Oklahoma Stories

A Reindeer Experience

Local family begins tradition filled with wonder

Made in Oklahoma Gift Guide

While Christmas is about more than presents, many people enjoy the tradition of giving gifts to loved ones during the holiday season. If you have a long list of people to buy presents for, be assured that you can find unique, thoughtful gifts for your friends and family members—made right here in your home state.

Celebrate the Season

On December 1, the heart of downtown Stillwater will come alive with the magic of the season.

Energy Trails: a Mission of Light

Electric Cooperatives of Oklahoma electrify remote village in Guatemala

Breadth and Depth

Shawnee Milling Company weaves into the fabric of Oklahoma history

Prairie Flavors

Best Holiday Reader Recipes

This month, we reveal the winners of OKL’s Best Holiday Reader Recipes! We received many unique recipes and it was difficult to narrow them down to just five winners. Each of the winners featured here will receive a $25 gift card. In addition, recipes from two runners up—Beverly Thomas, Cream Cheese Butter Cookies, and Gwen Foley, Pecan Cobbler—are featured in Oklahoma Living’s digital edition at www.okl.coop. Thank you to each person who submitted a recipe. We are genuinely grateful for your participation and readership.

Bountiful Harvests

Since the first Thanksgiving, corn has been a staple dish in the annual feast. It’s the basis of favorites like cornbread stuffing, creamed corn and corn pudding. 

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.

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

The Cyber Wars

Learn how co-ops are strengthening cybersecurity

Energy 101: Key Energy Industry Terms

What is a kilowatt-hour? What are renewable energy sources? And what exactly is the power grid? In this ‘Energy 101’ series, our goal is to help you better understand energy terms that power your daily tasks.

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!

Okie Snaps

Girl Talk

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to November's photo contest ­winner Shannon Volavka! Last month’s photo contest theme was “Family Matters.”

Picture Perfect

An Oklahoma sunset casts the perfect backdrop for Ocker family photo night. Submitted by Sydnee Ocker, member of Indian Electric Cooperative. Photo by Beth Place

Ford Generations

Four generations of this family sit on Ford ‘N’ series tractors used on the farm. Submitted by Peter Plank, member of Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative.

Generations of Love

This family photo features four generations of love. Submitted by Joni Hooper, member of CKenergy Electric Cooperative. 

Little Helper

This young farmer is helping his Papa in the “Back 40.” Submitted by Jim Labenz, member of Southeastern Electric Cooperative.


Guess Where

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to last month’s winner, Collette Pipkin! Last month’s photo was the Belvidere Mansion.

Okie Snaps

Enter your photos for next month's theme, "Icy Wonderlands!" Submit photos by December 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 2017 contest! 


This season, give the gift of light

It may be difficult for us to conceive, but today, there are still 1.1 billion people throughout the world who live without access to electricity. This number represents 15 percent of the global population, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. It was not too long ago that rural Oklahoma was included in parts of the world without access to electric service.

Be a blessing to those around you

It is easy sometimes to become overwhelmed with all that life throws at us. Life is often full of problems and inconveniences. At times, we succumb to the stress and fatigue they bring and may begin to feel a little sorry for ourselves. If we were to stop and look around for just a moment, we would probably see many who would gladly exchange their problems for ours if it were only possible.

Oklahoma Outside

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. 

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.