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 wordpress.com for the very first time, picked out this picture:

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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.

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

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And this

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And goodness what the heck is this?

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

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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…

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the cupcake phase,

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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

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2. A Zak designs garlic peeler

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

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4. Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
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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!

xoxo

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Evelyn R October 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

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

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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!

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Lindsay October 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

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

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

I already like you on facebook

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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

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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)

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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)

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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!

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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 :-)

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Jill Hartley October 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM

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

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Carol October 19, 2012 at 4:50 AM

Holiday recipes and maybe some more nail tips!

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Carol October 19, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Facebook liker

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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

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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!

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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.

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Heather Faulk October 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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Denise October 19, 2012 at 8:58 PM

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

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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

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Sara October 20, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I’d love to see recipes for upcoming holidays!

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Noel October 20, 2012 at 9:01 AM

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

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Marissa Boyd October 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Hi,

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

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Lucy October 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

More vegan and vegetarian recipes,…

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Mandy October 21, 2012 at 6:05 PM

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

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Mandy October 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM

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

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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…

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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!

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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!

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Kelly October 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

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

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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?

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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?

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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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