Shaffer Pizza Sauce

Each Friday we have a tradition of making our own homemade pizzas. We have found this to be a special tradition as we have joined two family recipes and made it our own. The dough we get from my family, and the sauce from Stephen’s. With permission, we’re sharing our sauce recipe. Ingredients: 6oz. Tomato…

First Glance: Genesis 15

“Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness. – Genesis 15:5-6 Growing up, the story of Abraham was one of my favourites. I had several cassette…

Butterfly Pattern Baby Afghan

I made this afghan for the daughter of a close friend who loves butterflies. My go-to pattern for baby afghans has an angel design (see here). It is quite simple and easy to do. However, I wanted to try something new this time and so, rather than the angel, I designed my own butterfly pattern.…

Searching for “Home”

I recently heard a sermon on Exodus 40 and it got me to thinking. There is so much that happens in this chapter: God speaks to Moses, giving final instructions for the tabernacle; the tabernacle is set up; each piece of liturgical furniture is given its place; the glory of the LORD fills the tabernacle;…

First Glance: Luke 24

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24:5 In looking through Luke’s account of Jesus’ resurrection (and glancing at Matthew, Mark, and John), I was struck by the fact that none of them record the resurrection itself. There are plenty of witnesses to the…

I’m glad I’m not the Chief

It was 1:30 in the morning when my pager went off. There was a house fire about eight miles from town. My first real, serious fire. As I struggled out of bed and into enough clothes to head over to the fire station, a part of me regretted having joined the local fire department. I…

Bottle Puzzle Feeder

Our cat Julian is a very curious and spunky eight-month-old kitten. Recently I came across a website which introduced the concept of homemade puzzle feeders. This seemed like something Julian would really enjoy, and so I decided to try it out. If the toy failed miserably I could simply recycle it later. I took a…

First Glance: Jonah 4

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” Jonah 4:9 Chapter 3 of Jonah ends with what would have seemed the perfect opportunity to celebrate. The disaster is averted, the people saved, God decided not to destroy Nineveh! People should…