Oklahoma Stories

The Will to Fight

Volunteer firefighters step up to save lives in Oklahoma’s rural communities.

Weather Watchers

Rural weather volunteers add value to state and national weather reporting 

Rodeo Queen

Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Taylor Spears has roots in rural communities 

Empowering Peanuts

Oklahoma families carry on heritage through fresh, locally grown peanuts both on the farm and in the kitchen

Get going: apps for travelers

A new year means new opportunities for adventure, both near and far. Of course, memorable trips don’t happen by chance. Making sure your travel plans go off without a hitch can take a little extra planning and preparation. Luckily, there’s a tech-savvy solution for all your travel worries. Check out these apps that will help take the stress out of your next getaway.

Prairie Flavors

Firehouse Favorites

Besides helping people during fires and other life-threatening situations, firefighters also have a reputation for being good in the kitchen. This month’s recipes come to you via Corporal Chet Thompson, a firefighter for the Moore, Oklahoma, Fire Department and a member of Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation in Arkansas. 

Campfire Cooking

Camp meals are a highlight of any camping trip—and somehow food tastes better when cooked outside. Try these dishes on your next outdoor adventure. Recipes can be cooked over a campfire, on a camp stove or indoors. Campfire cooking times may vary.

Dinner for Two

Camp meals are a highlight of any camping trip—and somehow food tastes better when cooked outside. Try these dishes on your next outdoor adventure. Recipes can be cooked over a campfire, on a camp stove or indoors. Campfire cooking times may vary.

Mouthwatering Mushrooms

This month’s recipes feature a produce item that’s always in season—mushrooms. Because of their meaty texture and their ability to enhance the flavors of other foods, mushrooms have been lauded for their “blendability.” 

Best Holiday Reader Recipes

This month, we reveal the winners of OKL’s Best Holiday Reader Recipes! 

Table Talk

Blue Spruce Gelato & Sorbet

Discover cool treats for many tastes in Stillwater, Oklahoma

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. 

Powerful Living

Appreciating Our Lineworkers

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recognizes the second Monday of every April as National Lineworker Appreciation Day. In joining the celebration, Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives wish to honor these unsung heroes who keep the lights on every day.

Congratulations, OKL!

OKL magazine wins co-op journalism award for second straight year 

In Memoriam

The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives remember two individuals who will have a lasting impact on the electric co-op community

OKL celebrates 70 years serving electric co-op members

Oklahoma Living magazine just wrapped up 70 years of serving electric co-op members and is ready for the future.

The Cyber Wars

Learn how co-ops are strengthening cybersecurity

Okie Snaps

Out for a walk

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to February's photo contest ­winner Dakota Kerins! The contest theme was “Silly Spring!”

Butterfly Beginning

A butterfly enjoys a pretty flower. Submitted by Kellie Carter, member of Oklahoma Electric Cooperative

Fun in the Mud

Being 2 years old means playing in the spring showers and mud. Submitted by Eric London, member of Central Electric Cooperative.

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Tulsa twins share a spring day under the rainbow! Submitted by Rachel Parrilli.

Spring Smiles

Just stopping by to smell the flowers. Submitted by Stephanie Wagler, member of Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative.


Guess Where

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to last month’s winner, Robert Beene! Last month's photo was the Payne County Courthouse.

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 BBQ Recipe Contest

We’d love for you to share your favorite BBQ 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 2017 contest! 

Okie Snaps

Enter your photos for the following contests:

Silly Spring - Entries due by March 10

Rural Beauty - Entries due by April 10


We honor our co-op linemen

In 2015, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association designated the second Monday of April of each year as “National Lineworker Appreciation Day.” It is fitting that we have a selected day to honor these unsung heroes in our communities. However, we owe these brave men and women our gratitude every day of the year. 

Carrying on the cooperative legacy

What an honor it has been to serve the past four years as an officer on the OAEC board of trustees. The past 12 months as president have been particularly fulfilling and allowed me to come to an even greater appreciation of the rural electrification program. With this last article, I want to leave you with some thoughts. 

Oklahoma Outside

Enchanting April

Oklahoma's nurseries are overflowing with annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. OKL's Dee Nash helps you decide what to try in your garden.

New Year, New Plants from Seed

Get ideas for your next gardening project. 

Clean the air with indoor plants

An Oklahoma winter can lie heavy on our hearts. Days are shorter. The blowing wind and inhospitable weather never seem to end. People spend too much time indoors. What can help bring us out of a winter funk? Houseplants.

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.