Family Day & Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Yesterday Tom found himself without any inspections (a rarity these days) and proposed an impromptu family day.  Now, I usually plan my days out a bit and I had planned on making a peanut butter pie (for a good reason, which you’ll read about in a moment).  I also needed to clean the house in a desperate way.  But in light of some stuff going on in the blogging world, and some things we’ve been studying in church, I realized that it was most important that I spend the day with my family.  just us.  together.  all day.

We decided to finally take the kids to see the pirate exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  Something that C has wanted to do for quite awhile now.  So after breakfast at the Egg & I, we headed downtown.  Once there we decided to spring for a membership so that I could take the kids on a regular basis.  They have a cool “T-Rex Encounter” coming next month and I know my kids will love it.  It’s also a good resource in the event I start home-studying C.

We saw the pirate exhibit which, honestly, bored the kids a bit.  The part they liked the most was the life-size mock-up of the Whydah…the ship & pirate crew that this exhibit revolves around.  It was fascinating, but we missed a lot of the displays with the kids getting impatient and C pointing out every exit sign he saw.  Luckily we also bought tickets to the Imax 3-D show, “Under the Sea”.  That was great!  A little politically-charged with global warming rhetoric, but really fun all the same.  The kids loved the 3-D effect and we found them reaching out to touch the sea creatures.  E didn’t keep her glasses on the whole time, though.  She would pull them off when it got a little scary, and then try them on again a few minutes later.  She loved the seals and bubbles at the end though. :)  We also visited the Discovery Zone which is geared for younger kids.  Lots to do and see in there and both kids loved it.

imagine them saying "aaaargh" here...which is what they did.

E makes it pretty clear when she tires of my picture-taking

I SO want to get her going on piano lessons!

excavating a dinosaur bone

All said, it was a long but amazingly wonderful day.

On a much more serious note, this past week a food blogger named Jennifer Perillo suffered an unimaginable loss.  Her young husband Mikey died suddenly of a massive heart attack.  I do not know Jennifer personally, never even have met her.  But when you read people’s blogs a lot, you develop a kinship with them.  So much so that when a tragedy befalls someone who brings you into their life through blogging, you feel for them…you empathize with them.  And sometimes, you realize how blessed you truly are.  Jennifer wrote a blog post about the loss of her husband and the fact that he loved peanut butter cream pie.  She expressed sadness that she had not taken the time to make the pie for him recently, not knowing that he would be taken from her so soon.  And isn’t that the way we all go through life?  Thinking that we will all be here tomorrow?  Even though we are not promised even tonight?

Her post definitely puts things into perspective for me.  How I need to embrace my children even when they are tracking mud over my newly cleaned wood floors.  How I need to say thank you to a husband who works two jobs so that we can be debt-free (and not focus on whiny little me who complains of feeling like a single mom).  I need to treasure every moment, good and bad, because I could be in Jennifer’s shoes someday.  You just never know.

So, in remembrance of Mikey, Jennifer asked the blogging community to make a peanut butter pie and share it with those we love.  This is an opportunity I could not pass up.  Partly for just an excuse to make a pie, but mostly to let my family know that I love and treasure them.  It’s a small thing in the scheme of things, and I pray that I never forget to hug and love on my family…even when it’s “inconvenient”.

My loves. I am so blessed.

Here is my tribute pie…

in memory of Mikey

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Peanut Butter Cream Pie

{Adapted from Jennie’s Kitchen}

Ingredients:

  • 1 pre-made chocolate cookie crust (Jennie has recipe for home-made crust)
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened @ room Temp.
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powedered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg. Reese’s Minis

Instructions:

  1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth. Spoon mixture into the bottom of the prepared pie crust. Top with the chopped peanuts. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Place the cream cheese and peanut butter in a deep bowl (I used my stand mixer for this part). Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Increase speed to medium and beat until all the ingredients are combined and filling is smooth.
  4. 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 pie crust. Refrigerate for three hours or overnight before serving.
  5. Top with additional chopped peanuts and/or Reeses Mini’s, if desired.

Enjoy!

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{by the way, I just saw an AMAZING tribute video posted online, it is so beautifully done!}

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