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

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

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