Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Baking & Cooking Music Playlist

Besides writing, baking and cooking are my favorite ways to pass the time. I love putting some good music on in the kitchen and baking brownies or cooking a delish pasta dish or Mexican food. I just find it to be very relaxing and creative. I would often bake a pan of fudge brownies and then sit down to write lyrics. I would later let my sister (who is my go to gal when I need opinions on my writing) read my lyrics and she would laugh because there always seemed to be frosting smudges on the paper. She would say that my papers always had ink and frosting on them...thus the name for my blog lol. Recently I made me a cd of songs to listen to in the kitchen and I thought I would share it with you guys, along with a little list of dishes I've been wanting to make. I would love to hear what your favorite things to bake and cook are. Do you listen to music in the kitchen? If so, what songs? Hope you enjoy! :)

Baking & Cooking Music Playlist:

1. Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
2. The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson
3. Blessed by Brett Dennen
4. Hot Cookin' by G. Love
5. The Story by Tristan Prettyman
6. Tom's Diner by Suzzane Vega
7. Musicbox by Regina Spektor
8. Nolita Fairytale by Vanessa Carlton
9. 1,2,3,4 by Fiest
10. Sugartown by Nancy Sinatra
11. The Joint by Mindi Abair
12. Platanitos by Switchfoot (Mexico)
13. Know Your Onion by The Shins
14. Death By Chocolate by Sia
15. It's Alright by Komeda
16. The Devil Is Bad by The W's
17. Underwater by Switchfoot
18. Tea And Sympathy by Jars Of Clay
19. Shoefly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy by Stan Kenton & June Christy
20. Just For Now by Imogen Heap
21. So We Never Got To Paris by Out Of The Grey
22. Let's Dance by Hawk Nelson
23. Country Gentlemen by Family Force 5

To Cook ~

1.Chicken Piccata
2.Chicken Marsala

To Bake ~
1.Creme Brulee
2.Chocolate Souffle
4.Homemade Bread

To Perfect ~
2.Flourless Chocolate Cake

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Become Clearer To Me

The longer I live the more
confusing this life becomes
to me. I dig for truth,
searching for you, but
find very little water
to quench my thirst.  

Can't except that this is my fate,
to drown in the murky waters
of this worlds chaos and hate.
Take me to another place, to
breathe in mercy, to dive in grace.

I wanna go somewhere.
Take me somewhere.
I want to know
all the mysteries that have
perplexed my soul.
Run farther than the oceans go.
I hope that after I swim
the seven seas you'll
become clearer to me.
Become clearer to me.

The longer I live the more I
question what I thought I
knew. Holding on to you with
all my heart, though I struggle
to find you in a world that
is so dark. Truth is hazy when
no one believes in absolutes.

Can't except that this is my fate,
to drown in the murky waters
of this worlds chaos and hate.
Take me to another place, to
breathe in mercy, to dive in grace.

(Repeat Chorus)

I miss you when I run away,
and I'm amazed of the way
you call me back to you.
Oh how I have only seen
what is just a mere glimpse
of this mystery. But I will
wait till the veil between
me and you is torn in two,
and as clear as glass I finally
see you.

(Repeat Chorus 2x)

© Krystal Celeste

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Marks Of Beauty

I believe in a God that makes everything beautiful in its own time. I believe in a God that can take the scars in your life and heal them and give you beauty in place of them. I believe in a God that loves to surprise us with His beauty and redemption. I believe in God who can renew and resurrect what feels dead inside you.

It may not seem like it right now but there is a purpose for your pain. Hold on. Hold on to a God who makes beauty from pain.

Marks Of Beauty

I haven't always known your plan but I've always felt your hand holding tight to mine. I've often wondered what you were thinking putting me in a land that I could never understand. But I've always had faith that you could see a bigger picture than me. That you heal scars beautifully.

I've often asked you to spare me from pain, but I'm somehow becoming thankful for my scars. Through the darkness I've found the light, or maybe it's found me. Your grace has made my scars marks of beauty. Marks of beauty.

You said I should rejoice when these troubles come my way, but that seems impossible to a scared heart like mine. Oh will you make me brave? Brave enough to believe you. Believe that you make all things beautiful in their own time.

{Repeat Chorus}

I believe you work all things out for the good of those who love you and are called according to your purpose. I believe you are healing my scars beautifully. I believe your making me beautiful in my own time. I believe these scars add depth to my life.

{Repeat Chorus 2x}

(C) Krystal Celeste

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Simple Things.


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I dream of simple things I can believe in, like the feeling this day brings. True love and the miracle of forgiving. I believe in simple things.”


Life has felt way too serious and intense lately. I feel like I’m in desperate need of a breather, a vacation, in desperate need of simple things. Do you ever feel that way?


Certain things have been weighing really heavy on my heart these past few months. I’ve been missing people who were once a part of my life everyday. Been scared of having to be away from my sister/best friend who might be moving away soon. Been angry and hurt by someone, and I know I have to forgive but I’m really struggling with it.


Though I am thankful that I feel and see God bringing healing into a certain situation that has been long over due.


So many changes are happening in my life right now. Some good and some not so good. I’m having to let go of old familiar things, and having to try and find a way to make room for the new. New stages of life scare me a bit. There’s a lot of losing, and readjusting, and hoping. And somehow I feel myself sinking beneath the emotions of the day and I start to wonder where the simple happiness has gone. Suddenly where the joy of my day is found starts to become a little unclear as the smoke of anger, hurt, pain, and fear cloud the air I breath. I’m craving the simple.


One thing I’ve been trying to remember is that I have to let the joy of the Lord be my strength. No one is responsible for my joy, I have to find it in Christ. I know that having Jesus in my life doesn’t mean I won’t experience pain but with Him I truly believe that even in the midst of pain, I can still have joy when I awake and peace when I go to sleep.


The lyric I posted at the top is from a song by Amy Grant called “Simple Things”. I feel like I need to be more aware of the simple joys of simple things in life. We can miss so much everyday if we aren’t paying attention. So in honor of hoping for simple things, I wrote a list of some simple things that make me very happy. :)


“I Dream Of Simple Things List”

~ Road trips with my family. I love traveling with my family, there’s just so much comfort in that. In just a couple weeks we are actually going on a road trip to Dallas for “The Rock And Worship Road Show”, a big concert with a bunch of awesome Christian bands. I’m so excited for our little mini vacation!

~Fresh & clean linens

~Fresh baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

~Cooking dinner with my mom

~Baking brownies and listening to music, for some reason those two things go hand and hand for me.

~Late night convos with my sister. I always feel like I learn so much from our talks.

~Watching my Gilmore Girls dvds. Makes me feel happy and comforted. Odd but true.

~Amazing books you just can’t stand to put down.

~Music that makes you feel and think.

~Evening walks at the bay and car rides with my mom & sister, talking and laughing together.

~My precious little cat Daisy.

~Being creative. Writing, whether it be lyrics, poems, or blogs, it’s such a gift from God. To be creative is to be free for me.

~Afternoons spent playing the piano

~Getting magazines, catalogs (I can tend to be catalog obsessed), and packages in the mail.

~Old photos of my cousins and I. Looking at them makes me smile.

~Jazz music. I love listening to Mindi Abair & Diana Krall.

~Photos of my grandpa playing the saxophone in church

~Sunny, breezy spring days.

~Cute coffee shops.

~Spending hours browsing in bookstores

~Picnics. I have so been wanting to go on a picnic lately. It’s the perfect time of year for one.

~Early morning sunlight peaking through my blinds. 

~Reading blogs. This has become such a online past time of mine. There really are so many creative and inspiring blogs to read and learn from. If I let myself I can read blogs for hours at a time.

~Dr. Pepper. Especially with Vanilla. Yum!

~Cupcakes! Fun to make and fun to eat.

~Inspiring quotes. I love to read and collect quotes that inspire me.

~Journals. Big spiral notebooks and journals with pretty paper on the inside make me smile.