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. jamie on February 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Followed you on twitter….

  2. Angela @ The Dancer Bakes on February 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    The congo bars – they’ve been nicknamed “crack brownies” in my apartment – and the white chocolate coconut brownies, which were a huge hit with my fiancé :) And I have a bunch more bookmarked that I’ve yet to try!

  3. Lauren on February 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    The cookie-dough topped brownies! Although sometimes I just eat the cookie dough topping..

  4. Angela @ The Dancer Bakes on February 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I “like” you on Facebook!

  5. jamie on February 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    and told everyone about it!!

  6. Angela @ The Dancer Bakes on February 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I’m a twitter follower too! (@dancerbakes)

  7. Kelsey on February 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    My favorite recipe is the thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies! They were ridiculously delicious and even better than I expected :)

  8. Angela @ The Dancer Bakes on February 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I’m subscribed via email!

  9. Angela @ The Dancer Bakes on February 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Annnnnnd I tweeted about the giveaway!

  10. Tracy on February 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Love Blueberry Boy Bait.

  11. Cathy on February 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Love your Loaded Baked Potato Dip! I’ve made it for football watching parties, and it’s always a hit!

  12. Tracy on February 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Saladgoddess already following you on Twitter.

  13. Cathy on February 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I’m a long-time feed follower!!!

  14. Cathy on February 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Just “liked” you on FB! :)

  15. Tracy on February 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm
  16. Susan Moran on February 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Oooo, my favorite??? I’m going to have to go with BEB’s Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’m partial to Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Chocolate – what could be better???? :)

  17. Kimberly on February 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    My favorite recipe is the snicker doodle cupcake recipe. Love your whole blog

  18. Susan Moran on February 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I have tweeted your giveaway, as instructed! Thanks!

  19. Kathie on February 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    There are so many that I love but I’ll go with maple oat scones

  20. Amanda on February 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    The pumpkin whoopie pies with the maple filling were awesome! Mind you I have so many more pinned and ready to be tried…

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Shaina on February 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I haven’t made them yet but one of my favorite recipes I’ve found of yours are the Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes! I went to Ireland with my best friends last January and the next time all of us get together (we all live in different places now), I am definitely making these cupcakes for us to eat & reminisce about our amazing trip!

  22. Sarah Rachel on February 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Irish car bomb cupcakes!

  23. Joanna F on February 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I’m not usually a black forest cake fan, but your recipe blew me away!

  24. Shaina on February 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I’m following you on twitter! @shaywiz

  25. Joanna F on February 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Fan on Facebook!

  26. Lynda M. on February 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I loved your Cherry Coke Float cupcakes – they reminded me of my childhood and cupcakes are one of my favorite desserts.

  27. Shaina on February 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I tweeted about your giveaway!

  28. Rachel on February 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Your chocolate chip cookies are my go to recipe – I love their texture and how rich yet simple they are. Happy Anniversary!! I really enjoy your blog!

  29. Shaina on February 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I’m a Facebook fan!

  30. Lynda M. on February 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I’m an email subscriber.

  31. Hannah Fedorowicz on February 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I love baking so I love all the different flavor cupcakes recipes you have posted. My favorite is Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting. Yum!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win probably the most used and best loved piece of a equipment in any kitchen.
    Congratulations on 5 years!! Wow!!

  32. Rachel on February 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook as well. :)

  33. cami on February 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    congrats! your red velvet cupcakes are so yummy!

  34. Shaina on February 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Oh yeah, AND I’ve subscribed to your blog via e-mail!

  35. Lynda M. on February 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I follow you on twitter.

  36. Hannah Fedorowicz on February 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I subscribe by e-mail. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

  37. Hannah Fedorowicz on February 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I “like” you on Facebook (actually love)

  38. Michael S on February 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Your Nut Roll recipe was the best I have ever taste! Thanks so much.

  39. ThoroughlyCurly on February 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Subscribed to RSS via pulse!

  40. Miranda on February 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    The lemon-lemoncello cupcakes…O to the M to the G, HEAVENLY!!!!

  41. Sophia on February 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    your soba noodle stir-fry with almond butter sauce is delicious! i love it :)

  42. Barb on February 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    My favorite recipe is the Irish Car Bomb cupcakes!!!

  43. ThoroughlyCurly on February 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I’m a fairly new follower, so, so far my favorite recipe has been the Best Potato Salad I made for the super bowl! Bacon makes everything better!

  44. Julia on February 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Your sugar cookie recipe….all of it, the cookie recipe, the recipe for the icing. Now I am a cookie decorating fanatic….love it….thanks to your site!!!

  45. Amanda on February 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I subscribed :)

  46. Sophia on February 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    i am a fan on facebook too (although i already was… does that count? :) )

  47. Laura on February 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!

  48. jan S on February 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I follow the Brown eyed Baker by email

  49. MommaMary on February 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I receive your Brown Eyed Baker Blog via email.

  50. Jenny on February 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I like your cranberry white chocolate chip cookies! I made them for my boyfriend’s family.

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