Oklahoma Stories

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. 

Extreme Fishing in Oklahoma

Noodling and striper fishing make for exciting outdoor adventures.

Sailing for Gold

Electric cooperatives volunteer at Special Olympics Summer Games

Made to Move

Oklahomans are racing toward healthier lifestyles through the senior games movement.

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.

Prairie Flavors

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. 

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

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.

Digging Deep for Energy Solutions

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

Okie Snaps

Favorite Patriot

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to July's photo contest ­winner Sandra Clinton! Last month’s photo contest theme was “Patriots.”

Welcome Home, Soldier

Oklahoma Guard member Rick Watkins returns home from Afghanistan and receives a hug from his dad, former Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives General Manager Larry Watkins. Submitted by Jennifer Roysdon, member of Cimarron Electric Cooperative.

You're a Grand 'Ol Flag

Darcy Roberts and her horse Ce showing love for our flag. Submitted by Rachel Roberts, member of Cimarron Electric Cooperative.

Proud Patriots

The great-grandchildren show their patriotism. Submitted by Pam Stubblefield, member of Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative.

Amber Waves of Grain

An Oklahoma wheat field provides the perfect backdrop for the American flag. Submitted by Donna Evans, member of TCEC.


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, Cindi Mills! 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!

Recipe Contest

We’d love you to share your favorite family recipe with us as part of OKL’s next 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.