The world may know Ree Drummond as the Pioneer Woman today, but she first found fame in the early 2000s when she decided to write a blog. Not yet known by her nickname, she used her blog to write about both her life living on a farm and her fabulous cooking.
Reading it, one would think Drummond has always been a country girl; it’s a natural fit for the redhead. But in reality, Drummond is not originally from rural living. In fact, she lived in both the suburbs and the city before meeting someone in her mid-20s who changed her life. She then found herself in the place she was meant to be, starting her very well-known country lifestyle.
Fans can find Drummond on television, read her best-selling books, and still check out that blog she has kept from the very beginning. She has had quite the life story so far, finding her way to the place she now calls home. So let’s take a closer look at Ree Drummond’s life and the stunning transformation she has experienced throughout the years.
Ree Drummond had childhood dreams of being an actress
Ree Drummond was born as Anne Marie “Ree” Smith in 1969, and she grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She was a kid who had big dreams and constantly challenged herself, gaining new experiences in life. At a young age, she had plans for herself that would take her to different places away from home. Reminiscing about her childhood during an interview with People, she shared, “I always thought, ‘There’s a big, huge world out there beyond this.'”
One way in which Drummond was able to travel as a kid and see more of the country was through her ballet competitions. Dancing made her think about the entertainment industry and a possible future in show business. She noted, “When I was young, I wanted to be an actress. I had no idea what that meant, but I just thought it sounded fun.” Little did she know then what the future held for her.
Ree Drummond tried vegetarianism for a spell
Although it might shock long-time fans to find out, there was a time when Ree Drummond wasn’t a meat eater. As she revealed in her blog on the Pioneer Woman site, during freshman year in college, she suddenly decided to go vegetarian, and that was that. “I’m still, to this day, not sure why. I never had any real aversion to meat itself, nor was I necessarily against the practice of raising animals for the purposes of meat production, nor did I question the nutritive or health value of meat, nor was I ethically or morally opposed to the idea of eating meat,” she admitted.
The reality star doubled down on her comments in an interview with Closer Weekly, sharing it was only when, years later, a Jack in the Box sourdough bacon cheeseburger caught her eye that she relented. “It was the best thing I’d ever put in my mouth!” Drummond exclaimed. In fact, her chosen final meal would be beef tenderloin with creamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms, and mac and cheese, as she told Taste of Home. “With bacon and caramelized onions,” Drummond noted. “Kind of like my fancy mac and cheese.”
Ree Drummond realizes her lifestyle isn’t for everyone
While Ree Drummond’s life has a fairy tale component that many may want to watch on the big screen, Drummond is the first to say that she knows her lifestyle is not for everyone.
In 2011, BookPage interviewed the then-42-year-old, and she discussed her life and what it would have been like if she had never moved to the country. She said, “Yeah, I shudder. I am thoroughly convinced that I am where I was meant to wind up. In the country we really lead an isolated life… we’re just together, we’re out here, we’re on the land and in the quiet.”
She also understands herself well enough to know what she needs in her day-to-day life. She continued, “It’s not that everyone needs [the quiet] to maintain some level of peace and contentment, but I needed it. It centered me.”