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The Time the Pioneer Woman Was My Best Friend

The Time The Pioneer Woman Was My Best Friend

I don’t know about you, but I think Ree Drummond is one of the neatest people ever. (No, not clean neat…cool neat.)

Does anyone say “neat” anymore?


No? Just me?

Well, it doesn’t matter. I’ve declared her “neat”.

I’ve followed The Pioneer Woman for several years on her blog. (Yes, there really was a Pioneer Woman before her explosion on the Food Network.) I love how she loves her family. I love how she loves her unexpected life. I love how she doesn’t sugarcoat everything. There are messes and times they run late and kids who get sick, stuff that gets dirty and things that aren’t perfect. There is grit and stress. It’s a real life.

She’s also feeling that heart thing that happens when your child leaves the nest. My heart thing started several years ago when my daughter left for college, but I still feel it every day. Y’all know what I’m talking about…

Suffice it to say that I feel like I can relate to Ree in a lot of ways, as do so many women across the country. Very few of us live on a ranch, but we relate in Mom World, in Wife World and often just in Woman World.Country Living Fair Ree Book Signing 1

Ree was in Atlanta on Friday at the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain Park. She’s recently released a beautiful new cookbook called “Dinnertime” and was visiting to chat about it and sign some books.

Country Living Fair Ree Book Signing

This colorful cookbook gem holds yet another example of her neat factor – there’s a “Breakfast for Dinner” chapter. Love that.  And, to ramp up the neat thing even more, her sweet husband Ladd was the photographer for the cover shot.  Seriously.


So I was in line for the book signing and passed the time chatting with my new friends who were in line with me. Everyone had come from different places, for different reasons. The woman in front of us, Ms. Theresa, had driven up from Celebration, Florida with her husband in an RV. The folks behind us were local, like us, and were restaurant owners. Yet another young lady near us was about three weeks from delivering her first baby, but said only labor would have kept her away.

Like I said, Ree is just super neat. You have to be to attract so many kinds of fans.

Soon, Mrs. Drummond arrived via golf cart to begin the first book signing session.  The crowd politely clapped for her, she waved and headed inside. I hesitate to admit this, but I got a little teary when I saw her.   What the heck is that about?!?

Answer: She’s neat and we all feel like her friends.


A good hour or so later, we had snaked our way down the hill and around the building. It was finally my turn to meet my friend Ree.

Wait, I’m not ready!

What am I going to say?

I need to put on some lipstick.

I should coach my husband one more time on how to use the iPad camera.


Someone grabbed my books to hand to her, complete with a little yellow sticky note with the correct spelling of my name. Because we might not be to spell or even recall our names when we get there.

Another someone took my phone to ensure that I got a commemorative smart phone photo of my experience.

My husband moved into position with the iPad to take some back-up photos.

OK, deep breath. Relax. It’s Ree. It’ll be fine.

I must have looked bewildered because a final someone took my elbow and guided me to the table where my books were patiently waiting for to me get a grip and catch up.

Country Living Fair Tracy and Ree Chat

As I looked up, Ree said hello and I was instantly alright. I felt like I was talking to my best friend. We chatted a little, we took pictures, we laughed at my husband. She was very genuine, fun and cool.

Country Living Fair Ree Talking to Bill

No, not cool…neat.

Country Living Fair.1.Tracy and Ree

So after she told my husband how sweet he was and we talked a bit about football (yes, that’s what I do), she handed me my cookbooks, wished me luck with my blog and I was on my way. Country Living Fair.5.Tracy and Ree

The security guard handed me back my phone as I left…I couldn’t wait to see what had been captured on it!

And then it was all over.

The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, was my BFF…for about a minute and a half.  And I’m a happy girl with a new cookbook.


Country Living Fair Tracy and Ree

Are you a Pioneer Woman fan?  If so, be sure to keep an eye on the Nest or sign up for updates. My BFF Ree signed a cookbook for you, too! It’s actually the top one in the picture above. Stay tuned to learn how you can win it!





Country Living Fair (Atlanta) is This Weekend! (10/23-25)

If you’re in the Atlanta area, or can get here this weekend, don’t miss this awesome fair at Stone Mountain Park. The weather is going to be beautiful!

I’ll be there…you’ll find me in line to see Ree with my new Pioneer Woman Cookbook!

Country Living Fair - Atlanta

Country Living Fair - Atlanta - Ree