A Pioneer Breakfast with Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond, star of The Pioneer Woman, invites Food Network Magazine to her family ranch for the most important meal of the day.

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Ree and her husband, Ladd, on their Oklahoma ranch.

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Ree and her husband, Ladd, on their Oklahoma ranch.

You don't get to just show up for breakfast at Ree Drummond's Oklahoma ranch—you have to earn it. Ree's husband, Ladd, and their four children, Alex, 14, Paige, 12, Bryce, 9, and Todd, 7, wake up before the sun rises (around 4:45 a.m.), suit up in gloves, chaps and boots, and head out to work the cattle, leaving Mom back at home to cook up a hearty cowboy breakfast. On many mornings, Ree finishes cooking and heads to her computer to write about her day, and her recipes, as The Pioneer Woman (thepioneerwoman.com). She started the blog six years ago to document her life on the ranch after leaving a Los Angeles marketing job and marrying Ladd. Every month, more than 4 million fans flock to the site, which inspired Ree's two cookbooks and her Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman. But fame hasn't eliminated Ree's predawn wake-up calls. In fact, she never gets a morning off, not even on Mother's Day: "My girls bring me breakfast in bed on Mother's Day," Ree says. "But since I get up early, I have to get back in bed when it's ready." On this weekend morning, she's joining Ladd and the kids outside for a full-on family breakfast—and relishing her remote life, 30 minutes from the nearest town, where she can truly enjoy her family. Solitude like this has many bonuses: "Living out here," she says, "I don't have to worry about doing my hair and makeup every morning."

A Pioneer Breakfast with Ree Drummond and Family

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Ree Drummond starts a day on her Oklahoma ranch with a big family feast. Food Network Magazine has the behind-the-scenes photos.

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"Living out here," Ree says, "I don't have to worry about doing my hair and makeup every morning."

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The family's basset hound Charlie is almost as famous as Ree is — he's the subject of a children's book Ree wrote last year.

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"In high school, I ordered this all the time at Eggbert's diner in Bartlesville, Oklahoma," Ree says.

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The Drummonds raise cattle on thousands of acres of land.

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Ree's mother used to make these cinnamon rolls every year for Christmas.

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After breakfast Ree gets some girl time with her daughters, Alex (left) and Paige.

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Ree puts out a bread basket of three baked treats: cinnamon rolls, scones and these glazed muffins.

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Ree's son Todd is a cowboy in the making.

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Check out Ree's new book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier ($30; William Morrow), for more recipes like these Maple-Pecan Scones.

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With lots of room to run around and haylofts to explore, the Drummond ranch is a kid's dream.

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Bryce and Paige are a strong match for their dad, Ladd.

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"We all mess with each other," says Ree. "That's where the love comes in."

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