Oui, Oui….French Onion Soup!

It has been downright chilly in the state of Florida this past week!  To curb the chill I thought a soup would fit the bill.  I love French Onion Soup and  I always order it whenever I see it on the menu, so this was the perfect soup option to make.  I cannot resist the crusty French bread and ooey gooey, melty Gruyere cheese.  Cheese is the key to my heart and Gruyere is one of my favorites.  It can be a bit pricey…when I purchased it, it was $14.99 a pound, but it is well worth it to make an authentic French Onion soup.

I looked at several recipes.  They are all pretty much the same, but I tweaked and combined a few to my liking and found the perfect combination of flavors.


French Onion Soup

1 stick of butter

1 cup of dry white wine

4 large yellow onions, thinly sliced

4 cups low sodium chicken stock

4 cups beef broth

3 cloves minced garlic

2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

2 Bay leaves

2 tablespoons of minced fresh Rosemary


several slices of crusty French bread

1/2 pound of Gruyere cheese, grated

Melt butter in a heavy pot or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add onions and cook uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the onions from sticking, and brown until caramelized. french onion soup   Once the onions are caramelized, pour in the wine and scrape the browned bits off of the bottom of the pot.  Allow the wine to reduce, then add the chicken broth, beef broth,  Worcestershire sauce,  garlic, Bay leaves and several dashes of pepper.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. While the soup simmers, slice the French bread into 1 inch slices. french onion soup And grate the Gruyere cheese. french onion soup recipe When the soup is done ladle the soup into a oven safe bowl,  place 3 slices of bread and a good handful of cheese on top of the bread.  Place under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown around the edges.  Remove from the oven and lightly sprinkle with Rosemary. french onion soup recipe Serve and Enjoy!!   mel_sig flower post divider

Starting a brand new year….with Pete the Cat!

I am so excited that the new school year has begun and there is no better way to kick off the year than with Pete the Cat!  He is a classroom favorite that I have read and re read many times…the class demands that we read the books everyday!  Pete is a cool, groovy cat who always has a positive, upbeat outlook.  Each book in the series written and illustrated by Kimberly and James Dean is so much fun to read and has such a great message. He encourages the reader to just keep singing, not let small things get you down and that there is always a positive way to look at life.  We read the complete series…we rocked in our school shoes as we read “Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes”, wore our cool blue magic sunglasses with “Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses” and learned all that we all have a special and unique talent if we look for it with “Pete the Cat and the New Guy”.

“It’s all good!” ~Pete the Cat


Read with Me

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During Circle Time, each child got the chance to hold our own Pete the Cat.  They were so excited to have him join our story time!

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I made a fun little lift the flap book for the kids to try and guess whose shoes are pictured. They then lift the flap to reveal who is wearing the shoes.  They love that they are the stars of our classroom book!

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Sing with Me

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We sang a fun version of B-I-N-G-O that has Pete the Cat in it using our pocket chart and laminated words.  As we sang, each letter of Pete was covered by a paw print.

Art Time

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We made painted Pete the Cat’s out of paper plates and blue paint.  We then added eyes, nose and whiskers.

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“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons”

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We glued four buttons onto a shirt cut out to go with our story.

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“Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses”


The children used blue water colors to create the magic, blue sunglasses.  I then cut them out and they glued the lenses to a sunglasses cut out.

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The sunglasses were the perfect size to go along with our painted Pete the Cats.

“Pete the Cat: Rocking in His School Shoes”


“Pete the Cat: I love My White Shoes”

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The kids were so excited to show off their school shoes!

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The kids picked which color they liked best to paint their shoe cut out.  In the book as Pete went walking he kept stepping in things that changed the color of his shoes: strawberries, blueberries and mud.  He then steps in a puddle and washes everything off and returns his shoes to a sparkling white.

Bulletin Board

I had an Van Gogh inspiration for my start of the year bulletin board!  I was so excited to re create Van Gogh’s Starry Night using the children’s art work…and together we truly are a masterpiece!

“I know nothing with any certainty

But the sight of the stars

Makes me dream.”

~Vincent Van Gogh

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We painted large pieces of paper that I then used for the moon, stars and swirly sky!

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We had an amazing start to our new school year!  I am looking forward to all of the many fun and creative things that we will experience through out the year!


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M is for mud!

We had a blast learning all about the letter Mm and mud!  We got our feet muddy and had a tasty muddy snack too.

Story Time

IMG_4793We read the book “Mud” by Mary Lyn Ray.   This book follows the seasons from winter to spring and how the earth changes and the soil becomes muddy after the snow melts.

Sing With Me

Pigs in the Mud

(to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Down on the farm we love to play

In the mud all through the day

That is why we love to spy

Great big rain clouds in the sky.

Down in the mud we make a hole

Where we like to roll and roll.

That is why we shout “Hurray!”

Every time it rains today.


IMG_4790We made muddy foot prints by stepping in brown paint and walking down the paper.


Snack Time

IMG_4806We even ate mud!  Chocolate pudding mud with crushed up Oreo cookies for dirt and a gummy worm.

Sensory Play

IMG_4786We made real mud by mixing water and dirt and squishing it in a bag.  It was a great science and sensory experience.



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