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Today is a time that I wish I was more eloquent with my words. I am sitting here, trying to think of what to write, and tears are in my eyes for a complete stranger. As I sat at my computer on Sunday evening, I saw a tweet show up in the top right hand of my computer screen:

“He’s gone. And my heart is shattered in a million pieces.”

It was from someone that I’ve never met in real life. Never had a conversation with. But a fellow blogger. I knew it couldn’t be good, and shortly after, the news spread that Jennifer Perillo’s husband, Mikey, died suddenly from a massive heart attack.

It always makes my heart stop when I hear this kind of news from anyone. Even someone I have never met in real life. I can’t imagine going through something like that. Another blogger pointed me towards this post that pretty much says everything I’m feeling.

On Tuesday, Jennie posted this post. She asked us all to make Peanut Butter Pie, Mikey’s favorite, and share it with the ones we love, in honor of Mikey. I think that she is reminding us all of something very important – show the people close to you that you love them – always. I know that I will be giving my kids extra hugs today and telling my husband just how much I love him. Life can be short. And cruel. You never know what is going to happen. There is no better day than today to make sure that those around you know that they are loved.

Today’s Cookbook of the Month post is being postponed until Sunday.  I’m going to take the day off and spend some time with my kids.  My heart hurts for Jennie and her family, but I am also so grateful to her for reminding me to take hold of what is most important in this life.

(I used Jennie’s Peanut Butter Pie recipe which can be found here.  The only change I made was to make mini pies in small tart pans.)

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10 Responses to A Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey

  1. Rosa says:

    Delicious! A lovely tribute.



  2. Holly says:

    I went and read her post-heartbreaking!!!:(

  3. Katrina says:

    This is such sad news. I’m so glad that so many bloggers are showing their support. Great post.

  4. Jenni says:

    If there is a silver lining in all of this, and I have to believe that there is, it’s that this community has truly rallied around one of our own, even if we didn’t know her in real life. It’s a beautiful thing.

  5. What a wonderful tribute to Jennifer. I added your gorgeous photo to my post. The service was lovely.


  6. Very well written! What a wonderful post! So glad to be a part of such a wonderful community.

  7. Joanne says:

    Beautifully written and baked, Deborah. You’ve said it all.

  8. meghan says:

    So nicely said Deborah. I read a lot of recipe blogs on a daily basis and it had brought me to tears to see all the posts for peanut butter pie. So nice of you all to support Jennifer.

  9. I am not familiar with Jennifer’s blog but have been truly touched by the thoughtful posts in honor of her husband. We all need to remember to slow down a bit and treasure those we love.

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