Oklahoma Stories

Breadth and Depth

Shawnee Milling Company weaves into the fabric of Oklahoma history


Blast from the Past

Drive-in theaters offer nostalgic family fun

Cooperative Strong

From agricultural co-ops to food co-ops, Oklahoma benefits from various cooperative businesses

Training Workshops for the New OK-FIRE Announced

Essential training for wildland fire managers, federal state agencies, fire departments and private landowners.

Happy Trails

This fall, explore the natural beauty Cedar Lake, Okla. has to offer.

Prairie Flavors

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.

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! 

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

Wicked Costume

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to November's photo contest ­winner Crystal Morgan! Last month’s photo contest theme was “Costume Party.”


Man of Steel

Adventure calls for this young hero! Submitted by Lori Howell, member of Northwestern Electric Cooperative.

Part of the Herd

Hudson visits his daddy’s cows before heading out to trick-or-treat. Submitted by Dala Davis, member of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative

Spooks and Spirits

A family that spooks together stays together. Marshall and his Nana Marsha (ghost) go trick-or-treating in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Submitted by Kim Sims, member of Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative.

Older and Wiser

One-year-old Brennon shows wisdom beyond his years as an elderly man for Halloween. Submitted by Shurae Bensch, member of Cimarron Electric Cooperative.

Contests

Guess Where

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to last month’s winner, Robert Richards! Last month’s photo was the Grisso Mansion in Seminole, OK.


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!

Commentary

EPA to retract Clean Power Plan

Recently, Oklahoma former attorney general and current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, signed a notice proposing the repeal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The notice will ultimately be published in the Federal Register—a publication that issues proposed and final regulations from federal agencies—when a 60-day public comment period will follow, marking the beginning of a new rulemaking process. 


Veterans have earned our respect

On Saturday, November 11, our nation will—and should—pause from all activity and take time to honor those who have served in branches of the United States military. We call them ‘veterans,’ a title that bears incredible duty, honor and sacrifice for freedoms our nation was built upon, and which we continue to be privileged to enjoy today.

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.