“The Ball” Our Resident’s Interpretation
Senior Living Lifestyle | January 30, 2019

"The Ball" Our Resident's Interpretation

The Quarterly Creation Project was created at Carlton Senior Living with the intent to offer our residents in the Memory Care communities the opportunity to give and create an interpretation of their own regarding a renowned painting or photograph. This project allows the residents to be more than just a part of the creation, they lead it from beginning discussions, to the interpretation of it and the direction in which they wish to display how they view it. All aspects of the projects are hand crafted or chosen by residents from the people characterized in it or the message of it, each one reflective of that given communities unique viewpoin …

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Spinach Dip Wreath Recipe
Recipes | December 29, 2018

Spinach Dip Wreath Recipe

Spinach Dip Wreath Ingredients Needed: Cream Cheese Sour Cream Spinach Artichoke Hearts Shallot or Onion Onion Powder Pepper Preparation Instructions:  In a Food Processor, begin with Cream Cheese, and blend until smooth and “fluffy.” Add Sour Cream, Shallots, and Seasoning Once Shallot are minced and encorperated, add Artichokes and Sour Cream – do this slowly, as volume will increase drastically Add Spinach last, and process until fully introduced. Taste for Seasoning Wreath Presentation Instructions: In a cast Iron Skillet, spray with Non Stick Spray. Place fresh Bread Dough (see demo) around the edges Add Spinach Dip in the center, and to …

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Brie Filled Beggar’s Purse Recipe
Recipes | December 27, 2018

Brie Filled Beggar's Purse Recipe

Brie Filled Beggar’s Purse Appetizer Ingredients Needed: Phyllo Dough Brie Cheese Dried Cranberries Rosemary Pecans Cupcake Pan Non Stick Spray Cooking Instructions: Pre Heat Oven to 400 degrees Cut Brie into Small Bite Sized Pieces Hydrate Cranberries Once Soaked Until Plump, place rosemary and drained cranberries in small pot. Heat until Cranberries become slightly mushy Cut small Squares of Phyllo Dough, just 1” larger than the cupcake pan you are using Spray Cupcake Pan with Non Stick Spray, and place 2-3 Phyllo Squares on top of the opening. Pat Phyllo into cup, leaving the edges hang over Fill Phyllo with Brie, topping with Pecan and Cr …

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Senior Living Lifestyle | November 26, 2018

Carlton's 10 Favorite Gifts for Seniors

Need help finding a gift that the senior in your life will actually use and enjoy? Carlton’s Senior Gift-Giving Guide includes our top ten favorites to help make the holiday season merry and bright for all: 10.) Customized Return Address Stamp These customized return address stamps make it easy to keep up on correspondence and are available in a variety of designs from classic to whimsical, and everything in between. Starting at around $10, this practical gift is sure to be put to good use. Pair this with Gift #9 and a book of postage stamps for a thoughtful gift that will help the senior in your life stay connected. Available through Zazzle. …

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What’s Cooking with Chef MJ
Recipes | November 24, 2018

What's Cooking with Chef MJ

Leftover Egg Rolls All your favorite Thanksgiving Leftovers, wrapped in a spring roll, and golden fried.  Here are the few items you will need to provide to make this dish: Assortment of Leftovers (Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, or anything else that you enjoy in a Thanksgiving dinner) 1 package Egg Roll or Spring Roll Wrappers (6”x6”) 2 individual Eggs Soybean or Vegetable Oil (for Frying) In this demonstration, Chef MJ uses cooked Citrus Brined Turkey Breast, Giblet Gravy, Rosemary Stuffing, and Whipped Potatoes for the Filling. For the easiest and best results mix ingredients together.  Taste to make sure i …

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Recipes | November 14, 2018

Maco's Cranberry Jello Salad

“This recipe was a family favorite at Thanksgiving- made with love by my Maco. I called her Maco because I couldn’t get “Grandma” out when I was learning to talk! I make this every Thanksgiving in her memory. She passed from Alzheimer’s in 1992.”   Our very own Lori Thames, Executive Director from our Carlton Senior Living Concord Community shares with us this Thanksgiving Holiday her grandmother’s recipe for Cranberry Jello Salad. If you are interested in more recipes from our residents, our associates and their families you can order your own copy of the Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill’s “Cookbook For A Cure.” 100% of the proceeds are d …

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Chef Jon’s Fall Acorn Squash Soup Recipe
Recipes | November 14, 2018

Chef Jon's Fall Acorn Squash Soup Recipe

Fall not only marks the beginning of the holiday season it also marks the beginning of soup season. And since there’s no better way to warm your family up on a chilly day than with a nice bowl of soup, we’re highlighting this flavorful fall soup recipe from Chef Jon Platz of Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill. Chef Jon’s recipe is just one of many featured in Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill’s Second Edition of the Cookbook for a Cure. This beautifully illustrated cookbook features a collection of original recipes from Carlton associates, residents, families and friends of Carlton Senior Living and was created as a way to raise funds for …

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Give the Gift of Heritage: Unearthing Your Family Roots
Senior Living Lifestyle | November 5, 2018

Give the Gift of Heritage: Unearthing Your Family Roots

Retirees across the country are providing their families with an unconventional legacy—knowledge of their family heritage. It’s no surprise that in the age of the internet, ancestry and genealogy research has become the second-most popular hobby for older Americans after gardening, according to TIME Magazine. Building a family tree and sharing personal histories can also help to unite the generations by creating talking points with children and grandchildren and can even create connections with long-lost relatives. Getting started with your family history may seem a little daunting but whatever information you can gather will certainly be a g …

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Carlton Senior Living Blog | October 22, 2018

Chef MJ's Pumpkin Cheesecake & Gingersnap Cookie Recipes

The holidays are quickly approaching and Chef MJ’s Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe is sure to impress your guests. Serve with MJ’s freshly baked gingersnap cookies and top with whipped cream, caramel sauce, a dusting of cinnamon and white chocolate shavings for an added wow factor. Chef MJ recently prepared this tasty dessert for residents and their families during Carlton Senior Living Sacramento’s candlelight dinner and it was definitely the perfect way to kick off the “pumpkin spice” season.     Prepare pumpkin cheesecake filling and serve with Chef MJ’s gingersnap cookie recipe: Chef “MJ” Jackson is now preparing his favorite dishes f …

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Chef Jon’s Summer Broccoli Salad Recipe
Carlton Senior Living | August 13, 2018

Chef Jon's Summer Broccoli Salad Recipe

To celebrate National Chef Appreciation Week, we’re highlighting a summer salad recipe from Chef Jon Platz of Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill. Chef Jon’s recipe is just one of many featured in Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill’s Cookbook For a Cure. This beautifully illustrated cookbook features a collection of original recipes from Carlton associates, residents, families and friends of Carlton Senior Living and was created as a way to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. This year, our goal is to raise $35,000 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and each book purchased moves us closer to that goal. The cookbook features a variety of recip …

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Resident Spotlight - Marie Wagner

When you discover that you have a talent or natural ability to do something you just do it. At least that’s the case with Marie Wagner, Carlton Senior Living San Leandro resident, who has been painting since her youth. “This is just my thing,” says Marie who prefers painting beautiful watercolor landscapes and scenes from life. It all starts with a simple sketch for artist Marie Wagner. After completing high school, Marie had considered studying art but her mother had another plan in mind. “My mother didn’t exactly encourage me,” explains Marie. “She wanted me to do something more practical.” With this in mind, Marie enrolled at Stanford Univ …

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Tose’s Blue Bowl Potato Salad Recipe
Carlton Senior Living | July 9, 2018

Tose's Blue Bowl Potato Salad Recipe

To celebrate National Picnic Month, we’re highlighting a recipe for a classic picnic staple – potato salad. This is a recipe Carlton Senior Living resident, Tose, has been serving up the same way for many years as part of a family tradition. “My mother-in-law always served her potato salad in a blue Bauer bowl. I have done the same,” says Tose. Tose’s recipe is just one of many featured in Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill’s Cookbook For a Cure. This beautifully illustrated cookbook features a collection of original recipes from Carlton associates, residents, families and friends of Carlton Senior Living and was created as a way to raise fu …

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