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An Evening with P-Dub {plus a giveaway!}

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Yes, this happened.  Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman herself, came to my little hometown for a book signing!!  When Julie told me about it, I about flipped out.  Foodie celebrities just do not come to our town for anything.  This was the most exciting thing that ever happened in Wichita!  Well, at least for me.

Julie and I had planned to go together, but she ended up moving earlier than planned so Dennis was my date for the evening.  Dennis, the anti-foodie.  The anti-foodie who won’t even read his own wife’s food blog.  Perhaps not the best date for the occasion, but he’s a trooper and is usually up for anything.  He’s incredibly supportive, despite refusing to read my blog, and I think my excitement made him a little eager himself to meet this superwoman.

We arrived at the Forum Theater (previously a church) an hour early and still there was a massive line.  We were even further back than in the photo above, rounded around a corner, but I forgot to take a photo until that moment.  Hello, Veronica, a blogger must remember to photograph everything when it comes to such a monumental occasion! I didn’t make that mistake again and documented the remainder of the evening by snapshots…and even short video.  Of P-Dub singing!!

I apologize for all the exclamation points.  It’s hard to control my excitement and enthusiasm.

It only took us about fifteen minutes to get through the line and into the theater.  Everyone with tickets #500 and under could go in right away.  There were tickets all the way up into the 1,300s and I think they managed to fit most people in.  Apparently there was an “overflow section” but I never saw it, and I guess those who couldn’t find seats waited there for the signing.

Dennis, the sweetheart, went to the front of the theater to take these photos for me.  We were seated in the middle, way in the back.  That section was flat, not tiered like the front rows, so it’s harder to see all the people back there.  I can’t even make out my own head, but I could see the stage just fine.

After an hour of waiting and reading her cookbook (yes, reading, I read cookbooks like novels) while Dennis read Anthony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within, Ree was finally introduced and came striding out on stage.

Seriously.  P-Dub in the flesh.  Is this really happening?  Really?  But she made it very clear how real she was as she nervously criticized her entrance and the awkward way she walked behind the movie screen instead of in front of it.  She apologized for being nervous and sweaty, then asked for a show of hands of everyone that got sweaty when they were nervous.  She was so genuine and sweet, even if you didn’t know her from her blog already, you had to love her immediately.  Dennis was not immune to her charms and was laughing all through her presentation.

She gave a slideshow presentation of her life, with all the humor she infuses into her blog.

which explains her senior photo…

I stopped snapping shots of her slideshow at that point, but did catch the last half of her “special moment” with her basset hound, Charlie.  She started singing “My Endless Love” along to pictures she had taken of him…

Then we waited.  Books were signed according to the number on your card, so there were 182 people ahead of me.  And there were no limit to the amount of books she would sign.  I’m sure Ree is sporting a permanent hand cramp right now, as she had to have signed thousands and thousands of books that night.  What a trooper!  After waiting foreeeeever (OK, more like two hours), we finally were next in line!!

I was so flustered, I had nothing to say.  I could have said, “I made your chunky chicken soup five times this year already!”  I could have told her how well she did with her presentation.  I could have told her how honored I was to meet her.  I could have told her how much I enjoyed her book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, or even asked her if Marlboro Man was taking care of the kiddos by himself while she was away.  But I couldn’t say anything!

Since I was so quiet, she finally asked me, “Are you from Wichita?”  How humiliating, to have forced a huge celebrity to try to spark a conversation in the face of my epic silence.  That she even bothered is a testament to how nice she truly is.  “Yes, this is the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me!” I blurted.  And that’s all I said.  Ugh.  Dork master!

And then the picture from hell happened.  A lady offered to take one with both of us in the picture, so I made sure my ugly heavy-duty bra strap was showing, and Dennis made sure to give the camera what I’ve dubbed his “creeper” look…the one that makes you think there’s something seriously wrong going on inside his head.  Here’s another version of his creeper look:

Run awaaaaay! IT’S THE CREEPER BUNNY!

This is my impression of his creeper look, given at a restaurant after we left the signing:

Creeper V!

OK, way too much creepiness happening here.  Let me remind you of how handsome and non-creeper-like my husband actually is:

There.  I feel much better now.

So that was it, a lovely presentation, a long wait, and an awkward introduction in which I made a fool of myself.  And I came out of it with this:

Poor Ree, it’s a wonder I can read this at all.  Here’s the translation, as best I can tell: Love to Veronica, ♥ Ree D

The cookbook follows the format of her blog, giving step-by-step photos for each recipe.  If you like photos with your cookbooks, this one is for you!  As far as I can tell, there are no new recipes–you can get them all online (though at least a few recipes in the book are improved from the website versions, like the Coffee Cake (the first one I’ll be trying!)), but if you love owning cookbooks, love the Pioneer Woman, or need a gift for a new bride/groom to help them learn how to cook, this would be great.

Would you like your own signed copy?  Well, it might just be your lucky day, because I got a second copy signed to give away to one of my readers!

If you’d like to enter to win, just tell me what your favorite Pioneer Woman recipe is, or what recipe of hers you’re looking forward to making.  You can still leave a comment without entering, just be sure to answer this question for your comment to count in the drawing.  Giveaway will close April 19th at 10 PM CST, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday.

If you’d like additional chances to win, you can do any or all of the following (and yes, it counts if you already do/have done them, just leave a comment letting me know).  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each, and make sure you answer the question above first, or none of the additional entries will count.

*Subscribe to Veronica’s Cornucopia by RSS or email (email subscribe box is in the upper right column).
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*Tweet the following message:  @vraklis Win a signed copy of Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer woman! https://veronicascornucopia.com/2012/04/17/an-evening-with-p-dub-plus-a-giveaway/ #giveaways Please RT
*Tell your friends about this giveaway on Facebook, including a link to the post.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Brandee Lake!

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. My favorite reciped that I have made of hers so far is her White Chicken Enchiladas. I modified it a tad bit to suit my family, but it was wonderful. I look forward to making several of her recipes!

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  2. I already like Veronica’s Cornucopia on Facebook!

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  3. I already subscribe to Veronica’s Cornucopia by email!

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  4. I’m SO jealous! I {heart} PDub. I’ve made several things from her website. I’m not sure if its in the bool or not, but I plan on trying out her Marlboro Man Sandwich. I had a chance to (briefly) test out the iPad version of the book — AMAZING.

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  5. I subscribe to your email updates.

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  6. Also “liking” on facebook.

    PS – I would have been a total mess meeting her too!

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  7. I’ve made PW’s chicken with mustard cream sauce several times – really good, and a great way to flavor up those boneless chicken breasts.

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  8. Love Ree! So excited you got to meet her….wish I could have been there with you. I would like to make her Mushroom Swiss Sliders with Spicy Fry Sauce. Have you tried her Salsa yet?

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  9. so cool! How exciting for you to get to meet her!

    My fav PW woman recipe to date has to be the recipe for her buttermilk ranch dressing. It’s so good. I made it for our Christmas dinner this year!!

    I also like her chicken fried steak recipe!

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  10. It would have been better if you had given the creeper look while having your photograph with Ree! What an awesome experience! I’d have to tell her that her BBQ meatballs are the most requested thing that have ever made. So glad you had fun, thanks for sharing the pictures!

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  11. What a fun post–and that second picture is so funny! I love that it’s not perfect–funny is better! =) So my favorite P-Dub recipe is her pasta with spinach and tomato-blue cheese sauce. I don’t remember if that’s the actual name of the recipe, but I’ve made it more times than any other and LOVE it.

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  12. I just liked you on FB–how could I not have done that yet???

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  13. And of course I’m a subscriber. Blessings on the day I found your blog! =)

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  14. I haven’t made any of her recipes but I’ve bookmarked them. I’m really eyeing her French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms!

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  15. I’m subscribed to your blog via email :) Oh, and you’re so funny! Sounds like something I would say to Ree!! I love Dennis’ creeper faces, they literally made me laugh out loud! They also made me think of my fiancee… he always has problems smiling or keeping his eyes open for the camera. Men!

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  16. That’s great you got to meet her, I can tell how excited you were! :) I don’t go to her blog often because it never loads (on any computer I use). I can get it on my phone though and have checked out her recipes. One I’d like to try is the Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders. That creeper picture is too funny ;)

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  17. I’m a subscriber :)

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  18. I like you on Facebook.

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  19. I have no idea how to pin stuff…lol! ;)

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    • OK, here’s a quick guide. There are two ways: 1) copy the link you want to pin, go to pinterest, then at the top of the page, click “Add +” then click “add a pin” then copy the link into the spot provided. Click “find images” then click the arrows until you find the pic you want to go with the pin. Type in something like “Win a signed copy of The Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook!” in the blank box beside the picture you chose, pick the board you want the pin to go to from the drop down list (you can create a new folder too), then click “pin it.” 2) Click this link http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/ and drag theh “pin it” button to your bookmarks bar. Once that is installed, you can just press that while you’re on any web page in order to pin what you’re looking at. Just make sure you’re on the direct link of the thing you’re pinning, not just the homepage (for example, for this one you’d want https://veronicascornucopia.com/2012/04/17/an-evening-with-p-dub-plus-a-giveaway/, not just http://veronicascornucopia.com), otherwise it will be hard for you and any people that repin it to find the exact thing you pinned again.

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  20. I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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  21. Love PW’s mashed potatoes!

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  22. I like you on FB.

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  23. I can’t even remember how many of her recipes I have already tried. Some how around the time I found her I also found your blog… maybe I found hers through a nod from you? Anyway, we have loved everything I have tried so far… and I have liked, pinned and followed you all over the web! ;)

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  24. I love her apple dumplings! :)

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  25. And I subscribe to your emails

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  26. And I pinned this post on Pinterest. As well as other yummy recipes of course :)

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  27. Andrea Zachary (Andiroo)

    V-dawg, I can’t believe you met P-dub! I just finished reading From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels on Sunday! Do you remember when you referenced P-dub’s iced coffee recipe??? Jess-O sent me that bog entry Which she’s tried and I would like to try! See next comment for continuation and 2nd entry!

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    • I keep that coffee concentrate in my fridge at all times! You will love it–it tastes so much better than hot-brewed coffee and you can even use it in the winter, heating it up with water instead of adding ice. Thanks for the new gangster name, btw. :)

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  28. Andrea Zachary (Andiroo)

    I subscribed to your blog (and started reading P-Dub’s) that very day! I would have gladly gone with you to meet her, had I known…and if I was available that evening! I think the two of you have a matching sense of humor, and was cracking up reading your overview of the whole experience. I would have raised my hand about the nervous sweating…as I share that trait with the amazing Ree! How awesome would it be to have my own signed copy of her cook book! I’m personally looking forward to making the chicken speghetti that’s listed at the end of From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. Thanks for brightening my day V-dawg!

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    • There are so many people I could & should have asked to go with me that I didn’t think of until I started seeing all these comments. Bummer! If another foodie celeb comes to town, I will call you! <3 (I totally raised my hand about the nervous sweatting.)

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  29. It is so great that you met her! I’ve been reading her blog from almost the very beginning! First time at your blog you have a beautiful collection of articles!

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  30. You know me, I am a regular stalker.. LOL I was checking out her Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin A few weeks ago, I think it’s actually on my Pinterest under “recipes to try” :)))
    Pinning now..

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  31. Since I don’t know how to tweet or any of those other choices – my lonely comment will have to be my winning chance!

    Hannah and I have made the bacon wrapped cracker appetizer – so simple, so addicting, so good!

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2011/02/07/ww-weigh-in-best-beef-stew/

    I see the Genie Bra!!! :D

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  32. I LOVE Pioneer Woman!!!! We actually made a recipe of hers last night…. It was a pork roast and you put a can of Dr Pepper over the top and a can of chipotle peppers…. Cook it in the crock pot for 6 hours…. Then you are suppose to take the peppers out and then shred it and I shredded the Peppers with it…. Opppssss
    It was SPICY….. Good flavor though and last week I made her Tortilla Chicken soup!!! DELISH!!! I REALLY REALLY want this recipe book!!! I love her recipes easy and good!!!

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  33. BTW…. You are lucky you got to meet her I am jealous…. I would love to make some of your recipes as well…. I love looking at the pics of all the food you have made as well….

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  34. Michael J. McCoy

    Milky Way Cake

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  35. Hahahahahhahahaha I was busting up laughing reading your whole post! So excited for you though! (And jealous! :) )

    Oh and I looooooooove making her maple cinnamon rolls.

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  36. Ohhh I am beyond jealous! I just love PW. I have to say, her recipe for texas sheet cake is my favorite. It’s so good! Thank you for the chance!!!

    lisagoneaussie (at) gmail.com

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  37. The first ever pot roast I made was a Pioneer Woman recipe, she was an inspiration for my blog. You are lucky!! I think the pictures look great :)

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  38. LMBO. Oh my, Veronica, you are a dork, but you’re such a lovable, adorable dork!!! You’re just so cute~!

    Okay, I’ve heard sooo many negative things about Ree. But I feel like they are just jealous haters who are nitpicking at the details. Ree is human, but she’s a damn nice human and I love how down-to-earth with a self-deprecating humor.

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  39. Lucky you! What a good sport hubby was to go with you and be there among all those women. I read cookbooks like novels too! I love cookbooks and every year I say I am not going to buy anymore but then another great one comes along and I can’t resist.

    I want to try making Ree’s cinnamon rolls that I saw on one of her cooking shows, she made it look so easy! Of course I am not eating sugary sweet carbs right now but one day they will be made.

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  40. Not entering the contest, but just saying HI! And………..I WAS IN THE BACK ROW TOO! What!?!
    Craziness. Except I was on the right hand side, blocked from seeing the screen by a giant square pillar thingy. Have I already said small world?!
    This post is witty and hysterical and puts mine to shame. Great work! Hopefully I can get your hubbys creeper face out of my mind and have some sweet dreams, cause off to bed I go, thanks for commenting, its fun to meet new people!
    G’night, ~T

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    • It’s so crazy that we only met online after this event. I probably even looked right at you–I remember looking at the people who were seated hind the pillars and feeling sorry for them. You flatter me about mine putting yours to shame b/c I was thinking the same thing about yours. Sorry about the creeper face, hopefully if it enters your dream it will be entertaining and not cause a nightmare! haha Glad to meet you Tonya!

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  41. I just read that coffee cake recipe, and BOY does that sound delicious. Had not heard about “The Pioneer Woman” before, but I will make sure to keep that link around.

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  42. Pinned this…my first pin…woot ;)

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  43. I love Ree Drummond’s recipe for salted caramel brownies, and I’m looking forward to making a lot more of her recipes!

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  44. Veronica, you are so funny! You make me laugh – and btw I think it’s a really cute picture of you! (I didn’t even notice the strap till you said something) :)

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  45. Erin from Long Island

    I have been meaning to make her coffee cake. maybe I should get it from her book instead!

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  46. Erin from Long Island

    Subscribe to Veronica’s Cornucopia by RSS

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  47. Erin from Long Island

    Subscribe to Veronica’s Cornucopia by email

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  48. Erin from Long Island

    *”Like” Veronica’s Cornucopia on Facebook.
    Erin Neu

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