Slow Cooker Black Beans


Who doesn’t love a new slow cooker recipe?  Let me rephrase…… who doesn’t love a new, healthy and cheap slow cooker recipe. Because we are mostly vegan household we go through ton of black beans so I finally decided to get off my butt and start buying them dried to save us some money (and the environment).

I hope you enjoy this super easy recipe that I make every Monday morning to last us through the week!!

  • 1-lb dried organic black beans sifted through for pebbles or bad beans
  • 1 teaspoon pink hymalaian salt
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic (optional!! We are crazy garlic consumers!!)
  • This is where some people will add an onion or cumin or chili powder!! experiment and make it your own!
  1. Mix the black beans, salt, and 6 cups of cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. To avoid this step you could soak beans over night
  2. Put the crushed garlic and the beans and cooking water into crock pot, cover, and turn on low.image
  3. Cook for 4-8 hours or until beans are cooked to the firmness that you prefer. Cool beans and liquid. You can now portion onto containers and freeze but we eat this entire pot and sometimes 2 during a week of meals!!image

We portion our’s out in canning jars.image


Happy Spring Kid’s Art Project


We get pretty excited for spring in this family. Mama is out planting her garden (well parts of it) in the beginning of February, Daddy is just happy to not have to leave for work in the dark and drive home in the dark, and the boys are just smitten with more outdoor time.

Today in true Pacific Northwest fashion it was rainy and stormy but that didn’t take away our spring excitement!!

Mr. Precious (our 3 year old) decided he wanted to do an extra special art project to celebrate the spring solstice. I thought a rainbow and cloud would be fitting and since he already knows his colors, this could be a great time for him to learn the order of a rainbow!!

It was such a fun project and your kids will love it too. We had everything on hand to do it so no running to the store for supplies.

Here is what you will need:

White card stock paper

White paper plate

Black marker

School glue

Scissors (ours are for toddlers)

Cotton Balls


Glitter Glue (optimal)

First I made lines on the white card stock that would become the rainbow. Between each line I wrote a letter that stood for the color needed (ROYGBIV). Then I had him color in each strip.


After that he used his cutting skills to cut out each strip. He also cut the paper plate to be a more appropriate cloud shape.



Then we got to gluing the cotton balls on the cloud and the strips (in order). So FUN!!


We let it sit for a little while to dry and then came back with the glitter glue. He was the one who came up with the idea for a sparkly cloud. I absolutely love the way it turned out. He’s pretty excited that he did it all himself too.


So Happy Spring Homesteaders!! What are your plans for Spring 2016?