Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Big Pioneer Woman Cookbook Giveaway!!

In late 2009, the cookbook I had been waiting for was finally available:
And Ree Drummond - The Pioneer Woman - went on a book signing tour!

I relentlessly stalked her blog, waiting for updates on her book signing stops. Really, who WOULDN'T want to make a stop in San Diego?

But alas, my city did not make the cut.

HOWEVER, she did have a stop scheduled for Torrance California. Really? Torrance?? Over San Diego?? I don't care where you are from - - San Diego trumps any spot in Los Angeles for any kind of stop-over!

But then.......the planets came into alignment and the angels sang ("aaaaahhhhhh.....")....my niece had a cheer competition that coincided with the book signing within a 15 minute drive of Torrance California on November, 22 2009!

We left San Diego at the crack of dawn to attend the cheer competition, after the awards ceremony we all piled into my mom's car (including my niece's unsuspecting friends who thought they were only coming along to watch the competition...MUUUHAAAAAHAHA!) and drove to the Border's Book Store in Torrance, California for a book signing that was to begin at 5pm.

We were among the lucky to be allowed to wait in line for 3 hours, and I am not being sarcastic - - so many people were turned away, I was so excited knowing that I would get a signed copy of the cookbook from the woman who made me a Goddess in the eyes of my husband by using her recipes!

I didn't mind, heck we were in my favorite place, a book store, I could pull books off the shelves and read them to my hearts content.

However, the half hour I spent in front of the book section containing the books about planes sucked.

I am so sorry for anyone out there who shares their life with someone obsessed and interested in all of the technical aspects of planes. No offense intended, but BLECH! Really, I can usually find something interesting in any printed form - - but this section - - NOTHING!
A side note about the other people in line: really, REALLY?? you couldn't walk 2 feet or even attempt to toss your trash into the available recepticles, but instead chose to leave your half eaten croissants and half full coffee cups among the shelves of new books?? That was just nasty! Who raised you? I threw away trash all along the line leading up to Ree.I hate litterbugs!

We got bored in lineSo we just kept taking pictures and it was then I noticed how greasy my bangs were at the end of the day. Fabulous! "Hi Ree! Love your recipes! I just squeeze the grease out of my bangs to cook!"

Well, my sister swears they were not that bad....

She's a LIAR!

We finally got our chance to meet Ree. She really is a cutie-patootie in real life.

And she really is funny - as evidenced by this photo:

She is also quite profound - apparantly - as evidenced by this photo:

What you really need to know is that she is just how you imagine her to be from reading her blog!

Thank you, Ree!!

I bought 2 copies of PW's cookbook this night - one for myself, and one for......WHO?? She was so gracious when signing her cookbooks, here is how she inscribed my books:

Notice the 2nd one??
So there you go. I pondered gifting this to a relative or friend, but really, if you don't know who PW is? Can you really appreciate this??

So I have decided to instead gift it to a stranger. A fan of PW. Someone who will be thrilled to have a signed copy and appreciate it! Someone who loves butter!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post naming your fave PW recipe.

I will choose a winner on next Wednesday, April 14th -International posters are okay, too! I am not going to ask that you follow my blog, but I hope this post will make you aware of my blog and decide to check back now and again!

32 comments:

Laura said...

Honestly my fav is SUCH a simple one. the Buttered Rosemary Rolls. I can eat a whole pan by myself.

Qwendykay said...

Just polished off dinner which was Pioneer Woman's Brisket. YUM. Love Ree, and completely missed the book signing.

Brianna Soloski said...

I'll give it a go. I've never had anything, but I think I would like to try the Texas sheet cake thing.

Erin Gudge said...

You crack me up!!!!!!!!! I am not familiar with the Pioneer Woman. Is that a sin? Am I not a cool girl now? Please, enlighten me!!

sugar_and_spice said...

Hi! So far, my fave recipe is the hot crash potatoes! YUM! Thanks for the opportunity! ~Dena

Rhonda V. said...

Oh my goodness, your post has me giggling out loud!! Love your fun photos and your super silly humor!

Mexican layer dip, because it's soooo good and a total classic!!

Kelly C said...

Love the Pioneer Woman - and how nice of you to give that away! And I think you look cute in the pics, not greasy at all! LOL!! My fav would be the white chicken enchiladas... I think that's jeff's fav as well.

And Erin - you really should check out her blog, she rocks!

Jen said...

I laughed at your unwillingness to waste a PW signed cookbook on a friend or relative.

I made her Cinnamon Rolls 101 at Christmas and they were a huge hit! Oh, I tested her Onion Strings too, and I have a list of recipes marked on her blog that I want to try.

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scrappychick said...

Our most favorite recipe is Roast Beef Tenderloin aka "Heaven on a stick".... We made it for Easter and it was a huge hit!!!! All my picky family loved it....It would be the greatest honor to win this book!! We love Ree!!!!!

Leslie Owens

Jannell Leal Garcia said...

So far my favorite recipe has been for Pioneer Woman's Favorite Burger...it is wonderful. Not MM's cup of tea I am sure but delish :) Thank you so much for sharing, I was so bummed she didn't make it to my neck of the woods.

Cindy Brooking said...

i have made her berry cobbler about 10 times. it is so easy. I love PW's blog!

The Bell Family 3 said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ree!! One of my sorority sisters got to meet her at her book signing in STL and ever since she blogged about her experience meeting Ree I've been hooked as well. My favorite one is her Roasted Carrots; so simple--just a little Olive Oil & Thyme...makes me hungry just thinking of it!!!

ksuscrapper said...

You are so lucky!!! I want to meet her some day!! Hands down, her apple dumplings are the best!! Sooo sooo bad for you too! LOL!!

KellyS said...

I love the Apple Dumplings, but oh my those are maybe a once a year treat! All that butter and even Mt.Dew!?! It was delicious! A more everyday recipe I love of hers is the drip beef made the 1st way with Italian seasoning - delish!

Oh and litterbugs drive me nuts too!

Liz said...

YOU LUCKY DUCK. SHE IS THE BOMB DIGGITY THAT'S FOR SURE. That is huge I've made a few recipes and stock her blog. You have me cracking up at the post here of course you blog is worth reading (P.s. you have to update for those who stalk your blog) P.ss. You've been doing fabulous hahahha
Her appetizers Jalpeno on grill yummo they are yummo her guacamole corn salsa and the most fav and spicy yummo Cajun chicken pasta /Try them yummmo..
You are a hoot and love the pictures

Cindy Andrews said...

The macaroni and cheese! Wonderful!

A girl and three boys said...

Hey, now...I was BORN IN TORRANCE!! lol Little Company of Mary, thankyouverymuch! ;) Anyhoo, I don't know if it counts (because it was really a Pastor Ryan recipe) but I love love LOVE the enchilada casserole thing. Oh, the onion straws are divine, too.

pattiwest said...

BUTTER IS MY FAVORITE. :) :) Love your entire blog entry...great pics!!

Tammydee said...

Pick one?? Are you kidding me? ...I think I plan to try the vanilla bean scones because I'm sure they will be a hit in my household!

mustangkayla said...

How cool are you? I have heard such fantastic things about this book that its been on my wishlist for some time! In all honesty I haven't spent much time on her blog or site to have a favorite recipe, but I am headed that way now! Thanks for the reminder!

Jenney said...

You are so sweet to just give this away! Our favorite recipe are the onion straws. I think we made them 4 times in one week last month - they're that good!

Holly said...

I LOVE PW!!! I am gonna have to go with the Chicken Spaghetti mmmmmmm!!!!

Ginger said...

oh oh oh I LOVE PW and I want this BAD! I can't pick just one favorite. . . I love the French Onion Soup and the BBQ Meatballs. Yumm - they are both SO GOOD!

mel said...

Big PW fan here! I can't believe you got two books! You are one smart cookie, in my book. Well, I don't have a book but if I did you'd be in it!

Thanks for the share of the book AND your blog!

Melrose

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

Did someone say Giveaway

LaMaMaLa said...

Ohhh, awesome! My hubby loves the steak bites. Yum!

Anna said...

I'm not asking to be included in the draw as I think the book would be wasted on me ... am just stopping by to say I loved your post! Very entertaining! :D

Sue said...

Oh how cool that you got to meet her!! My fave recipe is Bow Tie Chicken...yum!! Any chance this cookbook can help me become a better cook? Lets hope so!!

Dalayney's Doodles said...

HIGHlarious pictures! So glad I found your blog and yes, I would drool over that cookbook! :)

Pinky said...

ROFL OMG I am cracking up!!!!!!!!!! Too funny chick! Look at all your comments too!

Jillian said...

I'm another lover of Pioneer Woman! ...too bad she doesn't have to cook gluten free...adapting recipes with pilsbury crescent rolls just doesn't work for gluten free. :0(
Thanks for stopping by my blog on the KikiArt blog hop! And congrats to #29, lucky girl!!

SuzanneRenee said...

Wow Shelly, I just saw this post (obviously too late to win the signed copy) but I just wanted to tell you how generous and thoughtful that is of your to RAK a signed copy of the PW cookbook! You are such a sweeheart! :)