Oklahoma Stories

A Sharecropper's Dream

At 87, Roy Rains is a classic. He’s lived through wars, depressions and drought. His roots are deep in the Oklahoma soil, living on land that has been connected to his family for over a century. He’s seen a lot of changes but retained solid values and optimism. And he’s left a legacy of stories in a small book, Sharecropper’s Dream.


Sweet Stops

When the Oklahoma heat calls for a cool treat, ice cream may be at the top of the menu. Whether you prefer it blended in a milkshake, sandwiched between two cookies, or drizzled with fudge sauce and topped with nuts, whipped cream and a cherry, there are delicious options in every corner of the state. So on your next trip, take time to enjoy some of Oklahoma’s sweetest stops.

Signs of the Times

Local county honors legacy of rural schools.

What's in a name?

Unusual names for Oklahoma towns

Brain Building Apps

Education apps to help keep you learning

Prairie Flavors

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.

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. 

Breadwinners

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. 

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

SKIE Award Regional Winners Announced

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


Un-easement

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.

Okie Snaps

Not in Kansas Anymore

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to September's photo contest ­winners Roxann Yates! Last month’s photo contest theme was “A Class Act.”


Baby Rider

Hoyt turned one in August and is already practicing to be a world-class cowboy. Submitted by Branson Huxman, member of TCEC. 

Simple as ABC

Rhys is the grandchild of Benny and Rhonda Gibson and the fourth generation in the Stilwell School System. Submitted by Rhonda Gibson, member of Ozarks Electric Cooperative. 

Little Cowboys

Eli and Carter make the cutest little cowboys. Submitted by Amy Roark, member of Central Electric Cooperative. 

New Year, New Uniform

Three-year-old Rose trying on new uniforms for her first day of school. Submitted by Betty Curtis. 

Contests

Guess Where

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to last month’s winner, Annette McEntire! Last month’s photo was in Duncan, 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!

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! 

Commentary

A few 'certainties' in life

Besides death and taxes, I’d guess that Mr. Franklin also knew of another certainty in life: change. As former President John F. Kennedy once noted, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”


Rewarding cooperative careers

In September, we designate the first Monday of the month to celebrate the gift of work on “Labor Day.” This meaningful holiday honors the American labor movement and the contributions that countless workers have made resulting in the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Oklahoma Outside

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. 

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.