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January 5, 2024

Cedar Trails Senior Living’s Festive 12 Days of Christmas Culinary Delights!

Category: Culinary

Author: Cayla Rauss, Culinary Director

‘Tis the season to indulge in Arrow’s most festive tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s time for Cedar Trails Senior Living’s culinary team to get creative for each day of festivities. As residents, family, and friends join around the table. We’ll embark on a delectable adventure. It started with the iconic partridge in a pear tree and ended with the drummers drumming. Each day will be a culinary experience that truly captures the essence of the holiday season. Every unique dish tells tales of tradition, celebration, and the spirit of togetherness.

My favorite of the 12 Days of Christmas is day two and two turtle doves because I love turtle cheesecake! For me, the most challenging of the 12 Days was coming up with five different golden-ringed foods for day five.

turtle cheesecake

The residents seem to enjoy Happy Hour featuring the five golden rings the most. It is very festive and entertaining. Staff will be jumping around like the ten lords a leaping on day ten with specialty popcorn all around.

five golden "rings" dishes - cakes, onion rings, shrimp, and more

If I could make a change with any of the 12 Days, I would change seven swans a swimming from a tuna dish because my residents do not like fish unless it is fried.

I try to make sure, for my family Christmas, we have a piped dessert. I also like to do some fancy breakfast on Christmas morning, like six geese a laying day. My family has a big potluck, each bringing a dish or a side to Christmas every year. It would be fantastic for staff to do this with the residents next year.

The culinary team is immersed in the magic of shared meals, laughter, and holiday warmth that truly brings our community together. The 12 Days of Christmas has allowed the team to explore the diverse and vibrant spectrum of flavors that make this season truly magical. Here’s to a season filled with the warmth of friendship, the sparkle of joy, and the lingering tastes of the 12 Days of Christmas. Until next year, when we get the opportunity to use our creative flare once again, “Happy Holidays!”

Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.

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