"Pioneer Woman" Ree Drummond visited TODAY to cook some recipes (flank steak and four-cheese pasta, yum) and talk about her new book, 'Black Heels to Tractor Wheels,' which chronicles her romance with her cowboy husband and her transformation from city single girl to rancher's wife (and popular blogger).
TODAY Moms caught up with her backstage, and we chatted about what it's like travelling without kids, how she keeps the romance alive in her marriage, how the internet has changed the experience of motherhood, and the pros and cons of raising kids in the country.
"The differences are wild," Drummond says of her own suburban upbringing and her kids' life on the cattle ranch. "They have a lot of responsibility -- they have a lot of 'have-to's.' My little life on the golf course, I didn't have a lot of have-to's... I maybe made my bed once a week, if my mom growled at me enough. My kids have learned at an early age that even if you don't want to, sometimes you have to...We could probably all ask a little more of our children than we do. Sometimes I think, 'Oh kids, just relax.' But I don't think hard work ever killed anyone. Just call me Helga!"