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Thanks to all of you who entered our giveaway for an autographed copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond!  Your celebrity sighting stories were hilarious and certainly kept us amused over the weekend 🙂  Isn’t it funny how awestruck we become?

And the winner is…

PEANUTBUTTERFINGERS!!!

who said…

ahhh i went but the line was outta control so i didn’t get a book/signed copy! i would looove one! it looks like you girls had a blast at the signing too. i watched her answer questions from downstairs.

i don’t have any super-interesting celebrity run-in stories, though i did see matthew perry in an airport once!

I guess sometimes things have a way of working out!

Congratulations and enjoy your new cookbook!  

PS – peanutbutterfingers has a super cute blog dedicated to healthy living, eating, and her fun along the way.  Check it out!

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Yesterday afternoon Jackie and I had one very important mission – to meet Ree Drummond, AKA The Pioneer Woman!  For those of you who don’t know, Ree is the author of a wildly popular blog that chronicles her life as a ranch wife, home cook extraordinaire, photographer, keeper of the home and garden, and homeschooler to four children.  She also happens to be one of the biggest inspirations for forming our own blog.

Ree published her first cookbook last October, chock full of mouthwatering recipes and gorgeous pictures from the ranch.  Somehow inbetween her responsibilities of blogging about calf nuts, holey yoga pants and everything inbetween she managed to fit in a Griswold Family style road trip cross country to promote her book.  Where was the last stop of the tour?  Orlando!

In preparation for the big meet and greet, Jackie and I stalked the blogs of other loyal fans who visited book signings in other cities.  We found a mixture of happy experiences and horror stories… including people who waited hours upon hours and didn’t even get to meet Ree.  That was NOT an option, so we snuck out of work early and off to the Big O we went.

Our drive was quick and easy at just over an hour.  Other people in line traveled from places like Clearwater, Port St. Lucie, and even Michigan!  We had fun meeting other fans (hi Jo! hi Delfi!) and people watching as we waited for Ree to make her grand entrance.

There may or may not have been alcohol involved 😉

Apparently the first people arrived around 1pm.  We got in line close to 4pm and promptly claimed our space on the floor with our new friends. 

Why didn’t we take pictures with anyone else?  Anyway, we were excited that only 30 people or so were in front of us. 

Around 5pm the manager of the bookstore opened the second floor.  Turns out that we were pretty smart to get to the bookstore early – we earned a front spot in the audience to watch Ree’s brief Q&A session.  There we learned the answer to the infamous boxers vs. briefs argument, heard an Ethel Merman impersonation, and found out that Ree really DOES read all the comments left on her posts (minus those pesky giveaway posts with over 20,000 responses).

We took this picture right before our turn with Ree.  The book signing area on the second floor was filled to capacity and these people were in a line winding through the bookshelves waiting to come upstairs.

Ree was incredibly charming, cute, gracious, and actually took the time to chat with us for a few minutes!  We bonded over the name Paige (also her youngest daughter’s name), she entertained our goofy questions, and she even asked about our blog!  The best part about the evening?!  When Ree asked to take our picture and told us that we were blog worthy!  Swoon! 

We could hardly contain our excitement as we walked down the stairs and out of the store.  We were hysterical by the time we made it to the car 🙂  Keep an eye out on her blog to see if we make the cut!

Oh, and one more thing.  Does anyone else out there want an autographed copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks?  You see, we brought an extra copy with us… and we asked Ree to sign it. 

To Enter:
Answer the following question in a comment:

Have you ever stood in line to meet someone famous?  Do you have a funny story?

The Rules:
Enter only once – no cheating.

Enter before midnight EST, 16 May 2010

One winner will randomly be chosen using random.org and will be posted 17 May 2010.

Make sure your email address is included somewhere.  Don’t worry, we won’t spam you.  We need to contact the winner somehow though!

This giveaway is sponsored by Paige and Jackie and this blog only.

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Drumroll Please…..

Thanks to everyone who visited our blog this past week and voted on the “Battle of the Chickens Giveaway”.  We had a blast reading everyone’s comments and hope you all stick around and keep reading.  Now for the part you care most about.  The winner of the $25 gift card is Denise who wrote,

“I may be biased, because i’m not a huge fan of cheese, but chicken with spinach-bell pepper stuffing really looks a lot more appetizing! I love the wonderful colors and the texture looks amazing.

And your blog looks great. I love foodie blogs, and I like that you provide pictures for every step of the recipe. it really makes a big difference.”

 And I suppose I also have to admit that Paige’s blue cheese chicken received more votes than mine.  It was a close race though and I hope everyone enjoyed the recipes.  I’m a little sad my own Mom voted for Paige but I will have to take that up with the therapist if I ever get one. 

Keep reading and look out for more giveaways in the future.

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GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  Winner will be posted soon.  Thanks to everyone who entered. 

No chickens were harmed in the writing of this post. We did however really use chickens to make our stuffed chicken recipes. Sorry. I am sure they went peacefully.

In honor of us posting similar recipes at the same time and our crazy curiosity to know who is reading our blog, we are offering a giveaway. But that means you have to participate and post a comment. And you are going to have to make a decision, so choose wisely.

So here is how you play. Read both of our stuffed chicken recipes below. Come back to this post and make a comment. Tell us which stuffed chicken you think sounds better. Oh don’t worry, we aren’t going to get our feelings hurt. Not too much anyway. We can take it.

Also, while you are at it, let us know what you think about our blog. What changes would you like to see. What rocks. What sucks. Ok, be gentle here because this part might actually make me lock myself into a room crying.

I am just kidding of course.

Kind of.

Up for grabs is a $25 gift card to Bed Bath and Beyond.

You must:
Enter only once – no cheating.
Enter before noon EST, 28 March 2010
Be sure to include an email – how else would we be able to contact the winner?

One winner will randomly be chosen using random.org and will be posted 29 March 2010. Your email addresses will not be published on this blog – unless you put it in the actual comments part so I wouldn’t do that if you don’t want anyone to see it.

This giveaway is sponsored by Paige and Jackie and this blog only. Because we love you. And because we want your feedback.

The Contestants:
Chicken with Spinach-Bell Pepper Stuffing
Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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