Friday, August 19, 2011

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie for Mary, Jane and Mikey

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Last week, Jennie, from In Jennie's Kitchen, posted a creamy peanut butter pie recipe for her husband Mikey, who recently passed away from a sudden heart attack. Peanut butter pie was Mikey's favourite, and Jennie wanted everyone to make this pie and share it with their loved ones.

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The response that Jennie received was incredible. It seemed that every picture on Taste Spotting was a Peanut Butter Pie dedicated to Mikey and loved ones. Even searching #APieforMikey on Twitter, you will find an enormous amount of support and love from food bloggers world wide.

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Jennie's post really pulled at my heart strings and the fact that she wanted us to give love by making a pie was just amazing. I've experienced how powerful love can be when you loose someone. Two of my greatest friends, who I'm lucky enough to have as room mates, both lost their mom's to cancer. Maegan lost her mom, Mary, in April last year and Robyn's mom, Jane, passed away not even two months ago. I was so grateful that I got to see Robyn's mom one last time in May before she passed. I wish I could have been there for her service.

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I did attend Mary's service last year. I remembered thinking how many people were in the church. People were packed in the pew, standing along side the wall and lining up out to the parking lot. I had never seen so many people at a funeral. It was clear to me how much people loved Mary. And even more clear how much people loved the McWades.

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After Mary's service the McWade family had a get together to celebrate Mary's life. This house celebration seemed to turned into a huge party filled with drinking, stories and laughter. Yes, there was laughter and I had no idea I would be laughing that day since I spent the whole morning in tears. The drunkenly-told stories that each person had about Mary, and how she and Stew met playing baseball just filled me up with joy and love. We were all packed in their kitchen smiling and listening to these stories while we remembered Mary.

At this point in the night, it hit me, and it hit me hard. I finally understood what the Beatles were singing about all this time. Over and over the thought "all you need is love" repeated in my head. I finally got it! And told everyone at the party that I got it. I've always thought.. no... you need water, and food and shelter. But none of that stuff matters when you loose someone you love. What you need is love and the McWade family had so much love that night it was incredible, it was pouring out of everywhere and everyone. This is when I knew that they would be okay, because they had love and love is all you need.

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So I am making this pie for Mary, Jane and of course Mikey. This pie is for them and I hope they feel the love that I am putting into this pie.

For Creamy Peanut Butter Pie recipe, click here.

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