“Getting” Blogging (Recipe: Snickerdoodle Cookies)

A few weeks ago, after returning from my trip to New York (which I will blog about soon!) my husband said, “You know… I feel like you are a part of this whole other life that I just don’t even get.” He was referring to the blogging life. How many of you have experienced this same sentiment with friends and loved ones? They don’t understand what we do, why we do it, the purpose, etc. I’ve been blogging for quite some time now and my husband still has a difficult time grasping the whole blogging world. He likes that I do it. He appreciates that it is an outlet for me, but he still doesn’t “get it”.

I’ll be honest… I can probably count on two hands the number of times he has read Dine & Dish. Just a very small part of my side of the family reads my blog but I’m pretty sure his side of the family doesn’t. They watch me as we have dinners taking pictures of food and things, but I don’t think many of our family members really get it. That’s fine… it’s not something everyone is going to understand.

This is why I was intrigued the other day when Nick got off the phone with his dad and said “My dad has a surprise for you!” Nick was giddy… I was clueless. What could his dad possible have for me? Then Nick said, “You’ll be thrilled… it has to do with your blog.” Huh? I didn’t even really think his dad knew I had a blog. Now I was really curious.

Well, we went to visit his family in Iowa this weekend and walked in the door around midnight. Nick and his dad quickly went to the garage and then Nick came back out and summoned me to go to the garage. I went and when I opened the door I saw the most beautiful, beat up old barn door. A barn door that can easily be distressed even more and turned into a table top. A table top that can be easily used for food photography photos. Yep… I was pretty thrilled. When I wasn’t noticing, Nick and his dad were working hard to “get” what I do and had been on the search for old barnwood.

So, just when you think your “people” don’t get you, think you are bizarre, and question what you do and why you do it, just wait. Pretty soon they’ll observe enough, ever so silently, to realize where your passions are and do whatever they can to support you in their own little way. Just wait.

Snickerdoodle Cookies (from Beth Sigworth on AllRecipes)

I know that people claim all the time to have “the best” this cookie or that cookie. Beth’s recipe here is truly the BEST Snickerdoodle cookie recipe I’ve tried. I lowered the bake time to 8 minutes and they came out soft, chewy and tender. Yum!

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
  3. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

If you love Snickerdoodle’s like we do, you’ll love these recipes too!

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  1. says

    Aw, that was such a super sweet gesture! And the wood looks so gorgeous!!! Yeah, most of the people I know don’t get why I spend a lot of time blogging, as if it’s such a big waste of time. Also? They rarely even read the blog, if at all. :p

  2. says

    Aw, great story! Love the idea of using a door for photos, too!

    I recently made a cake for my mom to bring to work. Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to get any ‘interior’ photos of the cake, I told her she should bring her camera to work with her. I was emailed pictures a couple days later, where she said, “I even remembered to take the pictures near the window for natural light!” :)

  3. says

    What a fabulous story, and I’m totally laughing b/c I clicked on your Twitter link and when the post loaded my first thought was, “WOW, awesome old wood in that photo!” I just kept thinking of it the whole way down as I read the post…and then spit out my water when I read the ending to the story! They really did find a beautiful way to “get it”!

    Thanks for sharing! :-)

  4. says

    That’s so funny. I just had a friend, a YOUNGER friend, tell me yesterday that she really doesn’t understand blogs and I’m not sure she’s ever looked at mine. :) My MIL certainly does not get it.

    This barn door is awesome and I love the cinnamon sugar spilled out in your picture!

  5. says

    How wonderful – and thoughtful!

    We do all handmade holidays and I asked my husband for old wood painted in various shade, assembled into flat surfaces – I think he thought I had lost my mind. Even more so when I gave him a reading list to look at images – ha!

    I’m so glad they were able to figure out a way to be part of your joy and to bring you joy – and that you shared it with us!

  6. says

    Kristen, congrats on your new door & recognition. I know, it is so funny to be very passionate about something like food blogging & have the majority of folks you know & live with think your a bit cuckoo. I now just tell most people I am a recipe developer. They get that, with out dishing the weird looks! These Snickerdoodles look great:) xo

  7. says

    awe that’s super cute…….my family doesn’t really “get it ” either, but I do know several of them read my blog, they just don’t comment.

    Funny when I was on the plain headed to NYC for a product Ambassador trip, the lady sitting next to me asked if my trip was business or pleasure……I said “a little of both”…….then I had to explain, while she sat there with a very perplexed look on her face! lol

  8. says

    Maybe my favorite cookie of all time. Maybe, I say, because I’ve been known to change my mind based on what’s within arm’s reach! Cheers!

  9. says

    That is so sweet of them! Luckily my boyfriend has been pushing me to blog for a while so I have some support in starting, but I am not sure what my family would think, my mom struggles to even access the internet!
    The wood is beautiful too it looks great!

  10. says

    Aww that is so super sweet! A few of my friends read my blog but my parents rarely ever do. Once in a blue moon. They pretend to get it sometimes but don’t really. It’s hard for them to understand why going to BlogHer was such a big thing for me or why it’s exciting when someone sends me samples and stuff like that. But isn’t it so nice when someone gets it, even if just for a second? The table is gorgeous!

  11. says

    Great story! My husband doesn’t really get it either. He’s barely read it either. He says that he ate the food so why does he need to see pictures of it on the computer! My kids are funny, they are so used to seeing me photograph my food. I can make something like frozen pizza and before they start eating, they ask me if I need a photograph first!!

    The cookies look wonderful! I love snickerdoodles! Thanks!

  12. says

    aww! Thats so sweet of them!

    I can totally relate though. I get asked that a LOT…as well as “whats the difference between a blog and a website?” lol As for family, I doubt my siblings or my dad have visited once. My mother has, but shes a bit ‘overly’ enthusiastic at times. 😉

    As in, she will give many suggestions and ideas, and Im thankful that she cares enough to think about it, but It’s clear that she doesnt “get” blogging when she gives her suggestions! lol

  13. says

    What a thoughtful gift. I’m sure my family doesn’t really get it either. I didn’t realize when I started just how much the friendships are an important/wonderful part of blogging. Guess I’ll be baking snickerdoodles soon.


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