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'Pioneer Woman' Ree Drummond shares the secrets to classic country living

'The Pioneer Woman' host opens up about transitioning to the country as an adult

 

Food Network star and best-selling cookbook author Ree Drummond stopped by “Fox & Friends” Tuesday with her daughter Paige to discuss her latest book-- “Little Ree.” Unlike her sought after recipe books, Drummond's latest project is a children’s book inspired by her real life move from a big city to the country. 

“I was the last person that any of my friends would have pictured moving to the boonies,” Drummond told the Fox & Friends hosts. “I moved to the country as an adult but I wrote a story about a little girl who went through the same experiences.”

“I could give you a list of the little bumps in the road. The first few nights I would hear noises, I’d go to the window and a horse would just be looking into the window,” added Drummon, with a laugh.

It’s been twenty years since the Food Network star made the move but the country is all that her daughter Paige, who loves coming to New York City to visit, has known growing up. 

While at Fox, the mother-daughter duo cooked up Drummond's husband’s grandmother’s pancake recipe and made some homemade blueberry syrup.

“It’s probably my most popular recipe. It’s just so easy and it’s light,” said Drummond.

The recipe, passed down from generations, is made with sour cream or Greek yogurt, sugar, and flour. She's also included it in the back of her new children's book. 

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Drummond also shared one of her favorite stories about transitioning to country life. 

“We used to have skunks that would go under our house and scratch their backs. I remember after I had my first baby, I didn’t really have many friends but I got invited to a dinner with a group of people from town. We all took the same vehicle and I got in and someone goes 'I smell skunk',” the cook recalled. 

“I had to fight back tears. It was the potpourri in my house for many years.”

“Little Ree” is available at Walmart, Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble and online at Amazon.