Pawhuska Fun! by The Pioneer Woman

Last Saturday was a fun, special day in Pawhuska. I had my hometown cookbook signing, which was really a fun time…     And we had our second annual Halloween Hangout, where families wear their costumes, paint pumpkins, and have a ghoulishly good time.     I love this time of year!     The […]

Last Saturday was a fun, special day in Pawhuska. I had my hometown cookbook signing, which was really a fun time…

 
 
And we had our second annual Halloween Hangout, where families wear their costumes, paint pumpkins, and have a ghoulishly good time.

 
 
I love this time of year!

 
 
The kids really turned up and represented. The costumes were amazing.

 
 
I can’t handle this. Cuteness overload!

 
 
The kids were dressed up everywhere! Outside at the Halloween Hangout, and inside at the cookbook signing.

 
 
Hi, Jasmine! Welcome to Pawhuska!

 
 
This guy basically melted my heart.

 
 
Hey, cowboy!

 
 
From friends to sisters to couples to grandparents to entire families…we had an awesome day all around!

 
 
I just love our small town.

P-Diddle Diddle by The Pioneer Woman

Hi, friends! I thought I’d check in about what I’ve been up to. Ladd and I celebrated our anniversary in September, for one! It was the big 2-3, and you know what they say: Once you get over that 23-year hump, it’s all smooth sailing from there! Ha.     I hope you were able […]

Hi, friends! I thought I’d check in about what I’ve been up to. Ladd and I celebrated our anniversary in September, for one! It was the big 2-3, and you know what they say: Once you get over that 23-year hump, it’s all smooth sailing from there!

Ha.

 
 
I hope you were able to catch my episode of The Pioneer Woman that I shot at the Brady Bunch house! I had this same grin on my face the entire time, because this was basically a dream come true.

 
 
I just launched some new things at Walmart, and I love it all. It’s so fun to see the patterns and colors we developed over a year ago finally live on real products I can hold in my hand.

Have I mentioned I love flowers?

 
 
I took a trip last week! I headed out to Pennsylvania to appear on David Venable’s QVC show, which is such a fun tradition for me.

 
 
During my layover in the Atlanta airport, I became exasperated that I couldn’t find the necklace I had hurled into my purse on my way out the door that morning, so I went to my gate…

 
 
And dumped everything out. What sad is that I had just organized my purse that morning! That’s how long my organizational skills sustain themselves.

But at least I’m a good speller!

 
 
Ahhh…much better!

 
 
And I found my necklace.

 
 
Here’s a piece of trivia: For all the traveling I’ve done, I only started carrying on my luggage last year. My sister used to make fun of me because I would always check a bag (or two) everywhere I went. My reasons, of course, were that I wanted to take half my closet so that I wouldn’t have to make decisions about what to wear before I left on my trip. But now I make smart clothing decisions, I package my toiletries in TSA-approved clear plastic bottles, and I roll my shirts to make sure everything fits. It feels good to be living as a responsible adult!

 
 
Long story short: I had the best time with David. He’s so dear, so warm, and we had a brief but wonderful time together.

 
 
Since I was in that part of the country, I went to New York the next day to host a brunch celebrating the launch my line of frozen foods. I love this line, and am very happy with its deliciousness! If you can’t find the frozen foods in your supermarket or grocery store, you should be seeing them in more and more places in the coming few months. (The sides are my favorite—they’re casseroles! Swoon.)

 
 
On my way home, I faced that difficult choice at the airport Startbucks of which drink to get, and I wound up choosing not to choose. (Very berry hibiscus refresher and caramel frappuccino with no whipped cream because I’m all about moderation. Ha.)

 
 
Lucy and I have been hanging out more lately. She sticks around home 99% of the time unless she’s in the truck with me, and as a result, she’s put on a few pounds. It’s nice to have another woman to chat with about these challenges we all face. I’ve been sharing my fitness routine with the ol’ gal: I have been getting on the rowing machine almost daily for the past month, and I’m loving it because while I row, I watch The Handmaid’s Tale. Have you watched it? I am completely hooked, even though it’s a terrible and difficult story about patriarchal oppression and violence, but I can’t stop watching it because of the writing, the acting, and just the way it’s all presented. I would like to thank Margaret Atwood and Elisabeth Moss for helping make my jeans a little less tight. What will I do when I reach the end of the episodes?

 
 
Football is the focus in our household right now. Here’s a fun little story: Two years ago, we were 0 and 10. That’s “0” as in “zero” wins and ten losses. This year (so far!) we are 7 and 0. I hesitate to write that, because I don’t want it to come across as anything but purely grateful for the fact that the Pawhuska Huskies are finally getting to see their hard work pay off. We got a new coach last year, and he loves the boys and emphasizes academics and character and all that good stuff…and again, the boys have committed themselves to getting better and better. There are still some tough games ahead, so we aren’t taking a single moment for granted, and we’re thankful for the victories!

Also: Being a football mom is stressful. Why are Friday nights so much more stressful when you are having a good season? Scratch that: Why are Fridays so much more stressful when you are having a good season? Scratch that: Why is life so much more stressful when you are having a good season?

We humans are so complicated.

 
 
My new cookbook comes out in a week! I’m so excited. Here’s the cookbook tour schedule, in case you’re able to come say howdy, hey, or hi!

The New Frontier Cookbook Tour Schedule

And here’s where you can preorder it if you’d like for it to arrive on the day it launches!

The New Frontier

 
 
These little things are my weakness. The whole point of this section (it’s called “Small Sweet Bites”) is to make little sweet bites so that when you are overcome by a powerful force after each meal that tells you to eat a whole cake, you can pop one of these in your mouth instead. But what if you pop thirty in your mouth? The whole system is flawed.

I’ll worry about that tomorrow!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far.

Lots of love,
P-Diddle Diddle with a Basset in the Middle
(That made absolutely no sense.)

Four Weeks from Today! by The Pioneer Woman

I received the very first copy of my new cookbook a week or so ago. It was so hot off the press, I burned my hand! Just kidding, I didn’t burn my hand. Only my index finger! Okay, it wasn’t really hot and I didn’t burn anything. But I was burning with excitement! Does that […]

I received the very first copy of my new cookbook a week or so ago. It was so hot off the press, I burned my hand!

Just kidding, I didn’t burn my hand. Only my index finger!

Okay, it wasn’t really hot and I didn’t burn anything. But I was burning with excitement! Does that count?

 
 
Four weeks from today (if you have preordered the cookbook, anyway!) this will be burning a hole in your mailbox. And four weeks from today, I’ll be on the TODAY Show, probably shaking from nervousness since still, to this day, probably ten years after I was first on live TV, I still get nervous before any sort of TV appearance. What’s the deal with that, anyway? I remember one of the first TV appearances I had–I was making cinnamon rolls on a morning show and was so nervous that I didn’t even have to willfully move my hand to sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar. My hand shook back and forth and sprinkled the mixture without my even trying!

Maybe it’s a redhead thing.

(With me, everything is a redhead thing. It’s a great scapegoat!)

 
 
I’m so excited for this cookbook! I think I have mentioned this before, but my last cookbook happened during a pretty rocky year: we had lost Charlie the ranch dog, we experienced the death of my nephew, and my mother-in-law’s illness had started getting worse. There were a few other things going on that year, too, that were unexpected and challenging—that all of us experience from time to time. With this cookbook, I was able to enjoy the process a little bit more and I think you’ll see that in the pages. They’re just a little brighter, a little clearer, a little happier. Life goes on.

Just a few things to keep in mind:

First, here’s my book tour schedule. I would love to meet you if I’m coming to your neck of the woods!

Second, I’ll be appearing on QVC on “In the Kitchen With David” on Sunday, October 6! That’s a week from this Sunday, and I can’t wait to see my friend David again. Even if you aren’t a regular watcher of QVC, I think you will get a kick out of David’s show! It’s from 12 to 3 that Sunday afternoon, and I’ll be on sometime during that timeframe. Yes, nervous since it’s live. But it’s a fun kind of nervous.

Third, as I mentioned above, I’ll be on the TODAY Show on October 22nd. My sister Betsy will be in New York with me, and she and I are already plotting what we are going to eat together, which is all we like to do together.

Finally (for now anyway), I love ya! I hope you’re all having a good September so far. Thank you for letting me continue to share the things that I’m doing and the things I’m excited about. Thank you for always being here.

Love ya more’n my luggage,
P-Widdle Widdle

Fun Times at The Merc by The Pioneer Woman

In the early food blogging days, I developed friendships with a group of men and women who were crazy enough to do the same thing I was doing: Cooking food and not letting anyone in the household take a bite until the proper photos were taken. Ha. One of my good food blogging friends through […]

In the early food blogging days, I developed friendships with a group of men and women who were crazy enough to do the same thing I was doing: Cooking food and not letting anyone in the household take a bite until the proper photos were taken. Ha. One of my good food blogging friends through the years has been Maria Lichty from Two Peas and Their Pod, who traveled to Pawhuska over the weekend to have a cookbook signing at The Merc!

 
 
We had a great turnout, and I started out by asking Maria some random questions in front of the crowd—only a couple of which were food related.

(I think Brad Pitt showed up in one of the questions?)

 
 
The chefs at The Mercantile had prepared some of Maria’s dishes from her cookbook.

 
 
They were all delicious!

 
 
Josh, Maria’s husband, came along. And look–he was holding one of the attendees’ babies. So darn sweet.

 
 
Eventually his own baby showed up. (Their two sons had come on the trip as well.)

 
 
After our conversation, Maria started her recipe demo.

 
 
She made this recipe from her book. Absolutely divine!

 
 
I was being the paparazzi on the sidelines.

 
 
Plus, I wanted to be close to the food. Ha.

 
 
After her demonstration, it was time for Maria to meet everyone and sign books!

 
 
We had the best visitors!

 
 
Moms, babies, daughters…

 
 
Husbands, wives…

 
 
Families!

 
 
These gals are wonderful. I’ve met them at The Merc a few times and they enjoyed meeting Maria.

 
 
I got to catch up with some old friends (Hi, Tiff!)…

 
 
And it was so great to see Maria! I’m a fan. ­čÖé

 
 
Thank you, sweet Maria, for coming to our small town.

Here is where you can find her wonderful cookbook!

Two Peas and Their Pod Cookbook

The New Frontier Cookbook Tour! by The Pioneer Woman

My new cookbook, The New Frontier, will be out in less than two months! I remember when I first started it over a year ago, it felt like it would be forever before it finally came. And then I blinked and here we are–exactly eight weeks away. (And ten years–yes, ten!–since my first cookbook was […]

My new cookbook, The New Frontier, will be out in less than two months! I remember when I first started it over a year ago, it felt like it would be forever before it finally came. And then I blinked and here we are–exactly eight weeks away. (And ten years–yes, ten!–since my first cookbook was released. I can’t believe it.)

 
Part of the fun and joy of releasing a new cookbook is the fact that I’ll get to travel to different places to meet so many fantastic folks. I’ve spent the past few weeks carefully planning my stops, trying to cover as much ground as possible while also balancing Bryce and Todd’s football game schedule (go, Huskies!).

Here is the tour schedule as it stands right now; there could be more stops added in the coming weeks and I’ll update the list here. Note that each store has a slightly different approach in terms of tickets/no tickets, book purchases, and so forth. You can check out the links below and/or contact your store for details. I also have some fun TV appearances planned (one is new for me!) and I’ll keep you posted on those so you can be with me in spirit (I still, still, still get so nervous before going live on TV. It’s a redhead/neurosis thing.)

Can’t wait to see you—and share The New Frontier with you!

 
PARAMUS, NJ
October 21, 6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
765 Route 17 South
Book signing
*Ticketed
Click here for tickets/details

 
NASHVILLE/HERMITAGE, TN
October 23, 5:00 PM
Kroger
5544 Old Hickory Blvd
Book signing
*Wristband required

 
ROGERS, AR
October 24, 5:00 PM
Walmart
4208 S Pleasant Crossing Blvd
Book signing
*Wristband required

 
PAWHUSKA, OK
October 26, 12:00 pm
The Pioneer Woman Mercantile
532 Kihekah Avenue
Book signing, food, and fellowship
**Details/ticket information to come**

 
KANSAS CITY, MO
October 29, 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Unity Temple on The Plaza, hosted by Rainy Day Books
707 W 47th Street
In-depth talk with Ree and pre-signed books
*Ticketed
Click here for tickets/details

 
PHOENIX/TEMPE, AZ
November 1, 5:00 PM
Changing Hands
6428 S McClintock Dr
Book signing
*Ticketed
Click here for tickets/details

 
PASADENA, CA
November 2, 2:00 PM
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Book signing
*Ticketed
Click here for tickets/details

 
FORT HOOD, TX
November 6, 11:00 AM
Fort Hood Exchange
BLDG 50004 Clear Creek Rd
Book signing
*Wristband required
**Military credentials required to get on base.

 
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
November 9, 2:00 PM
King’s English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Book signing
*Ticketed
Click here for tickets/details

 
ATLANTA, GA
November 12, 5:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
2952 Cobb Pkwy
Book signing
*Ticketed
Click here for tickets/details

 
MINNEAPOLIS/BLOOMINGTON, MN
November 14, 5:00 PM
Mall of America
60 East Broadway
Book signing
*Wristband required
Click here for tickets/details

 
DAYTON, OH
November 21, 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Victoria Theatre, hosted by Books & Co
138 North Main St
In-depth talk with Ree and pre-signed books
*Ticketed
Click here for tickets/details

 
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
November 23, 2:00 PM
Full Circle Bookstore
1900 Northwest Expy
Book signing
*Signing line ticket required
Click here for tickets/details

 
KATY, TX
December 4, 5:00 PM
Books-A-Million
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Book signing
*Ticketed
Click here for tickets/details

 
Denver, CO
Saturday, December 7, 10:00 AM
Tattered Cover Book Store, Colfax
2526 East Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Book signing
*Ticketed
Click here for tickets/details

 
PONCA CITY, OK
Tuesday, December 17, 4:00 PM
Brace Books & More
2205 N 14th St
Book signing
*Signing line ticket required
Click here for tickets/details

The New Frontier can be preordered on Amazon, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, and many other retailers.

See you in October!

Greetings from the Lodge Deck by The Pioneer Woman

I just finished filming more of my Food Network show here on the ranch. I filmed eight shows in nine days, and I also filmed a brand new opening for the show, just to keep things fun, unpredictable, and fresh. Not really on the unpredictable part, considering I said exactly the same thing that I […]

I just finished filming more of my Food Network show here on the ranch. I filmed eight shows in nine days, and I also filmed a brand new opening for the show, just to keep things fun, unpredictable, and fresh. Not really on the unpredictable part, considering I said exactly the same thing that I say in the old opening of the show. And also, my hair is red in the old opening of the show, and it’s still red in the new opening of the show. In addition, I’m standing on the Lodge deck in the old opening of the show. Yep—standing on the Lodge deck in the new.

 
Also, I’m pretty sure I had food on my shirt when I filmed the old opening of the show, and you might notice here that I have food on my shirt in the new opening. Maybe I should try wearing an apron when I cook? Maybe that’s what aprons are for? Nah, that’d be way too simple a solution!! I’d rather push the envelope and be fun, unpredictable, and fresh.

Ha.

 
It’s been a good summer on the ranch. After a period of insanity, schedule-wise, from January to the end of May, I was able to really enjoy June and July, to dig in and enjoy the girls being home, the boys in between the cracks of their workouts and throwing practice, and Ladd when he wasn’t working cattle. Also, my nephew stayed with us for a lot of the summer, and it was fun to have a houseful of (very tall) kids. I was busy finishing my cookbook during a lot of the last two months, but it was a “home” kind of busy.

And now…Alex is in Dallas, where she started her new job. Paige has been working at a church camp in Missouri as her summer job–the same place Alex worked after her freshman year in college. Bryce and Todd are starting football practice next week. It’s suddenly August!

I’m ready to get into the swing of fall. Football games, new cookbook…and movie night with Ladd whenever I can.

Now that’s my kind of fall.

The New Frontier! by The Pioneer Woman

My new cookbook will be here October 22, and it’s available for preorder now! It’s a brand new book, brand new cover, and brand new frontier! I actually stepped outside the kitchen for this cover, and it was nice to get a little fresh air! Ha. Oh, friends. This cookbook has been many, many months […]

My new cookbook will be here October 22, and it’s available for preorder now! It’s a brand new book, brand new cover, and brand new frontier! I actually stepped outside the kitchen for this cover, and it was nice to get a little fresh air! Ha.

Oh, friends. This cookbook has been many, many months (almost a year) in the making. The testing, the tasting, the obsessing, and the shooting was a delicious process, and I’m so excited for you to see what’s inside. It’s filled to the brim with all the delicious food my family and I love, but I also throw in a few curveballs to keep us all on our toes.

Speaking of what’s inside…here’s a peek! I won’t describe what’s going on in these photos…I’ll just let them seep into your consciousness.

I think of all my cookbooks, while I have different reasons to like each one, The New Frontier is the one I’ve most poured my heart and focus into. It reflects where my life and my cooking are now, and I’ve had so much fun putting it together. More than anything else, I want any cookbook I write to be USED—pages smeared with food stains, dog-eared, and so forth—and I feel good that this cookbook has so many recipes that you will want to make today! (Well, tomorrow, too.)

Here’s where you can preorder the book. I can’t wait for October 22!

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Books-a-Million

Indie Bound

Target

Walmart

And lots of other retailers!

I’ll be announcing my book signing tour soon, and I’m getting excited/geared up for the stops I’m going to make. I hope I can meet you along the way!

Meg and Other Matters by The Pioneer Woman

Meg, Alex’s lifelong friend, got married Saturday! She’s Hyacinth’s daughter, and while it’s a little surreal that she is now a married woman, she found pretty much the perfect man for her in Stephen. It’s a beautiful thing to witness when love happens and it seems so right.     Alex was her maid of […]

Meg, Alex’s lifelong friend, got married Saturday! She’s Hyacinth’s daughter, and while it’s a little surreal that she is now a married woman, she found pretty much the perfect man for her in Stephen. It’s a beautiful thing to witness when love happens and it seems so right.

 
 
Alex was her maid of honor, and it was so fun to watch her take her job so seriously. She truly celebrated Meg and Stephen, and the joy she felt all day was palpable.

 
 
Gosh, it seems like just four years ago that these two were graduating from high school. Wait. It WAS just four years ago that these two were graduation from high school! Time is flying by way too fast.

 
 
In Pawhuska news, summer has officially begun and we’re having fun welcoming visitors from all over! This is an old truck that a friend of ours restored using old Drummond Ranch vehicles. It’s shiny and fun.

 
 
I’m having fun keeping the store stocked with fun new things along with favorites we’ve had from the beginning…and we’re working on opening a new store a few doors down later this summer.

 
 
And here’s Charlie’s! Our small but passionate-about-sweets staff is doing such a great job.

 
 
And I think the kiddos are loving it.

 
 
The adults are, too!

 
 
As for me, I am enjoying having Alex and Paige home AND am in the last days of finishing my cookbook before it goes to the printer. It’s a push not unlike childbirth, and in the end I’m looking forward to healing (ha), getting my energy back (haha), and sharing my new baby, I mean cookbook with you…and I really think you are going to enjoy it. I still to this day think of all of you when I write a cookbook, because it’s so important to me that it be useful and usable. I’ll show you the cover in a few days!

Alex and Ice Cream and LaddÔÇöOh My! by The Pioneer Woman

Alex is graduating next week! (I really should have put a question mark on that sentence, because I truly can’t believe it.)     I’m so proud of her. And I can’t wait for her to come back home and live with me forever! In my dreams…she actually has a job and is moving to […]

Alex is graduating next week! (I really should have put a question mark on that sentence, because I truly can’t believe it.)

 
 
I’m so proud of her. And I can’t wait for her to come back home and live with me forever!

In my dreams…she actually has a job and is moving to Dallas later this summer.

(But that’s closer to me than college was!)

 
 
News from Pawhuska: We are opening a little ice cream place in town later this week. It will have cones and sundaes and fun candy, and Bryce and his friend Kevin were happy to volunteer as tribute (tasters) last week.

They’re so self sacrificing!

 
 
These are the bare bones of the ice cream place: We basically painted the brick white, had the bench built in, added pendant lights, and brought in some tables. We have a little more work to do this week (we’ll paint some fun murals on the wall) but we’re almost there!

(I’ll tell you what we’re calling it later this week.)

(It might make you cry.)

 
 
I finished all the recipes for my new cookbook, The New Frontier!

 
 
It won’t be out until October and I still have a lot of editing to do, but to have all the recipes finished and written is a great feeling.

 
 
I’m ending with this photo of Ladd and me because I sure do like him.

Happy Monday, friends!

April Come She Will by The Pioneer Woman

Because winter was especially long, spring burning happened a little late this year…but boy, did it happen! A consolation for not being able to start burning until April, however, is that the wind has been so favorable to burning. With the exception of a couple of days they had to abstain due to the wind […]

Because winter was especially long, spring burning happened a little late this year…but boy, did it happen! A consolation for not being able to start burning until April, however, is that the wind has been so favorable to burning. With the exception of a couple of days they had to abstain due to the wind being strong enough to make my face ripple in a slow-motion video (which is precisely why I do not participate in any slow-motion videos), most of the days have seen gentle breezes…ahhhh. Oklahoma, we are loving you right now!

 
 
I was at the Lodge the other day when Ladd was burning, and the fire skirted up against the north side of the house. This isn’t the first time this has happened; it goes all the way back to when Ladd and I were dating, and he and his dad and brother burned around the Lodge just before a Drummond family cookout began. I watched as the fire got closer and closer, and before I knew it, the flames were all the way under the (then old and rickety) wood deck. My mother-in-law Nan and her mom, Edna Mae, started filling stock pots in the kitchen and pouring water through the wood slats as the guys manned the fire truck and attacked it from the other direction. I joined in, filling whatever vessels I could find, running out on the deck to try to douse it. The fire ultimately went out, and we all sat down to eat.

I had only one question: “Does this happen a lot?”

Everyone laughed. (I’m still waiting for the answer.)

 
 
I posted this on Instagram and Facebook, but wanted to let you know about my partnership with Purina to create a line of all natural dog treats! I’m very proud of the treats, and I’m very proud of all my doggies, who have been rock stars during Purina’s visits to the ranch. (It helps that they love the treats!) Nice lip lick, Walter!

 
 
Our good friends’ daughter got married a couple of weeks ago. I’ve noticed that most of the selfies of Ladd and me are when we have both showered and dressed up. And showered. Ha.

 
 
Bryce went to his first prom Saturday night. He’s just a sophomore, so he still has a couple more ahead. He has a great group of friends in Pawhuska! Also, this was funny: I posted this photo on Instagram Sunday and pointed out that Bryce is the Anthony Michael Hall lookalike in the back. A keen reader pointed out that Sunday happened to be Anthony Michael Hall’s birthday! What are the chances? I feel this has some spiritual relevance somehow, given my obsession with 80’s movies.

 
 
April sunrises have been remarkable! And very pink! I’m trying to breathe them all in, despite my calendar in April, which is probably a world record for me in terms of the number of things going on in the world around me. Finishing my new cookbook, filming new Food Network shows, working on a new project for this website (I think you will like it!!), getting ready for Alex’s graduation, and various other kid, husband, animal, and family things coming over the next several weeks! It’s a busy time of year…but the sunrises will get me through.

I hope you’re all having a good spring so far, and I hope you’re breathing in the sunrises! (Or sunsets, depending on your sleep schedule!)