Peanut Butter Pie + A Heavy Heart

August 13, 2011

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The food blog community, although feels big, it is really very small.  Between Twitter, Facebook, Stumble Upon, and so many more social media avenues, we all pretty much know what is going on, in every major time zone, at any given time of the day.  Social media is powerful.

When Jennifer Perillo (In Jennie’s Kitchen) tweeted, “He’s gone.  And my heart is shattered in a million pieces”, the message that her husband, of 12 years, had just suddenly died of a heart attack could be felt world wide.  Everyone reached out. And although most of us don’t live in her time zone, we all wanted to let her know that we were there for her.

I have never met Jennifer.  Regardless, I wanted her to know that I empathized with her pain.  My dad died over four years ago and I found comfort in those that  lent a hand, made a meal, or merely sent a note. So, when the community asked Jennifer what could we do to help, she replied humbly. She asked that we all make her husband Mikey’s favorite pie and to share it with those that we love.

Food is comfort. Food brings people together. Food has brought a group of unknowns together in the most unusual way.  So many food bloggers came together to share Jennifer’s love and loss. Amanda has not only posted a poignant post (here) but she listed all the peanut butter pies that are being shared in honor of Jennifer’s husband, Mikey.

Today, hug your partner, your spouse, your kids, and those that you love.  Be grateful.  Be in the moment.

Jennifer’s Peanut Butter Pie Recipe can be found on her blog – In Jennie’s Kitchen

 

 

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1 Nancy@acommunaltable August 13, 2011 at 8:34 am

Hi Susan,

I am so sorry for the loss of your father and recently your mother. Losing those we love is the hardest part of life – it seems like such irony that in in our greatest moments of pain, we see the greatest moments of love – I suppose though that that is how it is meant to be.
So glad that you found the time to make a pie and enjoy it with your family – that is, really, what it is all about!

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2 Amanda August 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

Beautiful post Susan. You have such a way with words and such a huge heart. I feel so lucky to call you friend.

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3 Susan August 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

Amanda, the hair is standing up on my arms right now. I feel blessed to be a part of your world. You are one of those rare beings who light up the room, come from honesty and authenticity, and know exactly who you are. Thank you, BHF 10 for introducing me to you!

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4 Deliciously Organic August 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm

What a beautiful tribute. It’s amazing how so many gathered in their kitchens and made this pie to remember the family. You’re right, we have so much to be thankful for.

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5 Brooke August 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Jennifer’s tragic loss has given so many of us the opportunity to wake up a little bit more to the reality that our time on earth and with each other is precious. It’s been incredible seeing the outpouring of love, attention, and care for Jennie and her family. Thank you for being part of it. Xxxooo

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6 Susan August 14, 2011 at 8:56 am

Brooke – grief and sadness always brings people together. However, when a group of people come together whom are not necessarily part of ones every day life, it is quite extraordinary! xx

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7 Marla {family fresh cooking} August 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Lovely and very thoughtful post Susan. You pie looks like it was happily enjoyed by loved ones :)

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8 Lauren August 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I am very humbled as I click through all the food blogs I have in my favorites. All the peanut butter pies for Mikey are so wonderful!
I do not know Jennifer either but it’s amazing how total strangers pull together.
Keep up the good work!

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9 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] August 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I am so touched by this story and my heart goes out to Jennifer and her family.

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10 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen August 14, 2011 at 12:36 am

Beautiful. Every post has been beautiful. So glad to be part of this community.

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11 Susan August 14, 2011 at 8:53 am

I know. Loss, pain, sorrow, and love is universal. It’s all about opening up our hearts, giving something to others, and being honest.

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