Four Yummy Things to do with Lite Vanilla Yogurt

Several months ago, I made {um…tried to make} a switch from things like ice cream to yogurt, sour cream to greek yogurt, and heavy snacks to lighter ones.  I’ve been only mildly successful, but a little bit is more than nothing… right?  ;-)  Anyway, one of the most versatile foods in finding substitutions for something sweet, especially at nighttime, is lite vanilla yogurt.  As I was enjoying my “coffee yogurt” tonight, I realized that I have probably found at least ten different {new to me} ways to use vanilla yogurt, so I hopped on my computer and started listing them all.  Then I realized that they could be summarized in about three or four recipes with variations and obvious add ins.  So instead of all 10ish, I offer my favorite 4 – which, by the way, are “free” foods on the Weight Watcher’s Simply Filling plan. :-)

1.  Coffee Yogurt Drink

  • 1 carton of lite vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup (or less) of cold coffee (flavored or regular, decaf or regular)
  • 1 packet of stevia sweetener
  • Mix together and sip through a wide straw


2.  Fruit Dip

(I’ve shared this before)
3 Ingredient Creamy, Light Fruit Dip.


3.  Chocolate/Cinnamon Yogurt

  • 1 carton lite vanilla yogurt
  • 1 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1 packet of stevia sweetener
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Mix and enjoy


4.  Creamy Orange Crush

  • 1 carton lite vanilla yogurt
  • 1 can of Orange diet soda (I’m loving the Orange Crush 10)
  • Mix together and add ice if desired.  Enjoy through a large straw.


Just thought I would share.  Hope you are off to a wonderful day.  :-)



Monday’s Makes Me Smile – A few Favorite Funnies

Good morning!  I pray that you all had a blessed Easter weekend and celebrated new life that Jesus brings to us on a continual basis. That, in itself, is enough to make us smile!  Right?  :-)

As I was going through some uploaded pictures for last week’s Easter posts, I laughed out loud at some of the earlier Makes Me Smile pictures I had saved.  So today is a reposting of some of the funniest.  Hope they make you smile (again). :-)









2c6ac3e1b0b6cda91a0280d7462431ddThis cracks me up every time I see it.  Still!  It was one of the first pictures I ever posted on Monday’s Makes Me Smile. Still laughing!  Who is this man?  And WHO made those shorts???






A crown






20130423-092017.jpgSo true!  Right?  Haha!

But of all things that make us smile… God is the One who does it best and makes it last.

Helper of my countenance.

A blessed new week to you all~



Following Jesus’ Footsteps – Resurrection Sunday: The Beautiful Result of Holy Week!


esus Lives!


Happy Resurrection Sunday to you!  What did Jesus do on this day?  He arose!  He paid the price and redeemed you and me!  He defeated death!  He is ALIVE!  Jesus Lives!  A men?

Want to read all about it?

The Resurrection: Matthew 28: Mark 16: Luke 24: John 20

As you read these passages, pay special attention to the individuals, to what they were thinking, to how they responded to Jesus, and to how the resurrection message could apply to each life and bring about victorious change.  Then apply that resurrection message to your own life!

This is what we celebrate!  This is NEW LIFE!  This is what we see when flowers bloom, trees bud, and grass greens.  This is what we are reminded of when we hold a newborn baby or watch a chick hatch from its egg.  This is what can be ours simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing.  This is the true meaning of EASTER!

My soul… is bowed down within me.

 But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation:

It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed,

because His [tender] compassions fail not.

They are new every morning;

great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self);

therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.

The Lord is good to those who wait hope fully and expectantly for Him,

to those who seek Him

[inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word].

It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly

for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:20-26 (Amp)

What Easter Means To Me.  An original poem by SmellingCoffee.comHappy happy Easter, dear friends~  May the Resurrection of Jesus bring Newness into every lifeless place~



Following Jesus’ Footsteps – Saturday of Holy Week

  Saturday of Holy Week is often known as “Silent Saturday” – because we have NOTHING written about this day in the Scriptures.  The Sabbath would have started at sundown on “Good Friday” and everyone would be taking their sabbaths in their homes.  For the followers of Jesus, this must have been a most difficult […]

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Following the Footsteps of Jesus – Friday of Holy Week

  It’s “Good Friday” – yet we wouldn’t have known to call it “good” if we were one of the disciples of Jesus on that day… A most gruesome day when it seemed that all hope was gone.  In fact, as a child, I never understood why we called it “Good” Friday, when it was […]

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Following Jesus’ Footsteps – Thursday of Holy Week

Today is known as “Maundy Thursday,” or “Holy Thursday,” or “Great Thursday.”  The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment,” and refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice. On this Maundy Thursday, Jesus shared the […]

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Following Jesus’ Footsteps – Wednesday of Holy Week

Following Jesus' Footsteps - Holy Week.

To me, it is on this day of Holy Week that the humanity and emotional side of Jesus and what He walked through begins to hit home.  He spent this day with His disciples and friends, was anointed by a freed woman as she poured her expensive perfume onto Him, then betrayed by one of […]

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Following Jesus’ Footsteps – Tuesday of Holy Week

Following Jesus' Footsteps - Holy Week.

A blessed Tuesday of Holy Week to you!  This is the day that the Lord has made…We will rejoice and be glad in it! And, we will be in much scripture today as we follow Jesus’ footsteps.  There are more passages telling about Jesus’ works on Tuesday than on any other day of the week. […]

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