Earlier this week my good friend Jennifer came over and an attempt to try to plan ahead some baked goodies for the holidays, we set about to baking. Jennifer is not just a good friend, she’s my baking friend. And while I’m learning a bunch about baking as I go, she’s sorta my security blanket – and nice company too.


Cinnamon rolls from the brand spanking new cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” by Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) were the choice for the day.


We had fun playing in the flour, mixing and all.



And the recipe was easy to follow with photos for each step along the way for guidance.


The cinnamon rolls rocked with maple icing – yum!


There will be some happy folks ’round here come December (or tomorrow).

And yes, I’m still cleaning up flour. But they’re so worth it.

The cinnamon roll recipe is just one of the treasures you can find in “The Pioneer Woman Cooks.” The cookbook is busting at the seams with fantastic photography and tasty eats.

There are cute horsey pictures…


and cute doggie pictures…


and cute cow pictures…


and other cute pictures throughout.


Oh, yeah and the food…


real food…


real good food…


and butter.

If you haven’t heard of The Pioneer Woman, you should check out her site where Ree weaves her humor and genuine, no fluff stuff with her talented hand to bring delight and a more than a few chuckles to her devoted readers daily.

And Ree and I?

We go way back.

Nah, not really.

Not at all.

Other than a chance meeting a few months back, where I said something ding-dongy in my grand style, we don’t know each other at all. But if we had met long ago I’d hope we would’ve been fast friends and then I could say now we go way back and all but…nevermind…

From what I know and have heard from many that do know her so well, she’s cool. She’s kind. She’s real. She’s funny and everything else you would want to say about a friend if you could say that you go way back with.


Guess what? Today you have a chance to win one of her cookbooks. Two (2) randomly selected winners will become the proud owners of a “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” cookbooks.

Just answer this question…

What is your favorite quality in a friend that you “go way back” with? Do they make you laugh? Do they make you cry? Do they do your laundry?

Anyway, just answer the question (only one entry per person) and you’ll be entered to win. You have until Monday, November 9 at 9 p.m. EST.* Winners will be announced Tuesday, November 10 so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won and if you did to claim your prize.

Be sure to tell all of your friends too – you wouldn’t want them to miss out on all of the fun!

(*Daylight Savings Time is not being recognized at this time by my blog settings so contest has been extended until Midnight 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 11/9/09.)