Pioneer Woman- Road Trip Bonus
Our annual pilgrimage to pick up our twins from camp always means seeing new parts of the country, visiting friends and family along the way and enriching our understanding of what is outside our box. This year it including seeing how, when and where the Pioneer Woman gets on our screens. It’s FUN…even after the 1000th time I turn around to say “guys” simmer down, that’s enough, and answering the same ole’ question of when we will be there. Our reality, our blessed reality, is that there are 6 of us in a car that’s both too small and too big. This year was just as amazing as the last.
Road Trip Facts from a Family of 6:
- On the way to camp…driving 9 hours with 1/2 our kids is so different. Look at all the space! So so quiet. Anytime you alter your ratios on a car trip- it is different.
- The twins had fun- they loved camp even more than last year. Nobody got hurt, and only one trip to the nurse. They survived and had fun! Check, Check!
- We saw a play that started at 730 the day of camp closing and it was awesome! All 6 of us loved it. More on the play in another post!
- The Chocolate Milk I said ok to, ended up coming right back up :(. But, since they are growing older I can view this as another opportunity to realize milk is NOT our friend. I don’t think they will ask for that for a long while. Twin #2 saw what #1 felt like and said- ok I won’t drink any of that! That is one of the perks of having an identical twin.
Now to the meat of my post! My husband’s family is from Pawhuska, OK. So a minor detour (really a few hours) lead us to staying at a house in town and traveling a few blocks over to the “Merch” to have breakfast, shop and then travel outside of town on a gravel road to see where all the beautiful dishes Ree makes on the Pioneer Woman.
Maybe you are wondering if I was even able to eat, and what’s the fascination is with all of this? Yes, I eat clean nearly ever day. I support my body so I can have a few cheat days. Keep in mind, cheat days are still better choices. I had so much fun! Ree is amazing- she used her creativity and gifts, included her family and persevered outside of her comfort zone. Nothing short of amazing.
On the menu:
If you are like me, you look to your right and to your left before ordering! You know, to see what the tables around you ordered. Everything was gorgeous! Our kids had so much fun picking out their color napkin and putting in their lap. One additional touch of Farm House Charm! The berries were fresh, and the cream had that fresh and unique taste of homemade whipped cream. Now, pay close attention to that 16 Ounce cup of Cowboy Coffee: Shot in the dark coffee infused with Sarsaparilla and topped with Frothed Milk. Just saying it was worth it. When I get back home, I will be back brewing my cup of Cleaned Up Coffee (Click Here).
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In the shop:
We didn’t have to wait long for our food. We had just enough time to take a look around. I loved it!
I think these Camo Mugs scream “Boy Mom”, Don’t You?
Upstairs in the Bakery:
I had no idea there was a bakery waiting for us upstairs! We were full, but these baked goodies were still tempting. Loved the idea of a everything croissant!
The Kitchen, Where the Magic Happens!
We drove out of town and down a long gravel rode for about 20 minutes to make it to “The Lodge”. What a fun experience, literally. We were able to see the kitchen, pantry, prep area, and get a taste of what life is like on The Ranch. If you were a dog, wouldn’t you want to live here? Their dogs even made us feel welcome!
On the set:
My daughter loves to help in our kitchen and learn about new foods, so she wanted to take a picture under the big antlers. I have never noticed them in The Pioneer Woman show before, so I will keep a look out for them from now on. They are huge!
Maybe he is trying to tell us something?
Pioneer Woman, We are Waiting to Meet You! LOL, maybe one day. In the meantime, thank you for sharing your experience with us! It was truly a fun day!
So even though I eat clean on most days, it is fun to have some cheat days built in. I must say one day I would love have a retreat where we could unplug, unwind and recharge. I am a small town girl at heart living with all the conveniences of a large city. Road trips have their challenges, but that really is where memories are made. I would highly recommend visiting The Pioneer Woman if you are anywhere near that part of Oklahoma, even if you need to make a detour! Would I ever want to go back? Absolutely!
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