let’s ketchup!

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Let’s Ketchup!

And I promise I will not use the phrase “in these uncertain times” because if I hear that phrase one more time I’m going to pull my hair out. Which might actually not be that bad because a lot of it is going grey and it is in desperate need of a color. But, like, it’s a given that we are all losing our minds (?) so I’m doing something that I used to do when I’d lose my mind back in college and ketchup to you in the form of a… HAPPY LIST!

1. It’s gonna snow tomorrow! And it was the fastest sugar beet harvest in recent history so Nick is currently tucking the fields in for their long winter nap and then after that, it’s all Hallmark Christmas movies, all the time. And maybe some road trips, depending on how long Bernie will sit in her car seat and play with stickers and watch Elmo.

2. Omg, Bernie loves ELMO. And stickers and painting and playing with Play-doh and pouring vinegar into baking soda and eating smiley face pizza and crunching through piles of leaves outside, all of the typical toddler things that I can still remember loving when I was a kid. So each day with her allows me to relive awesome kid stuff. She’s also learning so many words. New words every day. And the pronunciations are next level. For example: she says “shirt” without the “r” sound, “walk” with a German “w” sound so it sounds exactly like the F word, and “clock” minus the “l” sound. Honestly thank goodness we are social distancing during this time of language development.

3. I’m working on my next cookbook! It is called Home Is Where The Eggs Are and it features all of the food that I make for our little family on a regular basis. No big celebrations or parties or deep fryers required, just really tasty cozy stuff, a lot of which you can make with a toddler in your arms. So far writing it has been a dream, it’s one of the great things that is keeping me from going completely insane these days. I love the subject of feeding my family food. It’s probably my favorite subject of all other than Bernie.

4. I’ve been consuming a lot of media (just like you probably?) and here are some of my recent favorite books/music/shows/podcasts:

-American Royals and Majesty: it’s basically if Gossip Girl took place in a world where America was a monarchy.

-China Rich Girlfriend: the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians. I never read the first book, just watched the movie over and over. I can’t wait to read the third book now.

-Very Amusing: a podcast all about Disney!

-Unorthodox: I know, I won’t shut up about this podcast, but their most recent one with Mayim Bialik was extra great.

-Somebody Feed Phil: I am late to this game but Phil’s happiness and energy is like a good espresso shot for the soul.

-Emily in Paris: freaking duhhhh

-Invention: This is an album from my old college friend Michael Thurber and Tessa Lark and it is for when I need something autumnal and cozy but can’t handle the strong emotions that Sufjan pulls out of me.

5. I bought yogurt dip n dots yesterday

6. We’ve been eating a lot of soup

Ok, well, I think that mostly covers it. No real adventures to report back on, other than going through the Starbucks drive-through. Oh! We did go hiking at Turtle River State Park and that was beautiful and delightful. But yeah that’s it.

What’s new with you??

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

Chili Baked Potatoes

This easy chili baked potato recipe works for weeknights or family dinners for a crowd! This trick lets you cook the potatoes in half the time. What’s for dinner? Yes, it’s a struggle for all of us! Alex and I have found it’s especial…

This easy chili baked potato recipe works for weeknights or family dinners for a crowd! This trick lets you cook the potatoes in half the time. What’s for dinner? Yes, it’s a struggle for all of us! Alex and I have found it’s especially difficult when feeding a crowd. But here’s a solution that’s a perfect dinner for a crowd: chili baked potatoes! Bake up some potatoes, top them with chili and all the fixin’s, and it’s an easy dinner everyone can enjoy. Chili is a hearty match for fluffy potatoes, and really: who doesn’t love a baked potato bar with all those fun toppings? This recipe is gluten-free and vegan, so it fits a variety of diets around the table. Here’s how we make them: with our trick for baking the potatoes quickly! How to make chili baked potatoes Chili baked potatoes is a truly easy concept: make chili, bake potatoes, serve! It’s a great option for entertaining, like a big family dinner. Alex and I served this to a group of 12 people for a dinner party, and it went over very well! Everyone loved the toppings, and it made our pot of chili feed more people! Here […]

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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

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