Waiting for The Pioneer Woman to arrive for her book signing... another 1.5 hours.
Standing in line to get 2 cookbooks signed...2.5 more hours.
Meeting Ree Drummond in person, getting a picture with her, and telling her how much we loved her red velvet cake and brisket...PRICELESS.
Yes...I spend a total of 5.5 hours today to get 2 copies of The Pioneer Woman Cooks signed. And it was totally worth it.
I met some really lovely ladies during those long hours. Briget from Bake at 350, Laurel from Go Against the Grain, Joann, and I exchanged websites, smiles, and great conversation. Joann was so kind to keep standing up to give me room every time I had to leave, and we all became fast friends :-)
Left to right: Laurel, Joann, and Bridget
During the Q & A, someone asked if Marlboro Man (aka Ree Drummond's husband) wore boxers or briefs. After the roar of laughter finally died down, Ree said, "Um...boxers...and I'm sorry honey!"
Ree was as nice in person as she is on her blog, and just as funny. I told her how I'd cooked a 9 pound brisket using her recipe for our block party and she said, "Was it tender and just falling apart?" I said yes; she laughed....and added, "That sounds really good right now, does anyone have any brisket here?"
And here's little 'ole me...with The Pioneer Woman herself!
It was a long day, but I owe the biggest thanks to my wonderful, amazing, loving, patient, awesome husband, who had our four chittlins nearly all day. Not only did he watch them, he fed them lunch, gave everyone baths, emptied the dishwasher, reloaded it, put up more Christmas lights outside, and patched a hole in the drywall of the foyer, b/c he knew it bothered me. Thank you honey, I love you.....mmmuaww!
Now that I've come back down to earth...I'm gonna go get me another cupcake ;-). And yes, I'll post the recipe very soon!