Life Isn’t Always a Picnic but Pack Cherry Crunchobblerumble Jars in Your Basket Anyway

My initial, snarkier title to this story was, “Stop whining about your life: get off your ass and do something about how miserable you are.” But I didn’t want to turn anyone off or put a damper on someone’s never-ending pity party. At least not until they read a sentence or two. After all, there is dessert at the end.

So after three weeks of writing this post, I deleted almost every word.

cherry pie filling in jars
Spoon pie filling into jars

I reminded myself that it’s really none of my business when someone who was in complete control of their own destiny acts as if someone else controlled their misery—as if they were a puppet on a rusty barbed wire. Instead of being judgmental and sad for a person who has so many regrets in life, I decided to spit my bitter pill across the kitchen, reflect on my own life, and just be thankful.

cake mix in jars
Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of filling

Thankful that after all the mistakes I’ve made, and as the smoke lingers from the unfortunate and life-changing things that I’ve dealt with, I have faith that I am right where I need to be. After all, the things I’ve done right outweigh any of my misjudgments.

melted butter on cake mix
Drizzle melted butter onto cake mix

Take if from someone who’s made some really awful choices and had to bust their ass to get through college as a single mom in their late 20s because of my own decisions and actions in my teens and 20s—success doesn’t come easy.

Successful people work hard and I can guarantee they have been so sleep deprived that they wear their shirt inside out and backwards in public, been stressed to their limits, been so frustrated they want to throw in the wet towel that’s weighing them down, have made tough and heartbreaking decisions which have led to unstoppable tears, sacrificed financial prosperity just to stay close to family, and persevered through many other sacrifices and harsh battles that only the few people closest to them know anything about.

baked cherry jars
Bake until golden brown

The happiness of life and loving family and friends prevail, and that alone is victory.

cherry crunchobblerumble

The “poor me I didn’t get to live my life like I wanted” story has gotten old. And I take my own advice. When I find myself complaining about the same thing time and time again, there comes a point where I need to take action or shut up.

Is your picnic basket old and cracked and you think it isn’t strong enough to carry something sweet? I bet it’s vintage and there are a hundred stories behind its tattered appearance. Cherish those stories of picnics, family reunions, lake days, and road trips taken. Sturdy the bottom with a wood cutting board and get to your picnic. If it just doesn’t work anymore, toss dessert into a paper bag and get on with it.

(Read “Do not call it pie, it’s cherry crunchobblerumble” to find out how it got its name.)

If you can get your hands on it, my favorite pie filling is Lucky Leaf brand. It’s not typically available at Walmart. I have been able to find it at smaller stores, like Maynards of Tyler, a small-town grocery store near me.

Sweet and snarky wishes,



Cherry Crunchobblerumble in Jars

Staci Mergenthal at Random Sweets
No refrigeration needed, these cute desserts in jars are perfect for a picnic. Serve with ice cream or whipped topping.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 290 kcal


  • 12 4 ounce canning jars with lids


  • 42 oz cherry pie filling, 2 (21oz cans)
  • cups dry yellow cake mix
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Place 12, 4-ounce canning jars on a baking sheet.
  • Evenly divide and spoon pie filling into jars.
  • Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of filling, leaving approximately 1/2 inch open at the top. With a spoon, lightly sprinkle the melted butter over the dry cake mix, until all the dry mix has butter on it. You can spread it a little with the spoon.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-23 minutes, or just until the tops are light golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before you put the lids on.
  • Leave the covered jars at room temperature for a day or two, or stick them in the refrigerator.


Alternative topping method: stir the cake mix and butter together in a bowl. Crumble topping over cherry filling in jars.


Calories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 234mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 437IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cherry, dessert in jars, pie filling

All text and images © Staci Mergenthal • Random Sweets

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  1. Love this. And reminds me of one of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes.
    “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”
    And hey, everyone needs a little snarkiness in their life. 🙂

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