# 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!!**

Rachael GonFebruary 15, 2012at10:58 pmI am also a Facebook fan!

jeanonFebruary 15, 2012at11:07 pmI cannot wait to try the Irish Car bomb cupcakes for St. patty’s day!

Ann MarieonFebruary 15, 2012at11:26 pmBaked Brownie

Ann MarieonFebruary 15, 2012at11:27 pmI subscribe by email & FB…can’t get enough

AnnonFebruary 15, 2012at11:28 pmI love the red velvet cupcakes! The recipe was perfect!

AnnonFebruary 15, 2012at11:30 pmNow a fan on facebook.

LizonFebruary 15, 2012at11:53 pmCongrats on your 5 year blogging anniversary.

LizonFebruary 15, 2012at11:55 pmI am now a fan on Facebook.

LizonFebruary 15, 2012at11:57 pmI have subscribed to your email. Congrats again on your 5 year blogging anniversary!

Alma BerberonFebruary 16, 2012at12:00 amMy favorite recipe would be your banana nut bread its sooo moist and I make it sooo often!!!!

Alma BerberonFebruary 16, 2012at12:01 amI subcribed via email

Alma BerberonFebruary 16, 2012at12:03 amFollowing you on Twitter!!

Alma BerberonFebruary 16, 2012at12:04 amIm a fan on facebook!!

PaulaonFebruary 16, 2012at1:02 amJust made a batch of snicker doodle blondies and became a fan on facebook! I am in love!

BakeretteonFebruary 16, 2012at1:06 amI made your homemade peanut butter cups and they were divine!

BakeretteonFebruary 16, 2012at1:07 amI tweeted about the giveaway!

BakeretteonFebruary 16, 2012at1:07 amI’m a follower on Facebook!

BakeretteonFebruary 16, 2012at1:08 amI subscribed to your blog by a Feeder!

BakeretteonFebruary 16, 2012at1:09 amI’m following you on Twitter! Yahoo! Sign me up for this mixer. I would love one of these! I’ve been wanting one FOREVER! Keeping my fingers, toes, arms, eyes, and anything else I can, crossed! You have a wonderful blog. I’ve enjoyed it.

FaizaonFebruary 16, 2012at1:52 amMy fav recipe is the Apple Cinnamon Bread

FaizaonFebruary 16, 2012at1:54 amFollowing @FaizaTK

BrittanyonFebruary 16, 2012at6:47 amI LOVE the sweet and salty brownies!

BrittanyonFebruary 16, 2012at6:48 amI’m also subscribed to the rss feed!

Lubna KarimonFebruary 16, 2012at7:04 amCongrats on hitting the big milestone in blogsphere…..wish you tons of luck….rock with u r yum recipes…..

KristyonFebruary 16, 2012at7:20 amI like your Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe! Your french onion soup is also a favourite!

lubnaonFebruary 16, 2012at7:22 ami already subscribe you on email.

bc edwardsonFebruary 16, 2012at9:54 amhttps://twitter.com/#!/jackalJarrod/status/170158954834440192

ErinonFebruary 16, 2012at10:11 amI am a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook!

ErinonFebruary 16, 2012at10:12 amI love love love your Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

ErinonFebruary 16, 2012at10:14 amI subscribe you on email as well!

Kimberly ConFebruary 16, 2012at10:40 amIrish car bomb cupcakes!

Sherry GonFebruary 16, 2012at10:42 amI love your banana creme pie cupcakes! They looked phenomenal!!

Sherry GonFebruary 16, 2012at10:43 amI’m subscribed!

Sherry GonFebruary 16, 2012at10:44 amI’m a Facebook fan!

Emily ColleyonFebruary 16, 2012at11:29 amyour banana nut bread…let’s just say it has changed my life!

Emily ColleyonFebruary 16, 2012at11:31 amI am subscribed to your delicious blog vis RSS

Emily ColleyonFebruary 16, 2012at11:33 amone more thing, I follow your your every tweet…on twitter.

Emily ColleyonFebruary 16, 2012at11:35 amoh, and I tweeted you! https://twitter.com/#!/emclair

Emily ColleyonFebruary 16, 2012at11:39 amof course I liked your on Facebook too, http://www.facebook.com/emilyclairecolley/favorites

Happy five years!

CrystalonFebruary 16, 2012at12:42 pmright now I am loving your sushi post! I have tried sushi before and had issues and your post has made it so much easier for me to do! thank you!!

CrystalonFebruary 16, 2012at12:43 pmI follow you by email!!!

CrystalonFebruary 16, 2012at12:44 pmI follow you on twitter!!

CrystalonFebruary 16, 2012at12:46 pmI sent a tweet about your giveaway!!

DonnaonFebruary 16, 2012at1:19 pmCongratulations on 5 years! My fave? Has to be the Mocha Cupcakes — however I have a feeling the Valentine’s Baked Hot Chocolate is going to supplant it

DonnaonFebruary 16, 2012at1:20 pmI am now a Facebook Fan

DonnaonFebruary 16, 2012at1:21 pmAlso subscribed via email. I feel like a stalker.

CarmenonFebruary 16, 2012at1:43 pmMy favorite is Baked Brownie

CarmenonFebruary 16, 2012at1:43 pmI follow your blog (RSS)

CarmenonFebruary 16, 2012at1:44 pmI follow @browneyedbaker (@cmouse01)

CarmenonFebruary 16, 2012at1:45 pmtweet: https://twitter.com/#!/cmouse01/status/170217097832570880

GraceonFebruary 16, 2012at2:36 pmSeven-Layer Bars…so easy and delish!

Michelle S.onFebruary 16, 2012at2:56 pmI subscribed by email too!

JenniferonFebruary 16, 2012at3:02 pmI subcribed by email and liked you on facebook. I just came across this site today so I haven’t tried andy of your recpies but looking forward to. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary.

Brenda M.onFebruary 16, 2012at3:59 pmMy favorite is the “Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie” recipe. I had been looking for a great chocolate chip recipe for a long time and this one is the tops. Thanks.

Brenda M.onFebruary 16, 2012at3:59 pmI follow you on Facebook.

SallyonFebruary 16, 2012at4:12 pmI love your Margarita Cupcakes. I think I got more compliments on this cupcake than any others I have tried. I just loved them. Happy Anniversary!

Kelly S.onFebruary 16, 2012at5:00 pmI am subscribed to you rss feed.

Kelly S.onFebruary 16, 2012at5:04 pmmy favorite recipe is the apple cinnamon bread

SharononFebruary 16, 2012at5:13 pmFace book follower

SharononFebruary 16, 2012at5:14 pmfollower on Twitter

SharononFebruary 16, 2012at5:14 pmI’ve reweeted

SharononFebruary 16, 2012at5:15 pmI’m a blog follwer

SharononFebruary 16, 2012at5:24 pmAll of your cupcakes aside, I take every opportunity to make your; Sweet Potato Grain with Gruyère and tell my guests all about you. Yum yum yummy!!!

RaeonFebruary 16, 2012at5:45 pmPumpkin Cupcakes are def my fave!!!

LeahonFebruary 16, 2012at5:47 pmhmm I don’t know if I can name a favorite… there are so many fabulous recipes on here! But maybe the Baked Hot Chocolate that I just discovered…even though I haven’t made it yet!

LeahonFebruary 16, 2012at5:48 pmI’m a fan of you on facebook!

RaeonFebruary 16, 2012at5:49 pmdidnt know you have a twitter…I AM NOW STALKING YOU!!!

RaeonFebruary 16, 2012at5:50 pmi “like” you FB page!!!

Amy V.onFebruary 16, 2012at6:07 pmI subscribed by email.

RachelonFebruary 16, 2012at9:08 pmpeach crumb bars!

RachelonFebruary 16, 2012at9:10 pmi’m now a fan on facebook!

RachelonFebruary 16, 2012at9:13 pmNow following on twitter! (@racheldrosen)

RachelonFebruary 16, 2012at9:17 pm…and i retweeted.

BryanonFebruary 16, 2012at9:17 pmAny of the sweets – probably the brownies in particular are awesome.

RachelonFebruary 16, 2012at9:18 pmAND subscribed to emails. i REALLY want the mixer!

LYonFebruary 16, 2012at9:18 pmCarbomb cupcakes!!!

LYonFebruary 16, 2012at9:18 pmI’m a fan on FB

LYonFebruary 16, 2012at9:18 pmFollowing on twitter

LYonFebruary 16, 2012at9:19 pmI’m getting the feed via email

Nana ClareonFebruary 16, 2012at9:20 pmI was already a subscriber. I’m listing the baked brownie as my favorite recipe, although you have many winners. Congrats on five years blogging. Quite a feat! I’m hoping to learn from you. – Nana Clare’s Kitchen

Nana ClareonFebruary 16, 2012at9:22 pmI’m following you on Twitter, Michelle.

Nana ClareonFebruary 16, 2012at9:25 pmI’ve tweeted your message Michelle.

Nana ClareonFebruary 16, 2012at9:27 pmAnd there it is – I’ve “liked” you on Facebook. I hope you have a wonderful response to this. But I really need the mixer:)

NazonFebruary 16, 2012at10:42 pmJust tweeted about the giveaway!

Holly WelkeronFebruary 16, 2012at11:31 pmI LOVE your Peanut Butter Snickers cookies. <3 I also enjoy making your recipes for dog treats for my 2 sweet little girls, Lulu and Taya.

Holly WelkeronFebruary 16, 2012at11:33 pmI subscribe via email. I love your ethnic recipes!

Holly WelkeronFebruary 16, 2012at11:35 pmI am a fan on Facebook!

MakncooponFebruary 16, 2012at11:50 pmMy all time favorite (so far) are the baked brownies! I’ve made them 3 times in the past 2 1/2 weeks. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes with all of us!

MakncooponFebruary 16, 2012at11:51 pmi just followed you on Facebook (michelle child)

MakncooponFebruary 16, 2012at11:57 pmYou’ve got a new twitter fan! @makncoop

kellyonFebruary 17, 2012at12:18 amchocolate cupcakes with your peanut butter frosting. (but I am brand new here, so this is just the tip of my iceberg. =0) Thanks for a great recipe!

kellyonFebruary 17, 2012at12:18 amI subscribe!

KimonFebruary 17, 2012at12:32 amThe Irish car bomb cupcakes I am so looking forward to making or my wedding anniversary which happens to be on St. Patty’s day and the Cherry coke cupcakes for my children’s birthday. But your blog helped me out tremendously when I really wanted to learn how to make sushi. There are so many things I gave yet to try, but now that I found your blog, I am hooked! Thanks for taking the time to pit these wonderful foods!

KimonFebruary 17, 2012at12:36 amFollow you on Facebook also, what a great place to find great cooks!

CarrieonFebruary 17, 2012at1:59 amLove the Strawberry Pretzel Bars! Yum-yum!

CarrieonFebruary 17, 2012at1:59 amSubscribed via RSS.

AnnieNSDonFebruary 17, 2012at2:49 amCongrats! My fav is http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2009/07/15/chunky-pecan-pie-bars/

i <3 pecans

AnnieNSDonFebruary 17, 2012at2:50 amim an rss subscriber!

AnnaonFebruary 17, 2012at3:45 ami tweeted about you! @incapace_food

Melissa EdmondsonFebruary 17, 2012at3:46 amI would have to say my favorite recipe is the Congo Bars! Yum!!