Some six years ago I started learning about the blogging world, even started my own (which is still alive, I can't shut it down yet--too sentimental about the old site!). In any case, what really got me following the blog world a little more closely was The Pioneer Woman.
Holy Hannah. That woman is incredible. She got me through grad school. Well, along with the support and love of then boyfriend/now husband, my parents, friends, and professors...BUT I read that blog every day religiously. It made me laugh, smile, find a love of cooking and baking that's been my solace many times over.
I bought her cookbook quickly as I could and poured over the pages at breakfast, studying each recipe and story along with it. I wanted to make everything! Thankfully my friends let me try her many butter filled recipes out on them.
I loved her humor, the way she said things, how beautiful her homestead was, the light she poured into her photos, the delicious recipes for homey meals and the loveliness of her family life. Since starting to follow her blog, I've bought every book she's written, including the children's books for my niece--how else am I going to justify buying a children's book right now?
Pyro Man--no, his name was not inspired by from her "Marlboro Man" reference, but that's a story for another time!--Anyway, Pyro Man even surprised me with a book signing for PW our second Valentine's together, but unfortunately didn't realize how popular a Dallas signing would be so we missed out. BUT she showed up in Norman, OK a few weeks later where I made a special trip in conjunction with an audition. Y'all, I got there so early I was second in line and my gosh, I was awkward as all get out, just a nervous wreck to meet her in person. She was so kind and I hope to hear her speak at another signing some day!
Her beautiful Spode dishware, well, I can't lie, but I totally picked it out because of PW. The elegance and grace mixed with brown gravy and homemade 'taters, it was perfection I had to have. I've even got a colorful array of Fiestaware but that obsession started long before joining the following.
Now I've fallen in love with her latest endeavor, her own line of cookeware and dishware. Be still my heart. I've waited for MONTHS for her line to be fully displayed. Until now I've sat and drooled over her preview photos, counting the days. Everything will out in WalMart starting in two weeks. For now, I'll be sitting on my couch and loading up a cart until I can actually get my hands on her incredible gorgeous line!
Some of my favorites so far:
Those water glasses are PERFECT for my Spode collection! I have colorful Fiesta glasses but they really don't go with my blue and white dishes for special occasions. I'm thinking I might have to snag those glasses pretty soon. Can't forget the pitcher to go with!
Oh man. I gotta take a step back or else I'll be in BIG trouble here--so. much. kitchen. stuff. I love it! Now I'm all fired up to make a Pioneer Woman dish! Macaroni and cheese? Chicken Spaghetti? Chicken Parmesan? Too many good choices to decide!
What's your favorite Pioneer Woman dish?
All photos of products from Walmart.com.