A Peanut Butter Pie {for Mikey}

I’m finding it hard to find the words but I’m going to try. A week ago our tight knit food community was crushed beyond words to hear that one of our beloved friends, Jennie Perillo had lost her husband suddenly. Jennie is someone who’s blog I have been following since I started mine. Someone I’ve admired and talked  with from only a far until a few weeks ago in Pennysylvania in a barn when I had the absolute pleasure of meeting her in person. She is even more beautiful, vibrant, and for lack of a better word just plain awesome than I could have imagined. Something else I know she is is now is STRONG.

Jennie posted the most heartfelt post titled “FOR MIKEY” .  Through her tears and grief Jennie asked for those wanting to help her healing process to “make a peanut butter pie this Friday and share it with someone you love…”

I told you she was strong. I couldn’t NOT make this pie. I simply couldn’t. Today I’ll be sharing it with my family. There will be tears, there will be prayers, there will be moments to treasure and many many 8 second hugs.

This is truly a reminder that tomorrow is not promised. That we should  live each day to the fullest. To not sweat the small stuff. To count our blessings and to be a blessing.

We love you Jennie and we’re praying for you and your beautiful girls today, tomorrow and beyond.

RECIPE: I didn’t alter Jennie’s recipe at all so I’m not going to reprint it here. You can find Mikey’s Peanut Butter Pie HERE



  1. 1

    I’m so heartbroken for her. I can’t imagine.

    Haven’t managed to make one yet but hope to do so after work tonight.

  2. 2

    Your pie is beautiful… but not quite as beautiful as your heart. Wonderful post Paula.

  3. 3

    It’s all so very heartbreaking. You said just the right thing.

  4. 4
    Desa Rinaldi /

    What a beautiful sentiment. Let’s all enjoy our peanut butter pies. God bless Mikey.

  5. 5

    It’s really hard for all of us to the find the words. Paula, you’re amazing and I’m so happy that we’re friends. Thinking of Jennie and her girls.

  6. 6

    Oh, that is so sad…..
    Paula, you’re as sweet as the peanut butter pie 😉

  7. 7

    This pie is beautiful, and for such a great cause. I’m so happy so many bloggers are pulling together for Jennie.

  8. 8

    am so very thankful for this community, for this outpouring of love for Jennie . . . i appreciate you Paula, from the bottom of my heart i mean that . . . for your friendship, for your talent . . . you just being crazy you . . . am so, so humbled . . .

  9. 9

    lovely Paula. pie looks amazing. I did pb cookies. I hope Jennie can feel the love.

  10. 10

    Hi Paula,

    The pie is beautiful as are the sentiments that went into making it.
    Enjoy it with your family – that is truly the best tribute we can give to Jennifer and Mikey.

  11. 11

    Beautiful pie. And post. It’s a tragedy but at least we have our words and pictures to remember and share. Lovely.

  12. 12

    Gorgeous pie, Paula. I wish I had the time to make a pie today. My heart goes out to Jennie.

  13. 13

    Beautiful pie and beautiful words. You’re right–she is very strong. She is in my thoughts constantly.

  14. 14

    Paula, that was written so lovely and of course your pie is gorgeous. I’m so happy to be a part of this loving community and to have met and laughed with you in person, too. Sending you and yours much love 😀

  15. 15

    What an amazing community of folks have made a family on the Internet. I just love it. The pie is lovely, but more important is the emotion and intention behind its making. And that makes it a magic pie. 🙂

  16. 16

    Una trsitezza infinita. Ho preso un day off oggi per passarlo con i miei bimbi, savoring each second…

  17. 17

    Paula, it was a joy to meet you at Big Summer Potluck. I didn’t get a chance to talk to Jennifer, but I can bet one thing – I am sure it was also a joy for her to meet you. Your pie is beautiful and so are you. (((hugs!))

  18. 18

    What a beautiful tribute… My heart goes out to her and her girls 🙁

  19. 19

    Such a beautiful presentation of Jennie’s PB pie. It is awesome watching out blog community of friends come together like this 🙂

  20. 20

    Chills. Jennie is one strong mama and the love and support of this beautiful food community will hopefully help get her through. Lovely post Paula. xo

  21. 21

    Very nice post and your pie looks delicious. My heart goes out to Jennie and her family.

  22. 22

    Beautiful tribute for Mikey – it is amazing how something so tragic can bring together such a large community to support one another.

  23. 23

    Great way to celebrate Mikey’s life. Our thoughts an prayers go out to the family and friends.

  24. 24

    Paula, you did find the words, and perfectly, too. I haven’t had the honor of meeting Jennie in person yet, but your words and the words I read on her blog artruly indicative of her.strength. She and her girls have been in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. 25

    Your version of Jennifer’s pie is just beautiful! I’m so glad to see everyone coming together to support her and celebrate Mikey.

  26. 26

    The sense of community reverberates through your post and the comments above. What a wonderful group of people.

  27. 27

    Paula, thank you for providing the link to a truly poignant post. And for making this pie for Mikey.

  28. 28

    oooh, I want a slice of that right now. Yum.

  29. 29
    eKatherine /

    Link is dead, anybody have the recipe?


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