Thursday, May 27, 2010

Going Old School…and Cherries Jubilee Cheesecake Bars…

Good afternoon, my friends!

Another cold and rainy day here in California…I really don’t ever remember rain this far into the spring before…we usually don’t get any after March or so…crazy!

Just one card to share with you today…This week’s Crafty Secrets’ challenge over at Splitcoast is to show our “school spirit”…go “old school”…Appropriate for the end of another school year, don’t you think?!

Here’s what I came up with:


A very “old school” image from Crafty Secrets’ “Childhood” Images & Journal Notes booklet.  I went with a much plainer look for this card…I really love the vintage lined paper for this…it comes from DCWV’s “Vintage Collage” stack.


Some homey old lace, Martha Stewart “Putty” seam binding, and some gingham ribbon, a “ruler” sticker from Crafty Secrets’ “Little Boys” stickers,  paper roses, buttons, and just a bit of glitter…

While making this card I was reminded of some of my favorite teachers…

My favorite, I think was Mrs. Erdelyi in Second Grade…She was young, beautiful and kind.  It was while I was in her class that I remember first falling in love with history (which was my major in college)…ancient Greece and Rome, Greek myths…my mind started to open to the wonderful world around me…

And some other very dear teachers in my life…

Shirley Gorrell--1

My wonderful Mother-in-law, Shirley, who taught P.E. in high school and college…

Minnie Frederica Peterson Campbell

My husband’s grandmother, Minnie, who taught school in Wisconsin in the 1800’s…

Minnie P. Campbell's first school in Brooklyn, Wisconsin

Here’s Minnie with her students one year.  I love that we have this picture!  Reminds me of the image on my card…

Pauline Udall about 18 years old_edited

My great-grandmother, Pauline…you’ve heard a few stories about her before, who taught in a little Arizona schoolhouse around the turn of the century…

Mary West Riggs

Another of my great-grandmothers, Mary, who also taught in a small schoolhouse around 1900…


And the newest soon-to-be teacher in our family…my beautiful daughter, Chelsea, who’s a little more than halfway through her college preparations to become an elementary teacher…we’re so proud of her!

So thank-you, to all the wonderful teachers in our lives…past, present, and future…where would we be without you?

And now…something sweet!


Cherries Jubilee Cheesecake Bars!

Oh, my!  These are just about the yummiest things on the planet!  So easy, too! 

I saw a tiny picture of this on the Betty Crocker box I was using one day, went to their website, and found this recipe:


Cherries Jubilee Cheesecake Bars

1 box Betty Crocker cherry chip cake mix

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 packages (8oz. each) cream cheese, softened

1 container Betty Crocker cherry frosting

3 eggs

1.  Heat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large bowl, beat dry cake mix and butter with mixer on low speed until crumbly; reserve 1 cup.  In bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan, press remaining crumbly mixture.

2.  In same bowl, beat cream cheese and frosting with mixer on medium speed until smooth.  Beat in eggs until blended.  Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumbly mixture.

3.  Bake about 45 minutes or until set;  cool completely.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, until chilled.  Store covered in refrigerator.

***I actually used fat-free cream cheese, and it was amazing!  ( and I didn’t feel quite so bad!)  Delicious!


Well, that’s all from me today…hope you all have a beautiful evening, and I’ll see you soon with something new…


***Just wanted you all to know I’m going to take a long weekend computer break!  (….starting tomorrow…Still need {want} to make lots of visits today!)  Going to enjoy some fun family time  & won’t post again until next week.  I hope you all have the most wonderful Memorial Day and weekend!***