Eight trips to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile and we finally met the star of Pawhuska

Pawhuska, Oklahoma, has been home to several famous people. An Academy Award-winning actor, world-renowned bronze sculptors, and The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, herself, have all called Pawhuska home. Still, none of these people may be as big a star as local legend Mr. John Reber. We met Mr. Reber for the first time earlier this […]

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Outside our new house in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

A glimpse inside our new house (and life) in Pawhuska, Oklahoma

It was two weeks ago yesterday that we moved into our new house in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and we are so excited to be here! We spent much of the first week unpacking, getting utilities hooked up, and just finding our way around town. We brought a U-Haul full of stuff from Nebraska and are trying […]

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Ballet in Pawhuska

A year after our first visit, we’re going home to Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Just more than a year after I quit my job as a middle school principal, we’ve made another big life choice. We bought a house in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. (No, we’re not having a mid-life crisis, thanks for asking.) Regular readers of this blog know that we have absolutely fallen in love with Pawhuska (pop. 3,477 […]

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Claude and Kathy’s unexpected night at The Pioneer Woman’s Boarding House

If you like The Pioneer Woman, or have ever dreamed of spending a night at her new Boarding House in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, you have got to see this video. Now, here’s how we met this adorable couple. Earlier this week, we made an impromptu trip back to one of our favorite places, Pawhuska, Oklahoma. As […]

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Things to do in Crete, Nebraska

How we ended up eating kolaces with readers of our blog

A few months ago, we got a sweet comment on our blog from a man who had read our post about 70+ Things to do in Crete, Nebraska (our hometown). He wrote,  “My newly discovered half-sister and I have planned a trip to Crete in June to explore our family roots. Your list of things […]

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The Weary Teacher, Haley Curfman

Ann’s visit with The Weary Teacher

A couple weeks ago, while helping our daughter, Meghan, get settled at her new place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I met another blogger who is just inspiring! Her name is Haley Curfman and she is a second grade teacher in Blackwell, Oklahoma. You might remember her (or at least her dress) from social media. I had […]

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places to stay in pawhuska

True confession: We’ve slept around Pawhuska, Oklahoma

When Ann and I were married, we took vows to forsake all others and be faithful to one another. That being said, I have a confession to make: We’ve both slept around Pawhuska, Oklahoma. All around. And we’re not too shy to admit it was wonderful! Now don’t get too excited. It was just the […]

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Kinkaider Brewing Company in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

10 things we love about Kinkaider Brewing Company in Broken Bow, Nebraska

Central Nebraska’s Kinkaider Brewing Company is quickly becoming one of the most popular destination craft breweries in the Midwest. Located at the edge of the rolling Sandhills in Broken Bow, Nebraska, Kinkaider was founded by four small-town Nebraskans, three of whom we had a the pleasure of meeting recently. We visited Kinkaider on an agribusiness […]

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Starboard Market in Clear Lake, Iowa

This Clear Lake, Iowa deli ranks #1 despite only being open 17 1/2 (ish) hours a week

Trip Advisor’s #1-ranked restaurant in Clear Lake, Iowa, is only open 17 and a half(ish) hours a week.  Might not seem like the best business model, but the sisters who own and manage Starboard Market have made it work quite well in this quaint Midwest town – for 19 years and counting. That’s right, since […]

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Sherman tree at Sequoia National Park

A guest post from Ann’s brother about his unplanned stop Sequoia National Park

This is a guest post, written by Ann’s younger brother, Robert Shrewsbury. Robb and his family live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. By Robert Shrewsbury On a recent business trip to Fresno, California, I had a meeting canceled and found myself with some extra time. I discovered that Sequoia National Park was about an hour away so […]

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