Last blog post: February 27th… For someone that consistently writes at least once each week, this has been a very long break. As some of you may know, we moved from a cookie-cutter house in the suburbs to an older (smaller) house, down a dirt road, on a 5 1/2 acre property. We closed on March 13th; and if any of you have recently moved, then you know the time-consuming process of packing up every single thing you own, only to unpack it all again in a new location. So, that explains my absence…
…but, along with our move, we took a week-long vacation to check a few more states off our list. See, we have decided to visit all 50 states before my daughter graduates college, and in order for the state to count, we have to actually do something in the state; not just drive through. (You can follow our 50 state adventure on Instagram here, if you’d like. Please know that it’s nothing fancy. No styled pictures. Just me and my family sharing what we did in each state.)
So, during the last week of March, we checked off Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri. And when you’re in Oklahoma, you go say “hi” to Ree, and when in Texas, you go say “hi” to the Gaines’ family… right?!
Part 1: The Pioneer Woman
For those of you that love Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman) from The Food Network, this section is for you.
Our first stop in Oklahoma was the small town of Pawhuska, with its population of (right around) 3,000. But in this little town lives one famous lady: Ree Drummond. We stopped into the Mercantile, which is located inside a building she restored.
Now, you can certainly eat in the deli there, but expect to wait in line for 2-3 hours (no joke). With three little ones, that wait was not happening, so we headed to a restaurant just down the street where all the locals seemed to be eating. There is also a bakery upstairs with a shorter line and plenty of seating.
The gift shop was adorable… Here’s a sneak peek:
So… here’s the other thing: you can actually go visit the guest house where Ree films her cooking show… for free. Pick up directions at the Mercantile, and away you go. You pass right by the entrance to her ranch…
… and your jaw drops when you realize how huge the ranch really is.
Once inside her guest house… WOW! I mean, that open fireplace!
and the pantry, with that ladder!
Plus, the guest rooms are all amazing. I would like to stay here simply so I can use this bathroom 🙂
Part 2: Magnolia Silos
As my husband said to my kids, “We’re visiting Mom’s Disney World.” If you feel the same about all things Chip and Joanna, keep on reading…
Ahhh… Waco, TX. You can see those silos coming up as you drive down the road, and you know it’s going to be amazing 🙂
Loved, loved, loved that there was a huge area for kids to play (and adults… I played Jenga too 🙂 ). The green space is so inviting; people were reading in beanbag chairs, kicking around the soccer ball, playing cornhole… perfect.
Inside Magnolia Market, there was so much inspiration:
Let’s take a moment to talk about the food trucks… because they’re incredible. I ate at Club Sandwich, which does not serve Club Sandwiches; not even close. They serve Asian rice bowls, and they are amazing, and you should definitely eat there… also try the Sweet Tea because it comes in a cute mason jar that you get to keep 🙂
There’s also a trolley (assumingly run by the city), and it took us to a vintage shop and an incredible little candy store. The day was glorious… Even the bathrooms are cute.
Now I am home, and back to reality. And back to the blog (which I have truly missed). Starting next week, I will be sharing our new home with you. We’ll take a look at what each room looks like currently, and I’ll share some inspiration and ideas for what I’d like to see happen as we turn this house into our home.
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