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We’re Talking Turkey and Learning How to Prepare It

We are talking turkey today. Thanksgiving is just over a week out, but some turkey recipes can take up to 5 days of prep! Great Plains Communications has turned to our cable channel Food Network to find some of our favorite turkey preparations, if that is a wet brine, dry brine, no brine, or even just the turkey breasts for a smaller crowd.

Lemon and Herb Roasted Turkey

As Geoffrey Zakarian says in the video, “Don’t stress, because this is just a very big chicken.” Instead of worrying about room in your fridge for a wet brined turkey, this recipe requires just one shelf big enough for your roasting pan. The salt in the dry brine will dry out the skin to ensure it crisps in the oven and the seasonings provide a bright citrus note accompanied by familiar fall herb flavors.


Bobby Flay’s Cajun Brined Turkey

This recipe is if you are looking to jazz up the flavor profile a bit. Instead of using traditional thanksgiving herbs such as sage, rosemary and thyme, here Bobby Flay uses different chili powders and paprika for not only the brine but the dry rub as well.


Alton’s Butterflied Turkey How-To

A shorter cooking time, but also less area needed in the refrigerator – this recipe provides a new presentation of the turkey but still provides crispy skin and juicy meat. As Alton Brown explains, along with the other chefs in these videos, be sure to check the internal temperature of your turkey with a meat thermometer before assuming it is done. Do not rely on the pop-up “thermometers” that come with some turkeys.


Thanksgiving on 2 Sheet Pans

Maybe you are planning a Friendsgiving or your family is on the small side and a whole turkey would be way too much. This recipe provides season favorites such as sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and beautifully roasted turkey breasts – all cooked on two sheet pans!

2018 Halloween Crafts

Halloween is next week, which means there is still time to do some fun and festive crafts to prepare for the spooky night. We are thinking outside the box and found some of our favorite Halloween crafts that the kids will love – and they don’t include cleaning or carving a pumpkin!

Last-Minute DIY Halloween Décor

These five quick ideas include things like toilet paper rolls, old socks and ice – all things you already have in your house.


3 DIY Halloween Wreaths

Who said wreaths were just for Christmas? These creative creations will add a little Halloween flair to your front door.


3 Spooky Mason Jar Crafts

Who doesn’t have a few mason jars laying around the house? Have the kids help create some fun and beautiful decorations to light up the porch for all the trick-or-treaters.


DIY Pool Noodle Halloween Costumes

Looking for a last-minute costume idea? Here is a way to use pool noodles to create costumes for the whole family!


We found all these great ideas from our cable channel, HGTV. If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about the services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2018 Halloween Cable Programming Schedule

It’s a spooky time of year and we aren’t talking about pumpkin carving or what costume you are picking out. Great Plains Communications has highlighted some of our favorite Halloween programming that we feel you just can’t miss this month. For starters, Freeform (previously ABC Family) is expanding their 13 Nights of Halloween to 31 Nights of October, because fans wanted more than just two weeks. It is filled with family-friendly movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Haunted Mansion, Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family. Other channels we included are AMC with their FearFest marathon, Disney Channel Monstober, Syfy 31 Days of Halloween and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) October Horror.

October 13, 2018

12:15pm – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform)

1:15pm – The Seventh Victim (TCM)

1:50pm – Hocus Pocus (Freeform)

6:25pm – Disney-Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. (Freeform)

7:00pm – Cucuy: The Boogeymen (Syfy)

8:30pm – Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University (Freeform)

11:00pm – The Addams Family (1991) (Freeform)

October 14, 2018

6:29am – Halloween II (AMC)

8:29am – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (AMC)

10:29am – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (AMC)

12:15pm – Hocus Pocus (Freeform)

4:29pm – Halloween (1978) (AMC)

7:00pm – Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (TCM)

7:00pm – Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic (Freeform)

8:00pm – Hotel Transylvania (Freeform)

October 15, 2018

9:30am – Poltergeist (1982) (AMC)

12:00pm – The Hills Have Eyes (AMC)

2:35pm – The Crazies (AMC)

3:00pm – ParaNorman (Freeform)

5:00pm – Hotel Transylvania (Freeform)

5:00pm – Trick R Treat (AMC)

7:00pm – The Exorcist (1973) (AMC)

October 16, 2018

10:20am – The Return of the Living Dead (AMC)

12:20pm – Day of the Dead (AMC)

2:20pm – Shaun of the Dead (AMC)

3:00pm – ZOMBIES (Disney Channel)

3:30pm – Monster House (Freeform)

4:25pm – 28 Days Later (AMC)

7:00pm – Army of Darkness (AMC)

9:00pm – Ghost Ship (AMC)

October 17, 2018

12:25pm – I, Frankenstein (AMC)

5:30pm – Hocus Pocus (Freeform)

7:00pm – Curse of Chucky (AMC)

7:00pm – The Old Dark House (TCM)

7:30pm – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) (Freeform)

9:30pm – The Walking Dead (1936) (TCM)

9:05pm – Cult of Chucky (AMC)

October 18, 2018

8:00am – Halloween (1978) (AMC)

10:00am – Halloween II (AMC)

12:00pm – Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (AMC)

2:00pm – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (AMC)

4:00pm – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (AMC)

5:30pm – Dark Shadows (2012) (Freeform)

6:00pm – Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (AMC)

8:00pm – Halloween (1978) (AMC)

8:00pm – Knock Knock (Syfy)

October 19, 2018

4:00pm – Halloween (2007) (AMC)

5:10pm – The Goonies (Freeform)

6:30pm – Halloween (1978) (AMC)

8:30pm – ZOMBIES (Disney Channel)

October 20, 2018

10:00am – Twitches (Disney Channel)

3:00pm – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform)

4:35pm – Hotel Transylvania (Freeform)

5:00pm – Silver Bullet (AMC)

6:40pm – Hocus Pocus (Freeform)

7:00pm – Christine (AMC)

8:50pm – The Addams Family (1991) (Freeform)

10:55pm – The Haunted Mansion (2003) (Freeform)

October 21, 2018

10:00am – Twitches Too (Disney Channel)

10:30am – The Quiet Ones (Syfy)

3:24pm – Friday the 13th (1980) (AMC)

7:00pm – The Mummy (1959) (TCM)

8:45pm – The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (TCM)

October 22, 2018

5:10pm – Hocus Pocus (Freeform)

7:20pm – The Witches of Eastwick (Freeform)

9:00pm – Eli Roth’s History of Horror (AMC)

10:00pm – Jeepers Creepers (AMC)

11:00pm – Warm Bodies (Freeform)

October 23, 2018

5:45pm – Insidious (Syfy)

7:00pm – Insidious: Chapter 2 (Syfy)

7:50pm – The Addams Family (1991) (Freeform)

October 24, 2018

7:00pm – White Zombie (1932) (TCM)

7:00pm – Insidious: Chapter 3 (Syfy)

8:15pm – Mark of the Vampire (TCM)

9:30pm – Night Monster (TCM)


Watch future blogs for the continuation of Halloween programming.

Sunspots this Fall

As you watch a thunderstorm, it’s hard to miss the immense power from a strike of lightening. Most people aren’t aware that the sun also has the ability to create a magnetic disturbance similar to lightening. When energy from the sun expands, solar flares are created, better known as sunspots. These disturbances have the potential to affect TV services twice a year during February/March and September/October. You might notice some channels periodically showing a fuzzy signal, sparkles, or even a total loss of the channel. Typically lasting 5 to 15 minutes, the sunspot activity should not cause any worry as it will pass.

So what exactly causes the disruption in your channels? As the satellites orbit, they eventually will align between the earth and sun. As a result of the mini-eclipse the satellite has formed, the sun’s rays overpower the transmission from the satellite. It is important to note that the effects brought on by sunspot activity is not a cable outage and there is really nothing Great Plains Communications, or any other cable provider, is able to do. The sun outages are often country-wide, and the only thing we can all do is wait for it to pass. Luckily, after 5 to 15 minutes, your program should air as normal.

If the problem has not subsided after 20 minutes, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and they will be sure to have our technicians look into the issue. For more information on sunspots, visit NASA’s website at

Stop Searching for the Game

As we dive deeper into football season, you might be diving deeper into your couch more often, to catch the action from all your teams. With so many games to cover, and so many networks – it can get hard to navigate and find what you are looking for. Great Plains Communications has found a tool to help you out. The website is a resource to bring you a list of what teams are playing on what channels fast, so all you have to worry about is putting the number into your remote and grabbing a drink. The site lists the time, network and sometimes even the announcers for every FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) game each week. If the game is only available through streaming, it provides that information as well.

It isn’t just college football that covers, they also include NFL and MLB. Pro football is broadcast differently than most national college games. On Sundays, NFL airs regionally. To explain the different regions and what to expect for the coming week, publishes a map illustrating what games each network is airing in each market area. You can find the maps here.

Hopefully this information saves time and frustration when planning your weekend viewing schedule. As you can see from the college football schedule, the Huskers take on Troy this Saturday at 11 AM CT, airing on the Big Ten Network.

Fall 2018 Show Premieres

Fall show premieres are here and you won’t want to miss a moment! Great Plains Communications has listed some of our favorite premieres starting this month with new storylines and familiar faces bringing you horror, drama and comedy.


The Purge – USA

September 4, 2018 – 9:00 PM CT

As you may be familiar with The Purge and its three sequel movies, this follows the same criteria – one night a year where all crime is legal. The 10-episode event is sure to provide suspense and horror.


YOU – Lifetime

September 9, 2018 – 9:00 PM CT

There is a line between crush and obsession and you won’t want to miss Penn Badgley’s character try to decide which side he is on. So, is it a love story or something darker? You decide as you watch the story unfold.


Forever – Amazon Prime

September 14

Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play a married couple living a comfortable life. But is it fulfilling? This along with other questions are raised after an unexpected event.


The Good Cop – Netflix

September 21

Away from the mic and onto the screen, Josh Groban stars alongside Tony Danza in this comedic cop drama from the producers of Monk.


Maniac – Netflix

September 21

Buckle up for a ride through the minds of Emma Stone and Jonah Hill’s characters as they are continuously drawn to one another throughout a mysterious pharmaceutical trial.

It’s Husker Football Time!

We are only days away from the season we have all been waiting for; football season. It’s a time full of pride filled colors, tailgating and friendly competition. Husker Nation will stand strong this Saturday, September 1 as the Huskers take on Akron Zips at 7:00 PM on FOX. It’s a new year and we are looking to Coach Frost. Great Plains Communications is excited to see what this year will bring for the Huskers and we hope everyone enjoys the game this weekend.

If you have any questions about your Great Plains Communications services as you are gearing up for the game, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

In recognition of the holiday, Great Plains Communications will be closed Monday, September 3. For emergency service outages, please call 1-888-343-8014, Option 1.

Grilling this Labor Day Weekend

It’s just about Labor Day weekend which means there is still time to get a few more grilling recipes in before the fall weather takes over. Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite recipes to enjoy this long weekend from our cable channel, Food Network.

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Pesto

Liven up grilled chicken (or grilled chicken skewers) with this flavor-packed pesto. By adding the avocado, it adds a smooth and luxurious texture to the herb and nutty flavors of traditional pesto.


Grilled Sheet Pan Paella

Think past the usual grilled steak and chicken menu with this unique grilled paella. It is completely customizable, so if you don’t like mussels – add chunks of chicken breast or even go completely vegetarian. Just make sure all proteins are cooked to appropriate temperature before serving.


Ree’s Picnic Pasta Salad

Headed to a Labor Day party? Take this easy pasta salad that is sure to please not only the adults at the event, but the kids as well. Who doesn’t love chunks of cheese and bacon mixed throughout their pasta?


Giada’s Italian Panzanella Salad

Take the grilling indoors with this recipe by Giada De Laurentiis. The grilled bread and artichokes add great texture to the freshness of the tomatoes and basil. You get the familiar grill flavor but in a light and refreshing dish.

New Cable Sports-Tier and Sports-Tier Plus

We are excited to announce the kickoff to the new Great Plains Communications cable Sports Tier, and Sports Tier Plus bringing you even more options to catch all the action! From football to fishing, experience every touchdown, home run, big catch and outdoor adventure with the addition of the following channels:

Sports Tier

  • NFL RedZone
  • Strike Zone
  • World Fishing Network
  • Outside TV

Sports Tier Plus

All of the above +

  • NFL Network
  • MLB Network
  • Fox Sports 2
  • ESPN News
  • ESPN U
  • SEC Network
  • Olympic channel
  • CBS Sports
  • Sportsman Channel

Football season is upon us, so make sure you don’t miss a minute of it. The NFL RedZone whips around every NFL game on Sunday afternoons delivering the touchdowns and most exciting moments live and in high definition. Looking for entertainment to parallel your passion for horses and all things equestrian? RIDE TV is a 24-hour, HD delivered television network dedicated to showcasing equestrian sports, culture and lifestyle.

So, get in the game! Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to learn more and sign up for the Great Plains Communications Cable Television Sports Tier and Sports Tier Plus.

Back-to-School Lunch Recipes

It is officially August and that means the school year is just around the corner. With the school year comes new routines and lots of planning: new clothes, checklist of supplies you need to get, and lunches and snacks to prepare. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite school time recipes the kids will love.

Jeff’s French Toast in a Mug

French toast isn’t really considered a portable breakfast, but with this recipe combines the comforting flavors of cinnamon French toast with the ease of breakfast from the microwave. By using disposable cups, this could be a carpool breakfast with no mess.


3 Locker-Friendly Foods for School

It can be tough to think of meals or snacks that can successfully sit in a locker for the morning hours and still taste as intended when lunch rolls around. These tips are full of techniques you may have not thought about – like putting your condiments between the meat and cheese instead of on the bread of the sandwich!


Ree’s Schoolday Chicken and Noodles

Ree Drummond or better known as The Pioneer Woman, homeschools her children, which means she is cooking their lunch meals. This is a comforting classic of chicken noodles that could also be a good weeknight meal as fall weather approaches.


Rachael’s Frozen Grape Slushies

Kids are often hungry as they come through the front door after school and it can be hard to think of not only fast but healthy snacks. These grape slushies are just two ingredients but will still feel like a treat as the kids slurp down the refreshing and healthy snack.

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