Amazing Fall Inspiration, My Mom, and a Giveaway

Wow! What a title . . .

Amazing Fall Inspiration, My Mom, and a Giveaway.

That certainly is a wide range of subjects today.

But let’s start with the Number One subject, My Mom.

She is visiting me for the next two weeks.

So I may be a bit absent next week while I spend time with her

trying to accomplish a list we are making.

“Things that I have not done and places I want to see”

Champagne Bucket Arrangement-Housepitality Designs

As a child, I remember my mom very strategically placing

just a few flowers in a flower frog. She said that you will enjoy the beauty

of each flower when an arrangement is simple.

So above, I (as simply done as I can be) I placed one bunch of greenery

and a few spider mums in my silver champagne bucket.

Simply stated in the color scheme and two elements in the design.

OK …. so let’s back up to the list/discussion.

Mom-Housepitality Designs

I was gathering ingredients to make a dessert

to go along with a Japanese dinner my mom is going to make for my son’s family and us.

She asked, “what are you making?” . . . “a cheesecake”, I replied.

She replied, “oh, I have never made a cheesecake in my life!

Mom-Housepitality Designs

I exclaimed  that today was the day that she will make one!

Mom-Housepitality Designs

And she did!!! Ta-Da!!!! . . . made and ready to go into the oven!

Make a cheesecake . . . CHECK!!!!!

Happy Mom!  This shows you that you can do anything at the young age of 92!!

She did pass on the parachuting out of the plane excursion. . . .  Next year!

If you would like the recipe to this Banana Pudding Cheesecake,

you can find it HERE.

Now on to the Number Two subject.

I was thrilled to be a part of the bHome “Happy to bHome Fall Tour” this week,

where there is a tremendous amount of amazing Fall inspiration

from Fall decor, Fall recipes, and more!


A big THANK YOU to Lidy of French Garden House for her labor of love,

in coordinating this tour.

This is today’s beautiful lineup!

Thursday 9/21



Edith & Evelyn


Rooms for Rent

And if you missed the previous days, not to worry on missing out on

the fabulous Fall inspiration, as those links are below too!

Monday 9/18

Southern Hospitality|Starfish Cottage|Home with Cupcakes and Crinoline|
Celebrating Everyday Life
|Savvy Southern Style


Tuesday, 9/19

My Soulful Home | Love of Home | She Holds Dearly | Unskinny Boppy

Wednesday, 9/20

Home Made by Carmona|Teaselwood Design|Little Farmstead|Our Southern Home|Housepitality Designs

And let us not forget the Number Three Subject for today . . .



There is still time to enter!!

PLUSH PUMPKIN has graciously offered to provide a gorgeous collection

of their stunning velvet pumpkins to one winner.

Enter to win this beautiful deluxe collection of Velvet Pumpkins

from our bHome Tour Sponsor- PlushPumpkin.

Velvet Pumpkins from Plush Pumpkin are hand made of silk velvet,

for a luxurious accent to your home.

To enter please visit and/or pin the above image,

and let us know in the comments that you did. {we trust you – good luck!}

Winner chosen by random & notified by email on Sept. 22.


Have a most beautiful day!

Mom and I will be cooking together and perusing our “got to do this list”,

to see what our next adventure will consist of. Stay tuned! 🙂

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  1. Your mom is so cute and I know from personal experience a joy to be around. Enjoy your visit together!
    Kim’s recent post…Mini Fall TourMy Profile

  2. This is the first blog post I’m seeing this morning, and nothing is going to top it. I got all teary just looking at the sheer joy on your Mom’s face!!! Hi, Shirley’s Mom!!!!!! Please give her a hug from me and let her know how much her joy impacted the start of my day! Let her know that I’ve never made a cheesecake either, but her enthusiasm has inspired me.
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  3. Oh how I love velvet pumpkins

  4. Well, I did pin the pumpkins, they are gorge, but more importantly enjoyed the visit from your Mom. I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again…LUCKY YOU! You get to spend precious time with your sweet Mom. I envy you, as my Mom is no longer with us…

    It’s wonderful that you get to help your Mom enjoy new experiences, wonderful for both of you. Tell your Mom a reader from South Alabama says “Hey, good to see you again!” Happy Fall Ya’ll!


  5. How blessed you are to still have your Mon at 92 years young! I know the next two weeks with her will be a treasured time. I adore the plush pumpkins and pinned them to my Fall board!

  6. Your mom is the cutest! I love that you two could share this kind of time together. That cheesecake looks divine! I made a pumpkin cheese cake one year- I think it weighed 5 pounds! Have fun with her! The floral arrangement is perfect- I like your mom’s theory about keeping it simple- she’s right!
    Liz @ Home and Gardening With Liz’s recent post…Fall BluesMy Profile

  7. I have pinned the image on my page. Fall ideas. Debbie wilson

  8. Your mom looks like she is having such a wonderful time, and that cheesecake looks delicious! I hope that you two girls have a great visit and do lots of fun things. Your floral arrangement looks both beautiful and elegant. Happy Fall!
    Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors’s recent post…Dining Room Tour and A Simple Blue and White TablescapeMy Profile

  9. Lynn Barnette says

    Isn’t it wonderful to be able to spend time with your mom! So thankful you have this opportunity. I enjoy your blog so much!

    I love the velvet pumpkins from Plush Pumpkin. I hope I win!

    Take care and enjoy every second with your mom!

  10. Still learning at 92! My mom will be 93 next month and i, like you, are so blessed to have them in our lives!

    Pumpkins are so so cute.

  11. Sweet moments with your mom. Tell her your readers love seeing her, and I personally appreciate her words of wisdom. Your floral arrangement is beautiful.

  12. Shirley: Your mom is amazing for 92 and you are blessed to have her. So wonderful she can visit and you can spend time together. Love your flower arrangement and the velvet pumpkins.

    Happy Days with your mom.
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  13. Cindy Skarin says

    Love your mama posts and really love those velvet pumpkins. I pinned them on my Fall Board on Pinterest!

  14. Shirley, your mom is adorable with her sweet smile. I can tell she is joyful and enjoys life, each and every minute. Tell her that the cheesecake looks delicious! The simple arrangement is stunning!
    Pam Richardson’s recent post…10 “Soup”-er Foodie Fall IdeasMy Profile

  15. How sweet is your mom!!!!
    I have never tackled a cheesecake either…she inspires me to try.

  16. Shirley, I love seeing your Mom happily doing things together with you in your home. Such a blessing. And I’m going to try that cheesecake soon, it sounds delicious. Thank you for always sharing beauty, and being an inspiration. I love being on this fall bHome Tour with you! xoxo Lidy
    Lidy@FrenchGardenHouse’s recent post…LOVE TO bHOME in FALL HOME TOURMy Profile

  17. Amy Kaminski says

    Your Mom is adorable! Big Hugs to her (and you). Today is a special day. My Mom would have also been 92 today. Sadly I lost her 19 years ago. I would love to be baking cheesecake with her today. Thanks to you I’ve been able to enjoy that experience with you and your Mom. Many blessings to you both and enjoy your time together. It’s so precious.

  18. Have a wonderful time with your mom! Is the flower arranging she talked about Ikebana? I love that style.
    Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things’s recent post…The Process Having a House Built, Post 28My Profile

  19. I love your mom. I can envision her serene garden as I see her sweet face. And I love plush pumpkins, and have pinned.

  20. Love you sharing your precious mother with us! The cheesecake looks delish! Blessings to both of you this Fall.

  21. Wow 92!! She looks so beautiful and happy! Good luck on selling the house, too. Love the pumpkins, especially the Seaside set.

  22. Have a great time with your mom! Pinned those pumpkins?

  23. Oh Shirley, your Mom is so darn adorable and you are so fortunate to still have her. Tell her I said, “way to go” making the cheesecake!!!!! I know you will have a great visit with her! I am loving the tours and todays line up looks awesome. I will get to each one when I have free tie. Just got back some from retail therapy here at the beach! AND I had gift cards from my bday so didn’t spend hardly anything!!! WHOO HOO!!!! Have a beautiful day!
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  24. Those pumpkins are so gorgeous and I have pinned the image. Enjoy spending time with your lovely mother, she looks like a such sweetie!

  25. Wonderful blog subjects today Mom, simplicity, cheese cake and a give away! The Plush Pumpkin selected collection is the perfect color selection. They have such a variety.

  26. Lisa Kissner Cooper says

    I visited and fell in love with the Seaside Trio! The colors are supreme! I would love to win!

  27. Pat francoforte says

    Your mom is so beautiful! I love to see you together! Enjoy every moment together!

  28. Shirley, I hope you enjoy every minute with your Mom! It is evident from her big smiles, that she is happy being with you! I used to love to bake with my Mom, who is no longer with us, and I know that is the reason I love to bake. I pinned the velvet pumpkins…the are beautiful!

  29. It is so nice that you can make precious memories with your mom . I like your arrangement with the mums also. These pumpkins are amazing I think this set is my favorite then find another set just a great I’ve pinned the pumpkins and visited the site Please enter me and Thank you for the chance

    linda m

  30. Sherry Myers says

    Time spent with mom is never wasted! Have a blast! Beautiful cheesecake!

  31. How lucky you are to continue doing things with your mom. At 92, mine was not quite as able which made me quite sad. You know how I like pumpkins, real or not!
    Linda’s recent post…WPC: Layered My Profile

  32. Awe…your Mom is so beautiful enjoy all the time you can with her… all your posts and your home is just beautiful..

  33. I love Plush Pumpkins! Their Autumn Trio is so beautiful and would look so nice in my dining room! Your mom is lovely and I love seeing blogs featuring her visits! Happy Fall!!

  34. I would give anything to get the chance to bake with my mom again. Enjoy her visit…and check those items off of her list. Have fun you two!! 😉

  35. Bobbi Duncan says

    Your mom is just adorable! She reminds me of my always smiling mom…miss her so much. You are so lucky to have her. My mom passed when I was 39 and not a day goes by that I don’t recall the fun times she and I shared. Shirley, I hate to ask you this again but could you please tell me the paint you used for your great room and the blue in your bedroom. Thought you said Mannequin Cream by B, Moore for the great room, but I’m not sure if that’s right. Hubby threw out a bunch of paint notes and I think yours went with them. Sorry to trouble you again.

  36. I love see you’re your sweet mom! I hope you’ve had a wonderful visit. ♥

  37. Have fun with your sweet mom. I know you will enjoy every minute with her.
    Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage’s recent post…Move In DayMy Profile

  38. How wonderful to have your mom spend some time with you. Enjoy your visit!

  39. I love velvet pumpkins! Your blog is delightful. Have fun with your mom!

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