‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Reveals 3 Secrets to Enjoying Life

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By: Meredith Witthar | Teresa Strasser Posted: 4:28 PM, Apr 24, 2018

Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, has been whipping up recipes on her Food Network show since 2011. She now has her own cookware line at Walmart, multiple cookbooks, and even a new kid's book! So how has she managed to do all of that and still slow down enough to enjoy life? We spoke with Ree to learn three tips on keeping a small life while living big.


1. Enjoy the Ride


Ree’s first tip? Enjoy the ride – just as Ree enjoyed her rise to stardom. “It started with a blog! I was a blogger back in the mid-2000s,” shares Ree. “And I had absolutely no plan. I wasn't cooking on my blog back then; I just wrote about country life and raising my kids. I posted photos of what they were doing on the ranch that day."


Then in 2007 one of her first food posts on how to cook a steak went viral – and her fame grew from there! “If I sat back in 2006 and tried to plan or orchestrate this, there's no possible way my imagination could have gone that far, so it's just been really a fun ride,” she adds. You go, girl!


2. Don't Forget Where You Come From


Next up – don't forget where you come from. “I moved to the country as an adult,” explains Ree.  “I met and married my husband who is a cattle rancher [and] cowboy, and I moved to his ranch." And that's where she got her nickname. "I was a complete fish out of water. I was the last person any of my friends would have pictured moving to the country. And in fact, that was where the nickname ‘Pioneer Woman’ came from – it was always sort of a little nudge-nudge, tongue-in-cheek name."


Ree’s family still lives on the ranch – and her hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma is where she decided to open her store The Mercantile, and her Pioneer Woman Boarding House. "I can't imagine living anywhere else,” she insists. “And God willing, we'll always be on the ranch. That's where I want to be more than anywhere on earth." Talk about finding heaven on earth!


3. Memories vs. Perfection


And finally, it's all about memories vs. perfection. “When you're in the kitchen with your kids, or with your friends, perfection isn't really the goal,” says Ree. “It's not about creating the most prize-winning dish. It's really just about having fun together and making a memory. And if something fails, it actually makes the memory better.”


So don't be intimidated by her recipes! Speaking of which – if you’re looking to make sweet memories of your own, try Ree’s scrumptious blueberry pie recipe below!


Blueberry Pie for Betsy


Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Servings: 8




2 Pints (to 3pPints) blueberries


1 Dash (to 2 dashes) of nutmeg

2 Tablespoons (to 3 tablespoons) flour (optional)

2 Whole pie crusts

1 Stick butter, sliced into pats




In a large bowl, place 2-3 pints of fresh blueberries. Coat them with regular white sugar, but not too much; just enough to bring out the natural sweetness. 

Throw in a dash or two of nutmeg, and a few tablespoons of all purpose flour. If you prefer a pie that is more juicy you can leave out the flour.

Pour the blueberries into a pie crust and top with 8-10 small pats of butter. Cover with a second pie crust. Press both edges together, tucking the dough under as needed, working all the way around the edge of the pie. 

While pinching the top and bottom crusts together, form the edge into a sort of lip. Then pinch the dough between your thumb and index finger all the way around the edge of the pie for a fluted look. Cut three or four slits in the top of the pie for ventilation.

Bake in a 400º oven for approximately 35-40 minutes.


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