Blogiversary Winners!

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 18, 2009

The time has arrived, my friends :) The giveaway inbox is officially closed! And…we have winners!!

First things first – the random integer generator! This part of the contest was based on comments, trackbacks, and “no blog” emails. In total, there were 321 entries! I used to draw the winning number. Drumroll, please!

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-03-19 03:18:22 UTC

According to my calculations, that makes our first winner…


Congratulations, girl! Watch your email :)

Now came the tricky part – the Eating Bender Trivia! I received 43 entries for this part of the contest. If I have made some grave error and forgot someone, please let me know:

Sarah S.
Sarah F.
Annie T.
Judy B.
Jessica S.
Jessica M.
Sarah L.
Annie F.
Sarah R.
Kristie Lynn
Laura E.
Erin B.
Heather D.
Ellen P.
Caroline Y. (Miss Broccoli Hut)
Heather K.
Caroline Y. #2 :)
Katie M.
Anne K.
Nicole H.
Courtney W.
Caroline S.

I think that’s everyone! You all did an amazing job and I was so flattered that you knew that much about me and my blog! In fact, you made me realize that there was more than one possible answer to 2 of the questions 😳 In order to compensate for my error, I decided that everyone who took the time to do the trivia should be eligible to win the second prize. Here are the answers just for kicks:

1. Who is the resident celebrity chef on the blog?

PAPA BENDER :) Love him!!

2. What is my most intense fear?

SPIDERS! Many of you share my phobia!

3. Where does the nickname β€œBender” come from?

My mom’s wacky nicknames! And, as many of you pointed out, I also figured it could symbolize a healthy eating “spree” :)

4. What is one of my favorite eateries? Hint: I ate there many, many times in spring 2008.

This question ended up having two possible answers because I realized I ate at both places equally! The correct answers were Panera and Cosi. A few of you also brought up Wildfire and McCormick & Schmick’s and made me realize that I have a lot of favorite eateries πŸ˜‰ But Panera and Cosi were kind of a ridiculous habit of mine in spring 2008, so they reign supreme.

5. What was the first recipe I ever baked that was featured on The Lazy Chef page?

I made another error here because I realized that my page was originally just called “recipes” and later changed to “The Lazy Chef” – again, my bad. The answer I was looking for was ChocoNut Baked Oatmeal because it was the first recipe I ever posted back on April 23, 2008. Then I realized that the first recipe I actually put on the page itself was Banana Oat Bars. And, as if it couldn’t get any more embarassing, I also realized that Smokey Maple Chicken was the first recipe I ever posted under the title of “The Lazy Chef” so obviously, that works, too! And who could forget ‘Pump’ It Up Muffins?! GAAAAHHHHH – are we sensing a pattern? My head is dizzy!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, this is the first time I have ever created a trivia game! Clearly, there are still some kinks that need to be worked out 😯 So I decided it would be most fair if I gave all 43 of you a chance to win.

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! I put all of your names into a bowl and drew out the winning ticket



Here were her answers (I loved them!):

1.) Β Papa Bender! I always dream of what would happen if my Dad cooked like him haha.
2.) Spiders… I don’t blame you at all!
3.) It’s your family nickname, though you’re not sure why you got it. :) Those are usually the best kind of nicknames, though!
4.) Panera Bread?Β I remember reading all the entries when you would eat there and decide I had to go there myself… there are just too many “You Pick 2” combos I love. Also I agree with you 100% on the reasons for getting the Sourdough over the Whole Grain bread for the side :) I have the question mark with it though because I know you have a love affair with Cosi too…haha.
5.) Choconut Baked Oatmeal… not one of your recipes that I made, but just looking at those Pump it Up Muffins made me want to make those again! Yum!

Kristie Lynn requested Door #1:


And Allison will therefore be receiving Door #2 (you didn’t specify a particular mug in the comments, so I hope that’s ok with you, girly!!):


Congrats again, ladies!! Be sure to check your inboxes!!

I want to thank all of you who entered for taking the time to write thoughtful comments and/or send sweet emails to me. It meant so much to me and I hope you know that I read each and every one with a huge smile plastered across my face :mrgreen: I would never have made it this far without you. Even if you’re new to the blog (if so, HI!), I truly appreciate your kind words and consider you an integral part of why I’m still writing! Please feel free to sit down and stay awhile πŸ˜‰

Well, I think that’s quite enough from me today! I hope you all enjoyed the Fiber Q&A I posted earlier. It seemed to address a lot of the questions you had, which was my goal! I will be back tomorrow with a foodie post. For now, I’m off to catch up on my blog reading!

Thank you,


1 Caroline March 18, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Although I’m bummed that I didn’t win, I am sure the winners will fully enjoy their prizes! I really liked the trivia portion of your contest.

Haha, I like that I have a new nickname, Miss Broccoli Hut:)

2 Sharon March 18, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Soo cool!!! Congratulations to all the winners!!!

3 Sara March 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Great giveaway! Congrats to the winners! :)

4 Sarah March 18, 2009 at 11:34 pm

I’m sitting down and staying awhile. In fact, I’m just going to live on your couch and eat your food, okay?

5 Marianne March 18, 2009 at 11:54 pm

I’m such a retard – I realize on the way to the rink I never sent in my trivia answers! Oops! I got them all right though πŸ˜€

6 Pearl March 19, 2009 at 12:10 am

what a FUN giveaway! congrats to all of the winners!

7 Melissa S. March 19, 2009 at 5:28 am

yay for the winner!

and i realized i’d written all my trivia answers down but never emailed them. boo! oh well! still a great giveaway!!!

8 Marisa (trim the fat) March 19, 2009 at 5:38 am

Congrats to the winners!! And congrats to you, Jenn for your one year of wonderful blogness!!

9 Cecilia March 19, 2009 at 5:41 am

CONGRATS to all the winners!! Care to share your prizes πŸ˜‰ HAHA! Yes, keep the blog posts coming Jenn!!! πŸ˜€

10 VeggieGirl March 19, 2009 at 6:10 am

CONGRATU-FREAKING-LATIONS TO EVERYONE!!!! Especially Allison from Green Dog Wine, since she’s my fellow Ohioan and Whole Foods shopping buddy πŸ˜€

11 eatingbirdfood March 19, 2009 at 6:10 am

Congrats to Allison and Kristie Lynn.

btw Jenn, you have nice handwriting!

12 priyankalovesfood March 19, 2009 at 6:31 am

Congrats to Allison and Kristie!

It was a fun giveaway!! Also Congrats to Jenn on your first Blogiversary!

13 Annie March 19, 2009 at 6:36 am

Aw, man! Lucky girls!

14 sue March 19, 2009 at 6:59 am

congrats to the winners :) you did a great job with the giveaway jenn- thanks for hosting it!

15 brandi March 19, 2009 at 7:24 am

congrats to the winners! This was so fun :)

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Eating Bender in the next year!

16 Jacquelyn March 19, 2009 at 7:27 am

This was such a fun contest. I am so curious tho, where did you find/get those egg poachers? They are adorable. Congrats ladies!

17 ksgoodeats March 19, 2009 at 7:39 am


18 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 19, 2009 at 7:40 am

Congrats to the winners!!

19 Rose March 19, 2009 at 7:58 am

Congrats to the winners!! This was such a fun contest, Jenn!

20 Danielle March 19, 2009 at 8:05 am

Congrats to the winners! What a great prize to win!

21 Sarah March 19, 2009 at 8:29 am

Congratulations to the winners!! Awesome prizes. :) So jealous of the mug & BB.

22 Mel March 19, 2009 at 9:13 am

Congrats to the winners! I totally love those mugs and the egg cooker!

23 Allison March 19, 2009 at 9:23 am

Woot woot! I won! :) Thanks Bender! πŸ˜€

24 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 19, 2009 at 9:48 am

Them’s some lucky ladies winning your loot. (Alliteration much?)

I might have to try that there choconut baked oatmeal! Sounds like way fun and the experimentation opportunities could be graaaaaand…I haven’t been reading long enough to know if you’ve tried any more variations since (?). :)

25 Danielle March 19, 2009 at 10:29 am

Happy Belated Bloganiversary! And congrats to Allison :)

26 Erin March 19, 2009 at 11:35 am

Ohhh this was so fun! Congrats to the winners!

27 Judy March 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Happy Anniversary, Jenn! and congrats to the lucky winners.
I too would like to know where I can buy that egg cooker! I ordered one of the Joyce Shelton mugs when you announced the contest and it is on its way. (I never win contests, so this was my gift to myself! )

28 martiniwindow March 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Congrats to all the winners! And thanks for sharing all of the fun facts!

29 Kristie March 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Oh dang, that’s HALF of my name in the trivia win. Good thing I didn’t enter (I totally forgot about that part, I actually meant to! eeek!) otherwise I would have probably started jumping up and down when I saw my name, only to be sadly shot down seconds later when realizing that it’s another Kristie.

CONGRATS to both winners though! πŸ˜‰

30 Betsy March 19, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Such a cute giveaway! :)

And I’m just reading the fiber interview… I love how she guarantees fiber will give you the best bowel movement of your entire life. Haha!

31 Oh She Glows March 19, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I had so much fun reading all of the answers to the trivia! Such a great contest/celebration for your year of blogging!

The prizes are too cute!

32 Emily March 19, 2009 at 9:27 pm

How exciting! Congrats Girls!

33 Mariposa March 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm

that was a great trivia contest! loved it!

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