Oklahoma Stories

Cooperative Strong

From agricultural co-ops to food co-ops, Oklahoma benefits from various cooperative businesses


Training Workshops for the New OK-FIRE Announced

Essential training for wildland fire managers, federal state agencies, fire departments and private landowners.

Happy Trails

This fall, explore the natural beauty Cedar Lake, Okla. has to offer.

A Sharecropper's Dream

At 87, Roy Rains is a classic. He’s lived through wars, depressions and drought. His roots are deep in the Oklahoma soil, living on land that has been connected to his family for over a century. He’s seen a lot of changes but retained solid values and optimism. And he’s left a legacy of stories in a small book, Sharecropper’s Dream.

Sweet Stops

When the Oklahoma heat calls for a cool treat, ice cream may be at the top of the menu. Whether you prefer it blended in a milkshake, sandwiched between two cookies, or drizzled with fudge sauce and topped with nuts, whipped cream and a cherry, there are delicious options in every corner of the state. So on your next trip, take time to enjoy some of Oklahoma’s sweetest stops.

Prairie Flavors

Squash Season

It might not be winter, but it's winter squash season in Oklahoma. Squash are part of the Cucurbitaceae family that includes everything from cucumbers and cantaloupes to gourds and pumpkins. Winter squash are distinguishable from summer squash varieties-such as zucchini and patty pan-by their hard rinds, which make them storable in a cool, dry location well into the winter months (hence the name). Their slightly sweet flesh works in both sweet and savory preparations, and - with the exception of spaghetti squash- winter squash varieties can be used interchangeably in most recipes.


Dinner in a Skillet

With school back in session, weeknights tend to be busy. Skip the takeout and try these one-skillet dinners—plus a dessert—that are ready in about 30 minutes and require minimal cleanup.

Garden Fresh

August in Oklahoma means a garden ripe with summer’s best produce. If you have a garden, chances are you have more tomatoes and okra than you know what to do with right now—or if not, you will soon.

Get Grillin'

This month is the perfect time to eat out—outside that is! June is also the month we celebrate our fathers. Try out these recipes to treat dad to a special meal! 

Mom's Best Recipes

This month of May we celebrate the women who have made an impact in our lives—our mothers. We are grateful to each of our readers who submitted an entry in the Mom’s Best Recipe Contest. We are honored that you shared your family recipes with us—as well as the beautiful stories that came with them. 

Table Talk

White Dog Hill

At White Dog Hill in Clinton, Oklahoma, even better than a bark is a bite of one of the restaurant’s beautiful creations.


Crow Creek Market and Cafe

The Crow Creek Market and Cafe is popular with Crescent, Oklahoma, locals, but anyone can enjoy the quirky cafe’s fresh, homemade food.

The Hungry Horny Toad Station

A former gas station on historic Route 66 has found a new life refueling hungry travelers—and it’s quickly becoming a classic.

Hoboken Coffee Roasters

Hoboken Coffee Roasters is a highlight of downtown Guthrie. 

Cafe Bahnhof

Find a taste of Germany in Waynoka, Okla.

Powerful Living

All in the Family

Linemen pass on knowledge to the next generation


Oklahoma Co-op Professional Engineer to Volunteer in Haiti

Larry Cisneros, a professional engineer with Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (NEOEC) based in Vinita, Oklahoma, will travel to Haiti on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 and return on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 to serve as an instructor volunteer with NRECA International.  

Oklahoma Living receives national Willies awards

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Statewide Editors Association, Spotlight on Excellence and the Cooperative Communicators Association recently awarded OKL with several national recognitions. Congratulations to Oklahoma Living’s loyal contributors for their dedication and hard work toward your OKL!

SKIE Award Regional Winners Announced

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Oklahoma and K20 Center honor innovative technology use in the classroom.

Un-easement

Trees in the right-of-way make dangerous shade.

Okie Snaps

Family Goat

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to October's photo contest ­winners Rita Mozingo! Last month’s photo contest theme was “Fair Fun.”


Tractor Pulling Champ

Tevin proudly shows off his trophy after competing in the tractor pull event during the Panhandle Expo at the Texas County Fair. Submitted by Marci Cotter, member of TCEC. 

One-Horse Town

Lizzy thanks Dollar the horse for being on his best behavior during their horsemanship class at the county fair. Submitted by Kasey Rieff, member of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.

Winning Mug

Grandson Kolton makes a smushy face the night before entry deadline. They entered and won Grand Champion. Submitted by Marit Edwards.

Hot Dog!

Caleb enjoys a hotdog at the Hinton fair. Submitted by Ashley Kitchens, member of Oklahoma Electric Cooperative. 

Contests

Guess Where

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to last month’s winner, Alissa Schlessman! Last month’s photo was in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.


Okie Snaps

Enter your photos for next month's theme, "Patriots!" Submit photos by June 10!

Me and My OKL

Send us a photo of you with your OKL for a chance to be published and win 25!

Join the fun on social media with the hashtag #myokl!

Best Holiday Reader Recipes

We’d love you to share your favorite family recipe with us for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Oklahoma Living.  

Oklahoma Take 10

Our judges were impressed by Oklahoma Living readers’ talent and eye for beautiful shots across our state. Now, we are proud to share with you the top 10 submissions. Enjoy the winners of the 2016 contest! 

Commentary

Co-ops have a mission of light

The month of October is designated as National Cooperative Month, and it is a time we celebrate the cooperative business model. From its inception in the 1930s, the rural electric cooperative program has proven itself valuable. The rural electrification movement originated from the desire to improve the quality of life for farmers, ranchers and rural communities.


Celebrating your co-op membership

October is National Cooperative Month, and it is a time to celebrate what your cooperative membership truly means. You could be a member of many different places and associations, but what makes being a member of a co-op different? 

Oklahoma Outside

10 Steps to a Dreamy Cutting Garden

Growing a dedicated cutting garden sounds difficult, but it isn’t. In many ways, it’s similar to growing a vegetable garden, but instead of picking tomatoes, you gather cut flowers. For the last six years, in addition to my perennial and vegetable gardens, I’ve grown a flower garden simply for the pleasure of bringing blooms indoors.

Here are 10 steps from planning to harvest.


Five Unique Coneflowers to Know and Grow

My garden is a haven for pollinators like butterflies, native bees and hover flies. It’s also full of singing birds and crawling caterpillars, two creatures that go together like peanut butter and jelly. 

Your Fall Garden Begins in the Spring

Crafting a beautiful fall garden begins in spring. What you plant in late April should carry you through to autumn even after a hot Oklahoma summer.

Why Plant Native Shrubs and Trees

Native plants are those found naturally occurring in a particular area. They are acclimated to its climate, insects, diseases and changing weather patterns. Many of the shrubs offered at garden centers originate from Asia. 

Planning and planting a fall vegetable garden

Do you have leftover seeds from your spring planting? In an Oklahoma vegetable garden, fall is often a better and longer season than spring. Days grow shorter, and nights are cooler giving plants a respite from the heat.