It's So Big & Beautiful!

I may or may not have squealed that as I walked down the main aisle at Target after having grabbed up a copy of The Pioneer Woman's website new cookbook.  If I say so myself, I was quite sneaky.  Like a 5 year old hiding cookies into the cart.  Only when I ogled over how big & beautiful it was did Andy turn around and see my newest find.

Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays
Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays

There was no way I walking out with it.  And so I didn't.  There are three reasons why I will buy any and every cookbook she puts out.

1) Step by step pictures.  Sadly, I need the kind of confidence that comes with knowing I'm following the rules.  Every step has a picture, and I mean every step.  See?  But I've never ruined anything I've attempted, so to me, it's what makes the cookbook.

Pioneer Woman step by step pictures
Pioneer Woman step by step pictures

2) Every recipe I've tried has turned out perfectly.  What better record is there than that?  Cinnamon rolls.  The perfect iced coffee.  Mashed Potatoes.

3) They aren't healthy.  But they taste good, and really what more is there than that?  Butter? Check.  Grease?  Check.  I'm in!

Last week's SoleHope shoe-cutting party was the perfect place to try out my first recipe from the new holiday cookbook.  I always make apple cider for events at the house in the fall and winter, and usually stick with my old faithful crockpot version with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice wrapped in a cheesecloth.  But then I found her much more beautiful stovetop version - see?

Pioneer Woman Apple Cider
Pioneer Woman Apple Cider

I was a week too early to find fresh cranberries, so whole dried ones from Fresh Market had to fill in the gap.  My version wasn't quite as beautiful, but it was a bit of eye candy.

Mulled Apple Cider
Mulled Apple Cider

 And after cooking it down for just over an hour…..

Apple Cider
Apple Cider

Needless to say, it was a hit.  It's always a good sign when people want recipes right?  I've already decided on my next attempt, her Arnold Palmer recipe.  If it's as perfect as her iced coffee recipe - I'm sold.

Pioneer Woman Arnold Palmer
Pioneer Woman Arnold Palmer

Have you tested out any of her stuff that I should add to my meal plans? I'm wide open to suggestions!

If you didn't read about our SoleHope party check out my version here, and my friend Jaci's post over here.

Happy Hump Day!