Vegetarian Gallo Pinto

Vegetarian Gallo Pinto - You need a good breakfast full of protein to start your day!  Try this Costa Rican version of Vegetarian Gallo Pinto to get your day off to the right start.


Kayaking in Costa Rica


I love trying out breakfasts in different countries.   It’s nice to have something more filling than toast, cereal, or oatmeal.   As a vegetarian we need to have protein, especially when we will be going all day. One of my favourites was Vegetarian Gallo Pinto, which I had with my dad in the morning for breakfasts in Costa Rica.  My dad and I went on kayaking trips together and when you spend 4-8 hours a day paddling on a river you NEED to have a good breakfast to give you the energy to tackle the day.


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Perfect breakfast for traveling!

Kayak Surfing in Costa Rica


This is a super easy breakfast to make, it is even delicious for lunches and dinners.  It requires mostly ingredients you probably already have on hand. For non-meat eaters protein is always a consideration so luckily Vegetarian Gallo Pinto has lots of protein for anyone to eat.  My kids also loved eating this from a very early age as it is baby and toddler friendly.






What’s your favourite breakfast memory from your travels?  Where were you and what was it?




Vegetarian Gallo Pinto - You need a good breakfast full of protein to start your day!  Try this Costa Rican version of Vegetarian Gallo Pinto to get your day off to the right start.

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Vegetarian Gallo Pinto

Recipe Type: Vegetarian

Cuisine: Costa Rican

Author: Hil


  • Diced Onion
  • Finely Diced Jalapeno (or regular pepper)
  • Olive Oil
  • Cooked Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Poached Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Set your rice to cook (microwave or stove depending on your preference).
  2. Boil water for poaching your eggs.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large pan (even as large as a stir fry pan or wok). Cook olive oil until translucent, add jalapeno to cook for another 3 minutes. Add black beans and cook for another five minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Once rice is cooked add to the bean mixture. Cook for a few more minutes and stir well to combine.
  5. When water is boiling poach eggs (usually 2-3 minutes in boiling water for me).
  6. For serving, add a scoop of rice and beans mixture to each plate, sprinkle some shredded cheese on top and finish with a poached egg.
  7. Voila! Enjoy your amazingly filling Costa Rican breakfast!


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Five Friday Favourites #4 – Travelling

Countries & Vacations

I am participating in a challenge this month called September Sapphire Even Day Blog Challenge.  We are given topics to blog about and I want to participate to try and challenge myself to become a better blogger, and also write about more diverse topics.  This week the topic is expedition, writing about fabulous places we have travelled to, either locally or far away.

Travelling is one of my passions.  I LOVE travelling.  I have had the travelling bug since I was young and start to get itchy to travel somewhere at least once a year.  Unfortunately I have been pregnant twice in the past three years and with a baby and toddler travelling just is not a priority or as practical.  I miss it though and long for the days when I can start back up and go on lots of adventures with my little family.

Here are my Five Friday Favourite places to travel/ trips that I have been on:

1. Scotland


On the ferry, sad to be leaving Arran

Fitting since this month is also my anniversary with Thor, we went to Scotland on our honeymoon.  I have always wanted to go to Scotland.  I LOVE everything Scottish, the accents, the fudge, scotch, Jamie Fraser, my Scottish heritage (however far back it may be), Arron, Highland Cows, standing stones, castle ruins, The Outlander series (which inspired a lot of stops on our honeymoon), there are just so many things I love about Scotland.  If I had to jump on a plane tomorrow, I would go to Scotland.

2.  Mexico 


Kayaking down a waterfall backwards

I really like Mexico.  I have been there three times and if I wanted to go someplace hot, this would be my first destination to consider.  I did the all-inclusive beach vacation trip with my family in high school and much prefer the last trip there with my dad to kayak.  We went on an amazing trip kayaking rivers and waterfalls and it was a fabulous way to really experience the culture and immerse yourself in it.  I also have always liked Mexican food, who wouldn’t?!?

3.  Malawi (Africa)

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One of the orphans, Deborah, who truly stole my heart

This trip is so hard to describe.   It really was a trip of self-discovery.  My sister had started a charity when she was a teenager fundraising for various purposes in Malawi, Africa.  I got the chance to go with her on her fifth trip there to check on some of their projects and help out a bit.  I went with her to a small village in Malawi where we lived with nuns and taught school at their Kindergarten class for orphans (children aged 3-8 years old). 

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My sister and I getting ready for a hike to visit a remote school not accessible by roads.

I plan to do a post about my trip eventually,  it was a fantastic experience and I would love to share it .  You have no idea what life is like there and what people live like until you see it first hand.  Travelling on weekends to visit various projects taught me a lot about their culture.  We both grew so attached to the students and found it had leaving them.

4.  Hawaii

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My mum, me & sister at Waimei Canyon

This was a fabulous trip I went on with my family in my last year of high school.  Hawaii is such an amazing place to go.  The culture is so rich and there is so much to see and do.  My favourite island was Kawaii, it was so beautiful.  I may be biased though because I got a chance to see the famous waterfall from Jurassic Park and the waterfall at Hanalei where Puff the Magic Dragon is said to live.  Even a serious injury at the end of trip requiring me to travel home in a wheelchair did not mar my enjoyment of Hawaii!

5. Florida 

Disney World first time the girls

My first trip to Disney World with my family, cousins, and Granny

I am a Disney girl at heart!  I could never go to Disney World enough.  I went a few times with my family throughout my childhood and I am eagerly awaiting the chance to go again and introduce my kids to the fantastic world of Disney.  Plus I have not had a chance to go to Animal Kingdom yet or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (yes I know it is not Disney, but I am also a HP fanatic as well and have been dying to go since they announced they were planning to build the park almost a decade ago).

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If you could jump on a plane tomorrow where would you visit?  What are your top five vacation spots/trips you have been on?

Tips for Getting Baby/Toddler to Nap on Vacation

Tips for getting babytoddler to nap on vacation

Going away on vacation can be equally stressful and amazing.  Dealing with a change in sleeping patterns can be less than pleasant.   Some kids adapt well and can sleep anywhere, anytime without any real difficulty. Others have a more difficult time.


Po is pretty easy when it comes to sleep.  He just turned six months and is still napping three times a day.  He can sleep in bed alone, in his car seat, in the carrier or even in my lap. 

Getting Bee to sleep was a lot more challenging.  Although 2 years and 3 months she still very much needs her naps, but also does not adapt easily to different environments.  If she doesn’t nap she is much crankier and prone to tantrums, which is not ideal on a vacation, especially with other people with us.


Some tips I found to help with getting her to sleep elsewhere:

  • Bring her play yard, she is used to it so it brings some comfort, and it still contains her so she can’t get into too much trouble when left alone in the room.
  • Bring their favorite stuffies/blankets/pillows so it seems more like home.
  • Bring extra blankets to tuck into the curtain rod and make the room much darker.  It is hard to sleep in a room with light curtains so a darker room is essential, if you didn’t bring any, take the nasty comforter from the bed (that hopefully you threw in the corner on arrival as it smelled like pee and only gets washed a few times a year) and use that as another make shift curtain.
  • I brought her glo clock, she is used to it at home and it signals when it is time to get up so more likely to keep her in her bed until then.
  • Bring monitors!!  I cannot stress this enough, I thought since we would be close by we would not need monitors, WRONG!  It was hard to know when they were asleep without hearing them stop singing, and since the two were in the same room as soon as one woke up I could whisk in and get them before they woke the other one up.  Luckily our friends brought a video monitor and let us use it so that helped a lot.
  • Incentives, I bought glow stick wands from the dollar store (four to a pack for $1) and every night when she was good I gave her one, it worked wonders!  She could not wait to go to sleep and get her glow stick!  It also helped as a night light and kept her busy until she fell asleep.
  • Try to stick to the same schedule if possible or just slightly later.  Keeping on track can really help.  Don’t miss out on events because of a nap schedule, but if you can plan your day and still accommodate naps then great.
  • Family nap time!  Everybody naps together!  If they see you sleeping they may be more prone to sleep too, possibly because there is nothing else going on so  they know they are not missing out on anything.  It’s vacation, parents deserve a rest too!  I also found mine slept longer periods when we were napping in there with them too.
  • I put books next to her play yard for when she wakes in the morning so she can read some books thus buying more time for us to sleep.
  • Don’t sweat it, if they don’t nap, plan an early bedtime and know you may have an unreasonable toddler/baby on your hands. I brought movies, books, and quiet activities so at least Bee could have quiet time if she didn’t nap. 

Vacay sleepies

An additional note about sleeping while camping: 

  • Try to put the tent in the shade, sleeping in a hot tent is like sleeping in a sauna.  Open the windows and try to get some air flow. 
  • Bring a sleeping bag, it feels special and is like a separate treat, plus it really does keep you warm when the temperature drops at night.
  • Use your phone to play music if the campsite is loud or sing to try and block it out. If it is too hot in the tent, strip them to their diaper, take them for an air conditioned car ride, or put them in the carrier and go to the lake.  I stood in the water for an hour chatting with a friend while Bee napped in the water carrier, it was so hot and she needed to sleep and that was the only way that was going to happen.Camping sleepies

What are your tips and tricks for getting your little one’s to sleep away from home?

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