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Hi, I’m Matthew, a husband, father, United Methodist Minister, former Army Sniper and Modern Day Mystic who is passionate about practical spirituality, religion and culture, the real lives of ministers, cooking, and travel. Thanks for visiting!

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Chicken Noodle Soup

The Ingredients Whole Chicken (I prefer NAE, if possible)Whole, Unpeeled Carrots (8)Celery Stalk (1)Large Yellow Onion (1)Green Onions (1 bunch)Shallot (1)Minced GarlicFresh Parsley (1 bunch)Maple SyrupChicken Broth 32 oz (2)Celtic Sea SaltCoarse Black PepperExtra Wide Egg Noodles (1 bag) The Recipe There really is nothing quite like a great bowl of chicken noodle soup on…

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Margherita Pizza

The Ingredients The Sauce:Crushed Fire Roasted Tomatoes (28 oz can) (2)Tomato Paste (6 oz can) (1)Minced GarlicItalian SeasoningCoarse Black PepperCeltic Sea Salt The Crust:Artisan Bread Flower (2 cups)Active Dry Yeast ( 1 Packet)Sugar (about 2 Tbsp)Celtic Sea Salt (about 1 Tbsp)Extra Virgin Olive Oil The Toppings:Sliced Mozzarella or Burrata CheeseFresh Basil Leaves (preferably straight from…

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Matthew’s Chili

Ingredients Lean Ground Beef (1-1.5 lbs)Ground Sweet Italian Sausage (1-1.5 lbs)Sweet Green Bell Pepper (1)Large Yellow Onion (1)Large Red Onion (1)Stewed Fire Roasted Tomatoes (1 28 oz can)Dark Red Kidney Beans (1 14.5 oz can)Tomato Sauce (1 8 oz can)Guinness Stout (1 bottle)Worcestershire SauceMinced Garlic (4 cloves)Celtic Sea SaltCoarse Black PepperCrushed BasilGround CinnamonChili PowderPaprikaExtra Virgin…

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About Me

Hi, I’m Matthew. I’m a sixth generation Army campaign veteran, an ordained United Methodist Minister, a modern day mystic serving as the second abbot of a modern monastic community, and the descendant of a Trail of Tears survivor.  I would love to share my story with you and I often speak about different aspects of what I’ve learned along the way. Read more

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