Mom and I are still recovering from our whirlwind weekend in Oklahoma at The Pioneer Woman‘s Ranch, but I wanted to share a few more snapshots of our time together there. As a fly on the wall, you would have seen a lot of this: sitting, talking, eating, drinking and laughing.
And of course I had to have a little poke around the kitchen.
I almost smuggled this amazing KitchenAid stand mixer into my bag. It was painted by Nicole at Un Amore. What’s better than getting a KitchenAid? Getting one painted like this. Check out her site for more wonderfully distinctive designs.
But fortunately for me, I have a mom who inspires me every day. I was so proud of her as she talked to the women about her food philosophy–how it doesn’t matter if the cheesecake cracks or the bread burns. Food is important (and ideally we want delicious food), but ultimately food is a means to an end: being together with the ones we love.
Meet Pattie and her mother, Harriet. These ladies were a hoot and a half. Great stories and full of laughs. They also brought Ree and Mom goody bags with gifts from the Philadelphia area like Philly’s t-shirts, Tastykakes and Hershey’s Kisses. How sweet is that? I totally stole one of the t-shirts. Even wore it on the plane home.
And there were these terrific women! On the bottom left we have the lovely Alice and her friend Angie (top left) both from Los Angeles. They also bought great goody bags filled with cute aprons, bath salts, and sweet treats from Trader Joe’s. On the bottom right are Brittany (who has a photography blog called 360-something) and her grandmother, Sharon (top right). They brought us salmon all the way from Oregon!
There are no pictures of the delicious dinner we ate in the evening because I was taking pictures with Ree’s camera while she was busy. But the shrimp ceviche, carnitas and flan were the perfect meal for the ranch. All crowd-pleasers. I think you’ll be able to find more of the recipes we enjoyed at dinner on Ree’s blog in the coming days (or in Mom’s book, Perfect One-Dish Dinners). In the meantime, here is the recipe for the salmon we enjoyed at lunch. But, as is often the case, the weekend was less about the food and more about the people.
Photo by Ree
Ree and her family were positively warm, welcoming and wonderful. Mom and I enjoyed every minute spent with all these ladies. Sometimes it’s just good to be with girls. And cook. And drink, talk, laugh and share. We did all that in spades this weekend. A big thank you to Ree for hosting us and to all the women for making the trek out to cook with us. It was a privilege.