• Make Your Own: DIY Frappuccinos

    Aug 22, 2017

    Who doesn’t love a Starbucks frappuccino? They’re totally addictive! They’re also totally expensive and a frappuccino habit can add up quickly. Save your wallet and make them at home! With some coffee and a bit of DIY ingenuity, Timbercreek will show you how to whip up your own frappucinos with ease.

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    Caramel Frappuccino

    With a blender, ice cubes, coffee, milk, and some caramel sauce, you can whip up a pretty convincing caramel frappucino. Toss a cup of ice cubes, 2 shots of espresso, a half cup of milk, a tablespoon of caramel sauce and 3 tbsp of caramel syrup into a blender and pulse for 30 seconds or to taste. Once done, serve, and garnish with whipped cream and drizzle with more caramel sauce. A great addition that will help thicken the drink is xanthan gum. Never heard of it? It’s a mix of fermented glucose and sucrose that is used widely as a thickening agent. It’s available at most healthfood stores.

    Smores Frappuccino

    To make a frappuccino that will bring back sweet summer camp memories, try this Smores Frappuccino recipe. As with all Frappuccino drinks, brew up a couple shots of espresso, or a strong cup of drip coffee and let cool. Have ice cubes on hand, as well as a 1/2 cup of whipping cream, 1/2 a cup of fluff, and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar graham crackers, and some milk of your choice. Whip the cream until you get soft peaks, add the fluff and continue whipping until you get hard peaks, add sugar, and put in the fridge until ready. Crush graham crackers (1-2 per frappuccino or to taste), then assemble. Use the blender method described above or pour coffee over ice and top with fluff/whipped cream garnish.

    Unicorn Frappuccino

    While difficult to make DIY style, Stabucks’ rarefied and mythical unicorn frappucinos are doable at home. Brew your coffee, let cool, and have ice cubes in the freezer, as well as a cup of milk, ¼ cup heavy cream, and 2 tbsp mango syrup. For the Blue Drizzle Sauce, blend ½ cup white chocolate morsels, 2 tablespoons blue raspberry sour powder topping or crushed up Warhead candies, and 2 tablespoons of milk. Blend all ingredients, drizzle blue sauce down the sides of your frappuccino cup, add blended coffee, and top with whipped cream and sour powder. It’s tough to get this one exact, but there’s lots of room for creativity and it will taste great no matter what.

    Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino

    This one is pretty straightforward. Start with a base of coffee, ice, and milk. To this add ¼ cup of vanilla ice cream, 2 strawberries (per frappuccino), 2 tbsp strawberry syrup, and if desired, ⅛ tsp xanthan gum for thickener. Blend your ingredients, top with whipped cream, and voila, you’ve got a delicious Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino.

    With the basic frappuccino recipe, and your choice of other flavours like mocha, vanilla, green tea, or cinnamon dolce, amazing DIY frappuccinos are possible. Timbercreek hopes this list helps you save big without sacrificing your favourite drinks! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Canadian Brands We Love

    Aug 21, 2017

    Canadian style is not just flannels and parkas (not that there’s anything wrong with those). We’re pretty chic, despite the stereotypes. Timbercreek wants to help you show your national pride, and look good doing it, with some Canadian brands we love.

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    Peace Collective

    Peace Collective has a flagship store for their clothing brand on Ossington Avenue in Toronto. Known mostly for their minimalist black and white graphic tees, they are an offshoot of the Peace Foundation.

    East Coast Lifestyle

    East Coast Lifestyle is about being proud of where you’re from. They give people the opportunity to wear their East Coast heart on their sleeve.  Created in 2013 as an undergrad venture-creation class at Acadia University, the brand has moved into the real world in a real way.

    Lululemon

    Since its inception in 1998 (by the now infamous Chip Wilson) Lululemon has seen exponential growth. The athletic apparel company best known for their amazing leggings (and perhaps second best known for its strange and sordid history) has legions of loyal customers. Their flagship store is located on Robson Street in Vancouver.

    Hudson’s Bay Company

    The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company dates back to 1670! It is the oldest incorporated merchandising company in the English-speaking world. Today, HBC is a premium brand and retailer with a flagship store at 160 Yonge Street in Toronto and retail locations across the country.

    Herschel Supply Co.

    Named after the founder’s grandparents hometown of Herschel, Saskatchewan, The Herschel Supply Co. was established in 2009 and is based in Vancouver B.C. Today they are one of the most popular accessory brands in the country.

    Livestock

    Livestock first opened its doors in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood in 2004. It began as a popular footwear store. With four brick and mortar locations from Toronto to Vancouver, it has become one of Canada’s top apparel and footwear destinations.

    Roots

    The Roots beaver logo is as Canadian as it gets. The company has designed and produced high quality clothing and accessories in Toronto since first opening their doors in 1973. Their stores can now be found in most major cities across the country, including Roots Central in The Eaton Centre.

    Sorel

    Now headquartered in London, Ontario, Sorel was originally headquartered in Quebec and made in Canada. Founded by the Kaufman Rubber Company in 1962 they have become a staple brand of quality footwear for Canadians.

    MEC

    Canada’s largest supplier of outdoor equipment, MEC, has 16 stores across the country. They originally catered only to mountaineers but have since broadened their appeal to include outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Their original store is on Broadway Street in Vancouver, B.C.

    Timbercreek hopes that these brands help you show off your Canadian style. To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Boneless Chicken Recipes

    Aug 14, 2017

    No bones about it; chicken is a healthy meal choice. It can get a bit dry and dull, so Timbercreek Communities wants to share some ways to do it right. Enjoy one of these Boneless Chicken Recipes tonight!

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    1. Baked Lemon Chicken

      Say goodbye to dull, dry chicken breasts and say hello to Baked Lemon Chicken. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and add chicken. Cook until browned (about 2 to 3 minutes per side). Place the browned chicken on a baking sheet and whisk chicken broth together with lemon juice, honey, garlic and Italian seasoning. Pour this mixture over the chicken and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.

    2. Super Simple Jerk Chicken

      Keep things simple, spicy and delicious with this Super Simple Jerk Chicken recipe. Prepare the rub by combining spices in a bowl with canola oil and brown sugar. Transfer spice-rubbed chicken breasts to a hot skillet or grill and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes per side. Let the cooked chicken sit for few minutes to let the juices soak in before serving.

    3. Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken

      You and your family will love this Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken recipe. The sweet and spicy glaze is made by whisking together water, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar with your favourite hot sauce, minced garlic and a little salt. While the sauce is boiling, brown the chicken in a skillet then place it on a greased baking sheet and brush on the flavourful sauce. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes and pour the rest of the sauce on the hot chicken.

    4. Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Skewers

      These Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Skewers are made with a simple 3-ingredient marinade of honey, mustard and minced garlic - plus a little salt and pepper. Marinate the chicken in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or even overnight. Soak the wooden skewers beforehand to prevent splintering or burning.

    5. Sticky Garlic Chicken Bites
      Try these Sticky Garlic Chicken Bites for bite-sized bits of panko-breaded bliss!  Prepare the chicken by dipping it first into a bowl of 2 beaten eggs and then pressing them into the panko crumbs. Bake on a greased pan until crisp (about 20 minutes). Prepare the sauce by heating honey, garlic, soy sauce, ginger and Sriracha in a saucepan over medium heat, until it thickens. Gently toss cooked chicken in the sauce.

    Timbercreek hopes that these boneless chicken recipes help liven up your evening. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, visit our website.

  • How To Protect Your Skin This Summer

    Aug 08, 2017

    It’s time to get outside and soak up the sun. It’s also time to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Timbercreek wants to help you protect your skin this summer with these skincare tips.

    Exfoliate

    There is some debate about whether exfoliation during the summer is a good idea. It all depends on how active you are outdoors. If you are spending an extended period of time in the sun, playing sports or hanging out at the beach, you may want to hold off from exfoliating. Exfoliating once per week can help get rid of dead skin cells and help rejuvenate your skin.

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    Non-Toxic Sunscreen

    You need to protect yourself when spending time in the sun. Unfortunately, some sunscreens contain toxic ingredients, such as parabens. They are widely used as a preservative. While they do a great job to help protect the shelflife of products, they can also disrupt the endocrine system and interfere with proper hormone function. Studies indicate that some types of parabens may react with UVB rays when applied to the skin and lead to increased skin aging and DNA damage. Look for paraben-free sunscreen.

    Hydrate

    Severe dehydration has serious health consequences, but even mild dehydration can be damaging, so make hydration a habit. Always carry a water bottle and/or keep one at your desk. Studies show that people feel more alert immediately after drinking water. Drink whenever you get that hazy or frazzled feeling. Sip on a cup of herbal tea at night to both unwind and hydrate. You should also eat water-rich foods. A diet rich in whole foods such as fruit and veggies will increase your fluid intake automatically.

    Cover Up (hats, cover ups)

    The most effective way to protect your skin from the sun this summer is to keep it covered. A breathable, wide-brimmed hat is a good start. In addition to blocking UV rays, clothes can block some of the infrared rays that make you feel hot. You can choose fabrics like linen, or wear a light scarf or a breezy cover up.

    SPF Lipsticks & Moisturizers

    After you’ve applied non-toxic sunscreen, don’t overlook your lips. Your lips need sun protection, too. Look for lipsticks and lip balms with SPF. You can also save yourself some time and give yourself one less thing to remember by choosing a moisturizer that does double duty.

    Timbercreek wishes you a happy and healthy summer. Get out there and enjoy the sun in a safe way with these skincare tips. To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities, please visit our website.

  • Petiquette 101: Dogs in Hot Weather

    Aug 07, 2017

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    Many pet owners treat their furry friends like children. But while dogs are much more resilient and self-sustaining than human infants, many pet owners forget that for animals, heat can be a killer. Especially in Canada where we often contend with temperatures into the high 30s and even 40s. And unlike human babies, dogs don’t actually need to accompany owners everywhere. To protect your dog from the elements this summer, Timbercreek brings you a list of tips to keep your canine comfortable and healthy in the heat.

    Don’t Leave Them In The Car

    While the leave-the-windows-down mentality has merit when leaving pets in cars, the better idea is to not bring them at all. Leaving dogs in hot cars with searing sun and no airflow is pretty much like putting them in an oven. If you must, bring a small water bowl, park in the shade, leave windows down, or if wherever you go is pet-friendly, take them with you.

    Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

    Dog water consumption increases in the heat just like for humans -- but way more intensely for your pet because of that whole body-covered-with-fur thing. Dogs release heat through panting, and a small amount through their paws, which also increases the impact of airflow (or lack thereof, i.e. cars) in their immediate vicinity. Keep your pet’s water bowl full, put a second bowl in another location in your house/apartment in hot months, and bring one and a water bottle for the car when travelling.

    AC

    Though an eco and energy consideration, air conditioning is more than just a human luxury in summer months. Dogs benefit just a much or more so than we do from some climate control when the thermostat hits 35C. Even if just at night for a good sleep, switch on the AC to give your fur-covered friend a break from the heat.

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    If you don’t have AC, use a fan to cool your pet down in oppressive heat. Set it up near a window to generate airflow, and put one by your dog’s bed at night to offer some help to deal with the heat.

    Limit Exercise/Exertion

    While dogs need to go out regardless of the season or temperature, limiting their exertion in hot months is a great way to keep them from overheating. Walk your dog at low heat times of day - morning and evening - and if you have to play fetch, reduce the number of ball throws.

    Grooming

    Make sure your dog’s coat is appropriate for the season. For shedding breeds, coats maintain themselves, but a good, regular brushing helps remove that fluctuating under-layer. For fur-growing dogs, keep their coats trim and, where it doesn’t make them look overly rat-like, as short as possible.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps keep your pet cool and healthy in the heat. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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