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. Sara on February 17, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Love, love the margarita cupcakes. So good. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us. I read your blog everyday!

  2. Sara on February 17, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I also subscribe to your email. Thanks again!

  3. Randiane on February 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I LOVE your Peanut butter chocolate chips cookie bars :)

  4. bc edwards on February 17, 2012 at 8:35 am
  5. Randiane on February 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I’m now a fan on facebook!

  6. Alison on February 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I subscribe via RSS!

  7. Alison on February 17, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  8. Becca B on February 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I love your peanut butter fudge recipe. It’s the perfect go-to treat when you have surprise guest or a sweet tooth at night (not that I’ve ever mixed up a batch and ate half myself on night). ;)

  9. Becca B on February 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I follow you on FB.

  10. Becca B on February 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

    …and I subscribe to you via Google Reader. :)

  11. yasee on February 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I LOVE the Baked Brownie!!!!

  12. yasee on February 17, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I’m a fan in Facebook!

  13. Anna on February 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

    The beef and cheddar dog biscuits were a huge hit for my pups! Also looking forward to making the homemade foccacia in the near future.

  14. Anna on February 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Subscribed via google reader.

  15. Jenn @ Icing on the Cake on February 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I am now following you on Twitter as well! :D

  16. Jenn @ Icing on the Cake on February 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Tweeted the message!

  17. Ana Bonilla on February 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Your cookie dough dip is amazing!

  18. Devin Cole on February 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Just followed you on twitter

  19. Reagan on February 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I love, love, love your homemade pop tarts!

  20. Reagan on February 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I follow you on Facebook.

  21. Angie on February 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    My favorite is the peanut butter snickers cookies…yum!

  22. Katie on February 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Beer and Pretzel Soft Caramel Candies – I made them for Christmas and they were a huge hit – thank you so much for the recipe!

  23. Lynnette Remington on February 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    My favorite is the No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies.

  24. Katie on February 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    just subscribed to email

  25. Lynnette Remington on February 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I ‘Like’ you on Facebook

  26. Lynnette Remington on February 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

  27. Katie on February 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  28. Lynnette Remington on February 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Tweeted the message.

  29. Lynnette Remington on February 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Subscribed to your blog

  30. Lindsey on February 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Your Soba Noodle Stir-Fry with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce is a dinner favorite! Delicious and good for you, too :)

  31. Lindsey on February 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I am subscribed via Google Reader

  32. Lindsey on February 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    “Like” your page on Facebook

  33. Lindsey on February 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Following you on Twitter (@eilbaclm)

  34. Jessica Mumford on February 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    My favorite recipe thus far is the peanut butter cups!

  35. Jessica Mumford on February 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I subscibe to your blog!

  36. Lindsey on February 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    And your message has been tweeted :)

  37. Emily Woods on February 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I looooove your Red Velvet Whoopie pies! Full of amazing deliciousness! Thank you so much for all your hard work!

  38. Emily Woods on February 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I subscribed via e-mail. :)

  39. Emily Woods on February 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I also now follow you on Twitter!

  40. Emily Woods on February 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I tweeted about the contest, too! (Can you tell I REALLY want to win this mixer??) heehee

  41. Emily Woods on February 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    And finally, I became a fan of your facebook page. :)

  42. chelsea rose on February 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    hard to choose a favorite but i made the apple pie cake not too long ago and it was sooooo good! very interesting and a different spin on apple pie!

  43. chelsea rose on February 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    i am subscribed to receive emails!

  44. chelsea rose on February 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    i follow you on facebook too :)

  45. Kierstin on February 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    My favorite recipe of yours is Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. Yum Yum!

  46. Kierstin on February 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I am now following you on Facebook!

  47. Kierstin on February 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I am now following you on twitter!

  48. Kierstin on February 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I have subscribed to your email updates!

  49. Kierstin on February 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I have retweeted your tweet!

  50. Christy on February 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  51. Heather on February 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    My favorite recipe has to be the Italian Wedding Soup. I had never heard of it before I started reading your blog, and now it’s my go-to comfort food for cold weather. I also really love the thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies.

  52. Heather on February 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I am subscribed via RSS to follow your blog.

  53. Heather on February 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I just became a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on facebook.

  54. Heather on February 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I followed you on twitter.

  55. Heather on February 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  56. Melissa on February 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Well, so far the fam fav is the Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats.

  57. Melissa on February 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Following By RSS feed!!

  58. Melissa on February 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Liked on Facebook!

  59. Clare on February 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies!

  60. Clare on February 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Subscribed by e-mail!

  61. Clare on February 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Followed on Twitter!

  62. Clare on February 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Tweeted!

  63. Clare on February 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Liked on Facebook!

  64. Naomi on February 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I love love love your thick and chewy chocolate chip recipe! It’s the ultimate comfort food at the office–my coworker introduced me to the cookies and I can’t get enough!

  65. Nikki on February 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Hey! I just love your coconut macaroons!

  66. brooke on February 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Red velvet whoopie pies!

  67. Jack Norton on February 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Your Pecan Pie is my Go-To recipe for this pie-plate-full-of-deliciousness. It sets beautifully every time… Love it!

  68. Alex on February 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    The pizza dip…or at least it looks like it’ll be my favorite. I’ll be taking it to a work potluck next week and I’m sure it’ll be a hit!

  69. Cathy McC on February 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Favorite recipe – Irish Car Bomb cupcakes!
    I must admit that was hard to choose as I try at least one of your recipes every week and I have not found one I don’t like yet.

  70. Cathy McC on February 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I subscribed through Google Reader

  71. Cathy McC on February 17, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

  72. Cathy McC on February 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I subscribe through email to Brown Eyed Baker too!

  73. Cathy McC on February 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Liked on Facebook

  74. Cathy McC on February 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I just re tweeted your Giveaway!

  75. Lorna on February 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I don’t think I have a favorite, too many to choose from.

  76. Lorna on February 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    friend on facebook

  77. Lorna on February 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    subscribe to feed

  78. Debbie P on February 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Love love love the Oreo cream cheese truffles!

  79. Debbie P on February 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I subscribed via email.

  80. Debbie P on February 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Like Brown Eyed Baker on FB.

  81. Louise on February 18, 2012 at 12:05 am

    How can I pick a favorite? So many to choose from and I haven’t made nearly as many as I would like to! But in general my favorites have been those involving peanut butter!!! I will be making the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies some time soon because they look amazing.

  82. Louise on February 18, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I’ve already subscribe through google reader.

  83. Louise on February 18, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I already like you on facebook!

  84. Viri on February 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I follow you on twitter :)

  85. Viri on February 18, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I’ve tweeted about your givaway!! :D

  86. Jamie H on February 18, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I love your no bake peanut butter & oatmeal cookies but more importantly my two fur babies do! I use Aldi’s brand pb instead of biscoff for the pups. I also tried adding in sesame seeds and it turned out great. Thanks

  87. Makncoop on February 18, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Signed up for emails

  88. Makncoop on February 18, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Re-tweeted about contest

  89. Anna on February 18, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I subscribed via email and I follow you on Facebook!! Love all your recipes!

  90. Anna on February 18, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Follow you on Facebook!! :)

  91. mora on February 18, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Love the Chocolate Mint brownie (even without the mint)

  92. mora on February 18, 2012 at 2:09 am

    subscribed thru email

  93. Anna on February 18, 2012 at 3:24 am

    i liked you on Facebook as well

  94. Alicia on February 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Red velvet cupcakes! My friend and I made them for Valentine’s Day, and put our own spin on them by adding cheesecake filling! :) Thanks for all the great recipes!

  95. Alicia on February 18, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I liked you on Facebook!

  96. Ericka on February 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Love the Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies!

  97. Michelle on February 18, 2012 at 7:43 am

    The Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are definitely my desert island cookie. But it was so hard to pick just one!

  98. Michelle on February 18, 2012 at 7:44 am

    And I follow you via RSS!

  99. Emma B on February 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

    My favorite recipe of yours is your peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! I make them all the time!! Also your peanut butter and jelly bars YUM!! Anything with peanut butter is a hit in my book but jelly to boot, even better!! Thanks for your amazing blog and keep it up!!

  100. Emma B on February 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I follow you via email!

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