Sunday, May 21, 2017

My day with the Pioneer Woman

My friends and I all love the Pioneer Woman.  So when she put in her mercantile store in her town about 3 hours from us, we have said many times we had to make a trip over.  We finally made it happen on Saturday.  And it was the BEST day! 

It was a perfect day! We had so much fun driving over to Oklahoma! We just planned to shop and eat.  We didn't know if Ree and Ladd would be there.  

As soon as we walked in, Ladd "Marlboro  Man" was at the door greeting people.  He couldn't be kinder.  My friend Ginger's husband has worked with him for a few years so she was able to talk to him about that.  He told us Ree would be coming by in about 20 minutes so we went upstairs to the bakery and got some treats and waited! 

The line was short and we got books signed and talked to her! She was so sweet and friendly! 

We loved getting to talk to her! She visits Bentonville frequently which is fun.  I'm thinking she should call us for dinner next time she is in! 

The whole place is so cute! 

We split a piece of chocolate pie and it was SOOOOOOO good! 

We got in line to eat lunch.  The wait was about an hour and a half but we took turns standing in line and shopping so it didn't seem that bad.  And the wait was TOTALLY WORTH IT!

I got the Marlboro man sandwich because I just thought I needed to.  And it was AMAZING! 

Laurie and Elizabeth both got chicken fried steak.  Laurie went on and on how it was the best CFS she has EVER had! 

We hit the jackpot because we went on a day when the Lodge was open to tour!  According to the website - these are the days you can visit the Lodge:
  • June 1-3
  • June 5-10
  • June 12-17
  • August 7-12

The Lodge is where they film her Foodwork Network show.  She also hosts guests there.  It has several bedrooms.  It's about 15 minutes out of town.  You have to drive by all their land to get to it.  It's SO beautiful.  

This is her pantry which if you watch her show - it looks familiar! 

In one of the bedrooms - she had her makeup set up and a clothes rack where she gets ready for her show.  There was also a second professional kitchen where all the prep work takes place.  It was SO interesting! 

Isn't this a beautiful view looking out from the lodge? 

We had just the BEST time together! Laurie kept saying it was the best day she's ever had! If you live anywhere near Oklahoma - you should totally make a trip! 

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