This week peanut butter cream pie means more than just indulgence, deliciousness, decadence.
Every bite was another chance to savor the moment, to hold tight to the people I care about, to reach out across the world.
Last week, a food blogger named Jennie experienced insurmountable loss. I don’t personally know Jennie, and I can’t begin to comprehend the experience that she is going through. But I could still honor her and her late husband in the one way I could – by making his favorite pie.
The moment I finished reading Jennie’s post, I knew I had to make this immediately. I couldn’t explain the need I had – it just pulled me through the grocery store as I took items off the shelves that I hadn’t even glanced at in months. Semi-sweet chocolate, whipped cream, peanut butter.
I suggest making this just the way that Jennie does. I made a few modifications (low calorie sweetened condensed milk, fromaige frais instead of cream cheese, sweetener in place of powdered sugar and so on) – only with the intention of making the inevitable second (third?) slice of pie just a little less taboo. But the truth is this pie doesn’t need modifications. It just needs to be made – sooner rather than later – and then shared with the people you care about.
Because tomorrow isn’t a guarantee – it’s a promise that we try to keep. If I have learned anything in the last year, it is to live in each and every moment, wholly and completely. Tell the people that you love how much they mean to you, never go to sleep angry, be quick to apologize and quicker to forgive.
And every once and a while, eat peanut butter cream pie.
*Update:* Jennie and Mikey’s love and pie have spread around the world. Take a look at the Facebook Group if you’d like – see all of the beautifully unique pies and their makers, read the kind words. Then, make your own.