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. annie on February 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I also follow you via e-mail.

  2. Miranda Couse on February 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I subscribed via e-mail. :D

  3. Jillian S. on February 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I don’t Tweet, but I liked you on Facebook!

  4. Cindy on February 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I retweeted from @unoriginalchef

  5. Brianna on February 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Your recipe for snicker doodle cookies! They are the best!

  6. Miranda Couse on February 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Following twitter. @mmirnanda

  7. Cindy on February 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I am a fan on facebook!

  8. isabella garcia on February 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    i follow you on twitter , facebook and now on google reader

  9. Crystal on February 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    The brownie mosaic cheesecake, hands-down! Such an amazing combination!

  10. Crystal on February 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I’m subscribed via email.

  11. Miranda Couse on February 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    tweeted the giveaway.

  12. JessA on February 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Your pumpkin cupcakes are my favorite!

  13. JessA on February 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I tweeted your message!

  14. Crystal on February 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I follow you on Twitter. (@itscrystalshi)

  15. Miranda Couse on February 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook

  16. Claire on February 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Your cream cheese cinnamon rolls! Yum!

  17. JessA on February 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I follow you on Twitter!

  18. Claire on February 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I subscribe via email!

  19. Crystal on February 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Tweeted about the giveaway!

  20. Lauren on February 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Congrats on the 5 year anniversary! This might be the year I finally make your Car Bomb Cupcakes.

  21. JessA on February 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I like your Facebook page!

  22. Claire on February 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I like you on facebook!

  23. christina @ ovenadventures on February 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    follow on twitter

  24. Marissa on February 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    My favorite recipe from your site that I’ve tried so far were the Lofthouse frosted cookies. I made them at Christmas and they were a huge hit–light and fluffy and delicious!

  25. christina @ ovenadventures on February 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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

  26. Crystal on February 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  27. Anel on February 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Many! But all time favorite I think are the dark chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter cream frosting!!

  28. JessA on February 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I subscribed to your RSS feed on my Google Reader!

  29. Marissa on February 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I just became a fan on Facebook too!

  30. christina @ ovenadventures on February 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    RSS subscriber

  31. Shannon on February 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Homemade Peanut Butter Cups!! :)

  32. randy on February 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    My favorite so far is the granola cookies.

  33. christina @ ovenadventures on February 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    facebook fan

  34. Anel on February 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I’m facebook fan too!!

  35. randy on February 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    My favorite so far is the granola cookies

  36. DianeR on February 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I am following you on twitter.

  37. Shannon on February 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Just became a fan on facebook :)

  38. Anna C on February 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I L-O-V-E your Irish Car Bomb cupcakes….they have become a tradition in our house!

  39. christina @ ovenadventures on February 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    the my recipe I made is the root beer cake. I’ve made it twice and i love it!

  40. Louisa K. on February 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    My favorite recipes are anything with the words “cheesecake” in the title. :)

  41. Mommaliscious Baker on February 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I found you when I was researching cookie decorating recently… so my favorite so far is your recipe a tutorial on Royal Icing:)

  42. Louisa K. on February 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    And I follow you on twitter – always nice to see a new recipe pop up!

  43. Mommaliscious Baker on February 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I now ‘like’ you on Facebook…

  44. martina fegan on February 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting = all time favorite!
    Happy Anniversary!

  45. Julianne on February 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I think my all-time favorite is the Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies! They are simply the best chocolate chip cookie out there! Congrats on 5 years! I think it’s awesome!

  46. Julianne on February 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I subscribe via email.

  47. randy on February 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I’m a fb fan and follow on twitter

  48. Julianne on February 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I’m also a fan on Facebook!

  49. Justin Sarro on February 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Pasta Fagioli. Great winter night that was..

  50. martina fegan on February 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I have been a facebook fan for a long time!

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