Ree Drummond Shares 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Her! Get to Know the ‘Pioneer Woman’ Star

Ree Drummond has come a long since she started blogging about her life as a wife to her husband Ladd Drummond and mom to their four kids. In a June interview with Closer Weekly, the Pioneer Woman star shared five fun facts that typical fans might not know from just watching her Food Network show.

The beloved businesswoman first got her start in showbiz after her blog, which was formerly called Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, blew up in the late 2000s. Ree was juggling multiple projects as she also launched the popular recipe site TastyKitchen.com in 2008, as well as her New York Times best-selling cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, in 2009.

As Ree found success as a writer, author and businesswoman, she began working in TV. After making appearances on shows including Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, Christmas Cookie Challenge and more, the red-haired beauty landed her own gig on the Food Network when she became the star of The Pioneer Woman in 2011.

While Ree spends much of her time focusing on her now-iconic Pioneer Woman brand, she’s just as dedicated when it comes to her longtime love — whom she tied the knot with in 1996. The professional photographer and the cattle rancher are the proud parents of their four kids, Alex Drummond, Paige Drummond, Bryce Drummond and Todd Drummond.

So how does Ree handle her hectic career with her role as a mom to four young adults? “I do the things that I really enjoy. I get a lot done when I love doing it,” she once shared with Design and Living. “There are so many things that people are chasing me on a daily basis, and there are lots of loose ends.”

Although the Little Ree author noted “it’s hard” to handle her busy schedule at times, it helps that the couple’s kiddos are so involved with their mom’s business. “It’s a total family affair,” she said while explaining that her children work at their family-owned restaurants and stores at their home in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, including their retail shop called The Merc, their bed and breakfast, The Boarding House, P-Town Pizza and an ice cream parlor called Charlie’s Sweet Shop.

“My daughter Paige works as a barista,” she told the outlet. “My boys help out busing tables. My husband comes in and he eats, but then he’ll meet folks and take pictures.” So fun!

To learn more about Ree, scroll through the gallery below to learn five fun facts she exclusively shared with Closer!