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Red Velvet Cheesecake, Cheesecake Factory

Every year about a week before Christmas I travel about 3 and half hours to visit my Mom.  It's one of our one-on-one times which we pack with our traditions.  They're not anyone else's traditions I'm sure, but we look forward to them and they mark the season for us.I get there in time for a late lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.  We've always ordered the same extravagant Kobe beef burger for a number of years, but we branched out for a healthier turkey and avocado sandwich and shared sweet potato fries this year.  We each got a slice of cheesecake to enjoy that evening for dinner while watching TV.  (Notice I didn't say after dinner?!)  I chose their new Red Velvet Cake with cheesecake layers.  It lasted 3 days and was shared with my husband since it's the only cake he really likes.  It was that rich and delicious!

Each year Mom has some things she'd like me to help her out with and invariably that includes shopping for something for her home.  This year it was new knobs for her kitchen cabinets.  She's been wanting knobs ever since she moved in to her home and we got her a step closer by selecting some from Restoration Hardware, but she'll be checking out Home Depot to see if they have something close since the price was so high.  $8 per 1.25 inch knob!

However, we couldn't resist each getting a pair of Restoration Hardware's faux fur booties since they'd marked them down to an irresistible $14!

Fur slippers from Restoration Hardware

We also found some Bare Trap rain boots with faux fur on sale at Macys and got matching pairs of those, too!  They are very cute and comfortable.

My Mom and I have what I believe is typical of many mother-daughter relationships.  It's not always been easy, as we each had our own expectations of what we would like it to be.  However, I am so grateful to have her in my life.  She's always had great style and taste.  To think at her age and mine we still find ourselves wanting the same food and being crazy about shoes, the same shoes (!) seems to show we have much more in common than I used to care to admit.

Fur Slippers from Restoration Hardware


How fun, wish my mom (and

How fun, wish my mom (and family) only lived 3 1/2 hours away. 20+ hours is just sooooo long!!I just recently went to the Cheesecake Factory after not having been for 3? years and I still love that Santa Fe salad!! I couldn't decide on the red velvet cheesecake so I got my other fav, dulce de leche, yum!Love those slippers . . . .

LOVE those booties!

LOVE those booties!

How fun to have this

How fun to have this tradition with your mom! Wonderful purchases/finds, too.

aaawwww... Your post is

aaawwww... Your post is making me sad. not what you expected, I'll bet. I miss my mother. We had so much fun together. But I'm carrying on the mother-daughter fun tradition with my own daughter.What a lovely tradition! one to cherish!

Nice post Janet, it's lovely

Nice post Janet, it's lovely that you made the time and effort to spend time with your mum. Sounds like you both had a fantastic day.

I love spending time with my

I love spending time with my mom too. We don't go shopping too much, but when I go out for something with her(at Michaels or the Dress Barn - which we don't have in MY neighborhood), she sometimes finds something for herself. We're a lot alike, but she takes better care of herself than I do of myself, sad to say! {:-D

What a great post :) I love

What a great post :) I love spending time with my mom!!! Sounds like you had a great trip!My mom and I didn't get along well while I was growing up...I was a bit of a rebel! But I'm glad we got past that and she is my best friend now :)

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