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WIN an Autographed Copy of The Pioneer Woman’s New Cookbook “Dinnertime” – Signed by Ree Drummond! #Giveaway

Win The Pioneer Woman Cookbook Autographed by Ree Drummond

I can’t tell you how many times my husband has talked about how much he likes the food Ree makes. The Pioneer Woman has a knack for sharing delicious favorites that are made from regular ingredients that folks like you and me can find at our local grocery stores. They’re simple, yet special. They’re recipes for the way we all cook. We just need one more great idea for tonight’s dinner…one more side dish that will go with last night’s leftovers…one more quick dessert to eat while doing homework after dinner. And, did I mention that she’s a fan of breakfast for dinner?

The latest cookbook offering from Ree Drummond is called “Dinnertime“. It’s a colorful and well-organized collection of perfectly thoughtful recipes for everyone’s dinnertime.

Ree Drummond - Dinnertime Cookbook

Know what else is fabulous about “Dinnertime”? The photographs!  Not only are the steps to each recipe accompanied by amazing pictures, but Ree also shares bunches of gorgeous pics of her family, her pets, the horses, the ranch, the cows…and plenty of Pioneer Woman commentary along the way.

As many of you know, I was able to meet The Pioneer Woman at the Country Living Fair a couple of weeks ago and Ree very kindly signed one of her “Dinnertime” cookbooks for a lucky Nest Full of New reader.

Country Living Fair - Tracy and Ree Drummond

Now, it’s finally time to give one of you this amazing cookbook.  Yes, this one! The one right there in the picture! So cool!

All you have to do is submit your entries below through Rafflecopter.  Good luck everyone!

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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


Simple Sesame Noodles

Simple Sesame Noodles


I just adore Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman.  She’s exceptionally creative and seems so genuine. Not to mention all the amazing food she prepares (along with their equally amazing photos.)  When I ran across her recipe for Simple Sesame Noodles, I knew this was the next installation in my Ripped From Pinterest series.  Its so hard to replicate the flavor of authentic sesame noodles and I had every confidence in Ree.  And I believe her when she says something is “simple.”  So, with yet another willing bunch of taste testers – courtesy of Football Sunday at our house – I set out to try to recreate Ree Drummond’s Simple Sesame Noodles.

 Simple Sesame Noodles

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Cook Time:  10 minutes     Serves: 6-8

Sesame Noodles Ingredients


  • 12 ounces Thin Noodles, Cooked And Drained
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Pure Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hot Chili Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 4 whole Green Onions, Sliced Thin

Preparation Instructions

Simple Sesame NoodlesWhisk all ingredients (except noodles and green onions) together in a bowl. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.
Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss to coat.
Sprinkle with green onions and toss.Serve as is or alongside a nice Asian seasoned grilled tri-tip or chicken.  These noodles are also yummy tossed with steamed broccoli,  snow peas and or bite-sized pieces of grilled/roasted asparagus.  The Verdict:  These truly were SIMPLE and tasted delicious. Even the football crew gobbled them up with no regard for manners…so much slurping and sucking up noodles!  I will make this again and serve it as a side dish.  Maybe with some shredded chicken mixed in to absorb some of the yummy sauce that gets left behind at the bottom of the bowl. Queen Ree does it again!