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2019 Halloween Crafts with Kids

Halloween isn’t just about the costumes and candy, it’s a great time to get your kids involved in helping decorate for the season. Get their little hands busy in the kitchen, at the table or in the yard with these fun and spooky crafts from our cable channels, Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network.

How to Make a Haunted Gingerbread House – Food Network

Gingerbread houses aren’t just for Christmas! If you are having a Halloween kids party, this could be a fun activity to keep them busy. Rather than candy canes, look for candy corn. The kids will have so much fun showing off their creations.

Spooky Peanut Butter Cookies – Food Network

Similar to the classic peanut butter blossom cookies, swap out the chocolate kiss for some malted chocolate balls and a few lines of melted semisweet chocolate, and you have adorable and yummy spider cookies.

How to Make a Rope Pumpkin – HGTV

While there isn’t a ton for the kids to help with, they can assist in gluing and watching this beautiful pumpkin take shape from something as ordinary as rope. Pick out a cute ribbon to go on top and this pumpkin will surely jazz up your front porch or fireplace mantel.

DIY Stick Spider Web – HGTV

Help find the right sized sticks and get them secured with the yarn, then let the kids get creative in creating their unique spider webs.

How to Make Halloween Mason Jar Mummies – DIY Network

Don’t think you have to just use mason jars, or that you must go buy some. Empty pasta jars would work or get creative with it. Just make sure they are glass so that the light can shine through. Then, wrap away and these little guys could make adorable party favors or just a fun and festive decoration.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out about the services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Freeform’s ’31 Nights of Halloween’ Is Back!

It is officially October and you know what that means! 31 Nights of Halloween returns to Freeform to bring you Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family and much more. What used to be the 13 Nights of Halloween, grew into the 31 Nights of Halloween last year and is back by popular demand.

Below we have listed Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween 2019 evening schedule:

(All times in Central Time)

October 1

5:45 p.m. Disney Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:00 p.m. Zombieland

October 2

4:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

7:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. ParaNorman

October 3

5:50 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

7:55 p.m. Addams Family Values

11:00 p.m. Edward Scissorhands

October 4

5:45 p.m. Addams Family Values

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

October 5

7:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere 31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest

8:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere Goosebumps

10:30 p.m. Monster House

12:30 a.m. Scared Shrekless

October 6

7:15 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

9:20 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:30 p.m. 31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest

12:30 a.m. Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins

October 7

5:20 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

7:25 p.m. Ghostbusters (1984)

October 8

7:00 p.m. Iron Man

11:00 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

October 9

7:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

October 10

7:25 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

9:30 p.m. Disney Pixar’s Toy Story of TERROR!

11:00 p.m. Monster House

October 11

6:15 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

8:20 p.m. The Nightmare Before Christmas

11:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

October 12

5:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere Scream

7:40 p.m. Freeform Premiere Scream 2

10:20 p.m. Freeform Premiere Scream 3

October 13

6:30 p.m. Disney’s Moana

9:00 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:10 p.m. The Corpse Bride

October 14

4:50 p.m. Mrs. Doubtfire

7:55 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

October 15

5:50 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

7:55 p.m. Addams Family Values

11:00 p.m. Hocus Pocus

October 16

7:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

October 17

5:50 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

7:55 p.m. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

11:00 p.m. R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Nigh of Doom House

October 18

4:40 p.m. Scream 2

7:20 p.m. Scream 3

11:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

October 19

5:45 p.m. Hocus Pocus

7:55 p.m. Ghostbusters (1984)

10:25 p.m. Ghostbusters II

October 20

6:45 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

8:50 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

10:55 p.m. Addams Family Values

October 21

5:25 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

7:30 p.m. Goosebumps

October 22

5:50 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

7:55 p.m. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

11:00 p.m. Monster House

October 23

7:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. Matilda

October 24

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

October 25

5:45 p.m. Hocus Pocus

7:55 p.m. Disney and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

October 26

4:35 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

6:40 p.m. Addams Family Values

October 27

8:10 p.m. Hocus Pocus

October 28

2:10 p.m. Scream

4:40 p.m. Scream 2

7:20 p.m. Scream 3

October 29

7:55 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

11:00 p.m. The Corpse Bride

October 30

5:45 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:00 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

October 31

ALL DAY Hocus Pocus Marathon

 

While this is just the evening schedule, you can find the full programming schedule at Freeform.com. If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out about the services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

It’s Officially Fall and We are Celebrating with Pumpkin Recipes!

Yesterday was the first day of fall and we are celebrating by looking to our cable channel, Food Network for our favorite pumpkin recipes. We have found both sweet and savory ideas your family and friends are sure to love this season.

3 Things to Make with Pumpkin Spice

The craze of pumpkin spice hasn’t faded at all, but rather grown into even more creative recipes. Here is how to make your own pumpkin spice and enjoy it in a few creative ways.

Pumpkin Hard Cider Cheese Dip

Pumpkin, apple cider and cheese are all comforting fall favorites, add them together and you get this delicious and flavorful dip for anything from bread to apple slices.

Ree’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

As the mornings get cooler, fill your kitchen with the warm smells and flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon with this fall spin a breakfast favorite.

No-Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

This is for all of you pumpkin pie lovers, and don’t think they leave out the crust just because it’s ice cream! Taste the flaky bits mixed throughout the refreshingly cold pumpkin treat.

Pumpkin Keg with Bourbon-Apple Punch

Talk about a different kind of pumpkin carving, this will be an impressive centerpiece to any fall party! Just don’t forget to label the different pumpkin kegs if you choose to have alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.

 

You can find recipes like these and much more on Food Network! If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2019 Fall Show Premieres

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

Unbelievable – Netflix

September 13

 

Prodigal Son – FOX

September 23

 

Emergence – ABC

September 24

 

The Unicorn – CBS

September 26

 

Evil – CBS

September 26

 

You can catch these shows, along with new seasons of returning favorites this fall. If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about the services we provide in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Tailgating Recipes for the Start of Football Season

Not only are we approaching a long holiday weekend, but it is the start to the Nebraska Cornhusker football season! Saturday, August 31 marks the first game as we take on the South Alabama Jaguars at home in Memorial Stadium at 11 AM. The game will be aired on ESPN. With the late morning game, Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some tailgating recipes that you can make ahead or grill right before the game.

Guy’s Artichoke Spinach Dip

Damaris’ Pulled Pork Nachos

Carne Asada Tacos

Extra-Creamy Avocado Deviled Eggs

Find recipes like these and much more on the Food Network. If you are not a Great Plains Communications cable customer but would like to find out what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483. And don’t forget to catch the game this Saturday on ESPN. Go Big Red!!

Tips on Spotting a Phishing Email

It is Shark Week on Discovery! But don’t think the only threats are in the water, there could be phishing going on right in your inbox.

Countless phishing or spam emails are sent every day all over the world. They might congratulate you on winning a great sum of cash or threaten you by claiming to represent your bank or credit card company. While unfortunately there is no one trick to telling a scam from a legitimate message, Great Plains Communications has put together some steps to take when trying to tell the difference.

Identify the Sender

Often phishing emails will come across as a company or person you know, appearing to be perfectly valid. But beware, URLs can be faked. By hovering the mouse over a URL in an email, you will see a hyperlinked address in most email clients. If the actual address appears to be different from the URL in the text, the link is probably not legitimate and most likely a scam.

Another tactic often used is taking a familiar domain and changing it slightly. We have included some examples below:

Don’t fall for the spoof. If you aren’t sure if the email is truly coming from Microsoft, for example, go to the website through your browser and find tech support through there rather than the email.

Screen the Links

Just because you have screened the sender does NOT mean you should freely click links included in the email. Emails can contain links to malicious websites while appearing to be websites you frequent daily. Like we mentioned with the sender URL, hover over a link or button (ex. Track package), and it will show you where it will take you. Sometimes it will pop up in a box next to your cursor and sometimes it will pop up in the corner of your screen. If you don’t recognize a linked website, it is best not to visit it.

Don’t Trust Attachments

While you can get some insight into the links included in an email, this isn’t the case with attachments and by blindly opening these files, you run the risk of malware disguised as documents.

Malware: an umbrella term for things such as viruses, ransomware and spyware.

Some familiar file extensions you may see are:

Other file extensions could be:

These extensions are called executables, which can make your computer perform specific actions or control your computer. If you receive an executable in an email from an unknown or lesser known source, it is best to assume it is unsafe.

Rely on Common Sense

It can be confusing when you are caught off-guard while skimming through your emails. If the email reads poorly with extreme lack of spelling and grammar, put your guard up. If an email is asking for personal information such as your password or a bank account number (something your bank already has), keep your guard up. Trust your gut and if something doesn’t look right, something is probably off.

Regarding emails including Great Plains Communications, please know that we will never ask for customer passwords via email. If you ever receive an email which includes our name and you feel it may be a scam, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and do NOT reply, open attachments, or click any links embedded in the message.

What to Expect From Discovery’s Shark Week

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week starts this Sunday, July 28. You can get ready for shark trivia, stories of true-life near-death experiences and much more shocking entertainment. Great Plains Communications has included some highlights of the 20 hours of shark programming that is scheduled to air on Discovery and Discovery Go.

Sunday, July 28

Expedition Unknown: Megalodon – 7 p.m. CT

Take at a look into the mystery of the mighty Megalodon, a 60-ton mega-shark that was known to swim the oceans for nearly 20 million years. But where is it now? That is what marine biologists have been wondering and you get a look into their findings.

Monday, July 29

Sharks of the Badlands – 7 p.m. CT

With a record 150 white sharks recorded off the coast of Cape Cod, Greg Skomal has teamed up with Andy Casagrande and shark expert Kina Scollay are looking to test cutting-edge technology for shark detection.

Legend of Deep Blue – 8 p.m. CT

Watch as Brandon McMillan and Jimi Partington head to Guadalupe Island in search of Deep Blue. Deep Blue measures around 21 feet long and over 2 and a half tons, believed to be the largest great white shark in the world.

Tuesday, July 30

Sharkwrecked: Crash Landing – 7 p.m. CT

Imagine crash landing into shark infested waters, that is exactly what you can watch when Paul de Gelder and James Glancy jump from an aircraft at 3,500 feet into Palau in the Pacific, known for a rich shark life and multiple plane wrecks.

Watch these, as well as many other heart-pounding shows as the Discovery Channel takes a very real look at the fascinating life of sharks. 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.

Fourth of July Side Dishes and Food Safety

Soon coolers will be packed, smoke bombs will be used as bug repellent and family gatherings will be color-coded with red, white and blue. As you prepare to celebrate Fourth of July with family and friends, don’t stress about what dish to take to the party. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite portable side dishes that will be a great addition to any grilled feast.

Ree’s Picnic Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is “kid friendly” as Ree says, with big pieces of bacon and cheese, accompanied by a very mild dressing to not overpower any of the flavors.

 

Ina’s Crunchy Noodle Salad

Want to mix things up a little? Try this Asian inspired noodle salad that provides richness from the peanut butter and sesame oil but still has freshness from the peppers, rice wine vinegar and chopped herbs at the end.

 

Trisha’s Avocado Salsa

Instead of the tomatoes being the main component in this salsa, the avocado steps up and makes this a fun mix between salsa and guacamole. The tropical pineapple will have your friends delightfully surprised by the combination of flavors.

 

Aarti’s Quinoa Tabbouleh

Looking for a little heavier side dish but still want to keep it on the healthy side? This tabbouleh is a party of fresh flavors, from the abundance of herbs mixed throughout to the tomato and cucumber.

 

With the high temperatures, here are a few tips on keeping food safe from the USDA.

  • If you plan to have a burger or hot dog toppings bar with items like mayo, sliced tomatoes or avocado, be sure to keep them cold by placing them on a tray of ice. Be sure to replenish the ice as needed!
  • Perishable food items should not be left outside for more than two hours if the temperature is at or below 90°F, and only one hour if the temperature is at or above 90⁰F.
  • Any leftovers should be refrigerated within 2 hours (1 hour if temperatures are at or above 90⁰F) of being placed outside. If you are not sure how long food has been sitting out, throw it out immediately.

Summer Backyard Activities for the Whole Family

Make your backyard the place to be this summer! From how to do some small budget decorating upgrades, to creating your own water blob for the kids, we have found some of our favorite backyard tips from our cable channel, HGTV.

3 Outdoor Upgrades Under $100

DIY Backyard Kerplunk Game

How to Make a Backyard Water Blob

DIY Pool Noodle Kids’ Games

Backyard Camping Ideas for the Whole Family

 

Want to jazz up your backyard even more? Don’t forget to enter our Summer Story giveaway where we will be giving away a 36 in. Endless Summer Deep Drawn Bronze Fire Pit! Just go to our Facebook page and find the SUMMER SOCIAL GIVEAWAY – WEEK 2 post for details on how to enter.

Another way you can win this summer is by saving with our summer promotion!

  • Add any new service and receive FREE installation.
  • Upgrade your Internet speed and receive a $25 bill credit.

To sign up for this great deal or learn more about this promotion, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2019 Grilling Father’s Day Recipes

Looking for the perfect gift for that special man who has been there to stick on the band aids, check under the bed, and walk you down the aisle? Father’s Day is this weekend and Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite grilling recipes from our cable channel, Food Network that will please dad from the inside out this holiday.

How to Grill the Perfect Steak

Does your dad enjoy a nice juicy steak with a healthy char from the grill? Watch as the cooks from The Kitchen explain how to cook different cuts of beef so you can pick the right one for your budget and family.

Bobby’s Garlic Mustard Beef Skewers

Looking to enjoy a beefy flavor but want to mix things up a bit? Try these skewers that pack a punch through the different types of mustards and raw garlic.

How to Grill Salmon Steaks and Fillets

If you are looking for something other than beef, consider trying grilled salmon. People can be intimidated by grilling seafood; afraid it will break apart on the grill. This video will show you how to prepare both fillets and steak cuts of salmon.

DIY Outdoor Grilling Caddy

With Father’s Day still a few days away, make this easy and very handy grilling caddy from HGTV. It includes a bar to hang his grilling utensils and a bottle opener for his refreshments – this is a thoughtful and rather cheap DIY gift he is sure to enjoy.

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