New Year’s Paper Plate Shakers

Paper Plate Shakers

A fun little craft to encourage your child’s creativity.  They’ll love having their own, special noise maker to ring in the New Year.

paper plate New Year's shakers


  • Small or large paper plate
  • Feathers or ribbon (various colors)
  • Jewels or stickers (various shapes and sizes)
  • Paint, markers, and/or crayons
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Rice, beads, dried beans, popcorn kernels, or macaroni shells



  1. Have your child decorate the paper plate with paint, markers, or crayons and let it dry.
  2. Once the paint has dried, fold the paper plate in half so you can see where the center is and then unfold.
  3. Let your child glue the feathers or ribbon to the rim of the plate (only on one side) leaving most of the feather/ribbon sticking out. The glued end of the feathers/ribbon should be on the inside of the plate once it has been folded.
  4. Fold the plate and place some rice, beads, beans, popcorn kernels, or macaroni shells inside. Then glue or staple the plate closed.
  5. Give your child jewels and/or stickers to decorate the outside of the plate.
  6. As the countdown ends: 3….2….1…. Happy New Year! Shake your noise makers and celebrate the new year!
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20 Minute Meals: Pecan-Crusted Pork Chops


Pecan-Crusted Pork Chops




  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Kernels, Roasted &      Salted
  • 2 tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 4 thin cut boneless pork chops           (4 chops = 1lb)
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil



  1. Stir together pecans and sunflower kernels in shallow bowl. Spread mustard on both sides of pork chops; place in nut mixture and press in nuts.
  2. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until nuts are lightly browned. Carefully turn pork chops over (some nuts may fall off). Cook 2 to 3 minutes more or until pork is slightly pink in centers (160°F) and second side is lightly browned.
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New Year’s Activity – Blessings Jar

Blessings Jar


Blessings Jar

This is a great tradition to begin with your children in the New Year.  Whenever you recognize a “blessing” in your life throughout the year, just write it on a piece of paper, fold it up, and stick it in The Blessing Jar. On New Year’s Eve, dump out all the blessings from the entire year and go through it together as a family.  (And if you’re scrambling on New Years Eve to write all the blessings down that you forgot to write during the year like we often do…that’s okay too).

Here is one idea on how to decorate your jar, but really you can be creative and really make it yoru own.

Here are the instructions for making a Blessing Jar:

1.  Grab a clean jar with a lid (old spaghetti sauce jar is what is used here).

2.  Download and print the sheet music to Count Your Blessings (an old hymn).  Tape it on your jar.

Blessings Jar sheet music

3.  Add a label using scrapbook paper and stickers.

Blessings jar label

4.  Add a ribbon (or you could even make one of these adorable felt roses).

Blessings jar bow

5.  Start adding blessings!

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New Year’s Facts by the Numbers Infographic

New Years Facts by the Numbers Infographic

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20 Minute Meals: Lemon-Thyme Chicken with Sauteed Vegetables

Lemon-Thyme Chicken with Sauteed Vegetables

Lemon-Thyme Chicken with Sauteed Vegetables







Recipe developed by Anna Berman

Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes





4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped garlic, divided
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound chicken breast tenders, lightly pounded
4 teaspoons canola oil
1 medium shallot, sliced
1 1/2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed
11/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
2 medium zucchini
1/3 cup crumbled feta



1. In a ziplock bag, combine 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons garlic, and 2 teaspoons thyme; season to taste with salt and black pepper. Add chicken tenders, seal the bag, and gently turn to coat. Set aside.

2. Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot, remaining garlic, edamame, and tomatoes; saute 4 minutes.
3. Use a vegetable peeler to slice zucchini into long ribbons. Add zucchini and remaining lemon juice and thyme to vegetables in skillet; saute 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl, stir in feta, and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
4. Add remaining oil to skillet. Remove chicken frommarinade and saute 2 to 3 minutes a side or until cooked through. Serve with vegetables.

Nutrition facts per serving: 327 calories, 28g protein, 16g carbohydrate, 13g fat (3g saturated), 5g fiber


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