Pioneer Woman Girl’s Trip

Pioneer Woman Girl’s Trip

I’m so excited to share about our fun girls trip in Pawhuska, OK! My friend Jess and I have been planning this little getaway for quite some time {April to be exact} and couldn’t wait to surprise our two oldest daughters who are besties with a fun little adventure. They are both old souls and have been obsessed with The Pioneer Woman for a few years. Paisley would pick her cooking show over anything on tv hands down. She can recite the show intro, knows all of her kids names, what they do, who Ladd, Papaw, Tim, Missy, and Cowboy Josh are, the dogs names, and how they operate their cattle ranch. It’s pretty cute and also fun for us to watch together. When she was Scout’s age we bought her a kitchen set and she’s been playing “Ree” since. When PW announced her opening dates for The Boarding House, I jumped right on the site and booked us a room for Paisley’s fall break. I thought it would be a fun little getaway and one on one time with just her.

We went up Sunday around check in time. The girls were ecstatic! I will tell you, Pawhuska is an old, sleepy little town much like where we are from. Almost EVERYTHING is closed on Sunday, including The Merc. So just a warning, be sure you know these things if you aren’t planning to stay an extra day to do all of the fun stuff. Notice Paisley’s Jeans tucked in her boots… Ree she says. Ha! The Boarding House is gorgeous. So well done, quaint, and I love that it’s small. Their staff {pretty much in any of their businesses} are top notch and so friendly and accommodating. Here’s the entry. I want those horse pictures. We booked The Butterfly Room because we figured the girls would love that one the most. It.was.gorgeous! That bathroom had Jess and I drooling. The bed was super comfy, the room was spacious, and they had treats waiting on the girls from The Bakery. I will say, even though everything is closed on Sunday, they still provide guests with a Sunday Stay menu with certain items from the restaurant so you can still have room service. Since there wasn’t much open we went to eat dinner at a little Mexican restaurant off of the highway that was good. It was cold and rainy so we came back to our room after and rented a movie, the girls played in the claw foot tub, had some sweets, and got their sleeping bags out for their “slumber party.”

We woke up with coffee and hot chocolate to our room which was so nice and a sweet treat to wake up to. They made us breakfast reservations so we wouldn’t have to wait in line which I loved that they cater to their guests that stay with them in that way. We got ready and headed to The Merc to start our day!  Jess and I settled on The Farmer’s Breakfast and both girls got Edna Mae’s Pancakes. Both were fabulous. That biscuit was one of the best I’ve ever had in my life.
After breakfast we did some shopping in The Merc. She has some of the cutest things! I almost got that Basset pillow below. It was calling my name. The girls found a few fun things to get and picked out a prize for their sisters. The staff also offers to take your bags to your room when you’re finished shopping. I love that!

After we did a little damage, we went around town to a few of the little shops like Osage Outfitters, Lorec Ranch, and The Buckin’ Flamingo! Then we decided to get our baked goods bought before we sat down for lunch. I think we spent more eating than anything but what’s spending time at the Pioneer Woman if you don’t? I brought home some cinnamon rolls for Zack and Paisley got a cookie. I got myself a coffee, The Spicy Cowgirl. Best.Coffee.Ever. I’m not a big coffee drinker but I could have that every day.

We had lunch at P Town, her new Pizza restaurant and it was so good! The Knot Nots are delicious! I took Zack a pizza home for dinner. Again, I think I spent most of my money on food. 
After lunch, we checked out of the hotel and headed out for The Lodge. We timed it just right for them to start lodge tours back up and you guys, it’s absolutely gorgeous. And so much bigger than I imagined. The Drummond’s have 100,000 acres! I can’t even fathom owning that much land. We literally drove for miles just to get there. The views are amazing and we even saw one of her Bassets, Henry, on the road. Much like bassets, out where he shouldn’t be. Ha! 
The kitchen was a dream. If we ever built again, give me all the concrete/butcher block counter tops and open shelving. I can’t imagine how fun it is to host family and friends out here. I’d probably never leave. But than again, where would I go and would I really want to ever take the drive back to town? HA! Her pantry was incredible and they also had a bedroom at the back of the lodge converted into a second one for storage for the cooking shows.

The lodge is huge and we got to see all of the bedrooms. The girls got to see where she gets ready for her show, “the dressing room” and they also have a big industrial kitchen in the back of it. I love how it’s all decorated. An older man that helped with the lodge tours sat down and talked with the girls for awhile I thought that was so sweet of him to take time out and ask them questions. Again, everyone that helped with their businesses were the kindest people.  Before we left Pawhuska we made our way over to the Tallgrass Prairie to see the buffalo. I think Jess and I were more impressed than the kids but they were also just done for the day. I grew up near a buffalo ranch but Paisley hadn’t seen them up close before. It was so neat. I love that you can just drive through. Highly recommend if you have time and it’s free. The buffalo picture I snapped is probably one of my favorites from the trip. Such a fun and memorable trip for us. Thankful for sweet friends to make memories with and the one on one time I got with Paisley. We try to spend time with each of the girls as well as together and I’m so glad we booked this one. If you ever make it up to Okie Land, I highly recommend visiting these venues.

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile – A Visit to Osage County

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile – A Visit to Osage County

On Monday, my mom and I took the girls for a little day trip to Pawhuska. We love Ree Drummond and have been itching to see her new Mercantile & Deli since it opened this fall. It wasn’t a bad little trip from where we live, almost three hours. We have family that live in the area so we’ve made the jog to Northern Okie Land before. Pawhuska has several neat old buildings and it looks like their downtown is really starting to thrive and expand. I love how she kept her building original as she could.There was a long line as expected so we decided to shop around first and then make a decision to see if we wanted to check back in and try to wait to eat. The store was larger than I thought. She had a lot of her line there as well as a lot of cute other merchandise (many items and brands that I carry in Farm Girl– neat that we have similar tastes!) That cow pillow with the floral headband-my mama bought it for me and it’s my favorite pillow in the house. I have a cow obsession.I realllly want a farm truck like that for the store. SO CUTE!Paisley and Scout got to pick out and buy a few items with their Christmas money. And I must say, were extremely good the entire trip! Shoppers like their mama and momoe.After we checked out we took the elevator upstairs to grab some sweets for Dad and Zack at the bakery. They had a ton of tables, comfy chairs, a big screen with football going for the men (well played, Ree, well played) checkers, and an old fashioned candy bar. The girls and I grabbed some seats while my mom went to get in line. Not five minutes later Paisley starts flipping out saying “MOM-SHE’S HERE!”

***For those of you who haven’t followed this blog for a very long period of time, Paisley has been a total fan of Ree’s since she was two years old. She got a full farm kitchen one year to cook at like Ree. She watches (and we DVR) her show every time it comes on, can quote it, and there aren’t many episodes we have not seen. She loves Charlie, the cowboys, and learning the tricks of The Pioneer Woman trade. When we told her we were going to her store, she told us that she was going to meet {and cook with} her. Bless her heart. I thought it was a sweet thought but knew it was probably not going to happen.

Back to my story: After she tells me this, I’m still looking at some of the things we bought when she will not give it up. So, as I look up I see her red hair and sure enough, people began to line up. Paisley starts tugging my arm and exclaiming “MOM, SHE’S REALLY REAL! THE PIONEER WOMAN IS REAL.” You would have thought she was a Disney Princess to Paisley. So cute! One of the things we got the girls was the new Charlie Plays Ball book so we got in line to have her sign it and say hello.It was adorable at how much Paisley was totally fan girling and in awe that she got to meet her favorite cook and role model. She was super sweet and genuine and chatted with us for a little bit. I told her we carried her books in my store and gave her our business card. {And secretly hoping she looked me up and by some miracle we could have a book signing with her some day.}
Afterwards the line got super long {glad we jumped in when Paisley saw her} and moved back into the bakery line. I grabbed us some blue berry muffins that had a sugar crumble on top – so GOOD, Zack a snickerdoodle, Dr. Pepper jelly beans, and a cinnamon roll for the road.The bakery was gorgeous and also had a coffee bar. While we were standing in line, right behind us stood Marlboro Man, aka Ladd. We tried to get Paisley to take a picture with him too but she was too shy to meet him.
Afterwards the line to eat was about 45 minutes out and the girls had been so patient the entire time. We decided to not chance it and planned a trip to come back. We stopped in town for a bite to eat and made our way home.

If you are in the area, I recommend making the trip to see it. It’s such a fun atmosphere and they are truly a sweet and down to Earth family. It was such a fun girls day and I love the memories made with my mom and little ladies.