Monday, August 15, 2011

Seizing the day, peanut butter pie and books

- The view from Carpe Diem Cafe, and a lovely Saturday brunch with friends Leisa and Kim L. The trains rumbling by the Ice House Lofts building add to the atmosphere. The Atlantic Star Ice & Coal Company originally constructed this structure in 1926 and operated it until the late 1960s, as one of Atlanta's largest producers of ice and coal. The structure has won awards for its Adaptive Reuse and is now home to apartments and this cafe.

- Seeing food bloggers come together to support a fellow blogger, Jennie from In Jennie's Kitchen, in the sudden and heartbreaking loss of her husband to a heart attack. Tami, from Running With Tweezers, participated in what seems like a remarkable event - she made a peanut butter pie. Jennie's response to all the bloggers who asked that they could do to help: make a peanut butter pie to give to someone you love (it was her husband's favorite.) The Food Network even devoted a blog to this, you can see the list of the bloggers who made the pie for Mikey here.

- My suburban book group gathered to discuss the memoir we read. It was "read the memoir of your choice." A favorite moment, when someone held up "West with the Night" by Beryl Markham, and Geneva gasped, "Oh to read that book for the first time. Those lovely words." It's now on my reading list, along with about 10 others now. A good thing.


Granny Annie said...

In honor of the memory of Jennie's husband and his love for peanut butter pie, I'll have to tell how my husband's hate for peanut butter pie helped us get together. A widow woman in his small community had her sights on him and as a way of wooing him, she brought him a peanut butter pie. I have always been grateful for that pie because that took her right off his list! I'll bet Jennie's husband would have gotten a kick out of that story.

TALON said...

All good things, Lynn, mixed in with a tragic one.

Smiling at Annie and Ron's peanut butter pie experience :)

Maude Lynn said...

I'm adding that book to my list!

Ileana said...

Sounds like a good book to read. I will look for it. So sorry to hear about Jennie's husband. Peanut Butter Pie sounds delicious! I LOVE peanut butter...the crunchier, the better! :)

Leonora said...

My father-in-law loaned me West With the Night a couple of years ago. (He's a pilot.)It was a captivating story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lynn said...

Granny Annie -

I am sure he would have gotten a kick out of that story - how funny. :)

Talon -

Yes - that is tragic, but I wanted to highlight the blog love that was going on in the aftermath of that tragedy.

Mama Zen -

You know the weirdest thing? I have it already - I have a paperback of it.

Ily -

The one Tami made looks pretty darn good - see the link and the Food Network one has chocolate on top. Yum.

Leonora -

We were talking about unusual for the times that she was an aviatrix. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Jannie Funster said...

So sad to read about Jennie's Mikey dying so suddenly. I watched the "Last Dance" Youtube on her site, heart-breaking end to an all too-short life.

I think my family will enjoy a peanut butter pie very much, Lynn.

Be well.


Riot Kitty said...

I love the idea of a Carpe Diem cafe.

What a sweet response to Jennie - I have been amazed at how supportive the blogging community is. We've seen it firsthand :)

Sara said...

Oh, I am sorry about Jennie's loss. Any loss is difficult, but a sudden one just breaks my heart. I wish for her the best.

the Cafe sounds very nice and it's fun the read about the history.

I hope all is well with you:~)

Louvregirl said...

"A good thing."

Lynn said...

Jannie -

I love the idea of you making a pie for your family. You are such a dear.


Riot Kitty -

And the food there is really good, too - lots of veggie options.

Yes - I guess you have learned that firsthand lately. Hope all is well today. (((HUG))))

Sara -

All is well and thank you for coming by - I always love to see you here.

lg -

A good thing is when lg comes by and comments. Hope you are doing well today, my friend.


Snaggle Tooth said...

Interesting Cafe` story. Sad about Jennie losing Mikey. I happen to like Peanut butter. Will have to check out that recipe. Amazing so many bloggers supported that effort-
I should check out that memior too. Intrigueing title "West with the Night" is.

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

I'm going to the mountains this weekend, so I might take that book along with me. I think it sounds intriguing, too.