Yesterday, I had the time of my life when I traveled to NYC and had a chance to meet my all-time favorite blogger, Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, in person!
She’s even nicer, more down-to-earth, sweeter—and even taller—than I expected!
My daughter, Abbie, aka The Farmer’s Daughter, and I went by train, and then taxi to Chelsea Market to meet up with Ree. Anyone who knows Ree, knows how much she LOVES babies, and she was all over the fact that Abbie’s pregnant and was quite chatty. She wanted to know when the baby is due, if it’s a first, etc., etc. (March and yes!)
Abbie wore a top that left no doubt as to whether she was indeed expecting, or not. Here’s a closeup:
P-dub was all over that!
She was quite gracious, too. When someone asked for her expertise with a camera . . .
. . . of course, she obliged . . .
When we first arrived at Chelsea Market, we found it to be a magical place. It’s a huge building, which was orginally a Nabisco Factory, but which is now filled with shops, stores, eateries, and tons of Christmas Decorations. We saw. . .
Upside-down Christmas trees. . .
and lots of decorations from recycled products . . .
A CD-tree, for instance . . .
. . . and fabulous creations from old plastic cups . . .
As we joined the queue to meet Ree, we had no idea how long the wait would be, as the first people in line had arrived at 8 am for the 11:00 book signing!
We chatted it up with those around us. There was a couple behind us who traveled from Massachusetts, a little bit further than us, coming in from Connecticut. The woman, a food blogger known as This Week’s Menu, gave me a great idea, which you’ll see at the end of the post.
With all the visiting and comparing notes about blogs and other interests, the line moved quickly, but it continued to grow and grow and grow . . . behind us!
When it was our turn to meet Ree, I felt I had to ‘fess up to something . . . remember when my hubbie and son were in Oklahoma and they wanted to surprise me with Ree’s just-released cookbook? Well, they arrived home with a bright, shiny, colorful Pioneer Woman Cooks book, all full of wonderful “cowboy food,” as Ree calls it, but with a suspicious signature . . .
Ree laughed and quickly added her own, authentic signature!
Like I said, Ree is incredibly gracious!
Thanks for an fabulously fun day, Ree!
So . . . in the spirit of this giving season, I’m giving away an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Ree’s famous cookbook, which is currently on the New York Times Bestseller List, as a gift to one of my readers. (Andrea~thanks so much for the idea!)
This book is oh-so-much-more than a cookbook! It is a storybook of Ree’s family and adventures on her Oklahoma ranch, bursting with wonderful pictures and stories of her family, both the human kind and the animal kind! You will surely adore it!
It also has wonderful recipes, too. Our daughter, Abbie, recently made us Ree’s Sticky Buns and they are to die for!
So . . . if you’re interested in entering a random drawing for this fabulous book, just leave a comment telling why you’d like it, why you like Ree, or both!
DRAWING TO BE HELD CHRISTMAS EVE, DECEMBER 24th, AND THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED THEN, SO PLEASE ENTER AND CHECK BACK!!!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM EVERYDAY WOMAN!