|Picture of Jennie and Mikey taken from In Jennie’s Kitchen.|
We’ve had beautiful weather the past few days but I really didn’t leave the house much because my son has been sick with a virus. I was home looking at the mounds of laundry to be done and I woke up to the sounds of my thirteen year old daughter complaining that she didn’t want to go to soccer camp. Oh, not to forget, my computer has a virus again and I am not sure if I will be able to retrieve all my pictures and files. I thought to myself, “not a great day”. But then I thought of Jennie and I felt a little foolish and selfish. My problems are minuscule compared to what she has going on.
Jennifer Perillo is a popular and well respected member of the food blogging community. She has so much going for herself and I briefly met her at Big Summer Potluck 2 a few weeks ago. I don’t know her well but I admire her work and you can just see her vibrant personality shine when you meet her. I remember her big smile and how she was so loving to Shauna’s daughter all weekend. Lu (Shauna’s 3 year old daughter) followed her around all weekend and worshipped the ground she walked on. I love reading In Jennie’s Kitchen because Jennie constantly shares her recipes which she makes from scratch and bits and pieces of her happy family life. A few weeks ago Jennie’s happy life came to a screeching halt.
I received an email from Erika, one of the organizers of Big Summer Potluck, that Jennie’s husband, Mikey had passed away suddenly from a heart attack. I felt sick thinking about Jennie and her two young girls. Maybe this was some kind of mistake. Jennie and her family are so young…..how could this happen? In this time of terrible tragedy, the food blogging community wrapped their arms around Jennie with love. People asked what they could do and Jennie graciously asked that everyone make a peanut butter pie which was Mikey’s favorite and share it with a people they love. Hundreds to thousands of pies were made all over the blogosphere to show support for Jennie. Unfortunately, I was away and could not make a pie but now I know how I can help.