Four Years {Giveaway Post!}

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 17, 2012

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Four years ago tonight, I sat down with a cup of coffee…

opened up for the very first time, picked out this picture:


Came up with a cute headline, and What’s for Dinner? was born. My first post was, by today’s standards, pathetic. No pictures, a lame description of a simple dinner, and absolutely no idea what i was doing.

first post.tiff

My first photo post wasn’t much better. In fact, I think it was worse. I can’t believe I posted things like this…


And this


And goodness what the heck is this?


Thankfully, my photography has gotten better (ya think?!)

FoodBuzz Fest 2011

And I truly and honestly couldn’t have done this for four years without all of you. I’ve met some of my closest friends through blogging, and love that I have people to visit all over the world! I can’t believe that it’s been so long, and I really can’t imagine my life without this little blog.

You’ve all seen me through my wedding…


the cupcake phase,

birthday cupcakes

There has been travel and fun, births, weddings, and deaths, but you’ve all been there through it all!

To show my gratitude, I’ve planned a little giveaway. This is just a little something to show my appreciation for your continued support and readership… there’s no way I could afford what I’d really like to do. I wish I could buy you all new KitchenAid mixers, or VitaMix blenders… but alas, I’m still a teacher.

So, some of my favorite kitchen things will be sent from my doorstep to yours for the low low price of a comment below:

1. A Joseph Joseph nesting bowls and measuring cup set



2. A Zak designs garlic peeler


3. Any 24-ounce Tervis tumbler…I happen to like this one:

4. Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
Four fun prizes to celebrate four fun years!
So, to enter:
  • Simply leave a comment on this post telling me something you’d like to see more of in coming posts
  • For an additional entry, tweet about the giveaway linking back to this post and mentioning @imadedinner, then come back and leave an additional comment telling me that you’ve done so.
  • For another additional entry, “Like” the What’s for Dinner? page on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment that you’ve done so
  • And for a final entry and fourth entry (get the pattern here?) Pin your favorite What’s for Dinner recipe on Pinterest mentioning @imadedinner then come back here and leave another comment that you’ve done so
  • BONUS ENTRY: Tell me in the comments if you’ve ever made a recipe from What’s for Dinner, what it was, and what you thought!

Winner will be announced next Friday, October 26!

So, from the bottom of my cupcake-filled heart, thank you for four amazing years!




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Evelyn R October 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I already “like” the What’s for Dinner? page on Facebook


Lindsay October 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I would LOVE more restaurant reviews. I would also like to get to meet you as I am in the chicago area and have always had a desire to meet up with other bloggers for dinner, but never had the guts to ask!


Lindsay October 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I “liked” What’s for Dinner? on Facebook!


Sarah H. October 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I already like you on facebook


Sarah H. October 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

You know already my favorite recipe, but in case you forgot:

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


Sarah H. October 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

You are my first official PIN to Pinterest. I have been using it to search for school ideas and haven’t figured out how to pin yet. Trial by error, but I finally figured it out :)

(shared the red velvet cupcake recipe)


Sarah H. October 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I want to see more of everything :)

(and you forgot to mention all of your fantastic nail designs—don’t forget those….I would be so much more boring without your help :P)


Susan October 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I would love to see more of your fabulous photography, and more restaurant reviews also, Love your blog!


Jill Hartley October 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I’d love to see some new and creative thanksgiving/christmas dishes for when I cook my first holidays as a married woman :-)


Jill Hartley October 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I “liked” whats for dinner on facebook!!!


Carol October 19, 2012 at 4:50 AM

Holiday recipes and maybe some more nail tips!


Carol October 19, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Facebook liker


Amy October 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I’d love to see more of the savory comfort type food without any complicated ingredients – just things a normal person might have in their kitchen. Some of the stuff you make looks so delicious, but there’s no way I’d find xyz ingredients within an hour of where I live.
Amy´s last blog post .."Windom" Cheesesteak Sandwiches


Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat October 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Congrats on 4 years!! I love your blog, especially unique recipes and recaps of amazing dinners you go to- like at your sister’s restaurant. So more of those!
Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat´s last blog post ..WJWE Reviews: HE’BREW- The Chosen Beer and Jewbelation!


Heather Faulk October 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Congrats on 4 years! I would just like more of the same great recipes you have been providing.


Heather Faulk October 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I liked you on Facebook a while back, does that count?


Heather Faulk October 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I just tried the Creamy Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup. I loved it and the grilled cheese on top was brilliant.


Jenn@slim-shoppin October 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Isn’t it funny when our blogs were born, how much we didn’t know? Those first pictures are awesome!

Love your blog, glad we’re friends, awesome give a way – and I wouldn’t change a thing!


jen October 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I LOVE your blog! Almost as much as I love you!!

keep teaching me yummy food stuffs!!
jen´s last blog post ..random mind dump, weight loss edition


Andie October 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

I, personally, would love to see even MORE cupcake recipes… and I love the photos of the Kellers Wedding!


Denise October 19, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I’d live to see more recipes!!
Denise´s last blog post ..Living My Worst Nightmare


Marianne October 20, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Congrats on 4 years of blogging! I think I may have had that anniversary too, but I never remember to celebrate them.

I would love to see more recipes of course. As much as the restaurant reviews are great, chances of me getting to Chicago soon are pretty slim. So delicious recipes!
Marianne´s last blog post ..Seeing Red…Velvet


Sara October 20, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I’d love to see recipes for upcoming holidays!


Noel October 20, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Would love to win! My fave part are your WW recipes!


Marissa Boyd October 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM


Just came by your blog. Very nice! Just some homemade macaroni and cheese and holiday dishes.


Lucy October 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

More vegan and vegetarian recipes,…


Mandy October 21, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I would like to see more stories about your school days!


Mandy October 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I also liked What’s For Dinner? on Facebook.


Carly Romero October 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Nail art!! I loved seeing pics of your amazing nails! :) The food’s not bad either…


Melissa @TryingtoHeal October 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

ahhh! 4 years!!!

what do i want to see on what’s for dinner? can you try out some vegan and vegetarian desserts?! I’m always looking for good ones, and i know you’re a good baker. :)
Melissa @TryingtoHeal´s last blog post ..Before Getting Foodbuzz’d!


Kelly October 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I’m a fairly new reader of your blog, but I love the recipes and all of the amazing pictures! I am always on the lookout for slow cooker recipes, or really anything for an easy (yet tasty) complete dinner. Happy Anniversary!


Kelly October 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I “liked” What’s For Dinner on Facebook.


Shan @ Skewed Design Studios October 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I’d personally love to see more easy, kid-friendly recipes. My weekdays are so hectic, cooking a “real” meal during the week is hard.
Shan @ Skewed Design Studios´s last blog post ..How Do You Effectively Discipline Your Child When The Only Thing She Truly Loves Is School?


Shan @ Skewed Design Studios October 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I liked WFD Fb page a while ago. LOL

(Can you tell I’m a poor designer who likes cool kitchen gadgets yet? LOL)
Shan @ Skewed Design Studios´s last blog post ..How Do You Effectively Discipline Your Child When The Only Thing She Truly Loves Is School?


Rivian October 25, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Everything you make looks amazing, so I’d like to see some more recipes with fresh veggies (sorry Adam!).


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