Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Pioneer Woman

Ree Drummond's new Cooking Show started Sat. on the Food Network. Did any of you see it? I think it will be a huge success for her and I wish her well.

How many of you have ever heard of or keep up with The Pioneer Woman's blog? ( She has giveaways that are incredible, and I mean incredible! WARNING--this post is a bit lengthy and has more pics than normal. Grab a cup of coffee. lol

She has been blogging three years and is such a hoot as she writes about her life on a cattle ranch. She's the daughter of an orthopedic surgeon who was on her way to law school when she met the "cowboy", better known as Marlboro Man and her life changed forever. She found herself out in the middle of a western ranch with cattle and hundreds of wild mustang horses that they care for. Four children later she decided to write a cookbook with recipes she has developed and feed to her family, friends, and ranch hands. They are tried and true.

I can attest to how wonderful they are! I have her cookbook.

The rest of this post is a revisit from 12 '09.

On Sunday a friend e-mailed and asked if we wanted to go to Atlanta to her book signing at Borders. I saw the e-mail after church and right before I went to a funeral in the afternoon. I called her in the car and said, "Wow, I'd love to meet her but this is such short notice!" (The book signing was Monday evening.) I told her I would have to think about it. After the funeral it was back to church for the Children's Christmas program. We came home and didn't talk much more about it. I was having company on Tues. evening for 7 people and had many things to do.

Monday a.m., Hubby and I went through the house, did some laundry, & banking and sat down to eat some lunch at 2:00. We both looked at each other and said let's leave and meet Debbie, my friend) in Atlanta. I got on Priceline at 3:00 and secured a great room for a great price (I always bid my own price) and we took off. ( Hubby was grabbing a few things and throwing them in the car while I was on the computer .)

Here is Ree Drummond's new cookbook. It's made the New York's best seller list.

Ree is a fantastic photographer and all the pictures in the book are taken by her. She loves to go step by step doing her recipes and documents them with pictures. Very easy to follow that way.

This page tells of her life and the silhouette is of her cowboy husband.

The next few pics are of the crowd gathering hours before the signing.

Here's my friend Debbie who got our wrist bands ahead of time for us so we would have a spot in line. Thanks Debbie!

Hubby and I with Debbie and the crowd.

Ree just came in and was thanking everyone for coming and making her book a success. She' s holding the mike.
Her blog has won several blogging awards in 2007, 2008, & 2009. In 2009 it was awarded top prize as Web Log of the Year.

She travels with different people. Sometimes her kids and hubby and other times friends or family members.

This is Ree and I while she was signing my book. She is friendly, and very personable and will not leave until the last customer has their book signed. They were estimating that she would be there till midnight on Monday. She started at 6:00. We actually talked to her for a few minutes, while my hubby was kidding about staying at their "Lodge". (They have a guest house built on their ranch for family and friends). You must go to her site and see the pics.

Debbie and Ree.

She had her sister and a good friend with her that night. Their job was giving out T-shirts. They thought my husband was hoot, which he is. They were calling him night in shinning armour because he ran down the escalator to catch a lady that left her camera behind.

Ree's friend starting taking our picture with Ree's sophisticated Nikon. It's a dream camera.

We were tired from our two hour drive and standing in line for two hours so we went for a bite to eat at Houston's in Buckhead.

Remember I said Hubby got a few items together while I was making priceline reservations-- wellllllllll, he forgot a few things----like pj's. I know what some of you are thinking--but I rest better with them. We ran to Target at 10: p.m. Have you been to a two story target before?

Actually, I have once before in Los Angeles. They're BIG!

We passed the Lennox Mall which is always a nice shopping experience.

We checked into the Grand Hyatt and crashed. If you haven't booked through priceline, I would recommend it. We get 4 Star Hotels that run up to $400.00 a night for 65 to 70 dollars a night. Unbelievable I know.

Some night shots of the city.

The hotel is just beautiful.

The breakfast bar was fantastic.

This is Hubby's plate, notice all the meat. lol

We sat next to doors leading outside where they had a waterfall to look at.

On the way to check out I snapped some of their chandeliers.

A lounge to relax in.

Time to drive home and for a pic of the outside.

I know some of you live in large cities and have lots of traffic and traffic lanes. We don't so I thought I'd snap a pic of the six lanes of traffic leaving Atlanta in the rain, no less.

On our next trip to Atlanta, I'd like to go to Ballards. Have any of you been there? I read about it on some of the blogs.

Thanks for hanging in their till the end.

She posted about her Atlanta book signing here and our getting to meet her.

Hope you've had a great weekend!


Shelia said...

Oh, what a wonderful post! Congratulations on getting to meet the Pioneer Woman! It great to know she is so nice and look at your - you just look so cute!
That's a beautiful hotel and what a price! That's fantastic!
Thanks for popping in to see my Christmas decorations.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Heather said...

wow what a fun trip! 6 lanes of traffic on either side? that's a lot of cars, lol!
i'm so happy you decided to go to the book signing. love the photos. that hotel is amazing!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful trip, right around the holidays to boot. I am so glad you got to meet the Pioneer Woman and I am on my way to check out her blog now. Thanks again for sharing.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Dear Friend, What a fantastic post. The whole trip was wonderful for you both and friends. How special that you got to meet pioneer women Ree. The book looks fantastic too. Love all the pics. Rose you are a doll and I have never seen a bad pic of you yet cutie!!
Great hotel and accomodations. You sure got a great price too.

Thank you for sharing the whole experience. I know you had a fun time.
Looking forward to your decorations too. Mine are on the way, just been so busy. But tomorrow wraps things up in the studio for awhile. I need some time off! LOL

Merry Christmas,
Blessings to you, Celestina Marie

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Wow! Looks like lots of fun! Those Johnson's sure know how to have a good time! Sometimes the spur of the moment trips are the best! "Ain't" retirment grand to be able to do that!

I haven't seen her blog or books before, I'll have to check them out!


Walking on Sunshine... said...

Hubby was stationed down in Atlanta for two years and driving on their highways scared me!!! I wouldn't drive on them! Silly, huh? Love your pictures. Love the fact that you just did it, got in the car and went. How much fun was that? I have her cookbook and love her website. Her recipes are very easy and delicious. Great pictures!! I love how your hubby is always dressed so nice. Thanks for your comments!! Had to come and say hi!

Dawn said...

Wow, what a fantastic adventure. I've heard about deals like that through priceline, but never have had the opportunity or courage. I'm with you on going to Target at 10 to be comfortable sleeping!

What fun.

Shannon said...

How fun to meet the PW!! I bought her cookbook and love her blog. :)

Melissa Miller said...

What a gorgeous vacation Rose! Just my kind of thing too. A two story Target? ~Ah! I would LOVE to see that!

Enjoy this joyous season!
~Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Joy said...

Wow what a great time for you all and it looks like a very nice hotel and getaway. I have been to her blog, I will have to checkout that cookbook. Good for you getting to meet her.

Happy@Home said...

Okay, I was a bit jealous when you were hobnobbing with George Clooney, but now I'm just plain green with envy. LOL.
Like everybody else I adore the Pioneer Woman's blog. What a fantastic trip for you and I was thrilled to tag along with you.
My son is great at using Priceline. He always gets the rooms and we are amazed at the deals he finds. The hotel you stayed in looks magnificent. They take serving cereal to a new level.
I'll be looking forward to your Christmas decorating.

Have a great weekend.

Jennifer said...

First time to stop by...I linked over from Heathers...and how nice! Such a nice post - and now I SO want to visit Atlanta (and try booking my room through PriceLine!) Sure looks like a wonderful weekend!

Kathy said...

What a great, spontaneous trip. Sounds like so much fun! I will definitely visit the pioneer woman's blog!

Merry Christmas, Ro.

Miss Janice said...

How wonderful you were able to meet Pioneer Woman! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Atlanta is a fun city, but very congested! Houston's is one of all-time favorite restaurants. I love your blog header photo--that living room is stunning!

Mrs. G said...

You and your husband are precious. I love Ree's blog and recently got her cookbook. What a treat to meet her in person. Don't you love the blog introduces us to so many amazing people.
Speaking of amazing people your talented daughter in the post above is so beautiful. If we were in your area we would have made the trip to see her performance.

Anonymous said...

I am jealous. I love Ree and have been keeping up with her blog for awhile now. What a wonderful spur of the moment trip. I am sure you are glad that you made it! Love your blog...I will be back!

momsheep said...

Loved your post about meeting Ree.

I also must comment on what a beautiful home you have and I
loved the tablescape post.

Also do you have any idea where you got the painting of santa in your home. It just embodies Christmas.

momsheep said...

Just wanted to tell you taht I loved this post about meeting Ree.

Also what a beautiful home you have.
Loved the tablescape post and wonder do you know where you got the santa painting.,

It just embodies Christmas.


Rebekah said...

Tell Jennifer she MUST come to Atlanta! I love my city! And my favorite part about that Target? The escalator that you hook your cart onto and it goes up all by itself next to the people escalator! Hysterical! Glad you had a good time in our Fair Atlanta. And, last but not least, I've always thought it was funny how intrigued people are with the size of our highway. I brought a friend from college here who was from Alaska and he couldn't believe his eyes!

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Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Oh, I'm so jealous that you've met Ree and have a signed book! I am a huge fan of hers. I watched part of her show yesterday (we had to go somewhere), recorded it, and watched it again later in the day. Your husband sounds like a wonderful man, even if he forgets pajamas!

xinex said...

How wonderful to meet a great cook and author and whart a beautiful place you stayed in at a bargain. Sounds like a very enjoyable trip! Your hubby seems so nice and accomodating....Christine

Shelia said...

Ha! I see I was the first to post on your past back in 2009! :) What a hoot! I know about Ree and have been to her blog a couple of times but I guess I need to get more familiar with her. I love cookbooks and knowing a fellow blogger, well a famouse fellow blogger has one - I guess I had better get one too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sue said...

I have not had a chance to view it, but I know it will be a success to, she is such a hoot, I love the way she takes life with all its ups and down in stride.

Everyone talks about how down to earth a person she is, and I am so glad you got to meet her.
Thanks for sharing.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Yes, I watched her new show and love it! I also saw her on Paula Deen's show right before. I'm sure her show will be a success, especially since it is so different, she did things (like roping a calf, etc.) and not just cooking!

Enjoyed the whole post, you and Tom always do such fun things!


Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I enjoyed hearing about your trip and getting to meet the Pioneer Woman. I like her very much. It sounds like you had an exciting time in Atlanta.

Kristens Creations said...

How neat to get to meet the Pioneer woman! I have got to get her cookbook! Looks like you had a fun trip, GREAT hotel!

Hobby Lobby is a great store. They have some of the cutest stuff. I probably have too much too~ Oh well...Have a great day! Kristen

Entertaining Women said...

We're quite proud of our Pioneer Woman here in Oklahoma. Since you like to travel, I think that you would be amazed by the Tall Grass Prairie region where the Drummond ranches are located. It's a ruggedly beautiful land. Fly into Oklahoma City, and start your journey with a stay at the historic, renovated Skirvin Hotel in downtown, OKC. I'd recommend October. It's my favorite time of the year here. Thanks for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love all your Beautiful photos of your trip.The Hotel looks like a 10* also Beautiful. I would like to thank you so much for your seet comments on my new Tablescape. also your pray's for my friend Melanie. I hope you and your family have a great weekend.
XXOO Diane

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Miller said...

Oh, I'm so jealous that you've met Ree and have a signed book! I am a huge fan of hers. I watched part of her show yesterday (we had to go somewhere), recorded it, and watched it again later in the day. Your husband sounds like a wonderful man, even if he forgets pajamas!

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