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Pioneer Woman Holiday 2020

Ree Drummond shares her enthusiasm for the simple joys in life and inspires readers with her newest creation, The Pioneer Woman Magazine. Each issue is like a day with a good friend, full of helpful advice, great recipes, fun shopping and heartfelt stories – and lots of laughs.

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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
cover up!

Ree’s cover look “I love the colors of blanket coats, but their warmth is what makes them so magical!”—Ree What’s a blanket coat? The term describes outerwear that’s less structured than most coats. Blanket coats originated with Native American tribes: In the Southwest, Navajo people often wrapped and tied woven blankets around themselves, while in the Great Lakes region and Canada, tribes would stitch waterproof blankets from Hudson’s Bay Company into loose coats. PRODUCED BY JAMIE M. WILSON. BLANKET COAT PHOTOS AND STYLING: ALISON GOOTEE (5). BACKGROUND PHOTO: RALPH SMITH.…

1 min
a touch of transferware

Christmas on a Plate For many families, pulling out Spode dinnerware for the holidays is as essential as putting up a tree. The English company’s iconic Christmas pattern dates back to the 1930s, when executives set out to create a seasonal design that would appeal to American customers. The designer settled on a Christmas tree—despite, as the legend goes, never having seen one himself. That might explain why he topped his original version (see pattern at left) with Santa rather than a star or angel. The design debuted on 10-inch plates in 1938, and more than 80 years later, it’s still beloved. SPODE BLUEPRINT: SPODE MUSEUM TRUST. CHRISTMAS PLATE: SPODE.COM.…

1 min
pick a pattern

BLUE WILLOW The inspiration for this famous pattern, created in the late 1700s, was handpainted Chinese porcelain popular among aristocracy. BLUE ITALIAN The Spode pattern, which dates back to 1816, is Ree’s true love. It depicts scenes from several Italian regions. MASON’S VISTA This mid-1800s pattern, most commonly found in red and white, features park and castle scenes with oak leaf borders. OLD BRITAIN CASTLES You can hunt for all 45 famous British castles depicted in this 1930s series. Cambridge Castle is shown here. FRIENDLY VILLAGE Idyllic seasonal village scenes inspired this popular pattern, which the company Johnson Brothers debuted in 1953.…

2 min
letters of note

Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman When Frederick Douglass responded in 1868 to a request from Harriet Tubman, he couldn’t hide his admiration for the fellow abolitionist. Tubman had asked Douglass for a recommendation timed to an upcoming biography about her. “Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has been in public,” he wrote. “You, on the other hand, have labored in a private way.” Jackie Robinson to President Eisenhower In 1958, the baseball legend and activist Jackie Robinson heard President Eisenhower give a speech urging Black Americans to be patient with the country’s treatment of them. Robinson then wrote this letter to him: “Seventeen million Negroes cannot do as you suggest and wait for the hearts of men to change. We want to enjoy now the rights…

1 min
it’s a pattern…

Tartan Perhaps the best-known plaid, this style includes multicolored horizontal and vertical stripes of varying widths. It dates back to Scottish Highlanders, who wore printed kilts to represent their clans. Today the Scottish Register of Tartans includes more than 1,000 patterns—some of the most famous are Black Watch and Royal Stewart. Madras This colorful pattern of uneven checks and stripes originated as a dyed fabric in Madras (today known as Chennai), India, and it must be made with materials from there to be considered authentic. The fabric first came to the United States as a donation to Yale University from Madras’s governor, which is why it’s often associated with a preppy look. Glen This plaid features alternating patterns of large and small checks. It’s often called Prince of Wales check after Edward VIII, who was…

4 min
talk to me!

What’s your go-to dish to make for Thanksgiving?—Brenda Groesbeck, Sand Springs, OK Stuffing, which is actually both stuffing and dressing in our house. My father-inlaw and I are the only ones who like it cooked in the bird; everyone else likes it baked in a pan. I love stuffing because you can change it up with ingredients like dried fruit or roasted veggies. I usually make a traditional stuffing and then a separate batch that’s a little bit different. This year, I’m going back to an old favorite and making the recipe on page 77. What holiday activities do you love doing with your kids?—Jessica Ochs, Houston I love, love, love making cinnamon rolls with my kids (find my recipe at thepioneerwoman.com/cinnamonrolls). These days they’re so busy that it doesn’t happen every year,…