Saturday, July 28, 2012

Where the Magic Happens

Sometimes you're lucky enough to be where the magic happens.

Last weekend, I was here...
Have a guess?
 

How about now?
Now?

Now?!?

So, a few of us were were at THE ranch for a cheese (bread & red pepper jam) class taught by the beautiful Rebecca of Foodie with Family.
{recipe and instructions are over at PW's}
We laughed, we cried, we squealed, we sang songs from Grease.  We wondered what our parents were thinking when they let us WATCH Grease.  We made "cheesy" puns that were "whey" bad.  Get it?

I really, really, really want you to know these girls if you don't already.
 
{Rebecca, me, Robyn, Amy, Wendy, Sandy, photo credit: Sandy}
Sandy decided this looks like a promo shot of a new TV series, "Pioneer Wives."
or maybe, Real Housewives of the Ranch. 

This is Ree.  Hostess with the mostess.  If you don't know Ree, please come out from under your rock now.  If you are not living under a rock, I hope you get a chance to meet Ree someday.  What you love about The Pioneer Woman blog, books, TV show, etc., you'll find tenfold in Ree herself.  Genuine, generous, FUNNY, and can rock a pair of skinny jeans.
{I'm not jealous about that last bit or anything.}

Sandy.  Sandy is a-DOR-able and was my roomie for the weekend and I've decided that she needs to move her whole family to Texas from Oregon and be my next-door neighbor.  (Too much to ask?) Sandy publishes the blog Reluctant Entertainer and has a book of the same name.  Her book really spoke to me...I AM a reluctant entertainer (entertaining means I have to mop the kitchen)...and made me look at entertaining differently.

Georgia.  Miss Georgia.  You've met Georgia and her book Girl Hunter here before.  What can I say?  Georgia kinda does it all.  She's drop-dead gorgeous, hunts her own food, and is an exquisite cook.  She also elevates the plaid shirt to high fashion. 
{photo credit for this and horse pic up top: Wendy}

Wendy.  Wendy, Wendy, Wendy.  Wendy's blog, Wenderly, feels like home.  Food, entertaining, decorating, finding joy in the everyday....that's Wendy.  Wendy also designs cards, like AMAZING cards.  Here, look at these.  Mr. E thinks she looks like a young, Body-Heat-era Kathleen Turner.  I think he's right.

Robyn.  Robyn is a beautiful, southern lady.  I've wanted to meet her for so long now...and really felt like I already had just through reading her posts.  Robyn's blog, Add a Pinch, is full of easy, southern recipes that you'll want to add to your grocery list right now.  I think I've pinned everything on her blog.  Have I mentioned that all of these ladies are stunning? Truly....look at those eyes. {photo from Ree}

Amy.  I've had the pleasure of hanging out with Amy on two different occasions.  I remember before I met her the first time, I was so NERVOUS to meet the creator of She Wears Many Hats.  I mean, this girl takes killer photos, makes killer recipes, all while maintaining killer hair and a gorgeous smile. Somehow I managed to come home with only this picture of Amy....we were the gingham twins for horse riding.  Real cowboys wear gingham, right?

And now to Rebecca, our class leader.  Rebecca homeschools 5 boys, bakes bread every day, makes her own cheese, and raises chickens.  I think she even manages to slip in sleep every now and then. Seriously, I'm not sure how she does all that while managing to look elegant and maintaining the perfect side-swept bangs. I was so, so impressed with not only her cooking, but the way she is raising her boys.  Her blog, Foodie with Family is a treasure.  I love the way she writes! 

I don't want to forget the local girls who came in for the day.  Julie from Another Chance Ranch and Stephanie.  I had the pleasure to meet both of these ladies at the cookie decorating class and LOVED seeing them again.  They tolerate me even though I'm a Sooner. 

Shari from Really Most Sincerely and her aunt came in for the day.  Loved their aunt/niece story.  Also, Shari was wearing Burt's Bees Raisin lip balm which looked so beautiful on her, I ran out about bought it the next day.  She wears it better.

And then, there's Meseidy from The Noshery.  The girl can COOK, y'all.  She's also funny as heck.  You need to know her.

I brought cookies. And was so nervous about being there, I forgot to pass them out.  Instead I opened the box and set them on a table.  The heart is supposed to be over Pawhuska, but Pawhuska isn't *quite* that big. MM assured me I had covered Osage County. ;)

 {photo credit: Sandy}
So, that about wraps it up.  I'm still not quite sure I was really there.  But, I'm in some pictures....I guess that's proof.

Next time, I'm taking you all with me.



47 comments:

  1. Your top is adorable! Any chance you could share where you found it?
    Amanda

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    1. Hey Amanda!

      It's from Macy's....Tommy Hilfiger. :)

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  2. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. Feel like I was back there again. I *was* there, RIGHT? Oh yeah. I'm in the pictures too, so I guess that makes it true!!! Love you sweet Bridget! Miss you like the dickens!

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  3. What a wonderful post, Bridget! It sounds and looks as though it was an incredible experience, and I`m (dare I say) so envious! I`d love to meet all of you ladies someday. Perhaps Ree will host a cake-baking weekend in the near future. ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. Those cookies look great. Glad you had a good time down here in Oklahoma.
    Louie

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  6. So I am totally jealous..about the PW, obvi, but also about all you girls too! Wish I could have been a stow-away in your suitcase :)

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  7. I wish I could have been there to laugh and sing Grease songs and ride horses :) You are a joy, my friend! I'm SO glad you had a great time!!

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  8. What a wonderful post Bridget. I LOVE the 'Real Housewives of The Ranch' bit. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! XO

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  9. I'm from the UK and I know who Ree is! LOL. Looks like you had a spectacular time. How exciting for you. You look so great and so happy. And the cookies look fantastic too, of course.

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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  10. I like the handling of different concepts in this blog.

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  11. Great it is very nice to see you all
    Andreja

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  12. The minute I saw that counter I knew where you'd been---jealous!

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  13. Looks like a lovely time. I can practically taste that fresh cheese!

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  14. OK, thought I just left a comment + then I started talking to a friend and think I forgot to hit publish. So here goes round 2. LOVE this post. You gals are all beauties and it is apparent that time at the ranch is a TOTAL BLAST!! Girl you rock the gingham, and well ~ everything! How true is that ~ Wenderly / hottie/ Kathleen Turner!!
    Ree is the Hostess with the Mostess!
    Thanks for sharing this experience with us! XO

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  15. What a totally FUN post! What a blast you must have all had! Love the pictures and the look of sheer happiness on everyone's faces :)

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  16. OFF TOPIC: LOVE your hair! I have very similar hair but can't seem to control the frizzies. Any chance you can tell me what you use on it? Your curls look fantastic!

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    1. You are too sweet! I use Ouidad products....specifically the Curl Quencher Gel and Balancing Rinse conditioner. Their website is really helpful and now their products are sold at Sephora & Ulta. :)

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    2. Ahhh, thanks so much! Now I can stop at Sephora after picking up the ingredients for the salted caramel Cheerio bars :)

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  17. BRIDGET!!!!! I'm so -HAPPY- for you. I knew where you were the SECOND I saw the first two pictures of the counter. F

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  18. You are too cute in all of those pictures! Looks like you had so much fun. :-)

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  19. what a fun trip with a bunch of lovely ladies!

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  20. That sounds like a fabulous weekend, kind of jealous here! so glad you had fun! Next time, i'm more than willing to tag along :)

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  21. Wow! That is amazing and looked like so much fun! You totally deserve to be where the magic is!! ♥

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  22. What a fun weekend!!! And such wonderful pictures Bridget!

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  23. Please take me with you! That would be a dream come true!! I am so glad you got to go back! It looks like you made some amazing friends and wonderful memories!

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  24. Looks like you guys had a great time :)

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  25. OMG - SO JEALOUS! I love Ree and started reading her blog about a month after she very first started it. I have been living vicariously through her for a long time now; her life kinda makes me wish I had stayed in Oklahoma when I lived there! I have watched with awe and happiness as her life has changed, and yet she has not changed at all. It couldn't have happened to a nicer gal. I am so happy for you that you got to go! Memories of a lifetime. Did you get to meet the Marlboro Man? Please take me with you next time - I know all the songs from Grease!!

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  26. That looks like an awesome weekend! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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  27. Love seeing the pictures! Looks like a great time.

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  28. What a fantastic photos, Bridget and a really amazing group of women. I'm glad you guys had such a good time together!

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  29. Loved all of the IG updates from each of you. Looked like a fabulous time.

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  30. So exited for you when I saw you on PW's site. Yes, please take me with you next time! :-)

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  31. How exciting!! Totally jealous :) looked like a gorgeously, delicious weekend.

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  32. Bridget, do you know how much I love you? So happy we were roomies, and I got to know you more. Yes, we'll move to TX, into Kristin's house :) hee hee. Can't wait to see you soon!

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  33. what a fabulous weekend...and fantastic photos! xv

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  34. So Jealous, looks like a wonderful weekend!

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  35. Such a well-written post! You could read the joy between the lines!

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  36. I read about this on PW's blog. I thought I would be reading about glorious cheese, and ended up getting all teary as I read about Julie being united with her blogging friends who had supported her in her time of need. Gotta love your girl friends! Your cookies are super cute BTW.

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  37. Yes, please take me with you next time! I totally LOVE Ree!! All of you women are amazing and your blogs are fabulous. Thanks for sharing the pics and the fun!

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  38. I KNEW where you were even before the first pic fully loaded =) And I'm totally jealous that I didn't get to join y'all. I know I'm not even half as qualified as the ladies in that posse but it would be like hangin' with celebrities. Exceptwith way more laughter & food and way less drama & botox ;-) xoxo

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  39. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I'm jealous! ;)

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  40. I knew it! (Is it sad that I could tell that from a benchtop and a couple of handles??) Soooooo jealous. Ree is why I blog, and read blogs. Looks like a fantastic weekend :)

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  41. What a fabulous weekend with fabulous ladies! Love how you described each one. But, sorry, I already have dibs on moving Sandy next door to me in MN!! ;)

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