(We won't be posting here anymore)
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The videos from our weekend on the ranch with Ree are on her blog. If you want to see them, click the link below. Just please keep in mind that the camera adds 75 pounds and approximately 4 chins. At least, that's what I will choose to believe!
All of the videos are great ~ I hope you enjoy them!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Who would have thought that my little announcement on this little blog would have caused such a big scandal for House Hunters? Oh, I'm kidding! I do think it's weird though that I read that original article that I linked to a long time ago. I kept meaning to write about it and kept forgetting. Then as soon as I did, poor House Hunters started getting into all kinds of hot water. Just a coincidence of course...at least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
I've seen all kinds of news articles about the big scandal, and here are just a few if you're interested:
In case anybody cares, all of this new House Hunters information doesn't change anything for me. I still watched it just last night. And this morning. And there are seven more waiting for me on my DVR.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
We had an opportunity to tour the Bush's Beans Visitor Center recently. On our way to Pigeon Forge, we often drive by the large plant, but we had never stopped at the new Visitor Center in Chestnut Hill, TN. After meeting some new friends from Bush's Beans on our trip to Oklahoma, we were extra excited to check it out. Let me just tell you, Bush's Beans doesn't do anything half way. The Visitor Center has a beautiful general store, an amazing museum that details the history of the company, and a yummy family cafe. We met one of the store managers, Ricki. She was so sweet and made our visit even more enjoyable.
|Brian with the Bush's truck|
|I had my picture taken with Duke and Jay|
|The Secret Family Recipe Book behind glass! Ha!|
|Just one little bit of the huge museum|
|Inside the general store|
|The Bush's Beans Visitor Center|
|Bush's Beans plant|
|Menu at the cafe|
|Notice the Pinto Bean Pecan Pie ~ we didn't try it this time, but I heard it is really good!|
|Everybody gets the "Bean of the Day" to taste|
|Brian's bbq sandwich was very good|
We were so glad we got to stop by and really had a wonderful visit there!
P.S. I really think if I could just have five minutes with Duke, I could convince him to tell me that secret recipe!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Well, I am just beside myself! I still can't believe that it happened!!! We just returned from an amazing weekend visiting The Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) at her ranch in Oklahoma. I have been such a big fan of Ree's for many years, so it felt surreal to actually meet her in person. The word "stalker" came up a few times when it became apparent that I knew more about her than she even knew about herself, but she was such a good sport with my star-struck self and tolerated my constant talking and staring like she didn't even notice. Honestly, she was every bit as kind and down to earth as she appears on her blog and Food Network show.
As soon as we landed on Friday afternoon, we were greeted by the film crew and other winners who had already arrived. I am not even kidding when I tell you that they started strapping a microphone on me in the middle of the airport. Maybe it wouldn't have been a big deal had I not been wearing a dress. And this cute little sound guy, Sterling, insisted it had to go all the way up my dress and be attached in very interesting locations. It required several sets of hands and some creative stretching on my part, but Mission Accomplished! The next time I fly out to Ree's ranch, I will not wear a dress. And yes, there will be a next time. I refuse to believe otherwise.
We began the two hour journey from the airport to the ranch being filmed and interviewed the whole way. It was fun getting to know the other winners and their guests, as well as, the director, cameramen, sound technician, and various other important people who have all worked with some major movie stars on television shows and movies. So obviously, we fit right in since I was on a local news commercial one time when I was around 12. I was clearly kind of a big deal in their eyes. I don't think they even thought it was weird when I took pictures of the local Pizza Hut and a stray cow here and there. I'm sure all of their usual movie stars do that kind of thing.
I was a big, ridiculous mess when we pulled up to the entrance to the ranch and saw "The Sign". It just all seemed so official at that point. We had arrived.
|Here we are at the entrance to the Drummond Ranch|
(Note: no microphones were visible in this picture...the magic of movies)
|The winners and their guests|
(I miss them already)
|Brian meeting Ree|
|Let's just pause here for a moment of silence|
You can imagine my excitement when Ladd and the boys moseyed in wearing real cowboy boots and hats (like with real cow manure on them and stuff). It was so interesting to talk to Ladd about their life on the ranch. All four children were absolutely precious. I couldn't believe how tall her beautiful, sweet daughters were and her boys were so cute and fun. And none of them showed any concern when I took continual pictures of them either.
|Brian and Ladd|
(Just two cowboys shootin' the bull)
|Everybody in Oklahoma was very tall!|
|Brian getting his hair and makeup done|
(He pretended he didn't like it)
Brian and Ree had to cook his recipe together two times. The first time they had to talk and explain everything they were doing as they cooked. The second time was for close up shots of their hands and the food. It was fun to watch the three cameramen move around to get certain "shots" and hear the director saying "Action" over and over. They even had one of those fancy little things that you click and say "Take 1"!
|Fancy little "Take 1" thing|
|Those were some serious lights|
|Pioneer Woman and The Next Food Network Star|
|BFF, Brian, & Me|
Now, I'd like to introduce you to a fine gentleman I met during my visit. His name is Ol' Yeller.
I rode him on a tour of the ranch. He was such a good sport. Bless his little horse heart. I'm sure he rolled his horse eyes when he heard me announce I'd never been on a horse before. I was constantly pulling his reigns the wrong way and accidentally making him stop when I really wanted him to go. I was definitely a thorn in his hoof that day.
Two of Ree's kids, Paige and Brice, took us on our little horse riding adventure. They showed us all around and really stretched my horse riding lack o' skills when they took us down steep hills and through ponds. The views from all over the ranch were worth it though! Unfortunately, I had to pull out my teacher/mama voice when Brice did this:
|"Does your Mama let you do that? I don't want her mad at me if you fall!"|
Brian and Ree also had to do the "grilling segment" outside where they actually cooked the chicken and discussed various meat/grilling topics only pausing for the cameramen to get a "sizzle shot" of the meat cooking.
|Brian's chicken posing for a picture|
Finally, the time came for everyone to eat! We all served our plates (while being filmed of course) and sat down at this lovely table to eat.
We stuffed ourselves and enjoyed the beautiful Oklahoma evening. Just a bunch of new friends enjoying each other's company while chowing down on some fabulous grub. That was more of my cowboy talk...chowing and grub.
|Was Brian licking his lips at the tasty food?|
One last thing, Brian never did wear those chaps, boots, and cowboy hat that I had hoped for...but there's always next time!
"I attended the retreat at the Pioneer Woman's ranch as part of a contest I won, sponsored by Bush's Grillin' Beans. As a winner, I received complimentary travel and accommodations at the Ranch, along with a welcome gift from Bush's Grillin' Beans. All opinions are entirely my own."