Got My Sizzlefish Order! Packed in Dry Ice!

So I consider myself a mature individual. However my wife calls me a dork at times. I’m not really sure why!

I received our monthly Sizzlefish order. Please check out Sizzlefish and try it. It is a fish delivery service that has great fish and other items! They have really great customer service.

So when you receive your order the fish comes frozen, and packed in dry ice. Now the responsible thing to do is to be careful with dry ice. It can be dangerous if not handled properly.

Knowing that, what did I, a responsible adult that is neither nerd nor dork do? I’ll let you decide…

Ok maybe I am a dork. However my daughter seemed to like it!

-The Pastor Chef

Sriracha Grilled Cheese

2 pieces of wheat bread
1/2 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp mayo
1/2 tsp sriracha

Sometimes you just have to think outside the box when making something simple. If you like a little kick with your food, I suggest you try this grilled cheese sandwich with sriracha. The creaminess of the mayo, the saltiness of the cheese, and the kick of the sriracha make a wonderful new way to enjoy a old classic. Do you want to “spice” up your grilled cheese? Here is a good way to do it.

Brown your bead in a skillet with butter. Use as much butter as you want, but do use so much it turns the bread into mush. At this point lightly brown it, don’t over cook at this stage. About 2 minutes per side on medium heat.

Take  your sriracha and mayo and mix together in a small bowl. spread on one side of each piece of bread. Lay one piece of bread with mixture facing up. Place the cheese, then the other piece of bread.  Cook on medium low on both sides until nicely brown or cheese has melted through. Excellent!

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Kelly’s Story-Adoption

Kelly’s story is a story of being blessed.  Now this not a story of how Kelly has been blessed since she has come to live with us.  It is Kelly that has been the blessing to us, and to people all over the state of Alabama. Her story is not one of rescue, but of blessings, from both sides.

Kelly was raised in a small town in Alabama in a place that had no running water, no regular toilets, and no proper shelter. Her “houses” were rental storage sheds. It was a an extremely difficult situation for a young girl with special needs. She mentioned one time to us that she was in charge of  “the bucket”. I didn’t realize what that meant until she explained it was her job to take the “waste” bucket to the woods and dump it out. 

Kelly is also intellectually disabled.  She physically has no disabilities, but intellectually struggles to comprehend and retain information.  When I explain it to friends and loved ones, its kind-of like saying she is an 8 year old in a 21 year old body. She has a innocence and sweetness about her(however she still does get in trouble!)

She needed to be taught how to bathe, how to wash her hair, how to eat healthy and eat veggies. With the help of great special education teachers, daycare workers, and DHR workers, we worked tirelessly on teaching her strategies to help her in areas she struggled.  We tried to help her socially by getting her involved in social clubs at school and church(church was one of the best things that happend to her).    In all of this, she was a sweet 12 year old girl (at the time), and was willing to do anything to please you. She did it with a smile on her face. Everyone around Kelly loves her.

My wife and I made a decision than when we got married we would become licensed Foster and Adoptive parents.  So after we were married we went through the process in the Department of Human Resources and were licensed. For a year and a half, the paperwork for us seemed to never come through. Documents were lost, fingerprints had to be done multiple times, and followups were not completed. Seeing all the difficulty we had becoming licensed, we almost gave up on the idea. It wasn’t until one day, we received a call from DHR and said they had a child they thought would be a good fit. So we expedited the paperwork and finally got licensed (Hallelujer) . Little did we know that the little girl that was a good fit would be Kelly. She was our first foster child. 

We had Kelly for over three years as a foster child. There were a few times we thought we were going to lose her. After three years of waiting, the parental rights were severed and there were no family members that were able to adopt her.  We had the option to adopt her, because we took the foster and adoptive classes.

Finally the day came where we adopted Kelly. She was 15 years old when we officially adopted her. However, she was already a part of our family from the first day she came through our door.  She wanted to change her last name to ours, and she has been with us since. It has been told to us numerous times that she even favors us a little.

Adoption Day

Some people have said we gave her a better life.  I believe that the lives that have been made better and blessed the most are ours. I also believe she has blessed the lives she has come in contact with.  People, from all over the state, know and love Kelly. She has taught me how to be a father, learn patience, and how to give an evil eye to boys. Our lives are changed forever because of her, because she is now a part of our forever family!

Kelly’s Baptism

This is a very small glimpse on Kelly. This barely scratches the surface of the things we have experienced as a family. It is also hard to believe that Kelly will be 22 years old in September. It seems that God put everything together for us to be together. And for that, we are thankful!

If you have any questions about our story, or if you are interested in Foster/Adoption Care, let me know!

Blessings,
-The Pastor Chef

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Slow Smoked Chicken Wings

3 lbs chicken wings
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 Tbsp BBQ rub (Weber)
1/3 cup coconut aminos

I’m going through some of my older recipes and revamping them for the WordPress site ( I was formerly on Blogger). My blog was doing fairly well on Blogger, but I found I was limited in some creativity. So alas, here I am! These smoked wings are one of my favorites. These are very tasty, and use coconut aminos as a good substitute for soy sauce or even Worcestershire sauce.

About three hours before cooking the wings, place wings in a gallon zip-loc bag and add about 1/3 cup of coconut aminos.

After 3 hours have passed, place them on a large cutting board, with skin sides facing down. Sprinkle evenly the spices on one side, turn, and repeat on the other. Now its not too important to add a lot of spices, because the coconut aminos add much of the flavor.

Set grill or smoker to a temperature of 275 degrees. My wood of choice was hickory and apple wood. Place wings on grill and cook at 275 for one hour. After the wings have cooked for 1 hour, dampen or turn your heat down to about 250 and cook for another 30 minutes. Remove from grill and sprinkle about another teaspoon of the Weber smoking rub over the top of the wings.

These wings are now ready to eat! They were smoky, tender, had a little crispness to them. They were probably some of the best wings I’ve had!

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What Should I Create Next?(And Doctor’s Update)

Me before I lost 30 lbs.

Once again I’m thankful for the support I have received as I go through this journey of Meniere’s and also what might be some underlying issues that might be symptoms of Meniere’s.

I went to the dentist and he said a few things:

  1. I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was a teenager and the doctor said part of one wisdom tooth was still in my gums. That will be extracted.
  2. He said one of my canine on my lower teeth was dead. He also said there was some infection underneath it. He said for a while I’ll have to wear something called a “flipper.”
  3. I have one filling in my mouth that has mercury. They tested the mercury and said the filling was releasing gas and is above normal limits. So the process is to take the mercury and to fill it with something safer.
  4. After all of that, the doctor will check my bite and see if my bite is off. They will do a bite measure test so see if it is affecting my jaws in any way.

All in all, at the end of the month I’ll be having some work done! If it does help however with any of my Meniere’s symptoms, I’ll be glad to have it!

Thank you or following me on the journey so far. With that being said, I now pose a question for all of you.

What should I cook next?

Me cooking with my daughter Kelly.

If you stumble across this page and happen to like it, I wouldn’t mind some comments below on what I should cook next. What do you think? I want the readers to decide.

Should I make a giant hamburger?

This little masterpiece I made a while back for the girls.

Should I make some sushi?

I got back to making sushi a while ago.

Please comment below and share this with your friends. Who knows, if you comment I may pick your recommendation and make it. If I do, I’ll mention you and your website/WordPress when I make it!

Get those brains a going and give me some ideas! I would love to hear from you.

Thank you all! Now, lets talk about some food, fellowship, and faith!

-The Pastor Chef

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How to be a Christian

Thank you all for following me on my journey of Food, Fellowship, and Faith! I have posted a few recipes lately and also shared my experience as I try to find answers for my Meniere”s diagnosis. Its been a journey, for sure!

In the faith portion of my site, I wanted to share some steps on how to become a Christian. I love sharing food, I love having great fellowship, but I also love sharing my faith! Below is a short video on how to be a Christian. This is a short clip of when we were in lock down for the Covid-19 virus. Check it out!

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5-Ingredient Air-Fryer Bagels

1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 egg

Well finally being home from my doctor’s appointment from South Alabama, we had a lazy morning and my wife cooked a recipe she found online. I believe this recipe is floating around everywhere, so I have no clue who the original creator is. She got this recipe from Skinnytaste, so you can go and look at the full recipe there as well.

The method we used was our air-fryer, that turned the bagels quite well.

Take flour, baking powder, and salt and mix together in a bowl or mixer. Add the Greek yogurt and fold into dry mixture( with a fork or other utensil) until it has a crumbly consistency but is binding together.

Take from bowl and place on a flour-dusted surface and knead until its like a putty type consistency. It shouldn’t take more than 10-15 kneads to get that result.

Divide into four equal portions and form a ball. Roll each ball to 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick cylinder shape and join both ends. You pretty much know the shape of the bagel, so you may have to adjust to get it the way you want it.

Coat the top with egg wash( from the one beaten egg).

Place in the air fryer at 280 degrees for 15 minutes.

You can put pretty much anything on them, but they were good by themselves! Try this.

For Weight Watcher fans each bagel was about 2 points a piece.

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Back From South Alabama(and Jim’s BBQ)

A long couple of days! We are heading back to North Alabama and we are hopeful from some of the procedures that the BioDentist is going to do toward the end of the month.

While we were heading back we found a place in the middle of nowhere called Jim’s Barbecue. This apparently is a very famous BBQ joint in the Southeast here the woods. We decided to try their Big Jim BBQ sandwich and some onion rings. It was delicious!

We are almost home! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

-The Pastor Chef

Doctor’s Appointment

I wanted to give an update on my Doctor’s appointment today. First, thank each of you for your prayers and support for me. I’m amazed by the likes and support of my posts the past few days!

I went to a dental specialist today and he found a few things that I will need to get done to take the next step of looking at my jaw.

I will be having 3 types oral surgeries on August 31st. There will be a couple of other studies done after these procedures. While it was a lot to take in today, we are hopeful that we have some type of direction, and that the doctor just didn’t think I was crazy. Continue to pray for us for the next steps.

We are at a hotel tonight and we decided to do some Kyoto door dash. Time do eat some sushi dinner!

-The Pastor Chef