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Tips to Waste Less

Yesterday was Earth Day, and Great Plains Communications wants to help provide tips that you can use all year round to better our environment. We have looked to a few of our cable channels for some of our favorite ideas, including turning old t-shirts into reusable grocery bags and how to check your soil’s clay/sand ratio.

How to Improve Your Garden Soil – HGTV

A great garden, no matter if it is vegetables, flowers, etc. starts with great soil. If you have noticed that plants don’t seem to live very long in your yard or if you are just curious, try this trick for checking the sand, clay ratio of your soil.

 

Don’t Throw Those Out – Food Network

According to the USDA, “food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply.” Here are just a few easy and delicious recipes to keep in mind before throwing out those carrot tops, broccoli stems, etc.

 

How to Make a T-Shirt Bag – DIY Network

As we know, plastics are filling up our landfills, with some taking up to 1,000 years to decompose. Ditch the plastic shopping bag and grab some of those extra t-shirts that either don’t fit or have been stuffed in the back of your dresser for 10 years. There are just a few steps to turn that old shirt into a cute and reusable bag.

 

How to Make Dryer Sheets – DIY Network

While you are looking for old t-shirts to make your grocery bags, grab one more to create these simple and eco-friendly dryer sheets. Forget trying to read the list of chemicals used in dryer sheets, hoping it won’t irritate your skin. This DIY version has fewer ingredients than fingers on your right hand, plus they are reusable and customizable!

2019 Spring Show Premieres

A hectic week can often be made better with a warm blanket and a great show to watch. And let us tell you, this spring show premiere lineup does not disappoint. We have listed upcoming show and season premieres starting as soon as tomorrow. From the last season of Game of Thrones starting in less than two weeks on HBO, to the new Bless This Mess portraying the life of a couple from New York City transplanting in Nebraska, you will want to have your DVR ready.

Friday, April 5

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix

Tuesday, April 9

The Bold Type – Freeform, 7PM

The Code – CBS, 8PM

Sunday, April 14

Game of Thrones – HBO, 8PM

Tuesday, April 16

Bless This Mess – ABC, 8:30PM

Friday, April 19

Life in Pieces – CBS, 7:30PM

Sunday, April 28

The Red Line – CBS, 7PM

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.

 

March Madness Schedule This Week

How is your bracket doing? With upsets such as Marquette (No. 5 seed) losing to Murray St. (No. 12 seed) and regional favorite, Kansas University out before the Sweet 16, the 2019 NCAA tournament has not been short on excitement. It should be an interesting fight to the finish to see who will win it all. We have included the schedule for the next couple days below all in Central Time.

 

Thursday 03/28

6:09 p.m. Florida State vs. Gonzaga (CBS)

6:29 p.m. Purdue vs. Tennessee (TBS)

8:39 p.m. Texas Tech vs. Michigan (CBS)

8:57 p.m. Oregon vs. Virginia (TBS)

 

Friday 03/29

6:09 p.m. LSU vs. MI State (CBS)

6:29 p.m. Auburn vs. UNC (TBS)

8:39 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. Duke (CBS)

8:57 p.m. Houston vs. Kentucky (TBS)

 

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes That Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage

St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday and if you are looking to mix up your recipes to something other than corned beef and cabbage, Great Plains Communications has you covered. We have looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite holiday inspired dishes that won’t have your house smelling like cabbage for days on end.

Green Pancakes and Hash

Start the day off with this festive breakfast of savory spinach green pancakes and hash. The pancakes are as simple as dumping ingredients into your blender and frying them up. With the protein from the hash and eggs and the filling cakes, you will be ready for a day of festivities.

 

Rachael’s 30 Minute Shepherd’s Pie

Rachael takes a shortcut and swaps brisket or beef roast for ground beef in this quick shepherd’s pie recipe. Add your family’s favorite vegetable blend to the meat and top with her creamy potatoes and you will have a deceivingly cheap crowd-pleasing dish.

 

Ree’s 5-Star Beef Stew with Vegetables

This stew has a robust beef flavor from the chuck roast cooking down in the beer and broth. While it doesn’t add a tomato flavor, the tomato paste is an essential ingredient for adding a depth of savoriness people have come to expect from a hearty beef stew.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Mint Shakes

Finish the day with this festively green shake as it combines peppermint with the vanilla ice cream. If you are throwing a party, this is one recipe the kids are sure to love!

2019 Mardi Gras Party Recipes

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is next Tuesday, March 5. Great Plains Communications wants to help you celebrate the flavors of the holiday with some of our favorite recipes from our cable channel, Food Network.

Cajun Shrimp Étouffée

Shrimp Étouffée is a classic Cajun dish, containing the “holy trinity” of onion, bell pepper and celery, along with seafood base and gulf shrimp. You might be wondering what the difference is between étouffée and other classic dishes such as gumbo. Étouffée is a thicker consistency and made with one type of shellfish, while gumbo is more of a soup base and includes a mix of vegetables, meat and shellfish.

 

Slow-Cooker Smoked Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo

This recipe is layered with flavor but skips the hassle of constant attention. You still have to make a deep roux to provide thickening and a crucial flavor to gumbo, but that is the only prep needed with the slow-cooker doing the work.

 

Viv’s Beignets-and-Crawfish Mardi Gras Party

With these recipes, your party will feel like a true Mardi Gras event from the savory twist on a classic crawfish dish, sweet and fluffy beignets and the crowd-pleasing Hurricane cocktail. As Viv mentions, if you can’t find crawfish or aren’t a fan of the flavor, feel free to substitute shrimp in its place.

 

NOLA-Inspired Muffuletta Pinwheels

Another classic dish in New Orleans is the muffuletta. This sandwich is full of pickled veggies pressed down with different meats and cheeses. The key to the muffuletta flavor is the pressing of the sandwich, that generally takes an hour or longer. If you aren’t looking to spend that time or just want something simpler for your Mardi Gras party, try these muffuletta pinwheel bites.

 

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.

2019 Oscar Winners

The 91st Academy Awards aired this past Sunday, February 24. If you missed it or just planned to look for the list of Oscar winners after the fact, Great Plains Communications has you covered.

Best Picture:

Green Book”

Director:

Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

Actor:

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Actress:

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Supporting Actress:

Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Original Screenplay:

“Green Book”

Adapted Screenplay:

“BlackKklansman”

Foreign Language Film:

“Roma”

Animated Feature:

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Sound Editing:

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Visual Effects:

“First Man”

Film Editing:

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Animated Short:

“Bao”

Live Action Short:

“Skin”

Documentary Short:

“Period. End of Sentence.”

Original Score:

“Black Panther”

Original Song:

“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”

Production Design:

“Black Panther”

Cinematography:

“Roma”

Costume Design:

“Black Panther”

Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Vice”

Documentary Feature:

“Free Solo”

Sound Mixing:

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

2019 Spring Sunspots

Strangely enough, the sun can impact your cable television service. When the energy from the sun expands, solar flares are created, better known as sunspots. For around two weeks each fall and spring season, you might notice some channels periodically showing a fuzzy signal, sparkles, or even a total loss. 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 of disruption, 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 so that one of our technicians can look into the issue. For more information on sunspots and the current level of solar activity, visit NASA’s website at https://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml.

Show Premieres Coming This Month

The temperatures may still be in the freezing, but the drama in these new shows is heating up! Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite premieres coming out in the next month that you won’t want to miss.

Proven Innocent – FOX

Premieres 2/15/19

A young woman was wrongly accused of murdering her best friend. Once her conviction was overturned she turned to the books and became a lawyer, determined to help others with stories like hers.

 

The Umbrella Academy – NETFLIX

Premieres 2/15/19

You will see some familiar faces in this 10-episode adaptation of graphic novels highlighting a family of superheroes. The show is sure to be jam packed with action and an underlying thread of comedy.

 

Whiskey Cavalier – ABC

Premieres 2/24/19

The infamous rivalry between the CIA and FBI is not new to our screens, but Whiskey Cavalier looks to provide not only action and drama but romantic tension between the two agents as they both work to obtain the same target.

 

The Widow – Amazon Prime

Premieres 3/1/19

This is the American debut of the eight-episode British thriller starring Kate Beckinsale. Her husband is believed to be dead after a plane crash, however Beckinsale’s character isn’t so convinced.

 

The Act – Hulu

Premieres – 3/20/19

Keeping with the true-crime trend, this short series tells the intense story of a toxic relationship between mother and daughter, based on the Dee Dee and Gypsy Blanchard true crime story.

Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes

Skip the reservations this Valentine’s Day! We have looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite date night recipes that you can enjoy at home. No matter if you spend the evening cooking together or surprise your sweetheart with a home-cooked meal, these recipes are definitely some to consider.

Lobster Linguine

By adding an expensive seafood, such as Lobster or crab, to a pasta dish, you can enjoy the decadence while stretching your money. This recipe has very few ingredients and comes together in 30 minutes but spares no flavor. The freshness of the arugula and peas added at the end will brighten the creamy sauce and won’t overpower the flavor of the lobster.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts might not be your first choice for date night, but this recipe will have you reconsidering. By wrapping the cutlets in prosciutto, you are adding fat that will keep the chicken moist while cooking and add a ton of salty, delicious flavor.

Date-Night Carrot Cake for Two

This perfectly portioned cake will add a sweet ending to your Valentine’s Day dinner. The classic flavors of naturally sweet carrots, vanilla and cinnamon accented with the chopped pecans make for a beautifully spiced base for the indulgent cream cheese frosting.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Tart

The thought of making a tart can be intimidating, but this recipe is as simple as making the filling and placing the whole thing in the refrigerator. While Katie Lee made her shell, you can also buy pre-made shells at most grocery stores.

 

From all of us at Great Plains Communications, we wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day! If you are not currently one of our cable customers and would like to learn more about the services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Valentine’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is next week, which means there is plenty of time for DIY gift ideas. Great Plains Communications has turned to a few of our cable channels for some of our favorite gift ideas you can make at home, getting the kids involved as well.

DIY Valentine’s Day Door Decoration – HGTV

This door decoration only takes a few things to make and the kids will love helping stick on the fake moss. It is simple and will add a beautiful romantic touch to any door or wall in the home.

 

DIY Barnwood Wine Glass Holder – DIY Network

This country chic wine glass holder will make a great gift accompanied by your special someone’s favorite wine. Spend less money and more time, showing how much you care with this beautifully resourceful gift.

 

Tiered Planter Box – DIY Network

Are you someone who loves working with your hands? Get the older kids involved in making this tiered planter box as a Valentine’s Day gift for the gardener of the family.

 

Andi’s Origami Valentine’s Day Hearts – Disney Channel

Making these origami Valentine’s Day hearts is a fun craft for the whole family. Write personal messages inside and take the time to show younger children how to fold the intricate designs and watch as they glow with pride when their folds turn into a beautiful heart.

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