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

    I follow you on facebook.

  2. Christine Wallace on February 11, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I am an email subcriber!!!

  3. Bebe on February 11, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I subscribe to your blog by email.

  4. Gina on February 11, 2012 at 6:43 am

    OMG – SOOO hard to pick just one!! I’d have to say the Mocha Cupcakes are my all-time fav! Followed by the Car-Bomb Cupcakes that made NYE extra special for a lot of people :)

  5. Christine Wallace on February 11, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I am a follower on Twitter

  6. Gina on February 11, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Have been subscribed via RSS for months now!

  7. Gina on February 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Am now a fan of your FB page!

  8. Sehrish on February 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

    love your irish car bomb cupcakes. most moist and delicious cupcakes I’ve had EVER

  9. Sehrish on February 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I subscribe to your RSS feed

  10. Gina on February 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

    And am now also following you on Twitter! Pheww – I’ll never miss a recipe!

  11. Sehrish on February 11, 2012 at 6:45 am

    and of course a fan on facebook :)

  12. Bebe on February 11, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I retweeted “RT @browneyedbaker Thanking you for 5 wonderful blogging years with a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway! http://wp.me/p1rsii-4bV” (weebb33)

  13. Christine Wallace on February 11, 2012 at 6:46 am

    RT about your contest @lifetimememswny

  14. Christine Wallace on February 11, 2012 at 6:46 am
  15. Rebecca on February 11, 2012 at 6:48 am

    My favorite recipe would have to be your peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars. I brought them into work and they were gone within seconds!!

  16. Rebecca on February 11, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I subscribed to Brown Eyed Baker via e-mail.

  17. Rebecca on February 11, 2012 at 6:49 am

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

  18. Stew on February 11, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I enjoyed the Soft Cheese And Pepperoni Bread recipe.

  19. Patty on February 11, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Your site is my favorite. I check it out everyday. My favorite recipe to date was the
    Oreo Cheesecake – it was delish. Today I am making your dark chocolate cupcakes
    with peanut butter frosting. Since it looks like a snowy day today, I might also
    try your wedding soup.

  20. Stew on February 11, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by e-mail.

  21. Stew on February 11, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I am a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook.

  22. Aidan on February 11, 2012 at 6:50 am

    My favorite –and it is difficult to choose — is the recipe for Chubby Hubby Truffles!

  23. Ary on February 11, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Definitely the Rhubarb Pie-Tartlets!!

  24. Aidan on February 11, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Subscribed by e-mail! (And look forward to it every day! Thank you!)

  25. Lindsay on February 11, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I like your dark chocolate peanutbutter cupcakes!

  26. Aidan on February 11, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  27. Lindsay on February 11, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I subscribe through RSS feed.

  28. Betty on February 11, 2012 at 6:53 am

    My favorites are Zucchini Bread and Deviled Eggs.

  29. Cristina Mignosa on February 11, 2012 at 6:56 am

    My fave is a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting.

  30. Cristina Mignosa on February 11, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I follow you on twitter.

  31. Cristina Mignosa on February 11, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I like you on Facebook

  32. molly on February 11, 2012 at 6:57 am

    my favorite recipe??? YOUR BAKED BROWNIE RECIPE (DELISH)!!!

  33. molly on February 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Followed u on twitter nd facebook!

  34. Lori H on February 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I subscribe and adore your blog! : )

  35. Cristina Mignosa on February 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I suscribe on Rss.

  36. Ashley L. on February 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I subscribe to the RSS feed

  37. Fran on February 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    all your cupcakes turn out delish but the peanut butter chocolate one is ridiculous.

  38. Ashley L. on February 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I follow via twitter

  39. molly on February 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    i suscribed

  40. Ruth Thomas on February 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    We serve at least 3 different cookies for our guests at our B & B in the afternoon and your Peanut Butter Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip are definitely one of the favorites of our guests!

  41. Fran on February 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I have you on my RSS google reader too.

  42. Lori H on February 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    by email-sorry forgot to include that

  43. Tonya on February 11, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Your Lemon-Limoncello Cupcakes are a favorite in our home. I have made them for many family occasions and always get rave reviews. Thank you for making me look like a Kitchen Star!

  44. Ashley L. on February 11, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I follow on facebook

  45. Kate on February 11, 2012 at 6:59 am

    The chewy brownies. Yum!

  46. Cristina Mignosa on February 11, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I tweeted.

  47. Kate on February 11, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Follow your RSS feed on my Google reader.

  48. Tonya on February 11, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I follow you on FB.

  49. Kate on February 11, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I follow you on Twitter too.

  50. Patricia Barrett-Day on February 11, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Friend on Facebook!!

  51. Sue on February 11, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Happy Anniversary! My new fav is the Margarita Cupcake!

  52. Patricia Barrett-Day on February 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Love to read the recipes everyday thru email

  53. molly on February 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

    i suscribed rss

  54. Kristen M. on February 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

    My favorite, so far, has been the Snickerdoodle Blondies, mmmmmmm…I am a sucker for Snickerdoodle anything!

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

    I made your soba noodle stir fry with almond butter sauce over Christmas and it was even better than my holiday meal!

  56. Kristen M. on February 11, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I am already a subscriber via email!

  57. Tonya on February 11, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I follow you via email.

  58. Kristen M. on February 11, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I am also a fan on facebook!

  59. Mary Greenley on February 11, 2012 at 7:08 am

    love you blog looking forward to more please. I have gone to Facebook and would likegto be entered into the Kitchenaid giveaway, would mean so much to win one. Thanks for considering me.

  60. Nessy on February 11, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I love your peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Really all of your recipes that I have made are wonderful, though!

  61. AnnaG on February 11, 2012 at 7:09 am

    It has to be something with Peanut Butter — one of the basic food groups for me! So many fantastic recipes … but I choose the Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies – chewy, salty, sweet, loaded with chunks of peanuts … classic but better. :)

  62. Maria on February 11, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Love your all your recipes! Have made several of the muffin ones. Chocolate chip cookies…a family favorite.

  63. Nessy on February 11, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I subscribed to you via email!

  64. Nessy on February 11, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I also am a fan of yours on facebook!

  65. mary on February 11, 2012 at 7:11 am

    My favorite recipe so far is pumpkin whoopie pies.

  66. Megan on February 11, 2012 at 7:13 am

    The carbomb cupcakes!

  67. mary on February 11, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I love following you by email

  68. Carmen on February 11, 2012 at 7:13 am

    http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2010/07/09/snickerdoodle-blondies/

    Congrats! These snicker doodle blondies are definitely my favorite!

  69. Megan on February 11, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I subscribed via Google Reader!

  70. AnnaG on February 11, 2012 at 7:14 am

    ‘Liked’ you on FB!

  71. Lindsay on February 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Oh my, where to start! My absolute favorites are Oreo Knockoffs, peach crumb bars, and thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies!

  72. mary on February 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Happy anniversary! I follow you on facebook.

  73. AnnaG on February 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

    subscribed by email … :)

  74. Kelsey on February 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

    My favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe is the Red Velvet Cheesecake :-)

  75. Lindsay on February 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Im subscribed via RSS.

  76. Kelsey on February 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Subscribed by email :-D

  77. AnnaG on February 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I don’t tweet — but I did broadcast this to my entire contact list. hahahahaha. :)

  78. Kelsey on February 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Just became a Brown Eyed Baker Fan on Facebook! (-;

  79. Lindsay on February 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  80. Beth on February 11, 2012 at 7:18 am

    My favorite recipe is the Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes-I’ll be making them again soon to celebrate St Patrick’s Day! :)

  81. Beth on February 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I’m a FB fan!

  82. Susan on February 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Happy Blogaversary. Yeah, I agree with so many of the others, there are so many great recipes that it is difficult to narrow down to just one.

    The No-Bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are my guilty pleasure but I literally eat myself sick on them so I don’t make them too often.

    Your World’s Best Potato Salad is exactly that! My family loves it.

    My dog votes for the Beef & Cheddar dog treats :)

    Thanks for all the great recipes and the terrific pictures.

  83. Kelsey on February 11, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Just began following Brown Eyed Baker on Twitter! (-:

  84. Kelsey on February 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Just tweeted about the giveaway!! :-D

  85. Beth on February 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I’ve subscribed by email.

  86. jess on February 11, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Bacon wrapped jalapeno!!!!

  87. jess on February 11, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  88. jess on February 11, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I receive emails!!

  89. Jade on February 11, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I’ve subscribed to Brown Eyed Baker using RSS.

  90. Tami on February 11, 2012 at 7:25 am

    You honey wheat bread ismin a bi weekly rotation here at my house?!?

  91. Katharine on February 11, 2012 at 7:25 am

    It’s a tie for me between the carrot ginger cookies and the seven layer bars. BOTH of those recipes challenged my self-control! :)

  92. Charlene on February 11, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Congrats on five delicious years! My favorite by far are your cheese cheese cinnamon rolls. I have made them a dozen or so times! Here’s to another 5+ years!!!!

  93. Charlene on February 11, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I subscribe to your blog!

  94. Katharine on February 11, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Oh! And just subscribed to e-mail!

  95. Jessi on February 11, 2012 at 7:27 am

    It’s hard to choose, but I’m going to go with your peanut butter cup bars. Like you, the peanut butter chocolate combination gets me every time. A question about the give away: I live in Belgium, am I still eligible? Happy 5th anniversary =)

  96. Charlene on February 11, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I am also a fan on Facebook!

  97. Andrea on February 11, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I love the recipe for French onion soup. Also a Penguin and Steeler fan so enjoy when there are recipes including them!

  98. Katharine on February 11, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I’m already a fan on Facebook too!

  99. Leia on February 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

    My favorite recipe was January 12,2012 New England Clam Chowder….absolutely fabulous. Have never made any from scratch and my DH who was raised “on the water” in Md. said it was the BEST he had ever eaten. It was SO good, the pot lasted for 2 days and we ate ourselves silly. Thank you!

  100. Kim S. on February 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Love love LOVE the Cookie Dough Brownies!!

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