Four Years {Giveaway Post!}

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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85 Responses to Four Years {Giveaway Post!}

  1. Evelyn R says:

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

  2. Lindsay says:

    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!

  3. Lindsay says:

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

  4. Sarah H. says:

    I already like you on facebook

  5. Sarah H. says:

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

    Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

  6. Sarah H. says:

    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)

  7. Sarah H. says:

    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)

  8. Susan says:

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

  9. Jill Hartley says:

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

  10. Jill Hartley says:

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

  11. Carol says:

    Holiday recipes and maybe some more nail tips!

  12. Carol says:

    Facebook liker

  13. Amy says:

    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

  14. 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!

  15. Heather Faulk says:

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

  16. Heather Faulk says:

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

  17. Heather Faulk says:

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

  18. 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!

  19. jen says:

    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

  20. Andie says:

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

  21. Denise says:

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

  22. Marianne says:

    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

  23. Sara says:

    I’d love to see recipes for upcoming holidays!

  24. Noel says:

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

  25. Marissa Boyd says:


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

  26. Lucy says:

    More vegan and vegetarian recipes,…

  27. Mandy says:

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

  28. Mandy says:

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

  29. Carly Romero says:

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

  30. 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!

  31. Kelly says:

    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!

  32. Kelly says:

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

  33. 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?

  34. 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?

  35. Rivian says:

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

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