Distracted from Best Intentions

Distracted from Best Intentions

Phyllis Lifestyle 33 Comments

Like most busy people, I am easily distracted or pulled away from things I intend or want to do. I have a friend named Joan who sends cards to many people for encouragement, birthdays, or just to say, “I love you.” Whatever the occasion, she never misses a chance to send a beautiful card. I am always overwhelmed when I …

Pantry

My Pantry: An Organized Space

Phyllis Lifestyle 53 Comments

Nestled behind my kitchen, the central pantry contains everything I need while cooking delicious meals. The purpose of my pantry is storage of and easy access to items essential to the kitchen. The Diamond Cabinets were designed by MasterBrand with the focus on beauty and function. My pantry keeps food, dishes and china, glassware, and crystal organized and easily accessible. Some …

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Phyllis Lifestyle 18 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you all are having a wonderful Valentine’s Day spending time with your loved ones. Valentine’s Day is such a happy time to celebrate the people in your life who really mean the most. It’s not just about the flowers and chocolate; it’s truly taking time to recognize all the things your loved ones do for …

Cream Cheese-Filled Red Velvet Pound Cake

The Ultimate Pound Cake

Phyllis Lifestyle 26 Comments

When given a choice, my family will always opt for a hot pound cake right out of the oven. A few years ago, I shared one of my favorite pound cake recipes with you— Jo’s Whipping Cream Pound Cake. Pound cakes have always been popular and are always at the heart of a recipe collection. They are easy for both the …

Compliment

Notice and Compliment

Phyllis Lifestyle 60 Comments

Women love to be acknowledged. In fact, we thrive on it. A sincere compliment from someone important in our lives is sometimes life changing. I often wish that I had acknowledged someone, but instead I find myself thinking it in my mind and never saying anything. Why didn’t I say it? Why? It would have been so simple to compliment …

Change

Working Through Change

Phyllis Lifestyle 39 Comments

There’s one thing that is for certain in life: everything changes. I hate change. I love going to my favorite restaurant and knowing my favorite dish will be right on the menu, center column, fourth from the top. But the real springer?­ One day I went there, and there was a new menu for the season. Oh no, change! Why …

Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding

Phyllis Lifestyle 20 Comments

One of our Ribbon friends asked for my take on Prince Harry’s upcoming wedding. That is such an interesting question, and you know me, I always have comments. I am always thrilled when two people who are in love decide to get married. I have watched Harry grow up through the years and finally make plans to settle down. Although, …

Phyllis Hoffman DePiano Kitchen

My Kitchen: The Heart of the Home

Phyllis Lifestyle 53 Comments

My kitchen is my happy place. When Neal and I designed our home, we wanted the kitchen to be open to the family room because our family and friends always want to gather in the kitchen.  My cooktop faces the family room so I can enjoy conversations and hear the latest news when we have company. It’s great because I …

Enjoying the Moment

Enjoying the Moment

Phyllis Lifestyle 28 Comments

I said to a friend of mine several years ago, “You are so busy planning the future that you are missing today!” I wish I could recall the circumstances of that conversation, but I vividly remember that comment. As I was writing this I just got a call from my grandson. Everything stops when his name pops up on my …