Home Sweet Home! by The Pioneer Woman

I hope you’ve all been doing well, staying safe, and (hopefully) getting back to some glimpse of normal. I know normal is a relative term, and I swear, I still have moments where I am hit with this strong “What just happened?!?” feeling regarding the past couple of months. What a time. I hope things […]

I hope you’ve all been doing well, staying safe, and (hopefully) getting back to some glimpse of normal. I know normal is a relative term, and I swear, I still have moments where I am hit with this strong “What just happened?!?” feeling regarding the past couple of months. What a time. I hope things continue to get better—for you, for your family, for the world.

 
On the ranch, the kids and I are going to continue to shoot our own shows for awhile. My regular film crew is from the UK, and since they aren’t unable to travel this way just yet, we are filming all the footage ourselves and they are putting the shows together for us. A perfect partnership for the time we’re in! We look forward to the day we can all be together again.

We’re calling this continuing series “The Pioneer Woman: Home Sweet Home,” and this Saturday is episode #2! Our first five episodes were called “Staying Home” and we thought it was time to give them a new name as we move into the next stage we’re in…however long it lasts.

 
I’m so lucky to have Alex to help me…

 
As well as Paige.

A bright spot has been spending time with my girls!

 
This Saturday’s episode is a fun one.

 
I make a Dutch Baby, which is in my recent cookbook. It kind of turns out okay, but the oven was too hot and it wasn’t as poufy as I wanted it to be…but there’s no reshooting with these episodes!

 
I also make granola in a skillet, which only take a few minutes. Granola is a weakness of mine—among four hundred other weaknesses, so it’s in good company.

 
I make this internet sensation of a sandwich for Ladd—and I didn’t practice beforehand.

 
“No matter what happens, no one in this room give me a hard time. I’ve never made this before.”

 
This photo cracks me up. You’ll have to tune in to see what preceded it!

 
Have you heard of Dalgona Coffee? I made it for the first time, too!

 
It is…AMAZING (all caps, that’s how good it is.)

 
Yummy!

I hope you are still enjoying the shows the kids and I are shooting. They may be a little silly at times, but they very accurately depict what things are like in our kitchen, our lives, our daily routine. It’s nice to just start cooking and see what happens–the good, the bad, and the tasty.

“The Pioneer Woman: Home Sweet Home” is on Food Network at 10:00 am Eastern/9 center Saturday morning.

Love to all of you!

Staying Home: Episode 5 by The Pioneer Woman

There’s a new episode of “Staying Home” on today (Saturday morning!) It’s the fifth kid-shot episode, and three of my kids (plus my nephew) are behind the cameras!   When I say “cameras” I mean “iPhones!” It’s amazing what they can do these days.   I remember getting a Kodak Disk camera when I was […]

There’s a new episode of “Staying Home” on today (Saturday morning!) It’s the fifth kid-shot episode, and three of my kids (plus my nephew) are behind the cameras!

 
When I say “cameras” I mean “iPhones!” It’s amazing what they can do these days.

 
I remember getting a Kodak Disk camera when I was in sixth or seventh grade, so I still have an old fashioned perspective on photography.

Raise your hand if you had one!

 
Paige and Alex usually alternate filming with the main camera, which is the one that I speak directly to.

 
Stuart helps with the wide shot, which captures most of the kitchen and everything happening in the periphery. It’s nice to cut to here and there, so the show doesn’t get too monotonous, visually. Stu (and Mauricio, Alex’s boyfriend) also operate the Go Pros, which are mounted up high in a couple of places in the kitchen—they sort of have a security camera feel, but are nice to have in case Todd scares me with a fake snake and Alex doesn’t catch it on the main camera.

 
The fake snake happens on today’s show, by the way—which is why I’m sort of punching Todd in this photo.

 
Duke is head of production. He oversees all the table scraps.

 
And the food today is GLORIOUS! This is broccoli-cheese orzotto, a cross between orzo and risotto. The kids loved it, man!

 
And this is a smoothie bowl, which has a pineapple whip base…and in no universe could this pass as a healthy snack, but that’s okay.

I hope you enjoy this morning’s episode. The kids and I had lots of fun shooting it.

 
And I hope you would like to see more…because the kids and I are officially shooting ten more!

I’m going to go take my vitamins…

Staying Home: Episode 3! by The Pioneer Woman

Thank you all for checking out my new, dramatic (not really) miniseries on Food Network, and for sharing your feedback with me! The kids and I are still filming away and having fun, and Staying Home: Episode 3 airs this Saturday morning. (That’s tomorrow, if you’re reading this on Friday!) Here are some pics from […]

Thank you all for checking out my new, dramatic (not really) miniseries on Food Network, and for sharing your feedback with me! The kids and I are still filming away and having fun, and Staying Home: Episode 3 airs this Saturday morning. (That’s tomorrow, if you’re reading this on Friday!)

Here are some pics from tomorrow’s show.

 
Paige has been doing a great job! She’s very efficient and keeps us all on track so we don’t film until midnight. I try to embarrass her by being strange on camera.

I succeed.

 
My nephew Stu (that’s my brother Doug’s son) helped with this show again, and he’s a fun guy (not to be confused with fungi—Stu doesn’t like mushrooms) to have around.

 
So committed to your craft, Stu!

 
Alex (and Mauricio, not pictured because he took all the pictures!) were along for the ride. We had a blast! I wish we weren’t in our current circumstances, but one bright spot is that we’ve all been able to spend more time together.

 
These shows are unscripted, largely unplanned apart from the recipes, and it’s kind of fun just to roll the cameras, cook, and hope it all works. Sometimes it doesn’t!

 
You’ll see this on tomorrow’s show: Stu took this photo right before hot water sloshed out of the pasta pot, and right before my pepper grinder fell apart as I was using it…and well, at least I can say I tried. I may have accidentally said a colorful word, but I’m not sure if that will make it on the show or not. If it does…sorry, Mom. 🙂

Staying Home: Episode 3 airs on Food Network Saturday morning at 10 am Eastern/9 Central!

Hope you enjoy, and I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe!

Lots of love,
Ree Ree

“Staying Home” Episode 2! by The Pioneer Woman

After a week with a regular episode (it was filmed back in January), tomorrow we’re going back to my self-shot “Staying Home” series on Food Network! If you caught my first one, you know the drill: Because my regular crew is in England and isn’t able to travel to Oklahoma right now, my kids and […]

After a week with a regular episode (it was filmed back in January), tomorrow we’re going back to my self-shot “Staying Home” series on Food Network! If you caught my first one, you know the drill: Because my regular crew is in England and isn’t able to travel to Oklahoma right now, my kids and I have been shooting shows ourselves. Saturday’s episode will be the second. We filmed it…like ten days ago! Quick turnaround, man.

It’ll be on Food Network Saturday morning (that’s tomorrow) at 10am/9c!

 
For this episode, my brave crew consisted of Alex, Paige, my nephew Stuart, and Alex’s friend Mauricio. We have all been holing up together for the past six weeks, and while they all have their various remote work and school responsibilities, they have been glad to help me with this crazy-fun project, which has allowed me to continue with somewhat of a routine that forces me to shower, put on makeup, and brush my hair. Without this, the spiral downward would have been steep and swift.

 
 
In this episode, I’m transforming canned soup, making a homemade taco that will rock your world, and making a fancy dessert with the most un-fancy ingredients you’ve ever seen. And the kids are behind the wheel!

 
 
I mean…behind the camera.

 
 
It’s amazing what can be done with an iPhone and a hand-held gimbal these days. Our great-grandparents would be astounded!

Also, I catch a spoon on fire in this episode. You can’t make this stuff up. My great-grandmother would shake her head.

 
 
I know I won’t have these turkeys at home forever, and I know (I should say hope) that things will get back to normal soon. But for now, for this moment, I am cherishing this crazy, unplanned time with my family and enjoying seeing how much they have all grown up.

 
 
This photo will make much more sense when you see the episode. 🙂

I hope you’re all doing well! I hope you’re safe and are getting through the isolation okay. May things get better very soon!

 
 
Here’s a photo of Ladd burning grass around the Lodge last week. I’m glad he knows what he’s doing.

 
 
And here’s a photo of Fred to make you smile.

The dogs are loving all the family being home!

Lots and lots of love,
Reester

Staying Home by The Pioneer Woman

Hi, friends. Gosh…it’s been awhile! And so much has happened. I hope you are all okay, I hope your loved ones are safe and well, and I hope you’re weathering this storm with your family. What an unprecedented time.   Here in our world, we’ve had adjustments like everyone has. We closed the Merc in […]

Hi, friends. Gosh…it’s been awhile! And so much has happened. I hope you are all okay, I hope your loved ones are safe and well, and I hope you’re weathering this storm with your family. What an unprecedented time.

 
Here in our world, we’ve had adjustments like everyone has. We closed the Merc in mid-March, which was of course a hard decision–but obviously the right thing to do. We hope to be able to reopen soon, just like so many business owners do. It’s hard to see the Merc so quiet, but it’s just resting…and will be ready when things get started again.

 
Paige’s college closed through the end of the semester, so she’s been home doing classes remotely. What an adjustment for her, too! She was staying up late, hanging with friends, studying through the night for morning tests…and now she’s had to adjust her daily routine. Fortunately, Alex is home, too—she is still working, but able to do it remotely. So the Drummond sisters have each other.

Bryce and Todd’s school is out for the semester, too, and they started distance learning this week. Sports has been the biggest adjustment; track is canceled, and their daily workouts (for longterm football training) have to be done on their own time. Bryce’s college football recruiting (just like so many high school athletes!) has had to take a different shape since in-person visits aren’t permitted through May 31. So many kids with plans and hopes and dreams are facing a new reality right now. I’ve been watching piano recitals and Zoom theater performances on Twitter in order to support kids out there who’ve been working hard toward their goals for so long. I hope they keep their chins up! They will all come out of this stronger. (On that note, here is Bryce’s football highlight reel if you’d like to get a football hit! Ha.)

Ladd is the one member of our family who hasn’t seen a drastic shift in his daily life, since his daily life involves feeding cattle, spring burning, and other ranch-centric activities. Since the boys are around the house more, they’re able to help him more, which is nice for him. The markets are crazy and uncertain, but a rancher still has to get out of bed and take care of the animals.

As for me, I hate what our world is going through. I am grieved by the suffering, the illness, the loss of so many. I hurt for the health care workers who are exhausted and overworked, and in fear for their health. Now, as a GenX-er, I was trained for staying home and haven’t been bothered by the monotony of laying low every day. (If only I could find reruns of Gilligan’s Island somewhere on TV.) But for the sake of so many, I hope this gets better soon, and gets better quickly.

 
The kids are here more, I’ve added Alex and Paige to the mix, so cooking and making sure the house doesn’t fall to pieces has entered another dimension. On the business front, I am having regular giveaways here on my website and staying in touch with my magazine team, my Walmart product friends, and other folks I work with. It’s amazing how much can be done remotely.

Regarding my cooking show, my TV crew is from London, so we obviously had to cancel our April shoot…and it’s hard to know when they will be able to come back. I miss them! But after talking to Food Network, I decided to try a self-shot episode of The Pioneer Woman…with my kids behind the camera. We shot it last week, then I worked with my London crew on editing all the footage into a real show, and I have to say that it was such a fun experience given the circumstances! It will air this Saturday morning on Food Network (10 am Eastern, 9 am Central), and I share recipes that I’ve been making that are uncomplicated, simple, and yummy. I hope you enjoy seeing the behind the scenes weirdness of my kids and me!

Details: The Pioneer Woman: Staying Home – Saturday, April 11 – 9:00 am Central/10:00 am Eastern

 
Be sure to check the giveaways page if you need your day brightened! 🙂 (There will be a new giveaway to enter later today!)

I love you guys. Take care, stay safe, and hug your families. The kids and I will be shooting more recipes this weekend, and I’ll post photos next week!

Love,
P-Widdle Diddle

Happy it’s February by The Pioneer Woman

Is it just me, or did it feel as if January lasted 519 days? Wait, I know it’s not just me. On social media, at church, everywhere I’ve come in contact with other humans, I kept hearing the same sentiment: Please let January be over! Here on the ranch, it was a cold, wet, muddy […]

Is it just me, or did it feel as if January lasted 519 days?

Wait, I know it’s not just me. On social media, at church, everywhere I’ve come in contact with other humans, I kept hearing the same sentiment: Please let January be over! Here on the ranch, it was a cold, wet, muddy January, and our cars became almost undrivable because of the mud that was up in the tires. The dogs and I were developing relationship issues because we were cooped up together for so long, and I started to empathize with sun-starved residents of Seattle. I’m so glad February is here!

Even though it’s raining this morning. Ha.

I’ve missed you guys! I’ve mostly been checking in with the world via social media – Instagram and Facebook – because things have been so busy with the boys, family in general, the dogs (and our relationship issues), filming my show, and the other things that keep making their way onto my to-do list. I have a surprise relating to my website that’s coming soon, though–I will let you know when I get closer to relaunching! I’m excited about it, because it’s going to make it easier for me to check in with you here, which was my very first online home and will always be important to me.

Here’s a speed round of what’s happening on the ranch!

The boys are wrestling.

The resulting laundry is shocking. Just shocking.

Bryce is starting to think about his football/college plans.

I wore my hair straight for three weeks, then started curling it again because I will always be a child of the 80’s.

My mom is moving back to Oklahoma!

I’m gearing up for an amazing spring at The Mercantile, P-Town, Charlie’s, and beyond. I love our small town. Come see me!

I’ll be opening a new store in Pawhuska this spring. So excited.

I’ve been trying to get on the rowing machine and failing half the time. (Succeeding half the time–I’ll look at it that way!)

I started listening to audio books instead of podcasts. White collar crime seems to be where I’m settling? I’m weird.

I’m writing a book of weird and wacky family stories that will be out this fall. I can’t think of a title! More on this later.

I hope you’re all having a great February (so far—it’s only the 4th!).

Lots of love,
Pioneer Woman

My Brady Holiday Fun by The Pioneer Woman

In case ya missed it, I got to participate in a holiday special with the cast of The Brady Bunch! If you have read this website for any length of time, you know how much I loved The Brady Bunch. This was a serious highlight of my life.     The first two Brady kids […]

In case ya missed it, I got to participate in a holiday special with the cast of The Brady Bunch!

If you have read this website for any length of time, you know how much I loved The Brady Bunch. This was a serious highlight of my life.

 
 
The first two Brady kids that I met were Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Maureen McCormick (Marcia.) Mike and I actually shared a car from the hotel to the Brady house, and he was the perfect introduction to the group–he was warm, friendly, and so sweet.

Marcia was the fist cast member to walk into the house, the first one I got to hug and say hello to. It was like meeting my older sister, and she was as kind and lovely as I had always hoped she’d be.

 
 
The shoot was very busy and we didn’t have a lot of downtime. There were a few moments here and there—here’s Barry Williams, who played Greg, the oldest Brady brother.

 
 
And Christopher Knight, who played Peter! It was fun to hear their stories and to see how connected they all still are. They’re lifelong friends (and they goof around together), and it was a beautiful thing to see.

 
 
Mom always said don’t play ball in the house!

 
 
I am no spring chicken and I have had a lot of experiences in my life. But this one got me. I was grinning from ear to ear the whole time, and I absorbed every single moment! The Brady kids are all unique, no two are alike, and they all have their own separate lives, families, projects. But as I said above, the connection between them is real. They grew up together, had a unique experience that few others have had, and the bond is tangible. I think that was my favorite part of the whole experience, just seeing that tenderness. And the way they remember Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, and Anne B. Davis (Mike, Carol, and Alice) made for some emotional moments.

 
 
I loved every minute of it! If you missed it on HGTV, it will air again this Sunday on Food Network at 1:00 Eastern/12:00 Central.

I hope you’re all having a great holiday season!!

Lots of love,
Ree Brady (oops…did I just say that out loud?)

A Good Thanksgiving by The Pioneer Woman

We had a good Thanksgiving. It was Ladd, me, our four kids, and two extras…and I can’t remember the last time I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for eight people (well, and six dogs, obviously.) It was so relaxing and so enjoyable, and while I will always prefer to have the larger, whole fam damily together on […]

We had a good Thanksgiving. It was Ladd, me, our four kids, and two extras…and I can’t remember the last time I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for eight people (well, and six dogs, obviously.) It was so relaxing and so enjoyable, and while I will always prefer to have the larger, whole fam damily together on Thanksgiving, it was nice to breathe and chill a bit. The only problem is, it was so relaxing that I was pretty much ready to serve the meal an hour before we had planned to serve the meal, and we were still waiting on our eighth guest to arrive. But I was so chill that I didn’t care! I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!

Ew, that’s a strange visual. I didn’t really carve the turkey while I was in the shower. In fact, I really didn’t carve the turkey at all. Ladd did. I started to carve the turkey, but as soon as I made the first cut I said “Okay, I’m bored, I don’t want to do this” and I handed Ladd the knife. I do that a lot, say “Okay, I’m bored, I don’t want to do this.” Poor Ladd has to ride my waves. Living with me goes something like this:

Ree: “I have a great idea!!”

Ladd: “What is it?”

Ree: “I don’t know, I forgot.”

Ladd: *no response*

Ree: “Oh, I just remembered—I have a great idea!!”

Ladd: “What is it?”

Ree: “I think I’ll carve the turkey this year!!!”

*no response*

*Ree makes the first cut*

Ree: “Okay, I’m bored, I don’t want to do this.”

*Ree hands Ladd the carving knife*

*Ladd starts to carve*

Ree: “I’m sure glad I have all the good ideas around here!”

Anyway, it really was a wonderful Thanksgiving. This fall has been a busy one, with my new cookbook of course, but mostly because of football—and all the blood, sweat, stress, hard work, and tears that came with it. (The boys worked hard at football, too!)

So now, I’m on the home stretch of my cookbook tour, and looking forward to a nice Christmas season with the four Drummond kids and the one Drummond husband and the six Drummond dogs. I’ll be cooking and baking and posting more recipes both here and on Instagram, and I might even start wrapping my Christmas presents before December 24 at 11:15 pm!

One is never too old to change.

(I think.)

It’s That Time Again by The Pioneer Woman

We are lucky enough to have a longtime Pawhuska mom (and grandmother) come to our home games and take photos of the boys. The Friday before Veteran’s Day, she took this photo of Bryce during the National Anthem. It’s a framer!   She gets great action shots! This is Bryce running the ball—love how there’s […]

We are lucky enough to have a longtime Pawhuska mom (and grandmother) come to our home games and take photos of the boys. The Friday before Veteran’s Day, she took this photo of Bryce during the National Anthem. It’s a framer!

 
She gets great action shots! This is Bryce running the ball—love how there’s a chain of players trying to take the other down! High school football is so exciting.

 
 
This year has been so wonderful. After going 0 and 10 just two years ago, we went 9 and 1 in our regular season this year. Our new coach started last year, and he’s been such a great asset (and mentor) to all the boys. We have game 2 of the playoffs this Friday and we’ll be there cheering them on! I couldn’t be prouder of our team. They have worked so hard.

 
 
And I couldn’t be prouder of Bryce. I’ve watched him mature, not just on the field but off the field. I’m in denial that he’s a junior—that he’s in the same spot Alex was in when it first dawned on me that she would one day be leaving home. From that realization to the time she went to college seemed to go by in an instant…so I have that same strange mix of dread and excitement, of tears and happiness!

Being a mom…you never get used to this stuff.

(Awesome photos above by Debbie Formby.)

Welcome to (Paige’s) Frontier! by The Pioneer Woman

I thought you’d get a kick out of Paige’s Halloween costume this year! It made me laugh. I told her she should have worn a floral top and much more eyeliner…but at least it showed me she was thinking about me at college! Also, it has cured me of any notion I’ve been playing with […]

I thought you’d get a kick out of Paige’s Halloween costume this year! It made me laugh. I told her she should have worn a floral top and much more eyeliner…but at least it showed me she was thinking about me at college! Also, it has cured me of any notion I’ve been playing with that I should go a little more red with my hair. Ha.

Hope you all had a wonderful, safe Halloween! Is it November already? Not possible!

Here are some random things on my mind today:

1. I’m about seven episodes away from being finished with The Handmaid’s Tale. How will I exercise, what will I watch on the rowing machine next, and what will become of me? Please advise.

2. I just listened to the audio book of “Bad Blood,” which is about the Theranos situation/scandal/craziness. I was riveted. Does this story fascinate you like it does me?

3. I was in California for a book signing Saturday and that night I ordered sushi from Door Dash from my hotel room. It’s a good thing I live on an isolated cattle ranch, because that could be dangerous for me.

4. I have so enjoyed meeting many of you at my cookbook signings. My cup runneth over. Thank you for coming to see me. It’s the best thing about writing a book.

5. I love ya more’n my luggage! Big time.

xoxo,
Pioneer Woman