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. caitlin on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I’ve just followed you on twitter!

  2. Olivia on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I think my favorite recipe is the chipped ham, it reminds me of my grandma so I want to try it!

  3. Michelle on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    PS – I follow you on FB! :)

  4. Varsha on February 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I liked your facebook page.

  5. Olivia on February 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Following on twitter @OliviaFrescura

  6. caitlin on February 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I follow you via rss :)

  7. Varsha on February 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I subscribed via RSS.

  8. alexis on February 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    how can I pick just one?! gosh that’s awfully hard…

    well I can tell you that your italian wedding soup recipe was a hit with my college roommates :)

  9. Olivia on February 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Liked on FB! Olivia Frescura

  10. Varsha on February 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Following you on twitter!

  11. alexis on February 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    following you on twitter..

  12. nel on February 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    i’ve subscribed by email, followed in twitter, twittered and became a fan on facebook :)
    may i know if the winners can be from any country?

    Thanks!!

  13. Laura on February 11, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I love the chewy chocolate chip cookies!

  14. nel on February 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

    My favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe is the Red Velvet Cupcake !

  15. Victoria on February 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Hi, thank you for posting this awesome giveway!
    Oh, this is so hard! I frequent your site, and I am constantly trying your recipes!
    I think my favorite recipe from here is either the baked brownies, thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies (I brown the butter though, soooo good!) or the loft house style sugar cookies… The’re all rand by’s!

  16. Cindy B. on February 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

    My favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe hmmmm….if I had to pick one, is the Triple Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Happy Blogging Anniversary!

  17. Micki on February 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

    You have so many good recipes. All brownie recipes! Cant pick one! I follow by email.

  18. Cindy B. on February 11, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by RSS.

  19. Cindy B. on February 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter.

  20. Meredith on February 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Love the cream cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped jalapeños! To die for! :)

  21. Amanda A on February 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Love your herb and mushroom mac and cheese

  22. Sage S. on February 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

    That is a difficult question! As a young wife and mother, I have been inspired by your blog to step out of my comfort zone and try so many new things in the kitchen. I now bake all of my own bread, including English muffins (and hopefully bagels soon!) I now have a “list” of things I want to try my hand at making, and I always check here first to see if you have a recipe for it. I can’t pick a #1 favorite, but we most recently tried your sweet and sour chicken, and it was definitely a huge hit in this house!!

    Thank you & congrats on five years!!!

  23. Cindy B. on February 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I tweeted.

  24. Amanda A on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I also liked you on facebook.

  25. Bella on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    My favorite recipe so far is your cranberry upside down cake, my daughter and I love it and have made it quite a few times with just cranberries and another time with cranberries and apples. Super yummy!!
    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!! :)

  26. Emily on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I LOVE your red velvet cupcake! So delicious! Love reading all of your recipes!

  27. Bella on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I subscribe via email/RSS :)

  28. Cindy B. on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I am a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook.

  29. Emily on February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I follow your rss feed…everyday!

  30. Bella on February 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I’m a fan on facebook too :D

  31. Tracy J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

    My favorite recipe so far, and my families, is the Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. So, so, so yummy!

  32. Tracy J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I follow on twitter.

  33. Tracy J. on February 11, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I am a Facebook fan.

  34. Emily on February 11, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I am a Facebook fan!

  35. Amy on February 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Facebook fan.

  36. Amanda on February 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, big hit at christmas time!

  37. Amy on February 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I subscribe on Google Reader.

  38. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on February 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Raspberry crumb bars!

  39. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on February 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I subscribe by RSS

  40. LizM on February 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I’m following you on google reader!

  41. Amanda on February 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Annnd I’m following you on facebook now. Love the peppermint whoopie pies too!

  42. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on February 11, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I follow on Twitter

  43. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on February 11, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I tweeted @Tutti_Dolci

  44. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on February 11, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Hands down the homemade PB cups! And happy 5 years!

  45. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on February 11, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I’m also an RSS subscriber

  46. Chio on February 11, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Snickerdoodle recipe!!! it’s sooo good and my absolute favorite!

  47. Jessica on February 11, 2012 at 12:45 am

    The Banana Cupcakes with Vanilla Pastry Cream stands out to me as a favorite…now I think I need to go make some more of them, it’s been a while!

  48. Jenna on February 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Blackberry pie bars!

  49. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on February 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Follow you on Twitter (@AmericanRNinNZ)

  50. Chio on February 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I’m subscribed with Google Reader!

    • Lori on February 11th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Tie between Irish car bomb, and limoncello cupcakes. Love them both.

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