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the night i met the pioneer woman

4 Mar

Yep, your looking at myself, Blair, and Sarah with none other than the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond!!! Last Friday we met her and she told us, “you guys are such cute girls!!!”. We had the best time!!

Ree made the trip all the way from her Oklahoma cattle ranch to Davis Kidd Bookstore in Memphis to promote her new book Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. None of us had ever been to a book signing so we all felt a little silly at first. Ree apparently did a reading from her new book, which was to occur at 6pm, we arrived right at 6pm but missed the reading somehow. ūüė¶ Davis Kidd had released line tickets weeks in advance that were in alphabetical order. We picked up our tickets about a week ahead of time, which I recommend and will remember if I ever do this again…they were at letter “Q” when we left! ¬†There were 25 tickets per letter and we were letter “F”, so we had some time to kill. Thanks goodness Davis Kidd has wine!!!! A couple of glasses later and we were in line to meet this awesome lady!!!! I was a brief but super fun moment!!

The Pioneer Woman was just as pretty in person as her pictures show and she dresses fabulous! However I was shocked at her accent!!! I guess being a “pioneer” woman I expected a little twang to her verbs, but nope…I’m such a Southern girl!!! In our 10 seconds with her, Ree signed our cookbooks (The Pionner Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl), took a quick pic, and we were off…giddy (nothing to do with the wine) and heading to a delicious dinner at Flight and some great girl time!

Sarah and Blair. Blair and I work together at Le Bonheur and I've met Sarah through Blair! Such sweet and wonderful people!

Ree Drummond, thank you so much for coming to Memphis!!!

Blair and Sarah, such a fun night!!! My wittle welk was dewishish!



making bread. and you thought it was hard.

29 Jul

Alright people my aunt makes this fabulous bread that is SUPER EASY! What’s even better ¬†you can you use this bread for many things. It’s pizza dough and focaccia¬†bread all in one. The first time I made it Stuart and I rolled it out ¬†and used it to make grilled pizzas. I’ve baked it as a loaf (which I’ll show here) , sliced it and used it for dipping in olive oil and vinegar. The possibilities are endless. I’ve thought about adding rosemary and sun-dried tomatoes. Or even Asiago cheese. I can’t wait to experiment.

Here’s what you need:

1 pkg dried active yeast

1 cup warm water

1/4 tsp sugar

3 Tbs olive oil (plus more)

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

First preheat oven 100 degrees

100 degree oven

Put yeast and sugar in warm water and let sit until active and foamy


active and foamy - ready for use

In food processor with dough blade (you can also use a mixer with the dough hook) add olive oil, salt and flour. Pulse until blended

3 Tbs olive oil, salt and flour

When yeast mixture is ready slowly add to flour mixture blending until dough ball forms and some kneading has been done.

adding yeast mixture to flour mixture

dough ball

Transfer dough ball to large metal bowl that has been oiled. (I use olive oil).

oiled bowl

Turn oven off then cover bowl and place in warm oven for 30-40 minutes to allow dough to rise.

covered and in warm oven to rise

Remove from oven

after rising in oven

Place dough on floured surface, knead just a bit and then shape as desired. Here’s how to make a loaf. If you are wanting to make pizza(s) just roll with rolling-pin to shape. For individual pizzas divide dough into fourths and then roll out to shape.

then shape

Sprinkle a generous amount of olive oil over dough.

Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-30 minutes

just placed in oven (I've sprinkled cheese over top)

Sliced for dipping! SOOOO YUM!!!

Shoot me a comment if you have any questions! Also…I’m not claiming to be a professional here!!! This was very easy to make and I can’t wait to hear out it works for you!

Quick view:

Aunt Phisty’s Pizza Dough/Focaccia Bread

1 pkg active yeast

1 c warm water

¬ľ tsp sugar

3 Tbsp olive oil (plus more)

1 tsp salt

2 ¬Ĺ c all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 100 degrees.

Put yeast and sugar in warm water and let sit until active and foamy. In food processor with dough blade add olive oil, salt, and flour. Pulse until blended. When yeast mixture ready  slowly add it through liquid hole. Mix until dough ball forms and some kneading has been done.

Transfer to large metal bowl that has been oiled. Knead a bit more. Turn off oven. Cover bowl and place in oven for 30-40 minutes to allow dough to rise.

Remove from oven. Roll dough on floured surface and shape how desired. Sprinkle with generous amount of olive oil.  Allow dough to rise another 20-30 minutes prior to baking

Bake at 450 degrees for 20-30.