Bloggers that make me go BOOM {20}…and a recipe!

It’s been a couple weeks since I shared some lovely bloggers with you, so it’s about time I do that again.

Here you go…

Our Simple Lives…I never ever miss a post by Mark. I started reading his blog when I heard ’round the water cooler that is facebook and twitter that this was happening in his life.  His is one of the few that once I started reading, I went back and slowly read every post.  Ok, I read them all in one night and didn’t get to bed until like 2am.  But when you say it that way, I am a total stalker.  Whatevs.  Mark LOVES me.

The Adventures of Daddy Runs A Lot. Huh.  Another “daddy blogger.”  I can’t help it.  A dude that can write is tops in my book, and John‘s stories are the shiz. Not only does he have super cute kids, but he is a bit obsessed with taking self-portraits on instagram. Anyone who loves himself that much is either an arrogant ass or pretty neat.  He is lucky he’s pretty neat.

This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff. This is a group blog of sorts that does reviews and giveaways and is run by the impeccable Alex (of Late Enough fame).  I like it because it’s not full of useless stuff like some blogs like this. And it doesn’t post 1437593 times a day.  Just  a few times a week.  It’s good stuff.

The SITS Girls. One of the only “community” sites I still follow and participate in.  I love that they showcase blogs as well as give tips for blogging and social media.  As someone who has been around these parts for awhile, I even find helpful stuff.  That says a lot for the quality content of SITS.

What To Read To Your Kids. I found this little blog through a friend.  It’s her sister-in-law.  I love it because it gives me wonderful ideas of books on all sorts of subject to read to Eddie and Charlie.  I have put MANY of the book suggestions on this blog on Eddie’s wish list.

That’s it.  We made it to the bottom of my reader!

So you get a bonus!  A recipe!

(I have no idea how these things are related, but I love these and want to share them with you).

Lemon Glazed Cookies

In full disclosure, I got the recipe from my Real Simple magazine ages ago and just tried the recipe this week because lemon = summer to me.

The Stuff you Need for the Cookies:

3/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
3/4 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups all-purpose flour

The Stuff you Need for the Glaze:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (+ more if necessary)
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

What you Need to Do:

> with an electric mixer, beat the butter and the sugar until fluffy.
> add the egg yolks, vanilla, and salt and beat to combine.
> gradually add the flour, mixing until just incorporated.

>Divide the dough in half and shape each into 1 1/4-inch-diameter logs. (he he…”logs”)
>Wrap them in wax paper and stick them in the fridge for 30ish minutes so they firm up.

>Preheat the oven to 350 F.
>open up your logs (he he!) and slice into 3/8-inch pieces and line ’em up on a baking sheet. (you can use parchment paper, but I just used air-bake cookie sheets)
> Bake 16-20 minutes (until lightly golden).
>let them cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheets and then transfer to a cookie wrap to cool all the way.

>make your glaze by whisking the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and zest (should be a thickish, but pourable…this is where you may have to add extra lemon juice).
>dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and then let set about 15 minutes.

Then…enjoy a cookie…

…or three.

Happy Saturday.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Yumminess. These cookies look and sound good… I love lemon glazed anything!!! Thanks for adding more reading choices to my list. Have a good weekend.

  2. I love Mark too. In a recent comment on one of his posts, I confessed to being a groupie. What? Mark loves me too!

    And yum, lemon!! I’m a little obsessed with lemon anything.

    • the funny thing? He probably won’t even see this post if he’s not reading today! HA!

      • Hey, stop complimenting and praisin’ me on the weekends when I’m not paying attention. Do it during the week while I’m at work and have tons of time!
        Thank you so much for this and it kills me that you read my entire blog in one sitting. That’s insane! Oh wait, I forgot who I was talking about. So for you, I guess I would say, “That’ normal!” But it doesn’t sound as good.
        Thanks again. And yes, I love you and Alison too. Don’t make me pick favorites! I’ve done that with my kids and it didn’t turn out pretty.

  3. Thank you so much for including SITS- we just love it when veterans still come by and find the info useful. {I learn stuff all the time!} And, those cookies? Pinning them now…

  4. You are so right. Lemon DOES = summer.
    Why is that?

    On second thought, who cares…

    Just enjoy.

    And thanks for the delicious blog recommendations.

  5. Hi. I’m back… Just wanted to let you know that the cookies are cooling as we speak. Can’t wait to put the glaze on and have one!!! 🙂 I just couldn’t resist…

  6. Thank you for the shout out! We try to hard to be relevant and honest — it’s so nice when it shines through! xo

    Also, feel free to send me cookies.

  7. great share! I loved finding unique and different blogs from this post! I get so tired of the same ole same ole all the time and now I have some new reads which makes me happy! And the cookie recipe is bookmarked as well. bangin’ post:)