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. Kayla on February 11, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I tweeted!

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on February 11, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Probably your dark chocolate fudgy brownies or your layered brownies with cheesecake/peanut butter cups. CONGRATS on 5 years!

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on February 11, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I get your RSS feed

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on February 11, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I facebook like you

  5. sunshine on February 11, 2012 at 1:49 am

    my favorite recipe would be chocolate chip cookies……the best i have evered tasted thanx :)

  6. Lauren on February 11, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I made your snickerdoodle blondies over a year ago and can’t stop thinking about how amazing they were! Everyone loved them. Snickerdoodles are always a big hit, but the blondies were a chewier, denser version that knocked my socks off!

  7. Ker on February 11, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I subscribe to your rss feed!

  8. Ker on February 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I liked your Facebook page!

  9. The Experimental Cook on February 11, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I don’t think I qualify for the draw since I reside in Singapore. Anyway, I love your blog and your Peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.

  10. Sereena on February 11, 2012 at 2:03 am

    my favorite recipe is the Dark Chocolate cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting . . . delicious and easy to make!

  11. Sereena on February 11, 2012 at 2:04 am

    I liked you on Facebook! :)

  12. Susan Din on February 11, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Congrats on your 5th anniversary!!!
    I have to admit I’ve made your buttermilk doughnuts more frequently than any of your other recipes! They are simply divine!
    I’ve been meaning to let you know how they freeze very well. Just cool completely and pack as airtight as possible(I use zip bags and suck the air out). Oh, and you only want to freeze unglazed doughnuts/holes.

    Throw my name in the hat, I’d love a kitchenaid stand mixer!

  13. Susan on February 11, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting!

  14. Susan Din on February 11, 2012 at 2:09 am

    I like you on facebook!

  15. Susan on February 11, 2012 at 2:09 am

    I follow you on Google Reader

  16. Susan Din on February 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I subscribe via RSS.

  17. Susan on February 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

  18. Deveny on February 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I am a fan of so many of your recipes. I completely adore your pumpkin whoopie pies with maple cream cheese filling. I ate way too many. My other favorite is your simple vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting. It inspired me to make everything from scratch and I haven’t gone back. Plus, your frosting changed my life. I never liked frosting till I tried your vanilla butter cream. Now I’m addicted. Thank you for your fun blog, amazing recipes, and constant inspiration.

  19. Susan on February 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I “like” you on Facebook.

  20. Deveny on February 11, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I am a facebook fan

  21. Shanea on February 11, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Chocolate chip cookies all the way!!

  22. Shanea on February 11, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I follow you on google reader….

  23. Shanea on February 11, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I follow you on twitter

  24. Shanea on February 11, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I am a fan on facebook!! for sure!

  25. maria on February 11, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Mine are the bread recipes

  26. Anna on February 11, 2012 at 2:20 am

    My favourite recipe is sweet and salty brownies :)

  27. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on February 11, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I love your Triple Chocolate Chunk Oreo Cookies!

  28. maria on February 11, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I subscribe via rss feed.

  29. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on February 11, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

  30. maria on February 11, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I followed you on twitter

  31. Rachel on February 11, 2012 at 2:22 am

    The recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Bars has become one of my favourites for sure! yum yum.

  32. maria on February 11, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I already liked you on fb.

  33. amy @ uTryIt on February 11, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Happy 5th Blog Anniversary! What a generous and nice way to celebrate. Thank you for a chance to win! My favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe is Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting! Got all the things I love all in one cup cake! YUM! :) I really enjoy your blog. You’re such an inspiration to me! So, thank YOU!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  34. amy @ uTryIt on February 11, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Following @browneyedbaker on Twitter (@utry_it)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  35. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on February 11, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  36. stephanie on February 11, 2012 at 2:35 am

    my favorite recipe are the snickerdoodle blondies!

  37. Victoria Fisher on February 11, 2012 at 2:35 am

    What is my favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe? Since I am a new reader (Jan 12) I haven’t made anything yet. I had originally started drooling over the recipes when I stumbled upon the Pancake and Bacon Cupcake recipe. From there I have become absorbed with all of the recipes and can not wait to start trying them when my job slows down this spring. Fantastic Blog!

  38. stephanie on February 11, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I subscribed to your feed! :)

  39. stephanie on February 11, 2012 at 2:36 am

    i liked you on facebook!

  40. Tammy on February 11, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Congrats on your 5-year blogiversary! My favorite recipe of yours is the Brown Sugar Bacon Buttermilk Waffles :)

  41. Krista on February 11, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Right now it’s Best Buttermilk Pancakes but I have so many more recipes waiting in my email to try!

  42. Tammy on February 11, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I’m also following on Twitter!

  43. Krista on February 11, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Fan on Facebook too!

  44. Hannah Paek on February 11, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Ahh I think all of your recipes are delicious! Well, from the ones I’ve tried so far at least .. There are so many more to go!! I’m excited!

    But your recent granola cookies have my insulin pumping!!

  45. Hannah Paek on February 11, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Liked you on facebook!

  46. amy @ uTryIt on February 11, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/168234059993059328

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  47. Hannah Paek on February 11, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Following you on twitter too!

  48. amy @ uTryIt on February 11, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Of course, I’m your fan on Facebook!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  49. Amy on February 11, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Peanut Butter Cup Bars. Hands down. Full stop. LOL.

  50. Amy on February 11, 2012 at 2:44 am

    I subscribe via RSS.

  51. Hannah (Hannah Lives) on February 11, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Your Trifecta Cookies (that’s what I have renamed them… your peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies)!

    I have tweaked them so that they perfectly suit my preferences, but it is a GREAT recipe!

  52. Hannah (Hannah Lives) on February 11, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I subscribe via RSS!

  53. Kim D. on February 11, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Pumpkin Cheesecake!

  54. Hannah (Hannah Lives) on February 11, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I follow you on TWITTER!

  55. Hannah (Hannah Lives) on February 11, 2012 at 2:47 am

    AND… I like you on Facebook (an real life)!

  56. Kim D. on February 11, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter @mom22girlz.

  57. Kim D. on February 11, 2012 at 2:49 am
  58. Kim D. on February 11, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I “like” Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook.

  59. Teresa Improta on February 11, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Hi! Followed you on twitter. Really would love to win a mixer!

  60. Teresa Improta on February 11, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I tweeted the following: “RT @browneyedbaker Thanking you for 5 wonderful blogging years with a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway! http://wp.me/p1rsii-4bV”.

  61. Teresa Improta on February 11, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Became a fan on FB. Happy 5th anniversary!

  62. Kelly on February 11, 2012 at 2:58 am

    My favorite Browneyedbaker recipe is the dark chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting. Thank you for five years of blogging!

  63. Jen Hodder on February 11, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Congratulations!! I found your site recently and you are now my “go to” for all things pie. I SO love your site, and appreciate your detailed instructions. I find so many recipes incomplete, and a little difficult to follow at times. I am truly surprised by how often things something was left out, or how some minor, yet (would have been) very helpful detail was not included.

    I appreciate you especially, because you give all details, including and down to even ~ which rack to use, etc.

    You ROCK!!

    My favorite recipe is definitely your Dutch Apple Pie! I have made it for many and have received rave reviews.

    We are working to someday open our very own pie shop in the not too distant future, so I appreciate all of your tips, tricks and recipes ; )

    I just left the comment, subscribed, became a fan on Facebook and am now following you on Twitter ; ) I’m going big : ) I have never done this for a contest before. Can you tell we are in need of a Stand mixer to keep us in the forward motion of practicing all things pie?

    Thank you so much for having this giveaway. You have a beautiful heart, and it not only shines through on your blog, but in your writing, your recipes, and in this giveaway :O) Thank you!

    Have a great weekend!

    Love,

    Jen

  64. A H on February 11, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I am a young lover of baking and all things desserts (not to mention all of your other delicious recipes!) but my favorite recipe by far is the Tiramasu cupcake recipe. I have tried a few other recipes but yours was my favorite! Ive dreamed of a kitchen aid mixer and would love to someday own one so that I can truly bake, not using my old passed down hand mixer.

  65. A H on February 11, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Just liked you on Facebook :)

  66. Thu on February 11, 2012 at 3:09 am

    The BBQ chicken pizza is super yummy!

  67. Thu on February 11, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I subscribe via RSS

  68. Thu on February 11, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  69. A H on February 11, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Followed on twitter!

  70. A H on February 11, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Subscribed by email!

  71. Thu on February 11, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I also follow on Twitter!

  72. Thu on February 11, 2012 at 3:12 am

    and I tweeted the message! Thanks!

  73. Jessie C. on February 11, 2012 at 3:14 am

    No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies is my favorite

  74. Jessie C. on February 11, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker

  75. Shelly on February 11, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Chubby Hubby Truffles are my favorite!

  76. J on February 11, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes….yummy

  77. Jessie C. on February 11, 2012 at 3:15 am

    follow on twitter@tcarolinep

  78. Shelly on February 11, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I’m an email subscriber.

  79. Kawehi on February 11, 2012 at 3:15 am

    My favorite recipe from you is the Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting.

  80. Jessie C. on February 11, 2012 at 3:15 am
  81. Jessie C. on February 11, 2012 at 3:15 am

    fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook.
    jessie c

  82. Shelly on February 11, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

  83. Amy on February 11, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Hi! My favorite recipe of ALL time is your pumpkin whoopie pies with maple filling, and my fiance would eagerly agree!!!

  84. Amy on February 11, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Also, i subscribe to your emails. :)

  85. Shelly on February 11, 2012 at 3:18 am
  86. Choc Chip Uru on February 11, 2012 at 3:18 am

    My heartiest congratulations my friend – you have a wonderful job with beautiful recipes and I look forward to another five years :D
    Not interested in the giveaway though it is most generous – looking forward to more wonderful posts!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  87. Amy on February 11, 2012 at 3:19 am

    And i follow you on twitter (@amy_louise)

  88. Shelly on February 11, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I like you on FB.

  89. Heather @ InHerChucks on February 11, 2012 at 3:19 am

    As a fairly new blogger, I enjoyed reading about how far you have come since your first post 5 years ago. You inspire me to continue to share my point of view on life, family and food. Congratulations on all your success!

    My favorite BEB recipe would have to be the s’mores brownies. I am a s’mores fanatic and love your spin on an old classic!

  90. Shane R. on February 11, 2012 at 3:19 am

    My favorite recipe is the one for Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies

  91. Kawehi on February 11, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I follow you on twitter @_starsofheaven

  92. Heather @ InHerChucks on February 11, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I subscribe to your blog via email

  93. Shane R. on February 11, 2012 at 3:21 am

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker via email.

  94. Amy on February 11, 2012 at 3:22 am

    And finally, ive retweeted your giveaway as requested. Thanks!

  95. Notyet100 on February 11, 2012 at 3:22 am

    My fav is Irish car bomb cupcakes :) congrats,wish ya ma ny more milestones. :)

  96. Heather @ InHerChucks on February 11, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I “liked” you on facebook :)

  97. Notyet100 on February 11, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I have been following you through google reader,..:)

  98. Kawehi on February 11, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I also have you on facebook..

  99. Shane R. on February 11, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter @shanerus

  100. Kaitlin on February 11, 2012 at 3:23 am

    OHMIGOSH. My favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe? Are you really going to do this to me?? I love so many … I love your chocolate chip cookies, the Baked brownie, that delicious peanut-butter torte with the oreo crust and ganache and peanuts, the cheesecakes … I go way back with the recipes on this site, and there are still way too many I am dying to make! :)

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