The Lake Mary White Chocolate Cranberry Christmas Cookie

The Lake Mary White Chocolate Cranberry Christmas Cookie 

The best holidays always feel like coming home to family. That’s our theme at Sonata Senior Living. And nothing feels more like home than the heavenly smell of freshly baked Christmas cookies.

A festive preview to the dining creations future residents look forward to at our newest community Sonata Lake Mary, enjoy these White Chocolate Cranberry Christmas Cookies courtesy of Chef Brandon Rowley.

The Lake Mary White Chocolate Cranberry Christmas Cookie

Ingredients:

¾ cup Unsalted Butter (at room temperature)

½ cup Brown Sugar

½ cup White Sugar

1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract (I like to use Madagascar Bourbon)

1 Egg

1 Large Egg Yolk

2 cups All-Purpose Flour (plus 2 Tablespoons)

2 teaspoons Cornstarch

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

add pinch Salt

1 cup Dried Cranberries

1 cup White Chocolate Chips or Chunks

Instructions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar & white sugar with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and egg to combine. Lastly, beat in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and pinch of salt until a soft dough has formed. Stir in the cranberries and white chips by hand.

Refrigerate the cookie dough for AT LEAST 1 HOUR. You can chill it overnight if you’d like, but one hour chill time is mandatory to prevent cookies from spreading and to create that light, soft and chewy texture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or mist lightly with cooking spray. Remove chilled dough from fridge and roll into Tablespoon-sized balls. Place onto the cookie sheets about 1-2″ apart from one another.

Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure an even cook. Cookies may appear slightly undone, but do not over-bake them! They will continue to set up more as they cool.

This is one recipe you will treasure for its simplicity.

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Family Letter Limelights: Sonata Coconut Creek, November 2022

Family Letter Limelights: Sonata Coconut Creek, November 2022

This month our Family Letter Limelight features a shout out to Sonata Coconut Creek. Thank you, Sonata Coconut Creek, for understanding the importance of connecting with family.

Letter To Sonata Coconut Creek

On October 6th of this year, my darling wife will celebrate her first year as a resident at your Sonata Coconut Creek facility. While her memory continues to slip, her physical appearance has improved so much, and I am very grateful for the care she receives from Sonata.

I want to give thanks to the whole staff of genuinely caring people. The staff is wonderful towards the residents and the families that come and visit.

I do miss my wife every day, but when I come to see her and then leave, I do so with so much confidence and assured that my darling is in good hands and well taken care of.

Don’t want to take too much time, but I believe that this was needed to be said. Thank you for the wonderful people that work for the Sonata facilities. God bless you all!

Sincerely,

Tony R.

About Family Letter Limelights

We think it’s important to illuminate the amazing work and service our team members provide at Sonata Senior Living by sharing letters we receive from our families. Family Letter Limelights represent unedited, unsolicited letters we have selected to share with the public.

We share these letters in a spirit of gratitude to acknowledge the dedication of our team members and associates who make it possible for Sonata to fulfill its mission of enriching the lives of older adults through innovation, care and services that honor individuality and personal choice. At Serenades Memory Care, our personalized approach is evidenced through purpose-built design and person-directed care, as well as our unwavering emphasis on service excellence. Community, care and programming are all designed to support freedom and independence, while celebrating the individuality of every resident affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

About Serenades Memory Care

Serenades by Sonata is an award-winning memory care program unlike any other found in the state of Florida. By focusing on what remains of the memory, Serenades Memory Care integrates the personal preferences and abilities of residents into daily activities to promote independence, support freedom of choice, and improve quality of life in those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Using a purpose-built model, Serenades Memory Care communities incorporate features proven to positively affect the treatment of dementia symptoms. These include beautiful, yet simplistic floor plans, color-coding, and cueing for easy orientation and navigation.

About Sonata Senior Living

Sonata Senior Living is a licensed owner, developer, and operator of independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities located exclusively in Florida. Recognized by Argentum as a Best of the Best Award recipient for memory care programming and design, Sonata Senior Living is committed to enriching the lives of older adults through constant innovation, programming, and services that recognize individuality and personal choice. Partners include the Florida Senior Living Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care® and Argentum. For more information visit sonataseniorliving.com.

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2022 Retirement Living Awards

Sonata Senior Living Wins 2022 Retirement Living Awards

Congratulations to Sonata Senior Living for being named Best Assisted Living Community and Best Independent Living Community by Orlando Magazine in its 2022 Retirement Living Awards. As a premier provider of resort-style senior living, all of our Central Florida communities were recognized as among the best in the Orlando area, including Sonata Hunter’s Creek, Serenades at Longwood and Serenades at West Orange.

Retirement Should be Rewarding. And Occasionally, Awarding.

When Sonata Senior Living set out to become the premier choice for seniors in central Florida, winning awards wasn’t a motivation. Still, it’s gratifying to have our communities recognized as among the best in the Orlando area in the 2022 Retirement Living Awards from Orlando Magazine. Especially as this recognition helps us to focus on the purpose that got us here.

Locally owned and operated, Sonata was founded on the idea that each day should offer up more opportunities to live life to the fullest. At Sonata, you’re choosing more than simply a maintenance-free style of living. You’re choosing a retirement with more choices. More attention paid to your personal interests and aspirations. More security and safety features to remove worry from your life.  And more innovative options for resort-style retirement living.

At Sonata Senior Living, Our Roots Run Deep

At Sonata Senior Living, even as we continue to grow, our roots are firmly planted in Florida to stay closely connected to the communities we serve and nurture innovation in senior living. 

Our emphasis on innovation has led to our pioneering advancements in memory care at Serenades by Sonata. As with our independent and assisted living communities, personal choice is at the heart of our memory care communities. Purpose-built architectural features are integrated with our award-winning programming and personalized care to promote independence and dignity while assuring safety in the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. 

Pioneering advancements in memory care includes research-based concepts such as these:

  • Purpose-built design to encourage independence and freedom while assuring safety in the daily lives of those having Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
  • Integrating the personal preferences and abilities of residents into daily planning, encouraging greater personal choice in activities.
  • Architectural features, personal care and life enrichment, all integrated to provide greater freedom, dignity and sense of control.
  • Integrating research-based architectural planning into memory care with features proven to positively impact symptoms and behaviors of dementia, including small neighborhoods and open floor plans that help to promote personal interaction between caregivers and residents.
  • Innovative design features such as special lighting, color coding and cueing to ease wayfinding, build confidence and help reduce anxiety in finding the way home.

About Serenades Memory Care

Serenades by Sonata is an award-winning memory care program unlike any other found in the state of Florida. By focusing on what remains of the memory, Serenades Memory Care integrates the personal preferences and abilities of residents into daily activities to promote independence, support freedom of choice, and improve quality of life in those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Using a purpose-built model, Serenades Memory Care communities incorporate features proven to positively affect the treatment of dementia symptoms. These include beautiful, yet simplistic floor plans, color-coding, and cueing for easy orientation and navigation.

About Sonata Senior Living

Sonata Senior Living is a licensed owner, developer, and operator of independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities located exclusively in Florida. Recognized by Argentum as a Best of the Best Award recipient for memory care programming and design, Sonata Senior Living is committed to enriching the lives of older adults through constant innovation, programming, and services that recognize individuality and personal choice. Partners include the Florida Senior Living Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care® and Argentum. For more information visit sonataseniorliving.com.

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