Do you enjoy a good love story?
I'm a sucker for a happily ever after. And these almond milk pudding parfaits make me pretty happy! You'll find the recipe a little further down.
Back to love stories...don't you find that a story filled with just highs and sunny skies doesn't reel you in as much as one where the couple has obstacles to face and hurdles they must overcome?! When the story goes so far as to present a tragedy they must endure, it makes their love story one to remember!
One of my favorite authors, Nicholas Sparks, has a new movie that will be released on February 5, The Choice. You can watch the trailer of The Choice here.
Like many other Nicholas Sparks stories, the setting is coastal Carolina. The couple are brought together through an encounter with their dogs. The crisis that occurs in this love story and the ensuing choices that must be made are ones that will tug at your heart strings and make you want to cry, 'Don't give up!'
My own love story has had its share of crises...
In our 23+ years of marriage, Mr DIY and I have faced multiple cross country moves, sick parents, miscarriage, death and the debilitating disease of depression.
We've chosen to stay together, even though there have been times it would have been easier just to call it quits.
Giving up is not an option, and each day we make choices that cement our marriage and make our love stronger.
Sometimes the choices are big such as...
Choosing to listen when we really want to yell and fight...
Choosing to talk through difficult times and making hard decisions together...
Choosing to forgive when we've been hurt...
And sometimes they're small choices like..
Choosing to take your wife to a romantic movie when you really
want to see the action flick!
want to see the action flick!
Choosing to think of the positive...
Choosing to smile...instead of bicker
I'll be the first to admit that we are FAR from perfect and we both blow it frequently, but at the same time, knowing that we are both committed to this thing called 'marriage' and making it work...makes our marriage stronger. I believe we'll have our own happily ever after!
One of the recent choices I made was to veer away from my typical gooey, decadent (read heavy on the calories) chocolate-y Valentines dessert because Mr DIY is on a low-carb diet. I still wanted to make something that we could enjoy together and feel like we were spoiling ourselves, without ruining his diet and success thus far (way to go babe, I'm so proud of you!).
So I made Chocolate Vanilla Pudding Parfaits, an easy treat that is impressive to look at and makes you feel like you're eating something really special...especially when you serve them in pretty footed goblets.
To make it a bit healthier, I used sugar-free pudding and almond milk. There's a trick to using almond milk and it's the addition of cornstarch. I read about it over at Single Girl Gourmet. You can read her post and then come back here because I have a few tips to share about my experience.
Here is everything I used to make these non-dairy pudding parfaits.
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- Vanilla and chocolate sugar-free instant pudding
- sugar-free Cool-Whip
- almond milk (I used the 30 calorie/serving unsweetened vanilla almond milk by Almond Breeze)
- Famous Chocolate Wafers (Oreos would be just as good)
- heart-shaped candy sprinkles (I found these at Walmart)
Assembling these pudding parfaits is easy and quick. And I can't wait to share them with my honey when he gets home from work tonight.
I hope you check out The Choice, in theaters February 5...the perfect Valentines movie!
bringing beauty to the ordinary,
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