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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6,567 Responses to “My 5-Year Blogging Anniversary & A KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway as a Thank You! (Winners Announced)”

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  1. Sandy on February 11, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Subscribe via email

  2. Melissa Casey on February 11, 2012 at 5:35 am

    I am now a fan on facebook :)

  3. Kay N. on February 11, 2012 at 5:35 am

    My fav recipe is your Tiramisu.

  4. Allison on February 11, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Chewy, Fudgy Triple-Chocolate Brownies!

  5. Kay N. on February 11, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I subscribe to your blog by email.

  6. Allison on February 11, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I subscribed via email.

  7. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on February 11, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Your PB cup crunch brownies changed my concept of dessert!!!!

  8. Allison on February 11, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I became a fan on facebook.

  9. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on February 11, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Im subscribed via RSS :D

  10. Kay N. on February 11, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I follow you on FB.

  11. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on February 11, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I follow you on Twitter :)

  12. Kay N. on February 11, 2012 at 5:38 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

  13. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on February 11, 2012 at 5:38 am

    I’m a FB fan :)

  14. kathleen on February 11, 2012 at 5:41 am

    rice krispie treats with the peanut butter cups is the huse favorite, but your firstrecipe , the Italian wedding soup is a smash, too.

  15. Suz on February 11, 2012 at 5:41 am

    How does one pick a ‘favorite child” ? You can’t just pick one. That’s why your lists are in my recipe box as well.

    Thamk you and your CCC for all the food, travels and laughter for what doesn’t seem possible, 5 years already.

    Here’s to another five years and many more goodies from your kitchen.

    Thank you from the bottom of our filled tummies !

    Suz, George and the four footed monsters, Jack and Ass

  16. kathleen on February 11, 2012 at 5:41 am

    I subscribe to emails

  17. Tina on February 11, 2012 at 5:42 am

    My favourite recipe is is the Chocolate biscuit cake, so yummy!

  18. Tina on February 11, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Already a fan of Facebook :)

  19. Melissa on February 11, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I love so many of your recipes, but would have to pick the Irish car bomb cupcakes as my favorite!

  20. Tina on February 11, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I’m a subscriber via email :)

  21. Melissa on February 11, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I have also subscribed via e-mail.

  22. Linzy on February 11, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Your vanilla vanilla cupcakes. Simple but amazing!

  23. Hannah Barkey on February 11, 2012 at 5:49 am

    you’re cannoli recipe… I’m still scared to try it, but you make it sound so easy!!

  24. Linzy on February 11, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I follow you via RSS

  25. Linzy on February 11, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I like you on FB

  26. Linzy on February 11, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I follow you on twitter!

  27. Hannah Barkey on February 11, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I “like” you on facebook!!

  28. Robin Mann on February 11, 2012 at 5:50 am

    The portabello pesto pizza. It is awesome!

  29. the peculiar baker on February 11, 2012 at 5:50 am

    love you sugar cookies :)

  30. Melissa on February 11, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting :)

  31. Melissa on February 11, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I am an email follower.

  32. Melissa on February 11, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I follow on Twitter.

  33. Trine on February 11, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Oooh, my favourite recipe.. I haven’t tried that many yet, to be honest, but there are MANY on my to-do list. I don’t have a proper oven, so that limits me a bit. But the ones I want to try basically all contain frosting of some sort. ;) I want to try all the cupcake recipes!

  34. Melissa on February 11, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I tweeted! :)

  35. Melissa on February 11, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I am a fan on FB :)

  36. Trine on February 11, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I subscribe to BBB via RSS. :)

  37. Jinny on February 11, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Favorite recipe = Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

  38. Trine on February 11, 2012 at 5:54 am

    And I like your page on Facebook! :)

  39. Jinny on February 11, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I am a subscriber via RSS

  40. Jillian on February 11, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I can only pick one?!? Ha ha, I’m gonna have to go with the car bomb cupcakes – can’t help making them all year round!

  41. Jinny on February 11, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I liked you on FB

  42. Sandy on February 11, 2012 at 5:56 am

    I follow you with email

  43. Sandy on February 11, 2012 at 5:56 am

    I also follow you on Facebook!

  44. Abby on February 11, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I love your snickerdoodle recipe. I have made them a few times and they are fantastic.

  45. Abby on February 11, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I follow you on twitter @preheatyouroven

  46. Judith on February 11, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I love the Cherry-Coke Cupcakes!

  47. Judith on February 11, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I also subscribe by e-mail and fan on facebook

  48. Leanna on February 11, 2012 at 6:01 am

    my first discovery of you was Lemon Burst Cookies
    October 12, 2009. It led me into the world of food bloggers and I now have a wonderful selection of yummy recipes. Thanks a bunch.

  49. Susie on February 11, 2012 at 6:01 am

    My favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe is your Peanut Butter Cups.
    Susie

  50. Susie on February 11, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I Subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by RSS,
    Susie

  51. Leanna on February 11, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I subscribe to email updates.

  52. Susie on February 11, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I Follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter,
    Susie

  53. Erin M. on February 11, 2012 at 6:03 am

    i love the apple bread!

  54. Susie on February 11, 2012 at 6:04 am
  55. Susie on February 11, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I become a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook,
    Susie

  56. the peculiar baker on February 11, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I have also subscribed via e-mail :)

  57. Benthe on February 11, 2012 at 6:05 am

    My favourite recipe of you must be the blueberry muffins, they are my ‘I need to bake something and I don’t know what!’ recipe. They are just simply amazing.

  58. Benthe on February 11, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I subscribed via email!

  59. Benthe on February 11, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I follow you via Twitter (my name on Twitter is bebjebenthe)

  60. Suzan Stewart on February 11, 2012 at 6:07 am

    My favorite recipe is the Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie! I was so tired of making flat cookies and wondered what the secret was to baking a thick and chewy cookie. Thank you for giving it to me! :)

  61. Suzan Stewart on February 11, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I subscribed via email!

  62. Suzan Stewart on February 11, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I followed you on Twitter!

  63. Benthe on February 11, 2012 at 6:11 am
  64. Rachael on February 11, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I love your blog, and my favorite(so far) are your red velvet cupcakes!

  65. Suzan Stewart on February 11, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I tweeted about you on twitter!

  66. Benthe on February 11, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I became a fan on Facebook!

  67. judith on February 11, 2012 at 6:14 am

    My very favorite recipe of yours is the Russian Pound Cake.

  68. Suzan Stewart on February 11, 2012 at 6:14 am

    AND finally I became a fan on Facebook! Thank you for this opportunity to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I have wanted one for such a long time and am tired of using the handheld cheapo mixers! :)

  69. Sasha (The Procrastobaker) on February 11, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Your hidden berry cream cheese torte…yummmmm :)

  70. Sasha (The Procrastobaker) on February 11, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Subscribed by email of courrseee!

  71. Aisha on February 11, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I’m new but recently tried your red velvet with cream cheese frosting, mmm so lush!!! I’m sure I will have tons of recipes that I love once I’ve had a chance to try some more!! Thanks for offering this give away!!! This is really cool:) hope I win!!!! Lol

  72. Dessy on February 11, 2012 at 6:18 am

    My favorite recipe of yours is the delicious “Baked Macaroni and Cheese”.

  73. Joyce Mika on February 11, 2012 at 6:18 am

    No question about it, your SNICKERDOODLE BLONDIES are my all time favorite! We love them!!

  74. Dessy on February 11, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Subscribed by email.

  75. Samantha on February 11, 2012 at 6:19 am

    My favorite browneyedbaker recipe is those Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – yummy!

  76. Joyce Mika on February 11, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I also have you on Facebook…and look forward to each entry. THANKS

  77. Joyce Mika on February 11, 2012 at 6:20 am

    your emails get here every time too!

  78. Aisha on February 11, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I just “liked” brown eyed baker on Facebook :)

  79. Dessy on February 11, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Following on Twitter

  80. Dessy on February 11, 2012 at 6:23 am

    I’ve tweeted

  81. Dessy on February 11, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Facebook fan

  82. Aisha on February 11, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Subscribe by email!!! This is fun:) thanks for allowing 5 entries:) I really need that kitchen Aid, doing everything by hand kinda sucks sometimes! But I have really toned arms!! Lol

  83. Anne on February 11, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I love your Red Velvet Cupcakes!!!

  84. Anne on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I am already following you on Facebook :)

  85. Anne on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I just followed you on Twitter :D

  86. Anne on February 11, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I just retweeted: @browneyedbaker Thanking you for 5 wonderful blogging years with a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway! http://wp.me/p1rsii-4bV” :D

  87. Andi on February 11, 2012 at 6:28 am

    My favorite recipe is for bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos! So easy and so delicious!
    Your blog is brilliant and I look forward to more great things to come!

  88. Anne on February 11, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I have already subscribed to your emails :D

  89. Andi on February 11, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I subscribe to your blog via email.

  90. Andi on February 11, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I am a fan on facebook

  91. cherie on February 11, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Happy Anniversary!
    Sweet and Salty brownies are my favorite – they’re just like your header: sweet, savory and sinful! YUM!

  92. cherie on February 11, 2012 at 6:37 am

    and of course I get your emails

  93. Sarah H.P. on February 11, 2012 at 6:37 am

    There’s too many to choose from! One of my favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipes would probably be the no bake chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal cookies! I have a serious thing for no bake treats!

  94. Sarah H.P. on February 11, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker via my RSS feed!

  95. Cait on February 11, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Mocha cupcakes with espresso frosting!

  96. Sarah H.P. on February 11, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I’m also a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook!

  97. Sandra on February 11, 2012 at 6:39 am

    My favorite is definitely the one that brought me to your website in the first place and that’s How to decorate sugar cookies. Fabulous step by steps!

  98. Christine Wallace on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 am

    my fav recipe is the oreo cheesecake truffles!!!! LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. Bebe on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Mocha cupcakes with espresso frosting! Love them!

  100. Bebe on February 11, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I follow you on twitter.

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