Do you all know about the Pioneer Woman?
Also known as Ree Drummond, she's a city girl turned rancher's wife who blogs about life in the country, food, photography, and lots else. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, start with her Black Heels to Tractor Wheels story of how she met her husband, "the Marlboro Man"--that's how I got sucked in!)
She recently compiled a bunch of her recipes into a book--I love bloggers-with-book-deals, it gives me hope in life--and was in Kansas City last night promoting it. Not being able to let such a close opportunity slip by, I recruited some former co-workers who are also big PW fans, and we went over to meet the Pioneer Woman in person.
While, of course, there is only so much observation you can do in the time it takes to get your book signed, she seemed just as sweet in person as she is on her blog. Hilarious impersonations too! She just made me want to cancel my plans for the rest of the week and go laugh with her over coffee.
And although I've only gotten to skim through so far, the book--The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl--looks awesome. The recipes are of the "simple-but-yummy" variety, with nice, standard ingredients that are easy to come by. Stuff you'd have on hand on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, I suspect.
I can guarantee we will be trying every single one of the delicious looking breakfasts!
Oh, and did I also mention she gave out cutie-cute t-shirts? In fact, because I had two tickets for the signing, I got two of said shirts. One for me, and one that I will give away here. (That's me, always thinking 'bout you!) It's an extra large (but they run pretty small), and you can see what it looks like here. To win, just tell me why you're a Pioneer Woman fan. I'll randomly pick someone at, oh, let's say 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
UPDATE: And the wiener--as the PW would say--chosen by Sweet-Husband-random-number-generator, is Abby.