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Happy 2-Year Blog Birthday Giveaway! – Time’s Up!

Time is up for the ice cream maker giveaway.  Thanks for all your comments and nice feedback!  Check back soon…  I’ll contact and post the winner Monday, 2/23 along with a recipe for their favorite ice cream!

Ice Cream Maker Giveaway

I’m so excited to announce that today is my 2-year blog birthday!  (Or, “blogiversary” as some call it.)  I can’t believe that I’ve kept this thing up and how far it’s gone.  I’ve learned so much and gained some new foodie friends over the last two years.  Best of all, I’ve enjoyed reading many of your comments and want to give the love back!

So… in honor of my blog birthday, Valentine’s Day, and just the fact that today’s weather in Chicago was 62˚ in FEBRUARY, I want to give one of my lucky readers this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.  I think we’re all excited for spring/summer to finally get here and having warmer weather today just really set my excitement soaring!

What do you have to do?  Well… simple enough… please just leave me a comment and tell me your favorite ice cream and what you look forward to seeing on my blog in this next year.  Make sure you fill out the email address field, or I will not be able to contact you.   The giveaway is only available to those who live in the 48 contingus contigous contiguous states…phew!… (sorry!  I hope to spread my wings in the future!)

The red ice cream maker is pictured for the sake of Valentine’s Day…awww… however, if you would like the white, please tell me so in your comment.  The deadline for this giveaway is 11:59 PM CST on February 14th…Valentine’s Day!!   I will post and contact the winner (chosen by the Random integer generator) on Monday, February 16th.

If you do not see your comment right away, please be patient, it will appear after I moderate it. (One entry per person please.)

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  1. lovestoeat says:

    happy blogiversary! my favorite ice cream is superman. i will never stop loving it..sooo fruity and creamy goodness!!
    the red ice creamer maker is soo cute..happy vday!!
    i love your blog and hope you continue it the way it is..i follow it often!! great job!
    colormetoo2003@verizon.net

  2. Ooooh I was just thinking the other day how much I’d LOVE an ice cream maker…and I love that it’s in red!!

  3. bakingblonde says:

    I LOVE icecream. My all time fave is plain vanilla because I like to load it up with toppings. Especially homemade vanilla with homemade hot fudge sauce.

    I would love to see more dessert-type recipes next year, maybe some icecream flavors and bars!

  4. Nata nuez that I had in Spain. It is a creamier butter pecan. I think your blog is great and would love to see more tips on what to do with the leftovers and such..as that is where I struggle!

  5. I would love to see some dairy free ice cream. I know it’s a stretch, but being lactose intolerant is the main reason I can’t justify buying an ice cream maker (or attachment for my KAM). Maybe if I saw some more recipes out there, I’d have to buy one!

  6. My favorite ice cream flavor has to be rocky road – so many different flavors in each bite between the marshmallows, chocolate and nuts.

    I really enjoy your blog and look forward to another year…I like the combination of all different foods (dinners, sides etc) and the occasional random items like the dog treats!

  7. Love your blog…and love this ice cream maker! I’ve seen so many delicious ice cream recipes, but I don’t have an ice cream maker! My favorite flavor is mint chocolte chip! YUM!

  8. Well, I’m a new reader. I have you on my RSS reader.

    Favorite Ice Cream? A simple, goooood chocolate.

    What do I want to see? Well, again, I’m new here, so not sure what you’ve done in the past. Maybe – food ideas for when you buy “INSERT FOOD ITEM HERE” in bulk.

    Thank you for the ideas you’ve given me so far =)

  9. cookie dough or mint chocolate chip. I can’t wait to see more ice cream recipes!

  10. Yay! I love homemade ice cream, and I’m a simple girl. My favorite flavor is vanilla! If I win I’d like the white one please!

  11. Ice cream is my favorite dessert. My favorite kind so far is the tiramissu ice cream from The Perfect Scoop cookbook.
    email: maryannabishop@hotmail.com

  12. What a cool giveaway, and happy blogiversary! :) My favorite ice cream is anything with chunks – cookie dough, brownie batter, reese’s cups, etc…

    What I’d like to see? Hmm. More of the same, honestly. I love your blog!

  13. I love coffee ice cream especially from Cold Stone Creamery. I love your blog and love how your doing things, so I don’t really have any suggestions. Keep up the great recipes!!! :) :)

  14. My favorite Ice cream is probably strawberry cheesecake or cookie dough just depends on my mood lol

  15. Happy Blogiversary!!! YAY!!! What an awesome giveaway

  16. Cookies and Cream is my favorite ice cream!

    I love your blog just the way it is. I really love your little tips and hints from Penny! She is so cute!

  17. Happy Blogiversary!! My favorite ice cream is cake batter, and I love reading about penny pinching recipes, especially with this economy!!

  18. I love peppermint ice cream. With the little bits of peppermint stick in it, it is a definite treat. The texture of peppermint ice cream tends to melt in your mouth. It is a seasonal ice cream, so it’s another reason to look forward to the holidays.

    As for what I would like to see this year? How about a creme’ brulee. But creme’ brulee with the Nikki twist. Okay, so mostly because I want to see Ben eat like four.

  19. Happy 2nd Birthday to Pennies on a Platter!! I can’t wait for more of your yummy recipes in the coming year!

    My favorite ice cream is fresh peach…soooo good!!

  20. Coffee flavored ice cream is really tasty!

  21. Wahoo to a 2nd year anniversary!!
    Currently, I love chocolate peanunt butter icecream. (Although, my all-time favorite will always be chocolate ice cream.)
    Nicole, you just have great ideas in general. So, anything you put on your website is a great addition!
    :)

  22. OMG! I would murder and steal for this thing! (DH insists I don’t need it because I have an old style ice cream maker. That uses ice. and salt. and is a pain in the tookus.)

    I adore reading your blog because your meals are easy and affordable! I’m hoping you post more fast/delicious meals — and crockpot meals never hurt!

  23. My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.

    I love your blog! Congrats on two years! I can’t wait to see more budget friendly recipes.

  24. Happy Second Birthday!! My favorite ice cream is….who am I kidding I love all ice cream!! As far as what I would like to see – can’t think of a thing! I love reading your blog! Keep it going!! Yummy!!

  25. Oh there are so many delicious flavors!! Right now, I LOVE chocolate moose tracks ice cream with lots of thick ribbons of chocolate fudge. I might have to go get a bowl before I finish writing this. :)

    I really enjoy reading your blog and appreciate the accessible ingredients with my wallet in mind. I would say, keep doing what you’re doing!! Happy 2nd birthday!

  26. I LOVE Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream, how could you go wrong with rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter!! I love your blog and can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!

  27. Happy Blogaversary! One of my favorite ice creams is raspberry chocolate chip. I have never been able to find the brand that we loved (it was called Sonny’s out of Minnesota). The grocery store stopped carrying them. So I guess I need an ice cream maker so I can start making it myself!

  28. What an awesome giveaway! One of my favorite ice cream flavors was a Publix brand. It was white chocolate, with a raspberry swirl, & white chocolate pieces. So something along those flavors would be good. Or even white chocolate ice cream, raspberry swirl, and dark chocolate pieces!

    Or, something with pistachios!

    Or… a chai latte flavored ice cream! I had a chai latte paleta once and it was really divine!

    You have a great blog and happy 2nd Birthday!

  29. Happy Birhtday!! I am looking forward to fun and yummy breakfast ideas!!!

    My favorite ice cream is peanut butter cup.

  30. I love my Mawmaw’s homemade vanilla ice cream!

  31. Oooooh! A favorite? I just love ice cream… I’m a simple girl. Homemade Vanilla with some chocolate syrup, maybe some chocolate… and if I’m feelin’ crazy I’ll go for some Moose Tracks, or Strawberry, or Sundae… yum. Now I am going to eat some chocolate!

    Congrats on your 2nd anniversary!! I am so proud of you!

  32. My favorite ice-cream would have to be anything that involves a mixture of chocolate and raspberries. Also anything with coconut.
    I think you are doing a great job w/your blog! Do something with Curry. Maybe you already have, but I love curry.

  33. Such an awesome giveaway…

    I don’t think it is possible for me to choose just 1 favorite flavor, but the usual suspects are mint chocolate chip, choc chip cookie dough, and moose tracks.

    I love all of your recipes and money-saving tips and can’t wait to see more!

  34. Happy blogiversary! You can’t possibly ask me to pick *one* flavor can you?? OK, I will tell you a few….cherry garcia, pistachio, and pralines and cream. :) I’d love to maybe see your take on a typically expensive meal…make it just as fancy/impressive on a budget maybe by changing the protein, etc. Keep up the fab blog.

  35. Happy blogiversary! You have a great blog!
    My favorite ice cream flavor has to be COFFEE! :)

  36. I love cake batter ice cream. But also anything super chocolatey (ie chocolate fudge brownie).

    Love what you are doing with the blog, and I always appreciate the penny pincher tips!

  37. My favorite ice cream is mocha java!! What is better than chocolate and coffee together! I would love to see recipes for the ice cream maker that I am going to win!! ;)

  38. I am a big fan of chocolate chip cookie dough, and mint chocolate chip icecream. I’ve often dreamed of making my own mint chocolate chip cookie dough icecream and this icecream maker would accomplish those dreams.

    Whoever it goes to, I hope they enjoy it! Keep up the fantastic blogging!

  39. Well, bummer. The Alaska readers have been snubbed!! lol
    I love your blog anyway, oh and Hokey Pokey ice cream.

  40. I love, love cookie dough ice cream. :0) It’s the kid in me that thinks I’m licking the beaters while enjoying the ice cream too.

    I just found your blog through my own..we both posted the wonderful Pasta Figioli. You’ve got a fantastic blog and I can’t wait to come back to read your tips from Penny. I would love to see anything chocolate and peanut butter mixed together.

  41. Yay for ice cream!!!…I love cookies and cream and I love Pennies on a Platter! I really like it when you post recipes that use produce that’s in season or recipes tailored for upcoming holidays. Keep up the great work! Happy Blogiversary!!!

  42. Happy blogiversary! I love chocolate chip cookie dough – that’s my FAV!

  43. One fav? Thats hard. I guess its mint choc. chip. By mocha choc. chip and cookies and cream are close seconds.

  44. Happy blogiversary! I like vanilla fudge swirl and I love orange sherbet (does that count?)

  45. Happy Blogiversary!! I love any ice cream with the flavors of coffee and chocolate! And I would love to win the white ice cream maker. :)

  46. My fav by far is superman. Keep up the great work, I love checking your blog in my reader daily. By the way the red ice cream maker is perfect for my kitchen:)
    email: joneska7@msu.edu

  47. Happy Blog Birthday! I love Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. That is the only brand of that flavor I like. No Breyers or Cold Stone mint chip will do – only Baskin Robbins.

  48. cupcakequeens says:

    Happy Blog birthday!!! If i had to choose one flavor i would pick…oh this is really hard…i guess cookie dough ice cream.

    I look foward to more amazing recipes that won’t break the bank. You always have creative ideas!

  49. cupcakequeens says:

    Woops! forgot my email on the last comment!
    stefanie_sullivan@yahoo.com

    Thanks!

  50. Well, I haven’t met an ice cream I didn’t like, maybe coffee might be the exception. Not to fond of that one.
    My all time favorite is just plain Vanilla, you can pare that with anything. Love your blog, much luck to you for the future. I’m always looking for new cakes & frosting recipes. I’ll be back often and you’re welcome to visit my blog anytime. cakelady@connectnc.net

  51. SO excited! I need one of these so bad. I would love to make peanut butter ice cream. It’s my fave! I am just excited for more of your creative ideas. I just love your blog!

  52. honestly, ice cream is ice cream in my book! all flavors are absolutely delish, i don’t want to discriminate :)

    i would LOVE to win an ice cream maker!!!

  53. Happy Blog Birthday!! I have been reading for 3-4 months and love your blog!!

    My favorite ice cream is Maggie Moo’s Better Batter ice cream!!

    I love your blog as is! However, I would love to see budget friendly recipes and diet friendly recipes!!

    my e-mail is jessica dot waggoner06 at yahoo dot com

  54. I am in love with a mint chocolate chip ice cream which is made in Michigan (I recently moved to California and crave/miss it constantly!) It is called Creme de Novi and is made by Guernsey’s – pure deliciousness!!

    As far as what I look forward to … just more tasty recipes!! :)

  55. My favorite ice cream is coffee heath bar crunch. Luckily it’s my husband’s favorite also! I can’t wait to see more delicious meals and desserts on your blog in the coming year. Happy Blogiversary!

  56. chocolate chip cookie dough of course. I also love homemade strawberry!

  57. I love all types of ice cream. But if I had to choose, I think I would choose butter pecan from the Creamery on the campus of Penn State University. YUMMO. Chocolate comes in second with pistachio third.

    I would love to see more international recipes and reviews of cool kitchen gadgets.

    carogonza1 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  58. Plain ole chocolate! Your blog rocks!

  59. Congrats on the blogiversary! My fave ice cream is dulce de leche. I would love to see more penny pincher meal ideas on here. We could all use them right about now! :)

  60. congrats on the 2 years !!

  61. Think I can figure out Chubby Hubby, Chunky Monkey or Phish Food copies in that fancy toy? Happy Blogiversary. Thanks for feeding my food blog addiction.

  62. Oh my gosh…I so hope I win this giveaway!! I have wanted this ice cream maker for the past 3 years…ever since we didn’t get it as a wedding present!!! :) And red…so cute! My favorite ice cream when I was little was pink bubblegum…the kind where you save the pieces of bubblegum to chew after your ice cream is gone. But my favorite homemade ice cream is cookies & cream. There is nothing better than homemade ice cream!!! Thanks so much for your blog!! It inspired me to start my own, but I must say yours is way better! Your pictures are always such great quality and I love checking for new recipes to try! Keep it up!

  63. Oh man…forgot my email. :)

    chelsea.m.boyd@gmail.com

  64. I love ice cream! Any type of homemade ice cream will do for me. Love your site…thanks for all your ideas! Hope you have many more blog anniversaries!

  65. Happy Blogiversary!!!
    I love any ice cream with chocolate in it!!
    I would love to see more cost friendly meals. Say like a meal for 4 for 10 dollars and under. I am trying to cut food costs.

  66. Happy Blogiversary! I love reading your blog – and making the recipes! – Tammy

  67. I am looking forward to some dark chocolate espresso ice cream, with almonds sprinkled on top.. and looking forward to warmer weather ;)

  68. Happy 2-year blogiversary!!! What a great landmark to reach!

    My fav ice cream flavor is a toss up between plain ol’ chocolate and cookies ‘n’ cream.

    I love following your blog – it’s one of my favs! Keep up the great bloggin’!

  69. Congrats on your 2nd blogiversary! Love all you do. just keep it up! Fave ice cream right now is birthday cake. It use to be Mayan chocolate, but Haagen Dazs quit making it – boo hoo!

  70. Carla Pullum says:

    I love chocolate ice cream and marble fudge is good too! Love to see lots of new recipes!
    Carla
    cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

  71. Happy blogiversary!
    I’m very boring, I love chocolate ice cream.
    Keep up what you’re doing, it’s perfect!

  72. Happy Blog Birthday!
    I loveee all types of ice cream!
    it’s so hard to choose, but I guess my fav would be
    mint chocochip.
    i recently dug up an ancient crock pot in the basement…
    so I’d love to see some slow cooker recipes this year :)

  73. thecynicalchef says:

    Congratulations on two years!! That is awesome.

    I am going to go with plain vanilla. But the one with the specks.

    I love the concept of your blog and can’t wait to see more penny pinching type meals. But just good meals will do. :)

  74. Vanilla (preferably with either hot fudge sauce or fresh strawberry sauce).

    Your blog is wonderful. Happy Blogiversary!!

  75. Congratulations on your one year, I have been a subscrber of your blog from the beginning :)
    You are so sweet with your giveaway and I agree with this warm weather both my husband and I were also craving ice cream. My favorite flavor is Mississippi Mud(coffee with oreo and fudge ripple…mmmm), although someone posted a recipe for somoas ice cream yesterday that looked delish :)
    While I have many recipes starred frm your blog to make myself, I really like meals that are quick and easy (especially for the weeknights). Sometimes it’s hard to balance putting a great meal on the table with work and I can’t serve pasta every night! :)
    Congratulations again!

  76. Wow! Congrats on 2 years of blogging. This giveaway is very generous of you. My favorite icecream is anything involving chocolate, caramel and peanut butter. Keep all the great recipes coming.

  77. brannyboilsover says:

    :)
    I don’t have an ice cream maker and probably would never buy one myself, bu I am sure I’d enjoy a free one!

    I’d love to see BLACK CHERRY ice cream!

  78. Happy Blogiversary! In the next year, I would just like you to keep on doing what you’re doing! You’re blog is great!

    As for favorite ice cream…it’s so hard to pick one! I guess if I have to, it would be oatmeal cookie from Ben & Jerry’s. I have yet to try to make my own!

  79. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!! I love Superman ice cream…always been my favorite. I’d like to see some easy weeknight meals that don’t take a long time to prepare.

    Congrats!!!

  80. Happy Blog Anniversary!!!
    My fav. ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip. It’s so great and you can have any topping ie: peanut butter and the mint will freshen your breathe right up :)
    I’d love to see some tasty slow cooker recipes, some out there are just boring. Think it would be fun to see “fancy meals” done by Penny too! I’m a Nestie so be nice to be romantic more often without blowing the budget!

  81. Happy Blog Birthday! I would love an ice cream maker! My DH and I could it eat it every day if we could! I guess if we had an ice cream maker we actually could!

  82. Happy Blogaversary!
    My favorite ice cream flavor is cookie dough- so I’d love to see how to make that at home. I would LOVE a white ice cream maker!!! ::crosses fingers!::

  83. I love ice cream!! My favorite kind is coffee. With extra chocolate jimmies (or sprinkles, for those who don’t know jimmies). I have been dying for an ice cream maker, too!!

  84. Happy Blogiversary! I found you through the Nest!

    My favorite ice cream is forbidden chocolate (it has brownie chunks in it). mmmmm.

    I’m still new to your site, so I’m not sure if you’ve covered it before, but I would like to see some crockpot recipes that don’t really look like they came from a crockpot.

  85. Hmmm, mint chocolate chip. Share your favorite ice cream recipe.

  86. Congratulations!! My favorite ice cream is probably cookies and cream with whipped cream!

    I love your blog! Keep up the good work.

  87. Congrats on your 2 year milestone Nikki! Here’s to many more delicious blog postings to come! :)

  88. Happy Blogiversary!!

    I love anything chocolate, esp. if it has peanut butter in it!!!

    I just recently came across your blog and I love it!!

  89. Happy blogiversary! My favorite ice cream has always been mint chocolate chip. Something about chocolate and mint makes me drool… Great blog – I’m always looking for more dessert recipes! :)

  90. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate and anything with chocolate in it. I think your blog is fabulous and look forward to seeing more of your creations, regardless of what they are.

  91. I love that you’re giving this away, that’s awesome! My absolute favorite ice cream is from Publix, and it’s the Cookies and Cream flavor. I was hooked on it as a kid.
    I just found your blog, so I’m really just mostly looking forward to getting to know you through the next year. Happy Cooking!

  92. Happy Blogiversary! This is the only food blog I read – I like many of the recipes and think that whoever designed that Penny Logo must be an awesome person.

    Favorite Ice Cream: Edy’s Cookies and Cream – the old school version that had much larger chunks of cookie in it.

  93. Oye, favorite Ice Cream? I have to pick just one! I love Rocky Road and Mint Chip…. mostly anything with chocolate.

  94. I LOVE YOUR BLOG. I have actually just recently become obsessed with cooking and yours is my go-to site!

    Happy Blogiversary :) I am so excited for you!

    My favorite ice cream is Mint Chocolate Chip! Yum!

  95. chocolate ice cream with peanut butter swirls has got to be my all-time favorite ice cream. :) i also enjoy combining chocolate, peanut butter, and mint. i know it might sound a little odd, but try it. it’s delicious!
    i really enjoy reading your great ideas and reviews. i would love to see some recipes that incorporate spelt and whole cane sugar. i’ve recently switched over all my baking to these ingredients, so i’m always looking for yummy/healthy recipes.

  96. Kelly Petersen says:

    Ooooo….I want that ice cream maker!! What a great giveaway!! My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip. Ok, so I been checking out your blog ever since I found it through a link on Amber C.’s blog. You have such great recipes. I love your recipe for “Enchilada Lasagna”. I have already shared it with my sis-in-law & she loves it too!! Keep up the good work!!

  97. My favorite ice cream is good old fashioned Breyer’s chocolate ice cream. So yummy and chocolatey!
    I hope to see more of those delish chocolate desserts like the flourless cupcakes. I loved the powdered sugar decorations!

  98. Hi there-
    I’m new to your blog, came thru tastespotting. Look forward to checking it out more. My favorite ice cream is vanilla on top of a hot fudgy brownie! Happy Anniversary!

  99. I like the red, very festive! When I was a kid, I liked bubble gum ice cream from this place in Muskegon called Mills Ice Cream. As an adult, I’m a big fan of strawberry cheesecake ice cream.
    I’ve had a great time reading your blog, and I’m always excited to see what you’re cooking up! Keep up the great cooking!

  100. my favorite ice cream… how do I choose? today it would be my honey ice cream I make…
    congrats on your birthday! I just found your blog and it’s a great layout and great pictures!!! I would love to see more in general since I just found you!

  101. I *love* homemade mint-chocolate chip ice cream with extra mint- I used to make it until my ice cream machine broke, so the timing of your anniversary/giveaway is great!

    I’m thinking about getting a slow cooker, so I’d love to see some more ideas for using that for next fall/winter.

    Thanks and congratulations!!

  102. Hmm my favorite ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough, but the chocolate chips can’t be frozen bits of chocolates that stick in your teeth after eating. That is soooo annoying.

  103. My favorite ice cream is anything with brownie bites. DQ had one called brownie batter. Yummy! Love the ice cream maker, I’ve never made ice cream before so it would be awesome to win it. Love your blog!

  104. I love mint oreo ice cream, and I love your blog too! I am looking forward to more pictures of beautiful food! happy blogversarry!

  105. Happy Blog Birthday!

    I have a memory of my dad making peach ice cream, in an old hand-cranked ice cream maker in our garage when I was a young girl. I’d love to see a recipe for a delicious peach ice cream that would bring back this memory!

  106. Oooh I love the red one! We used to make peach ice cream when I was little and it was so so good!

  107. Oh, my very very favorite ice cream ever is the basil ice cream I made last summer! You have to try it!

    I would like to see creative/ crazy ice cream recipes in the next year in honor of your giveaway….

  108. I fell in love with a Amaretto Cherry Cordial flavor we used to purchase when we lived in Texas, but haven’t been able to find it anywhere since.

    Also I always order homemade cinnamon ice cream. Sometimes it’s just the simple flavors that knock you out.

    Will you publish a recipe for the winner’s favorite?

  109. My favorite ice cream flavor is coffee, but that is today! There are a lot of flavors I love. I actually would like to see ice cream recipes because I keep looking for wonderful versions. I also am looking for an excellent nondairy ice cream recipe; I had a really good homemade vanilla soy ice cream at a dinner several years ago but was not able to get the recipe and have been looking for one ever since. (Believe me, I tried to get it!)

  110. My husband would love that little ice cream maker. My favorite ice cream is death by chocolate.
    I like all your recipes really…family friendly things work for me :)

  111. i LOVE ice cream. i think it’s my favorite dessert because i can’t make it~!! but with an ice cream maker….. :D

    my favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip (YUM)

  112. What a great giveaway! I have been wanting an ice cream maker for ever! My all time favorite is classic coffee ice cream.
    I LOVE your blog and look forward to everything you make in the next year, and can’t wait to read more penny pinching tips!
    Oh, and the red is adorable, but white would look better in my kitchen. :)

  113. I love love love ice cream! :) My favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough when I’m in a mood for not so much chocolate, but then on weekends (usually when this strikes) I LOVE chocolate fudge nut ice cream! Yum Yum!

    I love this blog! I would like to see more quick and easy and of course yummy chicken dishes or red meat. :)

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