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Strawberry Fruit Dip

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Strawberry Fruit Dip

Strawberry Fruit Dip

Strawberry Fruit Dip

Ideal for entertaining, this crowd-pleasing recipe takes just a few minutes to whip up. An excellent choice for a graduation party or any other summer get-together, it’s easy to prepare by simply combining a few packaged ingredients.

And it’s just as easy to double or triple the recipe. Serve with fresh strawberries or other seasonal fruits for a refreshing treat as welcome as a summer breeze.


1 (6-ounce) carton non-fat strawberry yogurt
1 (6-ounce) carton non-fat vanilla yogurt
1 (8-ounce) carton regular or light frozen whipped topping, thawed
Assorted fresh fruit, such as strawberries, pineapple, grapes, kiwi, cantaloupe, for dipping

For dip, in a large bowl, combine strawberry and vanilla yogurt. Fold in whipped topping. Serve with assorted fresh fruit. Makes 24 servings.

Butterscotch Crispy Treats

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Butterscotch Crispy Treats

Butterscotch Crispy Treats

Butterscotch Crispy Treats

Embellish the time-honored recipe for marshmallow treats with the yummy flavor of butterscotch for quick to prepare snacks that are perfect for a crowd.

Ideal for children of all ages, this recipe can be made at the last minute and is an excellent choice when it comes to easy back-to-school snacks.

With full schedules for both parents and children, this crowd-pleasing recipe is a timely treat.


6 cups crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
3 tablespoons instant butterscotch pudding and pie filling mix (from a 4-serving size package)
1 (10.5 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
Butter a 9×13-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine cereal and butterscotch chips. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat; stir in marshmallows. Cook until melted and smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in pudding mix. Pour over cereal mixture. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into prepared pan. Cool completely. Cut into squares. Makes 24 squares.

Colorful Bow Tie Pork

Colorful Bow Tie Pork

Colorful Bow Tie Pork

The back to school season is in full swing with hectic schedules for both parents and children. At this time of year, quick to prepare dishes are especially welcome. Ideal for time-crunched cooks, this recipe for Colorful Bow Tie Pork is a great choice for busy weeknights.

Packed with nutritious veggies, flavorful pork, and hearty pasta, this vibrant dish is tossed with a tasty cheese sauce just before serving. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, check out this family-pleasing recipe for Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie. Made with minimal ingredients, it’s a terrific timesaver.

For more kid-friendly recipes that will make it easy to stick to full schedules at this time of year, visit Food Lion. Enjoy!

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Caramel Popcorn Balls

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Caramel Popcorn Balls and

WKTV News Harried Housewife Caramel Popcorn Ball Recipe

Caramel Popcorn Balls

Caramel Popcorn Balls

Have a ball this Halloween and scare up a smile from ghosts and goblins of all ages. An old-fashioned favorite, this spellbindingly easy recipe can be ready to serve like magic. Packaged caramel candies shorten time spent in the kitchen and a hint of chocolate lends a unique touch.

Perfect for all the hungry ghouls who will soon be gracing neighborhood doorsteps, these last minute treats will do the trick. From my family to yours, Happy Halloween!

Here are some more Easy Halloween Recipes. Enjoy!


2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon water
28 caramel candies
2 tablespoons butter
13 regular size marshmallows
12 cups popped popcorn
Nonstick cooking spray
Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, combine chocolate chips, water, and caramel candies. Cook until caramel candies are almost completely melted, 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in butter and marshmallows. Cook until mixture is melted and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour over popcorn; toss to coat. Coat hands with nonstick cooking spray; shape popcorn mixture into 12 (2 1/2 to 3-inch diameter) balls. Place on prepared baking sheet; insert wooden sticks, if desired. Let stand until set, 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 popcorn balls.

Harried Housewife Recipe Box – Applesauce Pecan Muffins

Hi! Here is a link to today’s recipe from The Harried Housewife’s RECIPE BOX for Applesauce Pecan Muffins as seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2.

It’s the perfect time of year to make good use of just-picked apples. Enjoy! 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Roll Up with Marshmallows

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Roll Up with Marshmallows

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Roll Up with Marshmallows

Minimal ingredients and a couple of minutes are all it takes to whip up a gooey treat just in time for the back to school season.

Ideal for kids of all ages, this easy to make roll up is both delicious and nutritious. Simply slather a flour tortilla with the new and yummy whipped peanut butter and chocolate flavored spread, top with banana slices, and sprinkle it with miniature marshmallows.

Roll it up, place on a microwave-safe plate like this one from Oneida, and microwave until heated. Terrific as an after school snack, this mouthwatering treat couldn’t be quicker or easier. Now this is a great way to savor the back to school season.


1 tablespoon whipped peanut butter and chocolate flavored spread
1 (8- to 10-inch) flour tortilla
1/2 ripe medium banana, sliced
2 tablespoons miniature marshmallows
Spread whipped peanut butter and chocolate flavored spread on tortilla, leaving 1/2-inch border. Arrange banana slices on spread; sprinkle with marshmallows. Roll up. Transfer to a microwave-safe plate, seam side down; microwave on HIGH until just heated, about 30 seconds. Let stand 1 minute before slicing. Cut into 2 or 4 pieces. Makes 1 serving.

Thanks to Oneida for providing dinnerware

Apple Slices with Peanut Butter Dip

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Apple Slices with Peanut Butter Dip

Apple Slices with Peanut Butter Dip

Make the most of apple season by whipping up a slightly sweetened peanut butter dip that pairs perfectly with just-picked apples.

By combining a few pantry staples, it’s easy to create a healthy dip that can be on the table in a matter of minutes. Simply slice a few apples and arrange them along with dip on a sturdy platter like this Chef’s Table Platter from Oneida.

Terrific for the back to school season and just right for little hands to dip into, this nourishing snack is a tasty way to enjoy the abundance of apples—and all the goodness of autumn.


1/3 cup regular or reduced-fat peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Apple slices, for dipping
For dip, in a small bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon; stir until smooth. Serve with apple slices. Makes 12 servings.

Thanks to Oneida for providing serveware