The Pioneer Woman . . . a book signing (& cookies, too)

Today was the day...the day of The Pioneer Woman's book signing in Houston. Yee-haw!

I have been looking forward to this for such a long time. Ree, the Pioneer Woman, is such an inspiration! Whether its food, photography or homeschooling, her blog is so full of joy and makes me smile (and usually laugh out loud) each and every day.

{Here's my orange ticket...}

{...and friends made while waiting. Lovely ladies!}

{I couldn't resist bringing Ree some cookies...}

{As one of the ladies sitting around me said, "she sounds just like her blog!" She does! Completely adorable and charming...I think all of us felt like we were listening to our lifelong friend.}

Finally, it's my turn to have my books signed. I think I said either...
  • "Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...."
  • or, "I love you,"
  • or, "Here, have these cookies."
I was so nervous. And, the picture of the two of it is...

{Yep...see those curls on the left side? That's me. The rest of the picture was so absolutely HORRID that it now sits in the Recycle Bin on my computer. On the bright side, Ree looks beautiful.}

So, more on these cookies...when Ree showed a picture on Twitter of the boots she was wearing on the Bonnie Hunt show, I had an ah-ha moment...Ree must have cowboy boot cookies!

After decorating, let the cookies sit overnight, then break out the vodka.

{Yes, you read that correctly.}

To make the stars and spurs silver, mix dry luster dust with vodka.

Paint the dry royal icing with the mixture using a child's paintbrush.

The alcohol evaporates, leaving you with, ta-da, silver. (The man at the bakery supply place swears by EverClear, but I just never seem to have that on hand.) :)

Thank you, Ree, for coming to Houston! Hope to see you again on your NEXT book tour! :)

My new friend, Joann, from the book signing just emailed this picture....

See...I was really there! :)


  1. Oh, I was going to TRY to go to this, and I missed out.....I am glad you got to go, though, and those cookies are adorable! I can't believe I missed it!!!!


  2. oh my gosh!! and so what did she say about the cookies? I bet she just LOVED them? how fun!!! you lucky girl!

  3. How fun! I wish I would have known, you were 2 minutes from my house!

  4. How sweet of you to bring her cookies, I was there also, sky blue ticket, I think we left around 5 pm, but it was so worth it, lots of fun and I met some great bloggers! Don't worry all I could muster was I just love your blog, and Oh I made your cinnamon rolls. Ha ha!

  5. Those cookies are adorable! I bet she loved them. Lucky you that Ree came to a place where you could see her. Ah, the downfalls of living overseas!

  6. She was lucky to get a box of your incredible cookies!! What a treat to get to have that entire experience!

  7. I love the silver you achieved... I never get it right... just a soft silvery shine... I'll have to try it one more time...

  8. Lucky you! What did she say when she got the cookies?? She must have been thrilled!!

  9. I'm sure she loved your boot cookies - they are adorable!

  10. Those boots are too cute. I'm going to see her here on Tuesday! Now not only do I have to figure out what to wear, but I need to figure out what to give?? I'm thinking I might monogram something. Any ideas?

  11. Wow! I bet you looked cute in your picture too~

  12. I'm sure Ree loved those cookies! They're adorable!

    I'm playing with the idea of driving 2 hours from Baltimore to Philly for her book signing next weekend. I'm sure if I went I would manage to be totally tongue tied!

  13. you crack me UP!! cut yourself out of the picture! LOL I'm SURE it wasn't bad!

    Those cookies are adorable!! How cool would that be if she mentions that you brought them on her blog!!!!

    What time did you end up going and how long were you there?


  14. The cookies are adorable. I'm glad I met you in line. (green fleece jacket, right in front of you) Your blog is great.
    What did she say about the cookies?

  15. What thoughtful cookies to make for her! I'm sure she just loved them!

  16. Cookies are PERFECT (as usual!) and I am so thrilled for you to have this experience. I wish, wish, wish she would come here - or at least get close enough for me to travel to see her.

    Thanks for sharing! I love everything you do! You're MY pioneer woman!

    PS - I got my very first request to make cookies from a lady I used to work with. She's a SAHM now with two little girls and asked me to make cookies for her youngest daughter's birthday party on the 19th. I'm excited to see how this turns out! Thank YOU for all the inspiration - I simply could NOT do this without you! And I have NO idea what to charge - I think I'll tell her all I accept is Williams-Sonoma gift cards! Ha ha... Love to you!

  17. How fun! Ree always makes me laugh too! You're so lucky:) I'm sure she loved the cookies-I do!

  18. Cute picture of you! Now undelete that one. Someday your ancestors are going to want to look at it AND we are our own worse critics. You looked cute in the one you showed! Love the vodka idea. Fun for you!

  19. Hi Bridget, it was SO NICE to meet you yesterday...and I am still in complete awe over your cookies.


    i thought they had cut your head off! i'm glad to know it was you who cut yourself out of the picture....oh, my! you can totally cut me out of the picture you posted of your new friends! LOL!!!

    it was a great time seeing Ree...and meeting/making new friends....and adding more blogs to the ever growing blog folder! :)

    and now that i see a better picture of the cookies you took! they are fantastic! you are so talented!!! didn't ree take your picture? i bet you make it on her blog about her houston visit! i'll be looking for you there! :)

    joann in tx

  21. Cookies look cute! Glad you got to go and meet Ree in person. I can't wait to check out your cookbook!

  22. You are so cute! And I am so jealous that you got to meet her (just kidding)! I bought her book for myself for my birthday and love it. Sadly, it is not signed. Your cookies are adorable. I am sure they were much appreciated. Blessings!

  23. That must have been so exciting! I'm sure she loved the cookies...they are so cute and cheerful looking! :D

  24. How awesome! Love those boot cookies too!

  25. Oh, so jealous you got to meet Ree! I'm glad you got your cookbooks signed though :) Beautiful cookies too; I'm sure she adored them!

  26. I love your boot cookies! They are ADORABLE!

  27. adorable!! and jealous you were able to meet PW. she's unfortunately not making any stops in the DC area. :-(

    just found your blog through the runamuck and am in love...thanks for sharing your beautiful artistry and talents!

  28. That is so cool! I love how your cookies turned out, and I wish I could have been there to get a book signed as well.

    Your cookies are adorable!!

  29. Those cookies are fabulous!! I'm so jealous that you got to see Ree- I wish she'd come to New Orleans!

  30. CRAP! I've been following your blog for a while and had NO idea you live in Houston. I was there! I would have loved to meet you. UGHHHHHHHH!

  31. Oh what are you talking about; you both look gorgeous!! :-) Sounds like it was lots of fun - and love those cowboy boot cookies!

  32. Okay Bridget!
    This post made me SMILE from ear to ear!
    One thing I know...
    I must check out the Pioneer Woman!
    I know her cookbook ROCKS!
    And let me just never fail to amaze me...the vodka bringing out the just too much!! Only YOU!
    Delighted to put a cute face with all of your adorableness!
    I was TOTALLLLLLLY cracking up at you cropping all but your cute curls out of that other picture!
    Tooooo funnnnny!
    Made me laugh so big!
    Have I told you lately...
    I love your blog!
    Oh and the boots...well...
    You know how I feel about them!
    One day I will be standing in line to sign:
    Bake @ 350's a bookstore in Seattle...
    I promise to bring you some cookies!

  33. I have been lurking on your blog for quite some time and I finally took the 30 seconds it takes to add you to my blog roll.
    Love your blog!

  34. I'm glad you had a good time. I was so sorry to miss her here in DFW.

  35. Glad to know someone else cuts themselves out of pictures too!

  36. congratulations on getting to meet ree! and i LOVE that you made her boot cookies!!! they are adorable!

  37. Those cookies look amazing! You are so talented.

    I met PW in KC and it was midnight by the time I saw her. It was all a blur!

  38. I'm so glad you went. Bridget, isn't she the cutest person ever?? In Austin, one lady screamed "she looks just like she does!" HA! Seeing her made us all a little goofy. The cookies are adorable.

  39. LUCKY! No one ever comes to FL! :(

    Btw, cute boots!

  40. I saw you there with the bright pink box! Those cookies are so cute! I'll be adding you to my Reader... Have a great holiday season!

  41. Awesome!! i'm sorry I missed it!! Thanks for sharing.

  42. What a fun time you had. LOVE the cookies, you are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Beautiful job on the cookies, I love your blog! Wish I could have met you at the signing!

  44. How cute and appropriate for Texas, thanks for representing!

    I was there too!!! HOW FUN WAS THAT!???

  45. Just found you from Pioneer Woman's Blog. Love the name of your blog. It tickles my funny bone since my husband recently decided to clean the 3 inches of gunk off of my stove knobs and finished up by turning my oven temp to broil! I always cook everything at well 350-375 so I never check. Had a scorched dinner one night!! Darn it all!

  46. I am sorry but those cowboy boot cookies should have TOTALLY made Ree's blog. They are darling!!! And your site is beautiful! Yes ... us "older" girls should hang! :)

  47. You're adorable!
    I just started reading the Pioneer Woman's blog and her hotel room reviews. Loving it so far.
    Nice job on the boots, I hope she appreciates them!

  48. I also love the girl Ree Drummond. Here in Brazil it is still not well known, but I love it. I love your blog tb.
    I'm using Google translator.
    Patty Martins


  49. Bonjour,
    je suis nouveau ici j'aime vous lire ;)
    je voulais vous remercier pour votre super site internet !
    Bonne continuation
    Nicolaseo, Rien de mieux que le referencement naturel.


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