8.11.2011

Make a Peanut Butter Pie, Share it with the People You Love

I don't know Jennie, but I bet there is a good chance that I've made one of her recipes through the years.  You probably have, too.  Her scrumptious creations are constantly featured in national magazines.  Too many to name here.

Even though I don't personally know food writer, Jennifer Perillo, her story has touched me.  I feel compelled to share it with you.  This talented, creative mother, of two young girls, lost the love of her life this week, when her husband suffered a massive heart attack.  As Ilina Ewen, a Raleigh colleague of mine, and also a good friend of Jennifer,  wrote in a fabulous post today, " this family's life has been forever changed, in an instant."

I shed a tear over her husband's last dance with his daughter on Jennie's blog.  Unfortunately, Jennie's story sounds just like another tragedy, a good friend told me about three months ago. The story is almost identical. A wife loses her soul mate.  Three children, under the age of 5, lose their daddy.  These stories shake me to the core because as a wife, and mother, I can relate to their heartache, and pain.  I know these tragedies occur every day, and that is what makes me sad.  You never know what tomorrow may bring.

Luckily for us, Jennie is a gifted writer with wisdom to share even when her heart is breaking.  She eloquently reminds us to take some time, and spend those precious moments with those we love.

"Mikey loved peanut butter cream pie. I haven't made it in a while, and I've had it on my to-do list for a while now.

I kept telling myself I would make it for him tomorrow. Time has suddenly stood still, though, and I'm waiting to wake up and learn to live a new kind of normal. For those asking what they can do to help my healing process, make a peanut butter pie this Friday and share it with someone you love. Then hug them like there's no tomorrow because -today is the only guarantee we can count on."

---Jennifer Perillo, author of In Jennie's Kitchen


 I hugged my husband a little longer this morning. I've savored some moments with my children. I've thought about the time I've lost with my loved ones because I chose to do something else.  I do have some writing deadlines this weekend, but I've already booked a sitter, and am having a date night with the love of my life.   My family will also be making some pie.

Photo Courtesy of  The Pioneer Woman

For Jennie's version of her husband's favorite Creamy Peanut Butter Pie recipe, you can download it here. 




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