The Pioneer Guru is more like it.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
December 19, 2019
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Ree Drummond to the rescue. We've turned to the Pioneer Woman to help with last-minute dinner parties or lazy weekends when we simply want a fun TV show to tune into in the mornings. Below, a few of the best tips we picked up from the Pawhuska Princess this past calendar year.

1. Turn to family for cooking inspiration.

Recently, in an interview with Nicole Pajer for PARADE, Drummond shared how her family has motivated her in the kitchen: "I love to eat, and I always have. My sister and I are the same. As soon as we finish a meal, we start thinking about what the next one is going to be," she told the outlet. "My mom was a really great home cook, and my mother-in-law cooked for crowds of cowboys and visitors. They were my main cooking inspirations."

2. Take a road trip to Pawhuska

Drummond’s Oklahoma empire is ever-growing—there’s currently a bakery, deli/restaurant, a pizza shop, and an ice cream shop. Besides sweet tea, that covers all of our major food groups. There’s also The Mercantile, known lovingly by fans as “The Merc,” which is an incredible general store, in which her bakery, deli, and restaurant are also located.

3. Then book your room at The Boarding House hotel.

Ree and husband Ladd Drummond’s “cowboy luxury” inn is a great place for Pioneer Woman superfans to stay in downtown Pawhuska. If you can’t snag a reservation in this eight-room lodge, consider booking at the Oilman’s Daughter, a bed-and-breakfast recently opened by Ree Drummond’s sister-in-law.

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4. Make your date night a cozy movie night.

That’s right, channel Ree and Ladd and celebrate date night by plopping on your couch and watching a good flick. Many times, a casual night in can beat a fancy one on the town. For more on their date night routine, read our story here.

5. Cherish movie nights with family.

Drummond sadly lost her mother-in-law Nan Drummond in May of 2018 but her memories of Ladd’s mom continue to give her comfort. This fall, she penned a sweet note about watching "Hope Floats" with Nan. "A couple of years after Ladd and I were married, his mom and I rented it a movie (VHS!) and watched it one night. It starred Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. and we loved every minute of it. A few years later, she was trying to remember the name of the movie because she wanted to watch it again. 'Remember that movie we watched that one time?' she said. 'It was called "Ship of Hope" or something?' I thought she was talking about Titanic,” Drummond shares on Instagram “But then she said something about the guy who wore a cowboy hat who’s a singer in real life, and I was totally confused. After about thirty minutes, I finally figured out she was talking about ‘Hope Floats.’”

Drummond continues, "We cracked up about Ship of Hope for years, and always watched it together whenever we caught it on TV. I just noticed it was on today, so I watched the last half hour and turned into a sobbing, blubbering mess. A completely unexpected, out-of-the-blue moment of grief...but a sweet one, too.”

6. Don't Underestimate the reliable uniform of “blousy tops” and jeans.

Ree Drummond doesn’t stray from her signature look, and it serves her well. The flattering ensemble of a patterned “blousy top” and jeans can be dressed up or down depending on shoes and accessories. It’s also a comfortable look to transition from day-to-night.

7. Use cake flour in your pancakes.

Among the many cooking tips we’ve gleaned from Drummond, this one sticks out. Next time you make pancakes, follow Drummond’s lead and use cake flour in your batter and prepare to be amazed. If you’re skeptical, invite a few friends over for breakfast this weekend and see how many totally clean plates you’re left with after serving up a few stacks.

8. Cook from her new cookbook.

This October, Drummond released her latest cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier, and the recipes are delightful and diverse. Pasta, desserts, creamy soups, appetizers, and so much more are packed into the informative book that’s bound to be in heavy rotation in your kitchen. Some of our favorite dishes? The fried tomato sandwich with pesto mayo and basil, the Instant Pot pumpkin spice oatmeal, and the caramel apple quesadillas. Buy the book on BarnesAndNoble.com here.

9. It’s okay to mess up in the kitchen.

Even Drummond herself isn’t immune to kitchen fails, as she’s revealed on social media with her typical candid humor. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you charred artisan bread, make a good belly laugh out of it.

10. Savor the little things.

For Drummond, that’s all about a show-stealing Oklahoma sunset or sunrise on the family ranch. Sometimes, it’s about her kids goofing around at a Friday night Pawhuska Huskies football game. Other times, it means devouring one too many marbled butterfly cookies at the end of a long day. It’s always about remembering to keep things in perspective, spending time with loved ones, and never taking life too seriously.