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As you are reading this….

….bhg is in the house.

I know.


At this point I’ve told you….the general population of Wal-Mart….my entire county….the guy at the gas station….my sunday school class….

….and a few random assorted people at Hobby Lobby.

I might be just a little excited. 🙂

I had big plans for the day.

Big…..I’m telling you.

Like when it was time for lunch here at Thistlewood…..this is what I was going to be serving them…..

……Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar.


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Easy and simple and looks exactly what you should be serving people that come to Kentucky from much fancier places to visit your home with cameras.

But….you see…..well….umm…..


There are days when I’m a whole lot of talk and not enough action.

I was hanging stockings and cutting fresh greenery and cleaning the back porch and sewing pillows….and I did spend a considerable amount of time discussing evergreens and the new season of Downton Abbey with everyone in the produce section of Wal-Mart.

And I totally forgot to make it.

Now…. tomorrow is here…and so is bgh.

And there’s nothing for lunch…..

…..good thing we have that famous gas station pizza. 🙂

In case gas station pizza isn’t on your menu…’s the mason jar recipe just  for you.


Cherry Cheesecake In a Jar


1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 tub of Cool Whip

1 stick of margarine, melted

1 cup of sugar

1 can cherry pie filling

8 oz. cream cheese

1 cup of chopped nuts (optional)

4 small mason jars

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1.  Mix cracker crumbs and melted margarine.


2.  Press mixture onto the bottom of each of the mason jars.


3.  Mix cream cheese and sugar.

Spread over crumbs in jars.


4.  Fill rest of the jar by layering cherry pie filling and Cool Whip.

Alternate layers.

On the last layer…..add a cherry on top and sprinkle extra graham cracker crumbs on last layer of whipped cream.

Or nuts.

Chill before serving.

Makes four servings.


I’ll be back tomorrow with all the details.

The uncensored….uncut version of Christmas and bhg in January.

You can follow along with me on Instagram if you want all the behind the scenes.

Happy day friend!

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  1. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Congratulations! You deserve it! So exciting! I can't wait to see all the details. And oh my goodness ... that cherry cheesecake looks so pretty and sooo good! Love me some cheesecake!

  2. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    How exciting and well deserved but truth be told, it is BHG who are the lucky ones. They have the pleasure of being in your beautiful and inspiring home with the added bonus of having you as their guide and hostess. Enjoy your day. Suzanne Pieced Pastimes PS - BTW, the cheesecake looks amazing too!

  3. Image for anne laundrie anne laundrie

    Cool Whip??Really? Take a course in nutrition or just read the ingredients on the container. Would you feed that to your children? Cherry pie filling is loaded with bad sugar. How about just fresh or frozen cherries and reduce the amount of sugar?

  4. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Knock the proverbial socks off the folks at BHG, K! Make the Commonwealth and us Thistlewood followers proud! Praying for you to shine!

  5. Image for Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown

    Oh my it is your big day! So sorry I was pestering you this weekend. I am so so proud of and for you.. And yes our beloved Bluegrass state. You will knock their socks off! You can never go wrong with cheesecake or gas station pizza in this house. Enjoy your special day! Blessings by the bushels and prayers by the pounds! Hugs from my hill too..

  6. Image for Kris Kris

    You are so stinkin' cute. BHG will love your home and will love you more. And the cheesecake in a jar sounds yummy.

  7. Image for BrocanteuseRose BrocanteuseRose

    I know just how you can make it up to BHG! It might not seem like it at first but trust me, in the end they will know how delish it was. First - come on over to my house with some of that cheesecake and gas station pizza. Second - sit and dish with me for several hours while we stuff our faces. Third - go back for seconds of the cheesecake. (and pizza) Fourth - repeat above steps. Oh that's right... Fifth - I write BHG a letter saying how delish it was. Ta DA! Perfect solution. :)

  8. Image for Polly Polly

    Wishes and dreams do come true!! Just like everyone else, will keep my fingers crossed and sending POSITIVE thoughts your way!!! Cheesecake looks great too:)

  9. Image for Jill Jill

    So excited for you! Take a minute, breath and be in the moment. Consider the gas station pizza a cultural experience. Dessert makes everything better and cheesecake is delightful. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  10. Image for Christine Christine

    Kariannnnaaaaa can you believe it???? I'm excited, scared, happy, and super curious as to how it all turns out.I'd be a Nervous Ninny!!! But alas I know you will pull it off without a hitch! Oh hurry and let us all know what all happened!!! Joy to the world! xox Christine the other car.hehe

  11. Image for Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

    Wow, that looks yummy! Pinning now! And congrats on BHG, that's so exciting!! ~Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

  12. Image for Colleen P Colleen P

    Yum, I love cheesecake! It also looks so cute in the mason jar. I just might have to make this...I think I'll do it with real whip cream though...did you know cool whip is basically a petroleum product...found that out years ago and haven't touched it since ;) Good luck with the photo shoot and have an amazing day!

  13. Image for Lisa at Concord Cottage Lisa at Concord Cottage

    Karianne, Congratulations again!!! I am so happy for you and not surprised one bit. They will LOVE you and can't wait to get that issue of Better Homes & Gardens!!! It's gonna be fantastic and you deserve every bit of hit. Have a wonderful day, xo Lisa

  14. Image for Regina Regina

    I think you can totally be forgiven for not getting that little detail done! I mean, after all . . . BHG? :) I can't wait! And just think - after they leave you can take down your Christmas decorations! LOL!!! Have a totally fun day, sweet lady! (and bless their BHG hearts for coming to KY on a day that's 16 degrees after a day when it was 61 . . . oy!)

  15. Image for Jane Jane

    BHG is going to love you as well as your home with or without the cheesecake. I, however, am SO thankful you posted it! Making it today!! XO, Jane

  16. Image for Patti Patti

    Can't wait to hear more about bhg! Oh yeah and the cheesecake idea is soo cute! I love it. It's making me really hungry too. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Image for Christine Christine

    Well??? How is going??? Gosh I can't wait to hear Everything! I have been thinking about you all day! And then Christmas will be over at the Thistlewood Farm. I hope when I wake up I see a big, fat, juicy, email about your speacial day!!

  18. Image for Kelly Kelly

    That cheesecake in a jar looks delicious! I have such a sweet tooth. Congrats on your photoshoot today! I can't wait to see the pics you can share and the magazine when it comes out. I bet you're ready to take that Christmas decor down now too!

  19. Image for Sheila Sheila

    I just love this jar idea and want to use it the next time I have a group of people in. And, by the way...big congratulations on the Better Homes and Gardens visit. Can't wait to see you published on glossy pages!!! Sheila , MyKentuckyLiving

  20. Image for Glenda A Glenda A

    Some of you out there lighten up. Quite a few of us are unable to eat dairy products. Occasionally, a dollop of CoolWhip is just wonderful! Love your blog!

  21. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne, I know you knocked 'em doubt in my mind! And probably by now, nearly 10 pm your time, you are asking yourself why you ever doubted how impressed bhg would be with you and your home. Seriously. Am I right, Rock Star?

  22. Image for Kimberly Kimberly

    You're 89 kinds of awesomeness, woman - I'm THRILLED for you!!! And I laughed aloud when I read that you ended up chatting in the produce aisle about Downton Abbey! (aren't we all? Unless you're busy drooling over Mr. Darcy in the new keepsake edition of the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, which includes a FULL HOUR AND A HALF OF ADDITIONAL NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE. Mr. Darcy x 1.5??! Oh lawd!) But, I digress. Back to your awesomeness. I'm sure I saw pompoms on some craft you did a while ago, so envision me waving some oversized ones and cheering your name like some middle aged cheerleader - GIMME A K!!! :))) The pizza will be perfect, you're going to have the experience of a lifetime (which hopefully you will repeat with any number of publications in the near future), and nobody was killed by the cool whip, which one less-than-tactful (tsk tsk...does she not realize you're a southern kinda belle? I mean, manners, much? The reader, not you, I mean.) reader pointed out is a petroleum byproduct and perhaps shouldn't be consumed, at least not orally, or at least not to those you like (my ex husband is fine). Replace with whipped cream - the real, fatterning stuff - and it sounds delish! It sure looks purdy. So ya. My comment is almost as long as your post. And every other sentence has me spinning in my chair, because I'm just that excited for you - you're in the big leagues now, Karianne!!! And we love you :) And we love your smocked curtains. And your to-die-for-butler's-pantry. And your stamped spoons. And your lee press-on nails. And your honesty. And you deserve this day. <3

  23. Image for Shirley@housepitalitydesigns Shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Oh Kari…so excited for you!…good luck on the photo shoot … will be thinking of you waving your hands with excitement!…Hey, who wouldn't love a great cherry cheesecake in a jar after gourmet gas station pizza!..all the way of course!...

  24. Image for Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

    Good morning! I love these so much that I'll be featuring them on my 'weekly wonders' post tomorrow morning. Hope you'll stop by to check it out! ~Lisa

  25. Image for cathy cathy

    Holy Moly this looks amazing! I wish I had a spoonful to enjoy right now! Pinned this, and found it from the Whipperberry link party! :-) Cathy

  26. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    Oh heaven above..... I need to go back to the grocery store, just to make this..... have everything but the cherry pie filling!!!! And you have made me just starve I tell you! I guess I will just have to settle for Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies instead.... but I am not happy yet, cause I need to get up and go make them. I want that jar right now... sound a little like a typical Aries do I?

  27. Image for Teresa Teresa

    I am confused. So is the whole amount of the cream cheese and sugar mixture you added to the jar like what's pictured in step 2? Only about the size of a crust...and then rest of the jar is filled with cool whip? Is there any way to make it more like cheesecake and less like a cheesecake flavored crust?

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