Country star Miranda Lambert on bow-hunting wild turkey at her ranch and working the soda fountain at her Pink Pistol boutique.
Growing up on a Farm
When I was younger, my dad’s business went under and we lost everything. When we got back on our feet, we moved to a farm so we could live off the land. The first thing I did when I started being successful in music was buy my own farm, and that’s how Blake [Shelton, her country-music-star husband] and I live.
Mastering Side Dishes
Blake is the grilling and smoking master, and I’ve started calling myself the “sides girl.”
Hunting for Thanksgiving
Blake taught me how to bow hunt when we first started dating. Our Thanksgiving tradition is to shoot our own wild turkey and fry it.
The Merits of Juicing
I don’t like vegetables much unless there’s ranch dressing or cheese on them. To get my daily dose, I drink juice in the morning—we have a juicer on the road. Then I feel like I’ve been healthy for the day, even if I make bad decisions later.
Getting Pelted with Rolls
Once, on tour, we stopped at Lambert’s Cafe in Missouri (no relation). They bring around vats of macaroni and literally throw rolls at you.
Her Family Wines
My parents have a winery in Texas called Red 55. They name some wines after my songs, like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
In Praise of Fried Pickles
I play at Joe’s Bar in Chicago a lot, and the owner opened a barbecue place called Bub City. It has fried pickles, so I automatically love it.
Opening The Pink Pistol in Tishomingo, OK
I turned a former pharmacy into a boutique but kept the 1940s soda fountain. It breaks down about once a week, but it’s cool to hear people say, “I used to work that soda fountain in high school.” I invented our signature drink: two splashes each of cherry and vanilla syrup, soda water and a cherry on top. After hours, I put vodka in mine.