Oklahoma Stories

Made in Oklahoma Holiday Guide | 2018

This holiday season, find a unique, Oklahoma-made gift for everyone on your list. Here are some of OKL’s favorite 2018 MIO gifts!

Holiday Gifts for the Digital Age

Online alternatives for the people on your gift list who have everything

Light Up the World

Electric cooperatives of Oklahoma and Colorado electrify remote villages in rural Guatemala

Honoring Oklahoma's Veterans

Oklahoma's electric cooperatives are proud to salute our veterans.

Oklahoma Warriors Take Honor Flight

Warrior Flights have provided over 2,000 veterans and their guardians with the opportunity to see their memorials in Washington. 

Prairie Flavors

A Taste of Guatemala

This month’s recipes come to you in honor of the recently completed Oklahoma Energy Trails electrification project in Guatemala where a team of volunteers from Oklahoma’s and Colorado’s electric cooperatives electrified two villages.

Recipes & Memories

Recipes are one way food traditions are passed from generation to generation. Through recipes we remember those who have cooked for us, nourished us, provided for us. Recipes remind us of their cooks. This is true for these four Oklahomans, who share the unique memories associated with recipes that are near to their hearts. 

Slow Cooker Delights

I prepared all four of these recipes, plus the bonus digital recipe, in less than an hour. They cooked all night and I have food for my family for the next week! Try these out—or let these be the inspiration for your own slow cooked creations.

Sheet Pan Suppers

Sheet pan suppers are a simple way to put a weeknight meal on the table. Place your ingredients on a baking sheet, throw it in the oven and approximately 30 minutes later you have a complete meal—with minimal cleanup involved.

Sweet Summer Treats

As the August heat hits Oklahoma, there’s no better occasion for a cold, sweet treat. This month’s recipes include a variety of frozen desserts: French-style custard-based ice cream, Philadelphia-style egg-free ice cream, coconut milk-based ice cream suitable for a vegan diet, frozen yogurt, and fruit sorbet.

Table Talk

The Chicken Shack

In the backyard of the Deep Fork River, an unmarked shack is home to some of the best broasted chicken in Oklahoma. Without a sign, it feels like a secret hideout waiting to be discovered. Even the owner gives off an almost Capone-like vibe.  

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.

Powerful Living

Thank You

Electricity, clean water and more for Guatemalan villages

The Power in Preparation

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all of us to prepare for emergencies.

2018 SKIE Award Regional Winners Announced

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

For the Birds

Power line collisions kill millions of birds every year. Why electric co-ops are taking the problem seriously.

Paid Internship Available

Oklahoma Living is pursuing a bright journalism student for a paid internship for approximately 15 to 20 hours a week. 

Okie Snaps

Santa Claustrophobic

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to December's photo contest winner, Carolyn Cox! The contest theme was “Home for the Holidays”

Daddy's Home

Captain David Hildebrand arrived home from deployment in Kabul, Afghanistan. Submitted by Susan Hildebrand, member of Indian Electric Cooperative.

Mom's Little Helper

The little ones love helping mom prepare Christmas goodies for the holiday season. Sumitted by Linda Cape, member of Cotton Electric Cooperative.

Time Together

The Allen family enjoys the holidays together. Submitted by Vaye Allen, member of Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

“Brooks is celebrating this Christmas with his best snowman pal!" Submitted by Chelsie Semkoff, member of Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.


Guess Where

Congratulations to last month's winner, Sam Gillapsy! Last month's photo featured Tuton's Drugstore in Arcadia, Oklahoma.

Prairie Flavors E-Newsletter

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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!

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! 


Stay engaged by making your voice heard

In a few weeks, we will welcome a new year and new faces to our federal, state and local government offices. Last month, Oklahoma had a record in voter turnout for a non-presidential election.

Christmas: a season of giving

The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of God’s greatest gift to mankind: the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus provided us with the example of how to live and how to treat others. His death on the cross, shedding His blood for the atonement of our sins, was the greatest gift ever given. This is the foundation that inspires people to give of themselves to help others.

Oklahoma Outside

Gifts for Gardeners

Winter is the season for giving, and no one needs a pick-me-up this time of year more than gardeners. Trust me, they are all itching to get their hands back into the soil.

Daylilies: the perfect perennial for Oklahoma gardens

Daylilies are one of the most forgiving perennials blooming in a hot Oklahoma summer.

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.