New Year, New Experiences!

I don’t know about you, but Christmas almost does me in every year!  By this time of the break, I am exhausted and ready for school to start again.  I guess I am not alone, because really, most of our fun free stuff also takes a mini break during this time of year.  Library storytime is off for another 2 weeks, although there are a few things going on there.  And, other than a few select activities, most everyone is gearing up for the largest free party in the world, Mardi Gras!  Still, here are a few things happening around our area:

Little Creek campus of Church of the King has their Tube Zone open for free play every weekday (except Wednesday) from 11-2.  No food or drink is permitted, so don’t bring lunch, unless you want to picnic by their pond.  During this dreary season, it is a nice place to run off some preschooler energy!

Public schools go back on Wednesday here in Slidell.  This is bittersweet, because I always miss my big kid when he is at school, but he really needs his friends.  And, he honestly LOVES school!

1/4-1/8 – Starting Wednesday evening, The National Park Service is hosting all sorts of events around the Battle of New Orleans.  Both Friday and Saturday at the Chalmette Battlefield, there are family friendly events all day long, including firemaking demonstrations, Indian games, basket weaving, musket firing, and lots more!  Best of all, it is all free!  Parking is off site with a free shuttle.  Go to for more information.

1/6 – The Ninth Annual Joan of Arc Parade runs in the quarter starting at 7.  Here is the route:   This is not a Mardi Gras parade, this is celebrating Joan of Arc.  We’ve never been but this looks fun!

And, that is it!  There is plenty of stuff happening that I didn’t list, but it all is fairly expensive.

Plus, as promised, here is another of our favorite, easy recipes.

Coca Cola Chicken

  • 1 12 oz can or 1 1/2 cups dark soda (works best with non diet soda)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • your choice chicken cuts (we like boneless skinless thighs, but any cut works)
  • Mix the soda and ketchup in a deep skillet.  Place the chicken in the sauce mixture and cover.  Cook over medium to medium high heat for approximately 30 minutes or until the chicken is done through.  Remove the chicken from the sauce and thicken using cornstarch (mix a little cornstarch in water and whisk it into the sauce.  It will thicken quickly).  Serve with rice or pasta.

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