Fifteen Spatulas

Adventures on the Pioneer Woman’s Ranch

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Howdy!!!

Wow, that was awkward. I promise to never say that again, but it felt appropriate for today’s post.

If you follow me on Instagram or other social media, you know that earlier this week I trekked out to The Pioneer Woman‘s ranch in Oklahoma with blogging friends and Land O’Lakes. It was such an awesome experience to spend time with food and butter-loving friends and be immersed in ranch life, which is definitely not something I’m used to.

To give you an idea, it took me two flights to get to the Tulsa airport, then we drove another two hours to get to Ree’s ranch, so it’s definitely remote. In the car, all I could say is “WOWWWW…” and stare at all the open land while the rest of the girls laughed at me. Yes, a little part of me inside was alarmed about being so far away from everything.

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But as we drove further and got closer and closer to Ree’s ranch, I felt a calmness and peace come over me. I know, so corny to say, but I’m dead serious. It happened against my own will. The ranch is absolutely beautiful and so peaceful, and I want to go back!

To kick off the trip, we had breakfast at the lodge, featuring some of the recipes that Ree, JulieBrenda, Jenny, Maria, Bridget, Sommer, Jessica and I will be sharing with you tomorrow.

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Then we all divided into teams of two and went head-to-head in a Chopped-style competition. We randomly drew two ingredients out of a hat and had to create a dish in thirty minutes with those two ingredients plus Land O’Lakes butter with canola oil.

Here Maria and I put on our smiles despite the fact that we have no idea what we’re going to make with cauliflower and bitters. AHHHH.

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But, we got some inspiration from Ree’s amazing pantry:

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And we ended up grilling chicken thighs with a marinade that included bitters, and roasted the cauliflower with garlic and butter. It actually came out well!

After lunch we went out for a tour of the ranch, led by Ree:

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She drove us around while we took pictures of cows:

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And she even let us stop for pictures with said cows. Here I am, posing awkwardly with the cows (how does one pose with cows?!)

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Then Ree got out and walked oh so gracefully toward the herd:

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Then she sat down on the grass and all her precious cows walked over. They like her. I can tell.

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Then we came across this part of the road:

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And Ree drove over it like it was nothing, while I freaked out inside.

Then we took pictures of horses:

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And that’s about it for the ranch!

Next Ree took us into town to show us this massive project she has taken on…the building!

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It was so awesome to see and hear about all the plans Ree has for this old, historic building. She’ll have a photography and work space, a deli, event space, and more!

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We went back to the ranch to have dinner, and then the power went out! It totally added to the adventure, if you ask me.

We woke up the next morning and I ate the greatest breakfast ever, an Oklahoma pan-fried porkchop, and a fried egg that looks like it has wings. The pork chop was breaded in flour and lawry’s seasoning (apparently that’s very “Oklahoma”) and fried in olive oil. I will definitely be making it in the future!

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Then Ree brought over beloved Charlie. I think Julie was the most excited:

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Charlie is such a heartbreaker. I will cherish our selfie forever:

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And that’s all I’ve got! You can read other recaps of the trip below, and I’ll have an ultimate Grilled Cheese recipe for you tomorrow!

Other recaps of the trip:
A Fun Day at the Lodge by Ree
A Trip to the Ranch with the Pioneer Woman and Land O’Lakes by Brenda

Disclosure: this is not a sponsored post, but I am working with Land O’Lakes Butter this year and they sponsored this trip. I’m just sharing photos and a recap with you because I want to.

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Comments

  1. Becca from It's Yummi! posted on March 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm (#)

    Sounds like a fun day in the country for you city girls! LOL

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 16th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      LOL! I think I was the most “city” of everybody, but even I loved it =)

  2. bridget {bake at 350} posted on March 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm (#)

    It was so, so good to see you again!!! It IS peaceful out there, isn’t it? It almost makes you forget how far away you are from Target. ;)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 16th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      HAHAHAHA!!!! You crack me up, Bridget. It was wonderful to see you too! Looking forward to getting together again in June!

  3. Vicki Bensinger posted on March 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm (#)

    Wow what fun. I’m jealous, I wish I was invited. I literally just finished
    watching Ree on an episode. It sounds like she has a wonderful ranch and I bet she’s as sweet as she seems on tv. I look forward to seeing the recipes you will all be sharing.

  4. Carrie @ poet in the pantry posted on March 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm (#)

    What a fun trip! Looks like you have a fantastic time!

  5. shelly (cookies and cups) posted on March 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm (#)

    What an exciting trip! So happy for you that you got a chance to go and spend time out there! xoxo

  6. Emily @ Life on Food posted on March 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm (#)

    How cool is it that you got to visit the ranch!!

  7. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on March 16, 2014 at 9:48 pm (#)

    Wow. Wow. Just wow. That’s all I kept hearing echoing in my head when I read this post. You totally cracked me up in Oklahoma. And then to read your descriptions, even better! You’re a lovely, Joanne, and I’m so glad we got the opportunity to spend time together there. So fun! See you in Minnesota, yay!!

  8. Ardy Dorsey posted on March 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm (#)

    I love this woman and her ranch and her amazing life style . She is so put together and I watch her on Food Net Work every week. Please send the recipes you all shared. Please give me the rest of your blogs so I can gleam – I have some of them! What fun for you all. That would be a dream of mine. I love to cook.
    Ardy Dorsey

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  9. Linda Harding posted on March 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm (#)

    You are not from the south or ever been on a working farm! Glad y’all experienced the feeling. It is the best! I know it must have been beautiful! Ree is amazing.

  10. Tieghan posted on March 16, 2014 at 11:58 pm (#)

    Wow!! So amazing and fun!! I am a total country all the way and this post made me smile!! What a fun trip!

  11. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:48 am (#)

    I love that picture of you at the end. You look so happy and glowy! What a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  12. JulieD posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:44 am (#)

    It was so fun!! Ree is so fun and such a gracious host. So glad I got to experience this with you!

  13. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:57 am (#)

    What a fun trip and I can’t wait to see the recipes that y’all came up with.

  14. Abbie @ Needs Salt posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:25 am (#)

    It looks like you all had such a wonderful time! I love all these photos. Especially the one of you and Charlie. So cute.

  15. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:55 am (#)

    What a fun trip – I’ve never been to that part of the country, but I’m sure it was just spectacular!

  16. Meg posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm (#)

    Oh, how exciting! Officially jealous. I’ve followed Ree for years and recognized her kitchen from her TV show immediately. :) Sounds like a fabulous time!

  17. katie posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm (#)

    Looks like y’all had fun! I was following along on instagram the whole trip! :)

  18. LisaPC posted on March 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm (#)

    Great food but I did want to tell you that Lawry’s Season salt is also a very common spice here in New England. I was raised on it and these pork chops although we mostly eat them for dinner. I think a “hunk” of meat is a farm thing because my Dad who is farm raised loves any “hunk” with his breakfast. My mother had never heard of it until she married him and she is of course a city girl.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 27th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Very interesting, thanks for your insight =)