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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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  1. Nic on February 11, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Your Cheddar Ale Spread is one of our faves!

  2. Karen sweeting on February 11, 2012 at 7:30 am

    My favorite recipe is the Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. I made them for a friends birthday last year. Now when all of my friends have their birthday its the one thing they request that I make them! Everyone single one of them LOVES the cupcakes as much as I do!

  3. Nic on February 11, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Also, I subscribe via Google Reader.

  4. Kim S. on February 11, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I subscribed by email :)

  5. Pam Oholendt on February 11, 2012 at 7:31 am

    My favorite recipe is the pizza dip. It was a big hit during our SuperBowl party

  6. Jade on February 11, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I’ve followede @browneyedbaker on twitter.

  7. Karen sweeting on February 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I have already liked the Facebook page, I get the emails from your blog and I follow you on twitter! This is def my go to blog when I’m looking for a recipe! Love love love it!

  8. Jessica on February 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

    pumpkin whoopie pies with maple cream cheese frosting-yummo.

  9. Pam Oholendt on February 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I am a facebook fan

  10. Marisa on February 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

    This would be so perfect. My Kitchen Aid just recently died after 20 years of use. We adore your Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. The only thing I add is a sprinkle of course sea salt on top before baking and it add the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Congratulations on 5 years! I hope I can continue to share my morning coffee with you for another 5.

  11. Vee Jay on February 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

    With Valentine’s Day approaching I would have to say the Red Velvet Cupcake recipe is my favorite recipe. I have combed the Internet comparing and collecting dozens of recipes but decided on one, yours . Your recipe seems very straight forward and from all the comments I read produces excellent results.

  12. Mariah on February 11, 2012 at 7:33 am

    It’s a toss up between your sugar cookies and your salsa…I make them both A LOT!!

  13. Mariah on February 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I get the daily emails

  14. Mariah on February 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I like you on facebook

  15. Marisa on February 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Liked you on FB also.

  16. Mariah on February 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I follow you on twitter

  17. Jade on February 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I’ve tweeted about the giveaway.

  18. Lauren on February 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

    The Lofthouse style cookies. We made them at Christmas and everyone loooved them.

  19. Vee Jay on February 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Subscribed to Brown Eyed Baker by email.

  20. Melissa J. on February 11, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Orange Berry muffins are my fave, and I love the Saturday posts. Happy Anniversary… I’m thinking raspberry ice or red…

  21. Kim S. on February 11, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Im a fan on facebook :)

  22. Jade on February 11, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I’ve became a fan of Brown Eyed Baker in Facebook.

  23. Melissa J. on February 11, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I liked on facebook

  24. Lauren on February 11, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  25. Jackie F. Cowan on February 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I’m following you on twitter.

  26. Rachelle M on February 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

    My favorite recipe has to be the peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Best. Cookies. Ever. (says in a sing-songy voice ;))

  27. Mary Halter on February 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I subscribe to your email and LOVE Irish bomb cupcakes!. Mary H.

  28. Rachelle M on February 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Subscribed to your email!

  29. Susana I. on February 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Ok, like they are in different categories, it´s like I´m choosing just one favorite, right? :D The Sweet and Sour, really good and easy! and the Brioche Raisin Snails. Trust be told I have just made the chicken of this tow BUT I love raisin snails and I´m sure this ones are great, I have them in make loooooooooooong to do list. :)

  30. Jackie F. Cowan on February 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I subscribe to your email.

  31. Rachelle M on February 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Like you on facebook!

  32. Jade on February 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

    My favorite Brown Eyed Baker Recipe would be the Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars! It’s very chewy, very HEAVENLY! Please continue to inspire us with your recipes Michelle! COngratulations!

  33. Jean on February 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

    My favorite recipe is for the best buttermilk pancakes…so delicious!

  34. Susana I. on February 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I´m a fan on facebook

  35. Jackie F. Cowan on February 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I twitted about your 5 year anniversary and give away.

  36. Jade on February 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

    My favorite Brown Eyed Baker Recipe would be the Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars! It’s very chewy, very HEAVENLY!

  37. Lauren on February 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I subscribe via email to Brown Eyed Baker.

  38. Susana I. on February 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I´m subscribed by email and RSS.

  39. Jackie F. Cowan on February 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I became a fan on Facebook.

  40. Debbie on February 11, 2012 at 7:39 am

    My favorite recipe is salted caramel brownies. Actually it is everything salted caramel! You have turned me on to salted caramel!

  41. Lori on February 11, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I absolutely loved your Goody Goody Bars, your cream-cheese bacon wrapped jalapenos and your cranberry organge scones. I am an RSS subscriber, email subscriber and follow you on Google Reader. You were my first food blogger discovery and I enjoy reading your post every morning (usually from my desk at work…shhhh). You’re such an inspiration, Michelle.

  42. jane on February 11, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I love your marshmallow crunch brownie bars!!!

  43. Andrea on February 11, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Love your white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

  44. Debbie on February 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I now follow you on twitter.

  45. cori on February 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I love your peanut butter and jelly pie bars!

  46. Debbie on February 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I tweeted this giveaway!

  47. Andrea on February 11, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I follow you on twitter

  48. Nicole on February 11, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Without a doubt it is the Peanut Butter Brownies. UNBELIEVABLY GOOD!
    Nicole
    The Kidless Kronicles

  49. Debbie on February 11, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I follow you on Facebook.

  50. Nicole on February 11, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I follow you on Facebook.

  51. Nicole on February 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

    The Kidless Kronicles

  52. Kristin on February 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Found you on Twitter! Following now…

  53. Nicole on February 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I tweeted about your giveaway @KidlessKronicle.

    The Kidless Kronicles

  54. Debbie on February 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I receive you blog via email everyday and I can’t wait to read it! Love the photography. I am happy to know there are others who love baking as much as I do!

  55. Andrea on February 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    And I’m a fan of your facebook page

  56. Kristin on February 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    And found you on FB…wish I’d known you were there earlier :-) Now a FB fan…

  57. JAMIE MCDERMOTT on February 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    love your signature salad.

  58. Jackie F. Cowan on February 11, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I recently began following your blog so far my favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe is Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies.

  59. Nicole on February 11, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I am subscribed by RSS through Google Reader.

    The Kidless Kronicles

  60. JAMIE MCDERMOTT on February 11, 2012 at 7:43 am

    facebook fan too

  61. JAMIE MCDERMOTT on February 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

    subscriber via email as well

  62. Megan on February 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Congratulations on 5 years! I don’t think I even knew what a blog was 5 years ago =)
    My favorite BEB recipe is definitely the Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies, they turn out great everytime and people rave about them.

  63. MaryBeth on February 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Chocolate chip cookie dough brownies!!! I love your blog – so happy that my daughter’s middle school teacher told her about your blog a year ago. We’ve been fans ever since :-). Congrats on you anniversary!

  64. Genelle Pretty on February 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Wow! Thank you for offering this generous giveaway. I LOVE your chocolate chip cookie dough brownies…one of my favorite desserts to make!

  65. Genelle Pretty on February 11, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I like you on Facebook!

  66. Genelle Pretty on February 11, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I am subscribed via email!

  67. Amanda S on February 11, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Your root beer float cake is my favorite – so delicious!

  68. Amanda S on February 11, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I also subscribe via RSS feed.

  69. Amanda S on February 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

    And I follow you on Twitter :)

  70. Jenny E. on February 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I love your snickerdoodle recipe!

  71. Rayna on February 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

    My favorite recipe is your pumpkin whoopie pies with maple cream cheese filling-YUM!

  72. Jenny E. on February 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I subscribe to BEB.

  73. Ilene on February 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Your coconut chocolate chunk blondies are my favorite.

  74. Amanda S on February 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

    And I re-tweeted the message above!

  75. Jenny E. on February 11, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

  76. Sarah on February 11, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies or really any cookie, brownie or ice cream recipe. So tasty!

  77. Judy on February 11, 2012 at 7:50 am

    What a neat giveaway. Your pepperoni bread recipe is one I like.

  78. Sarah on February 11, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Also a fan on Facebook!

  79. Jenny E. on February 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I tweeted.

  80. Jenny E. on February 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I am a Facebook fan.

  81. Christine on February 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

    My favorite recipe (so far…) is white chocolate coconut brownies, but I still have so many of your recipes I still need to try!

  82. Christine on February 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I suscribe via RSS feed.

  83. Christine on February 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

    And I just clicked “like” on Facebook.

  84. Rebecca on February 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Your peanut butter cup bars! I made a batch for my roommates and they were all gone the next day! Keep up the great blog and great recipes.

  85. Sharon Peek on February 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Thank you Michelle for 5 years of the best food blogging on the internet.
    My favorite recipe is hard to choose so I will list a few.
    Beef and Cheddar dog biscuits (my 2 dogs think they are the bomb).
    Individual Beef Wellingtons. I leave out the pate too!!
    Peach Crumb Bars. Can’t wait until spring when the peaches come to make this over and over.
    I am taken by your new Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies. Made them a few days ago.
    Finally, I have to give praise to your mac and cheese as well as your stovetop mac and cheese. Both exceed all expectations.
    Thank you for being so good at what you do.

  86. Gloria on February 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I love so many of them it’s hard to choose. I can’t wait to try the recipe for the raspberry cream cheese brownies.

  87. Gloria on February 11, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I also liked you on Facebook!

  88. Kristy on February 11, 2012 at 7:55 am

    New England Clam Chowder – so yummy….

    Congratulations!!

  89. Candy S on February 11, 2012 at 7:56 am

    mmmm…the chocolate peppermint whoopie pies.

  90. Candy S on February 11, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I am an email subscriber

  91. febe on February 11, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I loved the cookie dough brownie!!! :P love following your posts and getting recipe!

  92. Candy S on February 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Facebook fan

  93. Penny Wolf on February 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Spumoni ice cream is still my favorite of all.

  94. Mim on February 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

    My current favorite recipe is Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies!! Yum!

  95. Kristy on February 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I subscribe!

  96. mary on February 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

    pumpkin whoopie pies!!!!! white chocolate macadamia nut cookies!!

  97. christine on February 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

    thick and chewy chocolate (and triple chocolate) chip cookies…YUUUUM!

  98. Chris on February 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

    So hard to pick just one, but I’d have to say my favorite is your Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte. I made it for my 10-year-old’s birthday one year ago, and will make it again this Friday for her 11th birthday!! Thanks so much for all your awesome recipes!

  99. Johna on February 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

    My favorite recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker is the Oreo Cheesecake Cookies. YUM!

  100. Mim on February 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I am both a Facebook and email subscriber!!

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