At The Ta­ble With Phyl­lis Feul­ner

The Phoenix - - COMMUNITY - By Bette Ban­jack

Phyl­lis Feul­ner has a killer smile that lights up a place when she is there. She is a peo­ple per­son and some­what of a “so­cial but­ter­fly.”

She is the only child of He­len and Alex Fe­dora. Phyl­lis came along late in her par­ent’s life. Her mom was 42 years old. When the doc­tor told He­len that she was preg­nant, she jumped off the ex­am­in­ing ta­ble sur­prised as it had been a long time com­ing. As you guess, Phyl­lis be­came the princess.

To­day, she and Keith Feul­ner live in the same house that she has lived in her en­tire live, with the ex­cep­tion of a few years when they were first mar­ried.

Phyl­lis and Keith are both from Phoenixville but did not meet un­til they both went to the same grad­u­a­tion party. It has been 40 years since that day, and they still seem to en­joy each other and their life. Be­ing “empty nesters,” they share day-to-day life with Matilda the pup.

Among other jobs, she was a “cafe­te­ria lady” for 10 years at Holy Fam­ily School. In that time, she ac­quired two im­por­tant things in her life. She and Sandy Dan­to­nio (also a “cafe­te­ria lady”) be­came “besties.” It was also dur­ing that time Phyl­lis re­al­ized her deep love of and com­mit­ment to work­ing with chil­dren, es­pe­cially chil­dren in their early child­hood.

Calling her­self “a late bloomer,” she started to at­tend Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege in 2007 and re­ceived her as­so­ciate de­gree in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion in 2010. Dur­ing this time, she worked full time along with her stud­ies.

To­day, she teaches at Mom’s House Inc. of Greater Philadel­phia at the Phoenixville fa­cil­ity. Mom’s House pro­vides a unique fam­ily sup­port sys­tem to low-in­come fam­i­lies to ed­u­cate and to help them be­come in­de­pen­dent mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Phyl­lis loves to travel — al­ways ready at the drop of a hat. She es­pe­cially likes go­ing to Ocean City, N.J., as well as Maine and other New Eng­land places. A high­light was when she and Sandy went to Salem, Mass., a few years ago.

Pho­tog­ra­phy is a pas­sion of hers, while trav­el­ing and at home. She be­longs to sev­eral pho­tog­ra­phy clubs. She is known for her pho­tos of Val­ley Forge Park. She uses two cam­eras and sev­eral lens to achieve some won­der­ful shots. She shoots in color but re­ally prefers the black-and-white ones.

Keith is a foot­ball fan — Phyl­lis not so much. But she sup­ports him and his team dur­ing the sea­son. She likes to cook and en­joys whip­ping up game time treats. The two also like go­ing pub hop­ping. They can be of­ten found at the Iron Hill Brew­ery test­ing the brews.

Phyl­lis shares this win­ner recipe for wings with a sweet twist.

STRAW­BERRY WINGS

2½ pounds chicken wings

cup soy sauce

½ cup straw­berry jam/ pre­serves

Pam cook­ing spray Cut wings into serv­ing pieces, dis­card­ing the wing tip. Com­bine soy sauce and jam, whisk­ing well to mix. Spray 9-by-13-inch bak­ing dish with Pam. Place wings in dish, skin side down. Pour sauce over wings. Bake in 350-de­gree oven for 30 min­utes. Turn wings over, and con­tinue to bake 30 more min­utes or un­til ten­der. Wings can be placed un­der broiler for five min­utes to crisp skins. En­joy!

Let Bette hear from you: ban­jack303@ver­i­zon.net. Search YouTube for “Look Who’s Cook­ing with Bette Ban­jack,” as well phoenixvil­lenews.com (search bar: Ban­jack) for this col­umn. Find Bette on Face­book by search­ing “Bette Ban­jack’s Down­town Kitchen.” Her book, “2 Cups of Yes­ter­day,” is avail­able at Gate­way Phar­macy or by con­tact­ing her.

Phyl­lis Feul­ner

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