Betty Sayers

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Betty Sayers is a co-founder of Nebraska Rural Living. She lives in Holdrege, NE. Read more about her on the ‘About Us’ page.

Praying Mantis Hatch at Schwarz Family Farm

Linda Schwarz writes, “There are many signs of life at Schwarz Family Farm this spring. Along with all of the starter plants and perennial plants growing in our high tunnels, we’re seeing a variety of pollinators (including our own honey bees) on our blooming herbs and the Praying Mantis babies have started emerging from the…

SOZO American Cuisine

SOZO American Cuisine

Readers’ reviews led the Rural Foodies to Kearney, Nebraska, where they found that SOZO American Cuisine is featuring locally grown products. In rural Nebraska, you are often just minutes from the producers growing the food to feed our nation…

The Enchanted Bakery Story Inspired a Persian Bakery Response

We felt surprised and delighted when we received an e-mail message from Mohammadreza Ghasemi who lives with his family in Sharoud, Iran. Mohammadreza’s e-mail is a response to Kristine Jacobson’s story on the sisters – Ana Gonzalez and Veronica Ramsey’s bakery business in Grand Island, Nebraska. See Kristine’s story of the Enchanted Bakery at www.Nebraskaruralliving.com…

Task Lighting

Task Lighting

Tight spaces and dark places call out for lighting. When surroundings and settings sync with light, people work with more focus, play with more zest and relax in more comfort. Task Lighting design specialists advise people to “Get out from under the glare of fluorescent bulbs and into the scope of lighting designed for your space and your needs…

Supper Will Have To Wait

Supper Will Have To Wait

SUPPER WILL HAVE TO WAIT by Elisha Smith A day doesn’t go by when I don’t read an article or hear from some expert on the news about the importance of “making yourself a priority” and “taking care of you.” I imagine the people who come up with this stuff live a very different lifestyle…

Witness the annual spring migration

Witness the annual spring migration

The annual spring migration is a sight every Nebraskan should witness at least once. March is the height of spring migration season and Betty Sayers has rounded up the best places and events to visit during this spectacular season…

Farewell to Winter

Seeing Eiffert’s ice fishing photos remind me that in Nebraska, winter is my favorite season. Snow, freezing temperatures, cold winds in November, December, January, February build ice on the lakes and open up walking paths in overgrown landscapes. Wildlife watching in winter months reveals eagles, white tail deer, sometimes otters, bobcat, fox and mink. Ice…

High Tea is Sweet

Angela Davis, our international storyteller and blogger for Nebraska Rural Living tells us about High Tea, Low Tea, and Full Tea as celebrated in her adopted home in Holland with references to buying tea in China and the British tradition of High Tea. After reading her descriptions of the savory and sweet delicacies associated with…

We respectfully ask for your ideas about Nebraska Rural Living

Please check out the short and sweet survey below: Reaching out to our readers, We know there are so many more great stories we aren’t sharing because we just don’t know about them. So we are hoping you can help. Please take a few minutes to let us know why you read Nebraska Rural Living…

Aftermath as Captured by Don Brockmeier Photos

Aftermath as Captured by Don Brockmeier Photos

February 2, 2016, a blizzard roared into and settled down for a 24 hour snowy stay in central and southwest Nebraska. Don Brockmeier’s photos of the aftermath of this weather event portray the beauty of snow on the prairie, and the danger and the work involved in moving it away from roads and roofs. Estimates…

Bella Italia Restaurant

Bella Italia Restaurant

During the gray of January, writer and Rural Foodie adventurer Betty Sayers headed to Cozad where she knew a tasty pick-me-up was waiting. There she indulged in the rich and hearty Italian dishes served up four days a week at Bella Italia…

How We Move a Mountain on the Plains of Nebraska

Approximately 9,000 people live in Phelps County, and when we move a mountain 853 of us or 9% of the Phelps County population stand shoulder to shoulder to lift a shovel, roll a boulder or blast a trainload of rock. Together we move a mountain in one day in November and erase many obstacles among…

Taste of Texas Barbeque

Taste of Texas Barbeque

Good stories always start with something surprising, and no one was more surprised than James and Robbie Arp when their spur-of-the-moment idea to open a barbecue restaurant in Nebraska became reality…

Coppermill Steakhouse and Lounge

Coppermill Steakhouse and Lounge

Are you serious about steak? Are you on a quest for the richest, juiciest, meatiest flavor on the planet? Celebrate your golden moment in McCook, Nebraska, where you will meet chefs, ranchers, cattle feeders and beef connoisseurs…

Do you long for free time, an affordable lifestyle, green space and meaningful pursuits?

My sister Nancy and I moved back to Nebraska after working careers in cities far flung from the Midwest. We relocated near our home town in central Nebraska where we soon discerned a disconnect between how the media represents Nebraska towns under 10,000, and our favorable impressions. For example, the media reported on pockets of…

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