Tuesday, May 23, 2017

All That...And A No Bake Peanut Butter Pie Too


"To be outstanding get comfortable with being uncomfortable" ~ Unknown

If you have been to North Carolina there is no disagreement, its a beautiful state from its bustling cities, expansive farmland, to the mountain landscape of southern Appalachia.

Getting off the beaten path and taking the road a little less traveled results in the adventure, more often than not, being worthwhile.  You have the opportunity to slow down, take your time and enjoy.

While visiting my family in North Carolina I had an opportunity to venture off the beaten path a couple of times. 

I finally had the opportunity to meet Rebecca Subbiah a long time and favorite blogger of mine.  She has taken her passion to a new level and has become a new farmer and founder of LadyBird Farm in Yadkinville.  A small vibrant farm community nestled among the rolling hills of the back country.  Rebecca is focused on growing farm fresh organic vegetables and edible flowers.  She also has a flock of happy hens enjoying the farm life.  I really enjoyed the time spent with Rebecca albeit too short.  


Another trip off the beaten path brought me to Hamptonville, North Carolina.  A small Amish community belonging to the New Order of the Union Grove founded in the 1980's. Today, there are about 31 New Order Amish families living in and around Hamptonville.  It was interesting to learn this sect of the Amish are allowed to use electricity off the power grid while still adhering to strict traditions of plain dress and travel by horse and buggy. 

Spent a lovely couple of hours with a best friend of my sister.  We enjoyed a wonderful deli lunch at the Shiloh General Store, while sharing good laughs, and stories.  

The view on this beautiful warm spring day was incredible.   Our lunch view included watching a momma keep a close distance and eye on her rambunctious foal.  These are moments when you believe, if only for a few seconds, in the simplicity of life.



A reminder not all needs to be complicated.  Here is a simple and delicious frozen No Bake Peanut Butter Pie (Think Reese's peanut butter cups).  Perfect for the hot months of summer. 


No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
Makes Two 9" Pies
Recipe from all recipes.com


Ingredients:
1- 8 ounce cream cheese
1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup whole milk
1 16 ounce frozen whipped topping, thawed
2- 9'' prepared graham cracker crusts

Directions:
Beat together cream cheese and confectioners' sugar.  Mix in peanut butter and milk.  Beat until smooth.  Fold in whipped topping.

Spoon into two 9" graham cracker pie shells; cover, and freeze until firm (about 2 hours).

Optional: Drizzle with chocolate syrup

Enjoy!










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16 comments:

Freda -- Tallahassee, Florida said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story of your personal travels. The pictures are beautiful too. Now about this beautiful summer dessert -- I'm not a fan of peanut butter, however, I've watched Velva make this pie and afterwards I tasted It. Let's just say, I won't claim the dislike of peanut butter anymore because it's delicious, light, and easy to make!!! Yummo!

Angie Schneider said...

How fun that you two finally met! I love Rebecca's blog too. The peanut butter pie looks very tempting, Velva.

Rhodesia said...

Love the photos of the horses but the pie does not appeal!! The only thing in life that is edible and that I do not like (also my husband is the same), is peanut butter!!
Hope all is well, take care Diane

grace said...

love nc, love peanut butter pie! i use a very similar recipe and can't control myself around it. :)

That Girl said...

You do find some lovely things when you venture off the beaten path.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Velva, sounds like a wonderful adventure, I've always wanted to have a little farm too, good for her for going for it. Lovely pie, peanut butter is one of my favorite foods.

David said...

Velva, We're back road explorers all the way. The only time we use the Interstates is if we have a long way to go before we start exploring a new stretch of back roads in an out of the way area. My wife loves the idea of a small farm and she would go nuts over those foals. As for the peanut butter pie, I'm willing to be converted but we've never made it or had it when dining out. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Pam said...

That's great, Velva! Love that backroads! I grew up on a large farm, many animals and crops. Lot of work, but it's a great way to live. Sounds like you had a great adventure and that pie is perfect! I want to try it. Love the Carolina's too!

Nammi said...

I am yet to meet her in person. Thats one very sinful pie!

Tina said...

What a wonderful time you had! I am envious of all that fresh air and produce. That's great you were able to meet Rebecca, looks like you enjoyed yourselves.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip and you know my thinking about traveling the back roads. :) Those peanut butter pies are perfect summer treats.

David said...

Velva, I've never had peanut butter pie...and there is no chance I'll be able to get my better half to even try it. I'm just going to have to order it will dining out. Thanks for the trip leads re: Lady Bird Farm, Yadkinville, Hamptonville and the Shiloh General Store. North Carolina is "almost" as pretty as Eastern Tennessee and this sounds like a nice weekend trip. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Sue/the view from great island said...

I love this post! My dad lives in North Carolina during the summer and we visit every year, the entire state is gorgeous ~ and I ADORE PB pie!!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Love the pictures! And love peanut butter. Pie, no-bake? Sold! Fun read -- thanks.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How wonderful that you got to meet Rebecca! I'll bet her farm was a fun visit. That peanut butter pie would be devoured by my husband!

Jeanette said...

the next time you travel to happy and wonderful places, may i hold your hand?

grammy - 75 years old and still going strong (i hope)

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