Villanueva on February 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Tweeted!

  52. Tarilyn on February 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I just made your Vanilla cupcakes with the Vanilla buttercream frosting. Your vanilla buttercream changed my life! It’s simply to die for! My friends loved them!

    Oh, I also have like a million other recipes of yours bookmarked. All I want to do is stay home and bake all day! :)

  53. Stephanie on February 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I follow you on FB…

  54. Natalie H on February 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Liked you on facebook. Love your blog!

  55. Tarilyn on February 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I already have you in my google reader.

  56. Tarilyn on February 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I became a facebook fan :)

  57. Tarilyn on February 11, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I follow you on twitter :)

  58. Patricia on February 11, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Cranberry Upside Down Cake was a great dessert at more than a couple of Holiday Dinners. Also at a couple of Birthday Dinners last year.

  59. Jessica F on February 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

    My favorite are the cranberry orange scones! Congrats on the blogiversary!

  60. Jessica F on February 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I like you on facebook :)

  61. Jessica F on February 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I follow you on twitter!

  62. Tarilyn on February 11, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway :)

  63. Jessica F on February 11, 2012 at 1:18 am
  64. Pat on February 11, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Apple Cinnamon Bread and Date Nut Spice Bread were two of the breads I made up for Christmas gifts. Kept one of each for drop ins and they are very tasty.

  65. Emily on February 11, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Oreo cheesecake cookies – heck yes!

  66. Emily on February 11, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I follow you on Twitter

  67. Beth on February 11, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I love your Lemon Burst Cookie recipe!
    Thank you for the great giveaway and Happy Anniversary!!!

  68. Spencer on February 11, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Oatmeal Carmelita Bars!

  69. Martika on February 11, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Your homemade pop tarts are amazing!! One of my favorites to make.

  70. Beth on February 11, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I like you on facebook!

  71. Martika on February 11, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I follow you on twitter

  72. Renee on February 11, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I think my favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe is margarita cupcakes. I’ve made them twice and everyone LOVED them.

  73. Renee on February 11, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I subscribe to your RSS feed!

  74. Renee on February 11, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

  75. Rhyann on February 11, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I love the chocolate peanut butter torte. It is soooooo amazing!

  76. Katie H. on February 11, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Wow, I totally put this comment in the wrong post at first. How embarrassing.
    My favorite Brown-Eyed Baker recipe is anything involving PB and chocolate obviously! But I can’t choose a specific favorite. Too many good ones. :)

  77. Rhyann on February 11, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I follow you on facebook!

  78. sanaz on February 11, 2012 at 1:27 am

    It’s hard to choose a favorite, but your Cranberry Orange Scones are super delicious! I also liked your facebook page :-)

  79. Renee on February 11, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I tweeted about your giveaway.

  80. Katie H. on February 11, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I’m subscribed to you by e-mail!

  81. Hannah J on February 11, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Your Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies are my favorite!

  82. Katie H. on February 11, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

  83. Kristin on February 11, 2012 at 1:28 am

    My favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe is your spaghetti & meatballs!! We’ve had it for dinner more times than I count — delicious!! Congrats on 5 lovely years!

  84. Katie H. on February 11, 2012 at 1:29 am

    I’m your fan on Facebook!

  85. Renee on February 11, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  86. Laura on February 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Cherry Coke cupcakes…. oh yummy!

  87. Laura on February 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I subscribe via e-mail!

  88. Laura on February 11, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I like Browneyedbaker on Facebook!

  89. Kayla on February 11, 2012 at 1:33 am

    LOVE the lemon-limoncello cupcakes! What’s better than lemons & cupcakes? MMMM!!

  90. Brandi on February 11, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I love the Minestrone Soup recipe you posted last month!

  91. Brandi on February 11, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I subscribe via Google rrs!

  92. Brandi on February 11, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Woo just started following Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook!

  93. Jodie on February 11, 2012 at 1:36 am

    7 layer bars, so easy and delicious!! Ps. I love the 100 to-bake list, such a great idea.

  94. Kayla on February 11, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Following on Twitter!

  95. Kate on February 11, 2012 at 1:38 am

    The Lemon-Limoncello Cupcake recipe is my favorite…my mom LOVES them!

  96. Kate on February 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I’m a fan on facebook :)

  97. Kayla on February 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Following on Facebook!

  98. Kate on February 11, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I’m subscribed in Google reader!

  99. Addison on February 11, 2012 at 1:41 am

    I signed up for an email subscription. I don’t have a mixer of any kind and my arms are getting tired. Thanks for the chance to win!

  100. Kira J on February 11, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I had so much fun making the Irish car bomb cupcakes- they were a huge hit. But this is my go to site for all my baking needs!

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