The Patience of the Father

It was one of THOSE moments. All I could do was yell when I saw the “artwork” my daughter, Jayme, had added to our bedroom décor. Mad was an understatement when seeing the one thousandth installment in her series of works entitled Scribbles, this one in permanent marker. I was so angry I had to…

Everyday Pasta Sauce

Everyone probably has their go-to pasta sauce. Truth be known, I tend to have an idea of what I would like and check the pantry for ingredients. No recipe is the same as the last. This week, it happened again, but I wanted to write down the combinations to have it again because it was…

The Art of Unscheduled Wandering

If you have followed A Full Life long or are one of my social media friends, you know our family loves adventures. The middle of July, Paul, Jayme, and I found ourselves on the road to places still yet undiscovered, at least by us. After a year and a half of fostering our little June…

Splish, Splash, Dunk

When We Go a Wandering This week’s Sunday drive landed us in Pineville, Missouri. We visited there before and were drawn back by the Elk River by dreams of someday floating on it again. Since Jayme is only two, it may be a while. We need to do some research on the safety of canoeing…

Just A Few Words

And So, Begins a New Year At least that is how I feel in September. Summer break is over. (I can’t even believe how fast it has gone.) With the change of the season, another change comes in our family. After a year and a half, we delivered our granddaughter, Hero, to her home and…

Best Ribs EVER!

I am not typically much of a rib eater. I think it is mostly because they are kind of messy to eat, and I have had too many that were just not cooked right. But I am sold on this easy, easy, easy oven-baked rib recipe. Did I say easy enough? These ribs turn out…

Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

For a large part of June and July, my granddaughter, Hero, and I participated in an online baking class with Monthly. We have had so much fun creating cookies, pies, and cakes alongside our instructor Christina Tosi of famed Momofuku Milk Bar. Even though I was already a pretty decent baker, I learned so much…

Tender Mercies

Our time of fostering our little June Bug is coming to a close. I am so happy that my granddaughter, Carrie (June’s mama), has done the hard work of putting a sober life into action. She has gone to classes, met with counselors, followed treatment plans, and met every requirement the county has demanded. She…

Cabbage Roll Stew

One of the things my mother-in-law cooked well was Golumpkis or known to most, cabbage rolls. It was her go-to for most family celebrations and is still favored by her children today. They are not hard to make but can be time-consuming for a weeknight dinner, so I took the ingredients we love when we…

Chicken and Brown Rice Soup

Our family is currently “enjoying” a visit from the tummy bug. Not sure how it made its way home with us, but according to a local mom’s group on social media, it’s making the rounds. I guess it was time to start building up everyone’s immune system again after being under-exposed for such a long…