When I was seven I came in second place in the wheelbarrow race at the Fourth of July games.

And after my wedding day and the birth of my four children…….I considered that one of my life’s crowning achievements.

Until now.

I’ve had cause to re-evaluate and re-think.

Because today……I became a member of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron.

I can’t even believe they asked me.


Maybe they wanted to provide inspiration.

Maybe they thought I needed a little encouragement.

Maybe they have never even read my blog and somehow missed this post.


Whatever the reason…..I am eternally grateful and overjoyed and ready to fulfill my official apron responsibilities and post a recipe.

And while this is not Baked Alaska or Beef Wellington or any of the other 10 hardest recipes to make….it doesn’t even matter.

When you take a bite of these delicious little chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake bites and taste the sweet mixed with the crunchy mixed with the melt-in-your mouth cheesecake filling…..you will sing the Hallelujah chorus while dancing Gangnam style in the middle of your kitchen.

They are that good.

So here you go…..my sisterhood…..this one’s for you. ūüôā

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

recipe from allrecipes


1  8 oz package cream cheese

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs

2  1 oz squares of semi-sweet chocolate

1 teaspoon canola oil

12 large fresh strawberries hollowed out



1.  Hollow out strawberries.

Strawberries In Chocolate


2.  Melt chocolate and canola oil in the microwave safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until warm and smooth.  It should take about one to three minutes depending on your microwave.

3.  Dip hollowed out strawberries about 2/3 of the way into the chocolate and then swirl the chocolate covered section in the graham cracker crumbs.

Set on wax paper to cool.

Strawberry Bites


4. ¬†Combine confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract and cream cheese in a bowl. ¬† Beat until smooth.

5.  Add mixture to a plastic ziplock bag.  Snip off one corner of the bage and pipe cream cheese mixture into the hollowed out strawberries.

6.  Refrigerate until set.

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

I just want to say thank you.

To my sweet wonderful, incredible friend Linda.

Thank you for entrusting this apron to me and a thank you to all those in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron who have gone before.

May the recipes be with you. ūüôā

Looking for a little more recipe inspiration?  Be sure to check out my recipe page.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron

The Apron’s Journey

From Susan (the apron maker) at My Mother’s Apron Strings in Redmond, Washington to
Meggie (the sisterhood initiator) at Meggie on the Prairie in Texas to
Elaine at Pear Tree Log in England to
Scarlet at Tales from Beyond the Nook in England to
Jane at The Maple Syrup Mob in Ontario, Canada to
Deb at Just Cats in Ontario, Canada
Zaza at Just Sayin’ in Ontario, Canada to
Linda at A La Carte in Georgia
Diane at Lavender Dreams in Ocala, Florida to
Marcia at The Shop Around the Corner in Miami, Florida to
Linda at Random Creativity in Reading, Pennsylvania to
KariAnne at Thistlewood Farm, Kentucky

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  1. Image for Amy@ The Avery House Amy@ The Avery House

    Oh my goodness KariAnne! You would go and post this wonderful recipe just when my roads are all iced over and I can't get to the grocery to purchase some of the ingredients I guess I will be getting out the bobsled and coasting down the hill to achieve my goal. ;-)! These are simply so divine to look at and to eat, scrumptous I am certain! How awesome to have received the Traveling Apron! I think it was very well deserved :-) Thanks as always for sharing these wonderful recipes. Hope Kentucky is not ice-filled. Even if it is I can imagine you with your chain-saw and blowtorch creating the perfect ice sculptures out on your front lawn :-). You rock, you know that? Have an awesome day!

  2. Image for molly molly

    hi! i am new to your blog {found you from the jennifer rizzo holiday walk}. i love your writing style & your projects. i need to know where i can grab some baskets like the one you have posted today. help! molly have a fantastic day!

  3. Image for Marian Marian

    Congrats on your honorary apron! And these little devils may be making an appearance on Valentine's Day at my house. And I may try your red hot popcorn then as well. Mmmmmm.

  4. Image for Pinky Pinky

    Oh honey, this is MY kind of dessert! I will be making these delightful goodies for sure. CONGRATS on your apron!!! You sure deserve it. Have a beautiful day. XO, Pinky

  5. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron, huh.....quite an honor. Those strawberries look sinful...decadent...but I gotta try them! Is that the actual Apron...red with roosters? My hats off to you...you've come a long way! ;)

  6. Image for Jessica M. Jessica M.

    Love this recipe idea - I am going to use it - thanks for posting. I want to be a club like this! I may have to start here in Houston Texas - this is awesome!

  7. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Cheers! I can't wait to try making this. You may have a new convert and if I'm able to do it justice I just might have to add them to my B&B treats. Of course I will name them after you: Thistlewood Farms Strawberry Cheese Cake Bites...or KariAnne's Strawberry Cheese Cake Bites...or, hmmm, kind of long. Have any suggestions?!?

  8. Image for Susan Susan

    KariAnne, these strawberries look so amazing and I'm hoping our fresh berries will be in the market soon and I can try this. I can honestly say, I've met the nicest, most brilliant women through the Traveling Apron and I think Meggie is a genius for beginning its journey. For me, it really does speak volumes of what my mother taught me and shared with so many, XOXO

  9. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Oh, these looks and sound so yummy! What a cute idea of a traveling apron! I'm so proud of you for sharing another yummy recipe! You said you couldn't cook! Congrats on being inducted to the Traveling Apron Group! You rock! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Image for Regina Regina

    You do know that most cooking is simply assembling, don't you? ;) And you've got that down, girl! Congrats on the apron!!

  11. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Hi KariAnne, Welcome to the sisterhood! I love your Strawberry Cheesecake Bites recipe. I want to make these for Valentine's Day too if I can find some really good imported strawberries next month. The apron looks wonderful hanging in your kitchen with your bread recipe. You make a joyful addition to the sisterhood. Hugs, Linda

  12. Image for Sheia Sheia

    I love your Strawberry Cheesecake Bites. I have seen the strawberries with the cheesecake filling, but not dipped in chocolate. That makes it even better.

  13. Image for Linda @ A La Carte Linda @ A La Carte

    KariAnne these are indeed Sisterhood worthy! I am going to make these for sure. My daughter Sara and I love strawberries and cheesecake so this is a winner! Welcome to the Sisterhood! hugs, Linda

  14. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    Your strawberries look and sound scrumptious, KariAnne... your sisterhood sound like so so much fun! What a delightful idea! Is there a site that has all the travels and recipes of the apron! Those strawberries are so so tempting... if only I could pick one off the screen! Have a blessed weekend!

  15. Image for Lavender Dreams Lavender Dreams

    Wow! You're Kari Anne from FOLK magazine! I am SO very happy to meet you and welcome you into the sisterhood! I love your blog and this recipe is just amazing! I love strawberries and they are in season here in Florida right now! I feel like it really is a small world. I won the Christmas edition of Folk magazine and then subscribed after that. I am a HUGE fan! I can't wait to get to know you better! Sweet Southern hugs, Diane

  16. Image for Beverly Beverly

    This just plain ole isn't fair. I have had a significantly "stinky" two days, and now I come to visit and see these. Oh...one of these would make me so much better.‚ô• Please hop in your car and bring me one - or two or three.

  17. Image for JuneA** JuneA**

    YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that this will be a perfect treat for Hub's Vday treat! (and for me, too, of course!) I think that I'll try a few rolled in crushed pretzels...in honor of the Strawberry Pretzel salad that is very popular in E. Ky right now! Congratulations on your apron, you'll be whipping out your own cookbook before we know it! Stay warm and stay in!

  18. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Why 'O' Why must I be on a diet!!!????? What the heck, forget the stinkin' diet I'm HUNGRY! My mouth is doing all kind of contortions just looking at those chocolatey strawberries!

  19. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    I just love a "no bake dessert"....this dessert sounds so wonderful....what fun to have participated in this apron swap....the apron is so cute! and did you know that "stressed" spelled backwards is "desserts"....so that is why when we are stressed we reach for that dessert!!!

  20. Image for tara tara

    went over and pinned your lemon rosemary scent jar...you're right...it's a lot better than those airwick plug ins I buy from walmart. :)

  21. Image for Elaine Elaine

    Hi Kari-Anne, Those strawberries look so good! Greetings from one of your fellow sisters. I seem to have lost the trail - has the apron moved on to someone else yet? Elaine x

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