Oklahoma Stories

Daisy: dog of destiny

Living in rural Oklahoma, stray animals come with the territory. But when a female yellow Labrador mix showed up—emaciated and hungry—at a home five miles southeast of Stillwater, something was different.

Love at Willows Ranch

An Oklahoma family transforms part of their pasture into a renovated property that now hosts up to 32 picture-perfect events a year.

Country Living

Home sweet home in rural Oklahoma.

Tiny Paws, Big Heart

Co-op member-owner creates Oklahoma’s first and only neonatal kitten rescue.

Guardians of the Grid

Young linemen find ‘life on the lines’ to be challenging and rewarding.

Prairie Flavors

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! 

No-bake desserts

This summer, satisfy your sweet tooth without turning on the oven. If you’re like me, and you love ice cream, this might not be a problem. But if you prefer variety when it comes to dessert time, these no-bake recipes are sure to please! They are quick and simple to put together and they won’t heat up your kitchen in the process. 

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. 


What’s better than homemade bread? For many people, freshly baked bread is the ultimate comfort food. This month’s recipes take a shortcut of ready-made frozen bread dough and use it to create a variety of delicious, homemade baked goods. 

Roasting Veggies

Roasting transforms the flavor of vegetables as the hot, dry heat of the oven coverts the starch into sugar. If someone in your family is not a huge fan of vegetables, give roasting a try. 

Table Talk

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.

Butcher BBQ Stand

If smells trigger memories, the Butcher BBQ Stand in Wellston, Okla., is a sure shot for hungry travelers to make a trip unforgettable.

Kendall's Restaurant

Kendall’s Restaurant serves up Oklahoma favorites and celebrates family traditions in Noble, Okla. 

Powerful Living

2017 Youth Tour

How electric co-ops are investing today in the leaders of tomorrow. 

Lighting Up the World: one village at a time

Electric Cooperatives of Oklahoma to electrify remote Guatemalan village.

Digging Deep for Energy Solutions

An innovative co-op partnership is making geothermal heat pumps affordable for more homeowners—and changing their energy future.

Your Health First

Advantages of Advance Directives

Pocket-sized Preparedness

Apps to keep you safe on the go.

Okie Snaps

Cloud Mills

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to June's photo contest ­winner Dixie Colquhoun! Last month’s photo contest theme was “Oklahoma Weather.”

Rain or Shine

Rain or shine, you have to go outside to feed the dog. Submitted by Mike Hiner, member of Central Rural Electric.

Head in the Clouds

An evening supercell in Leedey wraps around a windmill. Submitted by Stephen Corfidi, member of Oklahoma Electric.

Lightning Quick

A thunderstorm brightens up the dark sky in Western Oklahoma. Submitted by Anita Anderson, member of CKenergy.

Silver Lining

The sun beams through clouds. Submitted by Lynn Paschen, member of East Central Electric.


Getaway Giveaway

Sign up for OKL's newsletter for your chance to win a two-night stay at Chasing Fireflies, a luxury cabin in beautiful Broken Bow, Okla. and your 2016 Best of OKL winner for “Best Romantic Getaway!” 

Guess Where

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to last month’s winner, Michael Moore! Last month’s photo was the Ramona Theater in Frederick, 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!

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! 


56th Legislative Session presents challenges

The large turnover alone presents challenges, but this session also brought eight resignations, three from the Senate and five from the House. Collectively, the resignations and members who will term limit in 2018 (12 from the House and 6 from the Senate) will bring more change to the Oklahoma Legislature. 

Celebrating our independence

Every July, we take time to reflect on our nation’s history and remember how the actions of a few helped shape the quality of life we enjoy today. As I contemplate on the sacrifices of those who fought for this nation we call home, I’m reminded of the rich history of the rural electrification movement. The visionary pioneers who banded together to bring electric power to farms and ranches in rural America were part of the ‘Greatest Generation.’ 

Oklahoma Outside

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.