The Pioneer Woman

Behind the Scenes at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch

January 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm , by

Ree Drummond (the voice and talent behind The Pioneer Woman) invited us to stay at her lodge when we visited to film LHJ‘s fantastic cooking videos (watch the first one here). The lodge — the Pioneer Woman’s second home on her ranch — is a 20-minute drive from the nearest tiny town. And if you try mailing something from there . . . well, you can’t. It’s sort of in the middle of nowhere!

Ree says she’s woken up to cows outside her door on the porch, so when I woke up at sunrise in one of the guest rooms I was hoping for just that experience. It didn’t happen, but I did look out onto a most beautiful view of the Drummonds’ Oklahoma ranch, with working barns, horses grazing and cows in the field . . . where they actually belong.

Ree is beautiful and sweet. We had a lovely time with her at the ranch and, yes, ate a lot of delicious food! Click here to see a slideshow of what went on behind the scenes. And remember to check back each month for a new cooking video from Ree!

Ladies We Love: Angie Dudley (also known as Bakerella)

September 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm , by

Angie Dudley_CakePops_AUPhotoHave you ever heard of a cake pop? If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat (literally!). If you have, then you’re probably already familiar with the popular baking blog Bakerella, run by Atlanta-based baker Angie Dudley. It was only a couple of years ago when she started putting cake balls—a mixture of cake and frosting, which is then covered in candy coating—on lollipop sticks, turning them into cake pops. Angie has since developed numerous ideas for molding the cake pops into different shapes and designs, from Halloween themed, to mini wedding cakes, and even Sesame Street characters.

4022874721_1ce2c73f31_oWant to try your hand at making cake pops? It’s easier than it looks, and Angie’s new book Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats explains the process step-by-step with photo guides. Take a look at more cake pops at and tell us which ones you want to try, and pick up Cake Pops for even more fun ideas!

What makes me a lady: Putting others needs before my own and the desire to make people happy.

Favorite guilty pleasure: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, cold. Dulce de leche gelato. Brown 2917625516_53f6407357sugar by the spoonful. Do I have to pick just one?

Three things on my life list: 1. Vacation in Greece.  2. Learn to snow ski. 3. Go on a horseback riding adventure vacation somewhere majestic.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: Either teleportation, the ability to freeze time, or to move at supersonic speed. Anything to be more productive. But the curious side of me would probably pick invisibility.

Ladies I admire: The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, for her calm and gracious demeanor and uncanny ability to recite movie lines. My friend Julie for her style and creativity. My friend Rosa for being one of the hardest working women I know. But, mostly my mom for her strength, humor and devotion.

Cake pop photos courtesy of

The Pioneer Woman’s New Gig

July 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm , by


Our favorite city-girl-turned-country blogger is LHJ’s newest columnist! Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, has a number one ranked blog,, and is the author of a best-selling cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Starting with our August issue, Ree will regularly contribute to the magazine—you can find her first column on The Dish, where she talks tomatoes and shares a new recipe with us. To learn more about Ree, take a quick look at her blog—you’ll find beautiful photography, tasty recipes and her funny observations on life. We’re excited for her to bring that and more to the pages of LHJ. Welcome, Ree!

Check out our Ladies We Love interview with Ree and her first column from our August issue, which is on newsstands now.

Ladies We Love: Ree Drummond

March 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm , by

Ree Drummond credit Bill NyardIn 2006 Ree Drummond started a blog, The Pioneer Woman, to chronicle her rural life on a ranch in Oklahoma with four kids and a cattle rancher husband. Her blog has grown tremendously since then—it was recently named Weblog of the Year by the Bloggie Awards for the second year in a row, and last year she released her first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

Her backstory is the hook: “an accidental country girl,” Ree was content with city life and planning to move to Chicago from Los Angeles—but not before making a quick stop in her Oklahoma hometown. It was then that she met the man who would become her husband—or Marlboro Man as she calls him—and they’ve been together ever since. (Read all about it here; her story is a memoir in the works and also in talks to become a movie.)

Visit Ree’s blog for step-by-step recipes, home and garden tips, beautiful photography and entertaining tales from her everyday life.

pioneer woman bookWhat makes me a lady: I don’t chew gum in public. (That’s for you, Mom!)

Favorite guilty pleasure: The Real Housewives of Orange County and Coffee Haagen-Dazs.

Three things on my life list: Raise my children to be creative, compassionate and contented adults, meet Loretta Lynn, and get to the bottom of my laundry pile.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: A photographic memory. And the ability to subsist on little sleep. And the ability to get to the bottom of my laundry pile.

Ladies I admire: Oh, so many. I admire women who are quietly strong. I admire women who are supportive of other women. I admire women who are content, whether it’s on a tiny homestead in Kansas or in a high political office.