County native Shelia Knight and her husband Terry have a little peach
fuzz flowing in their veins, and she said their love of Chilton County
is something they’ve passed along to their daughters Payton, 15, and
girls both say they want to stay pretty close to home after they finish
school. We love farming and cows and a country setting," said
has been an important part of Shelia’s family heritage as well, adding
she learned to cook at her mother’s side.
an excellent cook and her mother was also. Cooking has just been passed
down the line," Shelia said, and she continues to pass the
tradition down to her own daughters.
girls are very involved in 4-H. Raegan has won several state and
regional titles as part of their Chef program, and Payton often starts
dinner for me before I get home from work," she explained.
has worked 20 years for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, but she has
recently started a new position investigating prescription fraud. Aside
from work and church, her and Terry’s lives revolve around their
has won several state and regional titles with her show cattle, a
tradition from Terry’s side of the family, and she’s on her school’s
dance team. And Raegan competes in beauty pageants and cooking
competitions, in addition to their other 4-H activities," said
added her family looks forward every year to the Peach Festival in
has won the junior division of the Peach Cook-off twice, and I won the
Cook-off one year as well. Terry’s grandfather Sam Headly was the
oldest peach farmer in Chilton County before he retired last year. The
festival is something the girls enjoy, so it’s fun for us to keep them
involved. We weren’t able to go this year because the date conflicted
with our family vacation, but we’re already planning and preparing for
next year’s Peach Festival," she said.
the face of such busy schedules, her family still tries to have dinner
together every night.
do eat together most nights, but it gets hard sometimes. With school
starting back and all the extras go along with that, it’s been almost
9:00 before we all sat down to dinner lately. But it’s good to have
that time together," she said.
of the recipes Shelia shares this month feature Chilton County’s
fall the girls and I were featured on Montgomery’s WSFA Channel 12 and
we made Peach Salsa on the air. The Mini Fruit Pizzas recipe is Raegan’s
and Peach Enchiladas are a favorite recipe of our family’s,"
also offers her Chicken Spaghetti recipe which is simpler than many
had eaten it at a friend’s house and she wanted me to get the recipe.
When I saw it only had five ingredients, I couldn’t believe how simple
it was. People love it though," she stated.
Henderson is a freelance writer from Troy.