At the age of 24, my first daughter, Kimberly was born – a dream come true to have a daughter, and one of God’s greatest blessings in my life! She has always been so very precious to me! One of my most vivid memories of her childhood was on Mother’s Day, many years ago, when she was eight years old. I had come home from an extremely busy day at The Blue Owl and was exhausted. When I walked in the house, she and her younger sister Kelly, were full of giggles and excitement. They took me by the hand and led me into the bathroom. There, before me, was a bubble bath, ready and waiting for me with candles in place, ready to be lit. On the toilet seat was a Mother’s Day card, and a big bowl of oatmeal cookie dough-one of my favorite things! And yes, I cried! So thoughtful!
Kim has grown into an amazing and energetic young woman! I am so proud of her!!! I am so blessed that she decided to follow in my footsteps, and become a part of our family owned business. At the age of nineteen, while going to college, she began formally working at the Blue Owl, behind the Bakery counter, slicing pies and selling desserts. Now, fifteen years later, with years of experience, knowledge, and lots of hard work, she has become the General Manager of all Blue Owl Operations! It is such a blessing to be able to work together at the Blue Owl. She works so hard, (and so many hours), each and every day, managing The Blue Owl. Her energy level amazes me!
Our 5Kimmswick Race for ALS and the Nancy Ratliff Medical Fund was held last Saturday after many months of planning and organizing. Jason Ratliff, Greg Ratliff, Kim, along with many volunteers, helped to make our 5K a great success! We raised over $25.000.00 for ALS and for the Nancy Ratliff Medical Fund. It was pouring down rain on Saturday morning, but that did not stop hundreds and hundreds of people from coming out to show their support!!! Nancy’s friends and family were attendance along with our corporate sponsors, and all the the runners and walkers. I was so proud of Kim as I watched her, helping to plan and organize this event! Thanks to everyone who participated!
And so, in honor of Kim, I wanted to share with you one of her favorite dishes – Chicken ‘N Spaghetti Casserole. I received this recipe from my sister, Linda, many years ago. I made it for a family gathering and it has been at the top of Kim’s request list ever since. We serve it occasionally as a Daily Special at The Blue Owl. It is also one of the many scrumptious recipes included in my cookbook, Keepsakes.
Please enjoy this recipe with your family. it is the epitome of comfort food, and easy to make! But be warned, you will be asked to make it over and over again, so you may want to become quite familiar with the recipe. I am sure that when Kim reads this blog she will be requesting that I make it again, so I am going to be running to the store soon to stock up on the ingredients!
Chicken ‘N Spaghetti Casserole
1 fryer, cooked, deboned, and diced
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 can Cream of Celery soup
1 – 8oz jar of Cheez Whiz
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 lb. spaghetti
2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
Place chicken and 4 quarts water in stockpot. Add 2 stalks celery, 2 carrots, 1 small onion, dash of salt, and 1 heaping tablespoon of chicken base. Bring to boil and cook until chicken meat is tender (about 45 minutes). Remove chicken from pot, skin, debone, and dice. Bring chicken stock to a boil and 1 lb of spaghetti to chicken stock. Cook spaghetti according to directions on package and drain well.
In microwave-safe bowl, combine soups, Cheese Whiz, chicken broth, and milk. Mix together and heat on high temperature for 3 minutes in microwave. Cheese Whiz should be completely melted. Stir well. Add cooked and diced chicken meat and cooked spaghetti to mixture and mix well. Grease (or spray with Pam) 13 x 9 baking pan; pour mixture into pan and top with grated Cheddar cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until set. Serve with Garlic Bread and Tossed Salad.
Enjoy this comforting food with your family and friends, and count your blessings!!! Beacause “Dreams Really Do Come True!”
All my love