Wreath Wall DIY

I’ve made wreaths on this blog before so I won’t bore you with the details again. I’ve also made fun trees with grape vines that I love. But not this time… This time I’m making a wall! My girls want to grow climbing beans and I’ll be honest I prefer bush beans over pole beans […]

Easy Gallo Pinto

Spending two years living in Costa Rica really gave me a taste for gallo pinto! This is a classic meal prepared for breakfast. It is delicious, full of flavor, and very easy to make!

Gallo Pinto

Chop cilantro, onion, and sweet pepper finely.

Add 1 tbsp olive oil to deep skillet or pan and dry fry the 2c of rice for 2 minutes on high.


Add chopped onion, sweet pepper, and cilantro, stir for 2 more minutes.

Add 3c of water or chicken broth to the rice, once it is brought to a boil place on simmer for 20-35 minutes and cover.


Add 1lb of black beans to the rice keeping ½-1c of the “black water” from the beans, the bean juice gives the rice color and flavor.

Then sauté in olive oil for a few minutes, sprinkle with fresh cilantro before serving.



1lb Black beans

8-10 Springs fresh cilantro

1 Small or medium onion

3 Cups chicken broth or water

2 Cups white rice

½ Tsp salt

1 Tbsp olive oil

1-3 Tbsp olive oil (for after you add the beans)