Archive for May, 2014

Sincerely Yours, Love Letters

Monday, May 26th, 2014


Seven years ago, I married the man of my dreams, my high school sweetheart Michael. Michael and I became close friends during our senior year of high school. I realized he really had a crush on me when he started showing up on the front row seat of every one of my wrestling matches, never embarrassed, always cheering me on. We had so much fun together that year, getting to know one another, he even taught me to play pool. We were new believers at the time, passionately in love with Jesus. From the time we started to get to know each other I could see God’s call on Michael’s life in the way he LOVED.  This sweet young man loved with his whole heart, held nothing back. He impressed me most when he took the time to build a relationship with my best friends, my grandma and great grandma Ida. Before I ever received flowers from Michael, he had the most beautiful bouquet delivered to my grandmother on her birthday. He also helped me plan my 18th birthday party at my great grandmother’s nursing home. It was then I KNEW he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

Michael has been by my side through all the major events in my life; senior prom, high school graduation, the deaths of those so dear to me, my first mission trip, we even set out for college together. We attended Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, 752 miles away from home. During college we both grew and matured, changed, but one thing that stayed the same… our love for each other. Just 3 weeks after graduation we said our “I DOs.” God has taken us on adventures I could never imagined… coffee in downtown Prague, scuba diving in Hawaii, making new friends and a new home in Georgia, helping me to run across San Francisco, and my most favorite memory of all the birth of our beautiful baby boy.

From my 18th birthday until today, Michael has always been my best friend, my support, my comfort, my everything.

This week, my challenge to you is to sit down with a good cup of coffee and remember that person who has taught you about LOVE.

Sincerely Yours,

Leather Stamping and poetry

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Leather steve   other leather

As a young girl, I spent summers in Arizona with my grandparents, great uncle Steve and his wife, my aunt Kay. This may have been the root of my affection for all things Southwest? My Uncle Steve was a leather working hippie. He made saddles, drove a stage coach, traded Indian’s leather for beautiful turquoise and even wrote poetry. I could sit and listen for hours as he told of his adventures living outdoors in the majestic Garden of the Gods, traveling, living life to the fullest. Several of my uncle’s saddles are featured in the movie “Dancing with Wolves,” I cannot count the number of times I would watch the credits to see if my uncle’s name would scroll across the movie screen… they never did. One of my most favorite memories of my uncle was of a time I was playing outside in front of my grandparent’s Arizona home, when a very large rattle snake interrupted my fun! From across the yard my uncle saw the danger and ran over to attack the snake with a garden rake. After killing the snake, he brought the poor snake over to me to take a look. I had never seen a snakes rattle up close. As my grandmother and I looked upon the snake in amazement, the rattle shook, loud and fierce. I don’t think I have ever ran so hard or fast in my life! My uncle made for me with the snakes skin a lovely belt fitted with silver tips he traded from an Indian reservation. He was an wonderful artist. His signature trademark were Dogwood blossoms. Each piece of his handcrafted leather, was decorated beautifully with Dogwood flowers. I am fortunate enough to have two beautiful leather pieces from my uncle to bring me inspiration, to remind me of his love and to teach my son about beauty.

In honor of our uncle, Jude, my brothers and I learned to use leather stamps. Leather stamping is easy and fun! We made several bracelets and keychains to give to our friends and family. This craft was perfect for Jude, giving him the opportunity to find the letters of his name and to form patterns. I think his pieces may have turned out better than the rest of ours. We had a perfect Uncle Steve day!!!

Supplies needed:

Leather stamps

Leather stamp tool handle

Leather keychains, bracelets or your choice of

Wooden or rubber mallet

Leather stain


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I choose this adorable “Indian Lore” stamp set. I knew Jude would love the idea of telling a story with the characters in this set; a bird, a deer, an arrow, a flowing river and a sun. I also purchased a complete set of alphabet stamps, because what kid does not love to put their name on their masterpiece?

To begin, dampen the leather (I learned this lesson the hard way). As you can see we began this “Jude” bracelet without applying water to the leather. Dampening the leather allows the leather to become more pliable resulting in a deeper more clear image.


Layout your design before you begin to stamp your leather piece. This allows you to space out stamps evenly.


Jude was able to strike the stamp hard enough himself. However, I was quite worried about my fingers. 



Let the leather dry and apply a leather finish of your choice. I choose a desert tan stain. Jude had an idea of his own, he wanted color, so he ran in the house to grab his watercolor paint set. I wasn’t sure if the paint would stick… but to my surprise it did! I love the way his little creative brain works. Soon my brother’s joined in to add color to their pieces. Jude was so proud to give his Dad a handmade keychain and attach his J keychain to his backpack.

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For Joy a Gift

For each and every joyful thing.

for twilight swallows on the wing.

for all that nests and all that sing.

For fountains cool that laugh & leap,

for rivers running to the deep.

for happy, care-forgetting sleep.

For stars that pierce the somber dark,

For morn, awaking with the hark,

For new life new stirring neath the bark,

For sunshine and the blessed rain,

For budding grove and blossoms lane,

For the sweet silence of the plain,

For bounty springing from the sod,

For every steep by beauty trod,

For each dear gift of joy,

Thank God!

 – a poem by my uncle, Steve L. Singmaster

Make-up Tips for Busy Women, with Lauryl Andrae

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

It’s a busy world we live in. We are overloaded and engrossed with each passing moment, and as a mom with a full-time career, I often neglect taking care of ME. I find myself omitting necessary habits such as: showering and exercise, shaving and deodorant. It happens. And let’s be honest…there are days I’m lucky just to make it out the house with my clothes facing the right direction!

When it comes to makeup, I have very little time to entertain it, and even beyond that…NO CLUE. So I asked my sweet friend, and Professional Makeup Artist Lauryl Andrae, if she would share with us some of her helpful and easy beauty techniques. For those of you like me, with a desire to look and feel your best quickly and simply, then you have stopped at the right place.

Lauryl is passionate about makeup, working for local photographers, salons and as an independent beauty consultant.  The heart of her passion comes by, “watching her work transform women from the inside out—to see them take note of how beautiful they really are.” I learned so much from this ambitious, inspiring and beautiful woman. Who knows, I may even let her give me a makeover!

Makeup we used:

Mirabella liquid foundation

Naked basic eye palette by Urban Decay

Mirabella Glowing blush duo

Eyelash curler

Lorelle Voluminous mascara

Pixie extra eye bright liner

Nude lip liner, Mirabella shy luster liner

Lipstick and gloss



“Let’s talk brushes”

It is important to have great brushes. Brushes are your investment piece. If you spend the money on a great set of brushes and take really good care of them, they will last a lifetime.

Face blender brush: this large circular brush provides lightweight application of product. This brush works well for applying both liquid, cream and powder foundations, blush and bronzer. The end result of using this tool is an airbrush quality, high definition, and flawless appearance.

Eye blender brush: This brush is created to help apply color to the eyelid with ease and the tapered head allows for easy blending.


When selecting the perfect foundation, it is important to go get matched at a spa or salon (Check out pHyxx Salon in Columbus, GA). Lighting is terrible in the mall, so if you are getting matched at your favorite makeup counter, leave the store to check out your makeup color outside in natural lighting. You can always return and purchase your makeup later. Mirabella online also has a perfect match test… check it out!

Lauryl recommends a liquid foundation. Especially for us busy women who often look tired and haggard, liquid foundation covers well! Use one pump of foundation on your face blender brush and dab your face in 5 spots; middle of your forehead, nose, chin and both cheeks.


5 spots

Blend the foundation in a circular motion to cover your entire face and carry out under your chin. As a concealer, dap a little extra foundation under your eye for dark circles or to a zit…



Lauryl’s brush secret…

Keep a towel next to your workstation. Spray the towel with rubbing alcohol and use this to clean off your brushes throughout your makeup routine, this will help extend the life of your brush. Allow the brush to dry completely after use. 

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Brows and cheeks


Next, brows and cheeks because they frame your face. Use a matte brown shadow and an angle brush to work the color into your brow. Fill in the brow just the way they naturally are, following the basic shape of your eyebrow. When applying blush, don’t smile. Instead, put your head down, so you can see your cheek bones and apply powder. Feel free to smile and apply what is left on your brush to finish coloring in your pretty little cheeks.


Hint: your brow shadow should be about 2 shades lighter than your hair color.



Use your ring finger to tap out any creases made on your eyelid while applying your foundation.


Apply a light matte color to your entire eyelid. This will act as a setting powder to keep your eye makeup from creasing, helps to eliminate any red or blue tints of color on your lid and “wakes up” your tired eyes.

Next, for a fancier look add a highlight, a little shimmer under the brow bone and inner corner of your eye.


And if you have a few extra minutes, use a mid tone color in the crease of your eye, using a windshield wiper motion to apply.

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When it comes to eyeliner, a coal pencil is great because it is really forgivable. Along the lash line, make small little dashes to make your eyelashes look fuller and gives your eye more definition. Again, don’t worry about your liner being perfectly applied, blend, working the liner into your lashes with your fingertip or a Qtip. 


Underneath the eye, line along your lash line from the outer corner of your eye up to the widest part of your eye, the middle of your pupil.

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Always, always curl your eyelashes and use mascara for an instant wake up!

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Apply your favorite mascara. Don’t you just love Lauryl’s “mascara face!”I learned that using a water proof mascara daily can cause you to have brittle, dry lashes.


Use an “eye bright liner” to line the inner rim of your eye.



Using a nude liner, fill in your entire lip. For us busy women, this helps your lipstick to stay put throughout the day. Apply your lipstick and a pop of gloss to the middle of your lip for that pouty effect.


Brush Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive 2 Mirabella brushes; a face blender brush ($42 value) and an eye blender brush ($27 value).

To enter: Follow Flying Paper Airplanes on Instagram and Facebook. Next, Follow Lauryl’s adventures on Instagram @Lauryl_makeupartist and like her at Finally, post and tag a photo of your best “mascara face” to Instagram using hashtag #FPAmascaraface. Winner will be announced Wednesday, May 28!!!

Good Luck!

A special thanks to Melodi Pike for the beautiful photography. Check her out on facebook!

And the winner is @photosvialt!!!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Saturday, May 10th, 2014


C is for cookie! Chocolate chip, oatmeal, snickerdoodles, my great grandma’s perfect sugar cookies and peanut butter. My Grandma and I have tried almost every cookie recipe under the sun. Batches upon batches, adding different spices, nuts and candies, hours spent in the kitchen with my best friend. It was not uncommon for us to make hundreds of cookies in a day! But, when it came to peanut butter cookies my grandma never steered far from traditional. The name brand cookie recipe peeled from the back of that famous stick of shortening. Pushing fork tines into the center of the cookie to form a criss cross pattern. Only on the most special occasions, would she allow me to push a Hershey’s kiss right in the middle, but always the criss cross. So when I suggested that she try my new, a little less traditional recipe, she was not too happy. Instead of pressing these cookies with a fork, I roll the dough into balls and roll the balls in sparkling white sugar. As the cookies bake, they begin to flatten a crack on top. This technique doesn’t work with traditional peanut butter cookie recipes, which make a more dense cookie, thus the need to be flattened prior to baking.

The recipe for these soft, sugary, oh so peanut buttery cookies is great for baking with kids.  Our “Candice’s Peanut Butter Cookies”(in a sarcastic tone) grew to be my grandma’s favorite, although she could never quite get them right. She would argue, “peanut butter cookies HAVE to have a criss cross pattern!” We agreed on most everything… but these cookies.

Candice’s” Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
Small bowl of sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric mixer combine both sugars, peanut butter and butter until fluffy, thoroughly combine. Next, mix in the eggs and vanilla. In a seperate bowl sift dry ingrediants or stir them together with a metal whisk. Combine wet and dry mixtures and you have your dough! Form the dough into a ball with your hands or use a mini ice cream scoop and roll each dough ball in sugar until all area is covered in sugar. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 12-13 minutes.

Enjoy and let me know how you like them!

Flying Paper Airplanes Launch Giveaway!!!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


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Flying Paper Airplanes is a lifestyle blog dedicated to sharing my love for food, motherhood, DIY and adventure! It is my goal to inspire and nurture others as I open my home, set the table and share life with you.

Several years ago I shared my dream to create Flying Paper Airplanes with my best friend, my grandma. Through her inspiration and love, it was my hopes to record my family favorite recipes and traditions. We dreamed of the posts we would create together, played in the kitchen for hours cooking, just trying to perfect our peanut brittle recipe and having so much fun. Unfortunately my sweet grandmother never had a chance to see our dream put to screen. It is for her I share my life with you… it is through Flying Paper Airplanes that I share her with you.

A paper airplane, to me, is a symbol of tradition and adventure. Our grandparents constructed paper planes, our parents, us, and now our children… some things never change. The best part of making paper airplanes, is the fun of seeing how far they can fly, the adventure. Sometimes they crash, making an opportunity for others to join in, to help the plane to fly. Every time I have made a paper airplane, people want to play, to show me their unique way to construct the most perfectly aerodynamic plane, to show how they were taught.

Food has always been a part of my life. The fondest memories of my childhood are of times spent in the kitchen learning to cook with my grandma. Feeding people and nurturing community is a passion of mine. If I had my choice my house would always be full of friends with really full bellies. I simply love opening my home to others and want to make it an inviting and fun place.

I believe it is important to preserve family traditions, despite the fast pace world around me. My amazing husband and sweet little boy are the center of my world. I am learning to be a mother to the most compassionate and silly 4 year old. I believe it is important to preserve family memories and stories, learning from those who have poured into us. With my son, I want to share adventures, experience food and teach my little man how to love others and most importantly, to love Jesus. And I need all the advice I can get! I will share with you all the ways that I am learning to creatively engage his little imagination.

I value adventure! I love traveling, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. Through Flying Paper Airplanes, I will share my favorite places, our travels local and abroad; restaurants, outdoors and even around the globe.

Flying Paper Airplanes Launch Giveaway

Let’s have some fun! I am looking forward to having you as a part of this adventure with me. As a thank you for your love and support and in celebration of making this happen, I have put together a little giveaway of a few of my favorite things (well, what I am into this week).

Right now I am reading Restless by Jennie Allen. Would you like a copy of your own?

I am having so much fun planning and writing my letters for Letter A Week Challenge. I have combined a few of my favorite notecards to make this little pack of fun notecards and a book of stamps for you to keep up with me in this challenge!

Aren’t these mason jar drinking lids the cutest?

Starbucks has recently released a new reserve, Kona Parry Estate ($24.95 per 1/2 lb.) This rare coffee is to be treasure, shared with friends, perfect in a press. I can’t wait to have friends over to share this treat.

I have eaten way to many of these coconut and almond chocolate chip cookies all because my grandpa had a coupon… now I am hooked. Hopefully they are not just seasonal or I will be heart broken.

To enter: leave a comment sharing what you would like to see most on the blog (recipes, stories, DIY), like Flying Paper Airplanes on Facebook & repost and tag me with this giveaway on Instagram (#fpagiveaway). A winner will be announced on Sunday, May 11… Good Luck!

Restless  Notecards  Mason Jar  Kona  Maui


Bruschetta pull apart bread

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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If I could fill my garden with just one thing, it would have to be basil. I could eat it everyday! I love the fresh taste and the intoxicating smell. In pasta or on bruschetta. Bruschetta is prepared by  rubbing grilled slices of bread with garlic, piling it high with tomatoes, basil and drizzling it with rich olive oil. This twist on traditional bruschetta can be served as a starter, side or snack shared with friends, and stars my favorite herb, basil. Fresh basil, juicy tomatoes, ooey gooey cheese… bruschetta pull apart bread is messy, but oh so fun to share!

Bruschetta Pull Apart Bread

1 loaf of sourdough bread

8 oz cream cheese, softened

4 tbs. of your favorite basil pesto

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

1/2 cup shredded parmesan

3-4 oz fresh mozzarella

2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

Combine tomatoes, garlic, 1 tbs. olive oil, basil, salt and pepper in a bowl, stir and allow to marinate. Use a serrated knife to slice the bread, both directions. Do not cut through the bottom of the crust. Mix together the cream cheese and pesto. Use a butter knife to spread the cream cheese mixture between the slices. Pile high the tomato mixture and the cheeses on the bread. Drizzle with remaining olive oil. Bake the bread for 15-20 minutes. Switch your oven to broil and broil for 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese nicely. Let cool 5-10 minutes. Serve on a platter to be shared with friends. If messy is not for you, feel free to use a knife and a fork.


Sincerely Yours, Encouragement

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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Encouragement, something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident. Everyone needs a little encouragement, especially when going through a difficult time. This type of note will certainly put a smile on someone’s face and may even change their outlook on a situation. It is important to focus on the positive. Share a funny story, an example of a time you have seen victory in this type of situation or an uplifting passage scripture. Be genuine and meaningful.

Looking out my window on the this beautiful spring day leaves me feeling encouraged. The warm sunshine and blossoming flowers, new life. I think I may get a few pictures printed out to add in my letter this week?

Sweet Friend,

I am thinking of you, praying for you, feeling for you, I love you.

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Sincerely Yours,



Flying Paper Airplanes