Chances are that you’ve read The Pioneer Woman’s blog, tried her cookbook recipes, or watched her hit show in Food Network. If you don’t have that, let me introduce you. Ree Drummond is a city girl who has become a woman and has changed her life into the ultimate lifestyle brand. Although she describes herself as ‘happy, messy and weird’, Drummond is a smart businesswoman who has used her charming lifestyle and story abilities to share her daily life with millions of readers.
Although Drummond was not shy with information about her curious and carefree life as a woman, rancher and mother of four, there is still so much to learn about her. There are some things, even an open book like Drummond does not announce to the world. From a life-changing bar meeting to an episode of Food Network that she would probably all like to forget, there is still a lot to discover about The Pioneer Woman.
She’s going to be portrayed in a movie by who?!
The idea of leaving everything behind for love and a simpler life is certainly attractive. Many of us may be curious about such drastic changes in life, so it should come as no surprise that Hollywood was also interested.
“Ree made a life that suited this unexpected world in which she found herself,” film producer Laura Ziskin told The New Yorker. “If you look at the book, or look at the cookbook, you think,” I’d like to do that, I don’t care if there’s cow manure on the porch, it looks good to me. “Reese Witherspoon has already signed up to play Drummond, and it is safe to say that we will all watch!
She has her own store
Drummond is ready to add another project to her plate – her own store! The resident of Oklahoma clearly has a deep love for her home state and now draws huge crowds to her own place. Her shop, which she calls ‘The Merc’, includes a retail space, a restaurant, a bakery and a coffee bar – and you can safely say it was an adventure.
“We bought it before I saw it inside,” Drummond told Oklahoma’s News Channel 4, “and when I walked in, I thought,” Honey, what do you think? “But despite the lapse of beginnings, the Merc is flourishing. According to the news report, waiting times for a table in the restaurant are on average two and a half hours.
“You know, I started my blog on a whim, it grew into something I had never planned, cookbooks came and my TV show,” Drummond said. “I could never have imagined that this all happened.” Just like her original blog, Drummond wants her space to be unique. She has thought about the user experience from start to finish. “We’re trying to make it an experience for people coming. I think that’s why we’ve had so much fun,” she told Channel 4.
She never planned to blog about food
You will be shocked to hear that Drummond never intended to include recipes in her blog. “I had taught myself photography,” Drummond told The Huffington Post. “I was getting ready to cook a steak for my husband, and I thought,” I’ve blogged about everything I’ve done, so I’ll blog a few photos of the steak … I’ve posted 12 or 13 photos, and the answer was really favorable, even if someone already knew how to prepare a steak, they enjoyed watching it through photos. “
Her recipe department started quickly and Drummond was even offered a cookbook offer. Shortly after her cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks hit boards, The Huffington Post reported that the Food Network contacted her about her own show.
“Neither of us really jumped in … I wasn’t always convinced that this was the direction I wanted to go,” Drummond said in the interview. “I am a writer and a photographer – I am fully aware that this does not always translate into TV.” In her case, however, a show turned out to translate very well.
We can all relate to her “fish out of water” story… even kids
Drummond seems to be one of those people who can’t sit still. For someone else, the thought of managing a successful blog, TV show, store, and homeschooling could send one over the edge. But not Drummond, and now she is ready for her next project – author of the children’s book!
“I released a new children’s book this spring, it’s called” Little Ree “and it was a lot of fun to write,” she wrote on her blog. “As most of you know, I moved to the canes (or the boys or the country) as an adult when Marlboro Man and I got married. And it was … a transition, to say the least! I was a fish from water, I felt like I didn’t belong, and I saw and experienced many things that confused me. “
In her book, the heroine “Little Ree” and her family move from their city home to the country. “I have been thinking for some time that it would be fun to record those experiences and tell them through the eyes of a little girl,” says Drummond.
She “just makes things work within the life I have”
Although her brand is so popular, Drummond has kept her team small. She seems to be working on her blog and constantly booking. “For the most part I am a show with one woman, but every one-woman show has help behind the scenes,” Drummond told Forbes. She contracts help when she needs it, for example for a new website design, but the content is all hers.
“I hate to play the I-live-in-the-country card, but it really costs all the” grab the kids in the car and run from here to there “from the comparison. I’m home all day, “Ree Drummond told the magazine. “Some days I applied blogging in my home schooling and some days I applied home in my blogging. I am not type A. I am not the kind of woman who has to achieve a certain number of things for 8 hours every day or her day is shot, I just let things work in the life that I have. “
Think the fame fell into her lap? Uh… no
The relaxed style of Ree Drummond and the casual life in the ranch create an illusion, making it seem as if all this fame just fell on her lap. As if she is just a normal mother who started a blog, and just like magic, her life has changed. But it’s rarely that simple. Keeping a hugely popular blog is more than a full-time job and Ree Drummond has done the job.
“She is quiet, insanely ambitious,” said her friend and fellow blogger Ed Levine the New Yorker. “Ree Drummond reminds me of a duck: under the water it paddles like crazy, but above the surface it is quiet.”
Her move back to Oklahoma “sure raised eyebrows”
Drummond grew up in Oklahoma, but never intended to stay there. She grew up in a well-to-do family with a mother staying at home and a father of an orthopedic surgeon. As soon as she finished high school, Ree Drummond packed her bags and headed for the University of Southern California, where she studied broadcast journalism. At the time, she wanted to be “Jane Pauley,” as she told The New Yorker. She then took a job in Los Angeles after graduating, according to the article, working in marketing – she always intended to make her life in a big city. But life doesn’t always go the way you imagine it – sometimes in the best possible way.
Exchanging her fast LA lifestyle for cattle and cowboy hats surprised Ree Drummond herself, but she wasn’t the only one wondering about her decision. “I certainly raised my eyebrows,” her father told the New Yorker. The change took some getting used to for Ree Drummond. “I did not understand that you are not going anywhere, it was difficult,” she told the magazine. Once Drummond and her new husband were married, they became pregnant during their honeymoon and embarked on a whole new adventure.
“I am not an extraordinary person”
If you see the success that Ree Drummond has had in a relatively short time, it is hard to believe that she can stay through everything. People are absolutely obsessed with her life and family. When asked about the overwhelming public interest in her family life, Ree Drummond simply rolls with it.
“I know this sounds a bit funny,” she told BookPage, “but I claim I’m not an extraordinary person.” There is nothing special about me or my story, I think everyone has a story – I have just found a nice way to tell my story and convey my daily life. “
A corporate California girl meets a cowboy in a bar…
A big part of the appeal of Ree Drummond is its sweet love story. According to an interview in BookPage, she lived a fast life in the city when her whole world turned into a quiet little bar. As a corporate girl in California, Drummond came home to take a break to visit her parents in Oklahoma before enrolling in law schools in Chicago. One night she went out with friends and saw a cowboy in the bar. The cowboy, whom she now refers to as “Marlboro Man” on her blog, turned out to be her future husband, Ladd.
“He was tall, strong and mysterious, close to a bottle of beer and jeans, and I saw cowboy boots and his hair. The stallion’s hair was very short and silver gray – far too gray for how young his face said he was, but just gray enough to send me through the roof with all kinds of fantasies about Cary Grant in North by Northwest, “Drummond wrote her book The Pioneer Woman.
It wasn’t long before Ree Drummond left her stilettos and sushi for cowboy boots and steaks.
You won’t believe how Drummond keeps her kids grounded
If your mother is a celebrity, your life is probably super glamorous, right? Not for the Ree Drummond children. Mama Ree makes her alive for hundreds of thousands of fans about her family life, but for the children it is just a normal life. “They are aware that their mother might do a few things that their friends’ mothers don’t do, but when we get home on the farm, the word fame is not in play,” Drummond told Blasting News. “I mean, I now have manure on my porch that I have to clean up later.” We are very grounded here in the country. “
Extra proof? Ree Drummond also teaches its four children. Seriously, where does she find the time? Not only that, but she lets all her children help around their farm, which is their family business (unlike Ree’s blog, of course). When she was interviewed by The New Yorker, her son Todd asked in the midst of his concerned chores: “Mommy, can we go in and go to school?” Ree Drummond replied: “Oh, now you want to go to school! Suddenly school work sounds pretty good.”
We can’t think of a better way to keep your children grounded than to clean up animal manure. Well done, mom!