As I write this post, my peanut butter pie for Mikey is in the refrigerator. As I made the dessert I thought about Jennie and her family during their time of loss. When I read her post about moments that we treasure in our hearts, my heart broke. I don’t know Jennie or her family, but my thoughts and prayers go out to them while they get through this difficult time.
I have never made a dish as significant as this one. My heart and thoughts were heavy as I prepared this peanut butter pie. I thought about all the important people in my life and how crucial they are to my being. Jennie asked us to take time today to tell those people that we love them. She asked us to take the time today to do that little something for them to show them that we care. It may be an unexpected text to say I love you, an extra big hello at the door when they come home today, or a funny note to let them know you are thinking about them. Or it could be to make them their favorite dessert.
When I read about the sudden and tragic loss Jennie and her family experienced, it made me think of the people that are the most important to me. I want to share a little about some of them here.
First is the man I am going to spend the rest of my life with. Seth is the most amazing person I have ever met. He loves me for me, always. And I haven’t always been easy to love. He is kind, thoughtful, and I can’t sleep without his snoring in my ear! He is good and genuine. He is handsome and funny. He is my lobster.
When I think about how much I love and respect my father, it brings tears to my eyes. He taught me how to live. He has always supported me through everything. Knowing he is there loving me helps me get through everything. He is wise, honest, and strong. He is my hero.
Erin is my soul mate. I didn’t know it at first, but our relationship has progressed into something that I truly cannot live without. She is so incredibly smart and warm. Her heart is so huge I am not sure how she contains it all in her body.
Mary Catherine is the funniest person I know! She is strong and determined. She is spirited and intelligent. She has taught me how important relationships are and how to be good in them. She is woman, hear her roar!
Keri has a raw honesty about her that makes you glad she is your friend. She is headstrong and remarkable. She is the mother of a beautiful girl named Emma. She also taught me how to change jeans while driving!
I have not always been nice to my little brother Paul. But I have grown to value and appreciate our relationship as adults. He is loving beyond measure. He is humble and kind. As a family we have gone through things. Paul is the only one who understands those things like I do. That is more comforting to me than I can explain.
Last but not least, my grandpa, Popsie. None of the relationships I have had could have been possible without Popsie. He has taught me the value of family and how to love unconditionally. I love him for so many reasons but most of all for instilling in me that love of family and for giving me the one that I have.
There are of course more people in my life that I love and who define who I am.
Tonight Seth and I shared a slice of the Peanut Butter Pie while just enjoying each other’s company after a long week.
I encourage you to take the time today to let those people who you care about just how much you love them. I ask you to do that special little gesture for them today. Sometimes there isn’t a tomorrow.
A Pie for Mikey from In Jennie’s Kitchen
Serves 10 to 128 ounces chocolate cookies 4 tablespoons butter, melted 4 ounces finely chopped chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup chopped peanuts 1 cup heavy cream 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 cup creamy-style peanut butter 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Add the cookies to the bowl of a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Combine melted butter and cookie crumbs in a small bowl, and stir with a fork to mix well. Press mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. Pour over bottom of cookie crust and spread to the edges using an off-set spatula. Sprinkle chopped peanuts over the melted chocolate. Place pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
Pour the heavy cream into a bowl and beat using a stand mixer or hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a small bowl and store in refrigerator until ready to use. Place the cream cheese and peanut butter in a deep bowl. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the confectioner’s sugar. Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Increase speed to medium and beat until all the ingredients are combined and filling is smooth.
Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream into the filling mixture (helps lighten the batter, making it easier to fold in the remaining whipped cream). Fold in the remaining whipped cream. Pour the filling into the prepared springform pan. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top, if using, and refrigerate for three hours or overnight before serving.