I had the pleasure of meeting Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, at a book signing in Columbus on Saturday. I met up with Ohio blog pals, Cindy, Lori, and La, for a day of shopping at Scott’s Antique Show, lunch, and a some quality girl talk while waiting for Ree to sign the books we bought.
My Book Signing Buckeye Blogger Friends….
Our little group of Buckeye Bloggers found the perfect place to wait for our assigned color group to be called to take our place in line – we were directly in front of the signing table. It was the perfect vantage point to witness Ree‘s graciousness to her many waiting fans.
I have to agree wholeheartedly with La’s take on Ree. In her blog post, La wrote, “…. She was delightful and engaging. She was genuine, sweet, and funny.” When it was my turn to meet Ree and have her sign my book, I felt that she took a more than generous amount of time to speak with me. It must have been a long, tiring weekend for her, having back to back signings in Cincinnati and Columbus; but she was unrushed and made me feel so welcome!
photo courtesy of La
When La and I got up to the table to meet Ree, it was almost 6 p.m. and Ree had been signing books since about 2:00. There was still another large group behind us, so I’d venture to say that the last of the crowd didn’t leave until well after 7 p.m. But I’d lay money that Ree was as cheerful then as she was when she first started!
Oh, and I can assure you that those major droopy eyes of mine weren’t due to cocktails at lunch- I’ve had a head/chest cold for almost a week now. I’ve been reading that many of you have been enduring a bug, as well. I do think I’m starting to turn the corner, though; I’m not hacking as much as I was over the weekend, but now I’m sneezing repeatedly!
I purchased Ree’s cookbook, which has some yummy looking food pictures inside its covers. There are also some great photos of her cattle ranch and her family. The first thing I’m going to try fromthe book is her Olive Cheese Bread, shown below. So what if it’s laden with more than a few calories? I’m rationalizing that I’ll just ride my stationary bike extra hard to make up eating
some all of it!
ooey gooey cheese……
Photo courtesy of Pioneer Woman Website.
Doesn’t this bread look positively delish?
It was such a fun outing for the four of us, even though Lori and Cindy had to leave the book signing early. Cindy had to get home to a puppy dog and Lori had to meet her family. I’m really glad that I stuck out the wait with La and was able to meet Ree.
We’re all looking forward to our next get-together in the spring, when we’re hoping more Ohio bloggers will be able to join us in Marysville for another fun outing at the French Hen Farm barn sale. Of course, if we find someplace to visit before that, I don’t think any of us would mind.
I’ll have to show you some of the purchases that I brought home from my weekend shopping adventure. I only bought one small item at Scott’s, but Cindy delivered some pretty transferware to me from her Etsy Shop. Until that post, I’ll just be drooling over all the food pictures in Ree’s book…..