Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has a wicked sense of humor. Calling herself an “accidental country girl,” Drummond able to make light of and poke fun at her personal triumphs and tribulations on her Oklahoma homestead — and share them with her millions of fans. After all, she’s the first to say she never expected life to deal her the hand she has.
Drummond was a long-time Los Angeleno who “married a bonafide cowboy and moved due east to take on ranching life and raise four children,” says Forbes Magazine (yes, that Forbes).
It was there that she began to experiment within the limitations of remote-living and ended up opening herself up to the entire world. On her website, she shares recipes, photos of the ranch’s goings-on, hilarious personal interviews with her husband (appropriately dubbed Marlboro Man), and the challenges of homeschooling. In fact, an entire section is called “Confessions,” representing the inviting and self-depricating nature of her writing.
Today, she’s brought so many unlikely fans into the Pioneer Woman fold (city folk love her, too) that she has a cooking segment on the Food Network and a handful of best-selling books (might we suggest taking a look at The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl to find holiday-appropriate recipes like Patsy's Blackberry Cobbler).
Drummond’s energy and reach is boundless, and we recommend digging into her site to get a taste of life outside the fast lane. Though for the Pioneer Woman and Marlboro Man, that life leaves little time for rest. They have far too many many cattle, children and fans to tend to for an afternoon siesta.
When asked in 2011 if she ever thought about what life would have been like if she hadn’t moved to the country, Drummond quickly answered: “I shudder. I am thoroughly convinced that I am where I was meant to wind up. In the country we really lead an isolated life . . . we’re just together, we’re out here, we’re on the land and in the quiet. It’s not that everyone needs that to maintain some level of peace and contentment, but I needed it. It centered me.”