Cookbook author and one of the Food Network’s beloved stars, Ree Drummond, and her husband, Ladd Drummond, just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Although they are happily married with 5 children, Ree Drummond was once ready to give up her husband because of a life away from him.
Ree Drummond, who once considered herself a city girl, never imagined living her life on a farm. Meeting her husband changed that, and she’s happy because her life turned out to be so much different than she thought it would.
Ree and Ladd Drummond at Pioneer Women’s Magazine Celebration on June 6, 2017, in New York (left), Ree and Ladd Drummond on their wedding day (right) | Photo: Instagram.com/thepioneerwoman, Getty Images
ABOUT THE MARIE “REE” CONTEST
Anne Marie Smith was born on January 6, 1969, nicknamed Ree and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. After Ree graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1987, she left Oklahoma to attend college in Los Angeles.
She graduated in 1991 from the University of Southern California, where she first studied journalism before turning to gerontology. She had hoped to study law in Chicago, but her plans changed after getting married.
On September 21, 1996, Ree married Ladd Drummond, a fourth-generation Oklahoma cattle rancher, whom she referred to as “The Marlboro Man.”
After getting married, she gave up city life to live on a farm with her husband. Her decision earned her the nickname “Pioneer Woman”. The couple has four biological children and one adopted child.
In 2006, Ree started blogging with her new moniker, “Pioneer Woman”. She began by writing about her life on the farm and teaching her children. After a year, she posted her first recipe.
She became known for her detailed cooking instructions and amazing food photography. In 2009, her blog was listed as one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Best Blogs” globally.
That same year, she published her first cookbook, “Cooking Pioneer Woman: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl.” From children’s books to cookbooks and other recipes, Ree has published more than a dozen other books.
On August 27, 2011, Ree debuted her daytime television series on the Food Network. In 2016, Ree and Ladd opened a restaurant retail store called The Mercantile.
Ladd Alexander Drummond was born into a rancher family on January 22, 1969. His ranch, at 433,000 square miles, is one of the largest in the United States.
Although he spent his life in Pawhuska in Osage County, where their ranch is located, he earned his degree at Arizona State University. Football lovers still support the state of Arizona.
Ladd is known as “Marlboro Man” on Ree’s blog because she once believed that no one should put their real names on the internet. However, she didn’t come up with this nickname for him at first.
Once, she invited friends over to their farmhouse for the first time when she organized a newborn bath for her best friend, Hyacinth. Ladd was sitting outside, and one of the guests called him “The Marlboro Man” with admiration.
Besides being a great rancher and a football lover, Ladd is also a skier who loves Dr. Pepper, loves to watch movies with Ree and is also a great grinder.
His roast sirloin recipe became a family legend. When he’s not in the kitchen, he likes to prank Ree while she’s on her daily commute.
RELATIONSHIP OF REE AND LADD
When Ree first met her husband, Ladd, she was shocked. NS couple meet at a bar in Oklahoma. On the day they met, Ree made the last-minute decision to go to the bar with friends for a Christmas drink.
Just as she’s settled in with her friends, she sees him across the room in jeans and cowboy boots, looking tall, strong, and mysterious as he sips bottled beer.
After a few minutes of staring at him, Ree wanted to see his hands, and when she saw how big and strong they were, she decided to talk to him.
After two hours of talking, Ladd told her he had to go. After he left, Ree realized that she didn’t know his name. However, she had expected him to call her the next morning, but he didn’t.
He hasn’t called for more than a month, although disappointed, she consoled herself that she was going to the city to start a new life and didn’t want to mess with a cowboy.
She had her brother’s wedding to look forward to and even ended up with her brother’s best friend Walrus as the date for the wedding. After the grand wedding, her phone rang on Sunday afternoon.
Ree assumed it was Walrus calling from the airport because he was the perfect date. When she picked up the phone, she realized it was her “Marlboro Man”.
It’s been four months since they first met, and seeing that she’s already planning a trip to Chicago, she decides to talk casually on the phone. But Ladd left an indelible mark on Ree’s soul.
He asked her out to dinner, and she agreed even when she didn’t feel it was helpful. He picked her up, and the two talked throughout dinner. Ladd dropped her off, and he decided to lead her to the door.
On the sidewalk, her pointy high-heeled shoe got caught between the stones. Just when she was about to fall, Ladd caught her. At that point, they shared a kiss that changed her life.
Like her revealed in her book “The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels — a Love Story”, by the time the kiss ended, her life as she had always imagined it would be over. But she still doesn’t know that.
Although it took a few months to start dating, the two knew they were a good match. But, Tree never imagined settling on a farm because she wanted to be a big city girl.
Ladd, Ree is ready to put her city dream aside in favor of this new dream: to marry Ladd. When they married, Ree had to adjust to life on the farm. She admits that while it was worth it, it wasn’t that easy.
After their wedding in September 1996, Ree and Ladd welcome their first daughter Alex on June 25, 1997. On May 1, 2021, Alex married her college sweetheart Mauricio Scott.
On October 31, 1999, the Drummonds family grew when they welcomed their second daughter, Paige. She is currently studying at the University of Arkansas. The couple welcomed their soccer son, Bryce, on September 17, 2002.
Bryce, recruited to play quarterback at the University of North Texas, has a younger brother Todd who was born on June 4, 2004. Todd is still in high school, but he’s also a soccer player.
Todd Drummond, Bryce Drummond, Ree Drummond, Paige Drummond and Ladd Drummond at Pioneer Women’s Magazine Celebration on June 6, 2017, in New York | Photo: Getty Images
The fifth addition to their family is Jamar, who became their adopted child. Ree did not share information about him on social media until he was 18 because it went against government policy.
Ree and Ladd never thought of fostering before Jamar entered their lives. However, his situation was very special, and they opened the door for him.
The couple love their big family, and Ree confesses that Jamar, of whom she’s proud, has become an integral part of their quirky family.
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