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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.

Shark Week Starts this Sunday!

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week starts this Sunday, July 22. It’s the 30th anniversary, so you know they are doing it up big with some of their most adrenaline pumping shows yet and familiar faces you won’t want to miss.

Throughout the week, you can expect shows such as:

Sunday, July 22

7 p.m. CT, Bear vs. Shark – No, this isn’t a race between a bear and a shark. It’s Bear Grylls and he is taking on the ocean’s most powerful predator.

8 p.m. CT, Shaq Does Shark Week – Basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal may be big, but he has one main fear: SHARKS. To help him out, comedian, Rob Riggle will join to help him work through that fear.

9 p.m. CT, Ronda Rousey Uncaged – Ronda Rousey is going head-to-head with a different kind of competitor as she takes on a mako shark.

Monday, July 23

7 p.m. CT, Monster Tag – More athletes join in the fun as Aaron Rodgers, Lindsey Vonn and Rob Gronkowski look into wildlife tags with scientists, learning about all the information the tags can provide.

Tuesday, July 24

7 p.m. CT, Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy – From Food Network to the Bahamas, celebrity chef, Guy Fieri and his son learn about the local cuisine for humans and sharks.

 

For the full listing of exciting Shark Week programming, check out the Discovery Channel website. 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.

Virtual Summer Giveaway Winners

Help us in congratulating our two Virtual Summer Giveaway winners, Cindy Frey of Stapleton, NE and Carrie Langer of Dodge, NE! Each were randomly selected after commenting on our Virtual Summer Facebook post, answering the question: “If I could go anywhere in the world this summer, I would take a virtual trip to _____.” Cindy commented that she would visit, “My daughter/son-in-law’s new home in Kentucky” and Carrie commented that she would take a virtual trip to Ireland. They both have won a DESTEK V4 Virtual Reality Headset with 103 degree field of view and capability with both iOS and Android phones.

The giveaway is part of our Virtual Summer promotion that is available through July 20! By using the code “Virtual Summer” on our website or when you call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, you will receive FREE installation on any new service including high speed-Internet, Cable TV or phone service.  The social giveaway might be over, but there are still a few more days to take advantage of this great deal!

Once again, help us in congratulating Cindy and Carrie!

HBO® and Cinemax® FREE Preview This Weekend!

The HBO® and Cinemax® free preview begins tomorrow! Are you ready for all the action and drama? You will have access to chart-topping movies such as The Great Wall, Blade Runner 2049 and John Wick: Chapter 2. Not to mention HBO original shows such as Vice and the premiere of Sharp Objects. The free preview will run Friday, July 6 through Monday, July 9.

The preview is a feature available to Great Plains Communications cable customers. If you are not currently taking advantage of our cable service but would like to learn more about the packages we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.

Fourth of July Dessert Recipes

Are you scrambling to think of a recipe to bring to the barbecue this holiday? Impress all the guests with these simple and festive dessert recipes we found from our cable channel, Food Network.

 

Red, White and Blue Cherry Pies

Keep it easy with a boxed pie crust or splurge and get the pre-made stuff from the store. Either way, this recipe will be done in no time and your friends will love the freshness of the berries mixing with the flakiness of the crust. Plus, if you omit the ice cream, these delicious gems become portable – perfect for a party.

 

Summer Berry Baked Alaska

Again, use those berries while they are in season but this time for a frosty treat like Baked Alaska. Help everyone cool down from the summer heat with the light flavors of raspberries and blackberries topped with the show stopping outer meringue shell.

 

Red, White and Blue Swirled Cheesecake

A swirl design is always a fun way to jazz up a basic dessert such as cheesecake and the patriotic red and blue will be beautiful mixed against the white of the simple batter.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer but would like to learn about the services we provide in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you. We would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!

Don’t Miss the Premiere of Sharp Objects During the HBO® and Cinemax® FREE Preview!

It’s almost time! The HBO® and Cinemax® free preview will be here before we know it, starting Friday, July 6 through Monday, July 9. Hours of must-see movies like Justice League and IT, plus some of the addictive shows. During the preview, don’t miss the premiere of the new HBO short series, Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams. Based on a book by the author of Gone Girl and from the director of Big Little Lies, this new 8-part series looks to be full of drama and suspense. You can find the trailer along with other upcoming premieres below:

Sharp Objects – HBO: July 8, 2018

 

Castle Rock – Hulu: July 25, 2018

 

Making It – NBC: July 31, 2018

 

The Innocents – Netflix: August 24

 

You must be a Great Plains Communications cable customer to receive the HBO and Cinemax free preview. If you would like to sign up or learn about what services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Take WatchTVEverywhere With You This Summer

It is officially the first day of summer! While you are busy enjoying the beautiful weather, or taking trips with family, don’t think you have to miss out on your favorite shows. Catch them all on your wireless devices with WatchTVEverywhere from Great Plains Communications. If you are a cable customer of ours and have access to an Internet connection, you can view Food Network, HGTV, ESPN and much more through your Roku, laptop, tablet, mobile phone and more.

 

The first step to getting your WatchTVEverywhere account is to register. You will need to go to www.watchtveverywhere.com and do the following:

Select Great Plains Communications from the list of TV providers in the drop-down menu and click on Submit

Click on “Register”

You will need two pieces of information to register: your account number and the correct spelling of the last name on the account.

You will then be asked to:

  • Provide a valid email address. This will be your user name.
  • Provide a password
  • Select a password reset question
  • Supply the answer to the password reset question
  • Click on Register

Check the email address you just provided. You will find an email message with your WatchTVEverywhere activation link. Click on the link to complete the registration process

You are done and can begin to enjoy your favorite channels!

If you have any questions regarding your Great Plains Communications cable service or accessing WatchTVEverywhere, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2018 College World Series Info

Opening day is finally within reach, as thousands of people prepare to enter TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE for the NCAA College World Series (CWS), which runs June 16 through June 26. Opening Ceremonies will be tomorrow night, with a parade of teams marching from Creighton University to the stadium at 8:30 PM, and Olympic style team introductions from 8:45 – 10:00 PM CT. From there, the action will start Saturday with Game 1 at 2 PM CT between Oregon State vs. North Carolina airing on ESPN. For a full event schedule, click here for the NCAA website.

Catch all the CWS excitement with Great Plains Communications cable TV service. If you currently aren’t a subscriber, you can call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to find out what we offer in your area.

Pick your teams, fill out your brackets and let’s play ball!

Grilling for Father’s Day

It’s the week before Father’s Day and Great Plains Communications is looking to the grill and Food Network to celebrate dad. Maybe your family is planning to go camping or your dad loves spending the summer evenings out back with a beer and his barbecue. Whatever the case, we found some delicious recipes from breakfast to dessert, that the family can gather around to honor dad.

 

Grilled Breakfast – Get Up and Get Grilling

Fried eggs to French toast skewers, don’t think grilling is just for lunch and dinner. Take breakfast or brunch outdoors before it gets too hot and enjoy these morning “outside the cereal box” recipes.

 

Sweet and Spicy Chili-Lime Flank Steak

The balance in this rub will have your taste buds dancing. The smokiness of the cumin pairs beautifully with the sweet robust brown sugar and is balanced by the lime. Don’t forget to cut against the grain when slicing for a tender bite of steak.

 

Grilled Banana Split

Finish out the day by the grill or even fire pit and let everyone create their own grilled banana split masterpiece. The banana will become caramelized from the heat of the fire, melding with the chocolate chips and finish it off with your favorite ice cream, and of course sprinkles.

Red Nose Day 2018

Great Plains Communications employees get in the fun of supporting Red Nose Day.

Great Plains Communications employees get in the fun of supporting Red Nose Day.

It’s Red Nose Day! Not sure what that is? You may have noticed red noses being sold at your local Walgreens store or maybe you saw a few celebrities sporting a big red nose in commercials. The nose is a simple yet powerful symbol representing the cause of the day, which is to fight childhood poverty. While the first Red Nose Day was back in 1988, it wasn’t brought to the United States until 2015. According to the Red Nose Day website, in that short amount of time the program has been active here in the U.S., they have raised $100 million and helped around 8.3 million children. This money goes toward programs that do three things, keep kids safe, healthy, and educated. Right here in America, 21% of children live in poverty. To find more information and to meet some of the faces of these children behind the statistics, visit the Red Nose Day website here.

NBC plays a large part in Red Nose Day through their star studded special hosted by Chris Hardwick tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Celebrities from music, comedy, film, and television will all unite to celebrate all the good that has been done and continue to raise even more money for children in need. Some of the familiar faces you can expect to see include: Jack Black, Kristen Bell, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Tony Hale, and many more.

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