A Fork in the Road {Adoption}

I wish I had an exciting adoption update to share, but here is a little brief nonetheless!

For some back history, I talked a little bit about our journey in this post, when I proclaimed that I was done with infertility treatments. We started adopting from Nicaragua and things were grand. We even decided that we were going to adopt siblings! Two kids under five as first time parents! Double the fun or Crazy with a capital C? You’re choice.

Well, all was fine until it wasn’t. Adoption is a rocky process as is, but recent law changes impacted our situation. We still haven’t received our final approval from the Nicaraguan government. We have heard nothing. Zilch. Nada. We certainly aren’t giving up, but we are keeping our options open; when you want a family, you are willing to do anything.

It was that very thought that landed us in the stirrups of a fertility specialist. I started working with an awesome doctor in Winston-Salem over the summer and I pick up with my new doctor here in Tennessee next week. A not so small part of my heart wants us to get that approval so we can continue down the path of bringing our Nicaraguan little ones home. Once you open up to the idea of adoption, you can’t look back.

So what is the point of all this? We’re at a fork in the road. Cheers to having no idea what next looks like!

Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie

I’m popping in quickly this morning to share my latest smoothie addiction, this Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie.

I’m not sure about you, but every time I make a new smoothie, I always second guess myself. As in, I’m skeptical. Do I reeallly want to try this concoction? When it comes to Raspberry Pineapple, the answer is yes, yes you do want to try it.

I’d feel ridiculous typing this out as an actual recipe, so here is the short version. 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries + 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple + 1 cup of water. Blend!

So how does it taste?

Refreshing! There’s a slight zing to it thanks to the tart raspberries, but it’s surprisingly sweet at the same time.

Three ingredients. Two minutes. Breakfast is served!

Crockpot Apple Butter

Crockpot Apple Butter // www.aliforrest.com

We’re going to play a game of Let’s Make a Deal, fall foods edition. You can have all the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I, on the other hand, will take all the Crockpot Apple Butter. Sound fair? Over the weekend, I had a burning desire to make a batch. Lurking in my crisper drawer was a [...]

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Taking My Chances

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Welcome to my new and improved blog!! Chandler jokes that while some people collect things like mugs and stamps, I am a hoarder of domain names. Over the past couple of of years, I have had several, ranging from Pink Spatulas to Ali Eats Clean to Gluten Free Perspective to Little Life Blog and now [...]

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Butterscotch Brownies

Gluten Free Butterscotch Brownies // www.aliforrest.com

Two words = Dangerously delicious. Say hello to Butterscotch Brownies! While seemingly unimpressive and ordinary in appearance, these brownies are rich and decadent. Each bite will have you relishing in buttery caramel goodness. Slightly crisped edges and soft, gooey middles, this Butterscotch Brownie rivals even its most chocolate- filled sibling. The original recipe is part [...]

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Life Lessons from the Dog

Life Lessons From the Dog // aliforrest.com

Today is Riley’s Gotcha Day! My best buddy is approximately six! In honor of this milestone, here are six lessons I have learned from having him in my life. If you are awkward, own it!  If Riley was a human actor, he would be Sheldon Cooper, and not because he is a genius. My dog [...]

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