A Pioneer-Inspired Dinner

I absolutely love Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.

My mom first introduced me to the World of Ree several years ago, when I asked her why she kept laughing whenever she was reading her Kindle. It turned out she was reading The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – A Love Story. Every so often she would read out loud sections from the book that she found to be particularly hilarious. My mom has this kind of fun quality about her that when she finds something incredibly funny, she kind of gasps out the story in between chuckles. This happened a lot when she was reading.

Once my mom finished the book, I commandeered her Kindle so that I could read the whole thing myself. I ended up finishing the book within a couple of days and I was hooked. I started browsing her website and reading her blog posts. My family and I started recording all of the episodes of her show in the Food Network. For quite a while we couldn’t go a meal without some aspect of it being a recipe from her show/website. Several years later, a lot of Pioneer Woman recipes have become some of our family meal staples.

Tuesday I wanted to make a special dinner for the Firefighter. It was the first day in almost a week that he and I have been able to have a real dinner together. He has been working a ton of overtime and Tuesday morning had just come off of a 72 hour shift. I wanted to make him something hearty, delicious and man-approved. I decided to go with the Pioneer Woman’s bacon-wrapped meatloaf.

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Sinfully Stuffed Brownies

I know that I said that I wanted to bake all kinds of apple delicacies this fall, but last week I needed to come up with a dessert on relatively short notice.

Even though my carmelita’s were requested, I didn’t really want to make the exact same dessert for the same dinner group twice in a row. I wanted to make something a little bit different, while still using the leftover caramel and chocolate chips I had. When I came across this naughty brownie recipe and was inspired.

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