Everyday Mom's Meals: Better Late Than Never

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Better Late Than Never

A few weeks ago a member of this blogging family I am so honored to be a part of suffered a great loss, a tragedy beyond my comprehension. Jennie Perillo of  In Jennie's Kitchen suddenly found herself a widow. Her husband Mikey passed away unexpectedly, therefore changing her life forever. In the days after her loss, Jennie's only request to her fellow bloggers and fans, was to make a Peanut Butter Pie b/c it was Mikey's favorite. The amount of  support, sympathy and genuine love I witnessed pouring out of people simply by making a pie was overwhelming. I was so proud to be associated w/ so many people who walked into their kitchen, made something beautiful and w/o even speaking paid tribute to a man, and his wife, whom they have never met. However, I was unable to make a pie the day she had asked us to. So while I expressed my condolences to Jennie and her family I made a promise to myself to make my own peanut butter pie very very soon. I was looking online for one I wanted to try, and about half way down the page something caught my eye. "Alex's Peanut Butter Pie". Well, that's like kismet! What better recipe to try to honor another wife and mother than one named after the most precious thing in my life? I can't even begin to try to understand Jennie's loss. But what I can understand is the love of a wife and a mother and how empty my world would feel if this happened to me. My husband and I are a team. And if he was gone, it would feel as if half my soul had been ripped out of my body. So I will never attempt to say "I know what you're going through" b/c I don't. I've lost people in my life, some very recently, but nothing compares to losing your soul mate, your best friend. So this is my memorial to Mikey. May his spirit forever live in Jennie's heart, and may God wrap His loving arms around her and her family and bring them peace when they feel they can't go on; and light on their darkest days. And may the rest of us remember how precious each second is and always tell those we love how much they mean to us.

Monkey's Peanut Butter Pie Adapted from Original Recipe

8 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. peanut butter
1 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. peanut butter chips
1 chocolate pie crust
16 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
Chocolate Syrup

In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and peanut butter until well combined. Fold in Cool Whip. Add in peanut butter chips and mix well.  Pour into prepared crust. Drizzle w/ chocolate syrup. Chill

To make the design on my pie, drizzle syrup in shape of a target. Then w/ a toothpick, draw lines from center of pie outward.

Shared on Around My Family Table Sept. 1, 2011
Shared on Something Swanky Sept. 1, 2011
Shared on Sweet as Sugar Cookies Sept. 3, 2011
Shared on Sweetology Sept. 5, 2011
Shared on Hugs & Cookies Sept. 6, 2011
Shared on Gooseberry Patch Sept. 7, 2011

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Michelle said...

Krista, I know Jennie's story and it is just amazing to see her strength in this time. What a woman she is. Thank you for posting her story again!


Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

What a tribute you all have done for your friend. I hope you lifted her day


Christine's Pantry said...

Great tribute.

SEO Company Los Angeles said...

Beautiful tribute and beautiful cake. I might steal the idea for a Halloween cake because it looks like a spider web :D

Krista said...

I know! I realized that after I made it and thought "wow, I'm making this again for Halloween". Wasn't my intent but still cute!!

DANIELLE said...

perfectly adorable 4 halloween!!

Kirsteen said...

Sounds delish and looks really cool too :)

Amy said...

looks tasty!!

Camille said...

Hi! I am SO grateful that you linked up this week! Your blog is amazing!! We liked you on Facebook and can't wait to see what else you come up with!! Your PB pie sounds so yummy and I love the tribute that you made to your friend. Thank you for sharing this at our Strut Your Stuff Link Party! We hope that you will join us again tomorrow!!
Camille @

Aunt Carla said...

What a lovely tribute! You are quite the artist in your pie making with the chocolate. It almost looks to pretty to eat.