5 Year Blogiversary & Giveaway {CLOSED}

Before we get to the giveaway, just want to make you aware that if you follow my blog via Google Reader that is it going away starting Monday, July 1st! So, to keep getting my updates, transfer your subscription over to Feedly or Bloglovin’ or subscribe via email (link in my sidebar).  Also, all my recipes now have a pin button at the bottom of them! OK now, to the giveaway!

I can’t believe that it’s been 5 years since I started my little place here on the internet.  I was looking back at some of my first posts and wow, I have come a long way! I know I still have a long way to go, especially with my photos and writing, but it is so much better than when I first started.  I’ve cooked and baked so many delicious eats & treats, here are 5 of my favorites, ok 6, I couldn’t narrow it down!

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French Dip Sandwiches

Game Day Turkey Nachos

Spinach Stuffed Shells

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Fresh From Scratch Guacamole

Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers


I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your support over the years! As a token of my appreciation, I wanted to do a giveaway.  I was recently contacted by Ninja and they offered me a Mega Kitchen System to review.  Instead of reviewing it for myself, I asked if I could give one away to one of my readers! And they gladly said yes! So one of you will win a Ninja Mega Kitchen System.  Just enter below via rafflecopter, there are several ways to enter! Giveaway ends Friday, July 5th at 10:00 pm EST. Winner will be notified via email and will need to supply shipping address.  Unfortunately only residents of U.S. are eligible. {This Giveaway is now closed, winner was chosen at random using rafflecopter and was notified via email. If no response is received by July 12, 2013 another winner will be chosen}

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Disclaimer: Ninja Kitchen Systems is sponsoring this giveaway, I was not paid in any way or supplied with any other compensation for this giveaway.

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  1. Smoothies! They’re the best summer breakfast or snack 🙂

  2. Paula W. says:

    Strawberry daiquiris! Very refreshing on a hot summer day.

  3. Smoothies!

  4. Happy Blogiversary! I’d make smoothies.

  5. Sheryl B says:

    Congrats on 5 years! I’d love to make smoothies if I won.

  6. Rachel M. says:

    This giveaway is perfect since my blender just broke. Since I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately I would definitely try a new smoothie recipe!

  7. Oh my goodness, blogging for 5 years! That’s amazing!! Happy Blogaversary!!!
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  8. Happy Anniversary!!

    I’m in love with the Ninja – it’s been on my wish list. I would probably make a dough first, if I’m being honest, but I’d love to make hummus or a smoothie, too.
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  9. If I won a ninja system, the first thing I would make would be a smoothie. Typically, blenders hate me and don’t like to make me smoothies, but surely a ninja would be able to.

  10. I’d make a big giant milkshake for sure!

  11. We need this badly, our blender died over a month ago and we still haven’t replaced it:(
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  12. raspberry puree, hummus, and a GIANT mango lasse 🙂

  13. Mandy h says:

    A yummy, healthy smoothie

  14. Amie S. says:

    I love your website! Happy Blogiversary!

  15. Carolsue says:

    I would make either (or both) margaritas and/or daiquiries — stawberry or peach.
    Happy Blogiversary and thanks for the giveaway!
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  16. Happy blogiversary! I imagine protein shakes and smoothies with this little Ninja system! So nice. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  17. Ruth Johnson says:

    It’s hard to say what I would make first! Maybe a fruit smoothie, or even a pie crust! Probably a smoothie…

  18. Allison W. says:

    Definitely a smoothie!

  19. Christa M says:

    I’m dying to make green smoothies but my current blender is having none of it. Congrats on five years!

  20. strawberry & banana smoothie!

  21. Kristin t says:

    Smoothie with berries from my garden!

  22. Homemade Mocha Frappe!! My blender just doesn’t make it right, thanks.

  23. Cindy Aiton says:

    Holy guacamole… I would be beyond thrilled to win this giveaway! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a wonderful prize. As for the first thing(s) I would make… fresh salsa and peanut butter & banana milkshakes.

  24. Frozen lemonade!! Texas summers = lots of frozen treats!

  25. Strawberry banana smoothies for all!

  26. Margaritas, for sure 🙂

  27. Definitely smoothies!

  28. Allison C. says:

    Congrats! I love following your blog 🙂

  29. barbara n says:

    Breakfast smoothies for the whole family!!!

  30. Margarita’s!

  31. I would make smoothies!
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  32. Unti I learned more creative uses I would start out with smoothies.

  33. I would make smoothies!

  34. I would definitely make smoothies! It’s getting to be a hot summer!!
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  35. Julia Da Fonte says:

    This is awesome!! Happy 5 years!! I would make smoothies!!!!!

  36. My husband loves smoothies so the first thing I would make would be a smoothie for him! 🙂

  37. Julie Raye-Rod says:

    smoothies and more smoothies!

  38. I would make smoothies for my son. He is a BIG fan of banana, peanut butter & chocolate smoothies! I would also make homemade hummus for myself & my hubby. We only have an immersion blender now so I am limited to what I can do. This would be a great addition to my kitchen & to eating healthier!

  39. Smoothies! Texas has been so hot lately so a smoothie would cool me off

  40. i’d try a new smoothie recipe!
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  41. i would make a giant strawberry milkshake. 🙂

  42. I would make some banana and peanut butter smoothies!

  43. SusanKay from VA says:

    Happy Anniversary and congratulations on 5 great years! Love this giveaway! So many great things to whip up!

  44. I would make hummus. Yum yum. and fyi we borrowed a ninga when todd had his jaw wired shut from accident. we used it like crazy. it was our life saver:)

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  46. Congrats on 5 years! I’d like to be a healthy person and say I’d make a smoothie if I won… but let’ s be real here, I’d totally be making margaritas. 😀

  47. I love making salad dressings and smoothies!

  48. Emily Rogers says:

    We’ve been into smoothies lately. My poor blender just doesn’t make the cut, poor thing. We got it for our wedding almost 12 years ago…maybe that’s why! We’d love a new one to last us the next 12!

  49. Protein shakes!

  50. Becky E says:

    A green smoothie!

  51. a big batch of gazpacho

  52. I would make chocolate malts! Happy Blogiversary!
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  53. Brandi K. says:

    Smoothies would be my first make!

  54. Christi D says:

    Baby food!

  55. Jennifer says:


  56. smoothies!

  57. Love my Ninja mini-chopper, the system looks awesome! Oh, and I can’t wait to try that Turkey Burger recipe 🙂

  58. Breakfast smoothies!
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  59. My husband shattered our blender a few weeks ago, which has meant I’ve had to forego my beloved green smoothies for breakfast! That would be the first thing I made in the Ninja!!

  60. Just told the hubby we needed one of these while attempting to make milkshakes tonight.
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  61. If I win the contest, I will make the delicious Twinkie Bundt Cake!

  62. Smoothies!

  63. Cheryl Newton says:

    A chocolate milkshake! I have a recipe that I’ve made before with great success, but last time it was an epic failure. Maybe I need an upgrade from my hand-me-down blender?

  64. Kimberly H. says:

    I’d make a green smoothie!!

  65. Sara L. says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I have been on a frozen lemonade kick, so I would probably make several batches of that!

  66. Kily B. says:

    Congrats on 5 years!!! I would be making some fabulous milkshakes or maybe an amazing salsa 🙂

  67. hillary s. says:

    I would make a milkshake — frozen banana style 🙂

  68. happy 5 years!!! that is so wonderful and definatly worth celebrating!!!! congrats!!!!! and just love your blog. I would be making smoothies.
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  69. Smoothies and milkshakes!

  70. I would make some fresh pesto with basil from my herb garden!

  71. Kristin says:

    I would use it to make green smoothies.

  72. Smoothies would be amazing

  73. Fruit slushies!

  74. i’d make fruit smoothies! and then chocolate peanut butter milkshake

  75. Protein shakes

  76. Congrats on your 5 year Blogiversary! The first thing I would make is a berry and protein smoothie!

  77. april v says:

    A green monster smoothie!! I’m dying to try one!

  78. Sharon O. says:

    I would like to try making pizza dough–and definitely fresh peach smoothies!

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway, and congratulations on 5 years at Macaroni and Cheesecake. That’s quite a milestone!

  79. First thing I would make is that banana ice cream that keeps floating around Pinterest. My blender is not nearly powerful enough to get the correct consistency.

    Happy blogiversary!!!! 🙂
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  80. Happy Blogiversary! I’d make doggie treats for my pups!

  81. Christi says:

    Milkshakes! I have a blender that is at least ten years old and it just won’t blend well enough to make a smooth shake or smoothie so I would love to have one that has a little more power.

  82. Banana apple smoothies

  83. V irginia says:

    Not sure yet what I would make. So many possibilities!

  84. Smoothies! Or fraps!!

  85. Courtney Robbins says:

    Oh… I would love this :). Many drink possibilities… Smoothies, shakes, etc

  86. Emeline Fort says:

    I would make hummus

  87. Jodi Pavlik says:

    If I won I would use it to make some copycat orange julius smoothies! Also, congrats on 5 yrs, I love your blog!!