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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.

2018 Valentine’s Day Recipes

Are you looking to skip the expensive restaurant bill and long wait times this Valentine’s Day? If so, Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite love inspired recipes from our cable channel Food Network. No matter if you are looking for something to spice up the night for you and your babe or if it’s a single-ladies-only event, these recipes are sure to please the

Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Mozzarella Hearts

Get the night started off with these sizzling hot Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Mozzarella Hearts. Everything you crave in a mozzarella stick but with a kick from the spicy cheese-flavored snack we all know and love, these are sure to get your taste buds warmed up for the rest of the meal.

Ina’s Engagement Roast Chicken

The infamous Engagement Roast Chicken has been rumored to make knees drop, including this most recent Royal engagement as Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle while the couple were at home roasting a chicken. Ina Garten tweeted, “Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan! I always knew roast chicken had magic powers!! I’m so happy for both of you!”

Giada Lobster Linguine

Add some decadence with this Lobster Linguine. Lobster is a rather expensive ingredient, so stretch a dollar by adding it to pasta rather than giving each person their own tail or claw.

Love Letter Valentine’s Day Cookies

Looking to get a little creative this Valentine’s Day? Skip chocolates and make these adorable and customizable cookies. This would also be a super fun activity for a Galentine’s Day party.

2017 Valentine’s Day Recipes

If you are looking to have a romantic Valentine’s Day at home, don’t assume that means you can’t have an amazing meal. Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite Food Network recipes for you to enjoy with your loved one next week.


Red Velvet Heart Pancakes

If you are looking to get creative this Valentine’s Day, make these cute heart shaped red velvet pancakes for your loved one. They are not only beautiful to look at; it will be like you are starting your day off with dessert.


How to Make Holiday Beef Wellington

This Beef Wellington might look fancy, but it is surprisingly simple to assemble. The spinach and artichoke add an earthy flavor to the beef and the presentation is always a show stopper.


Champagne Jelly Flutes

This is a fun way to combine cocktails with dessert. By adding the gelatin, you will be able to enjoy a nostalgic texture with the adult flavor of champagne.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day with Hallmark Channel

Have you already started planning for the big day of love and romance? Maybe you are looking to make a beautiful home-cooked meal for the one you love, or maybe there is a restaurant that means something special to the two of you. No matter what your plans are or what gifts you purchase, love is something to celebrate and the Hallmark Channel is having a Countdown to Valentine’s Day marathon to do just that. Below we have included the upcoming schedule for the Hallmark Channel, including three World Premiere Original movies.


Tuesday, February 7

8/7c: All of My Heart


Wednesday, February 8

8/7c: Walking the Dog


Thursday, February 9

8/7c: Unleashing Mr. Darcy


Friday, February 10

8/7c: Love Locks – Hallmark Hall of Fame


Saturday, February 11

11a/10c: Valentine Ever After

1/12c: A Royal Winter

3/2c: The Wedding March

5/4c: Appetite for Love

7/6c: Walking the Dog

9/8c: A Dash of Love – World Premiere Original


Sunday, February 12

11a/10c: Love’s Complicated

1/12c: Walking the Dog

3/2c: All Things Valentine

5/4c: A Dash of Love

7/6c: Love Locks – HHOF

9/8c: While You Were Dating – World Premiere Original


Monday, February 13

8/7c: Walking the Dog


Tuesday, February 14

12/11c: Love Locks – Hallmark Hall of Fame

2/1c: While You Were Dating

4/3c: Walking the Dog

6/5c: A Dash of Love

8/7c: Love at First Glance – World Premiere Original


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

Valentine’s Day Around the World

When thinking of the coming holiday, we often picture flowers, chocolate and over-the-top cards overflowing with love. No matter if you are single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day in the United States brings expectations through tradition. However, these traditions do not ring true in all countries. Great Plains Communications wants to share how the day of love is celebrated (or not celebrated) around the world.

As a female in Japan, gift giving is your responsibility on Valentine’s Day with no expected reciprocation. It isn’t until a month later, on March 14 (White Day), that the men may return the affection. Though, much like the U.S., Valentine’s Day is a big day for advertising, as displays start to appear shortly after Christmas decorations are taken down around the New Year. According to USA Today, “The Chocolate and Cocoa Association of Japan estimates $500 million is spent annually on chocolate for Valentine’s Day,” while they then “spend another $500 million on chocolate for White Day.”

For Estonia and Finland, February 14 is less about romance and more about relationships with all loved ones as they celebrate Friend’s Day. While stores are still filled with heart-shaped merchandise and couples can show their affection, gifts are also given among friend groups with Estonia even having a “love bus” that single friends could hop aboard.

In Brazil, February is a time focused on Lent and to fully celebrate Carnival, rather than romance. It isn’t until June 12 that Dia dos Namorados (Lovers’ Day) is celebrated in consolidation with the death of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13) who is considered to be the patron saint of marriage.

No matter how you plan to celebrate the holiday of love, if it is with a significant other, group of friends or your favorite movie, Great Plains Communications wants to wish everyone a very happy Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Throwback Thursday

Who was St. Valentine? When did romance first become associated with the holiday? How many Valentine’s Day cards are sent annually? Great Plains Communications is teaming up with the History Channel to provide some answers on the questions of the holiday.

Valentine’s Day is about finding love in all the people in your life, which means your friends, children or coworkers. No matter how you spend the day, know that Great Plains Communications appreciates you as a customer and we want to celebrate you this Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Great Plains Communications!  We hope that your day is full of chocolate, friends, family and other loved ones.   To celebrate, we’re listing some of our favorite romantic movies that will be airing tonight and through the weekend.

Be My Valentine

Airing on Hallmark Channel Thursday 7 PM CST

If you like your Valentine’s Day served with a very healthy helping of roses, red and cheeky delight, then the Hallmark Channel has you covered tonight.  The network is airing one of its most popular movies, Be My Valentine.

A Knight’s Tale

Airing on AMC Friday, 5 PM CST

This is one of the great, late Heath Ledgers most romantic movies. Entertaining enough to watch as a couple and family friendly enough to enjoy as  a family, A Knight’s Tale is a can’t miss.

While You Were Sleeping 

Airing on HBO Saturday, 12 pm CST

Sandra Bullock’s breakout role is also one of the cutest movies ever made and is the cherry on the sundae of romantic programming this weekend on HBO.  Whether you’ve seen it a dozen times or are one of the lucky few to experience it for the first time, this is a must watch!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Great Plains Communications

The Internet is blanketed with Valentine’s today and we aren’t immune! The best offering may be the “Google doodle” – the oft-changing Google logo that sits above the search bar.  Today it’s a minute long video that we simply couldn’t let our readers miss.  Enjoy!

If you have a favorite site to help celebrate February 14th, let us know in the comments section below!!