Because Life Is Fragile

Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Life is fragile, life is precious, life is precarious. We all know this, we all experience it, we all, too often, live this. And yet, and yet. Some times life's fragility strikes close to home -- even when it really isn't.

For me, the life lesson hit twice this week, first when my friend Janet buried her granddaughter in a casket just twenty-four -- aiii, twenty-four -- inches long. And then again, with the sudden and unexpected death of a young husband and father, "Mikey" as wife and food blogger Jennifer Perillo of In Jennie's Kitchen called him.

Those of you who follow food bloggers will see lots of peanut butter pies appearing today. That's because Jennie invited us to make pies in her husband's memory. You see, she'd been meaning to make him his favorite pie, "Tomorrow", she'd think, "Or on the weekend." But she never got to it and suddenly, it was too late.

And so today I invite you too to make a peanut butter pie, perhaps my favorite Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from Kitchen Parade. But if you're like me, you'll make a metaphorical peanut butter pie --- instead choosing the act, the words, the hug, the call, the visit, whatever it is that you've been thinking, "Tomorrow".

Instead, make it today, won't you? Because life is fragile.


Follow more tributes at this special page on Facebook, Peanut Butter Pie Friday for Mikey and Jennifer Perillo.

The editors at the wonderful Food52 are also collecting the stories in one place, watch Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey for updates.

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A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.


  1. Life IS fragile and we should never pass up the chance to gift someone we love with a peanut butter pie. This is a good lesson to learn, though I'm sad to learn it in this way.

    We'll be having peanut butter pie tonight -- in honor of Mikey and Jennie and everyone, really.

    Life IS so fragile.

    xo to you, my friend. Just want you to know that I think about you all of the darn time and I should try to stop by more often.

  2. This is a great lesson and I will for sure bake a peanut butter pie today.

  3. Thanks for the beautiful reminder. I'm a grandmother who had to watch my daughter and son-in-law bury their newborn three months ago. The sorrow is very fresh. But life gives us all these challenges, and they can make us better. I'm going to make a peanut butter pie for my husband. Since I've never made one before, he'll wonder what's up. So I'll tell him how much I love and appreciate him.

  4. A wonderful post. I am new to your blog and had never seen Jennie's before today either but I am incredibly touched. This pie means a lot. I can't wait to see more of your blog.

  5. Thanks for sharing this blog, Alanna. After reading it, I visited Jennie's site as well as the Facebook page and must say the heart wrenching story and the responses to Jennie's sudden loss of her beloved husband touched me deeply. I'll be making that metaphorical peanut butter pie!


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