What I love most about The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, OK

It’s Valentine’s Day and that gets me thinking about all the things I love. My incredible family. Our fantastic church. The privilege of blogging about midlife travel. My electric mattress pad warmer. And yes, Edna Mae’s pancakes at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile. I fell in love with them last summer when we visited The Mercantile […]

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Carnival Cruises Valor

Five things that made our first-ever Carnival Cruise so much fun

When you quit your job after 21 years, the first thing you want to do is get away and have fun. That’s why the morning after my last day as a middle school principal, we were in the car headed south to the Port of Galveston for our first-ever Carnival Cruise. While we are big […]

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Gayle Teget and Carol Johnstone at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Our moms loved The PW Mercantile but we couldn’t get them on that Swinging Bridge

Both my mom and my mother-in-law are big fans of Ree Drummond and The Pioneer Woman cooking show on Food Network. We’d been to Ree’s new Mercantile store and restaurant in Pawhuska twice this year, and when we returned home from our last trip, we could tell that both our moms were itching to see […]

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Handy's Pop, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The secret to that good Handy’s fountain pop in Pawhuska, Oklahoma

When we agreed to come to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, for the National Indian Taco Championship, we asked locals what we should do when we got to town. The first thing anyone told us was to go to Handy’s to get a fountain pop because it’s really good, and because they, “have the best ice.” If you’re wondering […]

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Indian Taco fry bread at the National Indian Taco Championships in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

5 things we learned judging the National Indian Taco Championships in Pawhuska

As you may have heard, earlier this month we were invited to be celebrity judges for the National Indian Taco Championships in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. We’d been invited by the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce to join six others (who had much greater celebrity status than we do) in sampling the eight Indian Tacos selected as finalists […]

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Most hilarious TripAdvisor manager responses

TripAdvisor’s most hilarious manager responses from Robert J. at Peppermill

With more than 500 million candid traveler reviews, TripAdvisor has quickly become a go-to online resource for many travelers, including us. We often roll into a new city with cell-phones in hand, searching for a top-10ish restaurant to stop for dinner. We typically look for local places with a 4 to 5 green-dot rating, at […]

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Village Pie Maker pies

The secret to The Village Pie Maker pies

I am the first to admit, I am not a baker. I don’t bake homemade bread, or cinnamon rolls, or cake. And Lord knows, I wouldn’t even think about trying to make a pie other than a chocolate one with three ingredients and a store-bought graham cracker crust. While I’m a pretty decent cook, I […]

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National Indian Taco Championship

Yes, we’re going to be celebrity judges at the National Indian Taco Championship!

Between the two of us, we’ve got some interesting titles on our resumes. Sports writer, lifeguard, vice president of public relations, athletic director, lobbyist, middle school principal, travel writers, and bloggers. And now, we get to add … wait for it … celebrity judges for the National Indian Taco Championships in Pawhuska, Oklahoma! That’s right, […]

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Gut Pal from Viteks BBQ in Waco, Texas

My attempt at conquering a Vitek’s Gut Pak

When David Ridley of Waco Tours recommended the Gut Pak at Vitek’s BBQ, I knew that was where I wanted to go for lunch. Sure, he had a couple other suggestions, but the name piqued my curiosity and after spending two days at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile and Magnolia Market, I was ready go someplace […]

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I like big buns and I cannot lie

Let me cut to the chase. One of the main reasons people visit The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Okla., is to eat. Sure, there are colorful serving bowls to admire, plates to purchase, and recipe books to thumb through. But for me (and I suspect many others) the main draw is the food. When […]

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