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!***


  1. I love your card...and all the pictures of family especially your beautiful daughter..yay for her, we need good teachers! The cheese cake looks divine..want some..will be making that! Thanks for sharing it! Come say hi :D

  2. OOh what a fabulous post Jewles,Which leave a freakin comment on mine dork, i am abandoned by all who loves me in the comment department:) And yum to those cheesecake bars. I have a few gooseberry patch ones i tried for my party that were DIVINE!
    OOh my stinkin Goodness, that picture of Chels is so BEAUTIFUL! You can just see her beauty on the inside and out in this one. I need one of those framed in my house. I love that girl of mine!
    Ooh, and love you too!

  3. I love your old school card. How pretty! I also quite enjoyed the images of your family members and congrats to your daughter. She looks very sweet. The cheesecake recipe looks pretty easy. I may have to try that very soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Gorgeous card, Julie - I just love those vintage buttons and lace, along with the "vintage" papers and that wonderful image. So nostalgic.... and you could always make another with your real life vintage school teacher and class picture. How fun!

  5. Your card is beautiful. And I just loved meeting all of the teachers in your life. And to have another coming up. I know you are proud and she is very pretty!
    Hope you have a wonderful Friday.
    Hugs, Pat

  6. Looks & Sounds Yummy, I have a party to go to this weekend, guess I will bake some tomorrow night..... Thanks for Sharing

  7. Another great card and more lovely family pictures. I think my next post may just have to be some pictures of my grandmother when she was young. You have definitely inspired me. Thanks so much for stopping at my blog and leaving a comment. I hope you might check out the 10 blogs I posted about. Perhaps you'll find a new favorite.

  8. What a lovely post! The photos are beautiful and I'm definitely trying-out that recipe!!

  9. I love your card with all its vintage charm!
    And how exciting that your daughter is going to carry on such a wonderful family history.

    Your cheesecake bars look sinfully yummy!

  10. How wonderful you have such a lineage of teachers in your family! And your Chelsea is going to be a wonderful teacher, I can tell just by looking in her eyes.

    I bet that recipe is divine. I love cherries, so I think we're going to have to try that one out.

    Hope you're having a great evening...did the rain stop? We've had rain ALL DAY. Brrrr...

  11. Beautiful story and photo's.


  12. Yum! Its late and I'm hungry. Can you stop over with some of that? Whats with this weather? It reminds me of the June gloom we get.

  13. First of all Julie, I love the card. (as always!) You have captured the essense of the end of the school year perfectly with your card and your words! What a lovely tradition of teachers you have in your family. I loved seeing all the old photos of the teachers that have come before and your lovely sweet daughter who is a teacher to come! And then you tempt me with those delicious looking squares that I know I will never have because such things as Betty Crocker cherry cakes and icings do not exist over here in the UK. Sigh . . . so close and so delicious looking that I feel I could just reach into the screen and take a bite, and yet . . . so far!! It's not fair!!! Oh well, perhaps it is better for me that I partake of their deliciousness this way. Far less calories I think! But they do look very yummy!! I hope that you have a lovely weekend. Love and hugs flying across the ocean and expanse of America to you my dear friend! xxoo

  14. Oh Julie, I don't know why I am so teary-eyed now. What a lovely post and such a wonderful history of teachers in your family and now your sweet daughter is continuing that lineage. It is just so heartwarming and wonderful. That recipe sounds good but won't be finding that cake mix or the frosting on this side of the world. Boo! Hope you have a fabulous Friday. Best wishes always, Tammy

  15. Julie, love your card,and the
    beautifull wemen in your family,
    thanks for showing.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  16. Julie, more vintage goodness from your creative hands!I never tire of seeing your beautiful work!
    So many teachers in your family and Such a wonderful profession. They really don't get the credit they deserve. I'm sure you are so proud of Chelsea.

  17. Hi Julie, what an absolutely beautiful post! I love all of the school teachers in your family, and now your pretty little daughter will become one too... it's so much fun hearing stories about everyone's family, history and traditions... your old photos are treasures, how lucky you are to have them! Thanks for the recipe too, sounds yummy! Our rain has FINALLY stopped here in Utah, and the snow last week was just too much! Wishing you beautiful sunny days real soon! xoxo Julie Marie

  18. FAbulous card! It is great that you have so many vintage pics of your family! Have a great weekend!

  19. So many teachers (and a new one coming on) in your family, great post. I love how you make your cards and can always relate them somehow to your own family.

    That recipe looks like a keeper too!

  20. I adore teaching and am so glad that she will be adding her sparkle to the world! Blessings dear.

  21. Ah, Julie, your lovely card and musings just took me down my own memory lane. Mrs. Jaakola was my most inspiring English teacher who blew life into my writing spark... We don't have a lot of teachers in our family and I'd love to see more! I'll have to check out Mr. Privet's family tree and see if there are any, there. You must be SO proud of your girl! xx P&H

  22. What a great card, very nostalgic and the cheesecake bars look so yummy. I don't think I have ever noticed cherry chip cake mix but I will definitely be on the lookout for it now!

  23. Lovely card, great photos and a yummy recipe! Hope you have a happy weekend Julie. X

  24. delightfull post with the photos of women in your life and how you honor them with your kind words, love the card - And o my goodness you got me wanting to run to the store to fine Betty Crocker cherry chip cake mix -- how sweet is that -- guess I'll have to make them to find out!

  25. All these beautiful women through the years. What a great post...your daughter is amongst such history. I love what your doing here and would like to invite you to link up with me at my blog...
    Come check it out...

  26. You did a fabulous job on the card. What lovely ladies your daughter is following in such a needed profession. You must be so proud of her.
    Thank you for coming by with your kind comment on the magazine. I'm a new follwoer and will be back soon!
    Have a good Memorial Day,

  27. Hello my dear friend! LOVE your card and the chalkboard is the perfect embellishment for this old school image! I love that you have such a history (and array of photos) of teachers in your life and how awesome that Chelsea is carrying on the tradition!
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! The weather here has been in the mid/upper 80's and I actually had to turn on the AC today ... couldn't handle the humidity any longer!
    Hugs to you!!

  28. That is fabulous! As a teacher, I give you an A+!

    Enjoy that long weekend!

  29. I adore this card! I think it's one of my faves of yours.

    Your daughter is a doll!!!


  30. Your card turned out just beautiful! You did an amazing job!
    Love all your photos of teachers in your family and life.
    I hear you on the rain, we have had an amazing about of rain lately!
    Have a great evening!

  31. Julie,
    Love your schoolhouse challenge. You have some amazing old pictures. In fact I scrolled through some older posts & found even more! Your Great Grandmother Mary looks like Aunt Bee from the Mayberry Show! Congrats to sweet Chelsea (what an awesome pic) teachers are SO important. My kids start kindergarten this year & I pray their teacher is kind & patient! LOL Lisa

  32. Julie,

    I love the card you made. And how funny, my degree is in history too. I though I wanted to each high school, but I find myself teaching third grade and loving it. I also come from a family of teachers. My dad, my brother, my sister, my aunt, my uncle, another aunt, my cousin, my brother-in-law - I think that's everyone. I wish your daughter well in her studies. What grade does she think she might like to teach?

    I'm going to have to try that recipe. Looks really simple and delicious! We just got our first fresh cherries of the season and they were so delicious.

    Have a wonderful long relaxing weekend. I plan to work on projects around the house since we've been gone so many weekends this month.

  33. You totally had me at CheeseCake Bar...but I thoroughly enjoyed the photos of all the wonderful educators in your life and that beautiful card you made!
    Go Chelsea!

    Have a wonderful long weekend Julie...enjoy the beginnings of the Summer :)

  34. Your post is brimming with sweet things! Love your card, the photos of your family, and the recipe sounds delicious!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

  35. Thank goodness there are no calories in that cheesecake when you just LOOK at it. YUM it looks soooooooooo good. Loved your post today. May I borrow that image of Pauline? It would make a great resin drop. And congratulations about your daughter wanting to teach & follow in all those family footsteps. Have a wonderful Memorial Day. HUGS!

  36. Your card is beautiful and your tribute to America's teachers is a deserving one. Enjoy your blog break. I'll be taking one, too. I'm off to London on Tuesday.

  37. Happy Memorial Day Julie! What a lovely daughter you have, and how proud you are of her! A wonderful legacy of teaching to be carried on. I can't wait to try this recipe. Anything with the word cheesecake in it is right up my alley! Your cards as always are just beautiful, the history you share with us so very interesting. Elizabeth

  38. Good morning Julie, that cake would be the perfect piece for our breakfast this morning, family together on Sunday, a great thing!!!
    Just love the teaching tribute you show us to all the teachers in your family... and oh, including your lovely Chelsea!!!! A great, great thing!!!!!
    Muchos cariños,
    Maria Cecilia

  39. I love looking at these old black and white pictures...they make me dream about past stories! And how amazing tht in your family you have a lot of teachers!!!


  40. i love your history of teachers and the especially
    lovely new (almost) teacher!

    the cherry cheesecake recipe looks divine.

    what a wonderful visit!

  41. love your gorgeous vintage card and the wonderful family photos! :) I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!