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Easy Thanksgiving Party Tips

We have shared some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, but there is a lot more that goes into hosting than just the food. Our cable channel, HGTV has some useful tips to keep in mind when pulling everything together before the big day.

 

How to Check a Propane Tank Level

Are you planning to fry your bird? Don’t get stuck with an empty stomach due to an empty propane tank. All you need is some hot water and a little science to find your propane level.

 

5 Ways to Fold a Napkin

An easy way to add simple elegance to any table is by folding the napkins. Check out these creative folds that are sure to impress your guests.

 

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins

While you could really use any fabric you want, these velvet pumpkins are a super simple way to add a little pop of color to your tablescape this Thanksgiving.

 

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

2 Weeks Out – Thanksgiving 2017

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is two weeks (and two days) away? We can’t. The holidays can be stressful. Maybe you are planning a menu for the one time a year your extended family will gather around the table. It could be a Friendsgiving this weekend and you are looking for a creative appetizer to impress. No matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving, it most likely includes food and loved ones. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network and highlighted some of our favorite tips to help keep stress out of the recipe this year.

6 Sanity Saving Thanksgiving Tips

This quick 46 second video crushes some common issues such as lack of roasting rack, fridge space, and how to transport warm dishes like gravy.

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Apps

Remember that creative and delicious don’t have to mean expensive or complicated. The creative aspect could be how you serve a classic dish such as this butternut squash soup. Make it a shooter with a couple garnishes and your guests will appreciate the portability.

Freeze-Ahead Thanksgiving Feast

All of these dishes can be frozen up to 2 weeks, which means you could get some prep done this weekend and relieve some of the headache that comes with lack of counter space and stovetop burners the day of Thanksgiving.

 

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

Don’t Forget to Set Your Clocks Back!

 

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour this Sunday, November 5, 2017! It is a common misconception that daylight saving time was created in the aid of farmers, to allow an extra hour of sunlight to work their fields. But Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, the History Channel to bring you the real reason we “fall back” and “spring forward”.

We adjust our clocks twice a year due to energy conservation and an attempt to match daylight hours to times when the majority of people are awake, dating back to 1895. According to the History Channel, “the first real experiments with daylight saving time began during World War I,” on April 30, 1916. In an effort to conserve electricity needed for war effort, Germany and Austria enforced a one-hour clock shift. The United States later adopted daylight saving in 1918.

Our Favorite Food Network Halloween Crafts

There is still time for some Halloween crafts and Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorites from our cable channel, Food Network.

Gingerbread house decorating is a classic Christmas activity, but what if that gingerbread house was turned into a haunted house? Watch this example from the Food Network, then build your own spooky creations.

 

With just a few ingredients that many have around the house already, you can make this glow-in-the-dark goo for the kids to enjoy or even to add some fun surprises to your Halloween party.

 

Speaking of a party, add the flavor of fall to your next gathering with this pumpkin keg and bourbon-apple punch.

 

Lastly, you can’t pass up the simplicity of this no-churn pumpkin pie ice cream. And don’t worry crust lovers, this recipe layers the baked crust throughout the ice cream for the full pumpkin pie experience.

 

Watch for more delicious recipes on Food Network. If you aren’t currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2017 Guide to Halloween TV Specials

Horror fans are welcoming the season as Halloween approaches. October is for picking apples and the perfect pumpkin, crafting a costume and watching the classics. From Hocus Pocus to Carrie, Great Plains Communications has put together a list of some of our favorite scary movie marathons, Halloween specials, and more you won’t want to miss throughout the month.

13 Nights of Halloween – Freeform

Starting October 19, the network celebrates the holiday by counting down with movies such as Sleepy Hollow, Hocus Pocus, and even an all-day Tim Burton marathon on October 23.

AMC FearFest – AMC

Running from October 21-31, FearFest will include the horror you have been missing with movies such as all the Halloween movies, Carrie, as well as more recent thrillers like Annabelle.

Classic Horror – TCM

The Turner Classic Movies has dedicated specific days of the week to different Halloween themes. Today would fall under Classic Horror Tuesdays with iconic films from the 1930s – 1960s, such as Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. Are you a Dracula fan? You will want to check out Dracula Sundays as they celebrate one of the most memorable movie monsters.

The Sandman

Saturday October 14, at 8 PM on SyFy

Watch as a young girl imagines the monster from her nightmares into existence.

The Watcher in the Woods

Saturday October 21, at 7 PM on Lifetime

Enjoy this remake of the original cult classic starring Angelica Huston.

1922

Friday, October 20 on Netflix

Based on the Stephen King novel, it is a story of Wilfred James, who has admitted to killing his wife with his son at their Nebraska home and now fears she is haunting him. Watch the trailer below.

 

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

 

New Channel to the Lineup – Olympic Channel

You may have noticed a change to your channel lineup, we have added the Olympic Channel! The channel offers year-round programming of Olympic sports from around the world, with a focus on American athletes and teams. Do you love when Olympics time rolls around? Well now you won’t have to wait to learn about your favorite team USA figure skaters or basketball players. To find where the Olympic Channel falls on your local channel guide, go HERE to our website and find your town in the drop-down menu.

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about what we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you. We hope that you will take some time to check-out our newest channel, the Olympic Channel!

Fall Favorite Treats to Welcome the Season

With the current heatwave moving through, it is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of fall. Even still, Great Plains Communications is gearing up for all the excitement the fall season brings. We have looked to our cable channel, HGTV and found some quick snacks to share with friends and family as the weather cools.

3 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Talk about easy, these three simple recipes take barely any effort and pack all the warm flavors of fan favorite – pumpkin spice.

 

Pumpkin Spice Sangria

This recipe combines two fall favorites, pumpkin spice and apple cider. Place the bowl in a hollowed pumpkin for a quick and natural décor.

 

Mini Apple Pie Pops

Pumpkin not your thing? Try these adorable apple pie pops for a flavor of fall in a convenient hand-held fashion.

 

Are you not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and interested in learning more about the services we offer in your area? Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

Labor Day Weekend and the Start to Cornhusker Football

Not only are we approaching a long weekend with a sunny forecast, but it is the start to the Nebraska Cornhusker football season! Saturday, September 2 marks the first game as we take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves at home in Memorial Stadium at 7 PM. The game will be aired on BTN. With an evening game, Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, HGTV for some tailgating tips.

After the game, you will still have two full days of weekend bliss to enjoy. What better way to revel in the nice weather and welcome the fall season, than to craft a wreath for your front door or as a gift. Below we have included a few beautiful designs we found from HGTV.

 

Giant Star Wreath

 

Floral Hula Hoop Wreath

 

Recycled Denim Wreath

 

We hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend! If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about what services we provide in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Fall 2017 Show Premieres

It is that time again, when we introduce ourselves to new friends, enemies, and even galaxies. Fall show premieres are kicking off and Great Plains Communications has picked some we think you won’t want to miss.

The Orville – September 10 on FOX

As an homage to Star Trek, Seth MacFarlane takes us on a journey through a sci-fi dramedy aboard an exploratory interstellar vessel called Orville.

 

The Deuce – September 10 on HBO

We step back in time with The Deuce, to the porn industry of New York City in the late 1970s and are welcomed by some familiar chart topping faces.

 

The Brave – September 25 on NBC

The Brave is a tense war drama, highlighting an elite group of undercover Special Ops troops as they carry out a complicated rescue mission.

 

Young Sheldon – September 25 on CBS

We have watched as fan favorite The Big Bang Theory climbed to the top of the most watched list and Jim Parson’s character Sheldon has been right there with it. Young Sheldon looks back at where Sheldon Cooper began.

 

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

Looking Back at Past Eclipses

Did you know that scientists believe they have evidence of a total solar eclipse dated as far back as November 30, 3340 B.C.? According to our cable channel, History, “A series of circular and spiral-shaped petroglyphs at the Loughcrew Megalithic Monument in County Meath, Ireland, are believed to correspond to a total solar eclipse visible in the region on that date.”

Since then, documents around the world have recorded findings of a solar eclipse, from the Shu Ching (an ancient Chinese book of documents), to ancient Greek historian, Herodotus. In 585 B.C., Herodotus recorded that the total solar eclipse, “brought about an unexpected ceasefire between two warring nations, the Lydians and the Medes, who had been fighting for control of Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) for five years.” Find more about historic eclipses here on the History channel’s website.

Just as these were recorded, the eclipse on August 21, 2017 will go down in history. Please be sure to view the natural phenomenon safely. If you question the authenticity of your solar glasses, check out our blog for a checklist given by NASA.

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