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The Pioneer Woman Celebrates Her Nan

During my upcoming February 2019 Texas Tour we’ll travel into Oklahoma to visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile which is owned by Ree and Ladd Drummond.  Chances are you have tried Ree’s recipes or have watched her hit television show on the Food Network.

Ree Drummond is a gem of a farm girl.  She is obsessed with butter, Basset Hounds and Ethel Merman.    Ree raises her family on a ranch outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.  

Her television show documents daily life as a ranch wife and mother.  This down home country gal’s blog attracts 22 million monthly views.  Ree’s television show and blog focuses on food, living on the ranch and family.  

A couple days ago Ree emailed a blog post to her loyal followers letting them know that her upcoming television show would be “A Different Kind of Show”…..

Although her Mother-In-Law’s situation with cancer was terminal the family did not expect her end to come so quickly.  They had just started filming a block of television shows at their ranch when she suddenly passed.   After much pondering they decided to continue with the television taping in order to “Celebrate Nan”.

This was a sad show to watch.  The “Celebrating Nan” episode shows us a loving family and friends struggling to get through a tough time.  We can all relate.  Country Folk came together to beautify the cemetery which is located on their ranch and Nan’s favourite food and recipes were prepared.  The show truly “Celebrated Nan” and even though I never met “Nan” I felt that I knew her a bit after watching the show.  

Ree wrote that her family could have filmed their television shows pretending this didn’t happen or they could show what was really going on in their lives.   She decided to take the real route and I admire her for that.

I’m sure you will agree that writing about this is an odd way for me to highlight an upcoming tour but after watching the “Celebrating Nan” television episode I am even more anxious to show you the community where the Pioneer Woman lives with her family.  

Ree’s children often work at the family-run Mercantile.  They are sometimes the ones that bring out the sticky buns (served in a coast iron skillet) or the Southern Mac and Cheese.  

Everyone has a story.  The Pioneer Woman has found a way to share her story with all of us.  

You’ll have a great time if you decide to join me on this Texas Tour February 13-20, 2019. 

See you aboard!

One response

  1. tink

    What a great story! Thanks, Brad! I regret not being able to join you….I will be ‘wintering’ in Penticton, BC! xxoo…mmtink

    September 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm

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