Oklahoma Stories

Brain Building Apps

Education apps to help keep you learning

Soaring Over Oklahoma

Hot air balloon festivals offer colorful views and family fun.

Preparing the Next Generation Workforce

How CareerTech centers are meeting their mission in Oklahoma

Behind the Costume

From the bleachers at your favorite university, it may seem as though it’s all fun and games for the school mascot, but more happens behind the costume than the public gets to witness. 

Work It Out: apps to make time for fitness

Everyone knows being fit and active is important, but our hectic lifestyles often make it difficult to keep up. With so much going on every day, it can be tough to find a fitness program that not only meets your needs, but also keeps you motivated to stick with it. 

Prairie Flavors

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. 


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

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.

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.

Powerful Living


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

Energy 101: Fuel sources, generation & delivery

Do you enjoy the benefits electricity brings to your home or business? The truth is—because electricity has become such a stable, reliable commodity—we rarely think about how this essential power makes its way to us. 

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.

A Bright Future

Oklahoma Living Editor Anna Politano shares her experience with Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives' first international electrification project.

Okie Snaps

Quite Fetching

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to August's photo contest ­winners Troy & Lori McCarthey! Last month’s photo contest theme was “Pets & People.”

Hold Your Horses

Meagan taught her horse Annabelle how to behave after she had spent the first years of her life in a stable. Submitted by Debbie Jones, member of Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative 

Dog Days

The boys show Brindy some love. Submitted by Lesa Shriver, member of Kiamichi Electric Cooperative. 

A Girl's Best Friend

Bailey the rescue dog loves to snuggle and the girls are happy to oblige. Submitted by Jessica McCoy-Lewis, member of Northwestern Electric Cooperative. 

Count Your Chickens

She loves her chicken, Hei Hei. Submitted by Karla Harper, member of Northwestern Electric Cooperative. 


Guess Where

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to last month’s winner, Tina Currier! Last month’s photo was a grain silo in Hooker, Okla.

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! 


Manage your summer energy consumption

Oklahomans, we know that summertime means climbing temperatures, most times in the triple digits. Air conditioning units work more intensely in the summer months, increasing the power required to cool a home or business.

Education: a priority for electric co-ops

Thousands of families are gearing up for one August event: time to go back to school. Parents, children, teachers, administrators and college students are preparing as a new school year unveils.

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.