10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

When it comes to public figures, it hardly matters what sector of the public eye they fall into. If someone is publicly known via film, TV or radio, it’s safe to assume the assumption of the masses is that they know every fine detail about this human being. The same could be, and is, said about Ree Drummond, a blogger-turned-Food Network sensation out of good ole’ Oklahoma.

Drummond has coined the phrase The Pioneer Woman not only for herself and her blog, but also for her hit cooking show seemingly dedicated to a slower-paced lifestyle dominant in family values and a plethora of home cookin’. Though her life seems to be solely about making food for us to virtually drool over, the mother of four still has time to help my husband with the farm animals at 4 a.m.; there’s more to Mrs. Drummond than meets the TV and eye of Google.

1. Though she now is the epitome of country living, Drummond once considered herself a city girl, attending school and working in places such as Los Angeles and Chicago.

In her book, The Pioneer Woman, she recounts her experience visiting her hometown in Oklahoma where she met the man she would later call her husband at a bar, but says in her book, “…it didn’t really matter anyway, I’d tell myself. I was headed to Chicago. To a new city. To a new life. I had zero business getting attached to anyone around there, let alone some Wrangler-wearing cowboy…Talk about my polar opposite.”

2. Along with her show and website, both titled, The Pioneer Woman, Drummond also created an online food community, Tasty Kitchen, in 2006. On the site, users can sign up (for free!) and share recipes of their own, and utilize others creative concoctions.

3. Aside being a chef who makes us (willingly) drool for thirty minutes at a time, Drummond is also a poet. Well, sort of. At the beginning days of her blog, she made a couple posts attempting to write poetry — something she, for lack of a better word, doesn’t fully understand.

4. Drummond often refers to her husband as Marlboro Man, due to her first impression of his demeanor and attire.

5. Warning: This one might be a shocker. During her time in Los Angeles, Drummond became … a vegetarian. Yes, you read that right. The woman whom we love and adore for her luscious chicken fried chicken and Frito chili pie was once a vegetarian.

6. Though Drummond has a notable blog and show on the Food Network, she also once dabbled in writing children’s books. In 2011, Drummond’s book, Charlie the Dog, was published. The book’s main character, Charlie, derives directly from her personal life, as Charlie is the beloved family basset hound (Charlie’s supporting pup is also one of the Drummond’s dogs, Suzie).

He's just so beautiful when he sleeps…

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7. The woman best known for her love of the land, her family, and her man also has another love in her life: Drummond was a ballet dancer in her teenage years, and still carries the skills with her today.

8. Drummond often wakes up at the bleak hour of 5 am to watch, and help, her husband wrangle cattle. If that’s not love and dedication, I don’t know what is.

Tim, Todd, Red, and me.

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9. Tagging along with her love of family, Drummond has her four kids homeschooled, with her being the head of the classroom.

10. Her site even has an entire section dedicated to homeschooling, where Drummond provides resources, tools and content for other homeschoolers browsing the worldwide web.

I've been trying to come up with a clever caption for our family Easter photo. How about "Salvation Selfie?" (Sorry. Ha.)

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To find out more about Ree Drummond and follow her adventures on the farm, check out her website, or follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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