anchored in light

A lifestyle blog about finding light in every avenue of life

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Moment

Hey everyone! How is your Monday going? As for me, I woke up with a cold and have felt very tired all day because of it. You know that lame, I'm tired but not sleepy but want to sit and do nothing tired. Yup, that's the one.

Anyway, on to the moments! :)



Last Tuesday the Captain and I went to the Salt Lake City Temple for the first time. Well, for the first time to do a session. And it was wonderful. We wondered around like lost sheep and nice old people told us where to go :)








I'm really unsure as to why hair never looks the same in pictures, but this was a good hair day












So you know how sometimes you write something and you think, this is the most amazing thing that has ever been written! Then you look at it a little later and you still think it's pretty good but maybe not quite up to where you thought it was. 
Then you look at it again and you think you're probably the worst ever.
I didn't know you could do that with art.
At first I thought this was pretty good.
Now it's starting to look like cotton candy...
It's all good.




Well that's all folks :) Also, I'm going to try and periscope on a regular basis, probably mostly about books ;) If you're on periscope my handle is @rachaelannestoll
I'd love to find some more people to follow, so if you're on Periscope send me your handle! 

Thanks for reading! See you all soon!
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bare Branches

Obviously the trees are turning green now, but I've always kind of been fascinated with the trees when they are empty. When they are just bark. This is a poem for the bare branches we all have, when we're brave enough to show them.



The trees are bare now
Reaching toward the sky
Unhindered by leaves
And blossoms


Bare
So that you can see homes
Nests that were hidden


They start out bare
They start out small
Then grow in distrust and sunlight
Clothing themselves in blossoms
Then leaves and fruit
Something to shield them
And something to give away


But covered

Until the Autumn comes
Until the heat recedes
Turning uniform green
Into snatches of sunset and fire
That fall


Leaving them bare
Bare to the snow and cold
Beautiful
A dead kind of beautiful
A slumbering kind of confidence
Like they don't care that you see their broken branches
The way the wind twisted them into their shape
The way someone pulled a chunk of bark off halfway up
They are solidarity
Arching their pale limbs toward the starlight and the snow drops
Bare and full
In a forest of branches. 





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Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Moments

Hey everyone! How is your Monday going? Today it was especially hard to go to work since the weekend was so good!



I got this quote from a hand lettering challenge for April. I saw it and I thought, Awesome! I'll just look up a tutorial on how to paint a watercolor galaxy and it will be super cool!
Cut to me actually looking them up and finding out that you needed all these things that I didn't have. Like masking fluid. I didn't even know this was a thing before that day.













I'm a little obsessed with blossoms, but you already knew that right? :)












Because I haven't gotten this dressed up in ages! Also this was at a wedding reception and wedding receptions are for good times :)

How was your week? I hope it was great! See you all soon!
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Monday

Hey hey it's Monday!
And I posted nothing this last week. Sorry guys. I apparently can run or I can write. And since I got back into running I've yet to learn balance. Is this a thing in anyone else's life?








We went to hot chocolate with Hatred :) I love their mint hot chocolate!




and this happened :)




I tried an Acai bowl and it was good :) I really want to get into smoothie bowls, anyone have any good recipes? 




How has your week been? I hope its been great! See you guys (type to you guys soon?)! 


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Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday Moments



Hey Everyone! Believe it or not as of today I have been married 5 months! It's crazy. Part of me feels like I have always been married, the other part of me feels like we just barely got married!

Anyway, onto the Moments of the week :)













I am a sucker for just about anything buffalo and I was REALLY craving tater tots. I used to work at Taco Maker as a teenager and their cheesy tater gems were my FAVORITE! I miss them all the time, so I decided to try out making my own with Sonic's tater tots. Not quite as good, but close!




If you follow me on instagram then you know that the Captain went out of town for 4 days and he sent me these flowers at work. I love getting flowers at work. It makes me feel so special and it's always a huge surprise!




We get our eggs from one of our neighbors and this one was so cute and speckled that I had to take a picture :)




This was my attempt at recording the curls actually working, and of course they never work in photos as well as I think they should. 









This was my Conference nest. My family all ended up being called away last minute so I had to rock the first session on my own. It was kind of fun though! I'll be doing a post about it next Sunday! I hope you all enjoyed it though, or what did you do over the weekend?


Thanks for reading! I hope that you're having a good Monday!
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Friday, April 1, 2016

Conference Crepes + Crepe Sauce



I don't know about you guys, but when General Conference rolls around you've got to have something special for breakfast. One of my favorites is Crepes. I've been slightly obsessed with them since I learned how to make them on my own.

They are way easier to make than it seems so don't be intimidated!



Here is my favorite
Recipe for Crepes


1 Cup all- purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Water
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter (Melted)


1. Whisk together flour and eggs. 

2. Gradually add milk and water, stirring to combine.

3. Add salt and butter, beat until smooth (My batter is always lumpy, I usually just cook them that way and no one ever complains. However, you can strain the batter if it bothers you)

4. Pour approx. 1/4 Cup of batter per crepe. Tilt pan to coat the surface evenly. Cook on preheated griddle or frying pan (you can see I'm a fan of the cast iron skillet). I usually cook them on medium, but that can be too hot depending on your stovetop.

5. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is lightly brown. You can usually tell when they're ready to flip because the batter on top changes color. Flip with spatula (or a rubber scraper is my preferred choice) and cook the other side (about 30 seconds).

6. Serve Hot :)


These do take awhile to cook up the whole batch. I recommend preheating your oven to about 100 degrees and starting early. When a crepe is finished you can stack them on a plate in your preheated oven so that they stay warm :)

Also the crepes below are Gluten free, made with gluten free flour instead of all purpose. If you go this route you'll want a spoon to spread the batter out. They still taste great! They just don't look as pretty :)



You Can also serve them with what I call 


Crepe Sauce

1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 brick Cream Cheese

Beat together with a hand mixer!

It makes a fair amount, so you can freeze the extra and use it another day if you have leftovers!








Hope that you have a great General Conference!
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