Today, American celebrities aren't often considered role models with solid family values and a foundation of faith and respect that should be emulated. From the Heartland, however, we've seen the rise of Chip and Joanna Gaines through the television show, "Fixer Upper", and we've watched as Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has gone from a rancher's wife to a Food Network star with a top-quality cookware line and, now, even a gorgeous bedding line at Walmart.
Drummond has coined the phrase The Pioneer Woman not only for herself and her blog, but also for her hit cooking show dedicated to a slower-paced lifestyle that holds family values and home cookin' near and dear to viewers' hearts. 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 eye.
Today the celebrity chef lives in Pawhuska, Oklahoma with her husband Lad Drummond. The family lives on an Oklahoma Ranch and own multiple business ventures such as The Mercantile and The Boarding House boutique hotel.
10 Facts About the Pioneer Woman
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.
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Planning a mercantile store and restaurant means I've been having to think a lot. And think a lot. And think a lot! Oh, and snack a lot, as you can see from the smudges on my laptop. Please love me in spite of this. I have a few good qualities, but Windexing my computer is unfortunately not one of them!
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."
Oh how things change right before our eyes. And we're grateful they did!
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.
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This cute guy and I are cooking together on my show Saturday morning. What is the world coming to?!? 😂Join in and enjoy fried shrimp mixed with a little marital repartee and a hint of competitiveness. It keeps things saucy in our house, and I don't mean Bernaise. See ya on @foodnetwork tomorrow morning at 10 ET!
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 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, was the Drummond's Basset Hound. Unfortunately in 2017, Charlie passed away, leaving a Basset Hound-sized hole in the family.
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. Ree Drummond often wakes up at the bleak hour of 5 a.m. to watch, and help, her husband wrangle cattle. If that's not love and dedication, I don't know what is.
9. Tagging along with her love of family, Ree 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.
Oh Ree, how much do we love thee? Let us count the ways!
This article was originally published on October 4, 2017