The Most Romantic Things ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Said About Ladd Drummond

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond loves to talk about her husband, Ladd Drummond. Here are some of the most romantic things the Food Network cook said about him.

Ree Drummond was smitten when she first saw Ladd

Ree Drummond |  Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine
Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

In her book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, Ree writes about the first time she laid eyes on Ladd. She says she saw him from across the room at a bar. She describes him as a “vision.”

He was tall, strong, and mysterious, sipping bottled beer and wearing jeans and, I noticed, cowboy boots. And his hair. The stallion’s hair was very short and silvery gray—much too gray for how young his face said he was, but just gray enough to send me through the roof with all sorts of fantasies of Cary Grant in North by Northwest.

Gracious, but he was a vision, this Marlboro Man–esque, rugged character across the room. After a few minutes of staring, I inhaled deeply, then stood up. I needed to see his hands. They were big and strong. Bingo.

Ree Drummond, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels

Ladd’s voice makes Ree Drummond melt

During their early days of dating, one of Ree’s favorite moments was when Ladd called her on the phone. She says he often called her early in the morning or right after one of their dates. According to the Accidental Country Girl, Ladd’s voice made her weak in the knees.

His voice. It weakened my knees, destroyed my focus, ruined my resolve. When I heard his voice, I could think of nothing but wanting to see him again, to be in his presence, to drink him in, to melt like butter in his impossibly strong arms.

When I heard his voice, Chicago became nothing but a distant memory. Just hearing his voice over the phone sent about two hundred different synapses firing in my central nervous system.

Ree Drummond, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels

Ree Drummond describes Ladd’s arms as ‘ample’ and ‘amazing’

Ree also found Ladd’s arms intoxicating. In her book she talks about how much she loved being held by her Marlboro Man. She spends quite a bit of time talking about how muscular his arms are.

“What ample, amazing arms they were: bulging, with muscles wrought by a lifetime of intense physical labor; strong, in every literal sense of the word; but soft and protective, too, in all the right ways,” wrote Ree. “I’d never been held by arms like these, never in my life. Arms that made me feel 900 different emotions at once.”

For Ree, Ladd’s arms were like magic. She says she felt all kinds of good feelings when he hugged her. She would forget about her problems and just sink into his arms.

“Those arms. Beyond the obvious physical attractiveness, there was just something magical about them,” wrote Ree. “They were filled with some kind of special chemical that seemed only to release itself when locked passionately around my waist. And the chemical was potent, intoxicating, like the second sip of red wine or the scent of burning patchouli. Times a million.”

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