Cookies and the Best Life Foundation at Cantata Adult Life Services (formerly the British Home seem to go together for me. What better way to put the “fun” in fundraising than to hold a Great Holiday Cookie Bake-Off to raise money for the foundation, which provides many services in the area.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Independent Living Building at Cantata, located at 8700 31st St. in Brookfield. At the event (which is free to enter) you’ll be able to purchase tickets to vote for their favorite cookie, enjoy holiday refreshments (egg nog, maybe?), a tree lighting, caroling, an ugly sweater contest and the chance to purchase some of the goodies.

Bakers who feel they have the best holiday cookie are asked to submit their recipes for to the Master Bakers in the Cantata Kitchen, who will do the baking for the competition. 

I will be happy to provide my services as a taster, having had years of experience tasting holiday cookies, ethnic and otherwise. 

To submit your recipe, email to or mail it to Cantata Marketing at 8700 31st St., Brookfield, Illinois, 60513. Call 708-485-1155 for more information or to make reservations.

For those not familiar with Cantata, you have most likely seen it since it is located across from the Brookfield Zoo. Known for many years as the British Home, it was thought by many that you had to be British to qualify for care. Not so. My Czech husband, Joe, was there for rehab following a fall. They rebranded and expanded the range of services offered in 2012. 

The Best Life Foundation provides financial aid for older adults in need, handyman services, meals, transportation, social gatherings, Best Life Breakfast Club and support groups. They plan to increase their services with more in-home care.

Think about it, just by eating cookies and having a fun afternoon you can help support one of a local foundation. So get out grandma’s cookie recipes and be part of the fun.

If you read this before Thursday, I wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. If you read it after Thanksgiving, I hope you and yours shared a pleasant day and are enjoying a turkey sandwich (leftovers are the best) with all the trimmings while reading The Landmark.

As always I am thankful for my faithful readers, family, Bob and Dan. Peace.