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. Kelli Walsh on February 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I follow on FB!

  2. Andrea on February 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I love the thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies, but keep getting asked to bring back the chocolate chip cookie dough brownies to potlucks…both are amazing!

  3. Andrea on February 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook…

  4. Tresa Govern on February 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    After my first visit to the strip district in Pittsburgh last year,I came home with pepperoni bread from The Macaroni Cheese Store..and immediately googled for a recipe and found your site…..FAN every since! LOVE your green bowls your using..Thank you for ALL the recipes!

  5. martina fegan on February 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I am an email subscriber!

  6. Catherine on February 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Ooh, the Samoas Brownies – Girl Scout cookies + brownies = heaven!

  7. Kelli Walsh on February 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    My favorite recipe – Peanut Butter Oatmeal Choc. Chip Cookies!

  8. Paige on February 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Your Dutch Apple Pie recipe is beyond anything I’ve ever tried off the internet. Phenomenal.

  9. Tiffany Arnold on February 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Hard to pick just one, but my favorite recipe (so far) has been the Snickerdoodle Blondies. They always turn out, are unique, and are highly addicting! Even friends who are far better cooks than I am compliment those blondies! Congrats on 5 years!

  10. Gillian on February 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    The marshmallow chocolate crunch brownies! Everyone asks me for this recipe!

  11. Amber Woodside on February 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Like you I am a huge muffin fan and I just love love love your blueberry muffin recipe. I make them in huge quantities and freeze for a quick breakfast for the family.

    Congrats on 5 years!!!

  12. Gillian on February 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I subscribed on RSS

  13. Amber Woodside on February 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I am a fan of yours on FB

  14. Gillian on February 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I’m also a fan on Facebook!!

  15. Amber Woodside on February 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

  16. Paige on February 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Just followed you on Twitter (@paigegail)!

  17. Paige on February 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Just liked you on Facebook!

  18. Brenda Auen on February 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I just subscribed to e-mail.

  19. Paige on February 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    And finally, just RTed your tweet! (@paigegail)

  20. Jennifer M on February 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Your Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are definitely my favorite!

  21. cait on February 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    the cream cheese cinnamon rolls never disappoint :)

  22. cait on February 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    facebook fan :)

  23. cait on February 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    subscribed by email :)

  24. Theresa on February 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I’m a fan/follower! Congrats on your 5 yrs–love your blog!

  25. Brenda Auen on February 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I’m excited to try your scones!

  26. Danielle on February 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Your Mac and Cheese, for sure! Wish I could get more entries but I already do everything suggested! Congrats on five years.

  27. Brenda Auen on February 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I follow you on fb.

  28. linda on February 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Congratulations on 5 years of great blogging and even better recipes! My favorite is Tiramisu Cupcakes. Looking forward to the next 5 years and beyond.

  29. Janet on February 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    So hard to choose! I think your recipe for Pumpkin Scones that I have to make again and again for my three daughters…or maybe the Best Buttermilk Pancakes that I also have to make again and again. I try to keep a supply of both in my freezer!

  30. Theresa on February 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    One of my favorite recipes from your blog is the fresh green bean casserole! Seriously people, it’s that good!!!

  31. Lisa Anderson on February 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Love the chubby hubby truffles!

  32. Erin LeMay on February 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    My husband, too, has an affinity for the perfect marriage between peanut butter and chocolate. Our favorites are the chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, the reese cup rice krispie treats and the chubby hubbies! Congratulations on 5 years!

  33. Morgan's on February 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Without a question, your Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies!! You have made a believer out of this once “box mix only” baker!! Thank you for the inspiration and sorry Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines, no more for me!!

  34. Erin LeMay on February 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I also subscribe via email!

  35. Katie on February 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    My favorite is the Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies.

  36. J on February 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Your banana bread- it is delicious!

  37. Katie on February 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I am an email subscriber.

  38. Dana on February 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    My favorite is the recipe for snickerdoodles. :)

  39. Katie on February 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I follow on Twitter.

  40. Dana on February 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I’m subscribed by email!

  41. Wendy on February 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I’m also a facebook fan!! :)

  42. Katie on February 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I like you on Facebook.

  43. Courtney on February 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Most recent faves are Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies and the Mac & Cheese casserole. It’s so hard to choose just one!

  44. Dana on February 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I’m a Facebook fan!

  45. Arriann on February 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Your cupcakes are so good! My favorites are the banana with pastry cream and the mocha with espresso icing!

  46. Morgan on February 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    We are “liked” our page on Facebook!

  47. Lynn Winders on February 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    LOVE your recipes. I follow you on Facebook and get emails about the blog on a regular basis. A Kitchen Aid would be lovely to receive

  48. Connie R on February 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    LOVE your blog… just found it the other day via Pinterest! And… I LOVE KitchenAid mixers.

  49. Connie R on February 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    “Liked” in FB land!

  50. Arriann on February 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Just liked your Facebook page!

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