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. Maja on February 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Sweet and salty brownies are my favorite.

    • Maja on February 11th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      …and I follow on Twitter and I tweeted.
      Congratulations one more time!!

      • Maja on February 11th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

        … and I am fan on FB… long time already…

  2. Sarah on February 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    My favorite, hands down, is the Oreo cheesecake cookie. So delicious and so easy to make. Everyone loves them!

  3. Jenny on February 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I’m an RSS subscriber!

  4. Barb on February 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I have suscribed via email.

  5. Leslie on February 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    My favorite recipe would be the Triple Chocolate Oreo Chunk Cookies! Anything with that much chocolate is going to be delicious!

  6. Jenny on February 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I follow you on Twitter! REALLLLLLLLLLLLLY want this mixer :-D

  7. Amanda on February 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Following on Twitter :)

  8. Debby G. on February 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Love so many of your recipes, one of our favorites is your Chubby Hubby Truffles. Happy 5 years!

  9. Y on February 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    i love love love the apple hand pie recipe!

  10. Leslie on February 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  11. Debby G. on February 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I subscribe to your RSS feed through Google Reader.

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

    i follow on Facebook!

  13. MommaMary on February 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I’m a fan of the Brown Eyed Baker on facebook.

  14. Alyson on February 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Absolutely love, Love, LOVE the Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting! My hubby was addicted as soon as I said peanut butter lol! They have been a huge hit with my entire family as well as every party I’ve taken them to and the girls at work can’t get enough. I have used the frosting recipe on cakes and brownies too!

  15. Leslie on February 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I am following you on Twitter!

  16. Megan on February 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    My favorite recipe of yours is without a doubt your red velvet cupcake! It is by far one of the best red velvets I have ever had.

  17. Megan on February 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I like the Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook!!

  18. Susie on February 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    your dark chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting were absolutely mouth watering. ate the frosting by the spoonful! ooooh, and your chocolate brownies with the chocolately-rice krispy-peanut butter cup frosting. that one’s been shared with friends. love your stuff!

  19. Alyson on February 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Signed up for email news feeds….so excited!

  20. Susie on February 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    just signed up for you emails in the last week :)

  21. Megan on February 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I am subscribed to Brown Eyed Baker via RSS!

  22. Leslie on February 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I tweeted your message on Twitter!

  23. Julie Lynn on February 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    The one most requested at our house is blueberry boy bait cake. ;-)

  24. Amy Ferguson on February 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I really really love your peanut butter brownies. yum!

  25. Ileana Keltz on February 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Your pecan sandies recipe! From one brown eyed baker to another, thanks for all of the great recipes.

  26. Susie on February 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    okay…just “liked” you on facebook…wish i had a twitter account!

  27. Y on February 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    i am now following brown eyed baker through email :)

  28. Amy Ferguson on February 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I really really love your peanut butter brownies. yum!
    I follow you by rss :)

  29. Karen on February 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Weel, my favorite that I have made are the Best Buttermilk Pancakes…fab. The fave that I have not yet made is the Greek Custard Pie…yummy!!!

  30. Susan G on February 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I’m going to say the Turkey Pot Pie – definitely a staple here and not just after Thanksgiving!
    Susan in NC

  31. Amy Ferguson on February 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    And also follow you on twitter.

  32. Karen on February 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Well, my favorite that I have made are the Best Buttermilk Pancakes…fab! The fave that I have not yet made is the Greek Custard Pie…yummy!!!

  33. Jillian on February 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies! Yum!

  34. Julie Lynn on February 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Subscribed by email! :-)

  35. Jillian on February 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I follow on email!

  36. Karen on February 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    And I am friend on FB!!

  37. Susan G on February 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I subscribe to BrownEyedBaker via e-mail.
    Susan in NC

  38. Jillian on February 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    and facebook too!

  39. Kjirsten on February 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes is my favorite!

  40. Kjirsten on February 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I follow you on Facebook

  41. Karen on February 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Oh, and RSS too

  42. Kjirsten on February 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I follow you on twitter too

  43. Susan G on February 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.
    Susan in NC

  44. Kjirsten on February 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I tweeted about you

  45. Tricia on February 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Your onion ring recipe popped into my brain…..but you do a great job on my chocolate addiction. Congratulations.

  46. katie on February 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes. Genius.

  47. Colleen on February 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Just made the Crunchy Granola Bars!

  48. Susan G on February 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I just tweeted about your giveaway (cvdnurse)
    Susan in NC

  49. Kimberly on February 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    My favorite recipe of yours is your snickerdoodle recipe. Those are my dad’s favorite cookie and your recipe has them turning out perfect every time. I just made some for the Superbowl party.

  50. Julie Lynn on February 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Following on twitter @MamaEatsTrees

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