Monday morning I read a tweet that stopped me in my tracks from Jennifer Perillo from In Jennie’s Kitchen.  “He’s gone. Any [sic] my heart is shattered in a million pieces.”  Then I saw a link to a post entitled One Last Dance, that was when I learned that Mikey, Jennifer’s husband, had suddenly died from a heart attack.

I don’t know Jennie in “real life”, just through tweets exchanged and a blog thoroughly enjoyed.  I have thought of Jennie and her girls all week- have stopped and taken a little moment each day to send them a little love each time they’ve popped into my head.  Losing my parents was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to navigate and I just can’t imagine what it’s like for those little girls, so young. The thought of losing a partner is gut-wrenching and my heart is filled with tenderness for Jennie. Her gorgeous and courageous post about her last date with Mikey is such a reminder to cherish the ones we love.

Earlier this week, Jennie asked that everyone who could, make Mikey’s favorite, Peanut Butter Cream Pie, today—the day of his memorial service.  As many of you know, I am moving house, pie making can’t really happen right now, but here are some links to those who made pies.

This post is dedicated with love and compassion to Jennie Perillo and her family and to my husband, Joshua, who I love with my entire being. I am lucky to spend each day with you.
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Elizabeth August 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

A beautiful momento for Jennie and her girls. What a legacy these posts will leave. I have not lost someone as close to me as my parents or significant other, but I have lost. I cannot imagine the sadness this family is feeling today, but I hope with all my heart that the outpouring of this community makes one tiny rainbow in their rainshower.

Here is my post:


Anneliesz August 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

I made a pie. Hope your move goes well Sabrina.


NicoleD August 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

It is a wonderful thing to see food bloggers gathering around Jennie at this time. This is a beautiful post. I made a pie for Mikey, too and I'm sharing it with people I love.


Jen August 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM

I too made a pie for Mikey.

It's such amazing thing to see everyone come together like that in support of someone many of us only know through twitter and her blog.

Good luck with your move xx


Caroline August 12, 2011 at 10:13 AM

So blessed to be a part of a community like this.
For Mikey and Jennie.:


foodpluswords August 12, 2011 at 10:44 AM

this is a beautiful post, Sabrina. as soon as i learned that Jennifer's husband had passed away, i immediately clung to my soon-to-be husband. life is so short, and so fragile. things can change in an instant. Jennifer is right when she says that the only guarantee we have is today, here and now. i'm making an effort to live more consciously, and be more present. i don't want to take anything or anyone, especially my fiance for granted.

here's my post:


Johnna August 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM

What a nice post, Sabrina! It is comforting to see so many writing about pie and hugs…and stopping for a moment to really cherish what we have in our lives right now.

My post is here:


thesugartree August 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

In honor of Mikey –


Diane August 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM

feeling all the love from such great bloggers, hope it helps Jennie to know we are all thinking of her.
I made a peanut butter pie for Mikey


poetinthepantry August 12, 2011 at 12:27 PM

So touching. And so amazing how everyone has come together–I love that about the blogging community.

I made a pie for Mikey today, and for all my family. May Jennie and her girls find peace.


Paula-bell'alimento August 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I love the way our community is coming together today! It's a beautiful thing.


Nicola August 12, 2011 at 12:46 PM

I am amazed at what I have seen on twitter and on blogs this week. My husband is out of town for the weekend and I hugged him so much before he left.

Here's my post:



Danielle August 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I made a pie too ( Sorry to read that you lost your parents Sabrina, may you and Joshua have a long and happy life :)


peveteaux August 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Made a g-free pie for mikey. Still reeling.


Kimmy August 12, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Every day is truly a gift. I still get the chills thinking of Jennie's first comment after it happened. My heart goes out to her and her girls.


Erin @Dinners Dish.. August 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I made something peanut butter for Mikey, because I could not do a pie today


JenniferA August 12, 2011 at 2:45 PM

My pie for Mikey and for my husband:


littlemissdids August 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

What a beautiful post.
I made one too.


Andrea Meyers August 12, 2011 at 4:01 PM

I found out about Mikey just two minutes before my own husband (also Mikey) walked in the door from work. I grabbed him and hung on for dear life while I cried. Thanks for rounding up all the pies, here's mine:


Jen August 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM

I made a vegan peanut butter pie for Mikey. Thanks for posting a roundup of the pies. The feeling of community is strong today.


Kimmie August 12, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Hi love. Beautiful post and thank you for rounding up the love!


bayinghound August 12, 2011 at 7:30 PM

I wrote about making pie for a guy I'll never know.


Anna August 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Here is my post. Thank you for collecting these!


Effie August 13, 2011 at 6:49 AM

This is beautiful. The swell of concern and care within this online community is staggering. I'm proud to be part of it.
My pie for Mikey:


rosemarried August 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Thanks for writing about this (and rounding up posts). I think we had a really similar reaction. It just made me grateful for my husband — I want to live in the moment and be grateful for each day. Thanks for your thoughts, Sabrina.


Quay Po Cooks August 18, 2011 at 6:45 AM

I did not get to make Mikey's favorite pie on Friday but I made it anyway and share with my husband my son. While eating this delicious pie made with Jennie's recipe, we all feel blessed to have each other. Here is my peanut butter pie for Mikey:


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