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. Michelle Fimiani on February 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    (I am an email subscriber, not a tweeter)

    IF I HAVE TO PICK JUST ONE…LIMONCELLO CUPCAKES…HUGE HIT AT SHOWERS !

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

    And, signed up for emails.

  3. Arriann on February 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Just signed up to your email feed, can’t wait to get updates!

  4. Marian Guerrero on February 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Congratulations on your 5th year anniversary! I a chocoholic and I LOVE your Fallen Chocolate Cakes!! They are absolutely delish!

    • Marian Guerrero on February 11th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Sorry- got excited there – correction: *I am a chocoholic

  5. Keri on February 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    My favorite recipe would have to be the pumpkin whoopie pies with maple cream cheese. OMG, delicious!

  6. Connie R on February 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Woops, forgot to put my favorite recipe. I think I pinned a breakfast one but can’t wait to try many of yours!! :)

  7. Rosemary on February 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    The famous brownies!! I have tried a lot of the recipes though and they are good!

  8. Meryl on February 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    The Baked Brownie!!!

  9. Rosemary on February 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I follow vis RSS as well

  10. Kim L on February 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve used many of your recipes and enjoy following along with you daily. Your snickerdoodle recipe was the bomb!

  11. Louis on February 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake.

  12. Tina on February 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I am a sweets fanatic and I love your Cowboy cookies. I was even told that they are better than the Cowboy cookies my friend buys ALL the time in Texas! :)

  13. Tina on February 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I receive your emails!

  14. Bhvni Lad on February 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    My favourite recipe from your site are the dark chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!! YUM!

  15. Tina on February 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    And I like you on Facebook!

  16. Hilary on February 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hey, I just wanted to check if this was a USA-only competition? I live in the UK but understand that shipping a Kitchen Aid may be quite an undertaking!

  17. Bhvni Lad on February 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Following you on twitter! @BhvniLad. I’m already following you on facebook!

  18. Leslie on February 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    My family loves your focaccia bread recipe.

  19. Leslie on February 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    And I’m a FB fan!

  20. callie on February 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Hard to choose a favorite…SO MANY GOOD ONES!…but I have to say, the OATMEAL CARMELITA BARS! YUM!!!!!! Here’s to many more good years ahead! thank you!

  21. Janie on February 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    OMG We have to pick a favorite? I save almost every recipe you put out!! I have you on FB, my blog roll, and email so I won’t miss a thing!! (and Pinterest!)
    Lets see LOVE the pumpkin ice cream, and this past fall the Upside Down Cranberry cake was a hit..Haven’t tried the Root beer Float cake yet but I love cake…so thats going to come soon..
    and Love your chili recipe because thats how I make mine..just great!

  22. Caroline Evans on February 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Baked Brownies! Thanks for a great blog :)

  23. susan on February 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    The salted caramel ice cream. Yumm!

  24. Beth on February 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and the red velvet cupcakes

  25. Bhvni Lad on February 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    posted something on twitter @BhvniLad and facebook!

  26. susan on February 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I am also a fan on facebook

  27. Nancy on February 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I love the White Sicilian Pizza! Congrats on 5 years and thanks for sharing this fabulous giveaway with us!

  28. Beth on February 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I subscribe to emails

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

    I’m an FB fan!

  30. Nancy on February 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I subscribe. Thanks again.

  31. Marcia on February 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I’m a fan on FB too!

  32. Nancy on February 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I’m also a FB fan. Thanks.

  33. Debbie on February 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Sticky toffee pudding. I love your blog.

  34. Kristy on February 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    The Better Than Brownies cookies. They are amazing and absolutely what their name says!!

  35. Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) on February 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I’m not entering the contest, but I wanted to pop in and say “happy 5-year anniversary!” We’re almost twins, as my 5-year was Feb 10! :) I’m also planning a giveaway, but had to reschedule it due to server issues on my blog this week. But, congratulations, Michelle! It’s been fun riding this road with you!

  36. Andrea on February 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I’m a big fan of the marshmallow crunch brownie bars, and I get a lot of requests for them!

  37. Andrea on February 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I also subscribed in google reader.

  38. Kristy on February 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I’m already a subscriber to your RSS feed.

  39. Rebecca on February 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    My favorite recipe, only one? Okay, I looooove the PB&J crumb bars! Really dangerous, really delicious!

  40. Kelli on February 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! :) Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

  41. Rebecca on February 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I subscribe via email!

  42. Kristy on February 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook! xx

  43. Rebecca on February 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I follow you on FB!

  44. Candice on February 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    OMG how do you pick just one I just love all of your recipes. The one I make the most would have to be your Bananas Foster Banana Bread my whole coed softball team loves it. So congrats on 5 years and many many more to come.

  45. Lorie on February 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    My favorite recipe is the good old no bake oatmeal and peanut butter and chocolate cookies. Being very hot in AZ in the Summers I love making these no bake cookies for my kids and I. P.S. Last weekend, tried your pizza dip recipe that was yummy! Lorie

  46. Jessica J on February 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I just LOVE everything. Every recipe i have made from this blog has been delicious and is always a success. My favorites are the salted caramel brownies and soft and chewy sugar cookies.

  47. Kandi on February 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Your Texas Sheet Cake! You made it years ago & its still my fave!!

  48. jamie on February 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    My favorite recipe is the New England Clam Chowder!

  49. jamie on February 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I liked you on Facebook…

  50. Janie on February 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Just put you on Twitter…

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