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

  1. Aurélie on February 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

    i do follow you on twitter

  2. bc edwards on February 15, 2012 at 9:56 am
  3. Kita on February 15, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I have a mixer, so I don’t want to enter the giveaway (though who am I kidding – two would be awesome) but I wanted to say happy blogaversary!!!

  4. Katie on February 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

    My favorite recipe of yours is your peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

  5. Raina on February 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Congratulations! You have a wonderful blog! Great giveaway. My Kitchen Aide is on its way out, would love a new one.

    I love your snickerdoodle blondies, made them quite a few times:)

  6. Raina on February 15, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I follow you by e.mail:)

  7. Raina on February 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I liked you on Facebook:)

  8. Jill on February 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Homemade restaurant style salsa.

  9. Makena on February 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Fan on facebook!

  10. Makena on February 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Follow you on tweeter!

  11. Makena on February 15, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Mocha cupcakes favorite!

  12. Makena on February 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Subscribed by email!

  13. Courtney @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. on February 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Definitely your Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Frosting. Just perfect!

  14. Courtney @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. on February 15, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I followed you on Twitter!

  15. elisabeth on February 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Pumpkin bread is my fave! I’m also an RSS fee subscriber

  16. Kristen on February 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Buttercream

  17. Kristen on February 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker through email.

  18. Kristen on February 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I follow Brown Eyed Baker on Twitter.

  19. Kristen on February 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I am a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on FB.

  20. Kristen on February 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I tweeted about this giveaway.

  21. christie on February 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I have recently become enamored of baked goods with pumpkin… so it’s a close tie between your pumpkin scone and pumpkin cupcake recipes. :-D Thinking about this is making my sweet tooth hungry… as if it needs an excuse… ;-)

    (Subscribed via email.)

  22. christie on February 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Subscribed via email.

  23. christie on February 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Following on twitter

  24. christie on February 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

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

  25. christie on February 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Fan on Facebook.

  26. Ellen on February 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I love your baked goods recipes, but the Restaurant Style Salsa is one of my faves!

  27. Ellen on February 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I’m following you on twitter :)

  28. Jenn @ Icing on the Cake on February 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    The root beer float cake is my favorite!!! What a great idea!!

  29. Ellen on February 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway :)

  30. Jenn @ Icing on the Cake on February 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I am now subscribed via email! I can’t believe I wasn’t before now!

  31. Stefanie on February 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    So far my favorite recipe is for the Chocolate Chunk Pecan Bars – to which I add a little toffee – But there are so many more I want to make!

  32. Stefanie on February 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    And now I have followed you on twitter.

  33. Stefanie on February 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    And I liked you on facebook.

  34. Stefanie on February 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    And subscribed my email.

  35. Katherine on February 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    How can I pick one of your Italian recipes? They all remind me of my grandparent’s house, but your chocolate pistachio biscotti is a year round favorite!

  36. JessJess on February 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I followed you on twitter!

  37. JessJess on February 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    The classic vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting!

  38. JessJess on February 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I subscribed to your RSS feed!

  39. Alexa on February 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I follow you on twitter

  40. Alexa on February 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I tweeted about the contest

  41. Maureen on February 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I love banana foster and the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding is wonderful.

  42. Maureen on February 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I follow via Rss Reader feed.

  43. Paula on February 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Just subscribed via email!

  44. Leigh Reynolds on February 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Your macaroni & cheese casserole is a recipe. And I just posted it to Pinterest for everyone!

  45. Leigh Reynolds on February 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I follow via RSS Reader feed.

  46. Leigh Reynolds on February 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Just tweeted about the contest

  47. Leigh Reynolds on February 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Just subscribed via email!

  48. Leigh Reynolds on February 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Now following you on Twitter.

  49. Leigh Reynolds on February 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Liked you on Facebook.

  50. Kristin on February 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve been a fan on Facebook for a while now!

  51. sarahruth on February 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I love your No Bake Cookies!! They’re always a hit when I make them.

  52. Prachi on February 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Selecting one recipe as my favorite is a tough job. Your “Parmesan chicken” has rocked my dinner table several times.Would like to mention the “Chocolate Rum Cheesecake” too. Wouldn’t be fair if i don’t.

    Congratulations on your 5Years! Kudos!

  53. Karen on February 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I love the Three Cheese Beer Bread. I am anxious to make the Chocolate Babka though, along with many others!

    • Karen on February 15th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Following you on Twitter

  54. Lily Cordell on February 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Definitely the tiramisu! I love me some tiramisu

  55. Lily Cordell on February 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I am subscribed to the emails

  56. Lily Cordell on February 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I follow you on twitter

  57. Lily Cordell on February 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I am a fan on fb

  58. Kate on February 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    As much as I was ready to say that your chipped ham bbq was my favorite (I’m not from Pittsburgh, but my mom is from Beaver County, so we were raised to love all things Pittsburgh), I have to say that your guest post Biscoff Cookie recipe has to take the cake! Or the cookie. Anyway, I’m allergic to peanut oil and have never been able to eat no-bake things. I discovered Biscoff maybe 2 months ago and fell in love! The fact that it looks so much like peanut butter had me making fun sandwiches out of it and feeling rebellious in some strange way. Anyway, that’s way more than you asked for. Just thought I’d let you know how much I appreciate the recipe!

  59. Kate on February 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Also, I follow your blog through Google Reader!

  60. Bryan B on February 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Car bomb cupcakes!

  61. Faye on February 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I have subscribed to Brown Eyed Baker RSS, Google Homepage!

  62. Susan on February 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I just subscribed via email. Glad to find your website. I am new in baking. Wish that you’re near by :)

  63. Anjuli on February 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I’d have to say I have three favorites (so hard to choose and so many more to try!): sweet and sour chicken, new york crumb cake and pumpkin cheesecake. They are all huge hits in my home. Congrats on the 5 years! Your blog is awesome!

  64. Anjuli on February 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I liked you on facebook! (hope this is the same thing as being a fan:))

  65. Anjuli on February 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Also just subscribed to your email :)

  66. Peggy on February 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Our favorite is thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies. My step daughter says they are the crack of chocolate chip cookies! We are addicted.

  67. Peggy on February 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Subscribed via email. (still thick and chewy chocolate chip is the fav).

  68. Jenn on February 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I just happened to search for no bake cookie recipes and found your blog and I HAVE TO SAY …. Irish Car Bomb cupcakes? Oh Yummmm!!! I can’t wait to try those!!!!!

  69. Jenn on February 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I’m subscribed via Google Reader :)

  70. Jenn on February 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    following you on twitter (mom2boys77)

  71. Jenn on February 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Tweeted about the Giveaway! :)

  72. Jenn on February 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    following you on Facebook…

    btw – thank you for this giveaway AND the additional entries!

  73. Prachi on February 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    i’m a FB fan as well :)

  74. Toni on February 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Your Skillet Apple Crisp is my favorite! I cook more desserts than food and LOVE a good crisp/crumble.

  75. Pat on February 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Oh My Gosh! For sure the Monster Cookies! Awesome!
    Keep the goodness coming!!

  76. Megan on February 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    My favorite recipe is the Irish Car Bomb cupcakes — so delicious!

  77. Megan on February 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I subscribe via Google Reader

  78. Megan on February 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

  79. Megan on February 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  80. Megan on February 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    And I’m a FB fan!

  81. Kimberly Ascencio on February 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    My favorite recipe is the plain ol’ chocolate chip! Always use it whenever I make a batch of chocolate chip cookies!

  82. Naz on February 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I subscribe thru email !

  83. Angela on February 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    My favorite is your recipe for red velvet cupcakes!

  84. kristin on February 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    i became super popular with my friends after i made your pizza dip….so pizza dip wins!

  85. kristin on February 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    i follow you via RSS feed :)

  86. Angela on February 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I subscribed with Google Reader.

  87. kristin on February 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    you are liked on facebook too!!!

  88. Rahel on February 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I followed you on twitter.

  89. Rahel on February 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I tweeted on twitter.

  90. Nikki on February 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    There is NO way I could pick just ONE recipe, but ummm I think maybe your Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies are my favorite right now! I LOVE them! They make me happy :-D

  91. Nikki on February 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I am already a FB fan, but sadly I do not Tweet lol

  92. Nikki on February 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I am now an email subscriber! Yaaay! :-)

  93. tzip on February 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    one recipe?! thats it? thats SO hard to choose but Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats wins hands down

  94. Soriayah Z on February 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I am signed up for BEB emails!

  95. Soriayah Z on February 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I liked BEB on facebook!

  96. Soriayah Z on February 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    One of my favorite recipes was the red velvet cheesecake. I made it for a friend and it was a huge hit. I didn’t use quite enough red food coloring, but it still tasted great!
    Thanks!

  97. Kristen on February 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Absolutely the peanut butter chocolate chip bars!

  98. Kristen on February 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    And I follow you on twitter

  99. Kim on February 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Your no-bake cookies are my favorite! My mom wasn’t a baker and these were the only cookie she ever made. I searched and searched for a recipe that was like her’s and yours was PERFECT!!!

  100. Rachael G on February 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    The buttermilk pancake recipe you have posted is my favorite! Sooooo yummy, especially when slathered with peanut butter!

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